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  • Premier Icon bigad40
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    Avoid main dealers, our local skoda dealer was useless.
    Find a recomended VW specialist near you and all should be well.
    Even Jeremy Clarkson (who bought a bicycle, aparantly) gave the Octavia a big thumbs up in top gear magazine a few years ago.

    renton
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    Looks very clean that !!

    got a pic of the engine bay?

    Premier Icon binners
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    The seats are fantastic when you have small children! Whose idea it was to put slightly off white seats in what is essentially a family car (albeit a fast one). Get some scotchguard on them straight away. Makes life a bit easier, when the inevitable happens

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Is the inevitable motion-sickness-induced vomit? They’re nice cars, been in a couple.

    Inbred456
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    Will post a little review when ive had her for a bit, impressions,mpg costs, how practical etc.

    CountZero
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    That new VRs estate in white is stunning! I’ve got a standard 110ps Octy 1.9TDi, and it’s such a comfortable car to sit in for long journeys, and even mine is reasonably quick when I welly it, but 0-60 in 6.4, 154mph? Yikes! That’s all the car I could possibly want.
    And Skoda’s dodgy history is only as a result of the Communist occupation of the country, and even then they still managed to field successful rally cars. The original Skoda Superb was a luxury limousine that ranked alongside Cadillac and Rolls Royce, IIRC it sold for the equivalent to £110,000 or thereabouts.
    Now, if you want really crappy soviet-bloc cars, just try driving a Lada, or a Wartburg… 😯

    Inbred456
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    Picked her up this morning. Everything appears to work. No knocks or bangs as of yet. Aircon has been regassed. Its had new coil packs and a cat. New steering rack as well. Serviced every 10k from new. New tyres on the front. May need some discs on the back at some point. Cambelt and pump done at 65k. Appears to be getting mid 30’s mpg at the moment. I would say she’s nippy rather than fast. I can’t really think of anything that comes close with that amount of space for the money really( still looking through rose tinted glasses at the moment.)

    renton
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    Good stuff however if it is running a ko4 then I would be expecting it to be quite lively to be honest!

    Inbred456
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    I think its bog standard at the minute, gives a fair old push in the back if you gun it. Jabba sport have an agent close to me that can give it a remap pushing out 210bhp with 230 ft/lbs for 240+Vat. That’s what they call a stage one with the standard k03 turbo. They also do a self install kit that’s switchable. I’ll leave it as it is for now till my insurance needs renewing then see what the costs are.

    Premier Icon jamj1974
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    A lot of cupra’s have the same engine and they kick out 225 as standard.

    Similar engine – different turbo amongst other things….

    Took a Mk1 over at the end of its company lease for 3 months about 7 years ago. Drive well enough – but not as similar to a Golf GTi or an Audi S3 as some people may suggest. The increased overhang and poorer weight distribution were easily felt when cornering compared to the S3 I had at the same time or 1.8T golf GTI’s I drove frequently at the time.

    The above doesn’t detract from the fact that it is a great car for the money though, with far more positives than negatives. Putting a bike in the back was simple too with a huge boot even when you had the impediment of the braces between the wheel arches.

    Premier Icon jamj1974
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    Indicator relays go quite frequently as well.

    mindmap3
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    That looks well tidy for its age.

    My grandad bought a 2001 diesel estate but didn’t get on with it (don’t ask) so an uncle bought it off him and its still going strong at 180k.

    That new VRS estate looks ace but is quite expensive, I know you need to take inflation into account etc but even still, VW seem to be pushing them upmarket.

    Inbred456
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    My better half isn’t that impressed with the ride. Feels a bit harsh over firm. Too late now!!! The clutch is a bit heavier than she’d like as well. Just found out its got cruise control hidden on the indicator stalk rather than on the steering wheel. Also just found the average mpg GULP! Hope the overall average is going to increase a bit. While picking up a curry tonight just had a lad ask if it was for sale. No chance matey.

    Inbred456
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    So does the 200 hp leon use the K03 turbo as in the vrs and the cupra 225 use the k04? I have noticed quite a bit of lag when accelerating in the higher gears. You really do have to keep them on the boil don’t you to get the best out of them.

    mindmap3
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    I think so (trying to remember from when I was looking at S3’s a few years ago).

