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#4478072 - 08/03/17 09:48 AM Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles
HalfmoonGH Offline


Registered: 08/02/17
Posts: 1
Loc: WY
All this oil talk is confusing to me. I want to find the best synthetic to use in my 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan with 148K miles on it. I'm leaning towards 5w30 or 5w40 as those are the two VW recommended, but several folks say they use 10w40. Which brand of synthetic should I be considering for my VW engine? Thanks! I tried to search the form several times, but the dates searched thing was a mystery to me and I never got any results. If someone could explain how to use the search dates, I'd appreciate it.

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#4478085 - 08/03/17 10:10 AM Re: Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles [Re: HalfmoonGH]
drtyler Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 406
Loc: GA
Castrol Edge 0W40, Mobil 1 0W40, or Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W40. All are available at WalMart in 5 quart jugs for $22-$26, and all are rated for ACEA A3/B4 and VW 502/505 specs.

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#4478115 - 08/03/17 11:03 AM Re: Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles [Re: HalfmoonGH]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2569
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: HalfmoonGH
All this oil talk is confusing to me. I want to find the best synthetic to use in my 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan with 148K miles on it. I'm leaning towards 5w30 or 5w40 as those are the two VW recommended, but several folks say they use 10w40. Which brand of synthetic should I be considering for my VW engine?
What drtyler above said. Any 0w40 you see on the shelf at Walmart (or Amazon) will work great. A Fram CH9461 oil filter is a good choice. Avoid Purolator oil filters (very bad reputation). Order a bottle of Liqui Moly Motor Oil Saver (amazon or napa) and use it at half-dose to keep the old seals flexible and avoid leaks.

Originally Posted By: HalfmoonGH
Thanks! I tried to search the form several times, but the dates searched thing was a mystery to me and I never got any results. If someone could explain how to use the search dates, I'd appreciate it.
Go to google to search this forum. At google.com, type in, for example the words: Castrol Edge 0w40 HTHS site:bobistheoilguy.com
Next step: on the google.com page, select "Tools" and then select "past month" for example.


Edited by oil_film_movies (08/03/17 11:11 AM)

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#4478131 - 08/03/17 11:21 AM Re: Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles [Re: HalfmoonGH]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2569
Loc: MN
If you ever want to know what oil is recommended for your vehicle, and the Owner's Manual is out-of-date, you can always go to mobiloil.com, then select "Find the right oil", then put in the make, year, model, engine in and your recommendations show up.
Pennzoil and Castrol websites also make a recommendation like that.

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#4478252 - 08/03/17 01:56 PM Re: Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles [Re: HalfmoonGH]
homeyclaus Offline


Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 99
Loc: Northern VA
If you just acquired the vehicle and it has an automatic transmission, look into getting a decent transmission cooler installed. Heat stress kills.

As far as oil goes, any XW40 euro-spec oil will be fine, and if you want to go with a euro-spec 5W30/0W30 in the winter that's fine too, but is not a requirement.

I just did an AXK VR6 whose #1 piston rod bearing pulverized. Cheap/bad oil + towing + poor maintenance. Fun times.
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2013 Toyota Tundra CM 5.7L TRD (M1 0w20/PUP0w40euro, WIX/CQ filter)
2010 Mercedes E550 4Matic (PP 0W40 Euro, Mann)

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#4478310 - 08/03/17 03:03 PM Re: Oil for 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan V6 24V high miles [Re: HalfmoonGH]
edyvw Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 5038
Loc: Colorado Springs
Originally Posted By: HalfmoonGH
All this oil talk is confusing to me. I want to find the best synthetic to use in my 2003 VW Rialta/Eurovan with 148K miles on it. I'm leaning towards 5w30 or 5w40 as those are the two VW recommended, but several folks say they use 10w40. Which brand of synthetic should I be considering for my VW engine? Thanks! I tried to search the form several times, but the dates searched thing was a mystery to me and I never got any results. If someone could explain how to use the search dates, I'd appreciate it.

Go to Wal Mart get Castrol 0W40 or Mobil1 0W40 FS.
My preference is Castrol 0W40.
Forget regular (ILSAC GF-5) 5W30 oils.
However, bottom line is that you can use ANY oil that meets VW 502.00 specification.
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13' BMW X5 35d (Mobil1 5W30 ESP+OEM filter)
11' VW Tiguan 2.0T (Castrol 0W40+MANN filter)

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