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    1. 11-20-2019 06:16 PM #1
      No washer fluid warning light, ran out of fluid completely today while driving. MK6 has warning when you run low so you can top up ASAP. As if I had not enough to worry about already in the Winter.

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      11-20-2019 06:38 PM #2
      1) Only SEL-Premium trim has the sensor as standard. Other trims will get it as part of the optional Cold Weather Package. This package is becoming available only now.

      2) My car is S trim, build date 08/2019, so no sensor, either. I looked in the manual out of curiosity about the windshield washer reservoir. The manual says to check periodically and confirm there is fluid in the reservoir. Well, without the sensor, there is no way to visually check the fluid level. The reservoir is buried deep in the fender!

      3) I looked in the parts catalog also out of curiosity. For my car the windshield washer reservoir bottle part number is 17A955453A. Well, look and behold, the part descriptions says, "Includes: Fluid Level Sensor."

      https://parts.vw.com/p/Volkswagen_20...7A955453A.html

      I guess I'll find out for sure in a few weeks when I run down the fluid, whether my recent-built car has the sensor or not.

    4. 11-20-2019 10:37 PM #3
      This is incredible, mine is Rline. When did washer fluid indicator becomes premium spec. This is a safety issue if you ask me becuase what hapens when you are on the highway in the snow and all of a sudden your fluid empties without prior warning. Just redicilous.
      VW needs to do better...I have so far tolerated some hidden cost savings on this car. This however is just not acceptable.

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      11-21-2019 08:25 AM #4
      This is 1 thing I would def spend money on to retrofit.

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      11-21-2019 09:03 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by epc View Post
      1) Only SEL-Premium trim has the sensor as standard. Other trims will get it as part of the optional Cold Weather Package. This package is becoming available only now.

      2) My car is S trim, build date 08/2019, so no sensor, either. I looked in the manual out of curiosity about the windshield washer reservoir. The manual says to check periodically and confirm there is fluid in the reservoir. Well, without the sensor, there is no way to visually check the fluid level. The reservoir is buried deep in the fender!

      3) I looked in the parts catalog also out of curiosity. For my car the windshield washer reservoir bottle part number is 17A955453A. Well, look and behold, the part descriptions says, "Includes: Fluid Level Sensor."

      https://parts.vw.com/p/Volkswagen_20...7A955453A.html

      I guess I'll find out for sure in a few weeks when I run down the fluid, whether my recent-built car has the sensor or not.
      Good information. My R-Line has the CWP, so good to know it has a sensor. I guess I'll have to wait until the bottle gets empty to know for sure though.
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    8. 11-21-2019 10:11 AM #6
      Please keep us informed. FYI, mine is R-Line too (Canada) with no sensor/dash warning light.

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      11-21-2019 10:36 AM #7
      According the VW .com, the CWP includes:

      Heated Rear Seats
      Heated Steering Wheel
      Remote Start
      Heated lower windshield park & washer nozzles
      Low Washer Fluid sensor/indicator

      My R-Line has a 7/19 build, so not sure when CWP became available

      In addition to the above features, Remote start will also automatically turn on the windshield/nozzle heat, drivers seat heat (on medium) and the steering wheel heat upon starting (temperature dependent of course)
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      11-21-2019 11:00 AM #8
      Honestly I do not think its such a big deal...Cars built in the 80's, 90's etc most likely did not have this feature and we all got along just fine.

      Just check it when you check your oil which should be done anways

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      11-21-2019 11:07 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by VWchangeover12 View Post
      Honestly I do not think its such a big deal...Cars built in the 80's, 90's etc most likely did not have this feature and we all got along just fine.

      Just check it when you check your oil which should be done anyways.
      It's a reasonable idea...but how do you check the level when you can't see the reservoir?
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      11-21-2019 11:13 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by fudgeripple! View Post
      It's a reasonable idea...but how do you check the level when you can't see the reservoir?
      Exactly. Cars in the 80s/90s had visible washer fluid bottles. Most current cars have the washer bottles buried deep down in the bowel of the engine bay, with only the filler and a small portion of the neck visible.

      This type of design almost warrants some sort of indicator/sensor
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      11-21-2019 01:05 PM #11
      Excellent point, I just top if off now and then so I guess I never look at the sides even if I was able to.

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      11-21-2019 08:48 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by VWchangeover12 View Post
      Excellent point, I just top if off now and then so I guess I never look at the sides even if I was able to.

      Exactly. I've always topped my fluid up every 2 weeks in the winter, and always carry an extra container in the trunk.
      Can't become too dependant on technology, can we?

    15. 11-21-2019 09:41 PM #13
      I don't need a sensor.

      I am competent and have no problem popping the hood, checking/topping off the oil level, and topping off the windshield washer reservoir while I am there.
      Also, I break out the tire PSI and tire pump.

      Its ****ing rocket science to pop up a hood these days or even use a tire PSI gauge. Are we all so disabled?

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      11-22-2019 11:01 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Greasymechtech View Post
      I don't need a sensor.

      I am competent and have no problem popping the hood, checking/topping off the oil level, and topping off the windshield washer reservoir while I am there.
      Also, I break out the tire PSI and tire pump.

      Its ****ing rocket science to pop up a hood these days or even use a tire PSI gauge. Are we all so disabled?
      Brake fluid flush is a time-based maintenance.

      Engine oil change is a time- or mileage-based maintenance.

      Gasoline fill-up is a need-based task. When the needle goes to low, then you fill up the tank.

      Obviously, I think the windshield washer fluid top-up should be a need-based task as well. Making it a time-based activity is a manufacturer's way of trying to cut costs; got nothing to do with the driver's competence. And by burying the tank deep inside, you don't even have the option of making this a need-based task (by using your eyes to check). It has to be topped up every 2 weeks in the winter. That's just lazy engineering and extreme cost-cutting combined. No need to excuse VW for this.
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      11-22-2019 11:10 AM #15
      Not sure about other trims, but GLI Autobahn has one.

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      11-22-2019 11:31 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinpsycle_tv225 View Post
      Not sure about other trims, but GLI Autobahn has one.
      See reply #2 above.
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