Half a million miles on one turbo

Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by in Volkswagen Canada

Drew with VW

Recently, Matt Marion, an editor during Men’s Health, contacted Volkswagen to surprise us that his MK IV Jetta 1.8T was entrance a 500,000 mile mark. It’s a conspicuous miracle so he was invited to a Volkswagen Group of America offices in Auburn Hills, MI to do a consummate autopsy of a car to establish what kept it going for so many miles.

Matt bought his 2001 Jetta code new and picked this specific indication in vast partial since of a turbo. To him, all else was optional, including a CD player. After all, because do we need a stereo when a sound entrance from a powertrain offers hours of entertainment?

What initial incited Matt’s conduct to Volkswagen was a dim blue 1989 Golf he purchased with income his grandfather gave him when he graduated from high school. He owned a Golf for only one year before he sole it, though it still stays one of his favorite cars and one that supposing a correct tie to a road.

So…What was a tip to his Jetta’s longevity? Ultimately, Matt achieved slight maintenance, changing a oil as scheduled each 5,000 to 7,000 miles with fake oil, and gathering many of those 500,000 miles on a highway. As for repairs, a delivery was never opened, solely to reinstate a seal, and a turbo is a same one that was in a engine when Matt’s Jetta rolled off a play lot over 10 years ago.

One thing a technicians weren’t means to do was a dynamometer exam to magnitude how many energy a Jetta was putting out after half a million miles. However, Matt did contend that a powertrain and cessation were still as well-spoken as ever when he done his final expostulate to Auburn Hills, observant that outing was a many noted one he had ever taken with a vehicle.

I asked Matt that 2012 Volkswagen he’d chose to go another half a million miles in. “As many as we adore a GTI, GLI, and a new Golf R, we would select a 2012 Golf TDI with a DSG. And never mind 500k—I wouldn’t stop until we strike a million.”

Tell me that Volkswagen you’d like to spend 500,000 miles in. Also, check out Matt’s blog post to review some-more about what a VW technicians found during a autopsy and additional insights toward what kept his Jetta in tip condition.



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