Volkswagen Oil Specifications
VW 500 00
Volkswagen specification for multigrade engine oils for petrol engines with SAE 5W-X/10W-X viscosity. This is an “old” oil specification and is applicable to engines built before the model year 2000 (up to August 1999). Oils with an approval made post-March 1997 were given an alternative, later VW specification.
VW 501 01
Conventional motor oil suitable for some VW petrol engines built before MY 2000. This is an “old” oil specification and is applicable to engines built before the model year 2000 (up to August 1999). Oils with an approval made post-March 1997 were given an alternative, later VW specification.
VW 502 00
Oil for petrol engines. The successor of VW 501 01 & VW 500 00 specifications. Recommended for those 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
Long-life petrol engine oil for VW cars with WIV (system for longer service intervals). Also meets ACEA A1, SAE 0W-30, or 5W-30 specification.
VW 503 01
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). SAE 5W-30. Now superseded by the VW 504 00 specification.
VW 504 00
Long-life petrol specification which supersedes the VW 503 00 & VW 503 01 specifications. VW 504 00 oils are suitable for engines meeting the demands of Euro IV emissions standards.
VW 505 00
Passenger car diesel engine oil specification, minimum performance level CCMC PD-2. Lists viscosities SAE 5W-50, 10W-50/60, 15W-40/50, 20W-40/50 requiring 13% max. evaporation loss and SAE 5W-30/40, 10W-30/40 requiring 15% max. evaporation loss.
VW 505 01
Special engine oil for VW turbo diesel engines with pump-injector-unit and for the V8 common-rail turbo diesel engines. Meets ACEA B4 SAE 5W-40 specification.
VW 506 00
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. An oil change is indicated by the electronic service indicator. Viscosity is SAE 0W30.
VW 506 01
These oils are especially for “Pumpe-Düse” (unit injector or “PD” engines) running on extended service intervals (30,000 – 50,000km / 24 months). An oil change is indicated by the electronic service indicator.
VW 507 00
Low SAPS oils suitable for Euro 4 engines and 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.
VW 508 00
This standard is not yet released. It will probably require a low SAPS oil with energy-conserving properties.Posted on by Rick Muscoplat