VW T4 2.5 TDI Transporter

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My wife is a child minder and wanted a T4 to transport the children around in. I must admit buying a T4 I was a little out of my depth and when we bought this 2000 LHD multi-van and it came with a host of problems.

  • Inter-cooler bracket was missing so ordered and fitted.
  • Both bonnet hinges were cracked and replaced.
  • Found a water leak which was as a result of the oil cooler being bypassed so had to replace these and the oil cooler and oil filter.
  • Thermostat replaced and new coolant added.
  • Replaced coolant reservoir and various water pipes.
  • Fixed fuel leak and replaced fuel filter..
  • Had timing and auxiliary belts replaced by local garage.
  • Exhaust & down-pipe (discovered they had welded d-cat pipe to down-pipe arrghhh!).
  • Rear brake discs and pads need replacing.
  • Nearside drive shaft had to be replaced started knocking.

Eventually the van just cost us more and more money Cali Campers bought it in the end so it will be keeping other T4’s on the road in the long run.


MK1 88 Golf GTI Convertible

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I bought this 1988 MK1 Golf GTI convertible for Lisa as her daily driver it was tucked away at the back of a garage in Southampton and had been sitting for a while. First things first was to give it a service usual rotor, cap, leads, oil & filter change etc. While this was done the rocker and sump gaskets were also changed and red paint applied to both as they were looking a little tired. I still had a slight hesitation on acceleration which was resolved by replacing the vacuum pipes and it run like a dream. Later on we noticed the fuel pump getting a little noisy, the fuel filler neck rusting out is a known issue but this one had already been replaced but as the pumps and filter were unknown I changed both along with the fuel filter.

Come winter when we had a bad bout of snow I hit the curb damaging the nearside wishbone and drive-shaft after an expensive toe home I set about replacing the drive-shaft, both front wishbones along with all new bushes for the front suspension parts. I had also noticed the strut was damaged so purchased a set of coil-overs and managed to find a set of 15″ VW sport-line BBS alloys with near new 175/50 cooper tyres. The combination made one hell of a transformation the whole car was a lot tighter and drove as if on rails although I don’t think I would go with the coil-overs again probably lowered springs.. In time for it’s next MOT new rear drums, shoes and hand brake cables were put on and the plan was to spruce and clean up the interior but with a new arrival on the way Lisa decided she needed something a bit more practical so it was sold on.