Oregon TDI· Registered
My dealer sells Castrol LL03 for under $7 a bottle (liter). Just not worth my time to look for it elsewhere.
It baffles me why anyone would buy a $50K+ premium precision vehicle like the Touareg and then fret over an extra few dollars for an oil change.The big deal about 505 and 507 is specific protection for cam lobe wear. 507 is for dpf and 505 is non dpf. The way the tdi engine is designed, it requires a specific oil to prevent premature cam lobe wear. Any modern diesel oil can deal with dpfs, but only 507 can deal with cam lobe wear prevention.
I shopped around all the local auto parts stores for LL03. Knecht's, O'Reilleys, etc etc. Not only did they not have LL03 on the shelf, when I asked them they didn't know what I was talking about. So I figured, well, crap, I'll try the dealer and expect it to be $15/liter. To my surprise it was ~$7, about the same as all other full synthetic not meeting the 507 spec.Il be honest with you the LL03 at my dealer costs less than any other synthetic brand I can buy at whatever store. 7 bucks a litre is pretty much the going rate for any synthetic oil
Of course. I check for "LL03" and "507" on whatever they hand me. My point was the VW parts guys seem to know what it is without me saying "LL03" or "507". I can't say the same for the employees at other auto parts stores.So you looked for, and saw, "507 00" on the label.
If the formula for LL03/507 is proprietary (bottle label says "Ingredients: Proprietary"), maybe NDAs prevent other parties from disclosing VW "trade secrets". Even the MSDS for LL03 doesn't say much.No, there are other folks who understand what makes 507.00 engine oils 507.00 who don't work for VW. It's just no one here has found any article that discusses it.