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I have 43k on my beetle and dealership was trying to push me into installing new spark plugs at my oil change since they say it is due at 40k. I figured i would pass on their common ngk plugs & install ngk platinum ones so i had another place install them and got my old plugs back and was i shocked they also were platinum the same model i bought!! The old plugs would have lasted 90-100k easily so what a waste of money on my end.
Bottom line don't waste your money on a 40k tuneup.
 

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The maintenance schedule is 40k on the plugs; so, they were not lying to you. At 11 years and 40k; I would have replaced them.

https://wiki.bentleypublishers.com/...e+-+2004+-+Jetta,+Golf,+GTI,+Jetta+Wagon,+R32

You might look the plugs up on the ngk website; I would go with the oe style plugs, they seem to work the best on the 2.0L (be sure to match your engine code).

Here is some info; on how to find the engine code:

http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/pdf/tb-7192011vw.pdf

NGK Spark Plugs USA

At that amount of miles; I would also, consider replacing the plug wires.

In the future; I would consider, replacing the plugs yourself and save some money. The plugs themselves; aren't that expensive but paying someone to install them, can be.

http://workshop-manuals.com/volkswa...lug/component_information/diagrams/page_1995/
 

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I checked my plugs on my '04 2.0 @ 149K and boy were they worn down. The original plugs...I re-gapped them and put them back where they came from. My Jeep has 60K miles on its plugs and they needed nothing when I looked in on them. Back when points, plugs and condensers were the tune-up, I never put more than 3K miles on a set of points. Today, My 1930 model A has 80+ year old points and my '55 Chevy has the points it came with, so much for the 3K rule. ;)
 
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