JeffHarbert Reader
April 16, 2013 9:51 a.m.

In removing the oil filter yesterday I was clumsy and managed to break the plastic dipstick tube on SWMBO's 2001 New Beetle TDI. Replacements are inexpensive, but I like to upgrade parts when I can. Are metal ones (read: unbreakable) available?

SlickDizzy UberDork
April 16, 2013 10:04 a.m.

Gruvenparts MADE one for the 1.8T, not sure about the TDI. You're probably out of luck, searching TDIClub shows that a lot of people have the same issue...and just buy the $7 replacement.

JeffHarbert Reader
April 16, 2013 10:26 a.m.

Thanks, SlickDizzy.

Appleseed UltimaDork
April 16, 2013 10:51 a.m.

Plastic? WTF VW?

JeffHarbert Reader
April 16, 2013 11:03 a.m.

Yeah, plastic. It snapped the instant I bumped it. I assume the plastic was brittle because the car has almost 150k on it, but still. Seems like a really dumb place to put a plastic part.

16vCorey PowerDork
April 16, 2013 11:05 a.m.

Yep, it's been an issue since '85 or so. They always break, but they're cheap and the dealer always stocks them, so no one seems to care too much.

Ian F PowerDork
April 16, 2013 12:21 p.m.

Odd... Never had this problem with my car in 10 years, 300K+ miles and literally dozens of oil changes which require R&R'ing the engine cover... just lucky I guess.

Of course, being metal doesn't make them invincible. The trans tube on the g/f's Volvo 850 broke...

tpwalsh Reader
April 16, 2013 12:56 p.m.

Yep, mine broke at around 175K and 6 years old.

April 16, 2013 1:48 p.m.

Whatever you do, make sure all the pieces are accounted for, you'll find the missing ones in the oil pickup.

mistanfo SuperDork
April 16, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Ours is still in one piece at 195,000, but a friends broke before 100,000. I need to grab one the next time I buy parts just to have it in wait.

Of course, ever Miata that I have ever bought has a broken dipstick, it's a plastic top attached to a metal stick.

Appleseed UltimaDork
April 16, 2013 4:12 p.m.

Metal VW dipstick tube. This sounds like an aftermarket's wet dream.

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