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I'm actively looking for a gte advance and wondering if there a sweet spot in terms of mileage?

If I look for one with xxx amount of miles should the expensive services have been done for a good couple.of years?

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50-60k miles I'd say, 2.5-3 years.

Another 20k miles to the next DSG oil change (every 40k/4yr). Approx £300.
And cambelt is due at 5 years/100k miles. Approx £600, though quote varies considerably.

Fixed DSG oil change interval, thanks @dk6780
 

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I guess it depends on how much mileage YOU intend to add to the original total ?.
If you intend to cover a LOT of mileage in this car and you purchase a car with 60,000 miles on the clock, you could quickly see this reach “Star Ship” mileage in no time.
Then a lower mileage model could be a better option.
My advice would be to buy the lowest mileage model to budget will allow, if you intent to do serious mileage.
Remember a GTE will require a service every 10,000 or 12 months which ever covers first.
A good service history is important on a car like this.
When selling the car on, it is going to worth considerably less if it has covered over 100,000 miles.
Just check, but I am not sure if VW will offer the extended warranty after a certain mileage ?.
That’s if you wanted it of course.
Service costs increase a lot as the car gets older / mileage covered.
It has two power trains really, so you are In fact serving “Two Masters” with regards to service requirements.
Good luck with you search.
Low mileage clean examples with excellent service history records take some hunting down !.
Great car OBTW !.
 

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Another 20k miles to the next DSG oil change (every 40k/4yr). Approx £300.
FTFY.
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2.5-3 years.
Surely you are just getting close to the cambelt change? Isn't the ideal just after the DSG oil change but as young as possible?
It has two power trains really, so you are In fact serving “Two Masters” with regards to service requirements.
Surely the electric side is ultra reliable, the only issue is the amount of torque that the shared part of the drivetrain takes which is no worse than a GTD which don't suffer issues?
I assume that the OP has chosen the GTE as they do a relatively low mileage - the figures don't stack up for high mileage other than for BIK reasons.
 

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My mileage would be very low as it's the 2nd car in the household and my work is only 7 miles away. Planning on keeping it for arohnd 2 years.
 

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The fixed costs for maintaining a GTE would be the only reason I'd advise against

Being a hybrid you still need annual oil changes and service (£160 major, £120 minor for my car at a good VW independent specialist). And cambelt at 5 years plus anything else that could go wrong with the car like the turbo, exhaust etc.

One advantage is the MOT does not require emissions tests like pure electrics - hybrids get a pass for some reason!

If it's a second car then I'd suggest a pure EV might be an option? A GTE is great as a single car because it is 2-for-1, you get a long distance performance hatchback, and a perky electric car for short trips. But if you're only using the perky electric car bit, you're paying quite a bit to keep the engine and gearbox maintained. The efficiency of the EV portion is also not quite as efficient as a pure EV like an e-Golf or Hyundai e-Kona.
 

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The fixed costs for maintaining a GTE would be the only reason I'd advise against

Being a hybrid you still need annual oil changes and service (£160 major, £120 minor for my car at a good VW independent specialist). And cambelt at 5 years plus anything else that could go wrong with the car like the turbo, exhaust etc.

One advantage is the MOT does not require emissions tests like pure electrics - hybrids get a pass for some reason!

If it's a second car then I'd suggest a pure EV might be an option? A GTE is great as a single car because it is 2-for-1, you get a long distance performance hatchback, and a perky electric car for short trips. But if you're only using the perky electric car bit, you're paying quite a bit to keep the engine and gearbox maintained. The efficiency of the EV portion is also not quite as efficient as a pure EV like an e-Golf or Hyundai e-Kona.
I totally agree !.
With your usage, I would be thinking about a BEV for sure !.
Your very low mileage in the GTE will not prevent you reaching for your wallet every year.
The service costs on the BEV will be really low compared to the plug in hybrid.
 

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But no doubt the OP will want to use the car for long distances once or twice a year which precludes most BEVs.
 

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Nobody in a BEV covers long distances then ?.
Depends on the length of the journey, available time scale and charging infrastructure on route of course.
Dragging an engine & gearbox etc around for 98% of the time, and paying the extra servicing costs, just to cover a few long trips a year is a little like buying a sledge hammer to crack a nut to me.
The OP said it would be used as a second car covering a daily use of 14 miles a day.
There are many EV's that would cover the whole weekly usage without requiring any charging.
I am assuming the OP has the provision to charge the car, otherwise the GTE plug in hybrid would be a bit of a waste of time ?.
 

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Also, the cost of renting a car really isn't that high. Maybe £200 for a week if you need something big. That's the cost of getting a service done, time off work/taxis/etc...

Not to put you off but the GTE is a great car if it's the only petrol car in your "family". My girlfriend is going to buy an EV when she gets her next car, because it doesn't make sense for us to have a second petrol car as long trips are easily covered by the PHEV (and most EVs can go 150 miles+ now which covers many long trips)
 

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My GTE will end it's lease when my E-Tron arrives in November time. It will have done 25k (ish miles) will have had its 3rd annual main dealer service and first MOT and all the tyres will have been replaced as part of the maintenance program and have less than 3k miles on them. I'm going to get a quote to buy it from the lease company (as it would be a good replacement for my mum's polo) but I'd suspect as a 67 Advance it'll still be circa £18-19k. When I've got that quote I'll share!
 
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My GTE will end it's lease when my E-Tron arrives in November time. It will have done 25k (ish miles) will have had its 3rd annual main dealer service and first MOT and all the tyres will have been replaced as part of the maintenance program and have less than 3k miles on them. I'm going to get a quote to buy it from the lease company (as it would be a good replacement for my mum's polo) but I'd suspect as a 67 Advance it'll still be circa £18-19k. When I've got that quote I'll share!
Great idea, I like your train of though here !.
Would be a great upgrade for your Mum from the Polo, she would love it !.
I have owned a few Polo’s ( and a few Golf’s ) and they are a good little car, but the Golf is in a different league compared to the Polo.
Even if you Mum changes her mind, if you can buy it ( at a good price from the lease company ) I would consider selling it privately !.
Low mile clean examples are a little thin on the ground.
The Advance model is a great spec already, any factory options on top of this ( paint / sun roof etc ) is a mastive selling feature also.
Good luck !.
 

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I'm actively looking for a gte advance and wondering if there a sweet spot in terms of mileage?

If I look for one with xxx amount of miles should the expensive services have been done for a good couple.of years?

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You might look at Crewe VW for a White Advance, just under 30k miles, (combustion engine approx. 8/9k of that) serviced to plan, arriving 1 September. I'm leaving mine with them on that day and taking away a nice new one.
Only ever had one problem with it, leaky rear speaker - a common fault apparently - which was successfully fixed.
I got a very reasonable trade in for it so the sell-on price might be strong.

The GTE is perfect for me so I thought I'd be a boring fart and stick with it. It's even the same colour!.
 
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