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  1. Hello all! I just found this site a couple days ago and am anxious to read all about these cars. I didn't even know they existed until I saw one for sale on a Japanese import website about a week ago. I then realized they are one of the several VW models we saw in Argentina on our visit there 2 years ago that are not offered for sale in Canada. A little personal car related history: there has been VWs in my family since about 1967 and we have owned and maintained Bugs, Buses, Square backs, Rabbits, and most recently Jettas. There are also 944s, a sand rail and a Manx copy Buggy presently in the stable. What brings me here? My wife delivers rural mail here in our area and as you know we drive on the right side of the road with the steering wheel on the left. This makes it awkward to stuff letters in mail boxes on the right shoulder of the road. Enter - right hand drive cars imported from Japan, problem solved! The first was a Dihatsu mini truck, worked alright but the low gearing and 660cc engine made for slow going and lots of engine difficulties. Next was a Subaru Forester, Yee Haw!! No more snail mail! She gets out and goes but fuel consumption is up considerably and now with over 200,000 km on her we find repairs to be getting more frequent. So - how about one of these little Lupos? Maybe a happy middle of the road option? I hope so... it is on it's way... 2002, green, 67,000 km, 1.4 automatic... We shall see!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Here is a story that will be appreciated on this site! Last Sunday I pulled in to fuel up the company truck just as my boss was leaving … in a bright red Mustang! I had no idea he was leaning toward the sportier side of cars so I asked him about it at work later. To make a long story shorter, he got it at a smoking hot price, 1999 35th Anniversary Addition with 72K on it in mint condition. Stored inside all it's life, the old lady that owned it has passes on. I asked him if he was going to keep it. "No, it's much too small. I don't like small cars. I drove it to Hardisty and back the other day and it scared me! What if I hit a deer?" I looked it up on the "net", mid sized car, 3,235 pounds!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    All I really need is what was called a valet key on our Jettas. It worked in the door and ignition but did not operate the power locks or have a panic button funcion. They told me it still needs to be coded to the ignition.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Maybe I should just do like Rich and just use the passenger side door lock from the Jetta.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I have an '04 Jetta TDI wagon here in the yard for parts. Won't work?
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    College Edition?

    That is what I believed too for many many years. Then we started buying cute cars and every female head is turning our way from young to old. Do you suppose that the establishment has hoodwinked us into believing in something that is not real to sell products? Just like us fellows, deep down if we care to admit it or not, prefer the ladies to have a little substance to them not these scrawny anaemic bone racks that the establishment wants us to like! But... there are whole economies based on what we are supposed to like... And have you noticed that the big rugged, square jawed, bearded, hairy, jean jacket with the sleeves ripped off, biker types are almost always alone? πŸ˜‰ So - the ladies at any age still like cute and us guys at any age still like big ________s! You fill in the blank! It's etched in our DNA.
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    College Edition?

    There must be some sort of story behind these characters. I tried Mr Google but nothing shows up. Some Japanese inside joke? Should it not be in Japanese characters then instead of English? Oh and for your information MS Cherry, I have found out far too late in life that "cute" gets a guy more attention from the fairer sex than macho any day of the week! My son who drove his Porsche 944 to school and couldn't seem to get a Graduation escort/date to save his life took the Buggy to school one day. Within 10 minutes of school being let out there were videos all over social media of a Buggy load of squealing girls, hair blowing in the wind, cruising with him around town! Unfortunately I do not have a picture of that caper. The last one is his sister and some of her friends. Now he wants to trade the 944 for the Lupo! His Mom says no!
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    College Edition?

    Here is the Tim/Tom theme. It appears that Tim is a cat and Tom is a mouse.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I checked with the closest VW dealer today and they told me they could not get us another key. The reason they gave was the their software for programing the keys only covers North American VWs. They said I would have to go to Japan for my key. Make sense?
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    Something rare in the UK

    Actually that color puts me in mind of the '78 Rabbit Champagne Edition they sold here in Canada. Mostly silver with just a hint of green. Going back and looking again just now the Rabbit was definitely more green than that though.
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    Something rare in the UK

    That is green? Must be the lighting... or I am loosing my sight?
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    This is the third Japanese import for us and they all came with just one key. I have no idea what those people do with the spares, sell them on Flee Bay?
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    College Edition?

