2003 Volkswagen Jetta VR6:
I have only driven my car an average of 5 miles per day for the past 5 months and did not even drive it, or start it for 1 entire month out of those 5. Because I have driven the car so little, I didn’t have the oil changed in those 5 months, either (which, on second thought, I probably should have).
I just had the oil changed today and the mechanic showed me that the oil was tan / latte / cream in color - he said it was water in the oil / condensation buildup. Could this be due to me using the car so infrequently? I may also note it is winter here - Iowa - and has been cold for the past 5 months.
He gave me a can of BG Products MOA and said that should help get rid of the condensation. I’m also taking a 2.5 hour trip this weekend, which should help burn some of the condensation off; I hope?
I don’t think it is a head gasket problem, and am optimistically thinking it might just be because of the infrequent use - the engine may not be getting up to normal operating temperature on these short trips.