European 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil

European synthetic motor oil VolkswagenSynthetic 5W-40 European Motor Oil (AFL)

AMSOIL Synthetic 5W-40 European Engine Oil is specially formulated for the lubrication needs of European gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks.

Customers needing all ACEA Specifications will find answers here as well as several other AMSOIL Engine Oils. Few US made engine oils meet ACEA oils. This standard is superior over API specifications. Or the threshold of testing is more enduring.

Higher Performer

When you use AMSOIL’s look-up guide and find this one among other choices this is the higher performer. If you are not pushing the car beyond typical driving then consider the other two lower cost AMSOIL products.

Formulated with advanced AMSOIL synthetic base stocks, premium additives and a broad 5W-40 viscosity rating. AMSOIL 5W-40 allows motorists to take advantage of the maximum extended drain intervals recommended by European automakers while providing second-to-none protection and performance in the most demanding operating conditions, especially in Turbo charged engines. Engine specifications listed below.

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Package sizes include:
1-Quart Bottle & 12 Quart Case;
5-Liter Bottle;5-Liter Bottle (Case of 2)
Drums in 30, 55 and 275 gallon.

Download this printable PDF – Data Sheet on the European 5W40

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AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL The First in Synthetics® to do the best job protecting your engine.

Complete Coverage

AMSOIL European Car Formula meets and often exceeds strict European manufacturer specifications. Its shear-stable synthetic base oils and high-quality anti-wear additives provide outstanding protection in high-temperature conditions and deliver dependable performance throughout the long drain intervals recommended by European manufacturers.

Emissions System Protection

AMSOIL European Car Formula features precisely balanced formulations that consider the needs of modern exhaust treatment devices. Protecting sensitive emissions systems depends on using the optimal blend of SAPS (sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur) to keep these systems functioning properly.

Superior Engine Cleanliness

The excellent oxidation stability, heat resistance and detergency properties of AMSOIL European Car Formula help keep engines clean. It is specifically designed to prevent sludge and varnish deposits, reduce oil consumption, extend engine life and provide maximum performance.

Excellent For Turbochargers

AMSOIL European Car Formula has a robust composition that shields engines from the high temperatures produced by turbochargers. Its thermally stable oil formulation resists deposit formation and cools turbochargers. Its low pour point protects turbo-chargers against oil starvation in subzero temperatures and ensures a rapid return to appropriate oil pressure at startup.

  • Engineered to meet European manufacturers’ specifications
  • Excellent protection for gasoline and diesel engines
  • Fights sludge for superior engine cleanliness


AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil (AFL) is engineered for use in gasoline or diesel vehicles that require any of the following specifications:

5W-40 (AFL): API SN, SM, CF…; ACEA C3; Chrysler MS-10850;
GM dexos 2*
; VW 502.00, 505.01; Ford WSS-M2C917-A; Renault
0700, 0710; BMW Longlife-04
Manufacturer Approvals:* MB 229.51; Porsche A40

  • API SN, SM, CF…
  • ACEA C3; Chrysler MS-10850
  • GM dexos 2™
  • Volkswagen 502.00, 505.01
  • Ford WSS-M2C917-A
  • Renault 0700, 0710
  • BMW Longlife-04
  • Manufacturer Approvals: MB 229.51; Porsche A40

Service Life 

Recommended for the extended drain intervals established by the vehicle manufacturer. Change oil filter at time of oil change.


AMSOIL European Car Formula Synthetic Motor Oil is compatible with other synthetic and conventional motor oils. Mixing AMSOIL motor oil with other oils, however, will shorten the oil’s life expectancy and reduce its performance benefits. AMSOIL does not support extended drain intervals where oils have been mixed.

Aftermarket oil additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL motor oils.


AMSOIL products are backed by a Limited Liability Warranty. For complete information visit

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This product is not expected to cause health concerns when used for the intended applications and according to the recommendations in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). An SDS is available via the Internet at or upon request at (715) 392-7101. Keep Out of Reach of Children. Recycle used oil and bottle.


