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  1. So in the tradition of a newbie, I'm here for help please! This is my 2nd Lupo SDi, the first had done over 250k so I know they should go on forever, which is making this problem even more frustrating! So 1.7 SDi went to start one morning a few weeks ago and it turned over but immediately cut out with a whiny/grindy noise. And has done the same thing every time I've tried to start it since. There is plenty of diesel in it so it isn't fuel starvation. Battery is turning it over. I'm all out of ideas, any suggestions? Could pop it in the garage as a last resort, but I wanted to pick your brains first...any ideas?
  2. Post one picture of your Lupo, seen some guy do this on a Polo forum and some awesome cars got posted. No comments, please pm "owner" if you need. See if this works.
  3. Hello guys, I've bought myself a 2001 VW lupo 1.0. It was 500€ but it came with the engine light on. We suspected that the car was running on 3 cylinders, and today we got that confirmation. It had an error in the 4th cylinder. We replaced the candles, the coil and checked the cables as well. The car smells like gas every time its starts, as well when its stationary and I rev it, so it doesn't seem to be the injector (we think). Does anyone know what it could be? Thx
  4. Just wondering how to go about fitting this backbox and short link pipe. The short link pipe from the back-box runs longer than where the U-clamp that holds the two bits together.for the backbox. Would i have to cut the stock pipe? Everything matched perfectly apart from that. on the photo of the underside of the car. that isn’t mine but has the same exhaust set up and there is a line to show where it goes up to.
  5. Hi there, I was just wondering if anyone could help me price up a 2004 Lupo 1.0L I have seen a few online get snapped up for a decent amount even in non-running condition so just wondering what you would all value it at - ideally do not want to scrap! Problems Rear boot catch pushed into - so need to put a bit of pressure on the boot to open (no structural damage) Suspected gear box issue - gears not quite going into action all the time (so would consider underivable currently) Pros: Great interior - little internal wear and tear Great paintwork - no bubbling and still has her shine Only 2 owners - plus service history from date it was manufactured
  6. Hello! I am a new but old member, I just got myself a little run about lupo! I haven't been on this forum since 2008 when I bought my first one! Im going to start this off and keep it updated for the cars journey through my ownership. It's a 2004 1.7SDI. Perfect for daily workhorse life. I got it of a great family who had lost time and money trying to diagnose the faults. To kick things off, I wil upload a picture of the faults. Apparently it could need a new ECU but could be the relay 109 that I have been researching. The faults were cleared and came back each time. Any help appreciated!
  7. Hi all, I hope that you can help me with my Lupo AUD 1.4 from 2002. It sometimes goes into some kind of emergency mode, mainly after long drives. Then a strange clapping noise comes from the exhaust. It won't accelerate anymore. After a wait it will drive normally again after shutting it down. I've thus far replaced both O2 sensors, the catalytic converter and the spark plugs. It shows error code P0441 and P0134. In t video you can hear the strange noise. Any help and suggestions are welcome! Thanks! Rolf VID-20230304-WA0014.mp4
  8. Ended up buying my old 1.0e lupo back! For the grand price of £100 with a thermostat issue. (Which I've now fixed) rather than F about trying to make a 1.0 go faster, I've decided to push myself and go for a 1.8T, now I know a few people have done this already so really I'm just looking for some guidance on what I'll need (engine mounts, master cylinder, gearbox, driveshafts, ECU, loom, code of the engine) in essence the essential to have it up and running. the car is currently on FK coilovers, banded staggered steelies, and the back completely stripped! Heres some photos of what it looks like now and some what it looked like before I sold it the first time
  9. 2004 ‘54’ VW LUPO -Very low mileage at just 53k miles -Mint original interior -Fresh MOT from 30th Jan -New battery -Service history -Tyres recently replaced, lots of tread -Original keys (x2) Drives well, body is in good condition, some minor cosmetic details that you'd expect for it's age. Viewing welcome £1,800 OVNO
  10. Good day, I'm looking to buy a bunch of body panels for my lupo. Front and rear bumper Both wings Both doors All in soft blue and good presentable condition North East of England i will travel if I can get the whole lot from one place Cheers
  11. Lupo GTI rear spoiler. DOES NOT INCLUDE BRAKE LIGHT this was damaged. There is also some damage on the near side underside of the spoiler as well. £70 collected or £75 posted Ono.
