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Im new to VW so my question is,Do you guys really change the oil every 10k miles? :sly:I live in extreme heat (Central Texas) where some of the summer days you"ll have 100+* weather all week, back to back. I can"t imagine how the oil doesn"t breakdown in that heat. Does VW use synthetic or they just want you to buy a car every 3 years? lolI usually change my oil every 4-5k miles on my other cars.
....I live in extreme heat (Central Texas) where some of the summer days you"ll have 100+* weather all week, back to back. I can"t imagine how the oil doesn"t breakdown in that heat.....
So, how much hotter does the engine oil get in a car operated at a 100+ F area than at a 70 F area? You have data?There is no API SJ thru SN rated oil available that couldn"t handle 100+ F conditions easily. You want to use an SN rated oil, of course.
Sorry no data, just going by what I know since owning a car the last 20+ years. I don"t mind changing the oil myself, but if I follow VW"s maintenance program (every 10K), I don"t want a 36K mile motor with signs of excessive wear. My last car I owned I"d changed the oil at 4-5K miles. It had 220K miles (4cyl gas motor) which never burned oil and major issues. I like this car to do the same, that"s all.So do you change your oil every 10k miles?
I did my first oil change at 5K. The original oil was a little over a year old since the car sat on the lot for a while. I too don"t want to go until 10K so I may do the next one at 12.5K. I changed the oil/filter myself too.
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Im new to VW so my question is,Do you guys really change the oil every 10k miles? :sly:I live in extreme heat (Central Texas) where some of the summer days you"ll have 100+* weather all week, back to back. I can"t imagine how the oil doesn"t breakdown in that heat. Does VW use synthetic or they just want you to buy a car every 3 years? lolI usually change my oil every 4-5k miles on my other cars.
This is an area that concerned me as well. I asked the sales guy in Dallas and he said it couldn"t hurt to go every 5k miles. I live in Houston and the service guy at Clear Lake VW said there"s no need to go any more frequent 10K. He told me he has a MKVI GTI and is super careful about the maintenance and changes it every 10k. My miles are highway miles so I am sticking with the 10k interval.The bottom line is that the manufacturer recommends a 10K mile service interval and I think you"d be fine sticking with that. :thumbup:
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This is an area that concerned me as well. I asked the sales guy in Dallas and he said it couldn"t hurt to go every 5k miles. I live in Houston and the service guy at Clear Lake VW said there"s no need to go any more frequent 10K. He told me he has a MKVI GTI and is super careful about the maintenance and changes it every 10k. My miles are highway miles so I am sticking with the 10k interval.The bottom line is that the manufacturer recommends a 10K mile service interval and I think you"d be fine sticking with that. :thumbup:
After reading a couple of the other posts (from folks who have owned VWs a lot longer than me) I will probably go to 10K on the first interval and then 5k after that.
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2004 Maxima 3.5 L SL, 2009 Honda Odyssey with Navi
Tried that. Not helpful.It doesn"t give capacities like the old manuals.And also, it gives an oil code: VW 50----, two different codes for the gas engine, no reference to which to use (2.0 or 2.5).:banghead:Anyone? :beer:At least capacity?Thx.
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Tried that. Not helpful.It doesn"t give capacities like the old manuals.And also, it gives an oil code: VW 50----, two different codes for the gas engine, no reference to which to use (2.0 or 2.5).:banghead:Anyone? :beer:At least capacity?Thx.
502.x is just the warranty specification, check the back of a oil quart and it will show if it is 502 approved. 507 is for the TDI.Castrol Syn 5w40 and Mobil 1 are two oils that are approved. Lubro Moly, Pentosin etc are approved for the most part as well.
2.5 oil change
For the oil change on the 2.5 its 10k under normal driving conditions. If you hard driving conditions then the oil change should be every 5k. The oil is 5-40w and its 6 quarts. The filter is above the lower engine cover. You have to take it off then undo the canister.
Thanks guys, much appreciated!I don"t drive very hard, and it"s not hot here yet... So I"ll change at 7-8k?Thx!
Follow the maintenance schedule. So long as you use VW approved oil and follow the maintenance schedule, you will be fine. There"s a reason as to why the sump is larger and holds more oil. We Americans seem to have this thing where we should change oil every 3-6k miles when it"s not actually necessary. IIRC the oil change schedule in Europe is 10k+. I don"t understand why people talk about their oil at 100F outside temperature when the engine is running at roughly 100C.....If your car is running properly, the outside temperature should have no effect on the engine oil temperature.:thumbup:
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Bringing mine in for its second service since owning it for over a year. First oil change service at 15,000kms and now the second at 30,000kms. By the book.

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You need about 6 quarts of a 5W-40/0W-40/0W-30 oil that carries a VW 502.11 approval. Oils that come to mind are the Mobil1 0W-40, Castrol 5W-40 and Castrol 0W-30 (the made in Germany one that you can get at AutoZone). Quaker State, Pennz, and Valvoline all make a 5W-40 oil, though they aren"t popular. Don"t get confused and end up buying diesel engine oil, those aren"t approved. Most approved oils are pushed as "European Formula" and will have the VW spec 502.11 approval listed on the bottle somewhere. As far as oil filters go, if things haven"t changed since I sold my old Jetta, Fram, K&N and possibly others all sell the same filter made by Mann. They are literally identical to the Mann and original VW filters. Buy which ever one you can find for cheap. I know Walmart sells the Fram filter for this engine for like around 10 bucks. Look in the MKV forum"s DIY thread for a DIY, you have the same engine, the process is the same.