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My 2019 Atlas SE V6 manual indicates the first oil change at 1 year or 10,000 miles yet at 9 months and 5,200 miles my "change oil" reminder says it is 20 days over due. When should the oil be changed and what type of oil? Regular, synthetic blend, or full synthetic?

Love the car. Would love fewer issues.
 

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It's 10K miles or 1 year. If the vehicle sat for a while on the lot the 1 year may come up before you have owned it one year. Oil - read the manual, it will outline the info. With VWs - it's about approvals. The VR will take either a VW504 00 or VW502 00. Weight is a separate discussion - mostly the 502 oils are 5W40 or 0W40 and the 504 oils are 5W30 or 0W30. These oils are common and available at auto parts stores or better yet, Walmart. Mobil 1 and Castrol both make a Euro 0W40 that does very well in these engines. I believe the only commonly available 504 oil is a Mobil 1 5W30. All of these oils are synthetic.
 

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The manual does say 10000, or 15000 kms. in Canada, I think that is too long. Toyota did that years ago and they had problems with engine sludge. I have decided to change mine at 5000, plus my neighbour is a VW mechanic and he advised the same.
 

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Used oil analysis shows differently - plenty of examples of 10K oil changes being just fine using a high-quality VW502 00 oil. No reason to no trust the data.
 

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Same here. It says 1yr or 10k but, the dealer put an oil change reminder on my windshield for 5K. Is that just the dealer trying to make a buck?
 

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Same here. It says 1yr or 10k but, the dealer put an oil change reminder on my windshield for 5K. Is that just the dealer trying to make a buck?

I'd contact the dealer and ask for a printed history of what has been done to your Atlas.

I'm sure there is an explanation especially depending on the area you live in :wink2:
 

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Thanks everyone. Took the Atlas in today. $122 for Castol 0/30w synthetic and filter. My dealer sticker indicates 1 year or 10,000 miles, just like the manual.
 

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I have always changed my own oil, not for the cost savings but to get the crap out of my engine. I put the car on ramps when the engine is warm and pull the plug. I take off the filter and let it drain overnight. When I put it back together the next day the oil is do clean that it is difficult to see the oil level on the dip stick. Try it and compare with the dealer oil change. It is also more convenient and I don't have to sit there for 2 or 3 hours and listen to the Service Manager hustle the people into service work they don't need.
I get my oil changed oil every 10K miles at the dealer during the first 20K miles, then I do it every 5K afterwards.
My last three vehicles were Toyotas and very easy to change. The Atlas seems more (nonsense) involved and I might let the dealer do it, but not sure yet.
 

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Here is a list of 502 00 equivalent oils from the audiworld.com site:

Castrol Castrol GTX 7 Dynatec SAE 5W.40
Castrol Castrol Performance SAE 5W.40
Castrol Castrol Syntec SAE 5W.40
Castrol Castrol TXT Softec SAE 5W.40

Mobil Mobil 1 SAE 0W.40
Mobil Mobil 1 SAE 5W.40
Mobil Mobil Special X SAE 5W.40
Mobil Mobil Synt S SAE 5W.40
Mobil Mobil Syst S SAE 5W.40

Pennzoil Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula SAE 5W.40
Pennzoil Pennzoil European Formula Ultra SAE 5W.30
Pennzoil Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula Ultra SAE 5W.30

Quaker State Quaker State European Formula Ultra SAE 5W.30
Quaker State Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula SAE 5W.40
Quaker State Quaker State Full synthetic European Formula Ultra SAE 5W.30

Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W.40
Valvoline Valvoline DuraBlend MXL SAE 5W.40
Valvoline Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W.30
Valvoline Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W.40
Valvoline Valvoline SynPower motor oil SAE 0W.40
Valvoline Valvoline SynPower MXL SAE 5W.30
Valvoline Valvoline SynPro motor oil SAE 0W.40
 

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Good posts! I'm more anal about oil changes. Regardless of the dealer recommendation by the dealer, I changed my oil just under 500miles, 1500miles, 3000, 6000, and at 10000. From now on, I will change it every 5000 miles. I use Mobile 1 (proper viscosity) in my gas vehicles. These procedures have worked on all my previous vehicles. My daughter is driving my old 1994 Dodge 1500 4x4, with 360CU v8....it has 225,000 without any engine maintenance (not even valve work). The compression ratio is still great....it doesn't use a half of quart between oil changes.
 

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I am a big fan of Mobil 1 too. I use it in all my cars. I used to buy strictly Toyotas. I just got rid of my 2005 4Runner which I traded in on the 2019 Atlas. It didn't use a drop of oil after 150K, and other than brakes, spark plugs and an O2 sensor which I changed at 120K, the Toyota ran and ran. It was a gas hog around town though.
I usually change my oil after 5000 miles. I have been doing it myself, as you can read above. I would prefer to use the Mobil 1 0W40, which reads recommended for Audi, Benz, VW and Porche..The engine will probably use more oil with the 0W30 weight oil, I read. I just hope that the engine is not like a BMW which uses up to a quart per 1000 miles, which is considered normal by BMW. I have a lot of friends with Beemers.
The only hassle with changing oil is the plastic shield which VW installed to make it more difficult for DIY service. I need to check if there is an aftermarket one with oil pan access, otherwise I will let my local service garage do it.
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