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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 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, 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