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  1. 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)
  2. Nice one! That looks very tidy... How much did you pay for it? If you don't mind me asking...
  3. There is a thread on here somewhere that explains why they stop working and how to fix it. Basically they accumulate dirt and it's a rather fiddly job to take the switch apart and clean it. However, a new switch is £5 from Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07MJBC3S2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The door cards don't need to come off. Just be careful when levering the switch panel out with a screwdriver...
  4. It looks like you answered your own question there. I suppose if the bolt is threaded into both sections, that huge load is distributed evenly between said brackets... But yeah it was a pita to get the catch strap from the fully closed position to the fully open one. I had to use a g-clamp and lots of swearing. I think I’m still in favour of doing a hinge swap. I will borrow a giant torx bit from next door and make my way over to Wokingham again (or possibly eBay). Re. the paint overspray it looks like the whole shell has been sprayed. If you look very closely there are tape lines around
  5. Yesterday I gave the Lupo a good clean inside and out. So this morning I just had to take a couple of pictures because it looked so very shiny in the morning light, even though the dog was very impatient to go and run around the woods. At some point in his life it's definitely had a re-spray. There is some silver mist on the rear window seals, rear light clusters and bonnet rubber seal. So mmmmh, I do wonder what happened there?! All in all though it is looking remarkably fresh for a 16 year old car with 118000 miles on the clock. The 2 Mazda MX-5's of similar vintage I bought
  6. bernd

    GTI WANTED

    There aren't many black ones about at the moment. There's a standard one on ebay and a modified one on Autotrader. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10537559?cId=10537559&cId=10937444 This one looks great I think, but six grand is a lot of money...
  7. Absolutely love the little thing!
  8. Right, I still haven't decided what to do with the door catch strap. I have been told that door hinges from an Audi A6 C6 are a straight swap, which would make the whole catch strap redundant, so I'm looking into that... In other news: Last weekend, matey next door removed his precious BMW from his garage and we had planned to do the timing belt and water pump. However as it turned out, both the water pump and timing belt kit I got from eurocarparts were wrong (I've got the right bits from VW now, so we'll do that next weekend, but grrrrr!). So instead we had a go at fixing the
  9. I've seen a dark blue Lupo twice last week on the Oxford Road. There is a silver Gti driving about, I'm sure! Mainly going from Tilehurst to Caversham in the morning and from Caversham to Tilehurst in the evening, but not this week as I'm not working...
  10. Just spotted a black Lupo sdi (I think) going up Rotherfield Way towards Emmer Green as I was driving home from work, but until my brain engaged and I thought “aww another Lupo” we were well past each other...
  11. I thought so. I’ll have to have another think about it and meanwhile keep yelling at my passengers to be careful when opening that door.
  12. I’ve got a cheapo generic obd2 reader off amazon I bought when the Skoda’s engine light came on because of a stuck turbo valve actuator. That can read and erase error codes and read basic sensors. I have the Bmw diagnostics program which is much more detailed, e.g showing when a fault occurred, how often and under which conditions and does all the fancy can bus stuff too. That was quite exciting.
