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If I Buy a Volkswagon, Will it Cost Me a Lot in VW Service & Repairs?

Brian England, Mon, Aug 29, 2011

Volkswagons (abbreviated VW’s) are affordable European cars that are fun to drive! I think it’s the great performance and handling that makes VW’s so popular.

There was a time when Volkswagon was going through a rough patch, but they have rebounded because the manufacturer has worked hard to make their vehicles more reliable. VW is also designing their cars with the aim of appealing to a younger audience by giving them a sporty look.

2011 VW JettaIf you are thinking of buying a VW you will have quite a range to pick from. If you are looking for economy with performance then check out the 2011 VW Jetta TDI, this is a clean diesel that will give you 40 mpg on the highway. Many of the VW’s come with turbo boosted performance. This makes a small 4-cylinder engine feel like a zippy V6! The downside to turbo boosted vehicles is that the engine oil breaks down sooner than other non-turbo boosted vehicles.  As a result you will need more frequent oil changes if you drive a lot in the turbo boosted mode (foot to the floor).

This brings us to maintenance, VW’s do require more maintenance like most European cars. Additionally, they have performance tires and brakes which may need to be replaced more often.

If you are buying a used VW make sure you have it evaluated.  It should come with a Maryland State Inspection if not ask the repair shop who is performing the used car evaluation to also perform the Maryland State Inspection. As with all cars, if you look after it, you will have many years of safe, reliable use with the bonus of your car being worth more when you sell it.


photo credit:  vw.com


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About Brian England


Brian England, the current president of BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care) got his start with an auto apprenticeship in a small town in the northwest of London. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to work for a Land Rover dealer in Rockville, MD, and a few years later, started British American Auto Care with his wife, Jennifer. A big believer in preventive auto maintenance, Brian's philosophy is to encourage and educate drivers on the benefits of adhering to a regular maintenance plan.