Great Oil for Engines that Consume Oil

By  Omar,  a  Verified Buyer  from  Maryland  on  August 15, 2021
I use this on my 2006 VW Passat. All other oils I have used I have quite a bit of oil consumption. Since switching to Amsoil, my oil consumption has decreased quite a bit as well as the oil is staying noticeably cleaner longer.
(If you have severe oil consumption consider the AMSOIL Engine Flush first)

Old-time mechanic

By  Warren,  a  Verified Buyer  from  MA  on  June 30, 2021

I believe it’s the best oil you can buy very little burn off I using all my German cars

Good oil

By  DRAGOS,  a  Verified Buyer  from  Mississauga  on  October 16, 2021

Good oil, I have been using it for past 8-9 years on my golf TDI, at 790K no problems.

One of the best oils available. Period.

By  KHARY,  a  Verified Buyer  on  August 28, 2021

Amsoil holds up to my abuse. My 493hp supercar loves it. No chatter at the redline unlike liqui moly. Worth it. Thanks!

Saved costly repair

By  WILLIAM,  a  Verified Buyer  from  LaCenter, Wa  on  June 17, 2021

I bought a 2007 BMW 550i used 7 years ago with 98,000 mi and it was burning about 1qt of oil every 1500 mi and smoked real bad after idling for about 5 mins. Found out the 4.8 has an issue with the valve guide seals hardening up and not keeping the oil out of the top of the cylinders. Dealer cost to replace them was from $3500-$5500. I decided to live with it until I save the money to fix it ( I really love this car). I’ve been using Amsoil for many years and have never had an oil issue with it except leaks of course. I now have 246,000 mi on it and it only burns 1 qt every 2500 ( It’s a BMW Duh )!

Great oil for VW’s

By  ROBERT,  a  Verified Buyer  from  Orlando  on  June 25, 2021

I choose this oil because it meets VW’s 502.00 specification, have used it for over 140,000 miles on a 2.0 liter turbo engine making over 300 HP and have had no oil related failures. I will keep using it.

2015 Mercedes Valve Train Much Quieter

By  ANDREW,  a  Verified Buyer  from  Milwaukee  on  May 30, 2021

I had been running Mobil 1 in all my Mercedes but decided to try Amsoil due to loud noise coming from the top end of my wife’s 2015 Mercedes GLK350. The vehicle only had 35,000 miles on in, but sounded almost like a diesel when it started. Now the vehicle is the quietest engine I have owned with overhead camshafts. This is the 5th Benz we have owned in the last ten years and I had run Mobil one in all of them.

From our Tech Archives on European Oil Line

SUPERIOR, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 3, 2006–AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-40 100% Synthetic Motor Oil has been newly reformulated to meet the high sheer VW 505.01 requirement for the TDI oil pump and high pressure injector system, Mercedes-Benz 229.51 and BMW LL-04 specifications.

Less superior OEM products such as what a consumer would purchase at their VW dealership may pay up to $12 per quart. This is oil in which they were told there are no other equivalent or superior products.

AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-40, engineered with advanced AMSOIL synthetic technology, is the only motor oil in North America to be recommended for the latest specifications of all three major European automakers – Volkswagen (Audi) 505.01, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as well as the latest North American API specification. AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-40 is highly versatile for multiple applications and provides second-to-none protection and performance in the most demanding operating conditions.

The reformulated AMSOIL Synthetic European Car Formula 5W-40 Motor Oil provides the following features and benefits:

— Offers advanced protection for major European gasoline and diesel passenger vehicles.

— Engineered for turbo direct injection (TDI) vehicles, including the Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3, A4, A6 and A8 models

— Provides maximum protection for today’s smaller, high RPM engines.

