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As many of you know now, I bought a 2000 Jetta with 81,000 miles on it. I do all the maintenance that I can on the car, including fluids. Things like brake pads, and tune-up items, I will let an expert do.
Aside from what the owners manual says about recommend mileage interval services, what have any of you guys done to maintain a car that has high miles on it? I did have a Honda Accord from new to 150,000 miles with only the fluid and tune-ups done myself, and two batteries. I expect to have this little Beauty that long too.
Also, are the belts on the 2.0 very hard to do? I did them on the Honda, and I couldn't even see them without some significany removal of stuff. I can actually see them on the VW.
 

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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (ashleync)

Well you can be very anal about maintenance.. or the kind of person who just "if it aint broke don't fix it" I've always taken a proactive approach to this and made things last. I.e., my 86 GTI has 303k on it and runs strong on original axles, a/c, alternator, and radiator. My axles I disassembled the inners and outers and swapped sides every 100K. I flushed coolant thouroughly every two years. Water pumps only replaced when needed. Belts the same. I inspected everything to a T. Fuel pump get noisy, I replace it. Plain and simple.
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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (jarredvwgti)

First question...do you know what's been done on the car recently? If not, timing belt is due (60K mile item), I'd change all fluids and the filters. If you're changin the timing belt/tensioner change serp belt and power steering too since you have to remove to get at timing belt. Other than fluids hoses need good inspection and squeeze every few months at this age, feel any getting hardened or squishy, time to replace. I take the tack that replacing everything at 60K (belts, hoses filters) sets me up for trouble free driving for another 4-5 years...by which time I'll have moved on. You can try to get the last mile out of parts like these, but if you miss something on your inspections and one breaks in the middle of nowhere...say on Sunday afternoon...what you'll spend on towing, fixing at a shop that charges top dollar will more than pay for changing out everything if you buy the parts at discount prices! Plus you have the piece of mind knowing that your soft parts are all in top shape if you do a mass change out. At 80K I'd repack rear wheel bearings and change out the brake shoes. Then you're good to go for a real long time!
 

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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (spitpilot)

Thanks for the input fellas. I feel like the belts have not been changed, as they have very slight wear cracks showing in them, but nothing I could say, fit a sliver of paper into.
As far as brakes, when I bought the car, it had significant grinding on the brakes. So, all new pads, shoes, and rotors went on the car. I know someone in the biz here in Charlotte, so I got the whole car done for the price of one axle. About $200.00. Plus mileage guarentee.
I am always peeping under the hood to inspect things. I doubt something is go unnoticed, knock on wood.
I may be in the car for another 1-2 years, or I may be in it for as long as it holds out. Just depends on how my finances go.
Thanks for the input.
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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (ashleync)

Not really sure about the newer models, but I bought my 93 Jetta about 4 years ago. I am the second owner and it's got just under 80,000mi on it. At the beginning of the year I ended up having to replace a both my front struts and a new strut tower, and about a month ago had to replace the timing belt. I have been pretty good about routine maintenance although not anal with it. I can be a little rough on her at times, but she takes it well. So as far as maintenance goes routine should get you by for the most part.
 

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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (AZVento)

After you do the maintenance service, the rest is up to you,religously check and maintain your oil,watch the temp gauge like it has $$$ signs on it because if you ignore oil level and the temp gauge on a Euro car,or any car for that matter you will spend big $$$ on what otherwise might have been small inexpensive repairs. Euro cars with mileage will have cooling system issues and don't go to Jiffy/fast lube type places.They hire young,inexperienced kids,use cheap oil and low quality filters,take it to a German car specialist or do it yourself with German filters,they are the best $$ can buy.Good luck!!
 

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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (ashleync)

Though the owners manual says to do the timing belt at 105,000 miles, go ahead and do it now--but it's $$$. Flush the brake fluid every two years regardless of mileage--brake fluid absorbs moisture and will break down after a couple of years. Accessory drive belt you can do yourself ~$30. Check tires for uneven wear. Check spark plugs--go with oem NGK plugs, but get them from a parts store, not the dealer.
 

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Re: Maintaining cars with higher mileage... (JettaRed)

see now thats where ive heard differing opinions. some guys say change the brake fluid, some say dont sweat it unless your boiling it.?.
what is the best way to do so on an abs car? again ive heard a million answers and want to know for sure before i do it. my haynes manual said "under no circumstances should the bleed screw be opened on an abs system", wtf? how the hell do you bleed then?
ive posted about this before with no luck and as we all know search is down. any help is appreciated.
 
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