Volkswagen is renowned for their reliability and longevity and one VW certainly proves it. Mr Roy Dyson owns a VW Mk IV Golf S TDI and it has covered more than 450,000 miles.
The Volkswagen clocked 300,000 miles before it suffered its only recorded breakdown, when a failed alternator was replaced by the AA at the roadside. Roy recalls that the only time the car didn’t make it home under its own power was during the winter of 2010, when he was trapped in a snowstorm and spent the night in the car. The weather was also responsible for the car’s only accident, when it slid on ice and the nearside rear door was damaged.
Apart from regular oil changes and attention to the braking system, the car has required very little attention. Roy’s local service centre, Babbacombe Garage Services, gave it a complimentary service at 440,000 miles.
With the total mileage having just passed 450,000, the car still has its original engine, the cylinder head has never been parted from the engine block, it uses very little oil between services and it still averages 54 mpg using regular diesel from BP. Inevitably the car has had a couple of clutches, several sets of brakes and wheel bearings and regular cambelt changes every 60,000 miles.