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Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: Mk2 GTI
Last post by Brett - July 12, 2024, 09:12:18 AM
Maybe anodizing as an option for making them black and non chipping but don't think it would be cheap
A4 - S4 - RS 4 - A5 - S5 - RS 5 / Re: My Sprint blue A4 DTM
Last post by superfueler - July 12, 2024, 07:38:49 AM
I bought the car from a fellow up in Auckland over a year ago, he did mention acquiring it from a lady somewhere down south. The car was brought in by Christchurch European in 2014 i believe. 
Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: Mk2 Golf Project
Last post by whitemk2 - July 11, 2024, 06:46:07 PM
Having some issues with the door handles, primarily the drivers door where the lock barrel just spun when I went to unlock the car.
Appears the locks/handles have possibly been replaced at some stage (given the look of the single key for the car).

I was able to assemble the lock so it works again, but theres a bit of play here which seems to be what is allowing the locking mech to jump the spring that usually returns it after locking. Unsure if this is due to poor quality parts, missing parts or what.

The door is slightly damaged around where the handle attaches at the rear of the door, so i'll need to wack that a bit straighter as if I tighten the door handle on as tight as you'd want it the door release gets jammed. Tack a spin or so out of the screw holding the door handle in and it works correctly. Fun stuff!

Took a couple more pictures of the car after a quick wash, honestly the paint almost looks better when its dirty given how rough it is, but loving the car either way.

Will get some pictures of the interior when the lighting is better as honestly that's the tidiest part of the car!

Next up I'll look at sorting a PCV valve, as well as potentially a replacement front bumper as the current one appears to be missing the slot on the drivers side for the side to slot into the quater panel.
A4 - S4 - RS 4 - A5 - S5 - RS 5 / Re: My Sprint blue A4 DTM
Last post by Long Black - July 11, 2024, 05:12:25 PM
Nice car...did you buy it from Christchurch? I looked at a Sprint Blue DTM some years ago and it left the yeard quicker than a R8 in a getaway
Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: Mk2 GTI
Last post by coons - July 11, 2024, 08:42:16 AM
Quote from: Brett on July 10, 2024, 08:15:30 AMDefinitely go for new hardware on the BBS. New nuts at the same time. Paint will chip off if you spray BBS bolts. SRR hardware are the best for this

Yep will go SSR for the lips and barrels. I like the OEM bolts that have BBS printed on them. If I can work out a good way to get them black I will do that, otherwise yea I know SSR has black bolts
Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: Mk2 GTI
Last post by 80 Vert - July 10, 2024, 01:53:45 PM
Looks awesome, those seats have really lifted the interior.
Mk7 Golf - Jetta / Re: Looking at a 2014 1.4 TSI ...
Last post by 80 Vert - July 10, 2024, 12:04:41 PM
So I had the wagon version of this until recently, mine was 2016 but basically the same.
Bought it as a temporary fill in car but ended up driving it for 20,000 km over 18 months.
These are super economical, always getting 730+km from a 45L tank of 95 fuel, more if going longer distances.
Had no problems with it at all, they say the timing belt is good for 240km but there's no way I'd leave it that long.
These do seem to suffer from carbon build up of the intake valves due to the direct injection, most seem to be around the 120-160km mark, some earlier.
Mine was running fine when I sold it, had no dsg issues at all but I do service things every 10,000km.
DQ200 is a dry clutch gearbox and when cold I did notice a very very slight shudder but that's being really picky, super smooth gear changes and its usually in 5th by 50kmh.
Been so happy with it that I've sold several cars and am now looking for a newer (18-20) wagon with lower kms.
Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: Mk2 GTI
Last post by Brett - July 10, 2024, 08:15:30 AM
Definitely go for new hardware on the BBS. New nuts at the same time. Paint will chip off if you spray BBS bolts. SRR hardware are the best for this
Mk7 Golf - Jetta / Looking at a 2014 1.4 TSI - Yo...
Last post by techladdie - July 09, 2024, 09:34:39 PM
Hi All. Fresh into all this VW stuff and I wanted to get a Kiwi's perspective on the below.

I've been looking at a 2014 1.4TSI Golf hatch and after spending what it probably too much time worrying and searching for every reason it could fail on me, I wanted to get some opinions / 2c worth from those more familiar with the vehicles.
Primarily this is to find out whether or not I spend any more time looking into the vehicle. Do bear in mind that I'm not massively technically minded or familiar with VAG products (coming from Japanese cars though I am prepared for more intensive maintenance), it's all just internet hearsay atm, but I'm trying my best to learn :)

It's a 2014 Golf TSI Comfortline, NZ New and "Owners Books, History and 2 Keys" (according to the Ind. dealers description)
Odo reading on the listing is currently at 112,090km,asking $8750
It's on 18" wheels, looks tidy inside and out, but I've a few sticking points about it, as follows:

It's fitted with a DSG  :-\  - From my understanding this is the DQ200 which it seems depending on who/what/when/where/why, the general answers range from "They're not brilliant but as long as you keep up maintenance and take care of it, you should be okay" all the way to "run... just run"  :laugh: 

I've read in a few places that VW in Aus and NZ had either Recalls or service campaigns for these (please correct me if I'm wrong), usually to do with the mechatronics. Has any of this improved its reliability? I'm not expecting a silver bullet or for problem free performance, but is it really as bad as the internet seems to make it out to be???

Regarding the mileage and the DSG, would it be wise to go near one with 110k kms on the clock? Would it all depend on how well looked after it is, or would one start looking elsewhere even if it was a gem?

What is the general perceived reliability of the 1.4TSI engine in these? I have heard about water pumps and would be looking into replacing that if required, which generally seems to be wise around the age/kms of the vehicle.

In general with this post, most of it boils down to "What should I expect from a car with this age / mileage?"

Either way, if I was to proceed with investigating this one further:
I would definitely be checking out the service history to ensure it is up to date
Checking with VW to see if any recalls / service campaigns apply to this car and checking if any are outstanding.
If all the above checks out, along with a test drive (do advise of anything I should check on a drive in particular, apart from the regular items you would check regardless of if its a Euro, Jap etc), I would have it undergo a pre-purchase inspection through an independent Euro specialist.

I welcome your thoughts, opinions and advice, and if you need any more info about the car please let me know! :D