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  1. From eBay I have bought a June 2003 registered Lupo 1.4S. One owner and 12,800 miles, genuine. Bought from pictures! I’ve shipped her to Jersey and have re registered her here. Upon inspection she needed a new seal on the gearbox transmission but is in as new condition. Silver with a sun roof. I’ve just fitted an original VW CD player. The standard steel wheels are to be replaced with original new 6J alloys with 195/45R15 tyres. The original tyres are ok having only covered 12k miles but have flat spots as the car was stored for almost four years. Sadly the elderly lady, first owner has died.
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  2. Thanks for that most excellent info. 👍🏻 That must have taken you ages to find! I looked and couldn't find it- probably the same as many EU companies. Now we need to tell every courier and company in the EU, so they can start selling to us again! Argghhh! So annoying. Yes, there should be a way to get things without paying VAT twice. My guess is that the EU based web sites need changing to the new rules, and it's easier for them to just say no trade with the UK. The first companies that fix their web sites will get the most business. If it was my business, I'd make very sure to get th
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  3. I came to conclusion this was false statement - Lupo is made for 22inch tires (diameter), all follwing tires are 22inch: 175/65 R13 155/65 R14 185/55 R14 195/45 R15 (21,91", OEM Lupo GTI) 195/40 R16 (22.14") 23" tires (like 185/55 R15 and 195/45 R16), without special modifications, will occasionally rub.
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  4. This informative page very clearly says you are right: https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/taxation/vat/vat-rules-rates/index_en.htm There should be a way to get these items without paying VAT twice.
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  5. You can use just about any generic USB-OBD2 lead with RossTech's freeware VCDS (you may need the drivers for the lead). Then you simply log in to the car, select engine and then measuring blocks. Everything is labelled once you go above option 00, so you know what data you're looking at. No code needed. Only if you want to do advanced stuff (which can brick the ECU if you do it wrong). Unless you mean the vdub car lock out code, which is the SKC (secure key code). You can use VAG Tacho to extract that, using the same lead (different software).
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  6. Yeah, you got me to read the EU rules on VAT refunds for exports to non-EU countries (like the UK). OMG! Doing an alternator change on an SDI Lupo is less painful... 🤷🏻‍♀️ I cannot find the specific rule anywhere. Lots of info on Northern Ireland, but 'other' non EU countries...? The UK gov rule says that exports from an online German shop to me in the UK over €150 means that I must pay the VAT in the UK, so the German seller MUST remove the German VAT. Under €150, I must pay it in Germany. But you're right- it looks like German (or any other EU website sellers), are not allowed to r
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  7. As far as I know, they aren't allowed to remove vat for any person or legal entity which is not in listed in EU VAT register and they must always check it to not cause troubble for themselves. https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/?locale=en However your article made me questioning myself and I will read more about the new order.
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  8. This is very interesting, can you name specific Regulations, Directives or other acts, or at least website with info, on which You are referring to?
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  9. Got some poly top mounts in my lupo, makes it stiff and they creak in the cold in the shock tower😅 . Makes it handle like a go kart with the coilovers and all the bushes replaced.
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  10. Thanks for the advice there. Appreciated 👍
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  11. If you dont have rear brake regulator its easy to remove rear coil springs, unscrew bushings, leave rear axle hanging in shocks and replace the bushings with bushing press tool. I done it in less than 4hours without any experience.
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  12. There is a gti front arb on ebay, not mine. I also found replacing the rear axle bushes a worthwhile improvement. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volkswagen-Lupo-Whiteline-20mm-Rear-Anti-Roll-Bar-Arosa-Gti-/284176582419?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
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  13. That ones the same! 😂
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  14. Depending on how old your bushes and top mounts are you could replace them. Even fitting new standard parts will give a better feel if the existing parts are old and worn. You could opt for poly bushes. I have a front gti arb an that made a difference. I don't know how much the chassis flexes so can't comment on the benefit that braces may have. If you haven't I'd take a good look at the brakes, pads, discs, drum, piston seals. Stopping in time is never overrated.
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  15. So I popped the door cards off today, and discovered why the windows weren't working... Someone has wedged a length of 2x1 in the door to hold the window up! 😂 Whilst I was tempted to knock the wood out, I resisted as I had a vision of the glass dropping and having a drafty drive for a few days! So, any suggestions as to what would make the glass drop? I'm assuming it's something to do with the mechanism, but without knowing what it should look like I'm kinda stuck!
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  16. They used to roam this country by the millions and over thousands of years... ya it happens. Water can wear away stone too over time. It's hard to believe that a few foreigners could lay waste to such a huge natural resource in a couple generations too but there you go!
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  17. See the how-to thread... may be worth checking fuses first welcome to CL!
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  18. Yes it is a stone that the buffalo rubbed until it was round. In the spring they get itchy with their winter coats still on and look for something to rub on to help shed the extra hair. In treed areas wildlife use the trees and with the process of time and life these trees die and disappear. On the prairie there are no trees so the next best thing is to find a big rock to rub on. These rocks then bare witness of this activity for thousands of years. There are no wild buffalo here anymore, some bright enterprising Europeans decided it was better to kill them all off and bring in cows that
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  19. 2.1v suggests that the clutch is not closing completely, so you have a problem with either the sleeve or release bearing or both. The cure is the same for both. While you are at it, it would also be sensible to replace the clutch plate. RAB
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  20. You might enjoy a bit of local natural history. I didn't drive closer because I am not stupid enough to want to shovel my way back out at -25 C especially since I just ran into town quick for a jug of milk for the grandsons. You can see where the horns of the buffalo rubbed a ring in the stone. These stones are actually fairly common on the prairie.
