Volkswagen 1.8 Turbo Engine Oil Problem

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The Volkswagen 1.8 litre turbo engine is a 150-horsepower, high-performance double overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine. Volkswagen's Passat and Jetta cars have this engine. The 0W-30 or 0W-40 oil that the engine uses, however, develops problems.

Sludge Buildup

The 0W-30 and 0W-40 oil creates a sludge build-up that causes engine failure. This problem is common in 1998 through 2004 Volkswagen (VW) 1.8 litre turbo engine models, according to the website VW Problems. It also reported that a warranty extension covers certain oil sludge repairs.

Oil Pressure

A low oil pressure problem is common in the VW 1.8 litre engine and causes flushing. Failure to comply with engine oil and filter specifications leads to the problem. The website recommends using fully synthetic 0W-30 or 0W-40 engine oil.


<p> and Identifix Inc. advise car owners to ensure proper maintenance schedules for oil changes to avoid oil gelling or build-up. Repairing the sludge build-up is costly.

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