View Single Post
Old October 7th, 2006, 05:22   #1
Veteran Member
SUNRG's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Roanoke, VA
Fuel Economy: 28mpg@74mph: 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon
Default VWoA: 506.01 & 507.00 acceptable where 505.01 is specified

Just wanted to put these two letters in one place for the TDI club community to reference if needed.

I also want to explain the distinction between acceptable and recommends.

By using the term acceptable VWoA is stating that if you have access to 506.01 or 507.00 oils you may use them in your vehicle that specifies 505.01 - provided you adhere to the maintenance intervals described in your owners manual.

VWoA is not using the term recommends because if VWoA recommends a product then US consumers expect the product to be available through VWoA dealerships.

At this time, 506.01 and 507.00 are not available through VWoA dealerships and US consumers should not expect them to be.

Fortunately, VW TDI enthusiasts in the US have the ability to purchase VAG approved 506.01 and 507.00 oils through many online stores and a growing number of retail outlets. [VAG 506.01 approved oils - LINK, VAG 507.00 approved oils - LINK]

A letter sent to a V10 TDI owner:
My email to VAG Wolfsburg:
From: Robert Issem []
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 12:22 PM
Subject: using 506.01 or 507.00 where 505.01 is specified

The owner’s manuals in VW Pump Duse TDIs in the US indicate that oils meeting the VW505.01 oil spec should be used. We are fortunate to also have access to oils approved by VW to the later VW pump duse / diesel specifications VW506.01 and VW507.00.

VW enthusiasts in the US understand that VW506.01 and VW507.00 are LongLife specifications and are using these oils because they want full-synthetic formulations and increased fuel economy.

However, some technicians at VWoA dealerships are unfamiliar with these newer VW longlife specifications and are scaring VW enthusiasts that are using VW506.01 and VW507.00 oils with statements like "Well they told us in training, anything that doesn't say 505.01 on the bottle voids the warranty." [Note to TDIclub members: this is an exact quote from this post - LINK]

Can you please confirm that using oils approved by VW to the standards VW506.01 and VW507.00 are acceptable for use in VW Pump Duse TDIs where VW505.01 is specified?

Thank you!

Robert Issem
Roanoke, Virginia – USA

Volkswagen AG reply:
ECO-DRIVING - advanced driving techniques contributing to sustainable mobility. Links 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Bicycles, lots of them, mpg | 05 VW Passat Wagon GLS TDI ~36mpg

Last edited by SUNRG; January 5th, 2007 at 07:16.
SUNRG is offline   Reply With Quote
Page generated in 0.08864 seconds with 7 queries
[Output: 19.69 Kb. compressed to 17.91 Kb. by saving 1.78 Kb. (9.03%)]