quote:Hmmm...Not that it matters much, but the Touareg does have the same 3.2l engine, it's just tuned differently (to make 220HP instead of 240hp). Here's the line from VW's official specs:
Nope. The Touareg has a 3.0 V6 (220hp), same as in A4/A6. Yours is a 3.2 VR6.
quote:The engine was originally placed in the RSI New Beetle.
"3.2L V6, 220 horsepower, 6 cylinder, 4V, 15°, gas"
quote:This is very helpful info. Thanks! Many VW folks I've talked to keep saying the VR6 engine runs really hot, and that's why I was worried about the sheering. Sounds like folks here don't think it's a worry. Does anyone really know what the 502.00 spec is? Should I be concerned about the T&SUV not meeting it?
T&SUV sounds like a good choice for this engine, but it does not meet the VW 502.00 spec. M1 0w-40 should be fine in this engine, too, and it does meet the 502.00 spec. The shearing of M1 0w-40 is not that bad and it mainly happens in turbo applications which you don't have, so you shouldn't worry about that too much.
quote:I don't think terrible, terrible things will happen if I leave the oil in for 5K miles. My sense in dealing with new cars and their manufacturers over the past few years is that their schedules and specs are designed to make the dealers' lives simpler. My MINI had "free service" included. I had to put 33K miles on it before the SECOND oil change came due on it. For me, 16K mile drain intervals on a brand new car could be too long, but since they are paying for the oil change, they want to have them infrequently. On the r32, I figure it won't make a huge difference to leave the oil in. But since I paid WAY too much money for a VW golf, I want to take care of it, and getting the break-in oil with its metal bits out a little sooner could be a nice thing to do. If I trusted VW, then I'd be in BIG trouble: dealers are putting in conventional oil if you bring your car in for a 5K mile oil change. Thanks so much for the quick responses! They are very helpful
Why question them and the owner's manual? Do they not know this car and engine best? Wouldn't they write something if they thought first change at 5K miles was harmful to the engine? [I dont know]