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When reading thru “1000 answersâ€￾ and general topics, comments like “your best bet is to find a TDI guru mechanicâ€￾, “Dealer techs are busy and often make mistakes!â€￾ popped up quite a few times.
I have a new car, so I am going to use free service for next 3y/36,000, but when that benefit ends, I will have to find a diesel experienced mechanic. My friend has Audi and serves it only at mechanic who serves Audi only. But I do not know anyone who would server VW/TDI/diesel…
Why not to build a database of mechanics who do have a clue in TDI right here on the sight? People can report their success stories including mechanic name and location. I think that would help others who look for headache-free service a lot.
 

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The biggest problem is that this engine is new. TDI is totally new to Audi dealers in the US. Since each dealership is independently owned and operated, service quality is all over the place. The warnings that I wrote are because dealer service is hit or miss. Sometimes they'll get it right, other times they get it wrong. You only hear about the times they get it wrong. And a frequent poster over there and a true TDI guru used to work at a VW dealership. So while not all dealers are evil, my intent is to caution owners to closely supervise and double check what service the dealer is going. This goes for any car, not just TDIs.

One problem is that dealers are just putting any oil into the new TDI 2.0L common rail engines instead of the correct 507.00 VW spec oil. Again, your experience may vary!

The reason I don't mirror that list is because unlike most of the content on this website which comes from multiple sources, the origin of the list is solely tdiclub. Second, I worked on a car that came from a "trusted mechanic" on that list and there was a problem that caused a CEL (so I couldn't register it in my state until it was fixed) and the car wasn't running correctly. I know they work on VWs but the problem which caused the CEL is a very well known problem specific to TDIs. I don't want to disclose the shop because I believe it was an honest oversight because of ignorance and not malicious negligence.

So just like dealer service, I've found that the shops on that list are hit or miss. Individuals or shops are included or excluded on that list by recommendation and for better or worse, that's the best way to do it.
 

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Audi oil an unneccessary Evil

I have no idea whether the oil specs relate to many other products where the oil manufacturer simply has no reason to pay to have their product approved, even though it may already meet or exceed the test criteria...

I reckon vehicle makers could be saying, "Hey Mr Oilmaker, we'll give you exclusive oil approval code for free and charge others a fortune if you sell us the oil for 70p a litre and guarantee £xxxxx worth of business a year." and such like.As long as the oil meets the spec there will be no problem.After doing sub contract work for an Audi dealer and thier sales and service team both putting a standard spec oil in to thier own common rail diesel engines i strongly believe there is no call for "audi oils"
 

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Hi 1170gary, your post was a blatent cut/paste advertisement and was deleted. If you want to place an advertisement in this forum please make it of interest to the forum members and not obvious cut/paste with multiple links that lead to the same place. This makes it look like spam. In addition, your website has blank info under "contact us" and "about us" which also made it look like spam.
 
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