As an independent VW service garage with over 25 years of hands-on experience, we've seen many mechanical breakdowns on vehicles. Experience has shown that changing your fluids is the single most important preventive maintenance routine you can perform to avoid vehicle breakdowns. Yet, for many VW owners, this seems to be one of the most neglected areas of maintenance. Thoroughly flushing your fluids at the proper intervals can help your car reach 150,000 miles and beyond!
PAGE DISCLAIMER: The information below is 'General Information' and should be used as a guide ONLY! The VW motor oil information on these pages should not be used as a substitute for what your vehicle owner's manual, factory service manual, or authorized VW dealer recommendations. Consult your VW owner's manual for recommendations on the correct type of VW oil that is to be used for your specific VW model.
What are VW oil quality standards and why are they important?
When changing your VW oil it's imperative to use the proper VW oil type for your specific engine!
Understanding a little history regarding the advancements of motor oils may help you make the right choice. Before automobile manufacturers began establishing their own oil quality standards (1990s), many owner's manuals referenced oils per API standards. These sanctioning bodies, such as SAE (Society of American Engineers), API (American Petroleum Institute), and ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) were and are still responsible for establishing oil standards for motorized vehicles.
There has been increased requirements for vehicle manufacturers worldwide to reduce emissions, minimize their carbon footprint, and improve fuel economy. It was around the late 1990s and early 2000s that more demanding standards began taking hold.
Consequently, the development of new advanced internal combustion engine designs have been engineered to meet these emission requirements and fuel mileage demands. Motor oil plays a crucial key role in meeting these requirements. Thus, new advanced cutting-edge synthetic motor oil formulations were created. Around this time (late 2000s) manufacturers began to establish their own unique oil quality standards rather than relying solely on API and ACEA standards to ensure the correct type of oil was being used in their engines. Volkswagen wanted very specific motor oil formulas for their engines and 2000 - onward VW models require a motor oil that meets a specific VW quality standard or specification.
No, it's not recommended. Old petroleum-based motor oils are a thing of the past. VW engine designs are too technologically advanced. All modern VW engines are designed, engineered, and manufactured to exact tolerances using unique materials (alloys) to meet target performance requirements. Newer models also use advanced fuel injection systems that are lubricated using specific motor oil formulations to ensure optimal system reliability. These advanced engine and fuel injection systems must meet stringent emission requirements focusing on improving fuel economy without compromising engine performance. Therefore, exact VW motor oil specifications were designed, are required, and should be used.
It's also important to consider that many VW oil change intervals are 10,000 miles or higher. VW oil must provide maximum lubrication and performance. Providing stable long-term lubrication protection for extended VW oil change intervals can only be achieved when the designed and designated VW motor oil quality specification is used.
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