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Audi (Q3) Oil Change

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Audi (Q3) Oil Change

What is the spec, for whatever reason I can't find it in the owner's manual. I sent an e-mail to Amsoil (Preferred Member) and was told NONE OF THEIR OILS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?!? Okay. I'm surprised, they even have a separate European oil to choose from.

Where can I get the oil, I wonder if Castrol 0W-30 meets the requirements. After all it's Made in Germany. LOL I'm obsessed with 0W-30, been using it since I learned about it back in 2002. I was hoping for Amsoil since I paid for a membership.

Apparently, Audi will do the first oil change for free but they want me to wait 1 year or 15,000km. That's not happening, I just don't believe in once a year OCI, oil changes are cheap (since I DIY) for me to wait that long.

My 2020 has 2.500, I picked her up in middle of December so there's plenty of time.

Thanks.

I wonder how many down votes this will get. LOL
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If the car is lease, I would just follow what's the manufacture recommended, which is 1 year or 15k
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Audi has built in oil service interval reminder built into the MMI. When you get close to the date or mileage you would get oil change warning on the dashboard.

I don't think Audi dealer would put in Amsoil.

As the main Audi thread on RFD has pointed out, Audi Care just gone up in price as of Jan 2020 on case you were interested in dealer maintenance.
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Just google the spec in the manual and you'll get plenty of options.. If you want the free oil change you have to do it by their schedule 1 year / 15000km.

I don't get the oil brand loyal, just get one that meets the specs and is priced competitively and change often.
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bembol wrote: What is the spec, for whatever reason I can't find it in the owner's manual. I sent an e-mail to Amsoil (Preferred Member) and was told NONE OF THEIR OILS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?!? Okay. I'm surprised, they even have a separate European oil to choose from.

Where can I get the oil, I wonder if Castrol 0W-30 meets the requirements. After all it's Made in Germany. LOL I'm obsessed with 0W-30, been using it since I learned about it back in 2002. I was hoping for Amsoil since I paid for a membership.

Apparently, Audi will do the first oil change for free but they want me to wait 1 year or 15,000km. That's not happening, I just don't believe in once a year OCI, oil changes are cheap (since I DIY) for me to wait that long.

My 2020 has 2.500, I picked her up in middle of December so there's plenty of time.

Thanks.

I wonder how many down votes this will get. LOL
Looks like VW/Audi have updated requirements for 2020 and they have a new spec.

The new spec to look for is VW 508 00 or sometimes might be noted as 508.00

Current oil that VAG uses with spec is:

Castrol EDGE® Professional® 0W20 Long Life IV

Search around and you might find others. Guaranteed that the dealership will have in stock. Check with them on price and then shop around from there.

https://www.audiusa.com/content/dam/aud ... r-2020.pdf
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bembol wrote:

I wonder how many down votes this will get. LOL
At least 5+
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bembol wrote: What is the spec, for whatever reason I can't find it in the owner's manual. I sent an e-mail to Amsoil (Preferred Member) and was told NONE OF THEIR OILS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?!? Okay. I'm surprised, they even have a separate European oil to choose from.

Where can I get the oil, I wonder if Castrol 0W-30 meets the requirements. After all it's Made in Germany. LOL I'm obsessed with 0W-30, been using it since I learned about it back in 2002. I was hoping for Amsoil since I paid for a membership.

Apparently, Audi will do the first oil change for free but they want me to wait 1 year or 15,000km. That's not happening, I just don't believe in once a year OCI, oil changes are cheap (since I DIY) for me to wait that long.

My 2020 has 2.500, I picked her up in middle of December so there's plenty of time.

Thanks.

I wonder how many down votes this will get. LOL
No. German Castrol, as Castrol Syntec 0W30 is known as, is a 50200 approved oil which is not to be used on your car. The only place to get oil for your car is from the dealer. No other place in Canada (retailer) stocks it. The car calls for 50800 approved oil.
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Nine. Not bad.


Thanks. It's financed. Looks like dealership it is.
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bembol wrote:
Apparently, Audi will do the first oil change for free but they want me to wait 1 year or 15,000km. That's not happening, I just don't believe in once a year OCI, oil changes are cheap (since I DIY) for me to wait that long.
The first oil change, sure, if you want to get the manufacturing gunk out of the engine. But 15,000km is not very long for an oil change interval, and there is considerable risk, especially on a DI/GDI engine, of changing the oil more frequently than the manufacturer spec's and clogging up your intake.
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Various arguments can be made against performing oil changes more frequently than the automaker prescribes.

The most persuasive one is that today's oils contain many additives designed to work together in synergistic fashion (whole is greater than the sum of the parts).

That synergism doesn't come about right off the bat. The additives have to start breaking down a bit before they can provide maximum benefit.

An oil rated for a 15K km OCI (in the right application) getting replaced at 7 or 8K km may mean that you are dumping it out before it has reached optimal effectiveness.

Some theorize that the new oil you then put in doesn't even provide the same lubrication properties as the old oil because those fresh additives represent a significant proportion by volume.

Not sure that theory can be proven. Similarly, no one knows for sure if there is any measurable incremental wear during the first start with a new filter (whether or not you prime it).

Don't be guided by what seemed like a good idea 20 years ago when oils and engines were different from today's.

Even German Castrol has moved along and is now made in Belgium.
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angryaudifanatic wrote: No. German Castrol, as Castrol Syntec 0W30 is known as, is a 50200 approved oil which is not to be used on your car. The only place to get oil for your car is from the dealer. No other place in Canada (retailer) stocks it. The car calls for 50800 approved oil.
Not true,

https://germanoem.ca/parts/chemicals/ed ... l-cas.html

https://germanparts.ca/parts/83202ML

https://germanparts.ca/parts/483701OM
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Was going to suggest Germanparts.ca and it looks like they do sell the correct oil.
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I have a 2019 GLI and 2018 tiguan both calls for the same VW 508, The oil is currently quite expensive as it is not widely available.

Few people have done oil analysis at12k km and found the oil to be still good and recommended to do a change at 15k.

Yes germanparts does hold motul specific and Liquid molly .

For me i walk into a VW dealer to get the castrol.
But from what i hear the VW dealership is moving to Motul aswell. This because VW and castrol deal is done.
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Isnt your first maintenance interval free at 8000km? Plenty of indy will do oil change for you with the right spec'd oil.

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