Volkswagen Beetle Engine Oil Finder

With the new edition of the Beetle which was first launched in 1997, VW kept it visually very similar to the original Beetle. From 2011 to 2019, the retro compact car was produced in Mexico and exported all over the world. Like the original, the Volkswagen Beetle was also available as a sedan and as a cabriolet. The special GSR model painted in yellow and black was a homage to the VW Beetle 1303 S, nicknamed the "yellow-black racer". Under the hood of the new GSR is 210hp. In addition, VW launched other special editions such as the Beetle Dune or the Beetle Denim.

Volkswagen Beetle Oil Change Interval

A LongLife oil change interval is provided for almost all New Beetle engines, both petrol and diesel. This means that you only have to change the oil after 30,000 kilometers or after 24 months at the latest. Only for the six-cylinder in the RSI model and for the first TDI diesel engines is the change interval 15,000 kilometers or 12 months.

Regardless of whether it is a TDI diesel or TSI petrol engine, always use an engine oil approved by the VW Group - a engine oil with specification 504 00 or 507 00 is the right choice for many Beetle engines! Make sure that the engine oil you buy can be used with your VW New Beetle by selecting the engine of your VW New Beetle and other details (eg year of manufacture) before ordering.

Volkswagen Beetle Engine Oil Capacity - How Much Engine Oil Does a Volkswagen Beetle Need?

For all engines, you can use the tried-and-tested Castrol Edge 5W-30 LL brand oil, which also has LongLife approval. Only a small 3.5 litres of oil have to be filled in for the 1.4 litre petrol engine, the 2.5 litre five-cylinder needs the largest amount of oil with 6 litres.

We have listed all the Volkswagen Beetle 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 Beetle.

Car Make & Model Year Oil Grade
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.4 16V (2003-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.6 (2000-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.6 (1999-2000)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.8 Turbo (110 kW) (2000-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.8 Turbo (132 kW) (2001-2005)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.9 TDI (66 kW) (1997-2000)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.9 TDI (66 kW) (2000-2005)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.9 TDI (74 kW) (2002-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.9 TDI (77 kW) (2005-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 1.9 TDI (77 kW) DPF (2005-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 2 (1997-2000)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 2 (2000-2010)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 2.3 V5 20V (2000-2005)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 2.5 (2005-2011)5W-30 Long Life
Volkswagen (VW) Beetle 3.2 RSI (2000-2002)0W-40

How To Check VW Beetle engine oil level (if the oil light is on in the display)

1) Make sure that the VW New Beetle is parked on a level surface (no hill or slope).

2) Now switch off the engine with the ignition key or start button.

3) Now pause for about 3-5 minutes before measuring the oil level. This allows the oil from the engine to get into the oil pan.

4) Now you can open the VW New Beetle bonnet.

5) In the engine compartment you can discover the oil dipstick (ring at the top) of your VW New Beetle.

6) Pull the dipstick out of the holder.

7) Now clean the dipstick with a cloth, handkerchief or toilet paper.

8) Then guide the clean rod back into the holder made for it.

9) Now pull the stick out again.

10) The drop of oil must be between the "minimum – bottom" and "maximum – top" marks.

If this is not the case, suitable VW New Beetle engine oil must always be filled into the oil nozzle.

The Importance Of Volkswagen Beetle Motor Oil

With the New Beetle, which has been available since the end of 1997, Volkswagen has succeeded in creating a perfect retro new edition of the old VW Beetle. Most of the modern technology came from the VW Golf IV.

This also explains why the "new Beetle" had neither a rear engine nor rear-wheel drive. All of the Volkswagen units that were popular at the time could be ordered for the New Beetle.

A high level of reliability and an excellent supply of spare parts are thus guaranteed for a long time. The special model New Beetle RSI with its 224 hp (VR six-cylinder with displacement 3.2 litres) and the racing car "New Beetle Cup" attracted particular attention. Both were only available in strictly limited numbers. The "Sport Edition" version, on the other hand, was easier to get with its up to 170 hp (front five-cylinder with 2.3 or 2.5 litre displacement).

For civilian use, there were petrol engines with displacements of 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0 litres as well as the 1.8T with turbocharging. A particularly economical and powerful 1.9 litre TDI turbo diesel (90 to 105 hp) was also available.

If you strictly adhere to the oil change interval and use a prescribed engine oil, very high mileages can be achieved with every unit!

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