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Old 03-26-2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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0w30, 0w40, 5w30 or 5w40..

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.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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I am in Pittsburgh and use castrol synthetic 5wx40. It is what the dealers use as well. Meets VW 502 spec.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:52 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:54 PM   #5
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I use castrol edge 0w40


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Old 03-27-2015, 02:23 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums, and welcome to the US!

I use Mobil 1 0w40 (like many others).

If you choose to go this route, get it at Walmart! They have the best price, and right now Mobile has an awesome rebate program running:

http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89789

Here's some other oils that members like to use:

http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44538

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Old 03-27-2015, 11:41 AM   #7
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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
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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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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Old 03-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #9
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Crude oil is not as purified to the extent that vapor prosser oil is.
I mean i can go all day about it but it might be easier to show you so I looked online and found this video that basically covers it all:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=owqkmJPNKwk
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:35 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:44 PM   #12
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And I think it's neat that it's the only oil that is SRT and Ferrari approved in America
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:15 PM   #14
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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?
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