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Re: What oil type do I use...2003 vw beetle?
If U live in a cold climate use 5W-30W, if u live in a moderate climate with hot summers use 10W-30W, any name brand meets your engines requirements. Do not use any oils heavier than these two, it can cause engine bearing damage.
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you should need a 5w30..i would check the manual to make sure or a parts store can check it for you..i have been using havoline oil for 30 years now and I think its the best on the market..also see if you can have your parts store cross your oil filter to a ac delco filter.its the only filter I like to use and are hard to beat.if you can not cross it over..wix would be my second choice..i would need a little more detail on the exhaust leak location to help you on it..hope this helps some
IF YOU HAS GAS ENGINE USE API CERTIFIED FOR GAS ENGINES USE 5W 30 FOR COLD WEATHER. YOU CAN USE 5W 40 FOR WARM AND HOT CLIMATE. FOR DIESEL ENGINE YOU NEED API SERVICE CF4 OR CG4 USE MOBILE 1 OIL 5W 30 COLD WEATHER AND 5W 40 FOR HOT CLIMATES ALSO CHECK IN OWNERS MANUAL.TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE OR ASK THE AUTO PARTS SALESPERSON TO LOOK UP TYPE OF OIL YOU SHOULD USE TO KEEP FROM DAMAGING THE ENGINE IF YOU HAVE TURBOCHARGER.
what engine do you have? Gas? Diesel? VW takes special oil. its all listed in the owners manual. Most MOBIL1 products are ok if they meet the spec. It will say something like VW 500.00 or VW502.00 for gas models.
I found 2 listings for the 2.0L engine, A and B. The 'A' had no info on oil type, the 'B' stated all temperature ranges require type 'SJ' and 5/30 or 5/40 weight. Because the mileage is 140k, I am wondering how often you must add oil between changes. If you add none, or under a quart, 5/30 is ok, if you must add oil more often, use the heavier weight, 5/40.
Sounds like an isolated problem. While it's true that VW Beetles use a lot of oil, it sounds like you are loosing an abnormally high amount if your having to add oil every month. If it's not leaking out it has to be burning out through the engine. A good indicator of loosing too much oil through the engine is a white smoke coming from your exhaust.
Also, be certain your using the SAE 5W-30 oil that's recommended by VW.