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#61 OFFLINE   abelw44

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:34 PM

Are aftermarket towbars a thing? Could this car have not been originally a towbar-spec vehicle and it's been added later?

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#62 OFFLINE   stuboy

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:53 PM

i got a vw sharon tdi in drag............


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:58 PM

Also a vag shite owner in the form of a Leon TDI of the ve pumped variety.
Starts everytime first time, does 45mpg at 80mph, doesn't use oil or water and still had plenty of go when required.
Oddly has no visible rust although I maintain that SEAT seem the best of the vag group in this regard.
I've been very impressed with it and it cost buttons, MOT next month and I'm looking at an exhaust and maybe a windscreen, passed the last one first time bar a few advisories now all done (pretty much all caused by a bad oil leak).
Served me well and would buy again.
Different price bracket for what I own but I hate to say vag are no match for Japanese quality, my avensis estate feels so well put together in comparison, the 2.2 Derv is a delight as well. I'm a big fan.

#64 OFFLINE   D Spares & Tyres

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:31 AM

I spent all day yesterday in a 2003 Galaxy

It drove well but hardly anything electrical worked.

Totally rotten rear arches. Filler and duct tape holding it together. Good towcar though

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 11:57 AM

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New rear light shite.

Thanks to Parky for recommendation!

Expected fitment date 2025

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 12:44 PM

I was sort of hoping you were going to replace those other lights with brown tape and various coloured shopping bag 'lenses'.

 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:10 PM

I was sort of hoping you were going to replace those other lights with brown tape and various coloured shopping bag 'lenses'.

Anyway.

I'm afraid my extensive shopping bag collection doesn't have the correct colours in it. However, the tin of Quality Street chocolates I have here....

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:16 AM

Yet another Aldi fiddler here with my 99 B5 A4 avant. Here it is...

 

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It's a 1.8t petrol turbo and in the 3 years since I bought it, it has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. Basic servicing every year (oil, filters, brake pads), a few MOT bits (2 callipers, control arms), a thermostat change because it was struggling to get up to temp and that is it. Interior is pleasant enough and much nicer than the B6 passat it replaced which was a whole bunch of trouble. Engine pulls well and it'll cruise on the motorway all day. 

I was planning on keeping it for a while as I enjoy it but I got rear ended in Dec and it is now a Cat C, and the dog and kid have taken their toll on the interior. 

I'd still fully recommend them though, it doesn't have a spot of rust on it and everything works fine which is pretty good going considering it is nearing 20 years old. 

 

 


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:14 AM

I've always really liked that shape of a4 estate... Are the ones within my budget going to be any good now though? They do all seem to have been worked for their living...
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:13 AM

No hate from me, I really like that shape Audi and drive a '98 TDI Passat too. Bulletproof.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:17 AM

I've always really liked that shape of a4 estate... Are the ones within my budget going to be any good now though? They do all seem to have been worked for their living...

They're definitely out there, and usually not too expensive - but as you say, they've normally worked hard, and it's difficult to get hold of one that doesn't have galactic mileage on it!

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:11 AM

How can anyone hate vag when a car wearing these seats can be had with mot in 1.9tdi flavour for £80,
Cheeper than walking.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:29 AM

I've had 2 VAG products (not counting the current). Engines are generally ok, although I found the PD are so sensitive if a past owner mistakenly had used non PD oil. The biggest issue has been bolts and the suspension set up. Jesus the amount of seized/rusty bolts and joints is absurd. I've had older cars with less issues like this. It's inherent to VAG of this era it seems.

Oh and door lock vacuum pumps. Shite
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Posted 07 May 2018 - 06:15 PM

Bit of bank holiday success this evening. Fitted the new Oxygen sensor, and it now registers no fault codes! MoT time methinks!

Had an advisory for old tires last time, so hoping they haven't deteriorated much since then...

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 07:20 PM

Very briefly, I owned this 1.9 TDi-flavoured Passat:

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I got it for free, sadly, the alternator was pretty much giving up the day I got it. I managed to *just* make it home, despite being stopped by a cop (my trade plate fell out the back window) then it didn't start again.

I had no money and owned £oads in bills, I just didn't have time for it so it got given away again.

I would like another one at some point to actually properly try one out.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:16 AM

^ Other than the massivley complicated front suspension set up, constantly failing electric windows, regular leaking/wet carpets with subsequesnt CCM damage and rusty front wings they're lovely.

 

I'd thoroughly recommend trying one.



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 05:38 PM

I've took a gamble on a few vags of late 2003 golf gttdi 150 looked ace as had been pineappled was total shit tho.

