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#1 Sean161

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:15 AM

I see less and less of the mk4 Golf on the roads, when I see one now I get excited! Strange! I also can’t justify buying a new car. I look after mine and everything works and has done for the past few years - looking after your own car really gives me great pleasure. While all the neighbours are keeping up with the Jones I’m just loving and appreciating what I have, what more could one want? I mean look at my example, my car shown here. Just taken a picture this morning after washing it on a summer evening in June 2019. The cars stock standard too, anyone else into this? Thanks to all you guys who have helped me over the years also. Feel free to share your great experiences and/or post pictures of yours...


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:22 AM

Looks superb that matey. Every credit to you :Y:


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:40 AM

Looks superb that matey. Every credit to you :Y:


Hey thanks for the reply, and nice comment.



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:24 PM

I Love my Mk4's for different reasons.. 

 

My PD130 daily duties, i give this thing a hard life, country lanes every day driven hard, its on a stage one map and about 245,000 miles... i purchased it 2 years ago and it just keeps going for pennies.. in 2 years ive thrown almost no money at it. 

 

My AUQ's i enjoy repairing them and making them better, one is in great condition that me and the family can go out in, and the other is my road trip car which will be hitting the Swiss Alps then the ring in September (once ive put the engine back in) 

 

The PD150 my wife uses daily, its been written off 3 times and still keeps trucking with 208,000 miles, shes uses it for work and is almost faultlessly reliable considering how mechanically unsympathetic she is with it. 


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 01:08 PM

That's a very nice example mate, looks really well looked after. I've also noticed there isn't as many on the road as there used to be, maybe the latest scrap-age scheme removed a lot from the roads. 

 

I'm on my second mk4 now (first being a TDI that I ruined) and I love them, they're new enough to be nice and pleasant to drive, but old enough to still be able to work on it by yourself with a basic tool kit. The noise the 2.3 V5 makes is really nice as well.#

 

This is how mine looks now... 

 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 02:33 PM

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:02 PM

Am re-liking the mk4 since the passat went..
Lot of fun.. Still common as dog plop round here

Even better now I can get derv for 1p/litre more than unleaded so it's more economical again too.

Still looks a bag of plop but I'm past caring.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:58 PM

I'm still enjoying it a year after selling it.The money I got from selling it means I get to go on better holidays than when I still had it :D .


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:59 PM

Do you enjoy the forum though?
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 06:12 PM

I still have my R32 . Had it since new June 2003. Just about 130,000miles on it now. It's still great fun to drive and puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
Deffo don't see MK4 golfs anymore. The odd silver TDI on the motorway now and again, and surprisingly a lot of 1.6 driven around by boy racers . Thought all the 1.6s died from split gearboxes by now
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#11 Sean161

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:19 AM

I'm still enjoying it a year after selling it.The money I got from selling it means I get to go on better holidays than when I still had it :D .

 

Did you have trouble with yours I guess?



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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:26 AM

Did you have trouble with yours I guess?

Doesn't everyone?

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 10:28 AM

Doesn't everyone?

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Yeah, as with most consumables, I just prefer the make do and mend approach rather than the throw away and buy another one approach :D


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 06:09 PM

Here's mine loving mine give it 15 years and I think they will be worth a pretty penny if its in good condition I am going for the oem+look

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 11:49 PM

I still have my R32 . Had it since new June 2003. Just about 130,000miles on it now. It's still great fun to drive and puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
Deffo don't see MK4 golfs anymore. The odd silver TDI on the motorway now and again, and surprisingly a lot of 1.6 driven around by boy racers . Thought all the 1.6s died from split gearboxes by now

I have 1.6 works fine at 290000km. Why should my gearbox split? Is that something I should keep an eye on?



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Posted 22 June 2019 - 06:58 AM

Did you have trouble with yours I guess?

No trouble at all.I just couldn't afford two cars and it was a shame to SORN it and have it festering in a garage.



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Posted 22 June 2019 - 10:10 AM

I have 1.6 works fine at 290000km. Why should my gearbox split? Is that something I should keep an eye on?


1.6 gearboxes split around the casings or something I seem to remember .

If yours is fine then worry not

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 06:31 PM

That black Golf OP owns is an absolute beaut. I agree that there seem to be much fewer MK4s about. My 1.8T 150 is starting to show its age. A few spots of rippled paint work just above the doors, rear wiper has not worked for about half a decade, the drivers seat has a few rips and the gear gaiter is wafer thin. I do fancy something slightly newer (a luxobarge GS300 or a W211 E class)  but given I cover so few miles it cannot be justified, and no doubt they would cost more to run. However the main reason I want to keep the car running is because when it gets replaced, I want to retire it on the drive and one day in the future get it restored to as new condition. However her indoors isnt very keen on that idea, so trying to delay that as long as possible.

