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#3362349 - 05/05/14 11:45 AM Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why?
BlackWidow Offline


Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 7
Loc: Europe
Hi, I live in Germany and for a reasonable price I can buy the oils below.
Which shall I take and why?

Mobil 1 - New Life 0W-40
Shell - Helix Ultra (GTL)0W-40
Shell - Helix Ultra (GTL)5W-40
Castrol - Edge Titanium 0W-40

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#3362358 - 05/05/14 11:55 AM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 4079
Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: BlackWidow
Hi, I live in Germany and for a reasonable price I can buy the oils below.
Which shall I take and why?

Mobil 1 - New Life 0W-40
Shell - Helix Ultra (GTL)0W-40
Shell - Helix Ultra (GTL)5W-40
Castrol - Edge Titanium 0W-40

Thanks

What type of car?
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#3362363 - 05/05/14 12:02 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
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Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 7
Loc: Europe
Volkswagen Polo 1.4 FSI MY 2011

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#3362372 - 05/05/14 12:16 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
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Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: BlackWidow
Volkswagen Polo 1.4 FSI MY 2011

I would use Low-SAPS oil such as M1 ESP 5W30.
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#3362376 - 05/05/14 12:20 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
BlackWidow Offline


Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 7
Loc: Europe
Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30 is not in the list of the oils mentioned.
In addition, I prefer maximum protection.
I would also like to know your motivation why you Advise a specific oil.


Edited by BlackWidow (05/05/14 12:26 PM)

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#3362377 - 05/05/14 12:21 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
dparm Offline


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I don't believe Helix Ultra 0w40 is GTL, only the 5w40 is.
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#3362382 - 05/05/14 12:31 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 4079
Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: BlackWidow
Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30 is not in the list of the oils mentioned.
In addition, I prefer maximum protection.
I would also like to know your motivation why you Advises a specific oil.

First, it is FSI engine, meaning it does not have indirect injection.
You live in EU, meaning that gas is ultra low sulphur, which means you do not need High-SAPS oil such as Shell 0W40 or 5W40, or M1 0W40. 5W30 is recommended oil for that car, Low-SAPS.
I think ANY Low-SAPS oil will do good, such as Shell Helix Euro L, Castrol LL-03 (OEM), Pentosin Super Pento III, etc. I personally like M1 ESP 5W30 because it has very high HTHS of 3.58 for 5W30 oil, it has flash point of 258c, very good pour point of -45. Low SAPS oil will prolong life of your catalytic converter etc.
You do not have Turbo engine, so do not worry about 5W30. M1 ESP 5W30 is almost as thick as some 5W40 oils. Shell Helix 5W40 is only 7-8% thicker then M1 5W30 ESP.
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#3362408 - 05/05/14 01:01 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
BlackWidow Offline


Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 7
Loc: Europe
Thanks a lot Edy

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#3362477 - 05/05/14 02:14 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
needsducktape Offline


Registered: 05/08/11
Posts: 820
Loc: Sacramento CA
Good breakdown edyvw !
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#3362629 - 05/05/14 04:21 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: BlackWidow]
Ayrton Offline


Registered: 09/28/10
Posts: 669
Loc: Washington State, U.S.
edyvw makes excellent points!

From your list, I would use Mobil 1 0w-40 as I have used this product a long time as have others and it is well respected.

Nevertheless, edyvw would probably sway me if it is allowed in your market to use the ESP oil, there seems to be a lot of reasons to use it.

In Europe, I think there is also a ESP version of 0w-40, so if it also has the approval, that would be another option.


Edited by Ayrton (05/05/14 04:22 PM)

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#3362630 - 05/05/14 04:22 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: Ayrton]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 33283
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Ayrton
In Europe, I think there is also a ESP version of 0w-40, so if it also has the approval, that would be another option.

I was about to suggest that.
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#3362712 - 05/05/14 06:22 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: Quattro Pete]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 4079
Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: Ayrton
In Europe, I think there is also a ESP version of 0w-40, so if it also has the approval, that would be another option.

I was about to suggest that.

Yeah, I forgot about 0W40. Though, M1 0W40 ESP does not meet VW 504.00/507.00. In EU this is what is required for FSI engines.
One more thing to consider, you live in Netherlands where climate is very mild. Actually, 5W30 would be preferable because you will reach operating temperature faster. Do not worry about protection. If 5W30 VW 504.00/507.00 is recommended for example Audi S4, then your Polo will not have issues.
I am using it in 2.0TSI engine, no issues at all, and here we have to deal with high sulphur content.
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#3362891 - 05/05/14 09:08 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: edyvw]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 33283
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: edyvw
Though, M1 0W40 ESP does not meet VW 504.00/507.00.

It does meet MB 229.51, which is a comparable spec. But if he's under warranty, then yeah, better find something that does officially carry the VW spec.
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#3362915 - 05/05/14 09:39 PM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: Quattro Pete]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 4079
Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: edyvw
Though, M1 0W40 ESP does not meet VW 504.00/507.00.

It does meet MB 229.51, which is a comparable spec. But if he's under warranty, then yeah, better find something that does officially carry the VW spec.




Yeah, I know it carries MB 229.51, VW 502.00. I am thinking he is under warranty that is why I think 5W30 might be better option. Also, Netherlands does not have extreme cold, nor have strong summers.
If they would offer 0W40 ESP here I would use it in a heart bit.
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#3363173 - 05/06/14 08:56 AM Re: Which 5W-40 / 0W-40 shall I take and why? [Re: edyvw]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13040
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: edyvw
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: edyvw
Though, M1 0W40 ESP does not meet VW 504.00/507.00.

It does meet MB 229.51, which is a comparable spec. But if he's under warranty, then yeah, better find something that does officially carry the VW spec.




Yeah, I know it carries MB 229.51, VW 502.00. I am thinking he is under warranty that is why I think 5W30 might be better option. Also, Netherlands does not have extreme cold, nor have strong summers.
If they would offer 0W40 ESP here I would use it in a heart bit.



Odd that it's 502 and 229.51. I suspect it would work just fine though.
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