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A Diesel Rocco would actually be about my ultimate daily driver. 


Ditto. I've been after one for years.

I've even considered a tdi Corrado as well.


As often happens with these things the timing kind of sucks for me … , plus it's red, and I have too many red cars.

Unless you fancy a deal with 2 or 3 different red cars and some cash? No, didn't think so.


One day I'll have a diesel 'rocco, just maybe not this year :(

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Unless you fancy a deal with 2 or 3 different red cars and some cash? No, didn't think so.


One day I'll have a diesel 'rocco, just maybe not this year :(




What's available?


I've been contemplating selling both cars, so clean sweep might be interesting.


At the same time, I've never used this as a daily, and part of me really wants to try it.

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I've done some man maths and showed the wife some pictures.


She gave me that "don't you fucking dare" stare. Given I fucked off to Malta for a week recently to go drag racing and the week before that drank so much I kept her up till 4am vomitting, and that I quite like my balls where they are, I reckon I won't be purchasing this one.


Someone on here definitely should do though, so I can swap it for a far more suitable car at a later date.

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For a diesel 'rocco ... erm, the e36 325tds, roffle Scooby, and 205TD.

Potentially available also a w203 c220cdi  koop (not red, resale silver) … but I wouldn't as it has a very annoying minor issue, stepper motor(s).


The 205 was/ is on my radar, in the absence of any sort of 205 D-turbo/STDT on the market.


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Breaking news just in.

The alternator is buggered and it's a pig to get a replacement. For some reason VAG specced a 45W with a different design to every other bloody 1980s VAG engine. Autospark has found somewhere to refurbish the old one, and is connecting up the rev counter.

The Octavia's NS footwell is 3 inches deep in water. I've filled it with rice and bought a dehumidifier. Time to clean the sunroof and scuttle drains. Picture after mopping.


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The Scirocco came back from the garage with a working alternator, it having been sent off for repair (twice) by a man in a shed. 




With electric juice back in the system I've got some mojo back and been using it a bit. My wife absolutely hates it ("it's too noisy", "it smells of diesel fumes") so won't get in it. As I've been driving it about it started struggling on more than half throttle. Remembering Dieselassist's comment earlier I checked out the placca cone fuel filter.




Deadun! I got a cheap fuel filter from ECP in their Christmas sale, but I suspect I won't be able to mount it, so may swap for a LR or L-series one. Think the hesitation was minimal fuel supply, so hopefully will be maximum boost next week.




The rev counter is proving to be a bit more of a problem as this is a CE2 car. The auto electrician has run the wire, but we're scratching our heads about how to connect it up. I'm going to take the dash out again at some point and have a look with a wiring diagram to try and chase where it should go. In related news, the temp gauge has completely stopped working. Given that I'm getting lovely warm air from the vents and the fan is coming on appropriately I don't therefore think the previous cold running was a thermostat issue, but may be a dodgy temp sender. Again I'm going to clean up the contacts and if that doesn't work I'll swap the sender, which happily shares parts numbers with the one on the old petrol engine. I also need to secure the fuse board more substantially, currently cable-tied to the bulkhead. 




Meanwhile I bought a cheap dehumidifier from Gumtree to supplement my 75p Savers dehumidifier pots, and cleaned out the Octavia. Several pints of tepid water removed so far. I attempted to clear out scuttle drains but struggled to remove the scuttle panel in the rain before swearing at it and giving up. Chucked a load of water through the scuttle panel drain and rodded out the sunroof drain. Whilst cleaning I noticed this door seal was sagging. It's been replaced before (by Halfords Autocentres), and is directly above the flooded footwell. I've gummed it back up with body sealant, so hopefully we're watertight again and it's a case of drying everything out.

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Slow and steady progress.


The Scirocco has sat for a bit while I changed jobs (again) and tried out different fuel filter options. We've eventually gone for a BMW 325 TD in-line job, which is now mounted to the front wing.