 

At what point does it become acceptable to acknowledge other Mk4 owners? if at all?

 

Edit, when was the last time anybody saw a MK3? The forum seem to have ceased activity.


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Posted 22 June 2019 - 06:40 PM

We see easily half a dozen a day if we go out, sometimes more. Not always the same ones either..

There's a few mk3's locally too..

As for acknowledging.. Not something I'd do.. Too many 'erberts driving them..

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 08:23 PM

That black Golf OP owns is an absolute beaut. I agree that there seem to be much fewer MK4s about. My 1.8T 150 is starting to show its age. A few spots of rippled paint work just above the doors, rear wiper has not worked for about half a decade, the drivers seat has a few rips and the gear gaiter is wafer thin. I do fancy something slightly newer (a luxobarge GS300 or a W211 E class) but given I cover so few miles it cannot be justified, and no doubt they would cost more to run. However the main reason I want to keep the car running is because when it gets replaced, I want to retire it on the drive and one day in the future get it restored to as new condition. However her indoors isnt very keen on that idea, so trying to delay that as long as possible.

At what point does it become acceptable to acknowledge other Mk4 owners? if at all?

Edit, when was the last time anybody saw a MK3? The forum seem to have ceased activity.


Whenever I'm out in the R32 I refuse to acknowledge boy racers revving their 1.6 chavved up golfs. It's sad.

And it's always somewhere in a town centre too.
On the country lanes you wouldn't see which way I went.
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:14 AM

I'm on my second mk4 now (first being a TDI that I ruined) and I love them, they're new enough to be nice and pleasant to drive, but old enough to still be able to work on it by yourself with a basic tool kit. The noise the 2.3 V5 makes is really nice as well.#

 

 

 

Old enough to use basic tools? Jeez in the 3 months of owning my second mk4 platform car I have spent weeks with the laptop plugged in troubleshooting problems!  :blink:

 

As you say they are new enough to be nice, I have redone some interior bits in mine as the walnut trim is just horrible! What I do find is you can see more out out them than most of the newer vws I have had (mk6 golf was 'ok', but still couldnt see much out the front, 2012> beetle and a Mk7 golf were terrible). I had a V5 bora for about a year 4 years ago, I loved that engine so much is why I ended up back in a mk4 car, along with it being a bit easier to work on, this time though I hit jackpot, 72k mile 4Motion V6  :D  . Unfortunately I am not a fan of silver cars, just not my thing, my ones Silver because thats the compromise I had to make to get the engine/drivetrain and the colour I'd really like is the R32 Jazz Blue metalic, but repainting an entire car could be a bit much. The only problem I do find is they are new enough to have stupid engineering practices and electronic problems that can be a pain to trace, it also means they are new enough to add things like cruise control!

 

Local to me (like just up the road) someone has an R32 in Jazz Blue metallic, then just round the corner from that theres an older guy with a V5 in Silver (both cars have minor dents, mines straight as an arrow!) then I know of another Silver V5 for sale just down the road, its like a where all the V engine Mk4s live lol, so Mk4's dont seem too rare round here.

 

I guess I dont pay much attention to 'stock ones' (mines stock at the minute  :mellow: ) I pulled off my work motorway junction the other day and a lowered mk4 on some BBS style 18s with polished rims followed me off and went the other way and I had a look at that, though I was also more interested in the slammed mk5 jetta on polished wheels that was infront of both of us lol

 

A nice car is a nice car, when you have something specific, suddenly you notice all the other ones. Unless you own a 2012> beetle, there arent that many of those about.



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Posted 23 June 2019 - 12:36 PM

Old enough to use basic tools? Jeez in the 3 months of owning my second mk4 platform car I have spent weeks with the laptop plugged in troubleshooting problems!  :blink:

 

As you say they are new enough to be nice, I have redone some interior bits in mine as the walnut trim is just horrible! What I do find is you can see more out out them than most of the newer vws I have had (mk6 golf was 'ok', but still couldnt see much out the front, 2012> beetle and a Mk7 golf were terrible). I had a V5 bora for about a year 4 years ago, I loved that engine so much is why I ended up back in a mk4 car, along with it being a bit easier to work on, this time though I hit jackpot, 72k mile 4Motion V6  :D  . Unfortunately I am not a fan of silver cars, just not my thing, my ones Silver because thats the compromise I had to make to get the engine/drivetrain and the colour I'd really like is the R32 Jazz Blue metalic, but repainting an entire car could be a bit much. The only problem I do find is they are new enough to have stupid engineering practices and electronic problems that can be a pain to trace, it also means they are new enough to add things like cruise control!

