Do VW's REQUIRE synthetic oil? - VW Forum :: Volkswagen Forum
VW Forum VW Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   VW Forum :: Volkswagen Forum > Volkswagen Models > General Volkswagen Discussion

General Volkswagen Discussion This discussion area is for any general discussions related specifically to Volkswagen.

VwForum.com is the premier Volkswagen Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 06:07 PM
Member
Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 35
Default Do VW's REQUIRE synthetic oil?

Is it necessary to only use synthetic oil in a 2000 VW Jetta or is the ordinary oil that is used in every other car good for it as well? Only reason I ask is somebody once told me that these vehicles must have synthetic oil but I cannot find that on the internet anywhere
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 07:49 PM
Senior Member
Points: 2,304, Level: 29 Points: 2,304, Level: 29 Points: 2,304, Level: 29
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 493
Default

VW specifies synthetic oil for all models 2004 and up. Synthetic is also specified for ALL turbo engines.

- Craig
Discount Volkswagen Parts
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 09:06 PM
Member
Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 35
Default

So a 2000 Jetta with a 2.0L can use normal oil?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 11:32 PM
TTTurbo1.8T's Avatar
No Life Outside VWforum
Lifetime Supporting Member
Points: 16,962, Level: 83 Points: 16,962, Level: 83 Points: 16,962, Level: 83
Activity: 47% Activity: 47% Activity: 47%
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: East Dubuque, IL
Posts: 4,465
Send a message via AIM to TTTurbo1.8T
Default

Yeah but my friend switched to synthetic in his 2.0 from 125,000 miles of regular and he said it idles better and has much smoother acceleration among other things.
__________________
Cody

Boost or GTFO

2012 Volkswagen Candy White CC R-Line 6-Speed manual
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 11:40 PM
SirRangeALot's Avatar
Member
Points: 230, Level: 4 Points: 230, Level: 4 Points: 230, Level: 4
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 29
Send a message via AIM to SirRangeALot
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TTTurbo1.8T View Post
Yeah but my friend switched to synthetic in his 2.0 from 125,000 miles of regular and he said it idles better and has much smoother acceleration among other things.
The exact opposite happened for me...I switched to synthetic and my car threw a CEL and idled horribly. Went back to 10w-30 every 3k miles and all has been well.
__________________




"If the W8 were in pill form it would be a mix of speed, viagra, and nitroglycerin, then dipped in LSD."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Ninja Please's Avatar
Posting Master
Points: 6,084, Level: 50 Points: 6,084, Level: 50 Points: 6,084, Level: 50
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL GA
Posts: 1,869
Default

For older high mileage engines Sythetic Oil tends to leak easier in my experience. If you have ever switched from regular to sythethic -all of the sudden gaskets and seals will start to weep that were not before. I believe it is due to the blocking nature of regular versus the cleaners in the sythetic. If your engine is porus, sythetic will find its way out.

If you got a high mileage clunker put high mileage non synthetic in it unless you want to be a bleeder.
__________________
I never gave a damn about the meterman,...

-til I was the one who had to read the meter....

....man.

Last edited by Ninja Please; 10-12-2009 at 11:43 PM. Reason: spelling again dammit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2009, 11:51 PM
TTTurbo1.8T's Avatar
No Life Outside VWforum
Lifetime Supporting Member
Points: 16,962, Level: 83 Points: 16,962, Level: 83 Points: 16,962, Level: 83
Activity: 47% Activity: 47% Activity: 47%
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: East Dubuque, IL
Posts: 4,465
Send a message via AIM to TTTurbo1.8T
Default

All new VW motors have a valve that gets clogged because of the clogging properties of non-synthetic, also because of that turbo motors NEED that thinner/finer oil because they are oil cooled
__________________
Cody

Boost or GTFO

2012 Volkswagen Candy White CC R-Line 6-Speed manual
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10-13-2009, 12:24 AM
Member
Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31 Points: 2,619, Level: 31
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 35
Default

Okay thanks guys

The current owner of the vehicle said she used to use synthetic oil but has recently switched to the non-synthetic oil as recomended by the shop

I don't like synthetic because it does tend to leak easier but I just want to use whatever oil the VW engines prefer
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 10-13-2009, 11:16 AM
Junior Member
Points: 2,673, Level: 31 Points: 2,673, Level: 31 Points: 2,673, Level: 31
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 255
Default

Any 1.8 or 2.0 T should have synthetic to insure a long engine life. You may use conventional oil, the drawback is it and the filter have to be changed so often it is much cheaper to use synthetic oil. In typical VW fashion they got cheap and only used a tiny oil sump and tiny oil filter. Using a Mann MK 2 diesel oil filter also helps on the 1.8 T. It also needs to be changed more often than VW recommends. It is good for any 98 and up VW as you can use it longer and that keeps down maintenance costs. Switching to synthetic does not turn on the CEL. Use a top rated synthetic oil. Some of the popular name brands are barely a step above conventional oil. There are several independent synthetic oil tests out there so make your own informed choice. Another big problem is VWs free oil changes that are scheduled to far apart and since the dealer foots VW generosity some dealers often use the lowest cost conventional oil they can find. I have seen hundreds of 1.8ts that with only 40-60k miles on them have a few pounds of oil sludge in them with perfect documentation of oil changes. I have customers who did not go back for VWs free engine destruction oil changes I changed their synthetic oil when it changed color about every 5-7K miles with over 100,000 miles on many of them the engine internals are still clean. The above comments are based on observations of the thousands of German cars that were serviced at the shop.

Last edited by perrib; 10-13-2009 at 11:19 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 11-11-2009, 02:54 AM
Junior Member
Points: 13, Level: 1 Points: 13, Level: 1 Points: 13, Level: 1
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default

Yes, vw passat parts does require synthetic oil. VW recently updated their oil requirements due to recent 'oil sludge' issues that have been claiming many 1.8t motors at their expense. They have extended the powertrain warranty to cover these as well as both increased the size of the oil filter (in an attempt to increase oil volume) and switched to synthetic.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  VW Forum :: Volkswagen Forum > Volkswagen Models > General Volkswagen Discussion

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VW Forum :: Volkswagen Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Conventional oil or synthetic?? Alwaysdutch MK5 6 03-19-2009 03:25 PM
Synthetic Oil Question sickgixxer69 General Volkswagen Discussion 6 07-12-2007 08:22 PM
Synthetic oil? billo14 General Volkswagen Discussion 7 10-31-2006 03:32 PM
Recommended synthetic oil? '04 1.8T Nihilator MK4 9 11-10-2004 04:21 PM
synthetic oil? irate New Beetle 11 10-10-2004 03:00 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
VWforum.com is a Volkswagen/VW Forum and enthusiast site and is not associated with VW/Volkswagen in any way.