1999 Volkswagen GTI from North America
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
24th Sep 2004, 01:47
It's not designed to hit anything, even a cat.
The oil pan is needed because the engine is running hot and also save weight.
The small clearence is needed for dynamics. If you need a truck to chase dogs or bears or buffaloes this car is not suitable.
16th Oct 2004, 19:44
Wow- You honestly need to buy another car and give me yours. Cause you do not deserve to own a car like this.
20th Feb 2008, 21:07
The oil pan cracked 5 times because you obviously don't pay attention and ran over large objects, not because the car was poorly designed. I own a Gti and have never had a problem with the oil pan and my car in no way is a piece of junk.