1: With a servicing schedule as vague as VW Group's I've seen all sorts of comments, but this is the first time I've read anyone who expresses surprise that their car requires a service after 2years. How long do you expect a car to go before it requires a service? ( an RB211 will need servicing more often than that - don't they require an oil change every 50 hrs ) I don't recall any car having the ability to go 24mths before it's recommended service.RB211 wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 1:43 pm2 years in only 8000k miles on the clock, car now tells me service is due! Ok no prob! Try to book a minor service and told no it needs the 2 year service which of course is more expensive! Then spun a story about different oils between long life service and yearly service having different oils.
Question: Do garages have different oil specs for cars on different service specs?
If so, Do they use an inferior oil spec for cars on yearly servicing!
2: Why book a minor service when the manufacture (every manufacturer) would recommend a major service after 2yr? A car that travels just 8km in 2yr is more likely in need of a service than a car that's travelled 20,000km !
3: You're in luck, because you've chosen a manufacturer who gives you a choice of services - major or longlife (depends on how the car has been driven as to which service you require).
4: You are right to say you've been spun a story - the service receptionist probably doesn't know. Yes there are different specs of oil, but the majority of dealers only use the Long-life version. Even if you have your car serviced annually, chances are they'll still use long-life oil. As for the price difference - well that's not how it works out in practice. If the garage purchases just one type of oil then that brings the price down - long-life is often cheaper than normal oil.
5: Inferior oil spec? There is no such thing as an 'inferior' oil spec. The standard oil used isn't inferior, it just means it's designed to last one year rather than the 2yr of long-life. If your car is serviced every year then either oil is correct.