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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#41 of 80 Re: Feedback on Jettas [jeffyscott]
Jul 08, 2008 (7:46 am)
Good advice. Thanks again.
Jul 08, 2008 (8:06 pm)
I consider myself a conservative driver about 90% of the time! Wife can't get that kind of mileage though, she gets about 29.
#43 of 80 warrant over free maintenance
Jul 08, 2008 (8:59 pm)
i would rather have the warranty. since our VW dealer advises 10k oil changes,
that's once a year service for what, $70-80? warranty covers BIG items if they
#44 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [scottinky]
Jul 09, 2008 (7:46 am)
What about tire rotations? Is there no 15,000 or 30,000 required maint that could add a fair amount of money? I would lean towards the extra year as well unless I could save a lot on these types of charges.
#45 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [m6user]
Jul 09, 2008 (12:30 pm)
No, VW does 10K, 20K, 30K , 40K.
There is a tire rotation every 10,000 miles ($20?), cabin air filter change at 20K (~$50), brake fluid change at 24 mo ($90). So, assuming all is included, I'd guess savings of ~$500. (We spent $450 in 3 years, 25K mi and had one free oil change in there)
The bigger service is at 40K mi, where spark plugs and air filter replacement is required.
I wonder how the manufacturer payiing only for10K mi between oil changes is going to sit with dealers that try to convince folks that they should pay for a synthetic oil change every 3 mo. or 5K mi?
#46 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [jeffyscott]
Jul 09, 2008 (2:10 pm)
Wow. Plugs at 40,000. Haven't heard of a manufacturer asking for plug changes that early in a long time. Most seem to be going towards 100,000 or so. What's up with that?
Not that I think it's bad but haven't heard of many manufacturers requiring a brake fluid change either that early or at all. I do think it could save some money on the ABS system down the road though.
#47 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [m6user]
Jul 10, 2008 (5:11 am)
Mercedes has always required brake fluid changes at 24 month intervals. Still true on our '08 C300.
#48 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [jrct9454]
Jul 10, 2008 (7:35 am)
Maybe it's a German automaker thing. Do they use some real different kind of brake fluid or brake system parts which would make it necessary or do they just feel that's a good preventive maint thing to do?
#49 of 80 Re: warrant over free maintenance [m6user]
Jul 10, 2008 (8:51 am)
Not sure why 40K for plugs. There is also a time factor of 4 years, which for us will be maybe about 32k mi. Meanwhile they say no routine changes of automatic transmission fluid are needed.
I would not wait 100K (that'd be 10-12 years for us), even if that is specified. I go about 6 years normally, just because I had heard that waiting to long can create problems with actually removing the old plugs.
I think Honda has three year brake fluid changes. Mazda says 2 years, but only in Mexico . Where it is not specified (or after warranty) I plan to do it at about a three year/25,000 mile interval in future. I think this will mean one complete change between brake jobs and then one when brakes are done. I've also decided to periodically change power steering fluid in future (not on the Jetta, as it has none).
I am still undecided about automatic transmission fluid which now supposedly lasts forever. I figure I'll re-research this issue when we get to about 80,000 miles.
Jul 11, 2008 (2:52 am)
tire stores that rotate for free with a service. I can bring them a filter and VW
spec oil, and they will change it. As well as using some excellent german
indy shops for maintenance. WAY cheaper than the dealer.