[Vwdiesel] '84 Diesel Rabbit Motor Oil 15W-40, 10W-40, 5W-40 . . .

Terry Briggs vbriggs at stny.rr.com
Sat Jun 3 12:10:38 EDT 2006

I've use amsoil for many years so I'm a bit biased when it comes to 
oil, It is in my opinion, the best 100% synthetic oil around. You do 
have to be careful when considering "fully" synthetic oil, due to 
industry standards, just because it says "fully" synthetic, does not 
mean it is 100% synthetic. Where as Amsoil is 100% synth oil. I did 
notiv=ce a small mileage increase, better cooling due to its better 
thermal transfer properties and an extended change interval. I changed 
the oil on my last bunny every 25000 or once a year which ever came 
first, so I changed it about every 8 months. I drove that bunny for 8 
years doing just that. Of course if you want to go that extra mile, you 
can get involved with amsoil's oil anyalasis program, where you drain 
off an ounce of oil every so many miles and send it in, they look at it 
and then tell you whether you need to change it. many of the fleets 
that use amsoil use the program. My buddy uses it, and he hasn't 
changed the oil on his TDI in 5 years, yep, no oil change in the last 5 
years!  At any rate, you have a lot of choices, just make that informed 
On Jun 2, 2006, at 11:48 AM, Bryan K. Walton wrote:

> Hi guys,
> 	So I've got an '84 Rabbit with about 122K miles on it. I've
> been running Cenex Superlube TMS motor oil in it (15W-40 weight).  But
> I thinking of switching over to a full synthetic oil.  My reasons for
> considering this are:
> 1. Extending my oil change interval (I've been doing it every 3000
> 	miles).
> 2. To see if I can lower my oil consumption (I've already installed a 
> valve
> 	cover baffle.  Right now my consumption is about a quart every 1000
> 	miles.)
> 3. To see, first hand, whether I can boost my mpg with synthetic oil.
> 	I know many synthetic oil users claim to have seen a mpg
> 	increase.  I'm a mpg geek, so if I can squeeze out even another
> 	1 mpg, it would be cool in my book.
> 4. I only put about 6000-7500 miles on my rabbit a year. So, I think I
> could get away with an annual oil change with a synthetic. I live in
> southeastern Iowa.  When I first started considering this switch to a
> synthetic, I thought that a fully synthetic 15W-40 might work better
> in the winter than a dyno-based 15W-40.
> However, when I started looking for fully synthetic 15W-40s, I didn't
> find very many:
> a)Amsoil
> b)Redline
> c)Royal Purple
> d)Neo
> So, I posted a question on the bobistheoilguy.com forum to see what
> people thought of these various options (they are all much more
> expensive than the dyno options -- but cost is probably one of the
> least important concerns of mine).  But I was unprepared for the
> response I got:
> "Any of the listed oils will do you fine in your Rabbit. However, even
> though your manual states the use of 15w-40, it was published before
> widescale availability of synthetic 5w-40 heavy duty engine oils,
> which would be more than great for your little Rabbit.
> You see, a 5w-40 synthetic oil will provide better cold weather flow
> properties, and will also protect better than conventional 15w-40s at
> high temperatures. It's the best of both worlds!"
> I hadn't even thought about using a 5W-40 before reading this reply.
> So, my question to you guys: is anybody running 5W-40 in their diesel
> A1?  Is there any reason why I should stick to 15W-40?  Or is this
> poster correct, that 5W-40 is beats the 15W-40 in every fashion?
> Thanks!
> Bryan Walton
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