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@Borris has set me thinking about an upcoming oil change.
When it comes to selecting oil, the handbook says for all diesel engines with PDF, any service schedule, oil spec is VW 507.00
An internet search for the right spec oil brings up a host of names, a few of which I recognise and a lot that I don't. There are also significant price variations.
GSF has been suggested as a bulk supplier, but they don't come up as stocking the VW spec.
The lowest prices oil is Mannol, from several suppliers, but, on investigation, Mannol seem a bit dodgy.
Brand suggestions and experience in use welcome.
 
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@Borris has set me thinking about an upcoming oil change.
When it comes to selecting oil, the handbook says for all diesel engines with PDF, any service schedule, oil spec is VW 507.00
An internet search for the right spec oil brings up a host of names, a few of which I recognise and a lot that I don't. There are also significant price variations.
GSF has been suggested as a bulk supplier, but they don't come up as stocking the VW spec.
The lowest prices oil is Mannol, from several suppliers, but, on investigation, Mannol seem a bit dodgy.
Brand suggestions and experience in use welcome.
When a company specs an oil should you believe them?. There are lots of oils with 507.00 spec but is it just the big companies that you should trust? I mean big companies wouldn’t lie would they? I mean VW wouldn’t lie to it’s customers would it? There are other makes of oil where their customers have used them for many years and swear by them and cost a third as much as some of the BIG brands. Just need to a bit of googling and away you go.....
 
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When a company specs an oil should you believe them?. There are lots of oils with 507.00 spec but is it just the big companies that you should trust? I mean big companies wouldn’t lie would they? I mean VW wouldn’t lie to it’s customers would it? There are other makes of oil where their customers have used them for many years and swear by them and cost a third as much as some of the BIG brands. Just need to a bit of googling and away you go.....

Sure. Fuchs is good stuff for example and cheaper. In your very valuable Cali however, it’s a rounding error, particularly when you’re not paying dealer labour rates. Same with filters. I use Bosch, some use the cheapest they can buy.
 
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Sure. Fuchs is good stuff for example and cheaper. In your very valuable Cali however, it’s a rounding error, particularly when you’re not paying dealer labour rates. Same with filters. I use Bosch, some use the cheapest they can buy.
I too use Bosch filters. A full set on EBay inc oil, air, fuel and pollen is £45 or so. I just looked up oils and you can buy Asda 5-30 fully synthetic 507.00 for under £20 for 5 ltrs. That’s £24 for 7 ltrs. So for £70 or so you can put the best filters and the correct oil in your Transporter engine. Instead of £380 the dealer wants.
A VW fuel filter is £80 on its own and it’s probably made by Bosch anyway.
 
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I too use Bosch filters. A full set on EBay inc oil, air, fuel and pollen is £45 or so. I just looked up oils and you can buy Asda 5-30 fully synthetic 507.00 for under £20 for 5 ltrs. That’s £24 for 7 ltrs. So for £70 or so you can put the best filters and the correct oil in your Transporter engine. Instead of £380 the dealer wants.
A VW fuel filter is £80 on its own and it’s probably made by Bosch anyway.
Sorry £28 for the oil.
 
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I too use Bosch filters. A full set on EBay inc oil, air, fuel and pollen is £45 or so. I just looked up oils and you can buy Asda 5-30 fully synthetic 507.00 for under £20 for 5 ltrs. That’s £24 for 7 ltrs. So for £70 or so you can put the best filters and the correct oil in your Transporter engine. Instead of £380 the dealer wants.
A VW fuel filter is £80 on its own and it’s probably made by Bosch anyway.

It‘s so cheap to do basic servicing with top quality parts, as long as you avoid main dealers!
 
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Just need to a bit of googling and away you go.....
That's the trouble, just as you say below.
There are lots of oils with 507.00 spec but is it just the big companies that you should trust? I mean big companies wouldn’t lie would they?
Given that there are standards, how do you know that the standard is met. Can you trust what it says on the container? In some cases, apparently not.
I just looked up oils and you can buy Asda 5-30 fully synthetic 507.00 for under £20 for 5 ltrs. That’s £24 for 7 ltrs.
I have a friend with a Skoda who swears by Asda oils and, if they meet VW spec, why not?
I am of the school that thinks that regular oil changes are the most important maintenance item for an engine, I owned a BMW 5 that ran to 230,000 miles with Millers XFE 10W40 oil changed every 6,000 miles. (Eventually the petrol tank rusted through). The oil was available in 25 litre drums, which is the sort of thing I would ideally like to have for the Cali.
 
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Mine has this in at the moment from a local independent garage.

English translation is Fox.
 

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