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Old 10-26-2011, 06:42 PM
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OT-1981 vw rabbit diesel oil

I know this doesn't have anything to do with Powerstrokes but it does have to do with a diesel so I thought I would post this up to get some advice.

My wife's toy car/fun car is a 1981 VW rabbit with the non-turbo diesel in it. I need to change the oil in it but I'm not sure what kind to use. I googled it and found people were running all different brands. I can't find if they were using a "heavy duty" oil like our larger diesels use or should I use a "regular" oil like you would use in a gas engine since it's a small diesel. Any thoughts?
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Nice I used to have a 83 factory TDI, wish I never got rid of it, I always ran rotella 15W-40
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Make life simple and use the same oil as your truck.
Personally I use the VW 505.01 synthetic in my TDI, but the older ones don't require that spec and the same oil that you use for your Powerstroke will work just fine in the old Rabbit Diesel.
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If you want to spend a little more than Rotella or Delo, this is what I use in my Mercedes diesel:

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It seems to like it better than any other oil, starts faster in the cold than Delo ever did in that car and it seems to run a little smoother as well. Lots of 80's and 90's diesel Benz guys love it, and IIRC it carries a API CH rating (I have a bottle at home in my garage, I should check), so it probably has more of the good stuff our oils no longer contain.
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Make life simple and use the same oil as your truck.
Personally I use the VW 505.01 synthetic in my TDI, but the older ones don't require that spec and the same oil that you use for your Powerstroke will work just fine in the old Rabbit Diesel.
We have a winner folks...I've use the same diesel oil I use in my truck in two gas rigs for years (and one of them is a 350 stroker making 450 hp).
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Yep, my truck, old benz, and lawnmower all get rotella 15W-40.
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I still have about a gallon of Rotella left over from an oil change on my truck. Looks like all I need is a filter.

BigAl-These old VW diesels are great cars! Right before I bought my truck, I got a call about a family emergency and had to rush home. I didn't have anything but that little rabbit diesel to drive from Louisiana to Georgia. I never had a single problem with it. That car runs like a champ. I wasn't so sure when my wife found it and fell in love with it. It's definitely grown on me. Great car!
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Great cars, great mileage is what I loved. At the time fuel was cheap so not too many worried about fuel economy, and keeping track, but I would venture to say that I was getting 50mpg's easily.
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Great cars, great mileage is what I loved. At the time fuel was cheap so not too many worried about fuel economy, and keeping track, but I would venture to say that I was getting 50mpg's easily.
I don't know exactly what kind of mileage hers gets. The fuel gauge on it is messed up and reads funny. We usually fill it up evey 200 - 250 miles but it never takes much to fill it.
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I just use Rotella 15w40 in my 86 non-turbo diesel Jetta.
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