I have a 2007 VW Passat wagon and am trying to follow the VW service guide. When I went to schedule an appointment with the dealer I bought the car from, I was quoted over $700 for what appears to be nothing much more than a glorified oil change and check up. Am I out of touch with reality or does this sound ridiculous to anyone else. My more specific quesition is if there’s any reason to go to a VW dealer for this sort of service versus finding a local mechanic, whom I would assume would be significantly less exepensive.
There is no reason to go to the dealer for the check up. Any mechanic can do the service. Most of them call pull down the service requirement, or you can tell them which parts of the service you want done. If you want to avoid certain checks, then let them know. I discuss all my services with my trusted mechanic and we collectively decide which ones need to get done.
What are you getting ? Shafted !
True, you are getting a glorified oil change and a checkup. There may be some additional recommended services as well but they should be optional.
I assume your VW is now off the warranty. There is no longer any need to go back to the dealer. What the knowledgeable owner does is to review the service guide and selects only those services he wants. Then he goes to an independent mechanic. That is my recommendation. If you are uncertain, you can post your list here for further advice.
Another day older and deeper in debt.
The maintenance guide I looked at showed the 40k service is far more than a glorified oil change. What does your owners manual state or what did the dealer tell you was involved with this service?
Maybe some miscommunciation involved?
When I went to schedule an appointment with the dealer…
Maybe I’m spoiled, but a car with 40,000 miles on it should not require much work. An oil change, perhaps new plugs, and front brakes if they have never been done. My car just turned 40,000 last week and it needed new brake pads on the front, which I did myself for about $60 and a half hour of my time.
You didn’t list the actual items being done, so I don’t know how you expect us to answer your question.
I would not own a car that required $700 worth of maintenance at 40,000 miles…
Many times, the dealers themselves put together a high-profit service package at various mileage points that are not supported by the FACTORY service requirements…
It's lengthy, and little attention should be paid to the actual prices quoted for parts and labor. I have no idea where Edmunds comes up with that but it's not real world at all. The chart does who the process though.