Maintenance intervals, technical specs, recalls for a4 2004- 2005 jetta tdi

  1. Fluid changes/maintenance intervals
  2. Technical Specs
  3. Featured equipment/safety ratings
  4. Recalls and Technical service bulletins

Did you just buy this car?  See 1000q: new owner of mk4 to see common issues and service areas.

Fluid changes/maintenance intervals

Light bulbs: refer to light bulb replacement reference table

Available colors and touch up paint: refer to OEM paint codes

Engine oil:

Conventional oil meeting VW 505.01, 506.01, or 507.00 ONLY, 10,000 miles or 6 months, whichever is sooner. 

Capacity w/filter change: 4.5L

Click here for engine oil list w/references

How to change your engine oil on the a4


Lifetime fill (100,000 mile) for g12/g12+ VW OEM fluid or Pentosin coolant, pink or red in color.

WARNING: DO NOT MIX OEM or Pentosin with ANY other color coolant or it will turn brown and sludge. If this occurs, you must flush the entire coolant system.

Green coolant will work but must not be mixed with pink coolant or it will turn brown and engine damage will result.

Mix with distilled water only, tap water will leave mineral deposits

How to change your antifreeze/coolant: a4

Brake fluid:

replace every 2 years, regardless of mileage

DOT 4 fluid only, not compatible with DOT 3 fluid

How to change your brake fluid: a4

Clutch fluid

replace every 2 years, regardless of mileage

DOT 4 fluid only, not compatible with DOT 3 fluid

How to change your clutch fluid: a4

Automatic transmission fluid

Lifetime fluid (100,000 mile) replacement

Pentosin      VW#

How to change your automatic transmission fluid (ATF): a4

Power steering fluid

40,000 miles replacement

VW# G002000 

To change, suck out the old fluid with a turkey baster and put in new fluid.  Drive the car, repeat.

Manual transmission fluid

Lifetime fluid (100,000 mile) replacement

Use API G50 75W-90 (OEM VW) synthetic gear oil or GL4 Mil-L2105

Fluid capacity for a4: 2.0L


How to change your manual transmission oil: a4

Fuel filter

Drain every 10,000 miles, replace every 20,000 miles

How to change your fuel filter: a4 pumpe duse

Timing belt

80,000 miles replacement

How to change your timing belt: a4 - pumpe duse engine

Air intake filter

40,000 miles replacement

How to change the air intake filter: a4

Cabin air filter

20,000 miles replacement

How to change your cabin air filter: a4

Brakes/rotors/rear wheel bearings

Rotate wheels every 10,000 miles

How to change your brakes: a4

Other misc. maintenance: 

1000 answered questions: diesel FAQ and "how to" index

1000 already answered questions: a4 jetta 

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a4 technical specs

Engine hp 100@4000rpm Engine torque (ft lbs) 177@1800rpm
Engine spec I-4 Drive wheels front
Curb weight (lbs) 2970 Brakes disc
Fuel economy-auto Fuel economy-manual 38/46
Fuel capacity (gal) 14.5 Est. highway range (mi) 551/667
Body style 4 door, wagon Misc. info pumpe duse


Length (in) 172 Wheel base (in) 99
Height (in) 57 Max seating 5
Front head room (in) 39 Rear head room (in) 37
Front leg room (in) 41 Rear leg room (in) 33
Luggage room (cu ft) 13

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Standard equipment/features

Colors:  black, galactic blue metallic, wheat beige metallic, reflex silver metallic, platinum gray metallic, spice red metallic, campanella white, alaska green metallic


Bucket Seats Center Console
Power Heated Mirrors Keyless Entry System
Lighted Entry System Power Brakes
Rear Window Defroster Premium Audio System
1.9L Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC 8V FI Engine 15 Inch Wheels
5-Speed Manual Transmission Clock
Tachometer Steel Wheels
4-Wheel ABS Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Front and Rear Head Airbags Front Side Airbags
Anti-Theft Alarm System Cloth Seats
Rear Split Bench Seat Cruise Control
Power Steering Remote Trunk Release
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel Air Conditioning
Intermittent Windshield Wipers Power Windows
Power Door Locks Daytime Running Lights
AM/FM/Cassette/CD Audio System
Safety Features

Antilock Brakes: Standard Four Wheel Antilock Brakes: Standard
Depowered Airbag: Standard Passenger Airbag: Standard
Head Airbag: Standard Side Airbag: Standard
Child Safety Seats: Not Available Traction Control: Not Available
Stability Control: Optional
Crash Test Results

NHTSA Ratings  
Passenger: Excellent  
Driver: Excellent  
Side Impact Front: Good  
Side Impact Rear: Good  
Rollover Rating: Good  
NHTSA: Excellent, Good, Average, Poor, Very Poor, Not Tested
IIHS Ratings  
Crash Offset: Good  
Bumper Bash: Good  
IIHS: Good, Acceptable, Marginal, Poor, Not Tested



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Recalls and TSBs

2004 Jetta

2005 early Jetta

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