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    best type of oil for a 30v v6?

    I searched Google and PW, but I didn't get any useful results. What is the best type of oil I need to put in my 2000 v6?

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    VW officially recommends 502.00-rated oil, which always means synthetic, generally 5W-40, although Mobil 1 0W-40 and German Castrol 0W-30 are on the list, as well. Although I suspect you can safely use any high-quality 5W-30 dino in cool weather, 10W-40 in hot weather, or 10W-30 year-round in coastal southern California, a 0/5W-40 synthetic will give you an unbeatable combination of cold start wear protection and high temperature stability. The V6 engine tends to leak a bit on lighter oils, such as 5W-30 dinos, particularly during your Alabama summers.
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    Hmmm.... I was under the impression that only the turbo models needed synthetic oil to prevent turbo sludge?

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    you can use regular oil with no problem at all.
    i change every 5k.

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    Ballin'. I think I'll go with the 10-W30 year-round since it's never extremely hot or extremely cold here.

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    oh, and will any regular autozone oil filter be fine to use for just normal everyday driving?

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    I live in Florida and use my 99' v6 to deliver pizzas. I use Castrol 10w-40 and a Purolator filter, change the oil about every 2-3 thousand miles. Never had one problem in the 15000 miles I've had it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottpassat2.8 View Post
    you can use regular oil with no problem at all.
    i change every 5k.
    thats what ive been using on my two vw passats w/ V-6
    w/ no problems one has 76000,the other 90000

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCO2102 View Post
    I live in Florida and use my 99' v6 to deliver pizzas. I use Castrol 10w-40 and a Purolator filter, change the oil about every 2-3 thousand miles. Never had one problem in the 15000 miles I've had it.
    same here
    thats what i use on my two passats V-6 motors in summer castrol 10w40 05w30 winter and purolator filters ,like i said one has 76000,other 90000 ,no problems using that and a 5000 mile oci

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan79 View Post
    oh, and will any regular autozone oil filter be fine to use for just normal everyday driving?
    Use something good. Cheap filters tend to suck.
    Also while you probably "can" use dino juice, 5w-40s a bit thicker and will prevent some oil loss as well as just being better for your engine, esp on cold starts (remember for an enige, 80F is "cold")
    at least in my 02 manual, vw recommended 502.00 for v6s, btw

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    If you can swing the cost of full synthetic. Do it. Far superior oil in any condition.

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    With the 1.8T, synthetic oil is mandatory.

    With the V6 and most other normally-aspirated engines with decent-sized sumps, you can generally use dino oil on a tight change interval or synthetic on a longer change interval. The first owner of my son's 1996 Audi A4 2.8Q (the old 12-valve V6 workhorse) used 10W-30 dino on a 5k mi / 8k km OCI. We just pulled the valve covers at 80k miles / 130k km to replace the leaky gaskets (after 12 years, they were unsurprisingly brittle and hard), and the cams look quite clean, with just a light coat of varnish, but no evidence of sludge or gunk.

    Because our cars get lots of stop-and-go severe service city driving, I keep all of them on a 3k mi / 5k km OCI, using 10W-40 high-mileage Castrol GTX in the 2.8, 5W-30 Castrol GTX in the 2003 Dodge 2.4L DOHC, and Mobil 1 0W-40 synthetic in the 1.8T.
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    so far I always use 5W-30 synthetic Mobil1 or Valvoline Maxlife Syn n change every 2.5K

    10w-30 synthetic or 10w-40 synthetic is good for California ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_E View Post
    With the V6 and most other normally-aspirated engines with decent-sized sumps, you can generally use dino oil on a tight change interval or synthetic on a longer change interval.
    I'll echo that. The original owner of my B5 V6 used whatever-was-on-sale 5w30 dino oil with filters of equal quality. Oil change intervals were typically every 5k-7k miles, but 10k+ OCIs were not unheard of. Unleaded 87 octane was the norm. The engine is in good condition, though.

    Partly because I'm a more spirited driver--and partly because I'm a sucker--I use Mobil 1 0w40. I change it every 5k and use OEM oil filters. The temperature in Wisconsin fluctuates by forty to fifty degrees daily. Summers peak at 110F, winters drop to -40F, and I can't anticipate which season my OCI will come. This is how I justify spending $45 for oil and a filter.

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