[A4] FWD: Re: Need for Premium Gas in 1.8T quattro?

David King davking at ag.arizona.edu
Fri Sep 22 20:14:51 EDT 2006

I haven't gone to check it, but I think my '01 manual for my 1.8T 
said for normal service, change every 10,000 miles or annually 
whichever comes first, and more frequently for severe service.  I 
live in the southwest (dust).  I putz around town on short 
errands.  I keep a car a long time.  That's severe service.  So the 
salesman recommended that I change every 6 months or 5000 miles, 
whichever comes first.  The service advisors concurred, 
naturally.  That's what I've done and I've used Mobil 1 since 10,000 
miles.  While the car was still eligible for Audi's free maintenance, 
I paid for the intermediate  oil changes and I paid for the Mobil 1 
for all oil changes.  But it is also true that Audi of America put on 
a filter that was too small, or at least smaller than that used in 
Europe (I think) and didn't require and pay for synthetic oil.  Thus 
making the cost of "free" maintenance less than it would otherwise be 
from their standpoint.  For quite a few years the 1.8T was ranked as 
one of the 10 best engines in the world.  It needs a little TLC.

So far, so good.


At 01:24 PM 9/22/2006, you wrote:
>im not taking anyone's side, but look how wrong audi was when they told all
>their customers to change oil every 10k miles, now they have tons of 
>law suits
>  and recalls on the "sludge" issues. everyone's wrong even audi sometimes.
>From:  Rocky Mullin <caliban at sharon.net>
>Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:48:13  -0700
> >
> >    yeah, you know *way* more than audi  does.  i'm now totally
> >motivated to take your advice over the  owners manual.
>Take ot of leave it -- I really don't care.
>But I  AM living proof that it can be done with no ill effects.
>Audi has to  warranty the cars for 60k miles, which means their
>service and operational  recomendations are going to err on the
>side of safety.  You figure  that running 87 octane fuel they may
>see 10% of their engines repaired  under warranty, where running 91
>octane, they may see 3%.  That 7%  difference is a big deal to
>Audi, so they err on the conservative side and  specify a minimum
>RON of 91.
>Run whatever you want.
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