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2002 volkswagen golf maintenance schedule



How closely do people follow the VW maintenance schedule? Just bought a 1999.5 VR6 Jetta and it says it doesn't need a timing belt change ever (I assume it has a timing chain then?), and to change the oil every 10,000 miles. I usually change the oil on my CRV every 5 and thats only cause I use full synthetic.

Congrats on the new (to you ) car. What I do with my VR-6 is, change the oil and filter and use synthetyic oil every 5000 miles. I know what i put in the car, and how i drive it and feel comfortable with going over the old school 3000 mile interval. The timing chain last but the plastic belt tensioner is the wear part. It can be checked at regular intervals and replaced when needed. If you hear a wierd slapping, dragging sound (a little help here would be appreciated), then get the timing chain checked and replaced. Rotate the tires every oil change or 10,000 miles. The rest of the mintinace items(air filters, brakes, clutch, etc) are wear items and should be replaced when needed. "Like my daddy used to say. if it aint broke, don't fix it." Have fun with the car!!

Thanks Jimmy. The Jetta has 61k miles. I had read somewhere that starting a car on synthetic, assuming it wasn't already getting synthetic, should be worked up to by doing 1/4 synthetic / 3/4 regular, half and half, 3/4 synthetic / 1/4 regular. Does that make sense to you? Also, any tips on how I could check the plastic belt tensioner?

I personally do synthetic every 5k, 10k is way too long for me to go. Timing belt. do it when you're supposed to. I've heard too many stories about people's timing belts snapping. Be nice to your car and it will be nice to you.

I personally do synthetic every 5k, 10k is way too long for me to go. Timing belt. do it when you're supposed to. I've heard too many stories about people's timing belts snapping. Be nice to your car and it will be nice to you.

The vr6 doesn't have a timing belt. They are 2 timing chains. They should be replaced either when they start making chattering noises or around 100k miles. They make those noises because the tensioners are known to go bad around 100k. So you should be good for a good while unless you hear chattering. Congrats on the Jetta and welcome to the forum.

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