Re: Low milage service question.
Well... we had a low KM's car (before I learned how to drive and put more
serious KMs on it) it was a 1991 Golf 1.8L bought new in 1991, it had only
36000kms on it when I learned to drive in late 1999 (when we sold it in late
2003 it had approx 80000kms on it)... so the mileage is just a bit more then
what you put on... for the first 2/3 of its life - by the time I drove it
the engine shook so badly you'd have thought it was a diesel... Carbon
buildup most likely, as it went away when I started using and abusing the
We had oil changes done twice a year, brakes done as needed (corrosion from
not driving the car takes its toll on them), replaced the distributor, spark
plugs and wires on age related intervals (every 4 years or so - complete
tuneup), did the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid on age related
intervals as well (as speced in the manual)... As you can see the
maintenance costs don't end up being cheap - it's more economical to drive
the car and to change out parts/fluids based on kilometers.... Another thing
to note, this car was eating exhaust systems and batteries - water buildup
killed the exhausts, engine didn't get hot enough for long enough to dry up
the water... And frequent discharge/not enough charge on the batteries left
them flat or completely dead every so often.
We would make sure to take the car on one long trip or two per year to give
it a good highway run, when we sold it the engine was running smooth, quiet,
and tight - not a drop of oil burnt between changes.... used to leak oil,
but once as we got that fixed no additions were needed. - New owners had to
put in a new catalytic converter, brakes and brake lines, and put a new
clutch in (the new owners son fried the clutch learning to drive it)... they
examined the engine and said it was like new, basically.
I'd keep doing what you are doing, sounds basically how we treated our low
mileage car - don't skip services tho... brake fluid and rad fluid need to
be done regardless of kms usually.... oh and change the timing belt after 6
years (or whatever it says in your manual) you don't want that to let go!
"John Daniels" <johndaniels@NOSPAMyakorama.co.uk> wrote in message
> I have a 2001 1.6 V40SE which has a full Volvo service history. It is
> perfect, partly down to the fact that it has only done about 8000 miles
> since new.
> It was bought and though useful is not used as much as we had planned.
> While it was under warranty it got the reccomended service every
> year...Less than every 2000 miles because of it's minute use.
> Now the 4 year 40K service is due. I am looking at 250 UK pounds for the
> job, plus MOT etc which I will happily pay, but I have the odd
> I don't want the car out of the dealer network service. I like and trust
> my local Volvo place. We've used them for 25 years. I have a lot of
> redress with them if something goes wrong, friends with the MD etc etc.
> So, the usual arguments about taking out of the dealer net don't apply.
> I'd prefer to hadn the hard earned over to people who have proved to be
> trustful than some geezer in a back lane who I know nothing about.
> Also you never know what's around the corner. The dealer's often
> botheirng me to give the car to him in part ex. I am getting very good
> above book offers for it but don't see the logic in swapping such a low
> miler for something with 0 miles on the clock. One day I may want to sell
> and a dealer history will boost the price and confirm what is a
> suspiciously low milage. For now though it's a rather well-appointed
> shopping basket!
> However, As the car is so lightly used, does it really need a 4 year
> service that you'd give to a 40K mile car?
> I believe the car has a service light. Is this supposed to come on when
> you need a service? would I therefore be safe and sensible to drive the
> car unserviced 'till the light comes on?
> Also, does anyone kow if Volvo in the UK, can approve some sort of revised
> service schedule?
> Although low miles, wear and tear on certain engine bits must be high as
> the car never runs at it's operating temperature for long.
> Or as someone suggested to me recently. Should the oil perhaps get a
> change more than once a year...Every 6 months, because of the cold running
> temps on the engine?
> Lots of questions I know...
> Any thoughts appreciated guys.