VAG oil specs and what they mean.

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VAG oil specs and what they mean.

Postby oilman on Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:08 pm

Hopefully some of you will find this of use.

VW 500.00 oil
This is an “old” oil specification and is applicable to engines built before model year 2000 (up to August 1999). Oils with an approval made post March 1997 will have been given an alternative, later VW specification.
This oil can be used in older petrol and some diesel engines, except from those referred to under other specifications. Not suitable for vehicles using extended service intervals.

VW 501.01 oil
This is an “old” oil specification and is applicable to engines built before model year 2000 (up to August 1999). Oils with an approval made post March 1997 will have been given an alternative, later VW specification.
VW 501.01 is very similar to the VW 500.00 specification, and can be used for the same applications in older petrol and some diesel engines, except those referred to under other specifications.

VW 502.00 oil
Oils meeting this specification should only be used in petrol engines. Recommended for those which are subject to arduous conditions. It must not be used for any engines with variable service intervals or any which are referred to under other specifications.

VW 503.00 oil
This specification is for petrol engines with extended service intervals (up to 30,000km or 24 months).
It includes the AUDI S4, but not the RS4, the TT, S3 or A8 6.0 V12 with outputs of more than 180bhp, which should use oils meeting the VW 503.01 or VW 504.00 spec. VW 503 00 is now superceded by the VW 504.00 specification.

VW 503.01 oil
This specification is specifically for Audi RS4, Audi TT, S3 and Audi A8 6.0 V12 models with outputs of more than 180bhp, running with variable service intervals (30,000km or 2 years). Now superceded by the VW 504.00 specification.

VW 504.00 oil
These oils are suitable for all petrol engines with extended service intervals (30,000km or 2 years).
The VW 504 00 specification supercedes the VW 503 00 and VW 503.01 specifications. VW 504 00 oils are suitable for engines meeting the demands of Euro IV emissions standards.

VW 505.00 oil
The oldest VW specification for diesel cars. Now only really relevant only to pre 2000 diesel cars (with or without turbocharger). For diesels from 2000 onwards, the VW 505.00 specification has largely been superceded by the 505.01, 506.00, 506.01 and 507.00 specifications.

VW 505.01 oil
These oils are especially for "Pumpe-Düse" (unit injector or "PD" engines) running on fixed service intervals (15,000km / 12 months).
It is vitally important to use an oil meeting either this, the VW 506.01 specification or the VW 507.00 specification to avoid damaging the diesel pump in PD engines.
For PD engined cars with a DPF, use only an oil meeting the VW 507.00 specification.

VW 506.00 oil
These oils are suitable for diesel engines with extended service intervals of up to 50,000km / 2 years. Not for use on engines with a single injector pump. Oil change is indicated by the electronic service indicator.

VW 506.01 oil
These oils are especially for "Pumpe-Düse" (unit injector or "PD" engines) running on extended service intervals (30,000 - 50,000km / 24 months). Oil change is indicated by the electronic service indicator.
It is vitally important to use an oil meeting either this, the VW 505.01 specification or the VW 507.00 specification to avoid damaging the diesel pump in PD engines.
For PD engined cars with a (DPF), use only an oil meeting the VW 507.00...

VW 507.00 oil
These oils are suitable for almost all VAG diesel engines from 2000 onwards with extended service intervals, unitary injector pumps and also Pumpe-Düse ("PD") engines.
Excludes V10, R5 engines and VW Commercial vehicles without fitted DPF (diesel particulate filters) – these must use a 506 01 specification oil.

Cheers

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