My wife took the VW to the local Wal-Mart and decided to let them change the oil while she shopped. When she returned, she found five guys standing around scratching their heads and presenting her with a sad story. Apparently "whoever changed the oil before" didn't install the drain plug properly. As a result the car now leaks oil.
The repair job at my local shop is in excess of $700, mostly because VW feels the need to screw small car repair shops on their prices for replacement parts. I have to suck it up, and pay the man.
And now the car won't start. Turns out that VW has a security feature that kills the fuel pump when the Engine Control Module shuts the car down. The only way to start it is to re-set the computer and re-program all the keys to the car. I can't wait to see what this will cost. The work can only be done at a VW dealer, not mentioning the fact that I must tow the car to VW to have it done.
The final tally includes two towing jobs, oil pan and gasket, valve cover gasket, fuel pump and filter, catalytic converter (warranty – free!), and assorted hardware bits. Grand total in excess of $1500. Add another $200 for lost wages. It's been a tough week.