Our 2017 VW Golf Alltrack is nearing 20,000 miles on the odometer, and that means a second oil change. If you’re doing the math, yes, that equals regularly scheduled oil changes that span 10,000 miles. If you grew up in a time where a car’s blood was supposed to be drained and changed every 3,000 miles, you might be startled at these numbers. I certainly was when I took the VW in last March for its first service.

But rest-assured, this is totally normal. Thank the world of synthetic oils. Today’s sophisticated lubricants, complemented by equally sophisticated engines, allow for such durations between oil changes. Still, with a busy few weeks ahead that will involve quite a few more miles, I opted to bring in the VW Alltrack a little ahead of schedule, with just under 18,000 on the odometer.

I scheduled the service at nearby Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine the day before and arrived at exactly 12:30 p.m., the designated time. I pulled into the service bay and was promptly greeted by a tech who was quick and courteous, noting the mileage and examining the car for any defects (none were seen, thankfully).

Great service and some savings

Inside the center, I talked with another tech about service options. At 20,000 miles, VW recommends an oil and filter change, and a check of the brakes, battery, tires and windshield washer and blades. That service was quoted around $140, while a basic oil/filter change and vehicle inspection ran around $90. The tech agreed that the basic service would be just as fine. “If this were your 30,000- or 40,000-mile service, I’d tell you differently,” he said.

I also requested a tire rotation for an additional $25. All said and done, the dealer service and a complimentary wash took the exact time estimated – an hour and a half – and came to $120, the same as last year’s similar service. Our VW Alltrack, with 17,987 miles on the odometer, returned with a clean bill of health. Everything was in working order, and the only note in the paperwork was to re-evaluate tire wear at the next interval and replace the rubber if needed.

While I was initially surprised at the $90 fee just for the oil change service, considering it’s good for 10,000 miles or 1 year, it doesn’t seem that exorbitant. Broken down, that’s $7.50 a month – or about the price of a two coffee drinks.

See Past Reports for our Long-Term 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack:


Long-Term Update: Practicality

Long-Term Update: Wagon love

Long-Term Update: VW vs Audi

Long-Term Update: Drivetrain

Long-Term Update: Roadtrip II

Long-Term Update: Infotainment

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