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    Lupo GTI, Golf VI GTD and Alpina D3 Bi-turbo

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  1. One for Rich!

    Hi Rich, Please can you read my PM to you? Thanks, and apologies for the public mail...
  2. 2002 GTI boot badge

    Sure thing...
  3. Japanese LUPO GTI's

    That's great news, enjoy the car ;O) In passing (as well as taking the magnet), on a Brit car it's wise to check where the bottom rear of the aluminium front wing meets the steel inner. Worth getting that totally corrosion free for a long and happy life together.
  4. 2002 GTI boot badge

    Hi Chris M, I have this one (no red) if you want it?
  5. Japanese LUPO GTI's

    Hi Grumpy, I agree with a lot of the points made, but have a couple to add. You must look for sun damage on a Jap import car. Faded seat cover and door card materials, gear knob decals and gaiter cracking and fading. Other then that they have been a good bet till now... However since buying my Jap import I have been to see a few other more recent ones (hoping for a lower milage example). I have concerns that the flow of decent Japanese Lupo GTI cars is drying up, and that in cases unscrupulous (or is that inscrutable?) exporters are being creative to continue to meet the ready UK demand. I saw a car in November that was "officially" registered as 33,000, but from wear and tear to all operating surfaces and door cards was around 100,000 miles higher than that (Also engine had masses of mayonnaise in the oil filler cap). I have seen the aluminium doors replaced with steel (so wrong glass too), and poor fit body panels denoting hasty covered over crash repairs. Bottom line is that you have to be as careful whatever car you choose. Don't believe that because it comes from Japan and has a high forecourt price from a trusted dealer that it is what it claims to be. Take a magnet to ensure the aluminium is where it should be, check the interior wear is in line with the claimed milage, and check the engine (starting from cold) runs smoothly and quietly. A road test is essential to check gearbox, steering and suspension, as well as whether the engine pulls smoothly through the range. I hope you don't mind me stating what some would see as obvious, but I think the golden age of "perfect" Jap GTI cars is over and we all need to get much more canny not to get caught out...
  6. Steve

    Hi Rencen, Can't help you with a PDF, but there are always Lupo Owner's handbook packs available on the British version of e-bay for between £12 and £18 (They cover all models up to GTI). They are obviously from decommissioned cars, so the service book can be thrown away. Again you can buy blank VW service books to put in the new pack to make it complete. I realise there is the problem of geography and postage for you, but perhaps you have friends in the UK? I also have a Jap import Lupo, and I think a full pack in English definitely adds value to the car.
  7. Dear Forum, Recently the drivers electric window stopped working reliably. Door card off, and cleaned contacts, but I noticed it will only open to ⅔'s down. Comes up fine from there... It might have been like that before I had the door panel off, but now definitely restricted movement. Anyone else had this? Thanks for looking!
  8. Need Help! Battery Drain!

    Hi Jed, Really pleased this is sorted, and you have let us know what the problem was, in case it happens to others... Happy motoring!
  9. Lupo GTI Instrument sounder

    Thanks Rich... New to PM so a little unsure, yes got it and replied... Safe journey!
  10. Options for GTI tyres

    Hi Chris, I'm not so sure about looks I have 195/45's from the time of purchase, and parked next door was another smart GTI with the 205/45's. I have to say I was really envious, as it really does add to the cheeky, chunky look... Will buy 205's when replacing as I want that look!
  11. Lupo GTI Instrument sounder

    Smart Rich! Did you get my PM?
  12. GTI Engine Emblem Restored!

    Hi, Thanks for the replies, yeah I would have preferred the 1.6 16V, but the "GTI" is true to the year of the car. Hi Chris, I'm just using the uploader at the foot of each text window. Drag files here to attach, or choose files...
  13. GTI Engine Emblem Restored!

    Hi fellow Lupists, Just changed the cracking crappy GTI emblem on the engine cover of a 2005 Lupo GTI, using a genuine VW boot emblem, which is a perfect fit! The alternative was spending over £300 on a new cover :o( My grateful thanks to Rich for his advice, which was golden!... Just to note I cut the old emblem off with dental floss to avoid scratches in the plastic from a scraper (good tip for general body emblems too!). I then removed the residue with "Label Remover" (CPC) and polished the black part of the cover with first paint restorer and then polish. I removed the silicon residue from the polish with mentholated spirits before attaching the self adhesive badge and then used dash restorer to seal the whole cover. I have to say, it looks like new (Picture attached). Oh, I have a spare original GTI Emblem if anyone has a similar problem? PM me and I'll send it to you gratis... As always thanks for being there!
  14. Lupo GTI Instrument sounder

    Hi Rich and hoddlewaddle, Many thanks for the replies. First off hoddlewaddle, been able to show it is not the (crappy designed) drivers door switch but thanks for suggesting! Hi Rich, how DO you know :O) And yes please to the challenge of making the change, very happy to pay postage if you let me know preferred method. Happy to be contacted off line if you prefer? Out of interest, will the Lupo take the Polo 6N2 door switch system without radical modification? Look out for the "Engine cover" topic coming today :O)
  15. Lupo GTI Boot Tools

    Hi Lupists, I have a 2005 GTI which I am restoring to factory spec. That's the no spare wheel version. Under the boot mat there is a foam carrier (photo attached) which indicates at least three tools. Please can I ask 1) what the tools should be, and 2) if anyone is currently breaking, can you help fill the spaces (For a price of course ;O) Thanks for your help!