Monday, May 21, 2018

Volkswagen Philippines Just Reduced the Cost of Ownership


Volkswagen Philippines just dropped a bombshell, unveiling the Santana sedan at a very affordable P 686,000. That itself makes it cheaper than any comparable Japanese or Korean sub-compact sedan. Not content with that, the German automaker is also adjusting the warranty and PMS to reduce the overall ownership cost as well.

Straight from Volkswagen themselves:
The warranty coverage for all these five new models are comprehensive. Aside from the 3 years or 100,000-km general warranty, whichever comes first, Volkswagen Philippines also offers a 3-year warranty for paint and another 3-year warranty for through-corrosion of the main steel body structure.
The periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule for these new models is also structured for its owners’ convenience. The PMS interval is once a year, or every 10,000 kms, whichever comes first. This is more convenient and more cost-efficient compared to the industry-standard 5,000-km PMS interval.
Although we have yet to see the math of how much a typical Volkswagen service will cost, from anecdotal stories, it’s not that far off from a mainstream Japanese, Korean, or even American brand. Seems Volkswagen is on a roll here.

12 comments:

  1. Once a year PMS? Uhh I'm not sure if that is a good idea because of the harsh and severe traffic conditions in city driving here.

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    1. That is standard for Germans

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    2. Thats the standard design criteria, yung mga dealers lang na mukang pera sa atin nag pauso ng 2x a year and they paired that with 5 year warranty para siguradong bumalik balik ka.
      Severe traffic here is nothing compared to countries na may winter, thats more punishing to a vehicle.

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    3. No, no, no! It has been proven from time to time that the optimal schedule for changing oil is every 6 months or 10,000km unless you have a built-in oil life indicator. Just check for yourselves, read articles and watch numerous videos on YouTube. Educate yourselves. Don't rely too much on what the manufacturer is saying.

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    4. Wrong. The reason why they say it's 6 months is because they say the oil degrades. It has been proven already that oils nowadays don't degrade as much as oils back then. Fully synthetic oils don't degrade even after a year. Now for the number of kms. 10k kms should be fine. In US they even recommend changing 10k MILES, which is 16k kms. Casa always tell you to do it every 5k because that's how they earn too. Fully synthetic is designed to last longer that 5k so why would they insist on changing it earlier?

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    5. Honestly, it all depends on your drive. It's up to you if you want to change the oil earlier unless of the dealership is being quirky on warranty. So you spend more in that case. VW uses Castrol Edge Full Synthetic on all their cars so that is supposed to last for quite some time, longer than 15,000kms if need be. VW are the experts, now if something goes wrong then we can complain, but so far there has been no issues. I get where you're going, like in the US, but they have freeway systems there and drive fast. We have only two major expressways going opposite directions and the rest is traffic mania where everybody has a foot on the brake almost all the time. Its all about conditions, so a one year service won't hurt for as long as you follow it.

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    6. LOL sige. Bahala kayo kung gusto niyong once a year lang pinapalitan ang oil. Goodluck na lang sa engine life ng mga sasakyan ninyo. Basta walang iyakan sa huli ah.

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    7. To Anon 8:50 om. Cars are made to move, to be driven. So pag sinabi mong almost all the time traffic or stop and go, mas harsh yun sa sasakyan especially sa engine. That means you need to have more pms on those conditions.

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  2. Well, in German Volkswagen means people's car. So it should be cheap.

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  3. Harsh and severe traffic conditions? Check out India where its no different but their pms schedule for majority or all of the brands there are once a year. Plus, 100k km pms great! But for 3 years only?! Unless you're gonna use it as a taxi or tnvs sure but for a daily driver, I doubt you can even reach 40k once it reaches its 3rd year.

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  4. Yes once a year PMS is sufficient it will save you money, yor car and the environment.

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  5. I have a Japanese car, I do it every 10k with fully synthetic oil. That's it, just like Volkswagen.

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