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203,129 - A minor setback

Monday evening on the way home I got a quick Low Oil Pressure warning while on a curved exit ramp.
I went to a Service station and checked the oil level. It was 2 qts low. $20 later (synthetic oil is expen$ive!) I had filled it enough to get home and then to VW Service. As I put the dipstick back the plastic "funnel" tube that holds the stick shattered from age.

The first thing Tuesday morning it was off to VW Service. The oil leak was from the oil pan drain plug. The threads in the female oil pan insert had worn. The insert is a separate piece so it was easy to change. I'm glad I caught the low oil before it became too serious.

Parts were $45.99 (pan insert, new dipstick, new "funnel") Labor was $101.00 (1 Hour) and tax $12.68 Total: $159.67

Again it's all age and use related wear, expected as the car gets older.

I'll have to come up with some kind of VW icon so you folks can skip these car posts. I do them so that I have an easy to reference record of what goes on with the car.


A simple fix but still one of those unexpected expenses that you don't need right before or after a con. Over all the car has been about as solid as you could expect considering the miles you've been putting on it. Based on your experience I may consider a wagon like that when it comes time to look at a new vehicle. I know they've messed up the cargo space in the new models but maybe by the time I need to by they'll have made it right again.

Oh and as for the Icon, why not put an animated GIF of Passats photos together. Or maybe that cool multi function display the Passat has.