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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old September 18th, 2019, 07:32   #31
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Just another vote for the Pennzoil. I replaced mine awhile back with the Pennzoil syncromesh and it went from being a bit catchy to very smooth. 265k miles on the Jetta Wagon.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 08:01   #32
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Any GL4 will be acceptable. Which you WANT to use is a different story. I like Redline MTL, but Synchromesh is also a good choice -- as IMHO is the OE VW fluid.

NEVER, EVER put a GL-5 gear oil in a synchronized gearbox UNLESS the manufacturer specifically calls for it -- which is typically NEVER the case. That includes a lube that has BOTH GL-4 and GL-5 specs on the bottle. If GL-5 is on the bottle, and you use it, you are very likely to be tearing the gearbox apart and replacing the synchronizers.

Higher numbers are NOT always better!
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