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Old February 18th, 2013, 11:41   #1
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Default 2012 Jetta TDI oil changes

I just took a trip from SC to IL over 1300 miles. on the way there i average 62 mph for 45.5 mpg. on the way back i wanted to get home faster. i averaged 72mph and 42.9 mpg. now it is time for my first oil change.

For TDI's after 2003, be careful about the oils recommended in the oil FAQ section. I bought Shell Rotella T6 (found locally, Mobil Devlac is also found locally) thinking that would do the trick. I decided to call Shell to confirm that their product meets the vw 507.00 spec. They said they would not recommend their Rotella for models after 2003.

My oil cap says "Castrol recommended" and doing a little research I have found that Castrol SLX/edge LL03 5w-30 is recommended. The guy at Shell recommended Pennzoil Ultra Euro L 5w-30.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Also do you recommend sucking the oil out with a pump or removing the drain plug?
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Well you picked wrong from the FAQ. T6 is being used in 2006 and earlier with good results. It is not suited to any common rail engines due to the exhaust system requirements for a low ash oil. The Castrol is what the dealer should sell you. This one is also commonly used as well:

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Old February 18th, 2013, 12:15   #3
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The Pennzoil has been holding up well it seems based on UOAs from one member.

When researching your car going forward, you need to look at the 2009+ CR FAQs.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 13:19   #4
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Originally Posted by Fulf View Post
.... Also do you recommend sucking the oil out with a pump or removing the drain plug?
Bottom drain. It is better because you can drain while the oil is still hot. It's easier working with the gravity than against it.

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Originally Posted by Fulf View Post
Castrol SLX/edge LL03 5w-30 is recommended.
Does anyone have any experience with this?

I've been using it since my 09 was new. Gee, its been four years now.

Also do you recommend sucking the oil out with a pump or removing the drain plug?
I used a Pella 6000 for my 40K change and sucked out 4.2 liters. It took a while, but you can get as much out from the top as from the bottom if you are willing to take the time. When you get my age, it's much easier from the top.
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