- Do It Yourself Auto Repair
The Volkswagen DSG Transmission Oil Change
The worst thing about owning the Volkswagen with a DSG (direct shift) transmission with two clutches in the automatic tranny is the cost, even when you follow the maintenance schedule of changing it every 40,000 miles.
At best, if you do it yourself, it will cost $130 for the filter and oil, assuming you only use imported German ATF from Pentosin, which sells for $18 a quart. The car takes 5 quarts. If you have a garage do it, they will charge you $250-500 for it because of the time consuming process and special tools required.
The only way to reduce this cost is to use American made ATF from Wolf"s Head. They have been making products since 1879, and their "super universal synthetic" ATF, fully equals the more expensive Pentosin VW recommends. It only costs $6 a quart.
This is used in Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Opel, and VW. Specifically, those requiring the number G-052-182-A2, G-052-162-A1, G-052-025-A2 many more. The oil can be used in most Japanese and American made cars.
Specs are: SAE-0-20W, API Gravity:35.0, Flash Point: 190C, Viscosity at 40C: 29.