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hi all
which oil do you recommend for the 1.9 tdi 130bhp engine and what are the advisable intervals for changing the oil?
thanks in advance:)
 

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more info required

A little more info is needed from you, particularly your driving style, and the full spec of your car, particularly any engine mods.

However, yours seems to be a PD TDI, in that case you must ONLY use PD approved oil. If you are on fixed maintenance intervals, it must be VW 505.01 (or 506.01, or 507.00) approved, and for LongLife variable intervals, it must be VW 506.01 (or 507.00).

Not knowing your location, I can't list any brands for you.

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hi sean
thanks for your reply
dont know any specs yet
i do about 180 miles a week to and from work 90% of that is on the motorway
i drive my diesel now at a steady pace rarely over 3000 rpm
my location is swinton manchester
 

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slater170 said:
hi sean
thanks for your reply
dont know any specs yet
OK, well I'll take the liberty to presume your motor is standard, with no modifications (chips, boost valves, free-flowing exhausts, different air filters).

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i do about 180 miles a week to and from work 90% of that is on the motorway
i drive my diesel now at a steady pace rarely over 3000 rpm
So relatively sedately, with no short journeys, no frequent stop-starts, no high loads, such as towing a caravan, and, importantly (for any engine) v.careful use when cold (less than ½ throtle and less than ½ max engine speed until normal operating temperature).

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my location is swinton manchester
UK would have been enough ;) - I didn't want to recommend a UK only product to somone livin' over the pond in US or Canada!


Your useage would absolutely seem be the ideal method for the LongLife (flexible interval; upto 2years/30,000 miles) servicing regime. If so, you must only use oil to the VW standard 506.01, or the later 507.00, which has superceeded the 506.01 (particularly so if your car has a noticeable thirst for drinking oil).

My personal recommendations for 506.01, which are still widely available, would be Castrol Formula SLX II 0W30 (the OEM original fill), Fuchs Titan Supersyn SL Longlife Plus, Motul Specific 506.01, Quantum Longlife 0W30 (only from VW / Audi / Seat / Skoda dealers), Shell Helix Ultra X Longlife 2.

For 507.00, your choice is quite limited at the moment (although more manufacturers will seek the appropriate VW approval) to; Castrol SLX LongLife III 5W30, Castrol EDGE 5W30 (this merely replaces the SLX LongLife II & III under a global Castrol rebranding programme) Castrol UK Motor Oil and Lubricants - Castrol EDGE 5W-30, Elf Solaris LLX 5W30.

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hi sean
thanks for your info mate its much appreciated.
next i'll try not to be such a pedant
 

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slater170 said:
hi sean
thanks for your info mate its much appreciated.
next i'll try not to be such a pedant
Your welcome, that's what makes for a good forum - the free flow of info (in both directions, mind you).

BTW, when you get a mo, try and update your profile or sig, or both, so future posters will know where you are and what spec your car is.

BTW2, are you trying to "boost" your post count? That's twice you've duplicated - must be using someone elses fingers to type eh?? ;) ;) ;)

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Teutonic_Tamer said:
Your welcome, that's what makes for a good forum - the free flow of info (in both directions, mind you).

BTW, when you get a mo, try and update your profile or sig, or both, so future posters will know where you are and what spec your car is.

BTW2, are you trying to "boost" your post count? That's twice you've duplicated - must be using someone elses fingers to type eh?? ;) ;) ;)

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thanks again sean
ive since found out that the car is on the variable servicing and the service is not due for another 12k or so or 626 days!
ive updated the sig and profile
 

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interesting . . . !

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thanks again sean
ive since found out that the car is on the variable servicing and the service is not due for another 12k or so or 626 days!
Ohh - that's interesting :confused: . I think whoever did the last service, they may have reset the service interval display (SID) very wrongly (oh, that's crap English, but you get the message!). On the LongLife servicing, you have to specifically programme the SID to countdown for 730 days, and adittionaly (for diesels) 30,000 miles (actually, 50,000 km, 'cause that's the way it works). Therefore, your car should have been serviced 104 days (3½ months) ago, and in that elapsed time, should have covered 18,000 miles - but according to your useage, (104 days = slightly less than 15weeks, 15 weeks x 180 miles) you have only covered 2,700 miles. That's waaaaaaayyyyyyy of the supposed 18k miles. Even topping up with more than ½ a litre of non-LongLife oil wouldn't cause that much discrepancy (it would bring the miles down, but also bring the days down too).

Double check in your service book to confirm the details of the last entry, checking the date, miles and type of service carried out. A word of caution though, I hear of many main dealers putting the wrong oil in, and in the worst case scenarios, actually causing engine failure. I had a very heated discussion with my own local stealer, who were so cavalier in their attitude to correct oil specs. There was a very interesting thread on the HonestJohn web forum on this very issue, and VW will sample the oil and reject any warranty claim where non-specified oil was used!!!

