Following my first post http://www.306gti6.com/forum/showthread.php?id=118262 I've done some other stuff and thought I'd post it up.
Some pics of when I went to look at it - note the awesome tints, stone chips, ripped seat and yellow calipers...it also had a massive sub in the boot!
LGIM0227 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
LGIM0276 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
LGIM0275 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
The heater matrix decided to give up the ghost, and after getting a quote for £200 for labour, plus the parts and VAT I booked it in. When they rang and told me it was ready, and the bill was £500 I was less than impressed. I went down to their workshop the same day and climbed on my high horse for a rant, and after they were kind enough to stick to their estimate and charge £300 (inc parts and VAT). What is the point of doing an estimate if you are going to nearly double it? I know the answer but I'm just venting. Fair enough to say I will NEVER be taking any of my cars to them in future. bas**rds.
Then it was about service time, so it had all its usual bits:
Fully synthetic oil
Plus a LAMDA Sensor which I thought was playing up.
While it was in at the dealership I work at having its service I got the Dent Master to pull out a few of the trolly dents, and the windscreen guy to do a small chip in my windscreen. Irony of irony, the windscreen guy comes and tells me he has cracked my windscreen right across its length, and that he wasn't going to charge me (genius). So I had to sort out a new windscreen, which in fairness is much clearer than the old one.
DSCF0018 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
When the bad weather came I decided the front tyres were running a bit low and I decided to treat the Rallye to a new pair of Toyo Proxes T1-Rs. What a difference they make...they grip so much better in all conditions that the P600's.
When I bought the car it had its calipers painted yellow which wasn't really to my taste. So when I had a day off I got all the wheels off and rubbed the calipers back and painted them black. The before and after are below, and I gave the backs of the wheels a good scrub and soak in wheel acid. I think they look much better.
IMAG0183 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0184 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0179 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0181 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0182 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
Finally after a week or so of getting a weird knocking/rubbing noise from the front end, and a cutting out problem I booked it in to mechanicalrepairs (Carl) and expected the worst. Turns out the cutting out was from a low battery charge (sigh), and the knocking was the drivers side engine mount which had broke.
After this I got my front bumper painted (again) to get rid of a scuff I had collected thanks to a van.
DSCF0020 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
Since then she has ran a dream, looked a million dollars, and shown a clear pair of heals to a Corsa VXR and (must have been small engine) Caterham on the way home from work. The next time I get a full day off work I'm going to spend a day giving it a good going over after the winter months. I've gone all out and bought a Autoglym Clay bar kit in prep for it. Bring on the summer months!
The Rallye with my bosses Bentley. Honestly....which looks best?
IMAG0200 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
On a trip down to Cornwall
IMAG0047 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0044 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
And being belittled by my vehicle for my 2nd job. It makes it look like a toy parked next to it.
IMAG0228 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
IMAG0226 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr
And when she is clean!
IMAG0010 by Nick Buxton, on Flickr