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On 3/26/2021 at 6:24 AM, Shirley Knott said:

.......Next up was dealing with the drivers seat with the torn bolster. The one on the car was badly torn and really bringing the interior down. As an aside,  these are weird- Some of these seats seem to last for hundreds of thousands of miles and keep the bolster in tact, whilst others are shot on low mileage cars. I suppose it's really down to the way previous owners got in and out of the car....

...Old vs new...

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Seat bolsters and fabrics get damaged if the driver wears clothes with loads of external buttons and/or rivet studs. Jeans are probably the worst of them.

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11 hours ago, danthecapriman said:

Jesus!ūüė≥¬†Thats rather a lot of disassembly!¬†

I remember years ago doing a cam belt on something VW, might have been an old Passat?, but that was the same story. Pretty much everything on the front of the car had to come off. 

It's what VAG call the "service position "

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Aye, the radiator wasn't fun. A long drawn out process, but at least logical and fairly straight forward.

Meanwhile, I've assemble a list for my own records really of the parts the Roffle Golf has so far required to get to a stage that it's useable and a safe prospect...

The list so far

Timing belt and waterpump - Gates kit- No history of a change (£190- Job farmed out)

Thermostat- Not reaching correct operating temperature (£10 Calorstat part)

Coolant sensor- Coolant temp gauge inoperative (£12 Intermotor part)

Discs and pads all round- Advised for all on last MOT, rusty/old (£72 Comline parts)

Brake pedal sensor- No brake lights/EPS dash warning (£12 Intermotor part)

Fresh coolant- Obvious reasons (£15 ECP)

Radiator- Leaking badly (£19 Nissens part)

Crank position sensor- Occasional reluctance to start (£23 Bosch part)

Replacement 'sport' style seat- Torn bolster (£40 breakers yard)

Replacement armrest- Broken (£10 Ebay part)

Replacement airbox- Broken (£10 breakers yard)

Air filter- Service (£8 Bosch part)

Oil change - Service (£14)

Total-    £435

So not cheap, but lots of money saved by doing everything bar the timing belt in house. All pretty much standard old car stuff and not unexpected after a long time sitting around doing nothing as this one had!

 

 

 

 

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  • Shirley Knott changed the title to Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Golf Gti total spend so far- Yikes!
  • 4 weeks later...

Minor update here

Basically everything seems to be going swimmingly. 

After much work initially on the V70 and Roffle Golf Gti, both seem to now be doing the do and covering 30 miles a day each without any issues, both are actual useable and fairly presentable cars now. The Golf SDi plods on as usual, completely rock steady too.

The only excitement has been a  new expansion tank for the SDi as the old one had become a bit grubby. 

 

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At £14 delivered from Mr Meyle, it's a job worth doing. Old Vs New...

 

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Half way there....

 

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And done. Much nicer...

 

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And finally, a 'mod' of types. @warninglight  proved himself to be a shiter of wonderful colours by obliging a request on my part and using 3D printing wizardry to zap up some rear ashtray deletes, thus getting rid of the perennially broken parts (TADTS) at the arse end of both of our Golfs.

Enough words. Before....

 

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A lovely new part lovingly crafted by one of our own....

 

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And better....

 

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Anyone with a Mk4 should probably consider one of these (Unless they regularly have rear passengers that smoke, then probably not) 

 

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  • Shirley Knott changed the title to Shirley Knott's Evil Web Of Shite- Golf Gti gets modified (Shock!)
29 minutes ago, Shirley Knott said:

Minor update here

Basically everything seems to be going swimmingly. 

After much work initially on the V70 and Roffle Golf Gti, both seem to now be doing the do and covering 30 miles a day each without any issues, both are actual useable and fairly presentable cars now. The Golf SDi plods on as usual, completely rock steady too.

The only excitement has been a  new expansion tank for the SDi as the old one had become a bit grubby. 

 

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At £14 delivered from Mr Meyle, it's a job worth doing. Old Vs New...

