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The standard fully synthetic 5w30 to VW spec. VW504.00/VW507.00 will do the job fine, even for a remapped car. If you do a lot track days then you could go for a 5w40 oil, but not really necessary in this country with our ambient temperatures.

Whichever brand you choose is personal choice, whether it be Castrol Edge, Mobil 1 ESP, Shell Ultra VSX or any other one.
 

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You're welcome. The key thing is not to get hung up on what brand you use but to change it frequently.

It's the exact same as tyres everyone has their favourite brands. For reference VWs come from the factory with Castrol oils.
 

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Can't go wrong and I'm pretty sure Quantum oil is Castrol.
 
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Just phoned TPS and they recommended the fully synthetic 5w-40 stuff.

My understanding is that the 40 will stay thicker when hot and thus offer better protection so shouldn't be a problem? It meets the VW spec anyway.
 
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Picked up some Quantum Platinum 5W-40 fully synthetic stuff from TPS today.

Approved to VW 502.00 / 505/00 / 505 01 which Opie said would be fine. 504 is also acceptable but tends to be a longer life oil apparently.

I'll be dumping it every 8K or so anyway.
 

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That oil will do the job just fine.

You're right that an oil that meets 504.00 is suitable for longlife use but in my view an oil that meets this spec., which is more stringen, is a better oil irrelevant of service regime.
 
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502 says "Recommended for those which are subject to arduous conditions." I'd class my commute as "arduous" lol
 

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Bit late now but I would stick to Edge, Longlife 3 (both are Castrol) or Shell Helix Ultra.

Some 5W/40s (and 50s/60s) can cause small end rattle when the engine is cold. It goes after a minute or 2 when the metals expand though. That 5/40 platinum stuff is one of them.

If you hear this noise in your engine (sounds like a faint diesel rattle from the top end) I would personally drop the oil and go with LL3 or Edge.

Normally I would say oil is oil, knock yourself out, but the R32 can be a little sensitive to it as it's cylinder and bearing tolerances were designed around LL oils from the outset.
 
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep an ear out for it and address it as soon as it becomes and issue.
 
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