2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: 20,000 Mile Service
May 16, 2014
Our time with the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is almost over, but we had one more service item to take care of before the car leaves. We powered through the 20,000-mile goal we set for all long-term test cars thanks to Dan Edmunds' biodiesel experiment. The Passat requires maintenance at 10,000-mile intervals, so the timing was perfect to get the car all freshened up before we return it to Volkswagen.
Volkswagen provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first three years/36,000 miles. The 20,000-mile service includes standard items like an oil change, tire rotation and various inspections. For our TDI, that also means topping it off with AdBlue and replacing the fuel filter.
We visited Santa Monica Volkswagen as we did with the Passat's first service. I was greeted almost immediately and referred to a service advisor. He went over the items covered under the service, and informed me of an outstanding bulletin regarding a fuse box washer.
I was in no immediate rush to get the car back but I preferred having it before 2:00 p.m. the same day. I got a call at 1:30 informing me that the car was ready to be picked up. I didn't spend more than ten minutes at the service center all day. Quick and simple, no hassles. Just the way I like it.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,736 miles