Quick intro. This is my 4th MK2 Golf GTI, the first being a GTI Engineering back in the late 90s. After a long gap I wanted another and ended up buying the one that is now on here owned by UKLonar. I've been on the Mk2OC for many years so if you've been on there you may know me, but it seems that forum is all but dead now, waiting days for any kind of replay so I'm transferring my thread across. The current one I purchased back in October 2019. My previous 3 have all been early models so this is my first late spec big bumper. October 07 2019 Just less than 3 years I'm back in a mk2 and I think I've found myself a bit of a peach for them money. Not perfect, but good in the right places. I didn't set out for another white one, but I saw this one on eBay but initially dismissed it, for reasons I'll get to, but after the listing had ended unsold I spotted it in the comments of a Facebook post and recognised it, so decided to make contact with the seller and start a conversation. It's registered August 91 and is a genuine factory Big Bumper CE2 model. A first for me, door mirrors are in the wrong place and the wipers go the wrong way but I guess I'll just have to get used to that. Only 128,000 miles, but despite the roof aerial and rear tinted lights (they're FIFFT not Hella) it is in fact an 8v. Major gripe of mine, a bee-sting on an 8v but again a compromise I'll learn to live with. It has a full Miltex exhaust, It's on coil-overs, I haven't determined the brand yet, but have seen the coils are blue but the gezzer said they more mid-range than budget and to be fair the ride is decent, a lot better than I was expecting so I guess he must be right. And as for the ride, it's also on 17" wheels, which again has surprised me as I though it would be really harsh and crashy but it's not.... or maybe I've just got used to the MK5 GTI on stiff suspension, 18" wheels with 40 profile. Either-way, I'd say it's on a par with that. Ultraviolet interior, with no holes... bolster foam is weak, but I've stripped down and padded out late spec seats before so it's on the list of jobs. Headlining is in good order... and dry inside which is great. Clean in the areas that often aren't... Factory air fed central locks, which works everywhere apart from the boot. And standard issues of heaterbox foam hits you in the face on full blow and blows cold as you'd expect. Thermostat needs replacing, gear linkage bushes have been done but I think the alignment could do with a tweak as 5th isn't always achievable first try. Apart from that it's just the deep dish OMP steering wheel, fake tow strap, hella stickers and over the top Wolfsburg accessories that need to be replaced... also the door pins, but I forgot to photo those. And just in case there wasn't enough Wolsburg inside... and a couple of videos the seller sent me pre-purchase. Walk around video YouTube video: Underside video from pit YouTube video: So that's about it. Apart from the reason I nearly passed it by. Well the first reason was asking price, it was originally listed much higher than I actually paid. And I think the reason it didn't sell at that price and why I was able to knock it down, it has an "accident" recorded against. If what I'm told is true the hand brake was left off and it rolled into a tree on the rear offside quarter. The result it it has been fixed and benefited from full paint, and since most cars of this age have had some work done I thought so what if it's had some metal work, if not from an accident most have had work through rust, rot and neglect. I scrutinized it as much as I could, under the trims and internal carpets, and could see no obvious signs of repair so happy it's been done to a very high standard so based on that I took the plunge ... October 08 2019 And so it begins... Quick fix number one: fake tow strap removed: Trimsports VW Motorsports gear knob removed and up for sale already, and fitted a decent condition original golf ball that I'd purposely kept back for such an occasion: On retrieving it form the drawer I noticed how grubby it was so I'm sure I'll be taking an old toothbrush to it at some point along with the rest of the required deep clean. Already much better, the Alloy one is smaller than stock and also cold to touch which I don't like. Another quick swap over, a tinted interior light that I'd also wisely kept back in case my next one didn't have one: and out with the old white plastic one: Surprising how much this caught my attention every time I looked int he rear-view mirror. I guess knowing I had a tinted one in a drawer didn't help. And just for good measure and to give a full an complete picture of the madness, here's the Wolfsburg branded billet plunger: Can't promise an update everyday, and just to confirm, these 'fixes' were done this morning before work. But I'm certainly not going to guarantee a regular Breakfast project. The original PAS wheel came with the car so I think in the first instance I'll fit that. The horn isn't plugged in on the OMP wheel anyway and the boss must be fitted wrong as the indicators cancel in the wrong place. Being deep dish the stalks are just out of fingers reach which is also annoying. That said the OMP is a nice wheel to handle even if the styling isn't to my liking. October 10 2019 A bit of tinkering last night. First off did this satisfying little job: [youtube] Now this does leave me with