If there is one thing that has International Sport Motors in San Francisco over the years, encountered problems with the Volkswagen automatic transmissions. The basic Volkswagen “life” Automatic transmission fluid system sounds too good to be true because it is. Although modern synthetic fluid protects better and lasts longer than comparable oils, it will not last forever. In fact, refers legal concept of “vital fluid” only for the duration of vw warranty. So if the warranty has expired, you’re out of luck.
Volkswagen to know along with many other car manufacturers, not that most owners keep their cars past 100,000 miles. The so-called ‘lifetime’ fluid is simply a marketing twist will “require minimal maintenance.” Used to sell using cars, but go out after 100,000 miles mark (when the vehicle really need attention), the most Volkswagen repair all warranty claims. Therefore, 105,000 miles VW Schedule A timing belt changes on 1.8T engines, and why most of the ‘lifetime’ guarantees are wrong.
If you want to keep your car in a while, the cost will not deter replace ATF. Untouched for an entire “life” of this fluid can cause serious damage to your filter and oil pans. Deposits of metallic particles accumulate in the filter and oil pan, and ultimately to gear damage. The resulting repairs will be expensive. If you keep your car to 150,000 or 200,000 miles on the plan, you change your ATF itself on a regular basis. Visit your local VW-Audi car parts dealers (Germani Car Parts and ECStuning, etc.) and buy a VW-specific oil and filter kit.
By the way, do not bother to ask the writer of this Volkswagen Service ‘lifetime’ loopholes. They will insist that products such as ATF ‘with the life is doomed, “but it is only through corporate mandate. If you really want to keep your Volkswagen running smoothly, follow the Council.