Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion Tech SE
Week ending: September 11
Miles driven this week: 195
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Curses. No sooner did I manage to reduce the Golf’s appetite for diesel than it started drinking a finer vintage: engine oil.
I became aware that the Golf was using oil a few weeks ago, when I checked the dipstick and saw that the level was approaching the minimum level, so I made a mental note to buy a bottle. However, one thing led to another, and the Golf was borrowed for journeys up North and to Bristol, so another few hundred miles has passed under its wheels. Then, on a journey home one night a message flashed up on the dashboard, telling me to check the engine oil level.
Rather annoyingly, the handbook doesn’t tell you which grade of oil you need, only that it must comply with ‘VW 507 00’. Fortunately, I found what I needed at the second petrol station I stopped at – Winchester Services – although £20 for one litre seemed a bit steep. It seems to be the going rate for a bottle of Castrol Edge 5W-30, though.
Should I be worried about the oil consumption? No. One litre of oil in 11,000 miles isn’t excessive; the handbook says it depends on how you drive and the conditions in which the car is used; it can be as much as one litre every 1250 miles (gulp). About 90% of the miles I cover in the Golf are at higher revs on the motorway, so I can understand why it might be using more oil than a car that spends most of its time in town.
By Rob Keenan
Week ending: September 4
Miles driven this week: 872
I’ve just been up to Burnley, and needed some wheels to get me there, so Rob lent me his Golf for the day. I’ll admit I’ve never been a big fan of modern Golfs. They’re just a bit dull for my tastes. After all, the name is based on a sport that you’d never break sweat in. On the other hand, the Golf is a fairly prestigious affair once you get inside.
It swallowed my video gear pretty happily, albeit with the rear seats folded, but that was because I had to take a jib which consists of two awkwardly long metal poles that never squeeze into any boot. If it wasn’t for that I could’ve quite easily loaded my equipment in the back.
I found a 12V plug in the boot. Not terribly exciting for most people, but it meant I could charge batteries en route without having all the clutter of an inverter and wires in the front, leaving the 12V socket in the front of the car free for my smartphone.
It’s little things like this that make a world of difference, and I guess this is why the Golf is so popular with so many people.
By James Holloway