Long ter­m­ers

Car (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

THERE’S noth­ing like spot­ting a yel­low low-oil warn­ing light to trig­ger an in­vol­un­tary lift of your right foot. Un­til now, this pow­er­ful dou­ble cab has been fault­less, but the ap­pear­ance of the lit­tle il­lu­mi­nated can of oil in the in­stru­men­ta­tion re­quired an im­me­di­ate stop to check.

An un­sheath­ing of the dip­stick re­vealed lev­els on the low side and an ex­tra pint at the near­est service sta­tion re­turned the black line to its ac­cus­tomed po­si­tion fur­ther up the long, thin sliver of me­tal. Still, I needed to make sure all was in or­der and im­me­di­ately booked in the Amarok with Volk­swa­gen’s Barons Cape Town deal­er­ship. They were able to ac­com­mo­date me within two days and I dealt with friendly service man­ager Avril Sacco (this, of course, was done with­out me men­tion­ing a con­nec­tion with CAR mag­a­zine). I dropped off the ve­hi­cle at 08h00 and, through­out the day, Avril sent me up­dates on the progress and nally that I could col­lect the ve­hi­cle at 15h00. It turned out my blue dou­ble cab’s oil con­sump­tion was noth­ing ab­nor­mal, with Avril high­light­ing a para­graph in the owner’s man­ual that de­clares, “De­pend­ing on how you drive and the con­di­tions in which the car is used, oil con­sump­tion can be up to 1,0 L/2 000 km – and is likely to be higher for the rst 5 000 km for new ve­hi­cles.”

I wouldn’t say I’ve been driv­ing the ve­hi­cle par­tic­u­larly harshly – although I’ve been guilty of us­ing the full 180 kw on over­boost to dis­patch the odd hot hatch – but at least I know all is well un­der the hood and there’s no chance of the big 3,0-litre V6 eat­ing its in­ter­nals. Barons also re­placed a clip on the pow­er­steer­ing hose, which was part of a rou­tine up­grade done on its rst service. All in all, a very pos­i­tive service ex­pe­ri­ence.

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