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  1. RoyalBoob

    Replacing wings

    Thanks both. Certainly food for thought should I decide to have a go myself. As regard the wings themselves, pre-sprayed, probably hit and hope for the best, right?
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    Replacing wings

    It's time for me to replace my pretty shoddy wings. I'm looking at a pair from eBay pre-sprayed in the correct paint code - unless anyone has any better suggestions. I've got a bodyshop in mind to do the work, but how hard is it to do this myself? Am I letting myself into a nightmare or is it...
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    1.8t judder loss of power on acceleration.

    Hi all, I’ve got a disconcerting judder and loss of power under acceleration. I had it at speed and previous to this, car was running pretty well. Been taking it easy since but seems to be persisting. Will get it diagnosed but might this be classic signs of coilpack failure or MAF sensor?
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    1.8T 190 coolant loss

    Thanks Calum, I'll check it out.
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    1.8T 190 coolant loss

    Hi all, To my concern I went to check on fluids under the bonnet and all of my coolant had gone. No overheating or warnings on the dash in the past month, so not sure how long it has been like this - mostly only doing short commute journeys so no time to really heat up . I refilled it to Max...
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    Catalytic converter for 1.8t 190?

    Hi all, I need to get a replacement Cat for my B6 190. Given the age of the car, my workshop advises a genuine used cat would be the most cost effective solution. I've got a part number of 8E0254200AE (if I've taken it down correctly) - How close does this have to match? I've had a look on...
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    1.8t 190 best replacement cat options?

    Hi all, My 190 is 200 miles off the big 200k.... The original Cat is now due for replacement. What are my best options? New genuine is around £800 but my garage says many of the aftermarket options are problematic. Given the age and the miles, is a used genuine Cat my best option?
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    Best oil for 195k 1.8t

    Thanks Roland... I have considered a slightly thinner oil in the winter and thicker in the warmer months.
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    Best oil for 195k 1.8t

    Hi all, heading over to Europe on Friday and want to grab some extra oil to cover the journey. Usually use Castrol Magnatex 5w30. As the miles are quite high, is this still the best oil to use? I’ve heard some mechanics say that thicker oil is better for higher mileage engines due to everything...
  10. RoyalBoob

    1.8t BEX boost

    Cheers Calum, any reason why you picked that specific one? Decent brand etc? I can stretch to more if there is a better option.
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    1.8t BEX boost

    Hi all, I return with more boost woes.... I had some bother with this earlier in the year. Generally performance is better now than it was before some loose pipes were reconnected earlier in the year ,but I’m still getting variable boost which has gradually become more noticeable over the past...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    One I'll have to have a look for. Are there any photo/ video guides you know of to assist with that stuff?.... I know the mechanic who changed the pipe said it crumbled away and was a bit of a ballache to do because of that. Nothing mentioned about the crankcase breather. I would have thought...
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    What would you rather have? Quattro or S Line?

    I can forgive a lot for the Quattro. I always wanted a Delta Integrale but that's not an option, certainly not to hoof about in with abandon, these days! The S-Line hits the spec spot for what I paid. I do feel with the Quattro, you've got that confidence to keep going about your business in the...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    The boost hose pipe clip had corroded and pipe detached, this was the cause of its breakdown after some spirited backroad driving - which makes sense... Breather hose and all filters changed on the service. Just wondering about replacing any other related plumbing now. How many exactly are...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    Just to update and wrap up. Service and MOT last week... followed by a sudden break down. I feared the worst. Actually, it seems all of the performance issues I was having were down to pipes and hoses and their securing clips. I don't have the specific info to hand, but really, just stuff that...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    Off the top of my head, I'm not sure. I think it may have been done a while ago, but again, good point, worth exploring. Pushed up to BP Ultimate and performance is still better than V-Power. Previously I've always thought it to be a pretty poor premium fuel. I'm now coming into the service...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    It's possible. I thought either plugs, coil packs, dirty injectors or MAF values not playing well with higher octane. Further back, the pump could be an issue if there is a difference in viscosity between different fuels. I think Momentum has had a similar effect but not used it recently...
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    1.8t running better on 95 Octane. Strange.

    Got a bit of a strange problem. I was sure my 190 was being a bit sporadic with boost and some flat spots. Through lack of choice I put some BP 95 octane in and performance and MPG is consistently better than with V-Power. I've filled it up three times now and the result is consistent. Even...
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    Coming up on 180k

    Well, it's got a fairly fat file of receipts that alludes otherwise. Some of it is nit picking perhaps, but it's always serviced on its intervals and looked at by an independent specialist who I'd rather give me a list of what they think needs doing than keep me in the dark. More money for them...
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    Coming up on 180k

    Hi all, With my S-Line coming up on 180k I'm now getting a bit wary of things wearing out. I want to get it to 200k and generally speaking it makes more sense to hang on to it than buy something else. The list of age related niggles that present themselves are: A highish pitched...
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