"When I was financially poor, I did the work myself because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it. Now that I can afford to have someone else do the work, I don't trust anyone to do the work for me."
That's brilliant! I agree! I think we should call this "the Moraine Quandary"
I see your points and I agree more than my last post indicates. I had free maintenance in the Passat and I did it myself for the reasons you have listed plus avoiding the incompetent VW mechanics.
I love working on the M104 engine, it is a masterpiece of engineering.