Question about 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle
THe salesman at the dealership said for best performance and longevity they recommended synthetic oil (at $13/qt).
My mechanic disagreed and said that regular oil would do very well.
Who should I believe?
What engine do you have? If you have the 1.8 turbo engine, you absolutely need to run synthetic - the 1.8T engine is known for oil sludge issues, and running synthetic will stem that a bit. You'll still have sludge issues, but they can be held at bay. Use synthetic oil only, and do a treatment with SeaFoam (available at parts stores) every third oil change, and you should be fine.
Now, just because you need synthetic oil, does not mean you need to pay $13/qt for it from a dealer. Mobil1 synthetic is excellent oil (I used it for years in my 500+hp twin turbo 300ZX), and it's on the official Audi list of approved oils (Audi and VW are part of the same conglomerate). It runs less than $5/qt. Get Mobil1, and your oil filter, at the parts store, and change your oil at home - it'll take you 20 minutes or so and save you a bundle.
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