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VW Passat Turbo Operation
Now, reading on here, in such threads as about the 1.8T sludge problem and others also, I am reconsidering and would like advice.
I do very regularly change oil on schedule. But I have never saved receipts and may have (rarely and by a little) exceeded oil change intervals once in awhile. I am 55 and have never had a major engine problem of any kind with any car I have ever owned. Reliability is important to me.
My biggest question is this: I really hate the idea, as I see expressed on here by VW experts, that one should run the turbo engine for about 2 minutes after parking before turning off (cool down) and also after turning on before taking off (warm up). I am usually in hurry and 4 minutes every time I use the car is not something I want to do, especially for quick trips to the store etc. How important this? Does it affect the reliability of the car even if oil is changed per schedule? No other car I have ever owned required this.
Any advice appreciated. I hate never warmed up or cooled down a car in my 55 year life. But come to think of it, when I test drove the Passat, the dealer (sales man) suggested I wait to pull out to "let the engine warm up" .
I was ready to buy. This could , regretfully, change my mind. Please offer comments pro and/or con.