  13. Ach! Small errors with catastrophic consequences, they are the worst! The Lupo and I have made some progress today. I've changed the alternator belt, so no more annoying squealy noise. That's an enormous improvement right there! I've checked the timing belt and replacing that is top of the list of things to do. Still not sure though if I pay someone to do it or try to bribe my mechanic/neighbour with cake to give me a hand. He does this sort of thing for fun apparently. I've also changed oil and filter, spark plugs and air filter. A couple of things have popped up, of course. Spark p
  14. Yeah, the top loop seems to have snapped in half. I like your second idea better, in fact I have been thinking along similar lines. I'm not really bothered about OEM or not, I just want to prevent the door falling off. I'll share when I've figured it out. And then I was being a total and utter klutz! First I put the steering wheel a notch or so out of alignment when I did the wiper switch on Sunday. Obviously that annoyed me all week, so I took the steering wheel off again to straighten it and in doing so I broke the little yellow plug apart that connects to the airbag. D'oh! Idiot! So: A
  15. Not a brilliant picture, but that's the a-pillar-loop we are referring to
  16. Aarrgh. I've had a week from hell at work, so therefore the delay in writing on here. I've replaced the wiper switch, which was a piece of cake thanks to @Rich's succinct instructions I found on here. When I re connected the battery, this happened. Lol. 4 new tyres have been fitted and wheel alignment done on Tuesday. @mk2: It's the bracket on the A pillar. I'm gonna have to think of a solution for this that isn't yelling at the passenger to be careful every time someone opens that door. Any suggestions are more than welcome... This is the manual I've bought. It
  17. Brilliant. @mk2 loving the advanced level geek information 😁. @Dom's dub GTI Is that a black roof? I do like a black roof! I paid £4000 for it. I thought that was reasonable given that it only had 2 previous owners and is completely oem spec. (Apart from the shoddy repairs of course.) I had a good poke around this afternoon and it looks like several people have just poured oil in the general direction of the oil filler neck, so obviously the aux belt was very oily indeed. A sprinkling of talcum powder later and no more noise. Hurrah. I like an easy fix. On the other hand side, this s
  18. Well, what can I say. Big thumbs, a small phone and a lunch break that ended about 7 minutes earlier can result in typing errors 🙃. Anyway, closer inspection in the light of day revealed that there's 4 different tyres on the car, so I'll get a new set asap. At least they're all 195/50 R15 so that's what I'll go for again. In other news, more things are revealing themselves: The wiper switch does only partially work. Something metallic is rattling around under the dashboard. Somewhere near the vents/radio in the middle I reckon. The passenger door catch strap doesn't mak
  19. Cheers mate! I do appreciate your help! It sounds to me like a squeaky pulley rather than the actual belt. I will do some investigation into that tomorrow or probably after work tonight, as it’s very annoying... The dial tone noise is engine related, happens at random speeds. It’s only really noticeable when listening for it. The interior light doesn’t come on when opening the door, so micro switch it is probably. I find that the window switches are the wrong way round quite amusing actually. What tyre size are you running? I gather that 204/45 R15 are difficult to get...
  20. Cheers guys! I am chuffed to bits! @mk2 yeah red and black interior, 6 speed gearbox. So, situation report: Bloody hell that little thing is fast! The intake roar is absolutely hilarious. The xenon floodlights are seriously impressive. On the way home from the dealer I noticed that at speeds just slightly above the national speed limit on the motorway a lot of vibration was happening. That was better after I put the right amount of air in the tyres, but I reckon a new set of tyres is probably called for rather sooner than later. There is a squeaky belt situa
  21. I get what you're saying. It's also expensive to have enough space in Reading where you can put several cars though... He's home btw. Very Happy boy now!
  22. Cheers mate. Nice one. It's fairly obvious that I am very excited, isn't it? I can't quite believe that tomorrow I will get my hands on my own Lupo Gti. On my regular dog walking route back in the old days when I was driving the black poverty spec Lupo I always walked past a black Gti that belonged to a snooty posh fräulein and I was extremely jealous that her daddy had bought her a Lupo Gti that should obviously have been mine. I also remember spending hours on the VW website car configurator (This was before broadband internet was a thing)... Your Lupos? as in more than one? The only
  23. Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself to you lovely people on this forum... A long long time ago (20years or so) and in a different country (Germany), I used to own a black Lupo 1.0E with pop out rear windows (brilliant!) and I absolutely loved it. When I moved to this island, I sold the Lupo to my sister and replaced it with a 54reg Polo Sport 1.4 Tdi, which was also good fun if a bit rattly. I swapped the Polo for a 59reg Golf 1.6 Tdi bluemotion which was boring but alright because I was doing lots of boring job related miles. In March 2017 I sold the golf because the plan was
  24. Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself to you lovely people on this forum... A long long time ago (20years or so) and in a different country (Germany), I used to own a black Lupo 1.0E with pop out rear windows (brilliant!) and I absolutely loved it. When I moved to this island, I sold the Lupo to my sister and replaced it with a 54reg Polo Sport 1.4 Tdi, which was also good fun if a bit rattly. I swapped the Polo for a 59reg Golf 1.6 Tdi bluemotion which was boring but alright because I was doing lots of boring job related miles. In March 2017 I sold the golf because the plan was
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