Mike4 wrote: One would have thought VW would design an engine to make an item of such regular maintenance quicker and easier!
'Scuse me while I change my undies, I seem to have wet meself laffing ...
This is the same VAG who designed the oil filter housing location so that when you remove the filter you puke old oil straight into the alternator and either reduce its life span and efficiency or worst-case-scenario bugger the alternator completely.
This is the same VAG who use more bolts to hold the engine undertray onto a vehicle than to hold the seats in place.
This is the same VAG who design the rear disc brakes (on a Golf, for example) so that the discs and brake pads can't be seen and assessed from underneath the vehicle by an MoT Tester because they are tucked up out of the way and covered with a very close fitting crud shield.
To be fair to VAG they are not the only manufacturer with form for producing complete and utter expletive from a service and MoT point of view, all the others are equally as guilty in some way.
I think I need a lie down