I don't think synthetic is required by VW for the V6 and V8. Considering that the next service is at 10k, it really isn't such a big deal. But if you plan to follow VW's service recommendations; 5k, 10k, 20k, 30k, etc, I would use synthetic for future services.
My dealer has a big sign hanging in the service department that reads: Oil Change - W8 Passat, V6 & V8 Touareg $99.95. I'd say 80 bucks is a bargain. FYI - I will only use Mobil1 0W-40 and do it myself. Well not all by myself, my neighbor is the certified Touareg and Phaeton mechanic for the same dealership. elvic_thrust: :twisted: :evil:
$70 for 5K service, but I brought my own Mobil 1 0W-40 (9 qrts worth). Basically $40 labor + $28 filter + tax. The dealers charge a lot for putting in their own oil. My dealer wanted $10/qrt to put in their syntheitc. I got mine at Kragen on sale for $3.99/qrt.
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