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quattro-digest V4 #1315

In message <971108172828_258487390@mrin42.mail.aol.com> ScharfR@aol.com writes:

>> [Germany]

> Not true.  Dino and synthetic are both available and there is no compulsory
> use of synthetic.  Some manufacturers (Porsche comes to mind) factory-fill
> with synthetic, so a Porsche owner may fell "compelled" to continue using it.

My information is now old - but I don't remember synthetics being an issue.

German servicing is certainly different - the oil filter is not changed on 
intermediate services, the thermostat is changed when the antifreeze is 
replaced before winter, and the invoice always has the little compression test 
card attached.  Brake fluid is automatically flushed every two years - in some 
parts of southern Germany and northern Austria, every year.
(For those who've never seen one - the card is printed with a blue graph 
 paper pattern.  There are five traces on it - one for each cylinder.  
 Compression tests are standard on _all_ services.)

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club