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Just completed the first 3000 miles on my 2.0 TDi 170ps S'tronic without using oil. This a first for me on VAG engine for many years, and I give full credit to the Daily Telegraph's motoring correspondent, Honest John, whose running-in regime I followed. Here is his advice:-

"RUNNING IN A DIESEL: What's the best way to run-in a diesel engine?
Leave factory fill of oil for the first year or 10,000 miles. For the first 1,000 miles do not exceed 3,000rpm, but make sure you reach 3,000rpm regularly. For the next 1,000 miles (to 2,000 miles) do not exceed 3,500rpm, but make sure you reach 3,500rpm regularly. For the next 1,000 miles (to 3,000 miles) do not exceed 4,000rpm, but make sure you reach 4,000rpm regularly. For the next 1,000 miles (to 4,000 miles) do not exceed 4,500rpm, but make sure you reach 4,500rpm at least a couple of times a week. After that, no limit, but make sure you continue to hit 4,500rpm through the gears several times a week. The benefit of this is it helps to self clean the injectors, it blows any accumulated soot out of the exhaust system and it helps to free off the piston rings, making the engine more efficient and less likely to use engine oil."

I find that 4500rpm cannot always be achieved in manual override because the electronics take over and change up a gear, but it gets close enough.
I have taken frequent readings of the daft digital dipstick,(warm engine, wait two minutes, open bonnet, close bonnet,etc) to be reasonably sure that little or no oil has been used.
 

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I have the same spec with 2000 miles on the clock driven mostly by my wife as she does 60 miles round trip to work alot of it on dual carriageway I also haven't used a drop of oil.

I never have my main car more than 3 years so don't really bother with a run in regime just don't thrash it for the first 2000 miles.

Over all very impressed.

Alan
 

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Just completed 5 months and 2700 miles and also not used a drop of oil (2.0 TDI) despite only doing 10 min station run each day in the freezing cold and having a heavy right foot the few times it goes on the motorway. It's an Stronic mind you so the car chooses the gears.

Only probelm is the average 23mpg over that time... In a TDI
 

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If you'd said you had the 2.0TFSI and didn't use any oil for the first 3000 mi then I would have been impressed!

I've been reading many Q5 forums for quite some time and I've never heard of anyone complaining about oil consumption on the 2.0TDI - the 2.0TFSI is another thing altogether!
 

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I've got a 2.5 TFSI and used about a 1/4 litre in 18months and 7k
They sound more like diesels than the diesels do. Not refined at all.
 

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Abnormal oil consumption has only engine 2.0TFSI
Audi has a problem with the engine still not solved.
Type in the Google "2.0TFSI oil consumption" and you will see results
 
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I was expecting to use some oil during running in my 3.0 Tdi. But it's not used a drop so far, which is very good.

So no complaints from me.
 

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just put 1/2 a litre in after 14.5k in a 2.0 td

Rich
Mine is now 12 mths old (just) and I have done about 9k on 1/2 litre of oil. I love the 2.0 tdi - and sports mode - woopeeeeee a great mover
 

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I have the 2.0tdi 143 manual, 4200 mile so far and MMI still says oil level is at max. Kept it under 70 for the first 1500 miles and have slowly built up to 100mph over the past few months. It gets a good 55 mile run on the motorway at least 6 times a week. Oil change interval says 18k miles but will be doing it every 10k.
 

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Hi guys,

I am not much of a car expert. So apologies if this is a silly question. Just saw this thread and thought might be a good place to ask. I am looking forward to my 170 Tdi manual to arrive late in March. I do not do regular long trips. Basically school runs and to and from work once a week. So I would say an avg. of 10 miles a day approx. Do you need to have regular long runs to keep the car in good nick. Would fuel consumption/oil consumption be quite low if I did the 10 mile a day routine?

Thnx.
 

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Yes a diesel engine needs to time to warm up to become economical as does the engine oil to become effective. 10 miles cold stop start will put significant strain on a diesel engine.

