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I can't figure out which oil to put in my girlfriends 2001 VW beetle, 2.0 engine. I need to know weight and synthetic or dyno

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Any good quality 10w 30 oil will work just fine. If you want to go with synthetics, i've done tons of research on them and personally prefer to use them. To make your decision, the best test results are found by "googling" noac volitility tests. You will find a valid comparison of synthetics there. All products tested far exceed any comparison to "normal" oil!

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