Mk7 High Mileage Thread

s_ribs

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Joined
Apr 13, 2022
Location
Sheboygan, WI
TDI
2015 Golf S
Had my "U" DRL go out as well. The ballast was the issue. I'll have to dig around and find the one I ordered. Dealer said the same thing about replacing the assembly (think I was quoted 1k?) Bought the ballast on eBay for 50 dollars. No problems since then.

Edit: 4G0907697G was the number I used to search it on ebay

157k on my '15. Had the DRL issue as above, and the master window switch on the drivers door broke, replaced that with a used one for ~8 dollars. Otherwise routine maintenance.




George
These look fantastic!
 

tdiDerry

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Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Location
Chandler, AZ USA
TDI
2006 Jetta MkV Sedan; 2002 Jetta MkIV Sedan; 1999 Jetta MkIV Sedan
Am I crazy or do the Factory Installed brake pads last forever??? Did my 80K service a while ago and they looked fine -looked like they had plenty of life left.
 

Nuje

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Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Location
Island near Vancouver
TDI
2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2002 (swap from 2L gas); 2016 A3 e-tron
Front - yes.
Rear - not so much (not terrible, but not nearly as much life as I see remaining on the fronts; sample size of three Mk7s).
 

tdidieselbobny

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Joined
Apr 4, 2005
Location
Stafford,NY (WNY)
TDI
'03 Galactic Blue Jetta TDI, '15 Silk Blue Golf Sportwagen TDI
Turned over 85k today..... as far as that one that had 367k, I'm gonna guess it was an escort car for oversize trucks or something along those lines...
 

Terrapin'69

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Joined
May 20, 2022
Location
Maryland, USA
TDI
2015 GSW
Sitting on 152K miles. Replaced main water pump along w/ one aux pump w/in the last 30K. Ruptured fuel filter canister early on (<40K miles) but no issues with the replacement. Failed head unit for the stereo early on as well, but likewise no problems w/ the replacement. Lately the EGR has been throwing codes that sometimes trip the CEL and now my mechanic (private/independent) tells me the turbo has been running low boost pressures.
 

marcboxx

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Joined
Jun 10, 2022
Location
Houston
TDI
2015 VW Golf TDI SEL
204,000 miles presently and got it at 70,000 miles in Jan. 2020 just before pandemic. Timing Belt & water pump done at 135K (both belt and pump were still in good shape and could have gone to 150K). Extended Warranty Claims and NON-warranty items include:

1. Water Jacket Flange on side of the engine started leaking during a roadtrip to the Northeast. Repair done @ North Haven VW at 90,000 miles.
2. EGR replaced @ VW Clear Lake at 95,000 miles.
3. 2 sensors related to fuel injection system somehow ignited under the silver fire retardant cover sleeve next to the DEF injector replaced under warranty after about 4 weeks at the dealer as VWNA had to mull over the cause of the damage (almost $2,000 in repairs but all covered by VWNA) at 115,000 miles.
4. Timing Belt, Water Pump and Pulley replaced at 135,000 miles by indie mechanic. NOTE: Parts acquired from European Ebay parts reseller from Latvia. Parts at dealer at $800, but got them from EU Latvia by DHL Express all brand new for $250;).
5. Rear Brakes & Pads done as an emergency at a Midas in Sheridan, Wyoming after leaving Yellowstone Nat'l Park on way back to TX as they were
metal to metal on one side at 162,000 miles.
6. AC upper hose (sourced on EU Ebay from Lithuania from a salvaged Skoda for $110 delivered, dealer wanted $450 and only 2 available in the
entire US at that time @ 170,000 miles.
6. HVAC system completely renewed in later half of 2021 including compressor (make sure you go with factory Denso ONLY guys), evaporator which includes the drier (aftermarket), AC valve body (after AC overhauled it still was 20 degrees too warm, so after the valve body replaced ($40 from dealer) it was back factory temperature spec. @ 180,000 miles.
7. Replaced most of the suspension front & rear including H&R lowering springs, factory struts & shocks (Sachs), control arm bushings & ball joints, as well as the front drop links. Now looks and rides like a GTI or R but with a more pliant ride due to keeping the touring suspension in the Sachs spring rates @ 182,000 miles.
7. Presently CEL code of P0087 pointing to low fuel pressure at the fuel rail. Indie diagnosed no issues with HPFP or P295 valve and instead got weak readings from #3 & #4 injectors which might have slight debris in them. Thus decided to replace all 4 fuel injectors with a set of lower mileage ones with 47K miles on them from a salvaged A3 here in Texas (paid $400 for the set) @ 204,000 miles.

This car has touched 44 of the Lower 48 US states in the last 2 1/2 years since purchasing used at 70,000, completing 3 major roadtrips of (4,000 miles, 6,000 miles and 7,000 miles respectively). Never has it left me stranded (knock on wood) and consistently has been delivering 450 to 500 miles at each fill up on long distance cruises. She will be back on the road in August on a 5 week remote working roadtrip out West to CA, OR, WA, MT, WY and finally back to Texas.

