Whats the best oil to be running in a high mileage 1.8 pl. Whats everybody on here use in theirs?
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.
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
My Schrick 276 1.8 16V golf vids ^
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
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.