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Volvo S80 2.4T, time for a change…

The Golf MK3 GTI showed some big signs of rust, which jeopardized my APK (MOT) status for this year. Simply put, I had 2 choices,

  • Invest quite some money in the Golf MK3 GTI for solving the rust issues and keep driving
  • Swap/sell it straightaway and drive something else

Wishlist

I have chosen for the latter as the title already suggests. But what is a proper replacement for the Golf MK3 GTI which also falls into budget? Needles to say, I needed a wishlist to get to some conclusion…I ended up with this:

  1. More than 4 cilinders
  2. More power than the GTI
  3. No VAG car
  4. More luxury than the GTI
  5. Bigger than the GTI
  6. Optional: automatic gearbox

Result

I ended up with a Volvo S80 from 2001 with a 5 cilinder (2.4 liters) turbocharged engine. It ticks all the boxes, except for my optional item (#6), as it has stick shift. It isn’t bad, but a automatic gearbox would complement the car even more. Let the pictures speak for itself!

Volvo S80 2.4T on driveway

Volvo S80 2.4T side view

Volvo S80 2.4T rear view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit side view

Volvo S80 2.4T roof window

Volvo S80 2.4T backseat view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit view

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine bay




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, Repaint All The Trim

As the car is quite old, the plastic trim of the car has been exposed to the influence of the sun for countless of times, which greys out the once black plastic trim. I decided to repaint it all, as the grey trim is just plain ugly. The most work was to mask of the rest of the car, the rest was easy 🙂

Work in progress
VW Golf MK3 GTI / Painting the trim matte black again

Ugly greyed out trim…

VW Golf MK3 / Old Grey Trim

VW Golf MK3 / Old Grey Trim




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New VW Hubcaps

A small mod with big impact, replacing the old worn hubcaps with fresh new caps. I bought them cheap from eBay.

The old…
Old VW Hubcaps

Old vs New

New vs Old VW hubcaps

New VW Hubcaps

And the final result

New VW Hubcamps




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New Ridex Brake Pads

Fitted some fresh new Ridex brake pads for the front. They are quite cheap, but they brake properly.

Ridex Brake pads / VW Golf MK3 GTI




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Stainless Catback exhaust fitted

And here are some pics of the fitting session.

Stock system…

TA Technix catback in progress build

Looks way better

TA Technix catback in progress build

Fitment is nice.

TA Technix catback in progress build

Some pics from the mid section

TA Technix catback in progress build

TA Technix catback in progress build




VW Golf MK3 GTI, fitting TA Technix Stainless Catback exhaust

Ditched the old stock system and bought myself a stainless system from TA Technix, which was very easy on the wallet and looked the part. Fitment was a bit of a ball ache as some modding was required, but looks good in the end (also sounds nicely btw).

More info: http://www.tatechnix.de/tatechnix/gx/product_info.php/info/p33475_ta-technix-catback-2x76mm-vw-golf-iii–golf-iii-iv-cabriolet.html

Product No. : EVOG3AE276

EAN-Code : 4250570600896

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

System consists of a front, mid and back silencer (backbox).

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

Closeup of the twin 76mm tailpipes.

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

Closeup of the embossed branding.

VW Golf MK3 GTI / TA Technix Stainless Catback

I also weighed each part as I was very curious & compared it with the stock system. The new system is a tad lighter.

TA Technix Midpipe weight

TA Technix Front pipe weight

TA Technix Backbox weight

Golf MK3 Stock frontpipe weight

Golf MK3 Stock backbox weight

Golf MK3 Stock midpipe weight




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Maintenance time

Performed some big maintenance work on the Golf GTI as this was highly needed. Always feels good when it has been done, in a nutshell:

  • Oil change (5W40)
  • Brake fluid change (DOT 4)
  • Fuel filter change
  • Oil filter change
  • New PCV / Oil Seperator valve
  • New Ignition coil
  • New Coolant Temperature sensor
  • New Air filter element
  • New interior filter (active carbon filter)
  • New Bosch Aerotwin Wiper blades
  • New Brake pads front + back

Maintenance time




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Airbox Mod

Performed the swiss cheese mod, or wak box / wakbox or whatever you want to call it to the lower part of the airbox. Sounds a little bit better & seems to have a little impact on the butt dyno.

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Also fitted a new paper OEM air filter.

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, changing the spark plugs

As part of regular maintenance, I swapped over the plugs with fresh new NGK Laser Platinum BUR6ET. They looked pretty good, but it’s always good to know when your car is running on fresh plugs.

The old

Old Spark Plug NGK BUR6ET

The new

New Spark Plugs NGK BUR6ET

New Spark Plugs NGK BUR6ET




Vw Golf MK3 GTI, Under The Hood

I snapped off the neck of the oil seperator, which fell into the engine and needed to be extracted off course.  Time to remove the rocker cover and do a little inspection. Everything looked ok, no signs of sludge or weird marks or so.

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG

Camshaft 2.0 8v AGG




VW Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Bought a new grille (without the VW logo), but I didn’t want the one with the double louvres, as that has been tried and tested. I noticed this one from JOM and ordered it. Got a message back from a Dutch webshop that they aren’t able to deliver anymore. Searched and found it on German Ebay, for less than price that the Dutch webshop advertised it for, so happy days 🙂

Partnr: 1H6853653MOE

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Stance

Info:
Camera: Nikon D300 / Nikkor 17-55mm




VW Golf MK3 some interior shots

As some people asked me for some interior shots, here they are.

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

Very happy with the (aftermarket) sunroof

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior

Only 180.000 verified (!) kilometers

VW Golf MK3 GTI Interior




VW Golf MK3 GTI Airbox Modification

The best airfilter on the Golf MK3 GTI platform is the original airbox with paper filter. But you might miss out on induction noise, something so desired on any naturally aspirated (NA) engine 🙂

There are ways to give you some induction noise, namely:

  • Drilling the airbox
  • Removing the snoot to the side of the car
  • Fitting a (Bonrath) Powerrohr / roar

I bought myself an extra airbox and removed the snoot + drilled extra holes on the cold side of the car.

Stock Airbox

Front view Airbox

Top view Airbox

Removeing the snoot

Trumpet removed

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Fitted a new airfilter

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




Time for a new car, VW Golf MK3 GTI 2.0 8v

And then it was time for a change, a new car. But it didn’t go smoothly, not at all. I traded my 2009 Toyota Aygo with a Volkswagen (VW) Golf MK3 GTI 2.0 8v (1996, AGG engine code), after having an extended test drive which didn’t show any weird signs. Car handled nicely, especially for that age.

But on the way back it broke down, RPM gauge dropped instantly and car died (electrics worked though). Long story short, I was pulled back home and was able to fix the issue a day or two later by swapping out the Crankshaft Position sensor (G28) and as a precaution, I also swapped out the Fuel Pump Relay (nr 30).

So a little bit of a headache & mixed feelings later, I am still very happy with my swap!

Stranded…

Stranded

Being towed

En route to Sevenum...

Back home (finally!)

Finally home