Reaching the 400,000 mile mark is quite an accomplishment for a vehicle. One does not read about this every day, but there are a few common characteristics you find when researching the ability to achieve this kind of mileage on an automobile.
In almost every instance of a 400K vehicle, you find the word diesel. It seems that the common thread of joining the club almost always begins with the diesel engine, and Volkswagen is no stranger to the diesel engine. A brief research project to determine the longest lasting vehicles comes with a long list of happy Volkswagen owners having exceeded the 400,000 mile marker. Here are a few tips to take your vehicle to that exclusive club.
Read the Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual typically has recommended service intervals that should be followed to maintain the vehicle. Failure to do so can and will most likely result in engine failure at some point, and it will happen long before the 400K mark.
The single most important issue in maintaining the vehicle is regular and consistent oil changes. In every instance of a 400K vehicle, the owner has stated the regular maintenance of the oil as the key.
Trust your Dealership
Have the dealership thoroughly check your vehicle for wear and tear on a regular basis. Nobody has better training and more qualified personnel to inspect and maintain your vehicle than a DFW Volkswagen dealer. Choose your dealership wisely. Make sure that you have the family friendly type of service and atmosphere like you find at Lewisville Volkswagen.
Keep it clean
This may seem like a no brainer, but the act of washing road and street grime off the automobile on a regular basis helps keep the inspection process flawless. Any good mechanic will perform a better vehicle inspection and take greater pride in the quality of their work if the owner appears to have care and concern for their vehicle. This becomes apparent in the cleanliness of the car.
Not every service is necessary
While this might seem counteractive to the “follow the manual” and “trust your dealership” advice, there are times when services are not justifiable. It is not suggested that you always wait for a problem before addressing an issue, but why go through a fuel injection cleaning when there is no problem? Often, these services are suggested as a preventative measure, but you must use your best judgment as to when and how to best spend your money.
The purchase of an automobile extended warranty can also help you avoid unexpected costs and expenses. If your tendency is to drive your car until the wheels fall off, this is a great option for helping you extend the life of your vehicle to the 400,000 mile marker.
Volkswagen owners are very loyal to the brand and take the kind of pride in ownership that tends to help their autos last beyond the typical lifespan. This is reflective of the quality engineering that goes into every Volkswagen engine and vehicle.