13th Jul 2013, 05:44
Have you ever had a turbo engine? These are the rules for all turbos, and even a BMW M3 consumes oil. $65 oil changes every 10k miles. How is that compared to your Toyota $35 every 3k miles oil change? And yes, German cars require Premium in most engines. Remember, there are always non turbo engines available.
28th Aug 2013, 16:28
The difference between VW (lower budget German car) or any Toyota, Chevy or Ford is very visible in Europe. The smaller Chevys are developed in Korea by Daewoo and a few Fords are developed in Germany. They do get better, but guess what? There's not a chance to drive a Malibu or Taurus safely anywhere in Europe at 120-150 mph (except straight without any turns). So real American cars are still based on modified technology from 50's and 60's. Don't believe me? Look at a Corvette's suspension and 5.7L engine. Any car will go straight at 70 mph, and that's all you need in the US, but some people enjoy driving on curvy back roads.
18th Nov 2015, 11:25
I have had a few turbos (mostly diesels) and never had this issue to be fair. My current car is a Nissan with a Renault petrol turbo engine, and it's not used one drop of oil between services. They may have been like that in the old days, but a modern diesel petrol unit should be as easy to use as a normally aspirated one. If it's not then it will not win many sales when word gets out.
19th Jul 2016, 10:56
Another update to my CC review.
At 77650 miles:
Right lower control arm needs replacement (wear and tear).
The trunk harness needed to be replaced (electric trunk release that stopped working), $60 part and 1 hr to DIY - quite easy.
Oil changes only with quality 5w-40 oils and original VW filters every 7-8k miles. Oil consumption 0.5-1 quart per oil change (depends on the season, increases during summer). Brands of oil used: Motul, Liqui Moly leichtlauf, Total Quartz.
19th Jul 2016, 20:03
I would go with Mobil 1 0w40 or even 5w50.
Mobil 1 is the benchmark and the rest of the brands try to come as close as they can. This is my experience with widespread oil brands. For motor sport there might be other brands that are worth it, but for normal cars my choice is Mobil 1.
Valvoline SynPower 5w40 is also a good choice.