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What did you do to your Non-Kombi VW or other car today?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by melissa, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Not you i say and not i either..thanks Grant will make the necassary arrangements .;)
     
  2. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Chris, with these new vehicles the fuel tank is generally not a uniform shape more trapezoid and so the fuel gauge can be slow to move @ first then progressive as you expect then 3rd or 4th stage it moves faster to the enough or E level.

    You need to check more so distance travelled - fill up - calculate what's left in the tank to get a better idea of accuracy of the fuel gauge ..... the lower to Enough you get the better idea you'll get on accuracy.

    Service - newer technology go with what they say - you got warranty - check with dealer - search on google to see if answers are on alternate forum ..... a lot has changed service and issue wise.
     
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  3. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Good on u Bert .
    I reset the trip meter b4 i filled it last time so im already getting a sort of where it shoud be reading .BUT, suffice to say its worth watching what you have said. Just to be on the safe side .
    "RE" the oil change i hear what yr saying and yes it has a 5 yr full warrenty on it but i will still drop the oil now and the filter to be safe ,as Wattie from Midura says oil is cheap so for the sake of a few dollars why not .it is only a one of thing anyrate , the kombi is different i do that 2500 klm oil change regardless..
    Chris
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Chris.
    Rule one.
    Dealers usualy know jack shit.
    They are salesmen.

    I'm not qualified to answer the qn accurately .
    Maybe Tom or other mechanics have info on such.

    My personal unprofessional stance if I owned one would be a change at 1000 km at least
    ( initially)

    I'm old enough to have seen a few such claims that were failures.
    Diffs and gearboxes " filled for life"
    Lack of grease nipples on ball joints " because filled for life"
    Yeah ? BS.
    The max design life for cars is 15 yrs.

    Oils get contaminated with combustion crap that doesn't get filtered out.
    The oils might hold up but there are acids etc which are harmful if left a long time between changes.

    I'm not convinced .

    On the other part of argument..
    Oils are much better.
    Tolerances and materials in engines are much improved.
    Engines are mostly hot tested before fitting as far as I'm aware.
    Better fuel control produced less contaminants.

    I have noticed that oils such as HPR30 in a 90s engine starts to change at about 4k km.
    Changes at 5k km give clean oil but 10k km is noticeably past what I like.

    Realistically, I expect that the recommended service intervals give a good engine life unless searches on the issue indicate otherwise.

    These engines usualy give much better longevity than what we had in our youth.


    But given that you are likely not going to add miles as fast as if it were a delivery van my preference would be each 10k untill convinced otherwise.
    Is there a time limit as well ?
     
  5. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    He (the sales man ) ssid 12 mths or 15 thou which ever comes first.
    I can say that 10 thou is a bit more realistic but 15 is over the top to what i have been doing .
     
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  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    See what Rick, Tom, grumble recon.
     
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  7. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Ok im sure there will b a few comments .But bert is right in regards to the warranty side of things .if it goes bung they fix it but is that on a sliding scale, as in how long i have had it, how many ks has it done and so on .
    Just my concern about these things.
     
  8. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Chris

    I will be amazed if you get to 15 thou without a top up.
    My Polo GTi hand book said 1 litre every 2,000 kms is acceptable.

    It took a lot of complaining and after the oil injectors (???) were changed I finally got to about 1 litre every 6 or 7 thou.

    The oil is 504 grade and about $80 per 5 litres
     
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  9. tintop

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    Does the service booklet back up what the salesman says?

    My Mercedes Sprinter is 18 yrs old and even back in 2002 the service booklet said if you use an MB approved oil (basically synthetic from well known brands), the interval is 22,500 kms or 2 years (that's also for the first oil change)

    Not the sort of numbers I grew up with!




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  10. Grantus

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    Forgot about the “Butt Covering” VW statement in the T3 Handbook, stating that “Up to 1 litre of oil usage, per 1000kms” is acceptable. :eek:

    My independent mechanic, offers free drive by oil top ups between services, to his good clients.

    We have mused about doing a service, and as the customer picks the vehicle up, saying, “See you in 15,000 kms......oh, and here’s your between service oil top up”, then present a 15 litre drum of oil to put in the boot of the customer’s car. :D
     
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  11. chris taylor

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    Ok will have to check this out .i know the Type 2 manual to says much the same thing ,about a ltr a thousand but mine does not .about 1/4 ltr in 2500. At this point i havnt got that far into the book to read this info.
    Im not one for pushing the guts out of engines so it will be interesting to see what happens .i will check the oil level in the morning.
     
  12. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Seems possible that the factory fill may be a specific oil so check on that .
     
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  13. melissa

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    Chris - be very careful - you must use the correct spec oil as stated in your handbook or under your bonnet for these newer VW engines. Even my Touareg has a very specific oil.
     
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  14. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Ok Melissa will double check every thing.thanksfor the warning.
     
  15. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Yes will do just that.thanks.
     
  16. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Or just express your concerns to the dealer, and see if they will agree to do a 1000km oil & filter replacement, at a reasonable cost, explaining that you are “old school”, using the correct replacements. :rolleyes:

    They may (should) agree to do it, to put your mind at rest. ;)

    That way, there is no way you can do anything wrong, nor can they deny any future warranty claims if something should ever arise.
     
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  17. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Yes , that seems a better way to go grant ,
     
  18. Subdub67

    Subdub67 Well-Known Member

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    Today I hired a Woollies upholstery cleaner for the Polo that’s been getting very soiled from the girls swimming and gymnastics training. Bloody fantastic little machine!
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    After :rolleyes:
     
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  19. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Great job!!! Did you find it satisfying? Try watching some of these videos on Youtube:

     
  20. Subdub67

    Subdub67 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it was satisfying to remove all that gunk out of the seats, did the lounges in the house too. They were pretty good but good to get jobs done while social distancing.
     
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