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  21. Yes plastic does not do so well in the cold. This is why I chose to wait rather than force the issue because the hood release handle is plastic and last winter it snapped off. Things get stiff and I could tell It was going to brake if I pushed my luck. I could have boosted the car and got it going but this way I am not trying to get another release handle shipped across the pond. Every couple of months Franklin idles rough and has no power. I think this is some sort of "limp home" mode. We just shut him off and restart again and all is good. Happened again yesterday in the middle of Sandr
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  22. OMG! Just amazing. I simply cannot imagine how some materials like soft bendy stretchy plastics and rubbers behave when they get that cold. You must get brittle impact cracks all the time. At least you don't suffer from melting dashboards like in Spain or Australia at 50c in the shade.
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  23. Good news! Franklin is back in circulation! Warmed up to -26 with a -36 wind chill and away he went!
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  24. Bam. What do you wanna pay?
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  25. Just had a thought- make sure you have your auto box serviced. Everyone forgets to do it. They need love and attention too- clean both magnets, change fluid filter, change final drive oil and change fluid (just like in an engine). It'll keep going for years then . Lupos are becoming quite desirable for some reason I haven't quite figured out. Pics of car please!
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  26. Low miles highly preferred not fussy about colour just not the bright green thanks
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  27. Temp went up to -30 today but we have a 50 km/h wind so that makes the wind chill factor to be the same as -49. Not a pretty day! having trouble with the water freezing off coming into the house.
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  28. What was wrong? Sounds like they simply don't want your business anymore... I've had that with a local dealer. I took a mint 1980 mk1 golf GTi (worth more than a brand new golf) in for a major service (just to see how they'd react), and they told me to go away... They don't work on cars older than 10 years!
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  29. Take it for an MOT and find out. Most parts that would cause an MOT failure are still available new because many of them are common to other cars.
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  30. Franklin let us down for the first time this morning! Turned over but no fire. Maybe it's time for new spark plugs again?
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  31. Buy it. I'd guess a value of about £1500 like that, >with< the original gti wheels. Roof easy to respray. Spoiler peeling. Brake pedal switch. Door locks. All very common faults. Once fixed and roof sorted, with good engine and nice wheels, worth maybe £3.5-4.5k, and rising. Maybe worth more if a rare or desirable colour. You can rebuild an engine in place. It's just a bit harder to keep everything spotlessly clean.
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  32. A re mapped TDI will give an easy 100bhp and massively more torque, 60 mpg and just £30 road tax. A more leisurely drive too than the high revving Sport, none of the clutch pedal issues is a bonus as well. I've had every model of these cars save the little ultra green 3litre tdi and a GTI and I admit I liked my Arosa Sport but I would never chose it or anything else over a mapped TDI.
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  33. From what I’ve heard they are more rare than the lupos, I drive an arosa now and they are great I wouldn’t mind either just want a little bit more go
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  34. You can only get away with 16s on a GTI imo. for one, they actually fit. And they look good with the wider arches. Not that I am biased at all... l
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  35. Welcome to the forum Valve seals are possible issue, but piston rings can wear prematurely - I would do a compression test before parting with cash. Ask the current owner what grade of oil they are running - should ideally be 5w-40 Quantum Platinum - if they are running a thinner grade of oil it could just be rinsing past the rings. Also running on low octane fuel can lead to burnt valves - ask the owner what they have been running The rocker cover is a Cam box - to time up the cams you need to lock them in place, the tool isn't expensive - but an even cheaper option is you
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  36. The price should reflect the engine could need a rebuild.
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  37. I like G60 steels. Look good on most vdubs, so long as they're clean. The stock 3L alloy wheel is pretty much a copy of the G60, and it looks appropriate fir a lupo. But there are so many wheels that go well on Lupos. Not sure about "teddies" though.
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  38. So got the kw's and spacers fitted, need to have a jiggle around with height or spacers and dos occasionally rub of cornering hard or pot holes. But otherwise really good. Grabbed few pics today on way back from food shop..
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  39. This post has nothing to do with Franklin, my son rolled his Golf TDI and sold it for parts to a school friend so being the gullible Dad I am I made the 980Km one way trip to bring it back for his Buddy. Some here seem to like our mountain scenery and there was lots of that on this trip. First, the unfortunate victim. Then some of the scenery. It was quite mild for this time of year, coldest encountered was -26C at the top of one of the passes. -45C is not uncommon there. And one of the snow sheds built built to let the avalanches pass over the road without shutting the traffic down.
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  40. Yeah, looks the same as this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283116492655 I've seen them for about £8, and they're all usually OK. Check it's the correct door.
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  41. Advice would be (if you have the ability) have the head at least checked. Get a compression test and a leakdown test done to be sure there are no valve or guide issues present. These engines really do have an amazing appetit for burning exhaust valves and wearing valve guides.
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  42. Its very nice but I always think they are too fragile for the use I would subject it to.
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  43. Nice! I will keep a lookout for you 🙂
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  44. During my research on workshop infomation I came across this website with elsa files. Only some manuals are in English. https://vwts.ru/vw_lupo_6x_6e.html
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  45. Daft idea but the wrong car to start the project with.
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  46. Small update, this was taken about a year ago, have a few others since then, x2 rere Willie's Wheelers and a couple of others not in this pic. I have calmed down a lot recently though!
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  47. Oh, what a beauty! White gti. Very nice! 👍🏻 I want your car. The fan motor has two speeds. The fast speed is controlled by supplying power to connector pins 1 & 3 (i think), and slow speed to pins 1 & 2. Inside the motor is a heavy resistor which reduces the voltage to make it run at low speed. The resistor always breaks after a few years. You can add an external circuit or resistor in the wiring (i use a 50w headlamp bulb wrapped in metal foil), so that the fan runs normally, fast and slow. 1. Test the fan motor by supplying power to it, to prove the resistor is broken.
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