    The inside door grab handles are doing that on our Lupo. Nice theme on this one. Our green one has "Tim" and "Tom" with what looks like mice on the cloth upholstery. We wonder what the significance of that is. The college theme is simple enough.
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    Daughter’s first..ish car

    Nice pair of Lupos! Keep them both and sell the other car in the background!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Thanks! That explains why sometimes fooling with the shifter helps. Silly thing to have on the car don't think? This Lupo came with only one key so time the fix that too.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    The Lupo seems to have developed a problem. I did a search here and found nothing about it but perhaps I used the wrong words. The ignition key does not always want to come out. Sometimes it's fine but often now it takes a lot of fiddling to get the lock to release the key. Is there some sort of interlock with the auto gearbox?
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    No the Lupo is not too small. The Missus and I were commenting yesterday as we drove it that it is the perfect size for the two of us. We just couldn't be happier with it. Well ok, if it was a TDI with a stick we could be! πŸ˜‰ I have always been a fan of small cars. I appreciate the all around economy, ease of parking, and repairs not to mention how fun they are to drive. Somehow, somewhere the North American motoring public has convinced themselves that bigger is better. These days they will not buy a vehicle unless it seats 6 to 8 people, has 4 wheel drive, has enough accessories and computer power to run a small university, takes a 5 rung ladder to get into, gets 12 mpg, costs +$80K, has enough engine to power a small ocean going cruise ship and when you park it the front end overhangs Texas and the back is in Alaska! Then they use it to go 1/2 a mile to work or 4 blocks to the supermarket to haul a crippling cargo of 1 quart of milk and a dozen eggs! You rarely EVER see more than one person in them either! Blocks and blocks of these traffic jammed boat anchors spewing fumes with one idiot in each complaining bitterly about the price of petrol, the increasing smog clouds and the inadequacy of urban planners never once thinking to look in the mirror to see the source of the problem! Ford announced recently that they have dropped all the cars from their production line for North America except the Mustang. GM has nothing in the way of small cars and only a couple of mid sized ones. Chrysler carries the new Fiat 500 retro and that is about all they offer. On the street you see the odd Smart car, Mini retro and Nissan Micro. Even the Toyotas, VWs and Hondas these days are mid sized! We desperately need a stiff stupidity tax! That is the only way I can see to fix it! You people and most of the rest of the world are so lucky to have such a good selection of great little economy cars to buy. Rant over, I'm good now! 🀐😊
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Someone a few posts back requested a photo of this car with the run of the mill auto fare here in our part of the world so we stopped at the local supermarket parking lot to get a few. We do feel a bit insignificant at times...
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    We took this Lupo through an automatic car wash today for the first time just to see how it would work. The machine would not start until it sensed the front of the car in the "normal" position. Then it proceeded to completely miss washing the rear of the car so we backed it up until it started to get a bit of spray on the rear. Well then it missed the front! Lesson: use the hand wand wash place from now on!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Well the search for an oil filter may have come to an end. No luck whatsoever in cross referencing the VW part number, the closest VW dealer has yet to call me back so I took the old one off and found a filter that crosses over to it but I am not sure that it really has the correct thread. It fits very loose. The filters for the Daihatsu are actually a better fit but the filter is much shorter. Time to get on with the winterizing program!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I love the skill and thought put into those engines and the planes in the magazines from there! It seems folks on this side of the pond are too busy chasing the American dream to pursue and develop the skills needed to turn out such things. Some day I hope to have enough brass scrapped together to make the trip and see it all first hand. Ideally take in a car event, an airplane event and try to track down a relative or two in the area my Grandfather came from. Our last name is very rare here but folks from there seem to pinpoint it to the Liverpool area right away. Maybe bring back a few of the less bulky Lupo spares in the deal too! 😊
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I am a biplane fanatic, a mate of mine built this plane and asked me the first time I saw it "What do you think?" I replied "It needs another wing just about - here!". After He spanked it on final a couple years later I saved him from binning it and showed him what I meant. Yes I have an MDS .25 here somewhere. Some chaps didn't like them but mine ran well. Good power and nice workmanship for an economy priced engine. Every time I get my hands on a British model magazine I drool over your Laser engines. Especially the V twins! There are a few bits that we could use for the Lupo, maybe you could just slip one of those beauties in the carton for me...
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Powered. Saito .82 4 cycle if that means anything to you. It was originally a low wing bird and when I added the second wing it became readily apparent that a larger tail group was needed. Being a bit lazy I just added the needed size to the control surfaces and reduced the travel.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    No comment really, just having fun with colors! I have an idea for a fall color picture as soon the sun comes out.
  25. Nice car! She is going to love it!
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