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    1. Junior Member ATX-VW11's Avatar
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      05-11-2011 12:26 PM #1
      Im new to VW so my question is,
      Do you guys really change the oil every 10k miles?

      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? lol

      I usually change my oil every 4-5k miles on my other cars.

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      05-11-2011 01:27 PM #2
      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?

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      05-11-2011 03:19 PM #3
      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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      05-11-2011 04:18 PM #4
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      Did your last car use synthetic oil and have over 6 quarts capacity?
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      I'm sure a lot of these guys went home after the carwash and played a little hans solo.

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      05-11-2011 04:20 PM #5
      I'm not sold on 10k either but I don't have any data to the contrary. I've been doing every 5k.

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      05-11-2011 04:21 PM #6
      10? I change mine every 5.

    7. 05-11-2011 04:52 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by ATX-VW11 View Post
      Im new to VW so my question is,
      Do you guys really change the oil every 10k miles?

      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? lol

      I usually change my oil every 4-5k miles on my other cars.
      I have a Jetta 2.5: anyone know the type of oil and how much qt? Thx!!!

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      05-11-2011 04:57 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Lucidd View Post
      I have a Jetta 2.5: anyone know the type of oil and how much qt? Thx!!!
      owners manual.

    9. 05-11-2011 11:06 PM #9
      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.
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    10. 05-11-2011 11:08 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by rbbcpa View Post
      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.
      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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    11. 05-12-2011 01:17 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by oneethree View Post
      owners manual.
      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).

      Anyone? At least capacity?
      Thx.
      Last edited by Lucidd; 05-12-2011 at 01:18 AM. Reason: Duh

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      05-12-2011 01:22 AM #12
      5k Mobil 1 0W40 with Mobil 1 filter.
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      05-12-2011 01:23 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Lucidd View Post
      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).

      Anyone? 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.
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      05-12-2011 02:32 AM #14
      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.
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    15. 05-12-2011 03:21 AM #15
      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!

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      05-12-2011 10:48 AM #16
      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.


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      05-12-2011 10:51 AM #17
      Just put mine in today at the owners manuals advice, 15,000 KM. Castrol 5w40
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      05-12-2011 02:55 PM #18
      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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      05-12-2011 04:52 PM #19
      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.

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      05-12-2011 05:24 PM #20
      Watch out about removing the filter. Open the fill cap and take out the drain plug. Then wait 10 minutes and carefully remove the filter. The first time that I did it I got plastered by a **** ton of oil.
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      05-13-2011 10:14 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Chockomon View Post
      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.



      Jiffy Lube etc have done an exceptional job in marketing in the US of something you don't need "change your oil every 3000 miles", "change your oil every 3000 miles", "change your oil every 3000 miles".


      Unless you have stock in oil companies.... FOLLOW WHAT THE ENGINEERS OF YOUR CAR SPECIFY. i.e every 10,000 miles (6,000 km for Canada) with approved VW Synthetic Oil.

      Manufacturers spend considerable time and money engineering their product and are not in the business of selling oil.

      And the theory that European Car manufacturers want you to purchase a car every three years??

      VW has a 12 year unlimited corrosion warranty!
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      05-21-2011 08:26 AM #22
      I've had my 2011 Jetta SEL for a mere 3 days, so I'm a ways off from my first oil change...

      My salesman told me that before VW offered the free Easy Maintenance, they used to recommend oil changes at 5,000 mile intervals. At least at his dealership. I don't know if it was official VW recommendation or just his service dept...

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      05-21-2011 06:12 PM #23
      no, the manual has required and recommended sections. I think every 10k is required and every 5k is recommended.

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      05-21-2011 07:25 PM #24
      If you use a high quality synthetic oil that meets VW502 and an oem filter, you can split the difference between the 5k recommended and 10k required and change at 7,500. I use Pennzoil Ultra 5W-40 European formula in both of my GTI's and use only oem filters (which are very good btw). If you go over to bobistheoilguy.com and spend some time reading up on the oil analysis people have actually done, you will see that this will work out just fine. In fact, the 10k interval will most likely be okay if you drive easy and use a top synthetic.

      People get into trouble when they use lower-tier oils, cheap filters, drive the car hard, and never check the oil level.
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