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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 Fuel Pump

As the car is about 21 years old, it was about time the fuel pump was renewed. A fuel pump gets old and will be unable to deliver the desired fuel pressure when needed. This will have a big impact on the performance as you might imagine. It took me quite some time as the retaining ring was stuck, like real stuck…

I was finally able to prise it of, but needed to perform some cleaning before putting in the new pump. But it was worth it!

Partnr: 1H0919051AK

Dirty pump
VW Golf MK3 GTI / Replacing the Fuel Pump 1H0919051AK

Fresh new pump!

VW Golf MK3 GTI / Replacing the Fuel Pump 1H0919051AK




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Hifonics HFI250A MKII Subwoofer

Missed a lot of bass in the Golf MK3, so decided to add some in the form of a subwoofer. I normally dont add one, but I felt it was essential in this car, as my normal speaker setup was unable to provide me with it. Found a nice Hifonics HFI250a subwoofer nearby and needed a wirekit, before I could test it.

Result: Awesome bass 🙂 Highly recommended

Also, I love the “Power From Gods” note on it hehe

 

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer

Hifonics HFI250a MKII Subwoofer




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Green Hella Style Dual Horns

Saw this on Subaru Impreza’s and wanted to try this on the Golf MK3 platform. Quite happy with the results on the aftermarket grill, but looks even better with the stock grill (which is mounted again by the way). I got them from Aliexpress off course.

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

How it looks with the aftermarket grill

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

VW Golf MK3 GTI - Dual Green Hella Style Horns

This is how they are mounted

Work in progress




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, Steering Wheel Cover

Bought a steering wheel cover, as the steering wheel had seen better days. I have done this mod a couple of times before and was always happy with the result, so no hesitation this time 🙂 Again very pleased with the results. Costs about 5 USD from Aliexpress. I chose black faux leather with red stitching for the VW Golf.

Steering Wheel default / VW Golf MK3 GTI

Work in progress

Steering Wheel cover Work in Progress / VW Golf MK3 GTI

Final result

Steering Wheel Cover added / VW Golf MK3 GTI




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, Side Trim Fixed

Fixed the side trim with a new clip, a small change which looks much better 🙂

Side trim fixed

Side trim fixed

Et voila!

Side trim fixed




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




Swapping out the VW Golf MK3 GTI Crankshaft Position Sensor

My car was cutting out when the engine was hot. RPM gauge dropped to zero instantly & engine cuts out immediateley. Scanning the car with vagcom / VCDS showed an error with the G28 sensor aka Crankshaft Position sensor. Other names are Engine Speed sensor and in Dutch BDP sensor or krukaspositie sensor.

I followed this video guide, which helped me tremendously, so thank you Thomas EXOVCDS. Took me about an hour on axle stands, so not that bad.




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




VW Lupo 1.4 old sparkplugs replaced

Driving 140km a couple times per week stresses the car more than you would think. Keeping it in tip top shape is important, even more so with an older car like our VW Lupo which was born in 1999 (1.4 16v, engine code AHW). Less than a year when the last service was done, I checked the spark plugs (as it was starting a bit rough). Look at the picture to understand why…

Please note that I needed to wait before the NGK Iridium sparkplugs (type: BKR6EIX-11 3764) were delivered, So I bent the old one, so that the gap was made smaller.

 VW Lupo New NGK Iridum vs Old




VW Lupo Luxury Heater knobs / dials

Added some luxury to the Volkswagen Lupo with some new up-to-date heater knobs / dials. They look a lot better than the stock controls and they also feel better when adjusting the controls. Small DIY modification which only cost about 5 dollars on Aliexpress.

VW Lupo Stock heater knobs

And the new parts.
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs

Info:

Camera: Sony Xperia Z3




VW Lupo DIY Transmission fluid change

Decided it was a good time to change the transmission fluids / oil in the Lupo 1.4 16v (engine code AHW). Transmission oil has probably never been changed (since 1999), so it will only do good in this trusty car. 17mm Hex required, I decided to make my own tool for it. An old 17mm standard wheel bolt with 2 big nuts on the screw end did the trick for me.

I decided for 3 liters of Castrol 75W80 Syntrans V FE (2.7 liters needed). Needed some music, hence the Klipsch Promedia GMX 2.1 speakerset 🙂

VW Lupo 1.4 - DIY Transmission Fluid / Oil Change

The drain plug sits a bit weird as it has very little room for movement.

VW Lupo 1.4 - DIY Transmission Fluid / Oil Change

Use a diameter hose which leaves some room for breathing during refilling.

VW Lupo 1.4 - DIY Transmission Fluid / Oil Change

Refillling is easy and fast.

VW Lupo 1.4 - DIY Transmission Fluid / Oil Change

Gear changing has been improved big time, shouldve done this earlier! This guide also applies to the Seat Arosa.

Nederlandse vertaling

Besloten om de transmissie / bakolie te verversen bij de Lupo 1.4 16v 75PK (motorcode AHW). De olie is waarschijnlijk nog nooit vervangen in 17 jaar tijd (sinds 1999), geen overbodige luxe dus. Je hebt een 17mm hex bout nodig om de bouten los te draaien. Ik heb hiervoor een zelfgemaakte tool gebruikt, een standaard 17mm wielbout met achterop 2 grote moeren. Zorg er altijd (!!!) voor dat je eerst de vulbout loshaalt.

De drain plug zit op een lastige plek, waardoor je niet veel ruimte hebt voor beweging, je moet dan ook vanuit een hoek werken. Na het vullen merk je een mega verschil. Schakelen gaat veel soepeler en het zal wellicht ook merkbaar zijn in het verbruik. Het kost je ongeveer 45-60 minuten om dit zelf te doen.