Newsletter May 2015
Newsletter July 2015

Dear Client, 

It is always nice to make a difference in the lives of those around us, but it makes an even bigger impact when we make a difference to the greater community by. This newsletter highlights two such events that we, at Mossel Bay Volkswagen, are proud to share this with you.  

Also included in this month’s heartwarming winter issue: advice on timing belts, the heart racing new Jetta VI, a new warning lights page on our website, and a soup recipe to keep you warm this winter. 

Enjoy the read.

  VWSA MD participates in the CEO Sleepout 

Our goal at Mossel Bay VW is not only to make a difference in the lives of our clients, but also in the community.  

This time it is not about us, but rather what the MD of VWSA sacrificed for the community. 

The 702 Sun International CEO Sleepout challenges business leaders to join the global movement to look beyond company profits by sleeping under the stars for one night to bring hope and a home to South Africa’s most vulnerable children. 

VWSA MD Thomas Schaefer took up this challenge on a cold Joburg night (where it reached two degrees Celsius) in June by sleeping outside in a cardboard box to raise funds. In addition, VWSA employees raised R36,500 towards the event.  

We are very proud of Thomas Schaefer and VWSA and wish to congratulate them on this fantastic initiative. May this news inspire us all to make a difference in the greater community.



The importance of Timing-Belt maintenance


A torn belt is always annoying, but while broken V-Belts and V-Ribbed Belts usually only end up discharging the battery, a torn timing belt can cause catastrophic damage to engines not equipped with freewheel mechanisms. Therefore, timing belt replacement intervals must be observed at all times.

The timing belt performs a key function in ensuring that the engine’s pistons and valves interact smoothly. If a timing belt breaks, it can lead to costly repairs. To prevent this, a new timing belt should always be installed at specific replacement intervals. 

When a timing belt needs to be replaced, it’s always best to do so with Genuine VW Parts, as these parts are designed to ensure reliable performance while guaranteeing precise control. Genuine timing belts are made with high strength glass and synthetic fibers.

It was long held that timing chain drives were significantly better than timing belt drives. The timing chain was considered to be indestructible, while the “short lived” timing belt was thought likely to lead to expensive repairs. The truth is though, that both valve control methods have their advantages and disadvantages, and both can justify their applications. Timing belts have been continuously developed and today have almost as long a life as timing chains. They also offer the advantage that they require no maintenance and contribute to the weight optimisation of the vehicle.  

Do not hesitate to ask our technicians at Mossel Bay VW about the life expectancy of your timing- belt and when it is due for a change. It might be soon.


  The Jetta facelift

The New Jetta was launched at the beginning of the year but deserves a spotlight in our newsletter. A facelift of the Jetta VI, there are still plenty of tweaks and changes that will definitely get your attention and your pulse racing.  

The New Jetta comes with redesigned radiator grille with three cross fins; optional bi-xenon headlights with cornering, turn signal and LED daytime driving lights, as well as a new bumper. Aerodynamics have been improved resulting in a 10% reduction of drag, while dimensions sit at 4659 mm long, 1778 mm wide (without door mirrors) and 1482 mm tall. 

The interior now features new instruments in a sporty tube look, multifunction display in the instruments, a new generation steering wheel, new accents for the centre console, elegant high-gloss black trim around the gear shift lever, new chrome accents (varies by derivative), redesigned controls for the air nozzles, ambient lighting (only available as an option with Highline derivatives) as well as designs for the seats and door trim. 

The engine line-up is unchanged and includes a choice of five engines: three petrol units – 1.2 TSI 77kW, 1.4 TSI 90kW and 1.4 TSI 118kW plus two diesel units: 1.6 TDI 77kW and a 2.0 TDI 103kW. 

The Jetta is offered in three different trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline 

To book a test drive or interested in owning the latest Jetta contact Riaan Sprong on 044 692 0206




  Volkswagen making a difference 

As you will have read earlier in the CEO Sleepout article, and will watch in the youtube clip below, part of VWSA’s philosophy is not just making great people movers, but to also to help people move forward. 

The Volkswagen for Good programme is committed to six key focus areas: Education, Youth Development, Health, Community & Wellbeing, Enterprise Development, Employee Volunteerism and Environment. 

To find out more click on the heart to the right.


  The Capped Service Special  

Visit Mossel Bay Volkswagen for an unbeatable service deal on all 2003 to 2011 models of the 1.4 and 1.6 Polo petrol models. This offer has been extended once again until December 2015 and truly is great value for money to all Polo owners. An offer this good deserves your attention no matter what.

To place a service booking with one of our Service Advisors, click on the image on the right or alternatively you can contact us on (044) 692 0206. 


  VWSA makes a difference at Eastern Cape schools

VWSA improved the lives of many children in the Eastern Cape by providing an alternate mode of transport to learners that walk up to six kilometres a day or more to attend school. 

Watch this moving clip below.



Our Warning Lights website page


In case you missed this news in last month’s newsletter, we decided to include this article for July again.

Ever had a light pop up on your dashboard and you have no idea what it means? These warning lights are your Volkswagen’s way of communicating with you about her condition. 

It is crucial that you know your Volkswagen better, and that is why we have developed a warning lights page just for you.

Click on the image on the right to view the page.



Spiced Fava Bean Soup with Rice and Tomato


Nothing beats the warmth of a hearty soup in winter, and this soup recipe will definitely warm you up. You can also add meat to this dish if you choose.  

Send us your comments via Facebook. We would love to know what you think about this dish.


  4x4 Family Day

All 4x4 enthusiast, whether you drive a Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford or other brand, are invited to our “OPPI plaas 4x4 Familiedag” on 1 August 2015. 

This is a day for the whole family and there is something to do for everybody including facials and manicures for the ladies. Do not miss  out! 

To book please contact Riaan Sprong on (044) 692 0206



Kind regards,

Mossel Bay Volkswagen


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