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I've been lurking for a few days, but now I can't wait for my wife and my new '09 Lux Black with Cornsilk beige interior.

In reading the specs, I see that the car requires Premium fuel... really?

Also, since I don't have the owner's manual yet, what is the grade of synthetic oil recommended? What aftermarket oil filters are recommended?

Thanks! I'll post pics when it arrives!


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Yes, really Premium fuel. It will run okay with regular, but supposedly performs better with the higher octane. I get good enough mileage that the little bit extra isn't a problem.

I don't know what to tell you on the oil - I normally just have my dealer do it. This is partially because I normally have my cars serviced - even the simple stuff. Also, the vehicle information system reminds you when it's time to change the oil so learning how to reset that or else ignoring it would also be required.

I can tell you that driving in SNP along Skyline with the top down is a nice way to travel. I live in Fairfax and it's a nice escape to hit the park on a sunny weekend.


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Another Virginia Eos owner - cool!

High performance out of a 2.0L turbo motor doesn't come free, unfortunately. VW recommends 91 octane minimum, and there's even a placard on the inside of the fuel filler door in case folks don't read the owner's manual. I just pay the extra twenty cents or so per gallon, and enjoy the car. In my case I'm used to it, having long had to buy premium for my modded CRX and Dakota.

For the 2009 2.0 TSI motor, the recommended viscosity is 5W40. I think the owner's manual also says you can use 0W40 if 5W40 is unavailable, but don't quote me on that.

Most importantly, to technically keep your drivetrain warranty intact, the oil has to approved for the VW 502.00 specification. There aren't too many that meet this spec available on the shelf at your typical local Pep Boys or Advance. One that I have seen at most auto parts stores is Castrol Syntec 5W40. It's not cheap at $7/qt, nor are any of the VW 502.00 oils. On the internet you can order convenient 5 liter jugs of European oil that meets the VW 502.00 spec, such as Pentosin, Total or Motul., www.germanfilters and are three places I'm familiar with; there are others.

As far as I know there aren't any aftermarket filters for the TSI motor, so be prepared to spend $12-13 at your local VW dealer or online. Even if aftermarket versions eventually become available, they won't be much cheaper, based on the prices of the filters for the older FSI engine.

If you want to do your own oil & filter changes, I wrote down some tips here: The first three changes at 10K, 20K and 30K are free, but some people like myself prefer not to go that long between changes.
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