Maintenance intervals, technical specs, recalls for a5 2005.5-2006 jetta tdi

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


Fluid changes/maintenance intervals

Maintenance intervals: above all else, refer to your owner's manual for more detailed specifications, warnings, and notices

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: 4.3L for the a5 Jetta w/filter change

Click here for engine oil list w/references

How to change your engine oil on the a4 (a5 is similar)


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

Coolant capacity: 8.0 Liters

How to change your antifreeze/coolant: a4 (a5 is similar)

Brake fluid:

replace every 2 years, regardless of mileage

DOT 4 fluid only, not compatible with DOT 3 fluid

1quart for brakes

How to change your brake fluid: a4 (a5 is similar)

Clutch fluid

replace every 2 years, regardless of mileage

DOT 4 fluid only, not compatible with DOT 3 fluid

1/2 quart for clutch and brakes

How to change your clutch fluid: a4 (a5 is similar)

DSG transmission fluid (Only Auto transmission on A5 Jetta TDI)

Change DSG fluid every 40,000 mi

Capacity: intial fill = 7.2 Liters, fluid change = 5.2 liters

Fluid VW#G 052 182 A2

Manual transmission fluid-----

Lifetime fluid (50-100,000 mile) replacement

Use API G50 75W-90 (OEM VW) synthetic gear oil or GL4 Mil-L2105.  VW#G 052 171 A2

Redline is ok

Fluid capacity for a5 : 1.8 Liters

How to change your manual transmission oil: a5

Fuel filter

Drain every 10,000 miles (if your filter has a drain), replace every 20,000 miles or as necessary

How to change your fuel filter

Air intake filter

40,000 miles replacement

Cabin air filter

10,000 miles replacement

Brakes/rotors/rear wheel bearings: change tire pressure sensors every 6 years, confirmed

Rotate wheels every 10,000 miles

Other misc. maintenance: 

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

1000 answered questions: a5 jetta

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a5 technical specs

Engine hp 100@4000rpm Engine torque (ft lbs) 177@1800rpm
Engine spec I-4 Drive wheels front
Curb weight (lbs) 3197 Brakes disc
Fuel economy-auto Fuel economy-manual 36/43
Fuel capacity (gal) 14.5 Est. highway range (mi) 522/623
Body style  4 door Misc. info pumpe duse

Length (in) 179 Wheel base (in) 101
Height (in) 57 Max seating 5
Front head room (in) 38 Rear head room (in) 37
Front leg room (in) 41 Rear leg room (in) 35
Luggage room (cu ft) 16

Full-Size Spare Tire

SBRP205/55HR16, All-Season Tires

Alloy Wheels, 16-In. X 6.5-In.

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Standard equipment/features


Front Power 280-mm X 22-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 232-mm X 9-mm Solid Disc Brakes

Exterior Colors

Black Blue Graphite Metallic
Campanella White Platinum Gray Metallic
Reflex Silver Metallic Wheat Beige Metallic
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: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
Crash Test Results
NHTSA Ratings  
Passenger: Good  
Driver: Good  
Side Impact Front: Excellent  
Side Impact Rear: Excellent  
Rollover Rating: Good  
NHTSA: Excellent, Good, Average, Poor, Very Poor, Not Tested
IIHS Ratings  
Crash Offset: Good  
Bumper Bash: Not Tested  
IIHS: Good, Acceptable, Marginal, Poor, Not Tested


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Recalls and TSBs

2005.5 Jetta
2006 Jetta

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