M1 0w-40 only if you aren't burning oil.
w/o getting into it, look at the M1 HIGH MILES oils if you are a Mobil 1 fan, esp the 10w-30 HM.
I ran Edge 5w-30 in my APR 2.0 TSI 6M and pulled a lab report. Wear was minimal, identical to Motul 5w-40, but the thinner oil offered better mpg and cold starting.
Ask me if you have any questions.
m1 5w-30 is not acea a3/b4 therefore not appropriate fro a vw under warranty. as for gas mileage and cold starting, i've used everthing from 0w-30 to 10w-40, i ski all over the north east and see some wicked cold temps, can't tell one from the other as far as starting goes. i've never seen a significant change in gas mileage either and i've got close to 400k miles to talk about. just use something that covers your warranty and change it regularly. the 10 k is bull if you read the disclaimers.
a sample size of 1 is not enough to make a conclusion... it's no where near statistically sound.
Plus, in the event of some oil-related failure, will Apexxx reimburse a person that followed his "facts"?
Probably not... it's your money... if you want the insurance of VW covering it... you follow what VW requires.
2008 Passat wagon, 2.0T 6MT with mods
- 2013 Cannondale CAADX-6
- 2010 Specialized Secteur Elite
- 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29-er
Standout UOAs i've seen for 2.0Ts are Redline 5W-40 and Shell Rotella T6 5W-40. I submitted a UOA for LubroMoly 5W-40 Synthoil Premium that showed a positive review.
I'm currently running the Rotella and no matter how good the oil is or what VW says about these 16000km OCIs, mines done at 8000km.
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Last edited by rickjaguar; 03-06-2012 at 03:11 PM.
Sure, if you're out of warranty there are some good alternatives but these recommendations should be clear. And one or two random $30 uoa's tell you squat. A Blackstone uoa is for entertainment purpurposes only.
Mobil 0w-40 works and Castrol Edge 5w-40 are easy to get at the big name auto stores. I think the biggest issues with these engines is that you need a low sulfur oil content with these as it can mess up the direct injections. I also recommend to change it every 3k, which isn't bad if you can score the $30-35 package oil w/filter deals. I also found that Kendall GT-1 fully synthetic 5w-40 oil, is VW certified and the firestone auto complete stores carry it.