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Well this is it, my car's warranty expires at 80,000km and I'm sitting at 78,620km... I've got an extra 2yr/40k warranty coming in effect but it's a third party provided by my financial institution and I doubt I'll get much mileage out of it.<p>I'm getting the car in the dealership for oil level sensor warning problem, and while it's there I want to open the floodgates and get <b>everything</b> recorded while the mileage is still showing below 80k. I purchased this used vehicle only a few months ago, I'm a newb when it comes to its particulars, and here I seek advice from you guys who've owned them for years and have seen it all. Please take a minute to read this, and let me know if you have any comments on specific items. Thanks in advance... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><u>Pascal's "Last Call" maintenance plans:</u><p><B>1. </B> The car needs service because the low oil level warning keeps coming on, even with fresh oil fully topped up. That's my main thing now.<p><B>2. </B> I've got power folding mirrors going on in two days and I need a download to make them work.<p><B>3. </B> I'm installing Eibach springs in two days as well and I'm going to have an alignment done at my race car prep shop, unless the headlights are so screwed that I need a SUM cal, in that case I would ask the dealership to do the alignment. Make sense?<p><B>4. </B> The car is slightly overdue for the 75,000km service, the service indicator light is on and I'm going to ask them to do this work. Unless you guys tell me it's a ripoff and I should just change the oil?<p><b>5.</b> I did the self-DTC check and I've got codes for ECM, CCM and PDM. Do I bother mentioning that to the service advisor, or just let them discover it by themselves?<p><br><u>Wish List:</u> <br>I'd like you guys to let me know which of these are technically possible or make sense at all... Any and all comments are much appreciated.<p><B>a. </B> My wife reports that on her drive home at night the dashboard lights flicker when hitting bumps once in a while. I've never seen it myself. Is there a TNN for this, or am I wasting time mentioning it?<p><B>b. </B> I would love to get 4 blinks out of the flashers when I tap the stalk once. Am I dreaming or is that possible? I've had this on other brands of cars before, and I miss it now.<p><B>c. </B> I would like to get a chirp from the alarm to confirm that doors are locked when I walk away; I was told this was not possible but I'd like to confirm?<p><B>d. </B> I live in a French speaking area and I want the freaking display changed to English... Can I do this myself or do I have to ask them?<p><B>e. </B> The big one. What ELSE do I have to nag them about, that I don't know yet? Is there a list of TNN's I should confirm with them, that HAVE to be done? Anything I should beg them to do? <p>Thanks for any help you guys / gals can provide. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: LAST warranty dealer trip, need advice!! (-Pascal)

75KM is a MAJOR (60K) service, better make sure SOMEONE does it right.<p>You MUST have an alignment <B>and a SUM update</B> after a spring install or it will ride like a buckboard and be all wrong (plus it will be out of alignment).<p>Oh and yeah what the heck's a DSTC "self check" and you damn well better tell them about the codes.<p>You mention EVERYTHING and have it all written down as we all damn well know they probably can't find or fix most of them
 

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Re: LAST warranty dealer trip, need advice!! (-Pascal)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Pascal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><B>a. </B> My wife reports that on her drive home at night the dashboard lights flicker when hitting bumps once in a while. I've never seen it myself. Is there a TNN for this, or am I wasting time mentioning it?<p><b>Never seen this on my car, have them check it out</b><p><B>b. </B> I would love to get 4 blinks out of the flashers when I tap the stalk once. Am I dreaming or is that possible? I've had this on other brands of cars before, and I miss it now.<p><b>Cannot be done, I have asked</b><p><B>c. </B> I would like to get a chirp from the alarm to confirm that doors are locked when I walk away; I was told this was not possible but I'd like to confirm?<p><b>You cannot get a chirp, but you can get the lights to flash (if this is not set to do so already which is factory default). People have toyed with figuring out a way to add a relay to the system to make a "chirp" on lock, but no one has finished this yet.</b><p><B>d. </B> I live in a French speaking area and I want the freaking display changed to English... Can I do this myself or do I have to ask them?<p><B>e. </B> The big one. What ELSE do I have to nag them about, that I don't know yet? Is there a list of TNN's I should confirm with them, that HAVE to be done? Anything I should beg them to do? <p>Thanks for any help you guys / gals can provide. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Yes, they can do a software download to have the vehicle display in English.<p>The codes stored may be nothing, so I wouldn't really worry about it. 90% of the time I hook up a car it has codes, and they're usually stuff like "RF door lock actuator actuated too long" or some other crap that doesn't affect the car at all, just recorded some glitch that sorted itself out.
 

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^ +1<p>As far as the TNN's, they aren't like recalls. A TNN doesn't have to be performed on your vehicle. A Tech Note is the factories way of letting technicians know about widespread problems to help aid in diagnosis.<p>
 

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Re: LAST warranty dealer trip, need advice!! (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">75KM is a MAJOR (60K) service, better make sure SOMEONE does it right.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Check, will book the car into my apparently friendly dealer.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You MUST have an alignment <B>and a SUM update</B> after a spring install or it will ride like a buckboard and be all wrong (plus it will be out of alignment).</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I'm reading conflicting reports on the SUM update here... I always planned the alignment, I just like to take my cars to my own shop. They prep race cars, they don't do "within specs", they align precisely, with me sitting in the driver's seat... <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You mention EVERYTHING and have it all written down as we all damn well know they probably can't find or fix most of them</TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's what I was thinking ... I'm going to bring them a printed list and make sure the service advisor enters every item in there...<p>Thanks for the comments.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Turb04S60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">^ +1<p>As far as the TNN's, they aren't like recalls. A TNN doesn't have to be performed on your vehicle. A Tech Note is the factories way of letting technicians know about widespread problems to help aid in diagnosis.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Good to know. Are there any actual recalls that we know of? I don't have this vehicle's service history, I hope I can get it from the dealer when I drop it off...
 

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Re: LAST warranty dealer trip, need advice!! (-Pascal)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Pascal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>I'm reading conflicting reports on the SUM update here... I always planned the alignment, I just like to take my cars to my own shop. They prep race cars, they don't do "within specs", they align precisely, with me sitting in the driver's seat... <p><br>.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You can align it whereever you want you MUST do a SUM afterwards.<br>The system will think (being so low) it has 400 lbs of extra weight in the car and will adjust accordingly! You MUST do it
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Pascal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Good to know. Are there any actual recalls that we know of? I don't have this vehicle's service history, I hope I can get it from the dealer when I drop it off...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The dealer should check for open recalls every time you bring your car in for service.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Turb04S60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The dealer should check for open recalls every time you bring your car in for service. </TD></TR></TABLE>Thanks... You can tell I'm a n00b when it comes to going to dealerships and warranty stuff. My previous 12 cars have always been project cars that were way out of their warranty years, this is a first for me. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: LAST warranty dealer trip, need advice!! (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You can align it whereever you want you MUST do a SUM afterwards. The system will think (being so low) it has 400 lbs of extra weight in the car and will adjust accordingly! You MUST do it</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Makes a lot of sense, I'll add it to my list in the "mandatory" section. Thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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