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  1. That does make sense. However, shouldn't having a correct temperature reading make more difference when the engine has warmed up, because surely a cold start is a cold start ?? Geting to the throttle body is easy. You need to take the air filter and air filter housing off and there it is...
  2. Did you check for Polo and/or Seat Ibiza parts? They are probably identical, and there should be more of them around if you’re looking for a used part.
  3. I have changed the coolant temperature sensor on my Lupo Gti last week and indeed this seems to have made a noticeable difference in the jerkiness after a cold start. I wonder why though... What I’ve also done recently, as I was changing the air filter anyway, is clean the throttle body and clear the adaptations with an OBD2 reader thingy. A sticky throttle plate may well cause the engine being jerky as @mk2 has very nicely explained in a different thread about the same topic.
  4. I assume your car has remote central locking?! That button is to disable the interior alarm sensors. In the 5 door Polo 9N and Golf Mk6 it is located near the bottom of the b-pillar.
  5. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    Gravity does certainly help. My original point still stands though, as an ideal scenario it would be nice ...
  6. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    Yeah, I’m aware of that. I’m married to a Physicist Actually, fusion is possible with current technologies and has been achieved in experimental research, e.g. at CCFE in Culham, Oxfordshire. The problem is making fusion commercially viable
  7. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    I suppose the ideal scenario would be hydrogen fuel cells, using nuclear power to extract it from water in a carbon neutral manner. Preferably fusion as it’s much more efficient than fission, but hey ho, pipe dreams...
  8. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    So far the level of brake fluid does appear to be stable. The brakes are also not pulling to one side, but I will have a good look when I’ve got a bit of time and a free garage. The car only did 1000 miles between this MOT and the one before, so it’s not really surprising if the brakes are a bit sticky. There’s more maintenance to catch up with: It occurred to me to check the power steering fluid today and well, it didn’t even reach the dip stick, so I filled that up. It also seems that the alloys are very porous indeed. I have to pump the tyres up basically every week, and I d
  9. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    The pads look ok, plenty meat left on them. However the MOT test at the 22nd June noted the following: Do not drive until repaired (dangerous defects): Front Brakes imbalanced across an axle by more than 50% Axle 1 (1.2.1 (b) (ii)) Repair immediately (major defects): Central Rear Stop lamp(s) not working (4.3.1 (a) (ii)) Nearside Front Service brake excessively binding (1.2.1 (f)) Offside Front Service brake excessively binding (1.2.1 (f)) The brakes seem to be working fine, not pulling to a side or anything, so some sort of repair has clearly been done. Cons
  10. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    I don't know if there's a separate warning sounder for the lights on, because of the failed microswitch in the door. I've sorted it out though. Phew! I pulled the plug off the handbrake control (handbremskontrolle) and the warning light / buzzer still came on intermittently, which caused momentary panic where I saw myself pulling apart most of the interior to find where the insulation has been scrubbed off the wire. Instead I searched for the symptoms on Clublupo and it turns out that the handbrake-on and brake fluid level indicator share a warning light. So a good glug of Dot 4 and all is wel
  11. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    I've no issues with electric cars in principle. Batteries are always the problem though, and at the moment it's a lack of infrastructure that prevents electric cars from being a viable options. Otherwise I might be tempted by a Honda e. I think it looks very cool. @davy26 The tyres are 195/50 R15. When I was researching tyres I came across an "actual tyre size" chart (I can't remember where exactly I'm afraid, possibly on the Hankook website) and the Hankook 195/50 R15 are actually 203 mm wide. As far as I know, the only tyres available in 205/45 R15 are Toyo Proxes which are considerably
  12. bernd

    My Lupo Gti

    Yeah, that is a very good point. Also, it seems to me that owning a Lupo Gti and not using it does sort of defeat the point of owning one in the first place... IN OTHER NEWS, THIS JUST IN: Apparently the switch that triggers the handbrake-on warning light has now come to the end of its useful life, so every time I accelerate and/or drive uphill the warning light is triggered. Obviously fixing that has now been given 1st priority. I don't mind the warning light so much, but the highly annoying buzzer that comes with it would make me wanna tear my hair out if I had any left... So, Yay!
  13. bernd

    Lupo GTI 2002

    I totally get what you're saying about not wanting to put any more miles on the car and it going to an enthusiast. I'm feeling slightly bad about using the Lupo Gti I bought recently as daily driver. (Mine's a bit scruffier than yours but the asking price was a bit lower too.) However I wonder if you're not gonna regret selling it, when in a few years time you really want your Lupo back and there isn't one for sale with a history as good as yours, or if there is one, it comes with an outrageous price-tag. Just a thought... To any potential buyer, I can only say: It's a cracking little car
  14. Well, as Frank aka @mk2 has asked how things are with the Lupo now I've had it a few months, here goes: I am absolutely and totally in love with the teeny tiny Volkswagen! To be a bit more specific: I'm driving around everywhere with a big grin on my face, possibly going a tiny bit faster than what would be sensible for someone my age. It's brilliant fun to just not slow down at all for roundabouts (However, the dog would probably disagree with this) The little car is bloody fast. At the same time it's also comfortable. The noise it makes whe
  15. Fair enough... And yeah I get what you're saying I'm in love with my little Gti too, I'm even almost ok with it being silver and not blue. Looking at yours, I think I like the grey interior better than my red one, especially the door cards look so much better. I'm glad I've got the anthracite wheels though. I did wonder if there's a reason that the cd player is installed on top of the stereo? (first time I've seen it that way round) Oh and nice key fob! (I've got the same one, lol)
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