Golf 4 GTi manual transmission: Which Oil do you use?

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Golf 4 GTi manual transmission: Which Oil do you use?

Post by tendyfish » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:37 pm

Hello!!!
I have decided to drain the oil in my gearbox, hasnt been done since i bought the car 2 years ago, have been procrastinating all this time and fear that something really bad might happen if i dont act now. Its a 02J box and wondering what you guys use ? The service manual explicitly says we should use a Fully Synthetic 75W90 GL4 and i'm having trouble finding it, many sales people tell me it doesn't matter if i use any gear oil, nothing will get affected, also whats your take on this?
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Re: Golf 4 GTi manual transmission: Which Oil do you use?

Post by VAG Fan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:30 pm

I used to use Castrol Syntrans Transaxle [Edit: in earlier generation 020 gearboxes], which has exactly those specs. If my memory serves me correctly, it is no longer available. But there is also a Castrol "BOT" type oil that can work. Stephan (Panic Mechanic) has listed it here previously. I speak under correction, but I THINK it was BOT 130M, which is used by Ford, but has the same viscosity and API-GL specs.

[Edit: looking through old threads, BOT 402 and BOT 130M look as though they would both work. But I hope someone can confirm this.]
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Re: Golf 4 GTi manual transmission: Which Oil do you use?

Post by AvesshenG » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:41 pm

Also used Castrol Syntrans Transaxle
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Post by AvesshenG » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:42 pm

Also used Castrol Syntrans Transaxle
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Post by Lodewyk » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:25 am

Big fan of motul gear 300 oil
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Re: Golf 4 GTi manual transmission: Which Oil do you use?

Post by Ashveer03 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:58 am

https://shop.liqui-moly.co.za/gl4-75w-9 ... ?cat=39619

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