The VW Caddy is a high-roof station wagon from Volkswagen and sits within their commercial vehicle range. The series has been manufactured since 1979 so has a long standing history in the industry. The first generation was based on the then current Golf I (Golf Mark 1), but the second generation was developed on the basis of the then current VW Polo. Curiously, the third generation has been based on the VW Golf again since 2003. The classic high-roof station wagon combines an enormous amount of space with relatively simple equipment for comparatively little money. The Caddy is available both as a panel van and as a family van with up to seven seats. This is why the Caddy is particularly popular with craftsmen and young families. The third generation is one of the most frequently registered vehicle models in Germany because of the very long construction time of more than 15 years for a passenger car.
It doesn't matter whether your Caddy has a TSI or TDI engine - the engine oil must always be a product approved by Volkswagen (eg a 5W30 Castrol with the specification VW 507 00). Before you buy your engine oil, make sure that the oil you have chosen really suits your VW Caddy by entering details such as the year of manufacture and the engine of your VW Caddy before ordering.
With the VW Caddy, it is set at the factory whether the long-life service is set or the fixed intervals. You can tell which interval variant applies to your caddy by the PR number. You can find this on the vehicle data carrier in the service booklet.
With the fixed intervals, your VW Caddy needs an oil change every 12 months or after 15,000 km – whichever comes first.
Longlife service means that your on-board computer uses various parameters and data to draw conclusions about the condition of the engine oil. Depending on your driving behavior, the oil change will be due sooner or later. After 24 months or 30,000 km you have to have the engine oil replaced at the latest.
After the oil change, the car mechanic resets the interval display on your VW Caddy so that the interval can start again from the beginning.
Volkswagen installs different engines in the Caddy – these have different volumes and designs and therefore also differ in their filling quantities. For example, 4.6 liters of oil fit into the engine of the VW Caddy Alltrack Kombi 2.0 TDI 110 kW from 05/2015 . In a VW Caddy Kombi 1.4 55 kW Bj 03/2004 - 05/2015, on the other hand, 3.2 liters are sufficient for the oil change. All filling quantities of the Caddy series are roughly in this range.
We have listed all the Vokswagen Caddy 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 Vokswagen Caddy.
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1) Buy the right oil for the VW Caddy of your motorization.
2) Open the hood and check the oil level (see instructions above).
3) Now slowly pour a small amount (approx. 100ml) into the opening of the VW Caddy oil nozzle.
4) Now wait about 1-2 minutes before measuring the oil level again with the oil dipstick.
5) Do not start the VW Caddy again until you have ensured that the oil level is between the "Min" and "Max" marks.
The VW Caddy name covers a wide variety of commercial vehicles and passenger cars based on Škoda, Seat and Volkswagen models. However, there is one thing that all VW Caddy from 1979 to today have in common: changing the oil is one of the most important maintenance tasks for every combustion engine in the Caddy series. Because the oil lubricates the engine and ensures that the moving components run largely free of friction. It protects the metal from corrosion, cleans the surfaces, keeps soot particles in suspension and seals between the piston rings and cylinders. Due to the combustion process, the engine oil is constantly soiled and ultimately can no longer optimally fulfill its various functions. In this article you will find all the important information about changing the oil in your VW Caddy
Engine oil wears out much faster than transmission oil. Because the engine oil is permanently exposed to the combustion process and the associated contamination from soot particles and chemical reactions via the contact surface between the pistons and cylinders. However, fine metal shavings accumulate in the transmission oil over time. That's why a lifelong transmission oil filling only lasts for a car's lifetime of around 150,000 to 240,000 km.