2003 VW GTi 1.8T - 200k Kms

Joined
Feb 13, 2007
Messages
235
Location
Canada
Recently acquired a 2003 VW GTi 20th Anniversary Edition with 200,000kms
I know the original owner and it always used Euro 5/0W40 with OCI's every 5-8k kms

It has sat in storage for 2 years and I am going to fully restore the car, replace all the maintenance items.

Under the oil cap is decent, some sludge as common with these 1.8Ts

What is the oil recommendation today? Which is the best for decent cleaning? M1 FS 0W40? Pennzoil 5W40?

Thanks in advance
 
Joined
Aug 23, 2010
Messages
3,798
Location
pa
200,000 on my 1.8T jetta running great at trade + using 10-30 REAL synthetic oil prevented ANY sludge. a very similar + great engine + lots of upgrades are available!! good luck with your project + first off be sure the timing belt + related parts are recently replaced, if not do so ASAP before driving it!
 
Joined
Mar 8, 2012
Messages
16,300
Location
Colorado Springs
Recently acquired a 2003 VW GTi 20th Anniversary Edition with 200,000kms
I know the original owner and it always used Euro 5/0W40 with OCI's every 5-8k kms

It has sat in storage for 2 years and I am going to fully restore the car, replace all the maintenance items.

Under the oil cap is decent, some sludge as common with these 1.8Ts

What is the oil recommendation today? Which is the best for decent cleaning? M1 FS 0W40? Pennzoil 5W40?

Thanks in advance
M1 0W40 FS.

Sludge indicates that the owner used probably ILSAC oils.

After several runs, keep 0W40, or you can go Motomaster 5W40 or 0W40. As long as oil is approved for VW502.00, but more importantly MB229.5.
 
Joined
Oct 20, 2005
Messages
8,059
Location
Scruffy City
This was not VWs finest hour, but that particular model puts it on the worth saving list.

Agree with posted recs so far.
 
Joined
May 17, 2021
Messages
1,749
Location
open range
.
VW 502 00, 504 00 or 511 00, preferably along with MB 229.5 or 229.51.
I'd run at least two shorter intervals and try to avoid short distances esp.
during winter. I'd also consider using HPL's cleaner. Very nice GTI btw.!
.
 
Top