1 year or 20k miles whichever is soonest. You might be able to switch to variable if you ask the dealer.
But, having said that I would recommend buying a service plan and get it done regularly, modern oils may have long life, but I am old school and will want mine changed after the first year, and every 2 thereafter. IMO does not pay to skimp on servicing.
10K miles / 12 months on fixed intervals
up to 20K miles (usually around 17 = 18K) or 2 years... whichever comes first.
Modern oils are more than capable of long intervals between changes (Vauxhall I believe go up to 30K and trucks do 100K ... pulling 44 tonnes all day every day)
I have run every VAG engine in the last 10 years on variable intervals (some with well over 100K miles on the clock) and never had a single engine issue that wasn't due to a failed part (EGR)
The Golf we sold went on to do over 250K miles (and serviced about every 50K miles after my step son bought it!) was still running as sweet as a nut.
I am not trying to talk anyone into variable service intervals, we are all old enough to make our own minds up, but do it with all the facts to hand.
With over 20 years in Shell lubricants I would say that high annual mileage long, hot running is far better for any IC engine than low mileage, short, cold runs (like I do) which contaminated oil far more quickly.
So if the former you may need ok on 2 year servicing.
If the latter service it every year, as I have to.
Some will depend on which engine you have gone for. My last three cars have been diesel. The first two were Skoda Octavia's, whilst my present one is a Vauxhall has been the only one with a (no problem so far filter wise - fingers crossed) diesel particular filter. However the oil percentage warning came on at under 8,000 mile, necessitating an early oil change. This year, just managed to get to the 10,000 mile service limit. Many diesel drivers are in the same boat with the other manufacturers. A mate has a Ford Kuga and has just had an early oil change when he got his warning at 6,500 miles. You don't have that problem with a petrol engine. It is okay for the vehicle manufacturers to say service intervals are anything up to 20,000 miles but then they insist on early oil changes.
If you use the START/STOP function frequently you will need to perform engine oil changes at regular intervals 10 000 miles, if not you can extend that to 20 000 miles, or even 30 000 miles. IMPORTANT: first service needs to be performed at 10k miles/1year due to the process of piston rings settling in and sending tiny metal parts into your oil/filter. After that you can extend the intervals.
Transmission officialy doesn't require a service (so-called sealed for life unit), but the previous 6-speed wet clutch required a service at 40k miles, so i recomend you should change the oil/filter at about 70k miles, because those DSG units are oil-quality sensitive and expensive to replace.
If you went with the 4x4 option, than the Haldex unit needs a oil change every 3 years (no filter here), though you can extend that if you have low milage and you don't do much off-roading/driving on wet roads on hilly terrain.
The timing belt is another lifetime part, so shouldn't require replacement until 200k miles.
You have your fuel filter that needs replacing at about 70k miles, along with the engine air filter. On petrol engine you have spark plugs that last 70k miles and ignition coils that last about 100-150k miles.
Engine oils degrade if:
- exposed to high temperature
- exposed to contamination
- mechanical stress
Due to modern day advances in mechanics, engines, transmissions and differentials work at higher tolerances and require very clean oil (cleaner than in older cars). Expensive synthetic oils last longer than mineral ones, but have different properties (VW wet clutch DSG problem/fix). Don't try and skip service intervals because, this can lead to expensive mechanical fixes down the road and it will void your warranty.
Where you can save on:
- spark plug replacement
- ignition coil replacement
- pollen filter
- engine air intake filter
- fuel filter
- performing oil changes yourself
It appears my servicing schedule 'on-board' was incorrectly set-up. As I approach my bears 1st birthday next month (with 12.5k on clock) I am informed by 'it' via Skoda Connect Status that it needs an 'Inspection Service' in 35 days or 7500 miles, and an oil service in 400 days or 6300 miles.
Tried getting clarification from 'Live Chat' .. waste of time .. didn't have a clue !
Spoke to local dealer .. confirmed I was on 'Flexible' servicing with long life oil, which should go to 18k-20k without requiring change so didn't understand why an Inspection Service required after 12 months. Agreed that I would ignore it until the Oil Service prompt and have an "Inspection Service' then hopefully in around 6 months / 18k miles. More than happy to skip the interim 'Oil Change Service' and have an 'Inspection' every 18 months / 18-20k miles. Anybody doing the same ? (2.0tdi 190)
I can't remember when you got yours, but assuming it was the ed of Feb, you are doing about 14k a year and so the car has assumed a longer service interval. Short annual mileages such as I do, require 1 year or 10k or even earlier if the oil sensor detects the quality of the oil has fallen below acceptable levels
Historically, dealers have switched the cars from variable servicing to fixed interval 10k miles on delivery unless you specifically tell them otherwise. Then on servicing I have had three or four times where in spite of doing variable service they have set it as fixed 10k.
I started this thread because I found what I thought I knew and what the car was telling me Conflicting and confusing. The thread didn't really shine much light on it. I expected a service to be due after 12 months/x miles but the car currently wants an oil service one month shy of 2 years/12800 miles. It then wants an inspection service 4 weeks later at 2 years/14900 miles.
I asked Skoda and I got the following reply:
"Thank you for your recent contact with ŠKODA Customer Services, please accept my apologies for the delay in my response.
I apologise about the confusion you are having about servicing the vehicle. Most new vehicles now don't require a service until they reach two years/20,000 miles, after that the vehicle will adapt to either a fixed or flexible service. A fixed service is advised every 10,000 miles / one year and a flexible service is advised every 20,000 miles / two years. The vehicle will inform the drive when it requires a service.
If you would like further information I would recommend that you speak to your nearest Approved Retailer to see if they can further assist you with this as they are technically trained, I have provided a link below to view the contact details for ŠKODA Retailers around your area."
To conclude, I'll be waiting until the car tells me it wants serviced and if it still wants an oil service a few weeks before an inspection service I'll just be getting the latter done.
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