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Steve_2019
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Service intervals

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Now my Polo is coming out of it warranty stage im looking too service it when it goes in for it's MOT. That for me is every 11k-12k. The car ask for a service every 95000 miles what seem bit short for me. What's other peoples thought on the service schedule. The oil still looks clean at 9k.
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If it’s on time and distance servicing, the ‘distance’ figure is 9,300.

I think in countries that measure distance in kilometres, servicing is due at the sooner of 12 months or 15k kilometres and converting 15k kilometres to miles is near enough 9,300 miles, hence why your car is triggering a ‘service due’ reminder at around that mileage (assume 95,000 in your post is a typo and you meant 9,500).

Cars on VW’s longlife / flexible service regime can travel for up to 18,600 miles / two years before needing an oil change; I think VW’s long life / flexible service regime was originally introduced to help operators of vehicle fleets manage their servicing costs, but I personally wouldn’t want my car on VW’s to run my car up to 18,600 miles or two years before its oil was changed. However, if you’re covering 11,000 - 12,000 miles in 12 months but plan on servicing your car at annually, you could consider using longlife oil to VW’s approved spec, which should be fine for 12,000 if VW have said it’s OK for 18,600 miles / two years. I’ve read on some forums that VW dealers actually use long life oil for all servicing, irrespective of whether a car is on time and distance or longlife/ flexible servicing, but I don’t know if they do.
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VW dealers do indeed use the same long life oil on all services,all oils are the same irrespective of the type of service.
This makes sense as a dealer to only use / stock the higher spec oil as this is ordered in bulk and having multiple tanks is a cost and space problem.
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SRGTD wrote: Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:46 pm If it’s on time and distance servicing, the ‘distance’ figure is 9,300.

I think in countries that measure distance in kilometres, servicing is due at the sooner of 12 months or 15k kilometres and converting 15k kilometres to miles is near enough 9,300 miles, hence why your car is triggering a ‘service due’ reminder at around that mileage (assume 95,000 in your post is a typo and you meant 9,500).

Cars on VW’s longlife / flexible service regime can travel for up to 18,600 miles / two years before needing an oil change; I think VW’s long life / flexible service regime was originally introduced to help operators of vehicle fleets manage their servicing costs, but I personally wouldn’t want my car on VW’s to run my car up to 18,600 miles or two years before its oil was changed. However, if you’re covering 11,000 - 12,000 miles in 12 months but plan on servicing your car at annually, you could consider using longlife oil to VW’s approved spec, which should be fine for 12,000 if VW have said it’s OK for 18,600 miles / two years. I’ve read on some forums that VW dealers actually use long life oil for all servicing, irrespective of whether a car is on time and distance or longlife/ flexible servicing, but I don’t know if they do.
Thanks for the reply SRGTD. You are right my car was giving longlife oil on its last service at VW (Total Quartz 5W30) what I understand is classed as long life oil. Reading the invoice from its last service.

Yes I meant 9,500 miles in my post.

Like you say on the latest Polo they say that you can do upto 18.600 miles on there service intervals. So im sure our Polo's could do the same mileage if you wanted to between service's. But how that effect's the long life of the engine I dont know. Maybe should have more faith in modern oils.

But for me 12.000 miles fits in for when it goes for it's MOT.
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I had my first service on around 10k miles and then second service on around 22k miles, wouldn't worry too much but around the 10k mark is a sweet spot according to the money makers.
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I'm the opposite..

I have the service notice come up.. 30 days left.. and have only done 1500 miles this year.. oil is obviously clean as a whistle.

It baulks a bit to have it serviced in a month's time. i have a service payment plan (seemed good idea at the time and is necessary to keep the warranty valid) so have to follow it regardless.

No doubt the cam belt will need changing at some point. presume that is time related and not mileage?
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Hi All,

My daughter picked up her new GTi last week and is loving it. However, when I was looking it over at the weekend I noticed that the service indicator was showing next service at 2 years. Is this right, I thought servicing was required every 12 months? the VW on-line service option was showing £384 for two services.
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sirwolfie wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:50 pm Hi All,

My daughter picked up her new GTi last week and is loving it. However, when I was looking it over at the weekend I noticed that the service indicator was showing next service at 2 years. Is this right, I thought servicing was required every 12 months? the VW on-line service option was showing £384 for two services.
I think the factory sets the service indicator for flexible / long life servicing as the default position. Under the flexible / long life service regime servicing is the sooner of 18,600 or 24 months which is why your daughter’s car is showing two years until it’s first service. Servicing for cars set to the time and distance service regime is every 9,300 or 12 months whichever is sooner.

The service indicator can be changed from long life to time and distance; with my last three cars, I asked the dealer to set mine to time and distance before I’ve collected the car.

https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/en/owners- ... dules.html
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SRGTD wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:27 pm
sirwolfie wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:50 pm Hi All,

My daughter picked up her new GTi last week and is loving it. However, when I was looking it over at the weekend I noticed that the service indicator was showing next service at 2 years. Is this right, I thought servicing was required every 12 months? the VW on-line service option was showing £384 for two services.
I think the factory sets the service indicator for flexible / long life servicing as the default position. Under the flexible / long life service regime servicing is the sooner of 18,600 or 24 months which is why your daughter’s car is showing two years until it’s first service. Servicing for cars set to the time and distance service regime is every 9,300 or 12 months whichever is sooner.

The service indicator can be changed from long life to time and distance; with my last three cars, I asked the dealer to set mine to time and distance before I’ve collected the car.

https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/en/owners- ... dules.html

SRGTD, many thanks for this. I prefer the oil is changed annually on all my cars. I will get her to pop into the dealers to get this changed to time and distance.
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