[Biturbos4] Synth Oil in the 2.7t

David Kavanagh dak at rochester.rr.com
Sat Mar 20 22:55:34 EST 2004

I'm about to do my first oil change since getting my '00 A6 2.7t and 
have a Mann filter on the way. I went to Walmart today to shop for oil. 
I had called around and they had the best prices. They have quarts of 
Mobil 1 and Valvoline full synth for $4.27. They also have 5 quart jugs 
for $19.95. I brought my manual and looked for the ratings mentioned in 
there. For the SJ rating, the Mobil 1 was the only full synth oil that 
stated that it met (or exceeded) that.
I read a post by Keman on the SF Bay list about Mobil 1, Castrol Syntec, 
Redline, etc... I didn't want to spring for Redline, so went looking at 
the others. None of them listed any of the VW.XXX XXX rating numbers. 
Most had the ACEA A1 rating (I think I got that right). My car's manual 
states that the A2 or A3 ratings are acceptable.
Hmm, I just found a web page (at Advance Auto Parts) that explains that 
the SJ rating is for 2001 and older engines, the SL rating is for all 
current engines. I think that means that anything with the SL rating is 
fine for all engines. Mobil 1 listed SJ and SL, the others were SL... 
wish I had known that earlier today.

Anyway, the car is out of warranty, so I'm not concerned about that, but 
the prime concern is what is going to be best for the turbos...   I've 
run Mobil 1 in all my past Audi 5 cyl turbos (all 4 of them). I ended up 
with the 5W-30 weight. If nobody screams "STOP!". I'll just throw the 
stuff in there.... Now, to get that service indicator reset!


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