2001 Jetta 1.8T hits 500,000 proves maintenance pays off

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Matt Marion, deputy editor at Men’s Health magazine, recently reached the half-million mile mark in his 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T—and wanted to see if his maintenance regime had helped the car’s turbocharged powerplant hum so reliably for so long. Marion’s blog that details his efforts to help his 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T reach 500,000 miles culminated in a trip to Volkswagen Group of America’s Auburn Hills Technical Center in Michigan to get their expert take on his car’s condition.

“The purpose of my blog ‘The Half-Million Mile Man’ was not only to chronicle my journey toward 500,000 miles, but also to share what I learned along the way about automotive maintenance with other drivers,”Marion explains. “When I neared 500K, I realized that the most valuable lessons of all were probably hiding inside the Jetta’s engine.”

At the Volkswagen Technical Center, Marion and a videographer watched as technicians took apart his Jetta’s engine over the course of two days, checking for cylinder wall wear and intake valve carbon deposits. Overall, the technicians found little wear and buildup, crediting Marion’s careful attention to the Jetta’s service needs in keeping his engine operating so efficiently over the years. The key takeaway? Adhering to the service guidelines found in an owner’s manual is vital in helping a car’s engine last.

“Volkswagen is passionate about creating high-quality products that consumers love to drive,” said Marc Trahan, Vice President of Technical Service and Quality, Volkswagen Group of America.“And, as Matt has demonstrated, following our recommended service guidelines goes a long way towards ensuring that you can enjoy being behind the wheel of your VW for years to come.

To read more about Matt’s 500,000-mile Jetta and see its engine being dismantled, visit his blog at http://blogs.menshealth.com/half-mill-man/

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