Let me chime in with some information that is readily available on the vortex.
1. bigred15 you have a 1999 GLS which automatically means you have a 2.0 engine with the AEG engine code. Just like me...
2. It has been determined that certain, not all early 2.0 engines have an oil consumtion problem. The engines that are mainly affected are exactly the AEG engines. Not all of them but some of them.
3. The root of the problem: When making the piston rings, a whole batch of piston rings had their labels "stamped" upside down. As a result of that, the piston rings were installed upside down when the engines were assembled. This results in premature wear around 30K but this depends on how the car is driven and maintained. Further investigaion revelas that it is only cilynder number 2 that has the rings installed upside down. There are actually vortex users that kept the work order from a VW dealership explaining the problem and the work done.
4. Not all AEG engines are affected. For an example, mine has no oil consumption problems after 63K miles on the clock.
5. VWof America, knows about the problem and knows which engines are affected. This can be verified by VIN number of the vehicle. However, VWOA will not issue a recall because it is expensive as a complete engine rebuild is required.
5. VWOfAmerica deals with this problem on a case by case basis. If you still have powertrain warranty remaining (50K) then there is a good chance they will fix it for free.
* Dealerships will start an oil consumption test trying to determine if there is indeed an oil consumption problem.
* Some dealers will recommend that you use thicker grade oil to minimise the oil consumtion. While this may seem to work for a while, it is definitely not solving the problem. It is only delaying the inevitable.
* Some dealerships will gladly start the oil consumption test, BUT they will intentionally put thicker oil to skew the results.
* Some dealerships will plain and simple lie to you telling you that it is normal for your engine to burn oil.
My advice to you is to call VWOfAmerica with your VIN and ask them if your engine is affected by the oil consumption problem. Ask them to be honest with you (not that makes any diff ).
If your engine is affected by this problem and you still have remaining powertrain warranty (50K) then take it for an oil consumption test.
If your engine is affected by this problem BUT you don't have warranty then sell the car and get another one,
If your engine is NOT affected by this problem, you must investigate if you are leaking oil.
One thing is for sure: IT IS NOT NORMAL FOR ANY ENGINE TO BURN THAT MUCH OIL!
Mine and many other AEG engines do not burn a single drop of oil.
Modified by vasillalov at 11:41 PM 12-6-2004