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    Thread: best oil for 16v

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      04-26-2012 02:56 PM #1
      Whats the best oil to be running in a high mileage 1.8 pl. Whats everybody on here use in theirs?

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      04-26-2012 04:01 PM #2
      I have no idea how many miles I have on mine (well over 200,000) as my speedometer cable quit a long time ago, but I use 20-50 all year round in both my 81 and 03 (277,000).

      My reasoning is that with so many miles the tolerances have increased to the point where a thicker oil will not cause issues. I also owned a 1968 bus that I ran the same weight oil in and that was while living in CO where it was even cooler than the east coast.
      Last edited by elomont; 04-27-2012 at 10:43 AM.

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      04-26-2012 10:51 PM #3
      valvoline or castrol 20W 50 depending on what I can find.

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      04-27-2012 07:36 AM #4
      I had mobil 1 10w30 at first, but switched to AMS oil 5w40 european formula afterwards. I have no idea how many miles are on my bottom end

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      04-27-2012 10:02 AM #5
      I use Rotella in my 16v.

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      04-27-2012 02:44 PM #6
      Castrol 20w50 synthetic and Bosch Oil Filters

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      04-27-2012 02:56 PM #7
      Castrol 10w40 or 20w50 very nice oil

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    8. 04-27-2012 11:53 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by bmoredubbin View Post
      Whats the best oil to be running in a high mileage 1.8 pl. Whats everybody on here use in theirs?
      Whats the temperature like year round in your area? Whats the hottest temp and the lowest temp?

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      04-28-2012 01:17 PM #9
      Here in md we get a little bit of everything it gets up in the 90s during the summer and the winters can be pretty cold here. I run 0w-40 in my mk5. The previos owner of my mk2 had been putting 10w-40 royal purple in it so i was just curious if that was the best to use

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      04-29-2012 01:29 PM #10
      In my opinion, any good name brand oil is sufficient if it is changed routinely along with a quality filter.

      I use full synthetic and in the hot summer months I use a 20-50 weight. In colder months I drop down to a 10-40 weight. I use Mann filters on my VW motors.

      There are some high mileage synthetics available which I use on my other daily drivers approaching 250,000+ miles on the odometer. Seems to work well.
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    11. 05-02-2012 01:01 PM #11
      Shell rotella t6 synthetic 5-40. $20/gal at walmart.

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