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Old February 3rd, 2005, 13:46   #1
mkeller
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Does anyone have information/experience with the AutoBarn in Arlington Heights? Getting ready for my 5K service and would like to know what to watch out for.

If you are satisfied with your dealer, where should I go??
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Old February 4th, 2005, 05:50   #2
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They suck!!! BIG Time. My friend her brake fix their recently and they forget to tighten up the bleeder screw and nearly crash her car.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 05:59   #3
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I'd go here: Lake Mills WI TDI GTG for your 5k service. Come see how easy it is to service your car yourself. You'll save a bunch of $$$ and you'll know that it was done RIGHT.

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Old February 5th, 2005, 20:46   #4
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Ed that's really great what you are doing.

I'd be there only I'll be away when you are meeting. Hopefully you will do it another time and I'll be around.

Looking forward the the TDI Fest.

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Old February 6th, 2005, 09:26   #5
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Tom, we generally do two GTG's per year (February and October.) This year we will only be having one GTG since I am hosting the 2005 TDIFest in Wisconsin over Labor Day. Hope to see you around.

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Old February 15th, 2005, 18:20   #6
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dont take it to any local chicagolanf dealer, i havent been to one yet that knows what they are doing.
bring the car to me i will do the 5k service $25+the cost of the parts (i get a big discount on them), and i will show you everything that needs to be done as far as simple stuff
as long as you have recipts to prove you bought the parts the dealer has to accept them *if* something bad were to happen
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Old February 16th, 2005, 16:30   #7
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wEll,

having been through a few of them, I can honestly say it is not so much the DEALER but the service advisor...

I can say that TK at autobarn-mount prospect has done alright by me so far.

The parts guys at liberty are ok too.

WRT 5k service, if you can, tell them you want to watch the oil change. In lieu of that, put a cardboard box in the trunk and insist that they put the 4 empty and 1 half empty 505.01 oil bottles in it. Its about as much proof you need.
The rest is really a shakedown check.

If they give you some song and dance about the oil in bulk,. ask to see it. If its not 505.01, go elsewhere, like Lake Mills or another tdi'ers house.
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Old February 16th, 2005, 17:40   #8
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i hate to be on here bad mouthing people but i have to share bad experiences to save other people i guess.
we are talking about the service dept in this thread so people bad mouthing a dealer mostly has to do with the service part. if we were talking about buying a car that would be different and i would say hands down autobarn mount prospect but
personally their service dept sucks
TK has tried screwing me over quite a few times.
i took my car in for the maf being bad and he told me it was the connector and its not warrenty and charged me $125 for a diganosis fee. i took the car home ordered a maf and the car is fixed so i went back with my recpit to prove what i did and got my money back.
took my tdi in for the turbo since it was eating oil, they told me blue smoke is normal and wanted to do a consumption test, the car ate 3 quarts in 2 days and they told me that the drain plug was loose, so we did it again and it ate 2 quarts in 2 days and they said it wasnt filled correctly, one week after i take the turbo off and the shaft was bent and the seals were gone.

unless it is an absolute failure that your warrenty wont be denied for any reason would be the only way a dealer will see my cars again.

i would say bring your passat you a local tdi'ers house or follow us up to lake mills next weekend.
i am free this weekend to do the work if you want
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