reliability A4 V6 vs 1.8T

Taka Mizutani t44tqtro at
Sat Jan 28 12:06:09 EST 2006

While this may be the case, I really think it has to do more with the
maintenance schedule than
anything else.

Our old A4 1.8T had a pristinely clean inside of the head at 50-52k miles.
We used Mobil 1 0W40
(black cap, "European formula") from 5000 miles onward, OEM filters and oil
changes every 3k miles,
filter every other oil change. The car was driven moderately- it wasn't
beaten on, but it wasn't babied

I think using a good synthetic oil is critical to the longevity of this


On 1/28/06, David <duandcc_forums at> wrote:
> The B5 Passat (a longitudinal 1.8T) indeed suffers from sludge
> problems...the A4 Golf and Jetta (transverse mount) does not. I had heard it
> not only has to do with the design of the oil pan (shallower plus less
> capacity) but also with the oil filter (again smaller, less capacity). The A
> platform 1.8T engines hold something on the line of 25% more oil...

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