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Old December 19th, 2012, 21:54   #7
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Originally Posted by LiLredTDI View Post
I guess if you do not have an owners manual this is useful?
I am not familiar with the format or information contained in the Owner's Manuals for older vehicles, but for the newer vehicles:

The maintenance cards provided by Robert are useful even if you have an Owner's Manual.

The information shown on the maintenance cards is from the "USA Warranty and Maintenance" manual.
This information is not contained in the Owner's Manual.

The "USA Warranty and Maintenance" manual for the 2012 Golf displays this information using 14 pages of bulleted lists. The corresponding maintenance card shows the same information with 3 pages in a more concise and visual manner using a chart format.

With the chart format on the maintenance cards it is easy to see which items are recommended for each service interval with just a quick glance at the row containing the item. To determine the same information using the "USA Warranty and Maintenance" manual requires reading 14 pages of bulleted lists multiple times looking for each particular item to determine which service intervals contain that item.
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