November 4th 2015 - One year of ownership. (A lot of the following is copy pasted so excuse the weird fonts and current tense bla bla)
Made a deal with Adam that if I bought a porsche oil cap he'd swap me his R8 oil cap... So that's his oil cap arrived today and I'll hopefully have the R8 one by Friday! Yay for pointless modifications
Also ordered the 6 piece chrome-tipped switches from China.. I've heard they're actually of a decent quality comparable to OE so we'll see when they arrive! It's the little things in life
RAMAIR had a cheeky wee sale on ebay so I picked an intake up for just £155! Bargain to me received it in last night and that's it all fitted now! Car feels so much more responsive which I didn't expect at all
Half of my engine bay was missing so this has made a massive improvement. Fitted the porsche oil cap while I wait on my R8 cap.
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November 17th 2015 - Fitted my chrome tipped switches, starting with the headlight switch
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Here's what I posted on January 31st 2016.. A sign of my luck to come.
"Financial Mistake" windscreen sticker has arrived, along with my purple fog light tint. Those can wait though because the car truly is a financial mistake and I am a moron.
Managed to reverse into a Corsa at speed, though I'll make myself feel a bit better and admit that it was in my blind spot. But still, I hit it. I need a bumper, rear diffuser, parking sensor and replace my two rear drivers side tail lights.. The outer one is smashed so that's a priority The inner is just slightly cracked. Haven't washed the car in about two months so it's absolutely disgusting to look at. Completely fallen out of love.
Purchased an outer tail light, need to fit it when I can be bothered.. Also, the same day I damaged it my pad wear light popped up on the dash so I need to order discs and pads now too.. Oh and fix the Corsa. I'm utterly skint.
Then, I get a lovely screw in my front tyre and have had to pop the spare on for now. I honestly want to cry when I look at it. She was so beautiful.
Then to add insult to injury, my drivers window managed to open itself in tropical rain and I only realised when the alarm was set off about four hours later... Car was utterly soaked and my central locking no longer works. I have to open the car with the key and it sets the alarm off.
Also, the sunglass holder fell out on top of my head and it hurt. Then the rest of the plastics decided to follow suit. I'm so fed up of this car but I know I'll love it when I fix her all up so must remain somewhat positive. Cry cry cry. I'll upload some pictures when I'm on my phone but I needed to write this long post to vent a little bit about how much I hate it. Broken. Stupid. Golf
In other news, my Mum has just traded her diesel A4 in for a 57 black GTi. What a woman
Adam took my key apart: central locking now works again! The mind boggles.. Oh and I ordered rear footwell lights and they've arrived now too.. Something else to fit when I can be arsed. No motivation for the car at present.
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Bought bumpers to repair both the Corsa I hit and my Golf
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My Mum liked mines so much she bought a GTI!
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Valentines day 2016 - Adam helped me re-align the rear bumper and he hot glued the parking sensor back together. Somehow it worked! Vast improvement but still very obviously broken. I also had bought my first ever toolkit, Halfords pro kit!
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Fitted some purple fog light tint and matching (very fitting) window sticker
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March 2016 - CV joint and a CV boot done on the front, major service done by my work and had the car checked over. Mentioned that I needed front discs & pads shortly...
When driving at 50mph+ I started getting a horrendous vibration through the steering. At around 60-70mph it's so violent that the arm rest could actually be felt juddering from side to side and the steering wheel was quite difficult to hold comfortably. The car first did this back in September 2015 after receiving it back from a garage (was in for 2 rear control arms and a full alignment) and I assumed it was a wheel balancing issue so in October the wheels were finally balanced and the problem was still there. I took the car back to the garage that did the initial work and they checked it over... On the phone they said it sounded like a driveshaft problem so that's the first thing they checked. Absolutely no play in either shaft, and all the suspension appears sound. They suggested I raise the car as it was stupidly low, and this should eliminate my issue somewhat. I raised the car a few days later and they were correct, problem resolved to a standard I was comfortable with. However, it's back with a vengeance
I didn't know what to do - there was still absolutely no play in either shaft! I didn't want to go replacing them and it turned out to be something else, but no garage had been able to pinpoint anything at all wrong with the car.
April 7th 2016 - bought some R32 front brakes!
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When I got home from picking these up (we had taken Adam's car) I drove my own and the wheel fell off... There had been no warning vibrations or anything untoward until literally a second before it came off! I had been on a roundabout though so I wasn't going quickly. I had asked my friend to tighten my wheels up for me (I was swapping over my Mums wheels to mine in case my vibration issue was wheel related) and he mustn't have... Lesson learned - always check yourself!!
Anyway, the wing was easily popped back in and there was such slight damage to the hub that nothing has been affected. Lucky, lucky girl.
