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Sigmund Fraud

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  1. Perhaps I'm stretching the definition of a production vehicle, but how about the delightful Melkus RS1000 ?
  2. Ignition switch ? Pretty common 1990s VW problem, they fail without much notice and result in a "turns over but won't start" fault. A new switch is really cheap to buy, but a complete bugger to replace.
  3. I presume you're confirmed the origin of the noise is not the drum brakes ? I've been caught out before...
  4. They're nothing special to drive, because they're basically a Polo 9N with a fancy aluminium body. The latter is actually pretty well engineered, though that stupid bonnet is a notable exception.
  5. Only an unhinged engineer would design an un-hinged bonnet. Vorsprung durch Wahnsinn !
  6. Absolutely correct - don't worry about the mayo, those engines aren't prone to OMGHGF. Just find the cause of the coolant leak, my money would be on a corroded radiator.
  7. [Talking to wife on the phone] "No, of course I didn't spend my whole day off browsing Autoshite ! In fact, I managed to fix both the roof of the shed and the handbrake of the Mondeo !"
  8. Mercedes actually made quite a few changes to them in 2018, but nobody seems to have noticed 😁
  9. Perhaps a poll would be the best way to determine whether you should keep or sell it ? I mean, if it works* for Elon Musk, it must* work for Autoshite ?
  10. The scuttle in 6Ns is rarely the cause of water ingress, as it has two pretty large drains that never get blocked. Said drains lead behind the arch liners, which are drained through the tiniest of holes and are therefore a massive mud trap. A buildup of mud in that area often results in the lowermost part of the wing rusting through. For reasons that I never understood, the bottom of the A pillar rarely suffers the same fate. The front sunroof drains don't drain in the same area in 6Ns, you can see their ends in the door jamb, by the lower corners of the screen. A squirt of WD40 and a blow through with the airline are usually enough to clear them.
  11. I'd start by taking the rubber rain gutter trims off and seeing what's underneath... The gutter area between roof and C pillar is a common 6N/6X rust spot, which remains hidden underneath the rubber trim until it's too late.
  12. The culprit is probably the usual shite VAG electrics, but keep in mind that the oil pumps in those V5 engines can suffer from sticking pressure relief valves which can cause low oil pressure. So further investigation is probably a good idea, to ensure the "electrical problem" doesn't result in a very broken engine.
  13. Had to buy petrol at £1.62/litre today... If things continue this way, it will soon be cheaper to fill up with Dom Perignon !!!
  14. Is it time for some ironic "100% BMC FREE" stickers ?
  15. EFA, this is Autoshite after all !
  16. @SiCInteresting find about the early A3 FSi's having their stratified mode disabled - didn't realise this was possible ! The problem (and the reason for my scepticism regarding the Proboost ECU) is that the stratified mode is the least of one's worries when it comes to the A2 FSi's reliability issues... @horriblemercedesA2s do have a steel front subframe (more of a crossmember, actually), at the back they have the usual VAG beam axle which is bolted straight onto the aluminium spaceframe. @TrabbieRonnieThere's plenty of reasons to be put off A2s if you're looking for "a car". The most important is that a good A2 costs at least double what a conventionally bodied VW/Seat/Skoda using the same running gear would sell for.
  17. @SiC The engine management system is smart enough to allow 95 octane fuel to be used safely. But the drop in performance and economy is such, that there's absolutely no point in doing that ! @Dj_efk People worry about the plastic parts in the cooling system, but they are pretty common VAG parts bin items so aftermarket versions are widely available and cheap. The electronically-controlled thermostat is an exception, of course, and another example of unnecessary complexity. Trust me, when mine goes it will be replaced by the venerable R5 thermostat in the top hose ! Regarding the Proboost ECU, it's hailed as some sort of panacaea for the FSi engine but I'm not convinced that it is. It also costs 60% of what my entire car cost, which I don't think I can justify. I'm not sure what people are comparing the A2 FSi with, when they make all sorts of enthusiastic comments about its performance. It's basically a "lukewarm hatch", with similar performance to a Clio II RSi (and without that car's excellent combination or ride and handling). It's probably true you can achieve 50mpg, but I can assure you it's not easy. Mine returns 48mpg if one exercises self-restraint, and a pretty decent 45mpg if one does not ! Lovely TDi's, by the way, especially the cherry red (or merlot red ?) one with the pepperpots !
  18. The 1.6 is the one everyone will tell you not to buy, and for good reason. VW have basically taken the 1990s Golf/Polo 1.6 8v block, bodged on a 16v head (two cambelts, two tensioners, two idlers - naturally !) then added further complication with VVT, variable intake lenghts, a first-generation direct injection system of questionable reliability and a myriad sensors for the engine management system. And this veritable marvel of technology just about manages to produce 110HP and returns (in the lightweight, aerodynamic A2 body) high 40s to the gallon, which is frankly not all that impressive. Basically, only a fool would buy the 1.6 ! I know, because I am such a fool.
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