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Type of engine oil to use - VW polo (petrol)
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Old 19-09-2007, 10:05 AM
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Default Type of engine oil to use - VW polo (petrol)

Hello,

Yesterday my car beeped at me and flashed up the oil lamp - a great feature I'm not used to having driven an ancient car before this one.

Having looked at the manual it's telling me to buy some VW engine oil and giving me a code for that.

In true moneysaving style I would prefer to get my oil from Tesco or Halfords - please can anyone say what sort of oil I need to buy, whether it is best to buy on the VW oil and, if not, which type/brand they might recommend over others?

Many thanks.

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Old 19-09-2007, 1:12 PM
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How old is the car? Is it on variable servicing? You probably need VAG 507 spec and it comes in at about 14 a litre - Castrol or Mobil and you probably won't get it from Tesco. Some Halfords sell it.

Don't wait for the warning!!
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Old 19-09-2007, 5:23 PM
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Don't wait for the warning!!
Sadly nowadays it's not that simple. For example, many HGVs no longer have a dipstick - they flash up a warning on the driver info display panel. I expect a lot of cars are going the same route.
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Old 19-09-2007, 8:16 PM
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Use either 10-40 or 5-30 oil. Depends how old it is and if its on VS or not...
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Also, once a month when you're washing your car off. Spend a few moments checking the quality/tread of tryres, top the washer bottle up and check t'other levels too.

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Old 19-09-2007, 9:01 PM
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What car is it? engine and year?

How fast were you driving when it beeped?

Park car on the flat wait 5 mins - Use dipstick and check your oil level.

Too little - add some
Too much - take some out.

What to add, well any 10 - 40 or 15 - 40 should be good enough.
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Old 19-09-2007, 9:26 PM
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Use whatever is advised in teh handbook. If it's a new VW and you use the wrong oil (especially if it is on variable servicing) bye bye warranty, hello potentially expensive repairs. Variable servicing relies on the correct oil being used and as stated it isn't cheap.
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Old 19-09-2007, 10:37 PM
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The info given here is pretty much correct.

VW do have their own specification numbers, in addition to what you usually see on the container.

Usually 10w40 semi synthetic, is a good choice. Then look for a long list of numbers on the back, something like SAE API SG SF SH SG VW 500/5.

SImply speaking, the further through the alphabet the S letters are & the higher 500 numbers for VW the better the oils specification.

Do check what your handbook says. If you can't find the book, call your VW dealer, or Halfords have an easy to understand, set of booklets, on their oil display.

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Old 19-09-2007, 10:38 PM
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In true moneysaving style I would prefer to get my oil from Tesco or Halfords
You mean motor factors.
Oh dear.
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Old 20-09-2007, 1:18 PM
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Hello everyone,

Many thanks for the replies. Here are some answers to the questions:

Car is 04 registration

Engine is 1.4

Warranty has expired.

I've recently bought the car and it had two of its three services even though it only now has about 6,000 miles on it.

So I don't think the variable servicing point applies?!?

I was just a bit surprised to see it asking for oil because my last old car (which I had for around 10 years) never had a drop of oil put in it - I think I only once put oil in and did a couple of oil changes in that whole time. (So there's something to be said for older cars!)

Since I've had the Polo I have done a couple of long motorway journeys so have put on it about 600-800 miles which may be why it is asking for oil, especially if this was low when I bought it.

Tesco sell this one: "Supergrade 10w/40 a high performance multigrade for all petrolmodels" - it's only around 8 for 4 litres. Would this be okay?

I also asked in Halfords and they recommended a Castrol oil 5/30 I think it was, but that's around 14 a litre.

I rang the local VW service people and the guy there sayd any 10w/40 would be okay.

Any more thoughts on which one?

Thanks again.

Regards
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Go into a local motor factors or look up yell.com and ring them and ask!
Halfords are extortionate.
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The Vairiable Servicing is exactly that, variable! Depends how the car gets driven. Stop, start, stop, start = service often. Long, steady runs = longer service intervalls...

A BMW on our fleet at the minute is doing 22,000 miles between services and it's on its original rear tyres and rear pads cos it just sits on the motorway day in, day out...

Its now on 80,000 miles in 2 years...
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Old 24-09-2007, 9:25 AM
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Same thing happened to me this morning. VW 1.4 2002. Did you find out which oil was needed? If not, I'll check with VW garage later.
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Old 24-09-2007, 11:27 AM
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To repeat myself.....

Just because it beeped does not mean you have low oil. You could have too much in there.

When it beeped how fast were you going?
Check your oil dipstick when parked on level ground. <--- DO THIS NOW, if you do have low oil, it sounds like you are driving around trying to save a couple of quid and you could be doing 100s of £££s worth of damage to your engine in the process.

Any 10 - 40 oil will do, There's no need to have (more expensive) 5 - 40.

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Old 24-09-2007, 2:06 PM
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Amazing as it may seem but I did check the oil (& it was too low). No problemo except I didn't have the handbook so I googled for oil type and it offered a link back to (amongst others) good ol' MSE.

I few minutes research enabled me to verify that semisynthetic 10-40 is ok.

Thanks for your concern however "should be good enough" did not give me the initial reassurance I needed (having said that, the VW dealer also gave me the wrong spec suggesting I needed a PD oil when it's actually a petrol engine - tho' they did profusely apologise when I queried it).
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sorry to bump this from so long ago i found it on a search

myoil light hs just comeon on a 54 reg polo 1.4 auto

could i use the same oilas mentioned above

i didnt understand the code in the manual at all

thanks
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sorry to bump this from so long ago i found it on a search

myoil light hs just comeon on a 54 reg polo 1.4 auto

could i use the same oilas mentioned above

i didnt understand the code in the manual at all

thanks
i would be putting in 5w 30,this is the oil recommended by vw for this engine,dont put in 10w 40,these engines are still prone to sludge,put in the 5w 30 to help avoid this problem.
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thanks very much
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Branches of GSF (German, Swedish & French) used to sell VW's own brand of oil, 'Quantum'. Unfortunately they don't stock it anymore but they do stock 'Fuchs' brand oil. This is a good quality oil & GSF sell it a a reasonable price.
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The oil code will be printed on the back of the oil you buy. For instance, my car recommends MB229.1, so I buy Mobil 1 0w-40 which has MB229.1 and MB229.3 printed on the label.

Very simple.
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