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However, I’m a bit annoyed that the towing eye cover has come off at some point recently. The poor thing looks like someone knocked his tooth out. So If anybody got one going spare or knows where to get one, please let me know... cheers!

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On 4/24/2021 at 6:26 PM, bernd said:

However, I’m a bit annoyed that the towing eye cover has come off at some point recently. The poor thing looks like someone knocked his tooth out. So If anybody got one going spare or knows where to get one, please let me know... cheers!

Seems to be quite common unfortunately, I've lost 2 or 3 over the years, although one was thanks to a kamakazi/suicidal pheasant! I bought spares from these guys on eBay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131529652996?hash=item1e9fc73b04:g:lUkAAOSwm8VUxlj-  . I think that is the wrong side for you but might be worth messaging them to see if they can get the other side, I only bought a pair from them a couple months ago. Obviously not ideal as you need to paint them but it's very rare to see them up for sale used in my experience.

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Cheers! I have seen the ones on ebay. I’m not sure how the right hand ones are three times more expensive than left ones. I don’t mind painting them. I haven’t actually done anything apart from a quick google, but I wonder if you can’t get them from vw directly?!

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O/S cover is obsolete from VW now, but can be ordered through VW Heritage parts

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VW UK still have stock of the N/S but once they are gone they will be obsolete too

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Retail they are £14.88 inc vat

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On 4/28/2021 at 9:00 AM, lupogtiboy said:

O/S cover is obsolete from VW now, but can be ordered through VW Heritage parts

6E0 853 666 F GRU

VW UK still have stock of the N/S but once they are gone they will be obsolete too

6E0 857 665 F GRU

Retail they are £14.88 inc vat

That's brilliant! Thank you! I'll get on it now...

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It has arrived...

Now I just need to get a can of silver paint and we’re good to go. 

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So, the Lupo has failed it’s MOT today because both rear coil springs are broken or fractured. Yay! As well as a minor exhaust leak as an advisory. 
 

I have also figured out what is causing the break fluid leak. It’s the clutch slave cylinder. So I shall get one of these too and I’ve got something to do over the next couple of weekends…

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I can lend you a pair of rear springs from one of mine just for MOT day.  I'm in the process of getting them sand blasted and powdercoated. Quick job popping them in or out. 

The best place for Lupo replacement bits is from https://www.qp24.de/de/ but they told me they've stopped selling to the UK, which is annoying. However, you know someone in Germany... :) (I need a few bits)

 

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Hurrah! Springs sorted (clunky suspension noises sorted)… MOT done. Phew!

I’m a bit baffled by parts prices though. The Sachs slave cylinder (which is the OEM part) is €37.95 from @mk2’s supplier in Germany. The identical part is £51.92 after discount from Eurocarparts. The parts guy from Marshall VW Reading, after bring particularly unhelpful as usual quoted £109.95 for the part. I mean Come on?!

 I have also ordered a door hinge off a Mk5 Golf from ebay in the hope of solving the dreaded door catch strap issue. Watch this space…

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Some progress:

The replacement towing eye cover has been sprayed and installed. 

Thanks to @Rickie all 4 wheel centre caps are in place. (One is the wrong colour, but hey ho, nevermind)

Last weekend, I finally replaced the clutch slave cylinder, which should stop the break fluid leak. Fingers crossed!

And yesterday, it had a full valet done. It’s so clean inside that I contemplated taking my shoes off before getting in…D5AB8623-03A1-4AFD-B226-4F9B9AFD5242.thumb.jpeg.bb83fc1ebb1a03928787654c7b117ac6.jpeg18CE174D-536A-4E54-BA31-F32F50330E3D.thumb.jpeg.08507084afb11e7cf86628de80f589d8.jpeg6B7320C6-CB3A-4F7F-80E8-9AD0659F105C.thumb.jpeg.04e98feb9ba78bc12408aff7cfec2144.jpegC9A7B088-FB5B-4ED1-BBB9-CF5825252037.thumb.jpeg.ef13c1e45a87af05e1d3579267f62093.jpeg

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One year in, some ramblings...

A year ago yesterday, I went to Swindon to pick up my Lupo. And I wasn't even here on the anniversary. It's even worse, as under normal circumstances I would have been driving back from visiting my parents in Germany yesterday. However, because I didn't fancy filling in another 2 passenger locator forms (Digitale Einreiseanmeldung) (whatever it's called in French) I just drove that stupid Lexus 4x4 barge that I got from Europcar instead of the Audi A1 I had booked to Frankfurt Airport and hopped across to Heathrow on a Lufthansa Airbus 320 neo, which is quite an impressive little Aeroplane, and I really don't like aeroplanes. At least the Professor picked me up at Reading Station in the Lupo so I spent a few minutes in the passenger seat (yelling and shouting because of the stupid RailAir bus and the people on it who all seemed to be coughing a lot etc etc)

Anyway.

The good news is that after a year, I still feel like a little kid with a new toy. I have also managed to completely mess it up again, e.g. I have kept all Tesco meal deal packaging, empty Red Bull cans and other rubbish contained in a shopping bag on the rear seat rather than just chucking it in the passenger footwell, and I resisted buying a pain au chocolate on the way to work, but only for about a week. So yes, there are flaky crumbs, but priorities...

Unsurprisingly, it is also telling me that it wants a Serv/Inspec, so that's on the to-do-list for next week while I'm still off work, and some investigation what is causing coolant to disappear. Not a great lot, and there doesn't seem to be any mixing with oil, so phew!

Another tangent:

Spending the last week in Germany, I was surprised about how many Lupos I spotted in traffic, just casually doing their thing. But then again it is probably deeply embedded in the collective German psyche that a Volkswagen is indeed the car for the people and so the smallest VW would be the default choice for lots of people who need a car but are not really interested (in fact my biology teacher swapped her Mark2 Polo for a Lupo and my mate's grandmother traded her Audi 50 for a Lupo) and as we all know, they're tough little things.

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Must be the modern day 'Beetle' for the Deutche these days then?  Its good that theres a healthy collectionof them  then also.

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