One of the key benefits to buying a Volkswagen is that these cars are well made. Standard maintenance schedules are often extended with Volkswagens because they’re built with high quality parts and able to go extended distances in between maintenance.
So you might wonder how often you really need to change the oil or take the car in for routine maintenance. The best gauge to your scheduled tune ups and oil changes is to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the specific vehicle. There may be slight differences in your schedule depending on the model and year of your VW, but we’ll discuss overall timelines here to give you a basic idea.
First, you’ve probably heard that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. That was the old standard but, with newer cars, it’s really no longer applicable. Most cars can go many more miles in between oil changes. Some estimates are as high as 7,500 – 10,000 miles. This varies with wear on the car, the type of driving you’re doing, and the age of the vehicle.
Maintenance Schedules for Your Volkswagen
Your owner’s manual is your go to guide for the exact maintenance schedule for your model VW. You should also be aware that more frequent visits to Bachman Volkswagen’s service department might be a good idea in cases where you’ve been hard on the car or if you’re noticing any issues in performance.
- Oil Change. Your Volkswagen likely only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles. As your VW hits higher mileage, you may want to check the oil more frequently.
- Check Tires. You want to check your tires every 10,000 miles. This will keep you updated on their performance and give you a good indication of when you’ll need to replace tires.
- Brakes. Brakes should be routinely checked at 10,000 miles, though a more intricate evaluation should be done at around 30,000 miles. Wear on brakes will often depend on the driver and terrain. You want to be proactive in evaluating your brakes because waiting until you hear or feel an issue often means that replacement will be more expensive.
- Dust and Pollen Filter. Your dust and pollen filter should be replaced every two years.
- Complete Evaluation. Every 40,000 miles, you’ll want to have the car completely evaluated. Check the full body for any signs of damage as well as checking all fluids and functionality.
Your Volkswagen is made to perform dependably as long as you’re taking care of the maintenance. While Volkswagens can often go far longer between check ups, it’s important that you pay attention to the performance of your car and get it in for an evaluation if you notice any differences, noises, or other things outside the normal driving experience. Anytime you have a question or concern regarding the operation of your Volkswagen, schedule an appointment with Bachman Volkswagen service department.