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So, rang up audi dealership to book in for servicing and thought haldex oil was a serviceable part, the person on the phone said this doesn't need changing as it is a sealed part for my year/model. Does this sound right? Or has anyone changed their haldex oil? Own a 2007 gen 1 R8 V8 MT.

Also more of a conferring conversation... £620 for oil change, oil / pollen filter and £190 for brake fluid change, does this feel about right?

I know a specialist can be cheaper (for better work?) But still deciding whether to break my FASH or keep it, so going with main dealer for this service at least.
 

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Oil, oil filter and pollen sounds about right as pollen filter has a couple of hour labour. Local Audi dealer charges me around £90 for brake fluid.
 

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Oil, oil filter and pollen sounds about right as pollen filter has a couple of hour labour. Local Audi dealer charges me around £90 for brake fluid.
£90! Wonder why they’re charging me an extra £100!!

any ideas about the haldex oil not needing a change?
 

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The Gen 1 (not sure about the Gen 2) is not a haldex system, it's a viscous coupling system (old school mechanical). That said, Audi rates the fluid as never needing to be changed (from what I understand), but I believe the consensus around here is that it probably should be changed semi-regularly. Unfortunately, given Audi doesn't provide guidance, it's kind of an owner discretion thing as to if/how often etc.
 
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The Gen 1 (not sure about the Gen 2) is not a haldex system, it's a viscous coupling system (old school mechanical). That said, Audi rates the fluid as never needing to be changed (from what I understand), but I believe the consensus around here is that it probably should be changed semi-regularly. Unfortunately, given Audi doesn't provide guidance, it's kind of an owner discretion thing as to if/how often etc.
Interesting as the first audi spokesperson said the haldex didnt need changing as its a sealed unit and the second person i spoke to at audi said it looks like they cant tick the box as its greyed out on the service list. So maybe they dont know about the viscous coupling system, will have to have a further talk with them when i drop the car in for service... what ai may do is service the main parts oil, pollen, brake fouids etc and go specialist to look into the viscous coupling system.
 

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Gen 1 is not haldex as post above said. Gearbox is a sealed for life unit in Audi's eyes so most dealers wont do the oil change but it is sensible to change it out every few years depending on mileage. I'm just having it done on my '08 at the moment by a local specialist. Unfortunately after stripping the car down the oil pipes from the gearbox to the cooler were really badly corroded and rusted solid onto the cooler so I've decided to change the whole system out. £200 oil change has turned into a much more expensive job but better that I caught it now than have a pipe fail on me whilst driving. Search on this forum for the gearbox oil change thread and recommended Motul Gear 300 LS 75W90 oil.

Oil service and filters cost is about right for a dealer but ask them to use the same spec oil that youve bought yourself (Castrol Edge 5W30 uk?) and it will save £100 or so. Pollen filter change isn't worth the money, it's a £20 part but 2 hours labour. I change it myself now but honestly can't tell any difference whatsoever when I've put a new one in so leave it longer between changes.

Better still find a good independent to start maintaining your car.
 
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