10,000-Mile Service (A Little Late) - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: 10,000-Mile Service (A Little Late)

January 16, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

We were behind schedule, but at 11,247 miles we finally got our 2013 VW Passat TDI in for its 10,000-mile service. We took it to Volkswagen Santa Monica a few blocks from our office for the Service Express package. No appointment needed and promised in about an hour, so we walked back to the office.

VWSM changed the Passat's oil and filter, rotated the tires and topped off the fluids. Our service advisor, Daniel, later called to tell us the techs found a nail in the front right tire. He quoted us $34.90 to patch it and we agreed to the work. They also checked our brake pads, reporting the front pads at 11mm, the rears at 10mm. The rest of the work didn't cost us anything.

Only later did we think to ask if the fluid top-offs included the AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid additive, scheduled for a refill at 10,000 miles. We assume it was, but it's not specifically noted on the service sheet. We'll have a call into the dealer in the morning to confirm. Or reschedule.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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