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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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I have a 2011 jetta tdi, turbo went out at 109,000. now particulate filter is bad, cost near 1200 for just filter, timing belt kit 690 w/ water pump, recomended. Everything on this car is too expensive and doesn't make up for the saving of 40 mpi.

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Could you please add a currency to your post, otherwise your numbers are meaningless... –  Nick C Sep 4 '14 at 9:13

I have a VW CC (gas mind you) and love it. Maintenance can be done by yourself for alot cheaper than the dealership. The VW dealerships near me are a total rip off, that said it is important to read the owners manual to find out what should be done at each interval and a simple youtube will walk you through it.

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beta - I have left you a comment on that proposal. I don't think there is any value in trying to create a small subset of an existing site. –  Rory Alsop Aug 21 '14 at 7:57
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