Also the Q5 has a DPF (diesel particulate filter) to comply with emissions targets. The DPF relies on the car being run at constant revs for 15-20 minutes to run efficiently, if it doesnt it can become blocked and fail (with a replacement cost of circa £500. Google the problem Nissan Qashqai owners have had with theirs for example. Just make sure your car gets a few regular long runs working the engine through its avaiable power range to make sure it remains healthy. Honest Johns web page has some good advice...

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/running-in-a-diesel/
 

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@pirate I would have thought a 2.0TFSI petrol would have been more suited to your needs, you'll be lucky to get 28 mpg in the diesel anyway given those short runs, plus as Chopper says you will get the DPF warning every month or so and only a good 20 minute run will clear it.
 

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Oops. Sounds like I made the wrong choice. Was led into the tdi by the salesman on grounds of low emission and better mpg. Would you say that if I took it for a motorway drive once a week , it would at least save me the DPF issue? Will try and take the long route back home daily then. A bit worried now. Darn... Thanks for the advice though guys
 

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Oops. Sounds like I made the wrong choice. Was led into the tdi by the salesman on grounds of low emission and better mpg. Would you say that if I took it for a motorway drive once a week , it would at least save me the DPF issue? Will try and take the long route back home daily then. A bit worried now. Darn... Thanks for the advice though guys
Definately give it a good run once a week. Modern cars need to be driven to ensure lubrication and efficient running. As Kramer says with low town mileage a petrol engine would be a better choice. Diesel only becomes worthwhile running high(er) mileages. Alternatively you could just take the DPF out and improve exhaust flow
Less restriction = more power. Sounds like you've been given very poor advice by the dealership. Did you tell them you only needed it for very short runs?
 

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Definately give it a good run once a week. Modern cars need to be driven to ensure lubrication and efficient running. As Kramer says with low town mileage a petrol engine would be a better choice. Diesel only becomes worthwhile running high(er) mileages. Alternatively you could just take the DPF out and improve exhaust flow
Less restriction = more power. Sounds like you've been given very poor advice by the dealership. Did you tell them you only needed it for very short runs?
I guess it is partly my fault. I didnt mention that I wouldnt be doing long runs, but did tell them that I would only be using it for rountine city runs. Also the finance package (and the price) was based on 6000 miles a year. So it is a low mileage use. But anyway, I will try and do more "family trips" on weekends now, with the bonus of keeping the mrs happy.

On taking out the DPF, is that something I could do myself? Obviously the dealer warranty would not apply if I were to metion it to the dealer, I suppose., right?
 

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I guess it is partly my fault. I didnt mention that I wouldnt be doing long runs, but did tell them that I would only be using it for rountine city runs. Also the finance package (and the price) was based on 6000 miles a year. So it is a low mileage use. But anyway, I will try and do more "family trips" on weekends now, with the bonus of keeping the mrs happy.

On taking out the DPF, is that something I could do myself? Obviously the dealer warranty would not apply if I were to metion it to the dealer, I suppose., right?
Obviously removing the DPF isnt to be done lightly as would cause you significant issues should you need to make a warranty claim, plus I dont think they remove it - they run a bypass around it. This would need to be done at a garage. Dont know where you are but these guys in Manchester are excellent VAG specialists - www.awesome-gti.co.uk. The ECU would need recoding to recognise that the DPF has been removed as it would obviously throw an error code on the dash. Also a remap may improve your economy and also would improve your power (circa 200-210BHP with the DPF removed).

Obviously a big job to do on a brand new car, running warranty risks etc. never mind a £40k Audi! Also the car may fail emmisions tests at the roadside if you got stopped by an overjealous traffic officer / VOSA inspector. However there are quite a few people on various car forums that report emissions arent affected as the DPF only filters soot particles as opposed to playing any significant role in lowering CO2 / CO emissions etc...
 

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@Pirate if your cars not due until late March change your order.
 

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HI Chopper,

I think i will try and soo how it goes first, I am based in bristol. But thanks for the link. Let me see if it is too late to make a change to the order. Ideally didnt want to wait any longer as my passat needs to be sold by march. But thanks though.
 
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