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Re: 2006 VW NB convertible 5 sp manual oil requirements
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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Your best longevity check is to set up and maintain a consistent oil and filter replacement schedule...Depending on your planned driving habits...your owners manual should recommend you change these every 5000-7500 miles or every 3 months whichever occurs first. Oil products have inproved for many years. The synthetic oil blends are the best for performance and mileage...most exceed your Cadillac specs...Mobil 1, and Castrol full synthetic are by preferences...No special tune-up or other maintenance should be needed at this time...watch for serpentine belt...100,000 miles...plugs and plug wires...100,000 miles...suspension parts vary between 75K to 100K before replacement...Hope this helps.
oli depends on several issues. the two types are mineral or synthetic oils but this does not matter although a lot of people prefer synthetic oils
if you live somwhere hot then a thicker oil is better as it will keep is viscosity in hot weather and in cold countries or in winter then a thinner oil is needed so it moves round the engine when it is cold.
in Germany VW recommend Oils from Castrol. it is best to ask a dealership for which oil rating is best for where you are.
The best oil for any car is 5W-30 synthetic, I personally recommend Mobile 1. 5W-30 Synthetic flows more rapidly to engine parts thereby reducing "dry start" wear. In addition, full (not part) synthetics contain fewer additives (they don't need them) than conventional oils. Conventional oil additives "burn off" rapidly (500-1000 miles) after an oil change and sludge accumulates over time as a result.
Synthetic oils use much less of these additives (5% vs 20-30%) than conventional (Dinosaur oil) so there's much less sludge to build up. Synthetic oil also has a more uniform molecule size, this extends oil longevity and reduces running temperature.
I've personally used Mobile 1 for many yeas in my cars and would recommend it although I'm quite sure that other FULL synthetics would offer similar benefits.