May 2016 - Not really much in the way of updates but I did a full interior out clean... I don't think the interior had ever been properly done so sitting on 8 years of filth was starting to make me feel a bit ill. Also cleaned the outside, isn't she pretty.
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July 2016 - Insurance renewal time. £618 at the age of 21 wasn't too shabby.
Also received my front callipers back from powdercoating. Looked amazing and matched my nail polish!
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My air con has never worked so Adam thought he'd have a look at the fuses and managed to pull an airbag fuse... He didn't have a cable to turn the light back out so he contacted a friend who happily turned it off for me. He also offered to map the car for the really costly sum of a glass bottle of irn bru. He had a 360bhp mk6r that he had tuned himself so I was very comfortable with his capabilities! The car is DEFINITELY faster but no idea on power output unfortunately.
Gave the car absolute death for two days cos I was buzzing about how quick it felt... and killed a coil. Fitted R8 coils as the replacements!
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Left my car in a car park for a day and some old woman bumped the car.. There was no CCTV proof so we could never fully blame her but her car had grey paint on it and she was known to park in the location mines was! So irritating.. Light, wing and bumper all damaged.
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Little girl who couldn't ride her bike then fell into my car... I was raging so I went and grassed her into her Mum and she wasn't allowed to cycle next to the cars anymore. Sucks to be her
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Here's what I posted July 15th 2016 - the beginning of what I thought was the end!
"Had a look around my car and I could honestly cry... It's in absolutely shocking condition. Front splitter has two holes in it, one on either side at the lowest point.. Front bumper is damaged from someone hitting it in a car park, drivers side front wing is rusting due to scrubbing and the passenger side is dented from the car park bump.. Scratch on one headlight from the same bump and also a massive scratch on my bonnet when my boyfriend forgot my bonnet was open and jacked the car up into the garage door lock.. Scratch on the nsr door from the little girl falling into it with her bike (didn't realise it was scratched, thought it was dirt), rust just below this scratch and just above the skirt.. Lacquer peel on the roof above the windscreen also.. The boot is now rusting too The rear is a riot from when I bumped it in February - both the bumper and diffuser are scratched and dented as well as the o/s/r inner light being cracked. Oh and all four wheels are kerbed/have been hit with a sledgehammer.
I don't even know where to begin.. I don't really have many options when I can't afford a full respray do I? None of the rust will be under warranty because the car has actually previously had a full spray.. I think it was a bad job though and that explains the lacquer peel."
August 2016 - some positive updates. Ignition festival had it's debut and I had been given free tickets from work because they know that cars are my life. I impulse bought an R32 style milltek catback while I was there so I could FINALLY get the rear bumper fitted! Here she is after fitting... I had bought a diffuser but it was damaged in transit so I had to run her with no pants on for a while.
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Diffuser arrived! Gloss black looks quality.
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August 2016 - this happened... Not sure what went wrong here, never found the issue!
"I was heading to Shell from my work on Tuesday night with 20 miles remaining of fuel left (Shell was only 3 miles away) and she cut out at a busy junction in the middle of rush-hour... I'm not sure that's right somehow!! I assume something's broken but for now I'll just fill her every time she hits a 1/4 tank "
October 2016 - Finally got my front brakes on! Got my brake lines from HEL
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This was all great, however the horrendous judder still occurs so that rules out warped discs, a stuck caliper or anything brake related... I'm a little gutted.
Thouuuugh.. Adam drove mines about while I went for a sunbed and when I was back in the car he questioned if it could be the rear brakes. This has never been suggested so I was a little dubious but he pulled the handbrake up while driving at a slow speed and the issue was ridiculously obvious! My rear brakes are ruined
November 2016 - Fitted the new rear brakes and a rear wheel bearing too... Vibration now slightly reduced, but still present so back to the drawing board. Also had the TPMS and ABS lights pop up on the dash but because I was skint I just dealt with it until February. At that point I got a new ABS sensor on the osf but it appears the wiring had rusted through and needed some soldering to be sorted. Adam kindly did this for me!
November 2016 - Got pulled for my number plate being in the window and fined £100. Never encouraged me to remove it from the window though.
Christmas day 2016 - rear shocks gave up and I had to buy new suspension.. Being a rotten time of year for it I bought FK coilovers to get me by.. The rears were fitted in early January 2017 as I forgot I would need to order top mounts too! I ordered these and the front were fitted in February at the same time the sensor was done.
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April 2017 - managed to murder one of my new rear springs.. I contacted FK and they sent me out a brand new pair due to the age of them! Good customer service
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June 2017 - realised the car is too low and Adam raised it for me.. The car was trying to give itself a chassis notch!
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