Bought a Leon bkd 140 apart from the turbo sounding like a siren and the lumpy idle its ok. It's on ebay atm tho

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:33 AM

MoT day today - standby for news of the inevitable abject failure!

I had hoped that the new oxygen and mass airflow sensor I fitted had cured the emissions problem - it was certainly running much cleaner and had more power, but seeing the amount of visible fumes from it on the way to the garage this morning, I'm not so sure...

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:44 AM

Dose of Cataclean + drive there at 5k rpm and she'll be right ;)


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:16 AM

It's only gone an flippin' passed, hasn't it? Well chuffed with that!

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

An experimental pootle was had yesterday, to see how it went after the MoT.
It drives beautifully, it's smooth and amazingly quiet - plus the sound system is lovely. Somewhere along the line I've definitely cocked up the front offside suspension, as it's knocking loudly over bumps in the road. Further investigation required at the weekend - updates will follow!

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:03 AM

Bit of an easy target H8ing on the Vag slags but fuck VW, fuck their arse. How about a drivers door jamming wide bastard open? Absolutely locked in place and forcing it will tear out the hinges, check strap semi fractured and no amount of poking and prying would get the door closed until I popped the door card and unbolted it at the lumpy end. And it can fucking well stay there jangling around, the cost of replacement for this two bob part including wanker tax is £70 odd. Or I might cut a proper check strap from seat belt or an old boot, whichever turns up first.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:10 AM

Very briefly, I owned this 1.9 TDi-flavoured Passat:

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I got it for free, sadly, the alternator was pretty much giving up the day I got it. I managed to *just* make it home, despite being stopped by a cop (my trade plate fell out the back window) then it didn't start again.

I had no money and owned £oads in bills, I just didn't have time for it so it got given away again.

I would like another one at some point to actually properly try one out.

My FiL still has this - it’s dying though. Needs another fair bit of maintenance to keep it on the road and even then it’ll still just be a scruffy B5 Passat pushing 300k miles

It’s started making an awful racket that sounds like a knackered pulley of some description too
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Posted 25 May 2018 - 10:57 AM

From 2014 to 2016 I owned a 1999 Audi A4 1.8T quattro sport.

That meant it had 180hp, sports interior and sports suspension. The interior was a supremely lovely place to be (everything lit up red, including the little wheels to open and close the air vents, and mine had special white dials), and it was reasonably fast once you wound the turbo up. It was a money pit otherwise though. In the time I had it, it broke 3 bastard springs and each one was £90 from Audi (sports springs, sat 20mm lower than standard, Audi were the only people who stocked them).
It never broke so badly it stranded me, but it was a money pit on one little (and not so little) thing after another after another. It was never 'sorted' for any length of time until something else broke.

It had a cracking 10-speaker Bose sound system and looked ace though (Java green!). I also put the middle and rear sections of exhaust from an S4 on it, which gave it a nice wee burble. Even got it remapped to 210hp but still thought it would have been better with a V6. It just felt like it bogged down at lower revs until you wound it up properly. No matter how quickly I drove it, it just felt a bit dull too.

It met its end in late 2016. I sold it (not intentionally) to 17-Coffees' dad in April 2016. He used it as a commuter car for about 6 months then an HGV changed lane into the side of it. He was fine but the car was a write off.

If I do ever end up with another B5 A4, I'd go for a lower spec (non-sports) spec. The non-sports parts seemed to be reasonably priced (albeit useless to me at the time).

I do remember replacing the rear springs was actually quite pleasant. The whole unit just unbolts from the wheel arch, then you can work away dismantling the lot at your leisure on a workbench.


Here it is in happier times. Late 2015 when I'd just joined Autoshite and turned up to a meet at Crail.

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Oh yes, when the HGV changed lane into it, apparently the driver said "sorry, didn't see you"
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:04 AM

COLLECSHUN CAPERS!!

 

Not sure if it really counts as a true Autoshite collection when you already owned the vehicle, and are only driving half an hour up the road to collect it, but there we are...

 

The blue German shite has a tow bar, complete with double electrics, making it perfect for shite collecting. As such, no sooner was it MoT'd and on the road, than I hired a trailer:

 

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And set off to collect the (MORE VAG ALERT AVERT THINE EYES NOW THOSE WHO HATH NOT BEEN BLESSED WITH THE GIFT OF VAG ACCEPTANCE) Mk2 VW Golf GTi:

 

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Which had been away having new sills welded in, in order to pass an MoT, along with four new tires, a new windscreen and some other rust bubbles seen to.

 

Loading up was a moderately unnerving process, the rear suspension of the Audi took quite a pounding at various points, but eventually everything was balanced, and the Golf was ratchet-strapped down and ready to rumble:

 

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Flippin' tailgaiting Golf drivers....

