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#431 of 489 Re: Oil light - consumption woes [dhundley79]
Jan 10, 2011 (9:49 am)
Hello All: I have a 2002 Passat 1.8T, and just received a mailing from VW corporate regarding resolution of a class action suit pertaining to the oil light coming on despite the crankcase being full of oil. Am I to understand that they are extending the oil sludge warranty to eight years EVEN IF 502 SPEC OIL HAS NOT BEEN USED REGULARLY? Did I also see that an owner can CONTINUE to use the oil specified in the manual...WTF! Mine says conventional oil is acceptable, although I know altair or shipo advised that VW issued a revision page in 2003 stating that 502 is the only acceptable oil (which I never saw, as I purchased it in 2005). It also seems that if 502 has been used regularly, then the warranty is extended to TEN years. I haven't read everything in detail, as I was just about to go out of town for a couple of weeks. Has anyone else received this, and reached some sort of conclusion? I'm a bit confused here. Thanks, vwdawg
#432 of 489 Re: Oil light - consumption woes [vwdawg]
Feb 08, 2011 (12:47 pm)
Hey vwdawg: Check out this website for an explanation https://vwoilsludgesettlement.com/.
From what I can understand, the 8 year warranty affects people who continue to use the "lower quality" petroleum based oil, while the 10 year extension will be available to those using the 502 (and keeping all of their records)! See if that's what you come up with. Meanwhile, we'll be visiting our dealership since the dreaded STOP Engine light came on this morning. Thank goodness I was still in our own driveway. Good luck. I'll try to give you more info as I get it.
#433 of 489 Re: Oil light - consumption woes [dmv123]
Feb 09, 2011 (8:24 am)
Hi dmv: Thanks for website into. The oil light on my 2002 1.8T Passat came on a couple of times, but that's been more than 10k miles ago, so I guess maybe I'm OK. I purchased this rig about four years ago with maybe 55k, and it has 91k at present. I recvd service records with the car, but none of them indicated type of oil used. My manual stated that "any CONVENTIONAL oil meeting SAE blah, blah, blah was acceptable, and I did the first two changes myself with Castrol conventional, only to be advised later by shipo or altair that a manual addendum page was issued (which I never recvd), advising that ONLY 502.00 spec could be used in this engine...S**T! So, according to what I'm reading here, if I can't prove continuous use of 502.00 from the first oil change on, then I'm SOL, since my rig has now passed the eight year mark. Of course, I did switch to Mobil 1 0W-40 immediately (thank you, thank you to shipo/altair...probably saved my engine!). The tragedy here is that there are probably thousands and thousands of 1.8T owners out there (as well as their oil changers!) who don't have a clue that they may be ruining their motors by continuing to use dino-juice. My daughter drives my 2.0 Golf, and brought it in to an oil change joint without telling me, and sure enough, they used conventional, even though the manual states 502 is required! vwdawg
Feb 11, 2011 (9:26 am)
We bought a new 2002 VW Passat GLS 1.8T new in spring 2002. We have had the oil changed faithfully every 5K at various VW dealerships. The original dealership service order says only that "LPN-000-000 Castrol oil" was installed. After a year we moved our service allegiance to another VW dealership. Their service tickets there described the oil either as "5W30B ZVW-352-530" or as "5W40SB Castrol bulk synthetic" or "5W40SB Valvoline synthetic". We moved away and the current dealership tickets say "PK18PS 1.8cyl syntec oil and "ZWV-352-540-SB syntec 5W40". With this history of absolute adherence to prescribed oil change frequency at VW dealerships and the oil as described, should I expect to ever have the problems described by other?
#435 of 489 Re: should i worry? [honsidriver]
Feb 14, 2011 (8:29 am)
honsi: Considering that you have had your oil service performed at a VW dealer, I can't foresee a problem...if the dealer doesn't have their act together, then it's VW's problem, not yours. I have no idea what the "LPN-000-000 Castrol designation implies, but I would hope it's a VW 502 spec. The other designations sound like 502 spec to me. So...keep those receipts handy in case of a problem...I think all should be OK here. vwdawg
#436 of 489 Passat '05, Oil Light & correct oil
Feb 16, 2011 (4:53 pm)
New to this forum & I can see these issues have been addressed some time back. The STOP oil pres. light came on in my Passat w/78,000 mi. Next oil change due in 3,000 mi. I checked oil & it was a little low. Only snythetic oil I could find late on a Sunday evening was PEAK 5W-30. I added a quart & it was fine for 2 days, now light is on again. What could this mean? I'm scared! I know so little & have had so many problems with this car.
#437 of 489 Re: Oil Consumption, my issue and the dealerships help [infinity4]
Feb 16, 2011 (8:57 pm)
Did the ring replacement help? We have an '06 with oil consumption issues and VW has agreed to fix but I am wondering if we should push for a whole engine replacement.
#438 of 489 Re: Passat '05, Oil Light & correct oil [rosie11]
Feb 18, 2011 (10:44 am)
You need to have your car inspected at a VW dealer Immediately! I have suffered through the dreaded oil sludge issue and it damaged different parts of my cars motor. Fortunately, the dealer was able to get VW to pay the $5,000.00 repair bill but that is due to the fact I had supporting oil change documents and it took 5 days just to get the approval. The OIL Warning light is nothing to mess with. I would not even drive the car to the VW dealer. Have it towed. After my oil warning light came on, I drove the car another 7 miles and that ended up wiping out the turbo charger.
Please get your car to the VW dealer immediately is all I can say!
Best of luck!
#439 of 489 Re: Passat '05, Oil Light & correct oil [rosie11]
Feb 21, 2011 (10:05 am)
rosie11: As dpnva advises, you should bring your rig into a VW dealer immediately, but first take a looks at dmv123's reference above to the "Oil settlement" link. My understanding is that if you have any sludge issues in the first eight years, VW will make the necessary repairs, and regardless of whether you used the required 502.00 spec synthetic. If you can prove that 502.00 HAS been used all along, then the warranty extends to ten years. If I'm incorrect on that, others can advise. vwdawg
#440 of 489 Re: Passat '05, Oil Light & correct oil [vwdawg]
Feb 21, 2011 (10:23 am)
Thank you for both replies. I did go through the whole sludge thing with VW about 4-5 months ago, we split the $1500 cost of desludging! Now however the STOP light is coming on again, intermittently. Took it to the local very good garage (Not the VW dealer) & they can find no leak, nothing. What would you guys think it might be?