— It is the only oil in North America to be recommended for the latest specifications of all three major European automakers – Volkswagen (Audi), BMW and Mercedes-Benz and the latest North American API specifications.

]]>Engine technologies present new Benefits & Challenges

Many mechanical developments designed to reduce emissions and improve efficiency place added stress on lubricants and fuel systems.


In recent years, mandated emissions reductions and new fuel economy
standards have been the major drivers for new engine technologies. Application of improved engine technologies is
accelerating to meet these mandates, challenging lubrication and fuel systems to operate accordingly. Two of the most
common recently improved engine technologies include turbochargers and gasoline direct injection.

Turbocharged engines have gained popularity with vehicle manufacturers for their ability to maintain or increase engine power while simultaneously increasing fuel economy. Turbochargers work by harnessing hot exhaust gases to drive a compressor, which in turn pressurizes air from the intake system to generate more engine power. Since turbochargers are continually exposed to hot exhaust gases, they stress lubricants far beyond other areas of the engine. High temperatures create the potential for localized sludge and deposit build-up in critical areas, which can lead to damage to the turbocharger and other parts of the engine if not lubricated and maintained correctly. Some engines equipped with turbochargers require warm-up and cool-down periods to avoid coking, which is when motor oil becomes baked onto the internal parts of the turbocharger.

According to BorgWarner Turbo and Emissions Systems, 90 percent of all turbocharger failures are due to one of
the following causes:
1. Penetration of foreign bodies into the
turbine or compressor
2. Dirt in the oil
3. Inadequate oil supply (oil pressure/filter system)
4. High exhaust gas temperatures.

These failures can generally be avoided with regular maintenance. Maintaining the air intake and filter for example, helps keep the system running cooler and ensures that no random foreign material gets into the turbocharger.

Many new turbocharger-equipped engines are designed to be consumer friendly and require little, if any, special intervention. For example, the new Ford EcoBoost™ engine has two water cooled turbochargers that continually circulate coolant after engine shut-down to ensure that the turbo is sufficiently cooled to prevent coking. Although this addresses some of the immediate issues, oil debris and localized excessive oil temperatures can still cause long-term issues.

Gasoline Direct Injection Engines
Gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines are becoming more widely used by vehicle manufacturers because, like
turbochargers, they can maintain engine power while also increasing fuel efficiency. In a GDI engine fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber rather than the intake side of the engine. GDI technologies from different manufacturers vary and component design is slightly different depending on the company. Some GDI engines have exhibited problems with
carbon build-up on the intake side of valves. Oily residues build up over time and deposit on the back side of intake
valves causing loss of engine horsepower, sluggish operation and poor fuel economy.

One of the larger concerns is the potential for clogging fuel injectors. GDI systems operate under very high pressures and temperatures. The fuel injector resides inside the combustion chamber, so it is exposed to continuous cycles of high heat and pressure followed by cold-soak periods. This is a much more severe operating environment and deposit issues are more
common than in engines with injectors on the intake side. Since GDI systems depend on high pressures to atomize the fuel, any disruption of the fuel flow through the small injector openings creates noticeable issues. This problem is so prevalent that a GDI deposit test was designed specifically to predict deposit formation and impact on fuel flow.

So, with more change comes more issues and opportunities. Increased use of turbochargers places more stress on lubricants and filter technology. Lubricants must hold up to excessive temperatures created by use of these systems, and they must be able to quickly pull heat away from lubricated areas. In addition oil filtration is critical as these systems continuously operate
under high load and rpm. A slug of dirt particles in engine oil can tear up key bearing components quickly. Seems like a problem specifically designed for AMSOIL motor oils and high efficiency nanofiber filters.

GDI technology has many benefits but some significant issues. The pressure cooker that is created by high temperatures,
high fuel pressures and smaller fuel injector openings can certainly cause new issues for drivers. Varying fuel quality also creates another opportunity for AMSOIL fuel additives to help prevent or eliminate the issue.

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