This has solved all the hesitation and bogging issues. It's also had a service with fresh oil and filter in an attempt to flush out any crap left in the engine from it's long garage layup. Generally seems to be running much more smoothly. I punted it in for an early MOT and it only bloody went and passed. Shouldn't be surprised since it's only done a few hundred miles.




The underside has a few bits of surface rust which I'll attack this summer, nothing too serious. The paint is now really bad. The coolant temp sensor is still completely dead, and the sensor unit looks pretty old and crusty so once I work out the part numbers they'll be up for replacement. Generally just niggles now to fix, and with the job change I'm going to start using it as a commuting weapon for my 40 mile/day round trip. I'm still debating selling it, so if someone wants to put £2k in my hand and take away an unusual daily driver with 12.5 months of MOT then PM me.


Octavia is now dry inside but the clutch is a bit slippy on max-boost. It's due a cambelt and tensioner soonish, so it's looking increasing like I'll chop it in at a dealership for an old 2.5 Forester. Just got to find one. Message ends.

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Scirocco is now officially for sale. I can't buy more until I'm rid of it. Ad can be found here:




In preparation for sale I've been replacing the underside of the dash and attempting to sort the temp gauge. Replaced the sender but no difference, so dash out:




One of the connections has broken off. I'm unable to find a wiring diagram, but I'll nip a bit of solder on it and then see how things are. Whilst under there I took the opportunity to strip out a redundant immobiliser:




I bit the bullet and had the clutch done on the Octavia, so that will have to serve a bit longer on daily duty before being replaced.


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did you manage to get the revcounter working on the daysul 'rocco?


..while you have the w terminal, your present petrol revcounter wont read right; it'll need recalibrating to diesel function; I added a revcounter to my caddy mk1 diesel cluster; basically I bought a mk1 GTi full cluster took its revcounter out n sent it to a chap in UK; 'regcheeseman' - who was on the caddyforum, n a bit of an electronic's whiz; he also appears on 'vwdiesel'.net - where these a thread about the process/ whats involved with the soldering of diodes etc to trim back the values to get a petrol cluster to read a diesel's W output...


This is getting on for 8 years ago now; last I heard regcheesman could also be found on the T4 forum.... as mk1 golf's never had a diesel revcounter 'from the factory' getting one added involves all the above...


AFAIK, (having broken a 'roccos for spares) their clusters resemble mk2 golf's, more than mk1's (round face clocks vs square face) - anyways you might be able to get a mk2 golf or jetta TD pacific revcounter cluster n either use the full cluster (as it'll have a glowplug light) or just liberate its revounter n put it in the present rocco's cluster... that said TD non clock mk2 clusters are probably scene tax'd up on the bay these days...


...Good luck with the sale - Id love this, if I ; wasn't so far away/ wasn't skint/ didn't have so many cars already etc etc

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On ‎4‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 9:26 PM, dieselassist said:

did you manage to get the revcounter working on the daysul 'rocco?

No, and thanks for the knowledge, I'll look into that. I know regcheeseman as he's also on another forum I use, and he's sold me stuff in the past. If this doesn't sell I'll ping him a PM over there to see if he can help.

MK2 'roccos switched mid-run from CE1 electrics to CE2, so the early ones have mk1 golf style electrics and dash, and the later ones have mk2 golf electrics with a hybrid dash. Mine's right on the crossover, but turns out has a CE2 dash. I bought the CE1 mk1 golf GTD dash in error, and mk2 golf/ jetta TD dashes are hard to find., and scene-taxed as you say.

In actual project news, I took the dash out and found one of the tracks on the PCB had some cracking. I soldered that up and it appears to have made bugger-all difference. I suspect the issue is somewhere in the wiring run, but I've not had time to check it all through, and since it runs fine I'm in no great rush. I've replaced most of the interior trim now as well, in preparation for selling it.

I've dropped the price over on the for sale thread, as I just want rid but don't want to deal with eBay twats. Someone take mercy.


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