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Engine oil additives for cold start wear reduction.....worth it?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by chazza55, Jan 4, 2012.

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    chazza55 got an S3 8L: living the dream

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    Hello all,

    What with the cold snaps we have been having (albeit sporadic) and the cold weather to come (i presume there will be), i have been a little concerned that my engine barely has time to get up to temperature before i get to work (only 5 miles).

    When i was in halfords picking up some consumables the other day i saw some engine oil additives that claim to reduce friction especially for cold starts.......magnatec style properties i presume.

    Does anyone have any opinion on these? Good? Bad?

    Names i saw were Molyslip engine protector, Extralube ZX1 and Slick 50...........links below to halfords web pages for these.

    If there is anything i can do to help protect the engine for such short journeys it must be a benefit surely?...........any input would be appreciated!:


    Halfords | Molyslip Engine Protector 325ml

    Halfords | Extralube ZX1 Micro Oil Treatment

    Halfords | Slick 50 High Performance Synthetic Engine Treatment 750ml


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    not worth it
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    Decent fully synth oil changed regularly is all you need...

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    Are you using Quantum stuff Tuffty?
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    Quantum Platinum

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    Do you only use VW filters from the dealers or are Bosch ones from say GSF or Eurocarparts as good?
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    GSF in the past (MANN filters), Bosch from ECP or OEM from TPS which I think are MANN anyway... I use any of those that happen to be on the shelf at the time...

    Last oil change was a VAG one... when I dump the oil after running in the engine it will be a Bosch as that what Bill currently has on the shelf..

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    Ah ok ,
    I have been told that The one for my 2001 S3 is the same as that for the engine in my Mk2 golf ( ABF 2.0 16v )?
    I carry a couple for that car in the garage,
    Ive used millers oil for the summer but think its too thick for the winter so needs to come out
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    Probably is... VAG are lazy when it comes to parts and not only share them across marques they share them across versions too...

    I use 5W40 all year round... just drop it every 5k

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