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I am looking at purchasing a new, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI car. I have a 35 mile commute to work on pretty much all highway. I want something good on gas mileage, so I heard the Jetta TDIs get awesome gas mileage. My only concern is the maintenance frequency (and cost).

So my question(s) are:

  • How frequently does the oil need to be changed?
  • Are there any other general maintenance items I need to do during the first 40-60k miles?
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According to the 2013 TDI maintenance schedule for US market (PDF, via tdiclub.com), oil and filter changes occur every 10 000 miles (synthetic only, which allows for higher mileage between changes), same with tyre rotations; fuel filter replaced every 20 000 miles. This would be covered under 30 000 miles US Carefree Maintenance program included with purchase of most new or certified used VWs, I believe.

First thorough service, however, at 40 000 miles, that includes going over most systems is not covered by that program. Other important maintenance items include replacing transmission oil and filter on DSG (non-auto) gear boxes every 40 000 miles; checking DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) after 120 000 miles, and, if replacement not necessary then, every 20 000 miles thereafter; timing belt replacement at 130 000 miles.

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