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Like it says.. I'm broke, and in college (synonimous w/ each other? :suspicio: ) Can I have a euro. specalist do it, or do I have to get raped by the dealership? (please tell me specialist! :weirdo: ) Also, what should I get done/look for?
-Thank you, Ryan :wink:
 

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Did you change the plugs and air filter at 80K? 40K and 80K are the major intervals. If you took care of that stuff at 80K, 100K would pretty much just be an oil change. Otherwise, you're out of warranty, so consider just learning how to do that stuff yourself (~$36 to do yourself, plus an oil change).

In addition to that, I'd say do a VAG-COM scan for hidden codes, check your hoses (look for the pink crud e.g. around the oil cooler, near where the oil filter attaches), and check it out all over for tire wear, play in the steering, and wheel bearings, funny wear patterns on the tires, etc.

If it runs and looks fine, and there are no soft codes in the computer, the next things I'd work on would be the ones that either get forgotten or which VW left off the maintenance schedule:

1. change brake fluid every 2 years (brake fluid gradually absorbs water from the atmosphere, which rusts your brakes out) (~$60)
2. change the fuel filter (~$30)
3. Add a bottle of Techron to the gas every 3K miles or so.
4. flush the radiator and change the coolant with VW G12 coolant *only* every 60K, probably a good idea if you can trust someone to do it right, otherwise 'no touchy'! Don't forget to have the thermostat (not temp sensor, *thermostat*) swapped at the same time. (~$70)
5. Clean the throttle body (pretty easy to do yourself, $5 for 3M TB cleaner).
6. If you've got a manual tranny, you *might* change the gear oil every 60K-100K (I *only* do this with VW gear oil) (~$60). If you've got an automatic, definitely leave it alone.
7. If you ever travel far from the dealer network, buy a spare coil and a coolant temperature sensor (~$14). Keep them in the trunk, and learn how to change them yourself (easy). I tend to think you should keep your coils if they seem to be OK, because as we all know, thanks to superb quality control brand new ones are about as likely to croak and leave you stranded somewhere totally inconvenient as your heavily used ones.

Next time you change the belts (60K after the last time), consider changing the water pump pre-emptively if you're still on the original (and vice versa). It'll probably die soon...

Use a good synthetic oil, drive with care, but wind her out for a while on the highway at least once a week to keep everything limber, then be sure to let her cool off for a minute or two before you shut her off. AFAIK you'll have done everything possible that isn't overkill.
 

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Awesome RechtFahren! Thanks for the reply! SHOULD I HAVE A DEALER DO IT OR CAN SOMEONE RECOMEND A SHOP IN THE BOSTON AREA (Cambridge, or south)
Thanks- Ryan
 
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