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What have you done to your car today?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by mattyprice4004, 24 Dec 2012.

  1. Rroff

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    Some of the Golfs had the 2.9 as well - I was going to buy a 2.9 with a bored out engine dyno'd at 209BHP or something but the owner ended up changing their mind on selling it. (Probably wasn't a good idea to buy it anyhow - likely needed more enthusiast/dedication running it than I would have been motivated to put in).
     
  2. Hades

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    Location: Surrey

    That engine would have been swapped. No mk3 Golf's came out of the factory with the 2.9 engine. The Corrado was the first VW to get the engine which was originally a 2.9. But there were some reliability issues (I can't remember exactly what but bore ovalling comes to mind for some reason) so VW reduced it to a 2.8 for the Golf. The 2.9 did put out a small amount more power so it was not an uncommon swap if the Golf engine died for any reason.

    Corrado VR6 - 2.9L 12v (190bhp)
    Golf mk3 VR6 - 2.8L 12v (175bhp)
    Golf mk4 V6 4Mo - 2.8L 24v (204bhp)
    Golf mk4 R32 - 3.2L 24v (240 bhp)
    (I've had them all except the R32)

    The later 24v engines are certainly more drivable on modern roads. The 12v needs to be revved to really get the power out of it. It means I'll be sitting on a motorway in 5th at 70mph just where the power starts to come in. So, so tempting, especially with the noise the VR6 makes :)

    VW also reduced costs at the last minute by not using their switchable inlet manifold. They had originally designed a manifold which adjusted the inlet length above a certain RPM (I guess a bit like a more modern VTEC?). But to reduce costs they didn't use it in the end. That's a real shame.
     
  3. Rroff

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    Wasn't the impression I got but it is a long time ago now - it was heavily modified with loads of parts upgraded - in hindsight probably not a good purchase for someone like me with more a passing interest.

    EDIT: Possibly they were being cheeky with the 2.9 designation due to having had it rebored.

    EDIT: From Googling looks like people had them bored out 1mm, used Corrado pistons and called them a 2.9 or even 3.0.
     
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  4. Jonnycoupe

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    do you think it was 2.9 before or after it was bored…
     
  5. Rroff

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    It is a long time ago now and I was probably still in my late teens at the time.
     
  6. Jonnycoupe

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    It was rhetorical :p
     
  7. Steedie

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    Had the calipers painted. Felt they always looked a bit bland in the grey especially as the car is also grey, and for a car like a C63, it just felt a bit boring. So went for a colour that’s still a genuine Mercedes colour, but one more suited to the car

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  8. Mr_Cool

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    Poured some Redex Petrol System Cleaner in the tank yesterday.
    See if helps make things a little smoother.

    Quickly hoovered and wiped down interior.
    Any good recs for a good cleaner/spray to spruce up a 11 y/o plastic dashboard?

    Woke up and remembered my MOTs booked in today so waiting to hear if its passed.
     
  9. Spleen Sauce

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    How bad is it? If it's really 'tired' then I've had decent success using a magic/melamine sponge, but you need to be careful as it's lightly abrasive. Plenty of YouTube guides that'll help.
     
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  10. ChrisD.

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    I love simple things like this, small change but a huge improvement.
     
  11. mrk

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    It's slightly annoying in a way because the normal E46 coupe bonnet has a grille vent there but it's all part of the bonnet itself and no plastic there whereas the M3 has the plastic trim!
     
  12. ChrisD.

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    Comparing to replacing the entire bonnet I'd say that's less annoying.
     
  13. mrk

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    Had both for several year a piece and there's no need to ever need to replace the standard vent area as there's nothing to wear! Plastic will fade over the years and will need replacing though hence the slight annoyance but thankfully it's super cheap at under £30 so not a big deal, just doesn't look as sleek with plastic trim there really :p
     
  14. Rroff

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    Depends what you are trying to do but I've had good results with Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber Care and a microfibre cloth.
     
  15. thebennyboy

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    Ran some AC cleaner through my cars AC system as it kept coming out with a really musty smell every time i turned it off. Fresh as a daisy now :D
     
  16. ChrisD.

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    Bought a shed, built it and filled it.

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    That allowed me to put the FD2 into the garage.

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    Unfortunately I can't open the side door with the way the car is. Once I get some shelving up and have another sort/clear out I should be able to angle the car differently allowing the door to fully open. That's a job for another day though.

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  17. ShiWarrior

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    looks too tight to open the door up a lot

    looks good though :)
     
  18. Maccapacca

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    More damage is inflicted on cars in, getting in or getting out of garages than just parking on the drive :p
     
  19. Rroff

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    Need to do mine properly :( with the first bit of hot weather it started smelling musty for a few seconds after first starting up. Had a go at it with an AC cleaner but it lasted about 2 days before coming back again.
     
  20. adam cool dude

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    I once reversed a car out of the garage with a door open and hit against the opening. I was working nights at the time and barely awake :p.

    Mine now is basically music chairs. I have to get the car in half way. Get out and push the car in manually as the racking blocks the door.

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