I've been reading posts on this forum and some people are saying you can go 10,000 miles (or 16,000 km) between oil changes on a 2012 Passat 2.5L. I know I could do this on my 2002 Golf TDI. Since I've owned it, I've only done it once on my 2012 Passat 2.5L. Gasoline engines rev at higher RPMs than TDIs. So my question is: Can a gasoline engines go the same distance between oil changes?
And what kind of oil do you use? VW recommends Syntec 5W-40 but are there other types we can use?