Another reason to put a skidplate on your VW TDI

Posted By on December 21, 2010

Long time readers know that upon occasion Volkswagen TDI diesel related posts show up on my blog and am a big advocate for adding a skidplate. Recently a friend in a forum posted photo from his wife’s 2003 Jetta TDI Wagon after an encounter with a 6” curb. The damage to the unprotected cast aluminum oil pan was not the only casualty (photos below).


His description is worth sharing:

I have to say it wasn’t entirely her fault. We had a nice day here and she was driving with the window down. A hornet decided to visit and get personal. Luckily she was only doing about 45 and cut off the engine a couple of seconds later. In addition to [replacing] the pump and pan, it now has a Dieselgeek Panzer Plate with FMJ. Mine gets one next.

’03 Jetta TDI wagon – Tornado Red – mine
’03 Jetta TDI wagon – Mohave Beige – wife’s


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