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    Thread: High Mileage VR6; What Oil?

    1. 10-17-2005 04:06 AM #1
      117,000 miles, just purchased. Bentley manual says 5.3 quarts of SJ . These guys, http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2115738 , recommend reg. over synthetic for high-mileage cars, but what is the SAE weight??

      Thanks


    2. 10-17-2005 04:19 AM #2
      i wanna know the same ****. ive got a 98 vr with 92k on it. i wanna go synthetic but im not sure if it will leak all over or something. what oil should i use?

    3. 10-17-2005 04:51 AM #3
      Well I deal autos when i get a high milage car thats blowing a lil oil smoke out the pipe. I change the oil with synthetic and it does not smoke, the synthetic has such a high burn temp it hardly breaks down .iThe manufactures claim that you do not have to change the oil for 8-10k miles running synth.Advatages= little or no break down , if you weigh the cost of changing every 8-10k verses 3k its actually cheaper to run synthetic, some claim that synthetic can help reverse damge due to cars by cleaning build up on the lifters and valves , and last but most important is the tempture diff, the oil should keep the motor cooler equaling longer life .

      I'm no expert but moblie one 10-40 is what i use in my cars seems to work fine my fathers c-4 vette agrees the car has 175k on it does not smoke never had a rebuild and runs like the day it came off the assembly line.
      as far as what to run in a 2.0?
      depends on the climate you live in


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      10-17-2005 05:03 AM #4
      ok, so now im running castrol gtx 5w-30, but ive wanted to change it to a higher mileage type oil perhaps even synthetic. so when its time to change my oil to full synthetic, do i just drain the old regular oil and changed the filter and replace with synthetic and replace the filter? sorry if that sounds noobish but my vr has 94k and burns about 1/4 of a quart every few weeks. thanks.

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      10-17-2005 07:53 AM #5
      My VR6 currently has 102,XXX. I've been running Mobil1 (0W 40) for the past year now with absolutely no problems, no leaks. It is just plain better oil.

      I change mine anywhere between 6000 and 7500 miles, which is pretty cool in itself. Its still usually pretty clean at that mileage. With conventional oil, at 2500 miles, it was filthy by 3000 miles, I didn't have a choice but to change it.

      Run synthetic! Just my opinion.


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      10-17-2005 07:54 AM #6
      Quote, originally posted by nordicalex »
      my vr has 94k and burns about 1/4 of a quart every few weeks. thanks.

      Are you sure your valve cover or oil pan aren't leaking? That seems like a quite a bit of oil to burn.


    7. 10-17-2005 01:37 PM #7
      So when I change the oil it sounds like vavoline 10w-40 syn for my vr, anyone disagree??

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      10-17-2005 01:42 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by Indy Bimmer »
      So when I change the oil it sounds like vavoline 10w-40 syn for my vr, anyone disagree??

      Run at least a 5w40 or a 0w-40

      Running 5w-30 or 10w30 is asking for a repair job.

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      10-17-2005 01:43 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by nordicalex »
      ok, so now im running castrol gtx 5w-30, but ive wanted to change it to a higher mileage type oil perhaps even synthetic. so when its time to change my oil to full synthetic, do i just drain the old regular oil and changed the filter and replace with synthetic and replace the filter? sorry if that sounds noobish but my vr has 94k and burns about 1/4 of a quart every few weeks. thanks.

      You're using an oil that the VR will just destroy. You need at least a 5w-40. 5w30 is just too thin. Or any 30w for that matter.

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    10. 10-17-2005 01:47 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by GriffinMoss »

      Run at least a 5w40 or a 0w-40

      I live in Central Florida right now, where it tends to be warmer, so a 10w-40 should be a little better than a 5w-40, right?


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    11. 10-17-2005 02:03 PM #11
      I'm running Castrol GTX 5w-30 on a 164k VR with no problems.

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      10-17-2005 02:22 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Indy Bimmer »
      I live in Central Florida right now, where it tends to be warmer, so a 10w-40 should be a little better than a 5w-40, right?


