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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

Manufacturer Volkswagen Poznan Ltd., Poland

Year 2013

In operation "Behind the wheel" since July 2013

Mileage at the time of the report 100, 000 km

Publications in the Public Law: 2013, No. 12; 2014, No. 1, 3, 8; 2016, No. 8

Related Materials Image Grace or practicality? Citroen Grand C4 Picasso vs VW Caddy Maxi Caddy - the dream of any family man, burdened with numerous home and country cares. In a huge trunk for four years, as much cargo was transported as it would fit in a dozen trucks.

The spacious and comfortable lounge regularly became a temporary home on long journeys and business trips, and in German the carefully calculated ergonomics of the driver's seat, comfortable suspension and decent dynamics saved a lot of strength on long hauls. At the same time, fare and accommodation are affordable - on average, each kilometer traveled was cheaper than for many passenger cars from the editorial park. This is primarily due to the economical two-liter diesel engine, but Caddy’s maintenance and repairs didn’t draw frightening sums from its pocket either.

Once again, he appreciated the advantages of a diesel engine when he went to the Crimea with his family in the summer. July is the height of the holidays, and the M4 Don track was heavily loaded. Accordingly, the queues for gasoline, despite a sufficient number of gas stations, are huge. And for diesel - nobody.

При такой забортной температуре становится крайне некомфортно: кондиционер явно не справляется со своими обязанностями. At such an outboard temperature, it becomes extremely uncomfortable: the air conditioner clearly does not cope with its duties. At such an outboard temperature, it becomes extremely uncomfortable: the air conditioner clearly does not cope with its duties. Related Materials Image Volkswagen Caddy IV: commercial success One of Caddy’s shortcomings was revealed on this journey. Numerous road repairs collected lingering traffic jams, and in this mode of movement during forty-degree heat, the air conditioner could not effectively cool a huge salon. When I managed to break into the operational space, the car became a little cooler, but the temperature still did not drop to a comfortable one. However, the coast became almost ten degrees cooler. Both along the narrow streets of Gaspra (a beautiful mountain village in the Crimea, where we stayed), and along Ai-Petri serpentines, we traveled comfortably.

Summer tires Dunlop SP Sport FastResponse departed 70, 000 km - an excellent result. I replaced them with Hankook Ventus Prime2 tires. I didn’t feel any serious changes in the car’s behavior (except that it became more stable on wet pavement), but the noise from tires penetrating the passenger compartment significantly decreased, especially at high speeds.

Most service visits are related to scheduled maintenance. The engine oil changed as prescribed by the factory regulations, every 15, 000 km. I tried different things, but stuck to the viscosity recommended by the manufacturers - 5W 30. After the end of the warranty I began to install a non-original oil filter - I prefer Mann-Filter brand products in terms of price and quality.

Every three years (without regard to mileage), the manufacturer commits to change the oil in the Haldex coupling. I bought the oil myself - turned away from the offered analogues and chose the original one. But the replacement work decided to entrust the servicemen.

На приводном ремне стали появляться трещины. Решил не рисковать и при замене ГРМ заодно поменял привод навесного оборудования. Cracks began to appear on the drive belt. I decided not to risk it and, when replacing the timing belt, at the same time changed the attachment drive. Cracks began to appear on the drive belt. I decided not to risk it and, when replacing the timing belt, at the same time changed the attachment drive.

Volkswagen permits not to change the oil in the mechanical box and rear gear throughout the life of the car. If you are not going to drive a car for more than five years, you can safely stick to this recommendation - let the next owner have a headache. I decided, taking into account the impressive mileage, to take up the replacement. Two liters of Liqui Moly 75W 90 synthetics were poured into the rear gearbox, and 2.1 liters of the original oil of the same viscosity were put into the box. These works do not require special equipment, so they were performed by the masters of our technical center.

One of the most expensive planned operations was the replacement of 90, 000 km of the timing belt and its four rollers. In addition, the regulation obliged to install a new cooling system pump. Details are responsible, so I decided not to risk it and chose the original spare parts. I ordered them in a trusted store - in official Volkswagen services they cost an average of 20% more. Then he was puzzled by the search for a technical center. The scatter in prices struck: from 7, 000 to 12, 000 rubles for a comprehensive replacement, and for some unofficials it is even more expensive than in authorized services. As a result, I decided to contact an authorized dealer who lured me with a discount - she relied on cars older than three years. As a result, the work cost 7500 rubles.
Задние колодки отходили 90 000 км - хороший результат. The rear pads retreated 90, 000 km - a good result. The rear pads retreated 90, 000 km - a good result. Для замены колодок понадобится специнструмент для утапливания поршней. To replace the pads, you will need a special tool for recessing the pistons. To replace the pads, you will need a special tool for recessing the pistons.

A serious malfunction occurred this winter - the regular Webasto engine heater stopped working. The diesel “heart” is cold, and even with an additional stove working in the bitter cold, it is not stuffy in the cabin. When the temperature overboard drops below -15 ºС, I no longer want to take off my jacket. And with a failed heater in Caddy you feel like in a freezer.

Комплект ГРМ вместе с роликами и водяным насосом я заменил в соответствии с рекомендацией производителя, хотя осмотр деталей не вызвал ­опасений. Стойки стабилизатора прошли 80 000 км. На небольших стыках асфальта стали слышны характерные звуки. При проверке диагностировали люфт шарниров. В итоге - замена. I replaced the timing kit along with the rollers and the water pump in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation, although the inspection of the parts did not cause any concern. Stabilizer racks covered 80, 000 km. At small junctions of asphalt characteristic sounds began to be heard. When checking diagnosed play joints. The result is a replacement. I replaced the timing kit along with the rollers and the water pump in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation, although the inspection of the parts did not cause any concern. Stabilizer racks covered 80, 000 km. At small junctions of asphalt characteristic sounds began to be heard. When checking diagnosed play joints. The result is a replacement.

For the diagnosis of the unit, the officials requested 3500 rubles. But! Therefore, I decided to contact a service specializing in the maintenance and repair of additional heaters. I was satisfied with the prices and the competence of the staff. Specialists connected the diagnostic tool, found and erased two errors (“boiler overheating” and “insufficient fuel level”), after which all heater systems were forced to check. And it all worked, the cabin warmed again. For all the efforts of the masters, I gave only 1, 500 rubles.

Despite the solid mileage, Caddy shows no signs of fatigue: it looks fresh, nothing rattles in the cabin, the car rides cheerfully. In the near future, nothing expensive is expected from planned maintenance. I hope that serious damage will not happen. After all, Caddy has never let me down.

Expenses for operation and maintenance (0–100 000 km) *, rub.

Maintenance costs: 0–57, 000 km

208 983

Of these, for fuel (diesel fuel, average consumption of 7.6 l / 100 km)

141 661

Maintenance costs: 57, 000–100, 000 km

195 787

Of these, for fuel (diesel fuel, average consumption of 7.5 l / 100 km)

115 220

TO-60 000 km (independently)

6850

TO-75 000 km (independently)

4400

TO-90 000 km (independently)

7715

Front brake pads

2000

Stabilizer Stands (kit)

1700

Timing Kit

14, 040

Cooling pump

4050

Rear pads

1800

Drive belt

600

Haldex Coupling Oil

3252

Rear Gear Oil

2000

Gearbox oil

3600

The cost of work

10 260

Summer tire kit

14, 000

Tire service

2800

Webasto Heater Repair

1500

General expenses

404, 770

Cost of 1 km of run

4.05

* Excluding expenses for OCASGO and comprehensive insurance.