Have you ever cracked your MK6 TDI oil pan (and are skid plates worth it on these cars)?

Have you cracked the oil pan on your MK6 TDI (Golf or JSW)?

  • Nope, no issue here. No aftermarket skid plate on my car.

    Votes: 8 53.3%
  • Nope, because I have a skid plate that has definitely saved me.

    Votes: 6 40.0%
  • Nope. I do have a skid plate, but don't know if its even seen a scratch.

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • Yes. Cracked my oil pan and ruined my day.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    15

KITEWAGON

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Location
Seacoast, NH
TDI
2014 Touareg Exec, 2014 JSW
So, lots of us came from the MK4 TDI's and installed skid plates because the oil pans were so low that they got smashed up all the time. It was a worthwhile mod and mine absolutely saved me a few times.

But I'm wondering if that issue still persists on the MK6 JSW's and Golf's or if we are all just installing them out of habit or for peace of mind. So I'm curious if anyone has busted their oil pans on one of these cars.

Full disclosure: I've have a used Dieselgeek skid plate and a box of brand new hardware sitting in my garage for 2 years/20k miles waiting for me to install it. I'll probably put it on because I have it, but wonder if its really worthwhile.
 

roadlust

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2004
Location
The mountains of Washington State
TDI
2003 golf gl reflex silver (sold) 2013 TDI 2 door Golf Blue Graphite Metallic 6MT Premium Package.
I don't see much if any more clearance on these models than on the MK4"s. Don't regret not putting it on.
 

pipesta

Active member
Joined
Mar 15, 2020
Location
Chicago, IL
TDI
'14 JSW TDi 6MT
Finally put mine on a few weeks ago. I'm on VWR lowering springs and I don't regret it. Peace of mind? Yes, but the skid plate is a lot cheaper than subsequent damage if I didn't have it installed.
 

Bob S.

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 17, 2006
Location
Central MD.
TDI
A B4V, some ALHs & BRMs
It probably depends a lot on your location roads and how one drives. I am old school and going to put one on
 

tjg

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2019
Location
Ft. Knox, KY
TDI
'13 TDI A3, '14 TDI Sportwagen
I have a panzer plate....

Keep in mind, not all alloy skid plates are created equal; some of the ones ECS tuning offers mount up in the same way that the stock plastic one does (by just slotting into the plastic bumper cover). You want to find one that mounts solidly to both the front frame rails and the subframe.
 

KITEWAGON

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Location
Seacoast, NH
TDI
2014 Touareg Exec, 2014 JSW
Yes, I had the panzer plate on my MK4 and that is what I have ready to go on the JSW as well. Its a beefy plate.
 

Porch

Active member
Joined
Jul 29, 2019
Location
Asheville, NC
TDI
2011 jetta sportwagen tdi 6spd
Yeah seems 100% mandatory to me, I've never had a car as low as my JSW. My skid plate has taken some HITS for the team that surely would've destroyed my oil pan. Get the one from evolution imports, they're GNARLY.
 

pipesta

Active member
Joined
Mar 15, 2020
Location
Chicago, IL
TDI
'14 JSW TDi 6MT
Yeah seems 100% mandatory to me, I've never had a car as low as my JSW. My skid plate has taken some HITS for the team that surely would've destroyed my oil pan. Get the one from evolution imports, they're GNARLY.
That's the same one I have and it's very stout.
 

nucklehead

Veteran Member
Joined
Jan 30, 2014
Location
Ephrata Washington
TDI
2013 Golf TDI W/DSG
I took a trip to/from Arizona in early Nov. Sure am glad my Golf had the OEM skid plate on it. I'm pretty sure it saved the oil pan from destruction. I was driving through Nevada on US 93, not much there but wild critters and the highway. It was dark and I don't know what it was I hit, all I saw was a large black something laying in the road, and with oncoming traffic I decided I'd rather hit whatever it was laying in the road than to hit the ditch or the oncoming traffic. US 93 is narrow with a 70mph speed limit. Stuff comes at you fast!

Once I got to Yuma the next day I took a look under the car, the shield was loose at the front with about 2' of it hanging down just slightly. With no way to fix it, and deciding that it would hang there until I got home, I left it as is.

So, I drove about 1400 miles with an inverted hood scoop! When I got home I took another look at it, the whole front of the shield had come loose from the front mounting bracket where it slides in, and was hanging down to within 3" of the road. My car's stance is stock, stock wheels and OEM sized tires. I removed the old shield and tried to refit it, but it seems to have gotten distorted, it simply does not fit now.

I'm looking at an ECS plate. Not bad for the price ($215 shipped), and I'm a firm believer that these plates are not an option. The oil pan looks to be way too close to the road to take any chances. If my car didn't have the OEM shield in place I'm pretty sure I'd have been stuck with a hole in the oil pan, and few services for 50-100 miles in any direction. FWIW the northern 1/3rd of Nevada on US 93 is some of the most desolate terrain I've ever driven across.

