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#60 of 99 2.5 oil consumption
Jul 19, 2006 (1:56 pm)
Well, after our first 5000 miles we noticed no oil loss at the first oil change. By the time of the second oil change at 10,000 mi it appeared to have perhaps gone down just a little...at most, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of a quart.
#61 of 99 Re: 2.5 oil consumption [jeffyscott]
Jul 19, 2006 (2:16 pm)
Hey jeffyscott, how has your reliability been with your VW? I really hope they have improved, I think VW is a great alternative to the Japansese automakers. My 99.5 Jetta was definitely a love hate relationship.. I loved driving the car, loved the performance (VR6), and liked the interior and exterior. Just hated the issues and customer service.
#62 of 99 Re: 2.5 oil consumption [dc_driver]
Jul 19, 2006 (2:24 pm)
Out of 10 brand new VWs, I've had 1 engine replacement, 1 major head job, a new transmission, transmission cable problem, minor A/C problem and one CV joint problem on a TDI. I'd like to see the list of problems on 10 brand new Japanese cars from 96 to '06......just start asking the owners.....a lot of A/C problems and many automatic transmission problems!
#63 of 99 Re: 2.5 oil consumption [dc_driver]
Jul 19, 2006 (3:01 pm)
Not much to go on after only 14 months and 12,000 miles. We had one thing that did not seem like much when we brought it in, but turned out to be something that could be considered a pretty significant issue. The transmission was shifting roughly and they replaced something called the "valve body".
They kept the car for about a week, but gave me a mazda 6 to drive...which I requested because it is a car I am considering. So it worked out good for me having a week long test drive . My wife didn't like it since the Jetta is hers and she had to go back to the Windstar.
I have had nothing but good experiences with 3 different VW dealerships I have dealt with...I guess maybe we are just lucky with the dealers we have in this area, based on what I have read.
Jul 23, 2006 (6:51 pm)
I put on very few miles per year. I'm talking less than 5000. Am I supposed to still do my first oil change after only a few months? What if I only have 800 miles on it after 3 months (or whatever the recommended time interval is).
The obvious answer may be yes. But the reason I ask is I've heard that you have to be careful during the break in period as far as oil and getting the seals and such broken in.
Also, do these cars come from the factory with synthetic oil? Isn't synthetic suppose to be a bad choice until the car is well broken in? OTOH, I think I may have heard that the newest seal technology has now made this a non-issue (??).
#65 of 99 Re: First Oil Change [shackleford]
Jul 23, 2006 (7:21 pm)
Service interval is 12 mo. or the listed mileage (at least that is what I read in our Jetta manual for the 2.5 engine). So apparently you should do the first oil change after 12 months, if you do not hit 5000 miles by then.
#66 of 99 Re: First Oil Change [jeffyscott]
Jul 23, 2006 (8:21 pm)
Thanks. 12 months... that's longer than I thought it would be. I haven't received the car yet, that's why I didn't know.
#67 of 99 fan won't kick on my 92 cabbie
Oct 05, 2006 (11:58 am)
My fan doesn't seem to kick on when my engine warms up I'm hoping it is a fuse but i don't have a fuse box diagram can some one help me. could it be the thermostate.
#68 of 99 Oil Cartridge?
Oct 20, 2006 (2:22 pm)
What's the deal with the oil cartridge/filter thing. Where is it and how do i change it out as im planning to chnage my oil myself at 5000 miles. I've worked on many cars however am brand new to VW. Thanks everyone.
#69 of 99 previous messege
Oct 20, 2006 (2:25 pm)
btw I've got an 06 Rabbit 2.5 tiptronic in case that helps