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VW Passat engine

Asked by John Howley

In later life, I am not using my VW Passat as much as I've used other cars. Rarely now do I drive more than 50 km. A "European car motor mechanic" told me that short runs are bad for the car, even to requiring a new or reconditioned motor in some circumstances. Being on a pension, it is too expensive a take the car for an extensive drive with the cost of fuel as it is. What are your suggestions for car owners in this position, to extend the life of their car, particularly the engine?

Answered by CarsGuide

17 Nov 2011 Graham Smith

Don't listen to "European car motor mechanics" for starters. I reckon if you checked in his back yard you'd find it full of Passat engines he would like to sell you. It's not a good idea to only do very short runs where the engine, gearbox and differential don't get a chance to warm-up, but runs of 10 to 50 km are fine.

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