Volkswagen has simply clarified which type of fuel is better suited to a pick-up like the Amarok: even the 2.0 TSI petrol engine was removed from the range in 2016 and has not been replaced. But no matter what fuel a combustion engine needs or how much horsepower it draws: each of the engines used in the VW Amarok needs fresh engine oil on a regular basis. Because the oil between the pistons and cylinders ensures low-friction operation. Combustion residues get into the engine oil through this gap, which is unavoidable. The oil filter catches the coarser particles, while another part causes chemical reactions. As a result, the engine oil becomes so dirty over time that it can no longer adequately protect the engine from damage.
The oil change interval for the VW Amarok depends primarily on the PR number in the vehicle data carrier, which is already set at the factory. Fixed and flexible intervals are usually provided for the European area. With the fixed intervals, the engine oil must be changed every 20,000 km or once a year, with the flexible long-life interval, the oil change is due after a maximum of 40,000 km or 2 years.
Under certain conditions, the oil change is due earlier:
• Predominant use in short-distance traffic
• Predominant use in cold weather
• Frequent operation at idle speed
• Predominant use in trailer operation
• Predominant use on dusty roads
• Use of diesel fuel with increased sulfur content
The only petrol engine in the series, the Amarok 2.0 TSI, requires the smallest amount of engine oil at 6.5 litres . For the diesel engines, 7.0 or 8.0 litres are filled in, depending on the displacement of the machine. When choosing the right engine oil for your VW Amarok, it is important that you always understand the approval of the VAG group and not just on the SAE number.
We have listed all the Volkswagen Amarok models and engine types in the following table, as well as the correct engine oil grade for each of the cars. You can use the search and filter to easily find the right engine oil for your Volkswagen Amarok.
|Car Make & Model
The transmission oil in your VW Amarok lasts much longer than the engine oil. This is because the transmission oil is not in contact with the combustion process like engine oil is. However, fine metal dust caused by wear accumulates in the gear oil over time. These sharp-edged chips also increase wear on the precise gear components. If the shifting accuracy of your VW Amarok deteriorates noticeably, then you should have the transmission oil changed soon. Because of the increased wear, your gearbox will break down more quickly.
Engine oil capacity: 7.0 litres
Engine oil approval: VW 507 00 SAE 5W-30
Oil change fixed interval: 20,000 km/1 year
Flexible oil change interval: max. 40,000 km/2 years
Interval in countries with increased sulfur content in diesel: every 10,000 km
6-speed manual transmission 0C6: 1.5 litres/change quantity 1.4 litres (G 055 538 A2)
Depending on the PR number in the vehicle data sticker, the oil change intervals may vary so please check your specific model.
Regularly checking and changing your Volkswagen Amarok engine oil is really important. Every time you start and run your car, very fine by-products from the combustion in the engine will be collected in the engine oil. This is one of the reasons why over time the oil goes black. If these contaminants build up too much and exceed the capacity of the oil it can have a negative impact on your car’s overall efficiency and actually effect its performance as it creates sludge and increased wear in the engine block.