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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!

    Sorry! I didn't mean to offend you, I was just giving you a hard time in reference to some posts a while back about Pete...
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I am not the one with the reputation here...😉 and this is the "CAR" forum in case you have mixed it up with the dating site again!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    That my friend was exactly my reaction when I read it! Mscherryviolet did not disappoint us I see! 😄
  5. Sorry I answered this on your other thread and I can't seem to move it here!
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    Lupo Body Modification

    Rarely ever is a used car sold without a reason. The best you can do is look it over, drive it around and get a mechanic that you trust to have a look at it. The reason it is on the market will often be evident, sometimes the seller will level with you and save you the bother of finding out yourself. Most times (I have only bought 1 new car in my 40+ years of driving and it took 3 years to sort the bugs out of it!!) it is something you won't know about or suspect until it rears it's ugly head down the road later. I have learned that is just part and parcel of car ownership. Some makes and models are known to be bad buys but other than that I just buy one that suits me, looks fairly clean and sort it out as I find things. Oops! This was supposed to go on your other thread! Sorry! To answer your question on this thread, I do like the smaller bumper look but now you need to do the same to the front to balance out the appearance. And yes it would be difficult to maintain the crash integrity of the stock bumper in the downsized version but it would look so much cleaner!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Thanks, no rush. I don't really need the compressor as this one feels fine and only has 75K on it. I doubt that any used one would be in better shape.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Is that complete compressors Rich or just the clutch pulley?
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Thanks for that link LR5V! That will be worth checking out for sure. There are complete compressors for sale all over E Bay in the $400 range which is OK but all I really need is the clutch pulley assembly. They are typically listed for around $80. The pictures look right, part number matches but the compressor they say it fits is wrong so I have not pulled the trigger yet.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Yup ten seconds on the trip reset button fixed the oil service notification. Thanks Rich! The EPC thing makes sense. That is in line with my favorite foreign car mechanic's suggestion (who's shop is 16 hours round trip away) to take the throttle body off and clean it out with brake clean. I will look into redirecting the crankcase vent system. Thanks all!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    That service oil light I assume is something that comes up as a reminder and needs to be reset when the oil has been changed. The oil and filter are fresh but I don't know how that is accomplished.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Franklin had a surprise for the Missus this morning. He only wanted to idle. Do you suppose he was sending her the message that it's time to hibernate? It was only -20. He was back to normal tonight when I got home...
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    The bearing is not the whole story here. The clutch surface is worn unevenly and down to the rivets. The coil is fried too. You can see in the picture the burnt part and the broken wires sticking out.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Got it apart. The balls ended up all over the floor. Not much salvageable here! And as usual the part number you gave me I am told is not valid. I contacted my nearest VW dealer, when the parts guy found out it was for a Lupo/Polo he told me they have no access to offshore parts. I reminded him that someone in his dealership was consulted before I bought the car and I was assured by them that there would be no problem getting parts. He said he would get back to me. He phoned me back later saying that VW of Germany will supply parts if I provide proof of ownership, all related import documents including a signed import approval document from my government, proof of registration and insurance. What the *%&#@ do they think this car is? An anti aircraft missile launcher? An artillery battery? A nuclear warhead? Ok I have all that but what business is it of their's? Good grief! Well at this point I am not desperate enough to drive 5 hours round trip to lay out my life's secrets to total strangers. Not such a big deal I suppose but there are a few options left yet before I go that route!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    I did not want to degas the system but it was looking like a long grind to find the bits so we had to take it off to put a short belt on to get the car back on the road. I was looking on line and yes it seems there are lots of sites that list it in lots of different languages, nothing in North America at this point. Hopefully I will get a chance to pull it apart today and see if the clutch is salvageable with a new bearing. You are correct about our weather, it will be 8 months before we will have a need for AC and then only about 2 weeks use at best. The car could stay like this permanently and not really be a problem. Funny thing is all of these Japanese cars have AC which we really don't need here but none of them so far have cruise control which we desperately miss! I suspect that over there if you did find a straight piece of road long enough to use it the traffic would be too dense. Here we have roads that go on from horizon to horizon dead straight with little to no traffic.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Shorter belt on now and it's on the road. Nothing but dead ends so far on finding replacement bits. I just noticed is says Made in Japan on the name tag. Is it possible that it is unique to that country?
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Interesting! I have seen the odd Audi 100 but never an 80. The Audi 100 engine is what was in the Porsche 924. I had an Audi Fox and other than a few brackets and a different flywheel/clutch it was identical to the Rabbit engine. In fact I have the Fox oil pan and cam with a Dodge Omni crankshaft in a '78 FI Rabbit block in my '76 Rabbit as we speak! If only there was a parts warehouse within reasonable driving distance... or even an old time parts guy that knew what fit what. The modern parts guy is not required to think, just has to punch in numbers and the computer does the thinking.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Yes the Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni back in the '70s and early '80s had a 1700cc version of the 1600cc Rabbit engine. All the accessories were Chrysler parts to my knowledge. Is there any interchangeability between this Lupo 1400cc engine and the early Rabbit 1600? I will check into the possibility of a shorter belt to run the charging system until I can find the AC compressor parts. Thanks.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    No Polos in this country, only Jettas, Gulfs and the new Beetle and they all pretty much share the same bits.
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Not that old yet! 😉 Love doing long trips in this one! Comfortable as heck, hard to believe it is such a small car from the inside! Update on the engine noise. Turns out it is the AC clutch pulley bearings. Seized now and stopped the engine from starting. Starts and runs fine without the belt on so now to find the parts... looks like the AC compressor off my 04 Jetta is different but not sure yet if the pulley is too. There can't be a lot of different ones I wouldn't think... Back on the road to do that 8 hour trip again tomorrow. Sure wish the Lupo was drivable. Looks like it will be done in the 944 instead, it's comfortable on long hauls too just uses a bit more fuel and the heater is not as good.
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    Lupo Enamel Pin Badges - £5

    We like the pin idea. Any possibility of a pair in bright green shipped to Canada?
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    Regards from Rome (Italy)

    It looks to me like the blow was taken by the bumper and dispersed into the whole structure beyond the crush zone. Open up the hatch and you will see damage in the spare tyre well, likely around the shock tower and maybe as far ahead as the floor pan under the rear seat. Measure the wheel base and compare it side to side. It would surprise me if you were not short on that side. It will most likely be "dog tracking" down the road presently. That is the story the wrinkles on the roof and the door overlapping the rear panel tell me because the rear 1/4 panel has no direct accident contact marks on it. The bulk of the damage is structural, what you are seeing in the picture is a consequence of the structural shift. Yes it could be fixed on a proper frame rack but the age of the car and present market value is against it.
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    Regards from Rome (Italy)

    Nice Lupo! Unfortunate luck with the first one. We know the feeling as we have a nice '04 Jetta wagon in our yard that met a violent end too!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Yes it could be, I am booked up again today so will check it out tomorrow. It made the 8 hour trip yesterday, you can't hear it from inside but stand in front and it's a bit nasty!
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    Greetings from the Canada!

    Good info, thanks! The shop that got the car ready for inspection charged me for a timing belt change which normally includes the water pump but with their record this far anything is possible!
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