thanks for the input guys.
someone else mentioned the stilsons. really not trying to sound negative but i only just got my set of molegrips on it as the position of the drain bolt appears slightly recessed against the pan and theres no room to really get anything around it. these things are sent to try us, huh
gregors, thats the one i was looking at (really dont want to spend a billion on it). did the tube fit down your dipstick.. if that doesnt sound too gross
well on the galaxy tdi twas mainly a vw engine so if its the same size as yours then its a yes,lol.
but i dont think it will be too difficult to get hold of the correct size tube.