This car is Junk!
1999 VW GTI I have replace the oil pan 4 times at $400 a whack. I have factory suspension on the car and it has not been modified. Today I hit a softball sized rock on a perfectly paved road and cracked the pan again for the 5th time resulting in a seized engine. Buyer beware, these cars are too low to the ground and the aluminum oil pan will crack hitting almost any object (unlike steel that would dent), even hard snow has cracked the oil pan.
Don't buy one of these cars, look for a car with higher ground clearance and/or a steel oil pan. Stupid German engineering, designing a car so low to the ground with an aluminum oil pan. And they know it, the dealer says they stock these pans because the replace them frequently.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th September, 2004