 

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Half way there....

 

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And done. Much nicer...

 

100_0581

 

And finally, a 'mod' of types. @warninglight  proved himself to be an shiter of true colours by obliging a request on my part and using 3D printing wizardry to zap up some rear ashtray deletes, thus getting rid of the perennially broken parts (TADTS) at the arse end of both of our Golfs.

Enough words. Before....

 

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A lovely new part lovingly crafted by one of our own....

 

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And better....

 

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Anyone with a Mk4 should probably consider one of these (Unless they regularly have rear passengers that smoke, then probably not) 

 

Mines bolloxed as well. But in terms of the rest of the car it's the least of its worries¬†ūüėĀ

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Three month update here- Essentially because there's been zero action for 3 months until today

First of all, @Sh'Eds made his way oop North from Coventry to check my brake lights. Good job as a bulb was indeed blown. Thanks Eds. The infamous Tahoe was observed from a distance- Tis huge.

Also, the SDi Golf had been making a horrific grinding noise from the offside front wheel when turning hard left. I'd assumed wheel bearing/binding CV/dragging brakes etc, but when all was said and done it actually turned out to be a disintegrating brake disc backing shield...

 

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Closer Clarice...

 

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I'll have to replace that. For now though the car is silent again, and that's golden.

On to the Volvo for a 'small service'. By this I mean it's less than 5000 miles since the fuel filter/plugs/air filter were changed, so the *service basically comprised of a brake clean up, handbrake adjust, a check over of boots/bushes etc and an oil and filter change.... 

 

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Whilst cracking on with this lot, I got to thinking about the cars on fleet at present, and it struck me that I've arguably somehow managed to end up with literally the least desirable models of each respective marque across the piste? 

*V70- Mines the lowly 140 ps petrol manual (Should have bought the T5/D5/170PS M9)

*Mk4 Golf SDi (Should have bought a TDi mate, SDi's are woeful. A PD 130 or 150 would be better, even an ALH 90ps ?)

*Mk4 Golf GTi 2.0 (Not a proper GTi M9, you need the 1.8T)

Irrespective of all this, I'm loving life with three turbo-less wonders at present and it would take something seriously special to turn my head at this stage.

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17 minutes ago, Broadsword said:

One question about the 1.9 SDI engine. Does it rattle one’s bones in the same manner as the 1.7 SDI in the Lupo? 

Funnily enough no.

The Golf is a much bigger car with better soundproofing and thicker panels. They honestly feel no different to drive from a sound vibration perspective to the TDi's. Get out of the car and you can hear the difference, otherwise not so much. Honestly they're worlds apart from the Lupo SDi experience which at best is vibration rich and agricultural, and at worst is like piloting a mobile pneumatic drill.

A 1.7 NA diesel engine was perhaps not the best thing to house in a car the size of a shoe- Results are predictable.

The string to the Lupo SDi's bow  is it's quicker, and also even more frugal... If memory serves me correctly the Lupo's achieve 0-60  in circa 14.5 seconds whilst the Golf SDi takes an unbelievable 16.8 seconds to get there (When they were new!)

Back in the Club Lupo days, lots of the SDi guys were mapping idle speed up to 900rpm from the standard 750rpm themselves via VCDS. This apparently helps immensely and would have been my next move with the one I sold you a couple of years back.

 

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Another mundane update here- Mostly for my own benefit/records really.

Today I cleared the mud out of the 'new to us' Mk4 Roffle Gti's arches.

As expected- Grim. All Mk4's (And lots of other VW's) do this. For anyone who has one, pulling back the arch liners and cleaning out the crud should be a yearly job  if avoiding rust is your thing...

 

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All this from one arch...

 

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Rusty T25 arch liner screws replaced with shiny new ones for re-assembly...

 

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After this the V70 received a quick wash. I've had this for pretty much 2 years to the date IIRC and it's become a firm fleet favourite. Scrubs up well for a 20 year old motor I recon....

 

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