 

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The Audi performed valiantly, dragging the Golf home without complaint!

 

As a reward, I went out on a damp, drizzly Friday and gave it a service:

 

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Incidentally - anyone on here ever heard of Crosland filters? I hadn't before, so slightly concerned I may have just fitted absolute junk... Not that that wouldn't be entirely fitting, of course.

The oil filter on these b5 A4s is an absolute pain in't tharse to get to, it's equidistant from the top of the car or the bottom, so you're no better of lying under it and reaching up with oil dripping in your face than you are reaching down and removing all the skin from your forearm on various engine components. It was also put on tighter than a tight thing on a tight day.

 

After the service, the Audi was dropped in to kwikfit to see if they'd mend the puncture in the spare tire. But alas, it was not to be - not only would they not mend the puncture, the tire being ancient, cracked and generally decrepit, they told me that three of the other tires were in a similar state, and the fourth was rapidly approaching it. Along with this, the kind kwik fit fitter (kwikfitter?) told me I had assembled the front suspension wrong - turns out the shock absorbers are sided and I had put them on the wrong side, meaning they were rubbing against the hub carrying arm. Bother. Another days work taking them off and swapping them round. The joy of shite ownership!

 

Over and out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:06 AM

I feel I ought to add that I'm aware of how dreadful the alloys on the Golf are - they were not my choice, most of the work done to it has been in "de-chavving" it. It was lowered, with a stupid aftermarket immobiliser, silly rims, a stupid stereo and various bodges of all varieties, which have been being slowly undone!


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:33 AM

Incidentally - anyone on here ever heard of Crosland filters? I hadn't before, so slightly concerned I may have just fitted absolute junk... Not that that wouldn't be entirely fitting, of course.

 

Crosland was a UK manufacturer of average quality filters up until the 1990s. They were then bought by Sogefi (of FRAM fame*) and used as a UK-only brand name until 2010. The brand name was then sold to ECP, who have been using it to market cheap, far-eastern filters.

 

So, yes, they're a bit shite. I'm a world-class cheapskate, and even I pay the extra £1-2 for a Mann/Hengst/Purflux.


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:46 AM

I feel I ought to add that I'm aware of how dreadful the alloys on the Golf are - they were not my choice, most of the work done to it has been in "de-chavving" it. It was lowered, with a stupid aftermarket immobiliser, silly rims, a stupid stereo and various bodges of all varieties, which have been being slowly undone!

Well done for daring to show your mk2 gLof on here. They’re strange with their rot patterns - some have ruined filler necks, some have no rear lower panel, and some catch it on the sills. Some don’t seem to rot at all!
Yours reminds me of my old black H plate mk2 Golf Gti, which sounded glorious with a VR6 conversion. I don’t tend to mention it on here due to the bizarre ‘all vag & GM are shit, even the old ones’ mantra.
Looking forward to seeing more de-barryage!

As an aside, is the gen5 Celica anything to do with you? I owned a Carlos Sainz RC import a few years back, and still love the look of that generation.
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:49 AM

Crosland was a UK manufacturer of average quality filters up until the 1990s. They were then bought by Sogefi (of FRAM fame*) and used as a UK-only brand name until 2010. The brand name was then sold to ECP, who have been using it to market cheap, far-eastern filters.

 

So, yes, they're a bit shite. I'm a world-class cheapskate, and even I pay the extra £1-2 for a Mann/Hengst/Purflux.

 

Ah right, duly noted, I'll be a bit less tight next time!

 

 

Well done for daring to show your mk2 gLof on here. They’re strange with their rot patterns - some have ruined filler necks, some have no rear lower panel, and some catch it on the sills. Some don’t seem to rot at all!
Yours reminds me of my old black H plate mk2 Golf Gti, which sounded glorious with a VR6 conversion. I don’t tend to mention it on here due to the bizarre ‘all vag & GM are shit, even the old ones’ mantra.
Looking forward to seeing more de-barryage!

 

It was risky, I know, but I felt that having already exposed my other VAG chod, I couldn't sink a great deal lower in the view of fellow shiters..

Interestingly, mine hasn't rotted in many of the expected places, the fuel filler is fine, as are all the pillars. It's only gone on the sills, and around the crappy plastic plug where the wipers would be if it were for a foreign market.

 

Will keep you updated!


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 11:09 AM

As an aside, is the gen5 Celica anything to do with you? I owned a Carlos Sainz RC import a few years back, and still love the look of that generation.

 

'Fraid not, the Celica is having some work done at the same garage the the GTi was at - nothing to do with me!


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