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#2751449 - 09/22/12 12:34 PM 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight?
Huie83 Offline


Registered: 02/19/09
Posts: 212
Loc: Minnesota
Hey guys/gals,

Picked up a 2012 VW Jetta sportswagen with the 2.5L engine, right around 7000 miles on it. Dealer says they serviced it with Valvoline Synpower 5w-40.

Oil looks clean etc but I want to change it just for piece of mind.

This car specs VW 502.00 in 5w-30 or 5w-40. Being the car is in MN and winter can be a beast, what do you all recommend for oil? Would 5w-40 be too thick for the winter?

Car is garaged @ night but will be outside all day while I am at work.

Thanks !





Edited by Huie83 (09/22/12 12:35 PM)

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#2751460 - 09/22/12 12:52 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3027
Loc: SE Pa
We haven't had our VW 2.5 for a while now, but unless they changed it, the timing chain was a factor if running long OCIs.

I don't think you need a 5w-40. We only needed a 30 in ours. But I would pick something that can put up with that timing chain.

FWIW, the nicest oil we ever ran in ours was Shaeffers Supreme 7000 10w-30. It didn't have official 502 approval, but 502 is easy to meet, and it ran as quiet as a church mouse on it with zero usage. Lovely oil.

Enjoy the new JSW.

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#2751468 - 09/22/12 01:00 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
IIRC correct, not too many 502 30 weight oils available OTC; perhaps some new ones on the scene, Pennzoil Euro, but a few years ago, it was slim pickens.
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#2751469 - 09/22/12 01:02 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Illinoistan
I would run M1 0w-40 in it.
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#2751470 - 09/22/12 01:02 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 513
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: Huie83
Hey guys/gals,

Picked up a 2012 VW Jetta sportswagen with the 2.5L engine, right around 7000 miles on it. Dealer says they serviced it with Valvoline Synpower 5w-40.

Oil looks clean etc but I want to change it just for piece of mind.

This car specs VW 502.00 in 5w-30 or 5w-40. Being the car is in MN and winter can be a beast, what do you all recommend for oil? Would 5w-40 be too thick for the winter?

Car is garaged @ night but will be outside all day while I am at work.

Thanks !




Can you get an 0W-30 or 0W-40?

Regards, JC.

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#2751477 - 09/22/12 01:12 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Quattro Pete]
robertcope Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 495
Loc: TX
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
I would run M1 0w-40 in it.


This is the answer. I run M1 0W-40 in my wife's 2.5L since it was new. And in my 2.8L VR6. And in my 1.8L Miata motor. And in my 3.4L Tacoma motor.

robert

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#2751478 - 09/22/12 01:18 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: robertcope]
Bandito440 Offline


Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 1267
Loc: Northern NY
Originally Posted By: robertcope
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
I would run M1 0w-40 in it.


This is the answer. I run M1 0W-40 in my wife's 2.5L since it was new. And in my 2.8L VR6. And in my 1.8L Miata motor. And in my 3.4L Tacoma motor.

robert


I agree!
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#2751498 - 09/22/12 01:48 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
JRed Offline


Registered: 06/01/09
Posts: 1633
Loc: Virginia
I'd run M1 0w-40 over ANY VW 502.00 oil, hands down.
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#2751511 - 09/22/12 02:01 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
bodeh6 Offline


Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 615
Loc: Metro Detroit, MI
M1 0W-40 FTW.
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#2751522 - 09/22/12 02:29 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: bodeh6]
Huie83 Offline


Registered: 02/19/09
Posts: 212
Loc: Minnesota
I have been looking at Mobil 1 0w-40 Euro spec and it looks like a great oil. I can also get Castrol slx pro 5w-30 online, anyone ever run it? It is listed a sthe OEM 5w-30 for VW.

2 questions I also have:

1) I know Mobile 1 0w-40 is vw 502 certified but, being a 0w oil when the manual specifically spec's 5w-x for year round use, will I ever run into warranty issues if I have engine trouble? I ask because I have a 8 year 100K warranty thru VW.

2) What oil filter has everyone had the best luck with? I can order Mann, Hengst, Meyle or genuine VW online. I'd like to stick with a German filter if possible as the store brands such as STP, Fram, Mobil 1 etc just didn't impress me.


Edited by Huie83 (09/22/12 02:30 PM)

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#2751525 - 09/22/12 02:34 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
Oregoonian Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 1997
Loc: Bend, Oregon
Another vote for...M-1 0w40...for year-round use. IMO, this oil is one of the best available....with many UOA's to prove it. Perfect for those cold Minnesota winters.
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#2751532 - 09/22/12 02:40 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: simple_gifts]
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3027
Loc: SE Pa
Originally Posted By: simple_gifts
IIRC correct, not too many 502 30 weight oils available OTC; perhaps some new ones on the scene, Pennzoil Euro, but a few years ago, it was slim pickens.


GC is VW 502.00 and labeled a 30, but it's a very heavy 30.

We ran that in our 2.5, and it ran quite nicely on it.

But that Schaeffers 7000 was the best in it.

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#2751558 - 09/22/12 03:19 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 02/10/08
Posts: 3127
Loc: Phila,PA
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
I would run M1 0w-40 in it.

+1

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#2751577 - 09/22/12 03:54 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Huie83]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 23536
Loc: Illinoistan
Originally Posted By: Huie83
2 questions I also have:

1) I know Mobile 1 0w-40 is vw 502 certified but, being a 0w oil when the manual specifically spec's 5w-x for year round use, will I ever run into warranty issues if I have engine trouble? I ask because I have a 8 year 100K warranty thru VW.

I wouldn't worry. M1 0w-40 is on the official VW approved oil list.

http://home.comcast.net/~popov1/vwoil.pdf


Quote:

2) What oil filter has everyone had the best luck with? I can order Mann, Hengst, Meyle or genuine VW online. I'd like to stick with a German filter if possible as the store brands such as STP, Fram, Mobil 1 etc just didn't impress me.

Mann/Mahle makes OEM filters for VW. They should work well in your application.
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#2751582 - 09/22/12 04:12 PM Re: 2012 VW jetta 2.5 winter weight? [Re: Quattro Pete]
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3027
Loc: SE Pa
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete

Mann/Mahle makes OEM filters for VW. They should work well in your application.


I'm not so sure of that anymore. The last batch of VW filters we picked up were made in France and chevron-pleated. They may be sourcing with Sogefi.

Still, you generally can not go wrong with Mann, Mahle or Hengst in anything.

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