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    1. n00b
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      Feb 3rd, 2011
      New York, NY
      2012/VW/Jetta SE 2.5
      10-02-2013 05:18 PM #1
      I have a 2012 2.5 Jetta SE and am due for my 40,000 miles service. The dealer quotes me $600 for the service of which $250 is for spark plug replacement. Do they change anything other than just the plugs like wires etc or is this just a total rip-off. I don't have much experience as a DIY, I've only changed oil and replaced brake rotors on my 1999 Audi A4. Is it hard to change spark plugs/could I do this and how many hours will it take? How much should a non-ripoff garage charge for plugs replacement?


    2. Member urbancynic's Avatar
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      Apr 19th, 2007
      Flagstaff, AZ
      15 Jetta SE
      10-02-2013 05:32 PM #2
      I have done several 40k services on 2.5's aver the years. It consists of a bit more than simply plugs.

      The service includes oil change, air filter change, fuel filter change, cabin filter change, fluid inspection, brake inspection, spark plugs and probably something I can't think of at the moment because I'm exhausted.

      That said, 600 is a bit high depending upon dealer location and labor rates. A local independent VW shop would be cheaper.

      The process takes a few hours for me because I'm slow at it since I love dragging repairs out since it's fun for me. If you have the tools, basic mechanical knowledge, and time you should be able to do it. ECS tuning has a kit for this service. There is a special tool for the oil filter, which isn't required, but does make the job cleaner and easier.
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    3. Member DasCC's Avatar
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      '15 RSM e-Golf SEL | '15 CW Passat TSI SEL
      10-02-2013 06:33 PM #3
      the plugs are not a 250 job......

    4. 10-03-2013 08:41 PM #4

      I have also 2012 Jetta 2.5SE, too!
      (40k service DIY)

      1) First I ordered spark plugs and air filter from Deutsch Autoparts.com
      They sent to me the exact OEM parts which are the same as dealership's.
      PART: 101 905 601 F for spark plugs
      07K 129 620 for Engine air filter

      Spark plugs + Air filter + shipping ~ $72
      Regular Dealership price = $98 + $10(shipping) = $108

      Local autoshop quote: Labor $140 (spark plugs+air filter)

      2) I borrowed simple tools from my apartment caretaker.

      3) It took 3 hours since I am a novice.

      4) Confer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Gb6mM15SM

      5) Without a torque wrench, after hand screw the spark plugs, a quarter turn will do good.

      6) The hardest part for me was unplug the sockets to ignition coil, there is a notch
      in the ignition coil plastic, so you need to push the socket's ]-shape plastic with one
      hand and pull the socket with the other hand.
      In my case, the rightmost socket could not be unplugged.
      So, without unplugging the socket
      from the ignition coil plastic, I could change the spark plug.
      Last edited by jwlee1971; 10-08-2013 at 01:48 AM.

    5. Member LWW's Avatar
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      Dec 18th, 2012
      2013 JETTA SE/1999 MAZDA MIATA/2001 GMC SIERRA Z71/1996 Z24/1967 HONDA 305 SCRAMBLER/1973 CHECKMATE
      10-04-2013 05:52 AM #5
      Platinum/iridium plugs are ridulously overpriced and actually offer poor performance compared to copper.

      Copper plugs do have a shorter lifespan, but at a fraction of the cost.

    6. Semi-n00b
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      Nov 3rd, 2015
      Miami, FL
      2012 VW PASSAT / ROTAN
      11-03-2015 03:03 PM #6
      Hello Guys,

      This is my firt post in the forum, i got an used 2012 Passat SEL and I want to know more about the car, wife having a 2012 Routan, mine is the 2nd VW own in the family

      Does the OEM spark plugs # 101 905 601 F has a cross reference with Bosh Spark Plug?


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