I do love it to be fair, was always more of a fan of the hatches especially the GTI's than the saloons boras / passats etc, this seems like the best of both almost..
After 3 weeks of trouble free motoring I got my first problem, it began on Sunday with the STOP - CHECK COOLANT warning.
Naturally I obliged and proceeded to check said coolant which it turned out was on the floor outside my house.
I filled the bottle and drove up the road and back to warm up and try spot where the leak was, it looks like it's a metal pipe just behind where the dipstick goes in. I've tried to upload a pic to this comment but it's not working for some reason, tried everything. Anyway, my friend is a vw performance specialist (lucky me) he's coming over tomorrow to check it's not too serious then will order parts and with a bit more luck i'll be on the road again by the weekend. Just hoping it hasn't had a knock on effect with anything else but haven't really driven anywhere and didn't have to limp home with it so think it will be okay.
On a lighter note,
I commented on a thread a couple of weeks ago that was about seats and another user called Dale had the same seats as me in his old car, the pics of his seats looked amazing and made mine look filthy, which is something I assumed I would just have to deal with, but he has very kindly offered to send me his leather colourant what he didn't use so the next instalment of this thread will probably be some before and after pics of once I've spent a few hours cleaning them.
Also been told that I can upgrade my air vents inside to ones that have red light round them (from bora I think) has anyone done this or got any pics of this mod? would be nice to know what it looks like before I go for it.
Will be going to get tyres for the merc wheels in the next few weeks (before xmas hopefully) then gotta replace the rear coilies then will be able to get some respectable stance and start on finer details, got little bits of paint to touch up, remove the rabbit badge from the back and the ugly ass arial from the roof, sort a square number plate for the front. Mainly I want to get the interior looking as clean and new as possible then to the engine bay. Can't predict the future though and it is an old car added to the fact that I don't earn a great deal. Fortunately my insurance with Brentacre isn't as high as I thought it would be which leaves a bit of room for when things inevitably go wrong and to start a little savings fund for mods.
All in all it's not the cleanest and the hardcore detailers among you would probably scoff but it's my first GTI, it's fast as hell, loud as hell and I'm already far too attached to it.
I did give it a light spray with a jet wash a week or so ago as some muppet (my dad) thought it would be funny to write 'clean me' on the back, which was something I was trying to avoid til I'd got myself a small selection of car care products.
So, this might not be a very piccy thread for a while but will do random updates and the odd cry for help for anyone who's interested, likes to follow progress and likes to offer help / advice.
Comments and questions are welcome anyway, can't wait to get to some shows next year and meet some enthusiasts, some of the pics of members rides on here are awesome and pics of last years meets.