Sorry, when I made the post I had to indicate the year/model and I thought that would show up on the post. It's a 2005 VW Passat Wagon with 40,000 miles on it.
The service manual specifies required service based on mileage only, not time. I actually had my 40,000 mile service last summer (at 32,000 miles) and the service folks said I didn't need to get my 45,000 or 50,000 mile, which possibly they were incorrect about.
Part of the cost is probably because I have only taken it to a dealer, not a mechanic. And I'm about to take it to a mechanic to get the latest issues fixed (which I don't have the specifics in front of me....something about an oil leak (which I can't see) and a transmission issue (that I don't feel)).
In the last year, I've replaced a PCV valve, an air meter, a cooling fan and mounting bracket. Throw in the 40K service I had last year and that brings the total to about $3000. It's just starting to feel like every time I bring the car in for an oil change, I end up spending a ton of money.
According to Kelly Blue Book, I can trade it in for about $8000 and I'm seriously considering it. I just wanted to check and see if any of the car-savvy folks on these boards thought these expenses were a bit high.