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    Focus 1.6 TDCI@2009 / VW Lupo 3L@2004
  1. servo steering of course. and I meant start/stop system not eco. I read that because of the start/stop system they could not fit hydraulic steering. the start stop system has no value to me, rather the hydraulic steering. not to say what value it has to a woman. by mk3 you mean the '03 model or the third lupo model? mine was from 2004 don't know why I thought this was the last generation.
  2. The gearboxes themselves may be, they are normal manual gearboxes. However I have read quite a few nasty stories of people having to take them apart. If you ask me, I would stay away from the Lupo. They are quite exclusive cars, not many on the streets, meaning expensive and scarce second hand parts. Maybe though I`m not the best example - I got my lupo at 380k km which is alot for such a small engine. Have to say tho, I am very impressed with what such a small engine can pull off. I drove 180 km (on the clock) on the highway. I could not believe it. So engine I believe it's one of the best from VW. If you get one not very used with less than 200k km it might be a good investment. Maybe because mine was so worn, it also took 5.6 km / 100 km (42 MPG) which is what my 10 plate focus 1.6 takes. So there's no economy in it (fair enough, I drive a manual). Last point is that - as I see it, this was meant as a city car, small, convenient. However because of the "ECO" mode they could not fit servo on it. I don`t have a problem, but my wife hated the car from 1st day she drove it. Cheers to everyone.
  3. RAB is right. It was the accumulator. Changed it and all problems were gone. Too late however since I sold it. Not the for better however. Got a Fiat Punto Selespeed gearbox which proves to be even shittier than the Lupo. Similarly, it`s also a normal manual gearboxl but with electronic switching. Guess what I am doing next? Changing the pressure accu. Jeez. Before these two cars (both pretty expensive - the Lupo around 1900 gbp and the punto almost 4000) my wife had a Mitsubishi Colt 1.6 auto, from 1999. Man that car was a jewel. It ran incredibly smoothly with not a single problem. Only sold it because it had rather high tax (In Denmark this is an issue). I guess they can all be decent cars but if they start playing on you then they'll make a hole through your wallet. Thanks for all your help and if anyone come to similar issues, for me it was the pressure accumulator. Once changed car drove fine.
  4. Thanks for the reply. I doubt this is the problem since I would expect to see the gearbox act similar in all gears. But I will take your advice and do it nonetheless since I got no clue when or if it was changed at all. Can you visually check the gearbox oil leve with a dipstick or something? I think the mpg issue is also related (but not limited to) the intercooler -turbo hose, which had one of the metal ears broken, causing the hose to stick partly out so loose pressure. Thanks for the advice, looking forward for other tips too.
  5. hey guys, I need some help regarding my VW Lupo 3L from 2004. Car's got around 380k km, 1 owner before but didn't care of it properly. Since I have it it drove nice but lately it started messing up on me really bad. I've done some extensive reading on this forum regarding some of the problems and fixes common to the 3L. Briefly, my problem is - if I drive for more than 10-15 minutes in the upper gears (normal drive on highway, 5th gear) when I stop the car fails to change to lower gears. Sometime it gets stuck in 5th or 4th. I stop the car everything goes back to normal. But it does this almost every time. Tried driving on automatic but does the same. To note - hydraulic pump runs almost all the time. Ordered an accumulator will change this Thursday. Under the pump there is some sludge, but quite old looking. So I'm assuming that once either overvflowed or leaked. I wanted to check the oil level but the green cap from the accumulator has written on it 'do not open'. so.. ok how do I check it then? But could my problem be because of the pressure accumulator or more than that? Since pump is running all the time I assume that at some point it can't keep up with the pressure loss from the accumulator so it just can't change gears anymore? Could there be a pump problem, or leak somewhere? No lights showing up in the dashboard. Previous problems fixed - hose from intercool to turbocharger changed (common Lupo problem), alternator with pulley and belt. My other question is - the MPG is quite poor, I get 6.4 l/100 in the dash, which is approx 45 mpg. That is quite poor I would assume from such a car. It drives well really, I can go 170 km/h no problem (although I normally don't). Any ideas to this poor fuel economy? My last question to Lupo owners - is it normal for a Lupo to not have assisted steering and central locking? mine does not have neither.. and it's a 2004 lupo what?! I had older Puntos which had both thanks for the help guys. Cheers Andrei
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