Crystal clear headlights, spots, indicators and side repeaters.... at least they match :sorry, what?: Which I'm sure most peoples opinion will be to replace. But they work and I need to think about the costs so no immediate plans to replace them all, although I did fine a genuine set of orange side repeaters in my stash. Unfortunately I've only got early bumper front orange indicator lenses. Then took the OG steering wheel that came with the car into the house. Mixed up a paste of washing up liquid, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar and got to work: [youtube] It was pretty grim: It came up great but even so I'm not 100% convinced all of the grime has gone, I might have another go. I'll sort an after photo at some point. I also did the golf ball gear knob but that might also need a bit more of a soak to get mint. October 14 2019 Saturday night, while I waited for my daughter to get in from the Cinema I sat in front of the telly half watching Tron (the new one) with a bowl of soapy water and the infamous toothbrush again, and scrubbed the contents of a "Mk2 Spares" delivery that had previously arrived. And true to tradition, I took said box of sparkly bits to work with me so I could sit in the car park on this drizzly lunchtime and complete this little task: I also fitted the gear lever cover that Matt sent me, as mine was missing and changed over the fixed position grab handles for the flappy ones as they feel more GTI - even though I gather the fixed position ones were fitted at factory: While I was climbing around the interior of the car I found a few other small interior trim bits that are missing, darn if I'd only looked properly I'm sure Matt would have included them into the box. In other news, the name has now been chosen. Lucy It just so happened to be the film that was on when we got home last Saturday after collecting her. I bounced it around as an idea for a while but needed some way to qualify the name. Also with the reg being PVC this sort of opened up other ideas ... then in came to me, not sure out of where, but the Lucy Liu scene from the Mel Gibson film of the 90s, Payback. Good film and if you remember it you'll know, if you haven't seen it and don't mind watch old stuff it's worth a look. Here's one of the few Google images of that particular scene I found that was "work safe" enough to share October 16 2019 Another quick fix this morning from something I had in my stash. October 18 2019 Just as quickie this morning, a freshly painted satin black rear badge almost ready to be fitted October 24 2019 Parts have been arriving this week, such as: So the full list consists of: Hella heater matrix Febi expansion bottle Febi thermostat and O-ring Topran thermostat housing Topran blue coolant cap Topran heater matrix hoses 10L of ready mixed G12+ Coolant Already in the stash from previous, a load of foam sheeting and high temp adhesive. So hoping to grab some time this weekend. Although with a broken washing machine potentially taking priority and my wife's birthday looming I might have to rethink that. Anyway, for whenever I get chance to get rounds to it I'll be ready. And to give me a head start I stared by getting the lower dash panels and console out of the way. I found a hidden switch, still to discover what it does but I'm not going to try it till I'm safe on my driveway at home. Don't want to get stranded at work. Also found some retro ICE crossovers: haven't checked out what speakers are fitted yet but a sneaky peak in the dash grills looks like some done tweets and for the first time ever I have a golf with door speakers. There's obsolete wires in the boot so I'll be interested to see what else I find when I start digging. And having done this before I'm getting organised this time round. Mapping screws so they go back in the right places. As you may notice not all of these are the correct screws anyway. Note: Just adding this here for my own future reference after a bit of a google search. Re: the hidden button. The alarm is a TOAD and if it ever gets stuck in servicing mode, potentially after battery removal I'll need to get it out of service override mode: • turn the ignition to ON, and leave it on • press the override button (now I know there is one) • the siren will double chirp to confirm exit of service override mode. • turn the ignition back to OFF Decoded the options, nothing groundbreaking. X2B - National sales program Great Britain 1AF - Power brake 3FB - Spoiler roof 5JI - ? 1C1 - Antifreeze up to -25 degree celsius tolerance up to -30 degree C 4KC - Side and rear windows in tint glass 4GF - Tint glass windshield 3NB - Rear seat bench/backrest, not split 1ME - Steering wheel GTI PAS 8J1 - Hand brake/low brake fluid level warning light without inscription 8K2 - ? 8M1 - Rear window wiper and washer system with intermittent control 8BK - (Something to do with lights) 8D7 - 6 speakers (passive) 3D1 - Center console 8TD - Rear fog light for driving on the left 8WD - With front fog light 8F2 - Side turn signal lights 8U0 - Without additional instruments for distance measurement 1TB - Fuel tank vent line with gravity valve and PVC breather hose 1H1 - Load-sensitive proportioning valve Interior code XT which is Ultraviolet so that confirms the interior fitted is the original. Not that I was in doubt, but good to know. Maybe one day I'll find some Corrado Recaros.