    What I do remember is that 1.8t engine is pretty bullet proof. The only common issues were coil packs.

    renton
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    I think it goes like this ………

    golf gti/audi tt/leon with 150 bhp – fitted with ko3

    same cars with 180/210 bhp – fitted with ko3s

    same cars with 225 bhp – ko4

    Inbred456
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    That would tie in with what I’ve picked up from the various tuning company websites.

    kevhl
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    inbred, it looks like you’ve bought a nice one there!

    The earlier Golf and A3 had the K03 turbo, cable throttle, NVVT engine.
    MY2000 Golf 150 had K03 turbo, NVVT but was DBW(drive by wire) throttle.
    The later 150 and 180 (all of them) had the K03s, VVT engine, and DBW.
    The K04 is on the 210, 225 and 240 engined cars early ones are NVVT later ones VVT all DBW. These engines run a lower compression to the lower powered ones as well.

    If you are looking at remapping make sure the car is 100% healthy first (or have someone else do it!), whilst the engines are pretty reliable coilpacks, plugs, vac lines, boost hoses, DV, etc, etc. can all expire over time and lots of use.
    Don’t go chasing peak figures, it’s the power/torque under the curve that will give you a nicer car to drive!

    hora
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    Those side bolsters look mint.

    As you are one of those bloody dirty cyclists, personally I’d just get some good quality seat covers and leave them in there most all of the time.

    I had a nice interior once and did the same.

    Premier Icon binners
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    You have tartan blankets covering your interior. And a trilby on the back parcel shelf 😛

    hora
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    You have tartan blankets covering your interior. And a trilby on the back parcel shelf

    …..reminds me of the pair of old curtains that you left in a car of mine… it caused the whole interior to go fully mouldy!

    Premier Icon binners
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    Your selective memory has kicked in again. I think you’ll find it was my sodding jacket that you left, pissed wet through, in your boot for months, while denying that you actually had it, that sent the interior of your car mouldy. That and the bodies of murdered prostitutes. So…..

    hora
    Member

    ..sort of poetic justice? Askmid says the car is still in use with its mobile-penicillin interior 😆

    Inbred456
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    http://www.oaktree-garage.co.uk/cars-for-sale.cfm?id=8490

    Now that ive got her here is the link from the garage with more picks. I looked at several around the 2.5k mark, couldn’t find a decent one at that price.

    Inbred456
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    Some good info there Kevhl. Do you know witch turbo the later 200 bhp 2.0 TFSI engines had. Could the K03 comfortably cope with another 20hp. I agree with, as a large car the torque delivery is as important if not more so than a spikey power delivery.

    if you want to remap it go to R-Tech, make sure the car has no other minor engine faults though (vacuum, coils etc)

    k03 in the TFSI/TSI.

    Inbred456
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    Will check R tech and see what they can do cheers!

    Mine (mk2 2.0 TSI estate) going in tomorrow to have coilovers fitted. Few more bits to do (wheels and some interior bits and pieces) and then probably going to map it…

    kevhl
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    2.0tfsi (200bhp) has a K03 but it’s not the same K03 as the 1.8t engine
    2.0tfsi (230+bhp) has a K04 but it’s not the same K04 as the 1.8t engine.
    2.0TSI engines have an IHI turbo, but there are K04 upgrades available.
    Your car has a K03s, the engine has plenty of scope in it but you don’t want to go to someone who’s going to push it to the limit, you want to have software on there that gives you a better driving experience and is reliable! Revo have a 20% summer sale on at the moment, definately worth a look.

    One bonus of driving an Octavia VRS is that if you hang a high-vis jacket on the back of the driver’s seat you won’t get knobs in rep-mobiles sitting on your arse as they’ll assume you’re a copper!

    🙂

    timc
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    not in one that old they wont

    Inbred456
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    Yes she is an old girl but once she picks up her coat tails she can surprise quite a few young whipper snappers. Will have a look at Revo see what they have to offer.

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