 

Local to me (like just up the road) someone has an R32 in Jazz Blue metallic, then just round the corner from that theres an older guy with a V5 in Silver (both cars have minor dents, mines straight as an arrow!) then I know of another Silver V5 for sale just down the road, its like a where all the V engine Mk4s live lol, so Mk4's dont seem too rare round here.

 

I guess I dont pay much attention to 'stock ones' (mines stock at the minute  :mellow: ) I pulled off my work motorway junction the other day and a lowered mk4 on some BBS style 18s with polished rims followed me off and went the other way and I had a look at that, though I was also more interested in the slammed mk5 jetta on polished wheels that was infront of both of us lol

 

A nice car is a nice car, when you have something specific, suddenly you notice all the other ones. Unless you own a 2012> beetle, there arent that many of those about.

 

I know exactly what you mean here! These days I try my best not to get the laptop out and try and figure out the little niggles on my MK5 Golf, otherwise a quick scan turns into a week long headache HAHA.



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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:02 AM

I still have my poverty spec 1.6 AEH mk4. From brand new is has been riddled with silly problems, apart from when the headgasket went for no apparent reason.

But I still love my comfy bus. It's like an old building. It's like the Millenium Falcon. It has character. In the beginning, it was boring. When new it was a status symbol and it got me from A-B in relative style.

I keep my old '99 model only because it's comfortable for long euro trips and to go and get parts for my other dubs. With all the seats out, you can load it up with a lot of stuff. Yeah sure, it has a couple of small rust spots, the sills probably need to be pumped full of wax, but still going strong just the same as it was from new. Everything completely factory.

Nowadays, people probably just look at the car as another poor person's machine who has no money. They've reached rock bottom on Ebay. Parts are now as cheap as they've ever been. But while you read this, I know you understand why I still have it.... :)

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:51 AM

I see less and less of the mk4 Golf on the roads, when I see one now I get excited! Strange! 

 

 

Hah! Come to Wales, there are litterally thousands of mk4s still being driven around: from 1.6s to r32s. Getting a 2nd hand one is a little tricky as it seems most are for sale in England. Don't see many mk5s as these are starting to rust in places where the mk4s don't.

 

I'm still enjoying it a year after selling it.The money I got from selling it means I get to go on better holidays than when I still had it :D .

 

How much did you sell it for?! So you've now gone from Holidaying in Butlins in Bognor to further abroad, like the Isle of Wight? :D


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Posted 30 June 2019 - 05:56 PM

Yes yes yes I love my unique estate! There’s a silver and black one around here as well but each one if them is different,

See loads of hatchback mkiv golfs so they haven’t died round here yet ha ha

I really don’t know what I’m going to have to get IF this one dies on me or fuel just goes absolutely stupid for diesels

Another estate I guess

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 01:24 PM

I absolutely love my 1.8T, she has certainly shown signs of ageing recently, I have had to replace all brake pads and discs, new waterpump and cambelt, new exhaust, including other small bits and peices, the alloys are being blasted and repainted Ferrick Grey next weekend, not cheap...but the car is worth it, I also see a fair amount of mk4's and 3's on the road, however, I also work right next door to a VW garage with aa few of them arriving there daily.



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Posted 10 July 2019 - 01:34 PM

Been enjoying my 2 owner Mk4 GTi 1.8T for 13 year.

Still drives faultlessly but now shes on the Pistonheads classifieds as I'm doing alot more miles.

Fantastic cars and so usable! dc618d5f37e4aab533bf80ff7724fd15.jpgac707fcd4d79f50e797c08abc18dd88f.jpg

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:41 PM

You know what, some lovely examples in this thread.

Got my second mk4 pd130 a few weeks back and I can honestly say I love it just as much as my last one. It's got s tonne of little issues but mostly it's sound.

Great mix of power, efficiency and comfort. Looks like a bag of shoot and it always will but it's mine and I love it.0a9f0697dee0e8ff1651d9390797c905.jpg

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:28 PM

I love my car and i plan to keep it forever. now.... the work in progress :

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 10:18 AM

Good thread!

 

I got rid of my 1.8T about 6 months ago. At the time I was happy to get it rid of it because it was a money pit and there was something constantly going wrong with it (clutch had just gone when I sold it).

 

But I must say now I miss it. The only thing i didn't like about it was that it was a 5 door, if it wasn't for that I probably would've kept it (sounds silly I know but I just think the 3 doors look infinitely better).

 

I still see plenty of Mk4s on the road over here (Ireland), but very few GTIs. Think I've only ever seen an R32 once.


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