  12. Hi there. Just wanted some advise on what to do about my 2001 Lupo, 1.4 16v 75bhp. I’m having trouble getting the EML off. Got a code for P1174, Bank 1, fuel measuring system, Injection Timing Deviation. I’ve replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter and the injectors. I’d already replaced one of the O2 sensors already, long before this started. I’ve also replaced the secondary CAT as it was already falling apart. Not sure what else I can replace apart from the Charcoal canister, the crankshaft sensor and camshaft sensor. Many thanks Micheal
  13. Hi there, I got a blinking red temp light on (>100C) 15min after leaving the area I had my car parked (reallyyyy slope road, for about 3h). Opened the bonnet and the reservoir had a lot of pressure inside. I let it cool down a bit and removed the blue cap. I missed a lot of coolant that spilled out right after opening it (I was aware of severe burn risk). I called the tow truck and got my car parked at home. Then, I turned on the engine with the Reservoir cap off and tapped some of those large hoses to release some eventually stuck air. It took me about 15/20min with the engine running (so head gasket might be good?) to start seeing some bubbles again in the reservoir, some of them coming back from the bottom small hose. The top thin hose pours water back into the reservoir on idle so the water pump may be working properly. Also, the more I press the gas pedal, the more water it pours in. great! I repeated the entire process again, now turning on the Heater fully on 'hot' after starting to see some bubbles 15min after engine start. It immediately dropped the temp and stopped the bubbling while it was on (cap off). Some aspects I've noticed so far: Timing belt and water pump are new (1.5y) OK Thermostat was changed last week. OK Reservoir lid is free of residues. OK Coolant is new (1 week old). it was refilled after the old one came out due to high pressure inside the reservoir. OK No leaks, spills on the ground below the car, or missing coolant after every/some cycles. OK The radiator fan (the only one I'm aware of) only comes ON if AC (hot) is turned on (not idea if the same result with just the heater on hot). It's not turning on by itself at 100C when bubbling starts occurring (ac or heater off). Is this the problem? Pressing the gas pedal increases the pouring flow of coolant into the coolant reservoir. Letting the engine on idle also pours water in, at a lower flow. OK Do i need to add distilled water to the G12 when filling up the tank? This is the one I'm using, directly into the reservoir. Question: Should I close the lid while the heater is still blowing? When do I know there is no more air in the system? What procedures should I take? Any ideas? Ty!
  14. Hi everyone, i have been offered a 5 speed lupo GTI for a good price and the only problem is the 5 speed gearbox has a whine in 3rd. i have been looking at reconditioned gearboxes and was wondering if it is possible to put the 6 speed gearbox on? And if so what else would have to be changed such as gear linkages? and will it work with the current ecu? i have searched on the forum for this question and haven't been able to find a definitive answer. i know the 6 speed lupo box will not fit to a 5 speed polo gti but what about the 5 speed lupo gti? thanks in advance matt
  15. Volkswagen Lupo 1.4 s ***AUTOMATIC**** Low miles at 40,500 backed up by full service history from audi specialists with the last being at 39,994k miles by Arnold Clark VW dealership on Crow Road Glasgow. Lovely small auto lupo for sale in immaculate condition. Probably one of the cleanest around. Very desirable auto gearbox which is smooth and no jerking or noises when driving. Interior is pretty much like new. Only thing different from original is the head unit has been updated with USB connection to phone. The paintwork is taffeta green is way above average as you can see with no dents, scrapes or scratches. Also paint work is original. Driving wise it doesn't make any knocks, noises or vibrations and drives straight. All manuals in the folder with service book. No silly offers please or time wasters. £2550 located central Scotland 07852149658
  16. i'm new to the mod scene, i'm looking at buying recaro seats and found a wicked set of 4 mk3 leather seats from a 3-door car, will these be able to fit in my 3-door 2004 1.0 Lupo?
  17. I Bought some GTI headlights made to fit 1.0, they’ve been working fine for months and not got the problem with them turning off on their selves sometimes it’s just the left light and then sometimes it’s both when the lights turn off I have to turn them off and back on multiple times and they will come back on and if that doesn’t work I have to turn the car off and back on and they light up again. When the lights turn off the side lights sometimes stay on but really dim. Also when the lights turn off you can no longer hear the switches inside the lights clicking when going from low beam to high beam. I have checked the wiring inside the lights they seem fine , the pins inside the connectors had abit of corrosion but I have cleaned them up. Just to mention it only has a cheap £30 ballast, don’t know if that has to do with anything. any help is appreciated, TIA
  18. Can anybody on here point me in the direction of anyone who can deal with gearboxes for a 1.7sdi, either to rebuild the one I have or source a replacement? Driving to a race track yesterday the box became particularly unhappy sounding when coating without the clutch in, happens in 1st and 2nd and the same noise has now spread to 3rd gear. Clutch in, out of gear and 4th and reverse seem to produce no whining, so I fear I've lost main bearings or something along that route in the gearbox. It still selects just fine, but driving it is likely to end in the inevitable loss of probably everything. I've been quoted around £1000 to have the box out, another box thats on ebay for £350 put in, along with a clutch and the labour, which I honestly can't really justify at this time. I've just put it through an MOT and at 183,000 miles its seen quite the life as my first and only car for the last 6 years. As some may understand, I'd be quite devastated to have to let it go Can anybody point me in any less wallet crippling directions?