Last thing I will note is the recommended oil used in our cars. Not sure what oils each of you are running, but I did find early on it is of the up most importance to use ONLY what is called for by the manufacturer OR face problems later on with your DPF potentially clogging or failing prematurely. VW calls for VW 507.00 for which I previously used Germany's LiquiMoly TopTec 4200 (can be gotten on Amazon), BUT I have sense switched to another brand also sold on Amazon called Triax and its EURO formula is good for 25,000 mile intervals. I have taken this oil upto 20,000 miles before replacement and I had the oils composition tested and upon completion the results were showing that the oils properties are almost as good as when it was first poured. So this is likely the best option if you want to go longer on your oil change intervals and btw the engine sounds MUCH quieter than when I was using LiquiMoly or other competitive brands.

Triax Euro Ultra VX 5W-30 Full Synthetic Ester, Compatible with VW 507.00/504.00, VW Audi 502.00, 505.01, BMW LL-04, Porsche C30, ACEA C3, Mercedes 229.51, 229.5, 229.31
 
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vwexpress

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Joined
Oct 27, 2019
Location
Davenport FL
TDI
2015 Golf Sport Wagon
Coming up on 80K miles on my '15 GSW tdi, getting ready to do my 2nd DSG filter change. Runs great, had to replace the left axle after hitting a raccoon at 50 mph, jammed it somehow and tore the boot, vibrated like hell. Already planning the timing belt/water pump R&R as I drive this as my work truck, putting like 600 miles on a week. Put on new drilled and slotted EBC rotors and pads when I bought it with 15 K miles on, as I tote around about a thousand pounds of tools in this everyday. Shocks and struts need some attention soon. As others have said, I'd love to get 300K out of this thing....
 

Nickmk7

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Joined
Jan 6, 2019
Location
SoCal
TDI
Mk7.5 GTI SE DSG 2002 Jetta TDI GLS M/T
204,000 miles presently and got it at 70,000 miles in Jan. 2020 just before pandemic. Timing Belt & water pump done at 135K (both belt and pump were still in good shape and could have gone to 150K). Extended Warranty Claims and NON-warranty items include:

1. Water Jacket Flange on side of the engine started leaking during a roadtrip to the Northeast. Repair done @ North Haven VW at 90,000 miles.
2. EGR replaced @ VW Clear Lake at 95,000 miles.
3. 2 sensors related to fuel injection system somehow ignited under the silver fire retardant cover sleeve next to the DEF injector replaced under warranty after about 4 weeks at the dealer as VWNA had to mull over the cause of the damage (almost $2,000 in repairs but all covered by VWNA) at 115,000 miles.
4. Timing Belt, Water Pump and Pulley replaced at 135,000 miles by indie mechanic. NOTE: Parts acquired from European Ebay parts reseller from Latvia. Parts at dealer at $800, but got them from EU Latvia by DHL Express all brand new for $250;).
5. Rear Brakes & Pads done as an emergency at a Midas in Sheridan, Wyoming after leaving Yellowstone Nat'l Park on way back to TX as they were
metal to metal on one side at 162,000 miles.
6. AC upper hose (sourced on EU Ebay from Lithuania from a salvaged Skoda for $110 delivered, dealer wanted $450 and only 2 available in the
entire US at that time @ 170,000 miles.
6. HVAC system completely renewed in later half of 2021 including compressor (make sure you go with factory Denso ONLY guys), evaporator which includes the drier (aftermarket), AC valve body (after AC overhauled it still was 20 degrees too warm, so after the valve body replaced ($40 from dealer) it was back factory temperature spec. @ 180,000 miles.
7. Replaced most of the suspension front & rear including H&R lowering springs, factory struts & shocks (Sachs), control arm bushings & ball joints, as well as the front drop links. Now looks and rides like a GTI or R but with a more pliant ride due to keeping the touring suspension in the Sachs spring rates @ 182,000 miles.
7. Presently CEL code of P0087 pointing to low fuel pressure at the fuel rail. Indie diagnosed no issues with HPFP or P295 valve and instead got weak readings from #3 & #4 injectors which might have slight debris in them. Thus decided to replace all 4 fuel injectors with a set of lower mileage ones with 47K miles on them from a salvaged A3 here in Texas (paid $400 for the set) @ 204,000 miles.

This car has touched 44 of the Lower 48 US states in the last 2 1/2 years since purchasing used at 70,000, completing 3 major roadtrips of (4,000 miles, 6,000 miles and 7,000 miles respectively). Never has it left me stranded (knock on wood) and consistently has been delivering 450 to 500 miles at each fill up on long distance cruises. She will be back on the road in August on a 5 week remote working roadtrip out West to CA, OR, WA, MT, WY and finally back to Texas.

Last thing I will note is the recommended oil used in our cars. Not sure what oils each of you are running, but I did find early on it is of the up most importance to use ONLY what is called for by the manufacturer OR face problems later on with your DPF potentially clogging or failing prematurely. VW calls for VW 507.00 for which I previously used Germany's LiquiMoly TopTec 4200 (can be gotten on Amazon), BUT I have sense switched to another brand also sold on Amazon called Triax and its EURO formula is good for 25,000 mile intervals. I have taken this oil upto 20,000 miles before replacement and I had the oils composition tested and upon completion the results were showing that the oils properties are almost as good as when it was first poured. So this is likely the best option if you want to go longer on your oil change intervals and btw the engine sounds MUCH quieter than when I was using LiquiMoly or other competitive brands.

Triax Euro Ultra VX 5W-30 Full Synthetic Ester, Compatible with VW 507.00/504.00, VW Audi 502.00, 505.01, BMW LL-04, Porsche C30, ACEA C3, Mercedes 229.51, 229.5, 229.31
do you have a picture of the springs on the car?
 
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