2003 Audi A6 80,000 service appointment

Tiny
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  • 2003 AUDI A6
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 43,000 MILES
My Audi dealership has recommended the 80k service for my low miles (43k) A6, to the tune of $900. It's running fine. I don't recall everything that they would do, but know that it includes filters, spark plugs, something to do with the brakes, and much more. I'm thinking of just getting an oil and filter change.
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Friday, January 30th, 2009 AT 1:22 PM

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Tiny
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What was there reasoning for recommending this service? Was the vehicle brought in for a problem and they recommended this as a solution. If your vehicle is subjected to extreme climate (hot or cold) for long periods of time this may warrent early service. Or if the vehicle is being driven hard often, again this may cause premature wear. Also keep in mind that time will warrent early service as well. Your vehicle is a 2003, so it is 6 years old and you have only 43000 miles. You are averaging well below the normal 12000-15000 miles a year at only 7100 miles a year. So if your vehicle was averaging the normal average you would be at 80000 miles right now. Many times you will hear, change your oil every 3 months or 3000 miles. More than likely they recommended it because it is due every 6 years or 80000 miles.
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Friday, January 30th, 2009 AT 4:53 PM
Tiny
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The reason I made the appt was that my car said on the dash "schedule service in 300 miles", so I called to schedule an oil change. I live in Seattle, so the climate is generally quite mild and I drive it gently (kids in the car most of the time). I understand that the 80k service is recommended based on the age of the vehicle, but, for instance, don't spark plugs wear based on how much they are used rather than how long they have been installed? I'm not trying to be cheap, but I don't want to get "taken" either. BTW, I appreciate your help!
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Friday, January 30th, 2009 AT 11:39 PM
Tiny
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I completely understand you not wanting to get this done if you don't need it. If your vehicle is running fine and your belts look good (no cracking), I would say you are okay with just the oil change. Keep in mind that air filters are always good to change regularly and this is probably part of the 80k. Times are tough and dealers and techs are looking for work where they can get it. But in a vehicle that has low mileage, easy driving habits, and regular maintence this is probably not necessary.
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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 AT 12:19 AM

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