  19. Hi! My Lupo has already have ‘half’ seat heat system. I mean the loom, relay, and switches but the seats do have not any heater things. So I have bought after-market heat panels but it has just two wires. Positive and negative. (red, black). The loom cabel hasn’t got any connector under the seat. It has four wires (without connector) Black, brown (these are big), and yellow, red-yellow. I have measured the voltages but one of them has no voltage. (I think it is the ground). So my question is, Is it possible to connect the after-market heat panel to the loom? And what kind of wires are there under the seat? (positive, negative, etc.) I would appreciate your answer guys thanks.
  20. Hey everyone 👋 Here's an intro to the 1.8t Lupo build from my other post, but I'll be continuing the updates here. I picked up a dirt cheap Lupo a while a go and it's been good to knock about in and that. The only problem is, it's a 1.0 and the severe lack of speed is quite frustrating. I've not had anything particularly quick on 4 wheels but have had a motorcycle since I was 17 and it's pretty nippy if I so say so myself. One night, after a few beers I bid on a Mk4 Golf GTI thinking nothing of it... until I woke up the next day and won it!! Oops. It was cheap, has some problems, but it was cheap. It's a 150bhp AUM with a 5spd box and full leather interior. It drives OK enough and for the most part works, although there is an issue at idle which needs addressing. It vibrates quite a bit at idle but smooths out as the revs rise - I'll be checking the spark plugs & doing a compression test to see whats up. And thats the start of my 1.8t Lupo...
  21. Hello all, Can anyone help if the above wheels will fit my lupo with 0 modifications? They come with new alloys too. Really like the look of them but wanted to make sure they fit and don't cause any issues. Thank you!
  22. Hey everyone 👋 I picked up a dirt cheap Lupo a while a go and it's been good to knock about in and that. The only problem is, it's a 1.0 and the severe lack of speed is quite frustrating. I've not had anything particularly quick on 4 wheels but have had a motorcycle since I was 17. One night, after a few beers I bid on a Mk4 Golf GTI thinking nothing of it... until I woke up the next day and won it!! Oops. It was cheap, has some problems, but it was cheap. It's a 150bhp AUM with a 5spd box and full leather interior. It drives OK enough and for the most part works, although there is an issue at idle which needs addressing. It vibrates quite a bit at idle but smooths out as the revs rise - I'll be checking the spark plugs & doing a compression test to see whats up. And thats the start of my Lupo 1.8T build...
  23. J1UPO cherished number plate for sale. Please contact me with expressions of interest.
  24. Howzit guys, as per my "Introduce Yourself" thread, I am Jonno from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am a VW Club of South Africa commitee member, I run our advertising section as well as an event co-ordinator. I am in the process of planning a huge VW event where we will be doing Track racing, Hill climb, elimination drags, skidpan, and possibly gymkhana too. It is going to be massive! I received the car of my dreams on Sunday the 15th of March, the same day I test drove it. On that Monday I already ordered a new windscreen that a mate of mine brought back with him from Botswana (as no Lupo parts are available in South Africa) Tuesday 17th of March another mate went and picked up my NATIS, took the car for Road worthy, got the License disc and got my GP (Gauteng Province) plates. When I bought the car it still had UK plates on. If I am not mistaken it is the only SA registered one in South Africa, there is only 5 that I know of in the country. 3 of them I have seen in person. I am so in love with this car, only fault is the windscreen else it is 100%, in amazing condition, can’t believe a 13 year old car has been so well looked after, by a woman. There is too many features to list so I will just post a picture of the ad. Below is a link that was the first info I ever had on the car, made me want one so bad. https://www.dieselnet.com/news/2000/07vw.php Would give my left nut for an Arosa, but I’m very happy with my cabbie, maybe in the future I can do something similar to the below link http://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/arosa-mk2-2-0-16v-bkd/ Anyways onto what everyone wants to see, Actual Pictures of the car My 2002 VW Lupo 1.4 TDI !!!
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