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0w30, 0w40, 5w30 or 5w40..

phem0r

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Hi everyone

Last year i moved from the UK to USA - near Pittsburgh, PA.

I owned a MK5 GTI in the UK and i used Castrol Edge 5w30 every time i did oil change. I now own a MK6 GTI over here and i'm seeing conflicting information from googling what oil to use over here.

The specs in my manual state VW 502 00, VW 503 00, VW 504 00 yet i've seen people saying do not use 502 spec in the USA etc..
So, based on where i live (cold winter and pretty hot summer(to me anyway)) which oil should i be using, i am assuming 5w40..

Thanks in advance and apologies, i know this type of question gets asked a lot no doubt.
 

jwal

New member
I am in Pittsburgh and use castrol synthetic 5wx40. It is what the dealers use as well. Meets VW 502 spec.
 

ashchuckton

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I plan to use Mobile 1 0w40 in my GTI. It meets the VW spec & it is what I use in my other 2 cars. I like the idea of only have to keep one kind of oil on the shelf.
 

Fonzii18

New member
I used pennzoil ultra 5w40.
My family owns some shops in texas and all the studies our venders show us show that it's the best thing for a performance car. It's the only oil made from vapor and not crude oil. But I mean the cap does say Castrol ;)
At the end of the day brand is a preference, deal recommends 5w40; well atleast in texas they do
 

nafljhy

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I used pennzoil ultra 5w40.
My family owns some shops in texas and all the studies our venders show us show that it's the best thing for a performance car. It's the only oil made from vapor and not crude oil. But I mean the cap does say Castrol ;)
At the end of the day brand is a preference, deal recommends 5w40; well atleast in texas they do
excuse my ignorance, what's the benefit or difference if the engine oil is made from vapor or crude? i thought most engine oil was made from crude oil.
 
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nafljhy

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thanks for the video! it's informational but at the same time it's pretty biased since it's from the pennzoil.

i don't mind if you go on about it. i'd like to learn more. it's more information for other consumers. :)
 

Fonzii18

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Yeah like I said most people on here probably don't want to hear a 20 year old rant about his knowledge in oil.
It's all about preference and at the end of the day it's just a brand. Just as long as you service regularly and use the grade the dealer recommends you should be fine.
 

nafljhy

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haha. thanks. i was already there but nothing too concrete imo. also, does anyone have the most recent approved oil list?
 

BarryT82

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I've always used Mobil 1 0W-40 in 1.8T's and 2.0T gasoline engines I've owned. You can get deals on it at Advance Auto Parts with a free filter. They don't offer a filter for our cars so I pick out the most expensive one and return it for a store credit.
 

mattkosem1

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I'm waiting for the UOA on my car's third interval of Motul Specific to come back, and running Motul X-Max 0w40 now. I've had consistent luck with Motul historically in my Euro cars, and they always have choices for whichever manuf specs they want.

--Matt
 

Jhayesvw

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I've only done one oil change but Ive used Mobil 1 0w40 for years in my Passat.
No issues ever. That's what I just put in the GTI
 

phem0r

New member
Thank you for all of the information people! It's either 0w40 or 5w40, the dealer did the 10k service the other day and put 5w40 in. I'm planning to do a 5k change in between the free changes they do at every 10k

I'll probably stick with 5w40, there can't be that much difference between 0w and 5w surely?

Welcome to the forums, and welcome to the US! :D:
Ty! :D. I'll start a thread soon with my old mk5 euro spec gti and my mk6 us spec gti soon!
 

finklejag

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I would use Castol 0W-40 over their 5W-40. The 5W-40 only meets Mercedes 229.3 and not their more stricter 229.5 oil spec. This is one of the hardest specs to meet in the oil industry. I have seen countless used oil analysis on Castrol 5W-40 and they never impress me.

The 0W-40 has a pour point of -76 and the 5W-40 has a pour point of -44. That would be another reason to use it were you live.
 
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