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    Default Ecoflex service interval query.

    When I bought my 2.2 direct, it was twelve months old and had (a guaranteed?) 16k on the odometer. The service display was showing 5000 miles 'till it's first service is due.

    I have checked it this morning (on 19.5k) and it says 3000 miles to the first service. At this rate it's service will be due around 22k or maybe longer.

    My questions:

    The handbook etc all say that Ecoflex servicing (for a petrol) is 20k miles / 24 months. Will I invalidate my warranty taking it over 20k miles, dispite the car telling me a service is not yet due?

    Is there any way someone could inadvertantly (or otherwise) reset this display?

    The service book is unstamped and the dealer told me it hadn't yet had it's first service.

    Maybe I should drive it harder!!!

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    Hi Doug,

    No reason to wait until the service display counts down to zero, I'd get it serviced now since 20k is a lot of miles without even an oil change!

    Its possible the display could have been reset, or maybe just not set to the correct number in the first place?

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    plese remember that the ' eco flex ' service interval will change depending on your driving style,


    the counter will not count down as the odometer goes up, it will recalculate all the time depending on average speed, start stop times and amounts etc etc

    but as reccomended i would also go for a service, infact i did , i was on 17K miles but the car was 2 years old ( soon ) , so i had a full service, this also entitled me to a 3rd year warentee cover ( in my particular case )

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    Thanks chaps,

    I called at my local VX dealer's service counter to ask the question yesterday morning. They said the 20k / 24 month limits were absolute maximums and going beyond either - despite the car telling you the service is not yet due - will invalidate the warranty.
    Something wrong there me thinks! The computer on the car should not be able to register more than 20k - regardless of driving style etc. There must be people out there who've lost their warranty by following their instrument panel's instructions.
    They quoted £175 for the service, which doesn't sound too bad (I had a Merc last so had got used to somewhat bigger bills! ). I'm assuming this is for a 'Ecoflex' service but need to check I take it in.

    Doug

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    m8,

    if its like mine, then the 2.2 direct engine can go to 30K b4 needing a service, as long as its within 2 years , if you get what i mean

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    I couldn't get a consistant response from the two dealers I visited. One said it was okay to leave the service 'till the car said it was due, the other said 20k is the absolute maximum a petrol engined "EcoFlex" car should be driven between services - and said I was risking my warranty if I exceeded that mileage.

    I e-mailed VX Customer Care and got a lenghty reply, but (as is usual these cases) they haden't actually read my question, and waffled on and on about the "benefits of EcoFlex".

    I can't wait any longer as it'll reach that mileage this weekend.....so I've booked it in for a "Ecoflex" service at Crownhill in Milton Keynes. They've quoted £129 for the service (can't remember if VAT is included) and are offering a fuel system and engine flush precedure - not sure what they do - for an additional £18.

    Makes sense I suppose, as I bought the car with 15k on the clock and therefore don't know what sort of use it had previously.

    I'm having them look at the indicators - which keep self cancelling when you turn the wheel toward the direction I'm indicating. Only does it maybe 5% of the time, but it's annoying....and potentially dangerous.

    Fingers crossed, though I suppose all I'll get is a - "they all do that"! or "we can find no fault"!

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    The self-cancelling does it on mine as well! Oh well, the more people that report it then the more they might take notice!

    Does the facelift use the soft-touch indicators as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamant
    Does the facelift use the soft-touch indicators as well?
    an improved version by all accounts.

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