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      For your climate, 10w-40 should be fine.

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    13. 10-17-2005 02:28 PM #13
      my vr just turned over 180,000 and i have to change the oil soon cuz i am a little over the limit, im at 3100 now i think. i started a thread like this a little wile ago cuz i wanted to know what people thought about oil too. i ended up going with the castrol high millage oil. has anyone ells tried that high millage oil? is full syn better for the car then the high millage. there isnt that much difference in price but i just want to do whats best for my car especially at 180,000. oh and i loose apsolutly no oil.

    14. 10-17-2005 02:59 PM #14
      i just got some castrol syntec 10w-40 that im going to put in whenever i can get back to get the catch can for the oil

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      10-17-2005 03:09 PM #15
      I use castrol 20-50

    16. 10-17-2005 03:12 PM #16
      the dealerships in Texas recommend 5w-30

    17. 10-17-2005 03:19 PM #17
      10Dub-40

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      10-17-2005 03:25 PM #18
      10w30 in my VR
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      10-17-2005 03:25 PM #19
      well the way i understood it is that high milage oil is thicker and seals up the cracks or leaks a bit

      the synt. oil is thinner and gets through the cracks a little more and leaks

      i use high milage on my car and my engine is dryer.


    20. 10-17-2005 03:27 PM #20
      I have seen this topic come up thousands of time and every time the thread comes to a different conclusion. I have been running 10w-30 all year in Maryland. Why is this asking for trouble?

    21. 10-17-2005 03:34 PM #21
      add this little silver bottle called "Engine Restore"....

      used it my last 5 oil changes

      when i pulled my motor.... pistons looked like they had only 50k on em... i had 155k miles on them..

      2 thumbs up... it actually works..

      ~GREG


    22. 10-17-2005 03:34 PM #22
      I find it funny that this topic has supposedly come up so many times, but my search last night came up with nothing....

      Anyway, I'm going to try synthetic. If I find a leak, I'm going to fix the leak, rather than switching oils. I can't imagine putting new seals in would be bad for my car, or my education.



    23. 10-17-2005 04:00 PM #24
      [QUOTE=M511Y VR6I wasnt telling you to search I was saying that in these threads there is no common answer 25er.[/QUOTE]

      I know, I'm just saying I suck at searches...


    24. 10-17-2005 04:17 PM #25
      132k and Mobil 1 0-40 yurrr round.

      cp

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      10-17-2005 04:21 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by M511Y VR6 »
      I have seen this topic come up thousands of time and every time the thread comes to a different conclusion. I have been running 10w-30 all year in Maryland. Why is this asking for trouble?

      I run 10w-30 year round in CT too, y is that bad?

      I have 121k on my 98 vr


    26. 10-17-2005 04:23 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by wagonowner »

      I run 10w-30 year round in CT too, y is that bad?

      I do the same. I add Lucas oil stabilizer, notice it cuts down on consumption

      i have 134,k


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      10-17-2005 06:02 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by wagonowner »

      I run 10w-30 year round in CT too, y is that bad?

      I have 121k on my 98 vr

      I run it year round and I've got 85K on mine.

      Bruno

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      10-18-2005 12:15 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by 2.0wned »
      the dealerships in Texas recommend 5w-30

      yeah thats what they always put in mine(indiana) so i figured it was ok, but im starting to learn to do all my stuff on my own now as its cheaper and it makes me happier

      thanks for all the answers


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    29. 10-18-2005 12:52 AM #30
      weight of oil depends on climate and driving style, our shope uses 5w-30 all around unless its one of our race cars in which we use 20w40 racing oil. i have 207k in which i've been beating the hell out of the last 65k on mine and have yet to run into any problems and won't. use the OEM filter and recomended oil unless you use it for anything other than street. yes its a warm running engine, but as long as you change it halfway regularly you wont' create any problems. the reason people frown on the use of synthetic in older engines is that it cleans the crevices of the seals where crap from mineral oil is kept, creating leaks. i use synthic or blend and i dont' have any leaks.

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