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  • MrShift@Edmunds 12/02/12 1:59 pm PST

    Why are you waiting another 2,000 miles? Saving the price of an oil change vs. replacing a $10,000 engine seems like a false economy, even if the risk of damage is, in reality, probably quite small given that you've only done a top-off.

  • johngmiller75 12/02/12 2:53 pm PST

    My ultimate question is whether the difference in the oil, (using non-specified, albeith fully synthetic), oil is going to cause any damage. Given the choice between driving a quart down versus with a 1 quart top off of non-spec synthetic oil, which is the lesser of two evils. Essentially, how critical is it to use the actual specified oil?

  • MrShift@Edmunds 12/02/12 4:36 pm PST

    I don't think this question is really answerable other than to say that it would technically violate your warranty, if you still had one. I don't think anyone except perhaps a VW engineer could confidently tell you to 'drive on, no problem". If you want my uneducated opinion, based on what I would do, I wouldn't worry about it if it were my car--but i'm not advising you to do it.

  • morin2 12/02/12 5:04 pm PST

    I would have just taken it in a little early for service rather than use a non-specified oil. in my area, Mobil Delvac is available almost everywhere - even at Walmart.


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