Skid plates are a MUST on these cars. Ever seen how fast a 2" rock flies when pinched by a tire? I have. On a motorcycle. I was passing a car that threw up a rock off it's tire. I saw that rock fly up and into my right hand mirror. It took out the glass mirror, and left a huge dent in the metal portion of the mirror. I was happy to replace that mirror, I have no idea how bad that wreck could have been. I started looking for a full face shield after that little episode.
 

pipesta

Active member
Joined
Mar 15, 2020
Location
Chicago, IL
TDI
'14 JSW TDi 6MT
I took a trip to/from Arizona in early Nov. Sure am glad my Golf had the OEM skid plate on it. I'm pretty sure it saved the oil pan from destruction. I was driving through Nevada on US 93, not much there but wild critters and the highway. It was dark and I don't know what it was I hit, all I saw was a large black something laying in the road, and with oncoming traffic I decided I'd rather hit whatever it was laying in the road than to hit the ditch or the oncoming traffic. US 93 is narrow with a 70mph speed limit. Stuff comes at you fast!

Once I got to Yuma the next day I took a look under the car, the shield was loose at the front with about 2' of it hanging down just slightly. With no way to fix it, and deciding that it would hang there until I got home, I left it as is.

So, I drove about 1400 miles with an inverted hood scoop! When I got home I took another look at it, the whole front of the shield had come loose from the front mounting bracket where it slides in, and was hanging down to within 3" of the road. My car's stance is stock, stock wheels and OEM sized tires. I removed the old shield and tried to refit it, but it seems to have gotten distorted, it simply does not fit now.

I'm looking at an ECS plate. Not bad for the price ($215 shipped), and I'm a firm believer that these plates are not an option. The oil pan looks to be way too close to the road to take any chances. If my car didn't have the OEM shield in place I'm pretty sure I'd have been stuck with a hole in the oil pan, and few services for 50-100 miles in any direction. FWIW the northern 1/3rd of Nevada on US 93 is some of the most desolate terrain I've ever driven across.

Skid plates are a MUST on these cars. Ever seen how fast a 2" rock flies when pinched by a tire? I have. On a motorcycle. I was passing a car that threw up a rock off it's tire. I saw that rock fly up and into my right hand mirror. It took out the glass mirror, and left a huge dent in the metal portion of the mirror. I was happy to replace that mirror, I have no idea how bad that wreck could have been. I started looking for a full face shield after that little episode.
Spend the extra $$$ on THIS skid plate, much better mounting than the ECS option.
 

Porch

Active member
Joined
Jul 29, 2019
Location
Asheville, NC
TDI
2011 jetta sportwagen tdi 6spd
Oil drain plug door is nice, but what about the DSG drain plug? Can you access the DSG drain plug without taking the pan off?
The evolution plate is easy to take off, oil drain plug is horizontal so even if you have the door cut out, chances are when you pull the plug, oil will shoot out all inside your skid plate. Get the skid plate and don't cut the door out. Also, get an oil extractor and do most of your oil changes with it, making sure to suck the oil out of the oil filter housing. If you just drain the oil out the bottom, you'll leave a fair amount of oil in the oil filter housing.
 
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Wilkins

Veteran Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2005
Location
British Columbia
TDI
05 Jetta Wagon 5sp, 10 Sportwagen 6MT
I’ve bent my Mk IV skid plate up into the oil pan and had to straighten it- twice.
Only grounded the Mk VI once, took out one of the plastic cover retaining screws, no other damage.
 

KITEWAGON

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Location
Seacoast, NH
TDI
2014 Touareg Exec, 2014 JSW
Come on folks, I'm waiting for that busted oil pan story to motivate me to go install my shield (though January + New Hampshire + unheated workspace makes me think this will be a spring project at best). How long does the installation run on the MK6's these days? I remember it was somewhat involved on the MK4 with some modifications to various side shields.
 

tjg

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2019
Location
Ft. Knox, KY
TDI
'13 TDI A3, '14 TDI Sportwagen
So on the MK6, you have to put in some rivnuts along the bumper support and replace a subframe bolt with a stud. Not hard, but could take a bit of effort if you don't have a lift.

The best time to do it is while you're doing a DSG service
 

Thunder Chicken

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Location
Sioux Lookout, Ontario
TDI
2012 Golf Wagon
Not a Mk6 story but........Had a (guessing a 2000 ish) Jetta pull into the gas station one day....” ma’am diesel is over there”. It’s a gas she says! Huh, sounds like a diesel.... so we check the oil, it’s empty! So about the third quart in and it starts running out from under the car!
 
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