MK4 Panzer Plate Heavy Duty Aluminum Skid Plate Kit
Dieselgeek MK4 Panzer Plate Kit
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Oil Drain

Oil Drain Window Option*:
Closed Oil Drain Window
Open Window with Free Snap-in Cover (TDI Only)
Engine Type

What Engine does your Car Have?*:

Why should I buy a Dieselgeek Panzer Skid Plate?

Our heavy duty aluminum Panzer Plate kits protect all of the parts in the bottom of the engine bay, including the cast aluminum oil pan, a/c compressor, radiator, condenser, transmission, and rear subframe. These items, and especially the very thin cast aluminum oil pan, can be easily damaged by road debris, ice chunks, and minor off-road excursions. Many A4 chassis engines have been destroyed by debris putting a hole or a crack in the aluminum oil pan and the subsequent loss of oil and oil pressure. Also, the 1998-2005 generation cars are very low to the ground and the front springs on these cars are relatively soft which causes the cars to bottom out frequently. Damage often occurs when bottoming out. In addition, the plastic belly pan that comes with these cars is often damaged. A replacement factory plastic belly pan currently costs up to $329.78 (New Beetle TDI). Why replace it when you can buy a highly protective aluminum skid plate? Installing our hefty .190" inch thick aluminum skid plate will help you avoid costly repairs and give you peace of mind that your engine is protected!

These pictures and the first video below show you why you need a Panzer skid plate:

A destroyed four cylinder oil pan. And another broken 1.8T oil pan . One more punctured TDI pan. Here's a totally mangled VR6 oil pan . One more VR6 bites the dust . (VR6 oil pans are 1/2" lower)

Click here for a picture of scrap oil pans at VW dealer.

Key Features of the Panzer Plate:

* Super strong and Made in the U.S.A.!

* A removable oil drain plug access window has been added to enable owners with 4 cylinder cars (not VR6) to drain oil from bottom of car! An optional but free * snap-in sheet metal cover is also available to keep snow and debris from entering oil drain window.

* Very stout, reinforced steel front mounting posts with two rivnut anchors each. The mounting posts are black powder-coated and utilize factory-style construction and engineering.

* An integral three-point stress “bar” at the rear of the skid plate stiffens the somewhat under-reinforced rear suspension subframe and eliminates the need for costly aftermarket lower stress bars.

* Less weight than other plates—23.35 pounds installed (with side skirts) for Panzer Plate versus 34.65 pounds for other plate.

* Panzer Plate has 6/10 ths of an inch more ground clearance than with the steel skid plate. (4.200” inches for Panzer Plate versus 3.650” inches for steel plate measured on the same car on the same day and measured in the same place. Car was driven ¼ mile and allowed to settle between measurements. The absolute lowest point of the plate was the measurement location.)

* Maximum impact protection for your oil pan, transmission and subframe, A/C compressor (TDI), power steering pump (1.8T, VR6, 2.0)

* All necessary high-grade hardware is included with kit.

* Panzer Plates are computer designed and CNC manufactured to ensure a great fit and good looks!

* We have the best rivnut installation tool provided with kit. Our rivnut installation procedure is bulletproof!

* Panzer Plate will fit with any aftermarket sway bars.

What about oil changes?

* TDI: Panzer Skid plates are now punched with an easily removed "keystone" shaped oil drain plug access window . This hole will allow you or an oil change technician to easily drain the engine oil from the oil pan without removing the plate . We will open this window for you for free if you select that option at the bottom of the page. As an added bonus, you may also opt for a free * snap-in sheet metal cover for the oil drain window by selecting that option at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, a Pela 6000 oil extraction device (or similar) may be purchased from to allow you to suck all of the used oil out of the dipstick tube.

* VR6, 2.0 and 1.8T:
To access the oil filter on these engines it is necessary to remove the skid plate. Removal of the plate is a five minute affair and the plate itself only weighs 17.25 pounds. Because you need to remove the skid plate to change the oil filter there is no need to remove the oil drain window knockout below the drain plug.
* Free when purchasing a skid plate.

Do I need to purchase a replacement engine bay side skirt kit?

You do not need to buy new engine bay side panels if your stock side panels still have the two middle screw holes in the bottom flange nearest to the ground. The side plastic splash shields keep water and dirt out of the engine bay and also reduce engine noise. The modifications required to allow use of your existing side plastic splash shields are easy to do and should take 15 minutes maximum by simply cutting them with a hack saw. See instructions for modifying your engine bay side plastic splash shields here . If you are missing your side panels or if they are too damaged to be used then you may want to order new aluminum side shields from the two links at the bottom of this page. The Panzer Plate will work without them but it's nice to keep water and dirt out of the engine bay.


Supersaver shipping is now available for only $9.99. To get an exact shipping quote for international delivery points, add the item to you cart and input your state and postal code in the " Calculate Shipping Rates" box on the right side of the cart page.

* The very small print: Please note that we receive Panzer Plates from our manufacturer with some very minor cosmetic blemishes so by purchasing a Panzer Plate kit you are agreeing to accepting these blemishes as terms of sale. The plate will be very scratched up after a few weeks’ worth of use. Also, this kit is will not fit a PD150 Golf only made for the European market (ARL engine).

Instructions links for the installing the Panzer Skid Plate kit are here . The most time consuming part is installing the rivnuts which is shown in the second video below.

Installing seven threaded "rivnut" anchors for Panzer Plate
What comes in the kit.

33 Piece Deluxe 100K MK4 ALH TDI Timing Belt Kit Deluxe Timing Belt Kit for 2004-2006 Golf and New Beetle TDI and 2004-2005 Jetta TDI (BEW engine code) Sigma 5 Five Speed Short Shift Kit for MK4 only Deluxe MK4 Panzer Plate and FMJ Side Skirt Combo
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Deluxe ALH TDI Timing Belt Kit for 1998-2003 VW cars. Includes famous green 100k mile serpentine belt! Deluxe BEW TDI Timing Belt Kit for 2004-2006 VW cars Best VW Short shift kit for MK4 5 speed. Includes side to side AND front to back reduction. Heavy Duty MK4 Panzer Skid Plate with Full Metal Jacket side protection

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panzer plate September 3, 2016
Reviewer: John Ahlers from Bigelow,Mn  
excellent product,we have 3 of them now, a must on VWs

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panzer skid plate September 2, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from southeast  
My skid plate looks very well thought out and manufactured at a very high quality level, plus it was very easy to install.

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Panzer Skid Plate September 2, 2016
Reviewer: BOB from Lagunitas CA Bay Area  
Over all pretty easy to install  Directions one I found them on web site were good  BUT that was not noted in Box of Parts  Took about 2 hours  Mostly due to being done with out lift  I also did a 2 inch lift and still the skid plate comes in handy off and on road

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MkIV R32 July 5, 2016
Reviewer: JJ Smith from Charlotte, NC  
Ordered last Wednesday,received on Saturday! Installation went smooth and pan looks great! I trimmed my side skirts on my R32 and they integrated well with the contour of the skid Plate. After a test drive, drove the beast from Charlotte to Knoxville and back for the Fourth of July. Absolutely No Problems due to the pan, and the couple scrapes witnessed were entering/exiting lots/driveways and a couple high/narrow speedbumps. The ultimate in protection. 5 Stars all the way!

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Simple design, excellent engineering June 29, 2016
Reviewer: J.D. from Reno, Nevada  
I put this skid plate on a recently purchased 1998 Beetle.  I'm very impressed with the build quality, fit and sturdiness.  I hope it never comes into use but it's excellent insurance and for me, well worth the cost.

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