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I never thought I'd end up buying a VAG (hehe!) product, but here we are! This is my 2005 Skoda Octvia vRS. I bought this in October from Scotland. The car had done just over 79k miles when I got it and has a stack of bills and receipts to back up its service history and modifications. I bought this to tow the Escort track car to track days so will be fitting a tow bar in the near future.

 

A brief of history of the Octavia the vRS. The car is based on the VW Golf Mk4 and both cars share the same chassis, engine and gearbox. The vRS uses the 1.8T engine, found in many VAG models, and in the vRS pushes out 180bhp, mated to a 5 speed gearbox. The vRS is nothing like the Golf in terms of handling and has a reputation for sportiness and reliabilty to which some police forces in the country will attest. It's a big comfy cruiser that eats up the miles.

 

Modifications on this car are as follows:

* APR Stage 2 remap (switchable mapping)

* ABD Cold Air Intake with cone filter

* Blueflame full stainless steel exhaust system with Blueflame 100-cell CAT

* ABD Racing Turbo Big Bore Inlet pipe

* Forge Motorsport 007 Dump Valve

* Forge Motorsport Quickshift

* Full Powerflex polybush kit including Dogbone engine mount

* Cruise Control retro-fitted (to control switchable mapping)

* Standard 17" alloys powdercoated black

 

Believe me when I say this thing is a torque monster! The front tyres are completely overwhelmed when flooring the throttle from around 3000rpm even in the dry (new sticky tyres needed very soon!). The car has switchable maps which can be changed using the cruise control, so it can run on standard unleaded, and super. Currently the car runs around 220bhp on the high octane map.

 

A few pics of the car before I picked it up:

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Stealthy:

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Dirty engine bay:

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Cool green calipers:

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Covers on the front seats which are like new:

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Massive amount of boot space will come in handy for track days:

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The car will need a few things soon, such as:

* Gearbox driveshaft seals

* Wheel bearing

* Timing belt and water pump (due next year)

 

Plans for the future are to pretty much keep it as it is but get it set up on a rolling road as sometimes there's a weird hesitation on lift-off. I'd like to get coilovers but not sure how practical they are when towing the track car.

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Thanks Ben. :) I haven't found a road long enough to open her up yet! lol.

 

It can be frustrating to drive sometimes as the car has rubbish tyres on the front at the moment so any time you floor it it just spins it's wheels for a split second and then the traction control kicks in. With the traction control switched off it's even worse. Ideally it would have sticky front tyres and an LSD. How I like to dream.... :)

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So, after spending more than four and a half hours on the train to Edinburgh to pick up the car, I decided to break up the return leg of the journey (I must be getting old!). The plan was to drive to Manchester on the same day, where I would spend the night at my Dad's house and then continue onto London the next day. You know how it is; you've just bought a new car, you're excited, and then something goes wrong! An hour into the return journey I hit a bit of traffic and the car started misfiring. As soon as the road opened up the misfire stopped. I thought the car just hadn't been used in a while so needed a good blast on the motorway. About half an hour after hitting the M74 the misfire started again. I pulled over at the first Services and had a quick look under the bonnet but couldn't see anything obvious. Had a 30 minute break and hit the motorway again and the misfire had stopped. About 30 minutes later it started again and this time felt much worse than previously. I drove the car, carefully, at around 60mph all the way to Manchester at which point it stopped misfiring again!

 

That evening I did a quick search on Google and noted the most common cause of a misfire on these engines is the ignition coil packs. The easiest way to troubleshoot is to run the engine and simply unplug the coils one by one until you find the faulty one. The other main cause of a misfire is where the ignition coil wiring loom sleeving becomes brittle and splits, due to heat, which can then cause electric arcing.

 

The next morning I lifted off the engine cover and saw this:

Three different coil types:

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Split wiring loom sleeving:

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There was no point in even trying to troubleshoot the faulty coil pack as there were three different types fitted, so a quick trip down to Awesome GTi and I picked up a brand new modified set of coil packs for less than £84.

 

Before fitting the coil packs I stripped back all the tape on the wiring, that someone had made a feeble attempt to botch, and carefully applied electrical insulating tape as far back as I could. Jobs a good'un! Also noted the rocker cover gasket seemed to be leaking so cleaned this and will keep monitoring it.

 

The worst thing I noticed was upon opening the oil cap. The plastic engine cover on the Octavia slants down meaning any dirt and grit gets forced down towards the cap. I opened the cap just to have a peak inside the top of the engine and noted that it was loose even though it was in the fully closed position. Looking inside there was grit and dirt inside the top of the oil cap! I removed the rubber seal and thoroughly cleaned this, the cap itself and the oil filler neck. I couldn't see if any of the dirt or grit had entered the engine but it's a given that it must have at some point due to the build up of gunge. Before refitting, I reversed the oil cap seal and it now stays on nice and tight. I flushed out the engine and added Bi-Tron to clean and protect from any further damage.

 

With the new coils fitted, wiring repaired, rocker cover cleaned and oil cap sorted:

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Unbelievebly, the car had been to a very well known VW specialists in Rosyth (did that give it away?!) only 5 weeks before I bought it, to have a full service and lots of other bits done to the tune of over £1600! You'd think that if someone charged that amount of money they would at least clean up after themselves and report any issues to the owner. If I lived close to the garage I'd have taken the car back and given them more than an earful!

 

Sorry for the long update but seeing grit and dirt inside the oil cap got me really wound up!

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I never thought these were Golf based as they looks somuch bigger,but I didnt think it was the Passat as the Superb is clearly that.

 

for £1600 I would have thought they'd have cleaned the shite from round the filler cap and picked up on the seal upon removing it and re-filling the oil, can't see much building up in that length of time. Definatley get those "Zeon" tyres off! On a car with that much performance I can imagine it being a bit scary haha, Pirelli Pzero Rossos are really grippy with a soft tread

 

Very nice car though

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I never thought these were Golf based as they looks somuch bigger,but I didnt think it was the Passat as the Superb is clearly that.

 

for £1600 I would have thought they'd have advised on the odd coil packs, obvuously had issues in the past, what are the plugs like as worn ones will make the coil pack work harder) and I would expect them to have cleaned the shite from round the filler cap and picked up on the seal upon removing it and re-filling the oil, can't see much building up in that length of time. Definatley get those "Zeon" tyres off! On a car with that much performance I can imagine it being a bit scary haha, Pirelli Pzero Rossos are really grippy with a soft tread

 

Very nice car though

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Quick update on the daily driver.

 

Replaced the front passenger window regulator as the cables had become rusty and snapped due to years of water ingress. Removed old one and fitted a new unit, bought cheap off ebay, in just a few hours. Damn, this car is easy to work on! :)

 

Also swapped the standard car stereo for a double DIN DVD Kenwood unit. Now that was a pain in the arse! The standard space isn't exactly double DIN size so a lot(!!!) of chopping and sanding later I managed to get the unit to fit:

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The unit sits flush and secure against the trim and panel so very happy with the end result. Almost looks like a standard fit system, in my opinion.

 

Also replaced the front door speakers with JBL components (http://uk.jbl.com/jb...l-uk/cs-6c.html). That was another ball ache; had to strip the door panel and foam membrane, bend the edge of a metal panel back to allow the speaker to fit and then cut out a hole in the membrane, behind the speaker, to get some decent sound.

 

After all that it sounds really good though. Am also able to connect my Android phone to the unit via Bluetooth and stream music, pictures and Sat Nav. Awesome! :)

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