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ive updated the sig and profile
fx/on <thumbs-up> fx/off - ohh, now my turn at pedant mode, stick UK on the end, 'cause someone over the pond might think your from Manchester Ohio, or summat like that!
 

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thanks again sean
i may be talking out of my harris!
im only going off what the car dealer is saying.
the car has done 29k and was last serviced at 18k
now i really am confused!!!
when i get the car at the weekend ill try and suss out the situation properly.
it was definately serviced at an audi dealers ive seen the stamp in the book
 

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slater170 said:
thanks again sean
i may be talking out of my harris!
im only going off what the car dealer is saying.
the car has done 29k and was last serviced at 18k
now i really am confused!!!
when i get the car at the weekend ill try and suss out the situation properly.
it was definately serviced at an audi dealers ive seen the stamp in the book
Well then the miles would work out to 23k between servicings, which is fairly good for LongLife on diesels - it's just the days that sound v.iffy - maybe you misread it. Shall I get Steve Wright to send you a "Stifikate of Muppetry"??? ;) ;)

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im a muppet me

Teutonic_Tamer said:
Well then the miles would work out to 23k between servicings, which is fairly good for LongLife on diesels - it's just the days that sound v.iffy - maybe you misread it. Shall I get Steve Wright to send you a "Stifikate of Muppetry"??? ;) ;)

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err think you better had:D
 

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err think you better had:D
Well . . . what are the correct days and miles due then?

Sean
 

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Hi All, I've been watching this thread closely as I have just had an oil change - bought the car 2 months ago, 100,000 miles, 130 bhp, A4 Avant TDI Quattro 2003 model - its on the long life service, it was last serviced by Audi at 96,000 miles but I wanted to get the oil changed for my own peace of mind as it was previously an Audi lease car and I didn't know if someone might have stuck any old crap in to top it up. I spoke to an independant (very reputable) Audi and VW Specialist and he didn't use the oil I wanted so I purchased the oil myself - Castrol Edge 5W-30, VW 504 00/507 00. He changed the oil and filter for 30 quid, made up. He said the oil they would have used was 0W-30 so now I am really confused, have I put the right oil in? It does say it replaces SLX Longlife II on the oil? Cheers Paul
 

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Hi All, I've been watching this thread closely as I have just had an oil change - bought the car 2 months ago, 100,000 miles, 130 bhp, A4 Avant TDI Quattro 2003 model - its on the long life service, it was last serviced by Audi at 96,000 miles but I wanted to get the oil changed for my own peace of mind as it was previously an Audi lease car and I didn't know if someone might have stuck any old crap in to top it up. I spoke to an independant (very reputable) Audi and VW Specialist and he didn't use the oil I wanted so I purchased the oil myself - Castrol Edge 5W-30, VW 504 00/507 00. He changed the oil and filter for 30 quid, made up. He said the oil they would have used was 0W-30 so now I am really confused, have I put the right oil in? It does say it replaces SLX Longlife II on the oil? Cheers Paul
The oil you used is perfectly OK, probably better than the 0W30 on high-milers like yours. The 0W30 which they would have used would probably have been Castrol SLX LongLife II VW 503.00, 506.00, 506.01. I'm very surprised the inde didn't know about the lastest standard though. The stuff you used, the 504.00, 507.00 replaces the LongLife II standards.

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hi sean
got a mate looking at it today
anyhow bo**ocks to it im going to change the oil and filters and reset the dis thingy
cheers for the help
 

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slater170 said:
hi sean
got a mate looking at it today
anyhow bo**ocks to it im going to change the oil and filters and reset the dis thingy
cheers for the help
Just make sure you use the proper spec oil then - if it aint got VW 505.01, 506.01 or 507.00 on the bottle don't use it.

Also, if you reset the SID using the manual method of pushing buttons in a certain series, it will only be set for fixed interval, not LongLife servicing.

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Slater, I lived in Walkden for most of my life, well more the Lancs side not far from the Woodside pub before all those new houses were built! One thing I notice now is the amount of traffic around the area! The lancs is chocka these days. I used to drive through Swinton to Uni in the 90s... It was quieter then!! :rolleyes:

Anyway, I have a 1.9TDI and to be honest stick with fixed servicing. I do about 10k a year and short trips to work to prefer to change oil far more regularly then most, 6 monthly drain and inspection. My personal view is that 2 years or 20+k miles is a long time before inspections of the engine is made. Many enthusiasts would agree. I also have a Ross-tech VAG-COM tool which is well worth it when servicing or generaly making changes.

I use Millers XFE-PD 505.01. It's not a stupid price like Castrol and has very good reviews and well used throughout Audi/VW/SEAT owners.

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hi sowers
i am having the car serviced next week and will then stick to fixed schedule
thanks for the heads up on the oil

p.s swinton is a busy old place these days!
 
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