What’s the break-in period for the 2019 VW Jetta?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Jetta, Tips & Tricks on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Blue 2019 Volkswagen Jetta parked beside a white building in Athens, Greece.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Break-In Period

For a long time, the rule of thumb has been that you need to break-in the engine on a new car to ensure that it works at its best and lasts as long as it can. This involves driving the vehicle in certain way for a certain period of time. How long is the break-in period for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?

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Blue 2019 Volkswagen Jetta drives around a track with sunlight beaming down upon it. According to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Owner’s manual, a new car must be carefully broken in during the first 1,000 miles. This is because for the first few hours of driving, the internal friction of the engine is higher than later when all the moving parts have been broken in.

When breaking in a new engine:

  • Do not floor the gas pedal
  • Don’t let the engine speed get above 2/3 of the maximum speed
  • Speed may gradually be increased to maximum permissible road and engine speed.

The way you drive your vehicle for the first 1,000 miles has an impact on the engine life of your Jetta. Driving at moderate speeds, even after the break-in period and especially when the engine is cold, helps to reduce engine wear and allow the engine to go farther and last longer. However, an excessively low engine speed can also be detrimental; always downshift if the engine is not running smoothly.

Doing a good, gentle break-in will increase service life and reduce oil consumption. It’s also important to note the break-in period on brakes and tires- for the first couple hundred miles, give yourself extra stopping distance. This also applies when you get new brakes or tires. Also, remember to do regular maintenance according to the recommended schedule after the break-in period is finished.

Do vehicles really need a break-in period?

Current opinions differ on the subject of whether modern vehicles actually need a break-in period. Though we recommend following the advice of Volkswagen given above (as it does, after all, come from the official owner’s manual), many individuals, including some with high positions at Volkswagen, have stated that modern vehicles no longer need a break-in period.

One reason it’s been claimed that breaking-in a Volkswagen is unnecessary is because Volkswagen runs their engines a certain amount in the factory itself to get all the interior mechanics optimized ahead of time. Another possibility is that modern technology has advanced to the point where a break-in period is not necessary. This was expressed by Volkswagen Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff, who said that, “Manufacturing tolerances have reached the point where the modern engine requires no special handling in the first kilometers.”

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