Just picked this up at a local auction. 1992 Cabriolet with a 1.8, the only part I don't like is that it's an automatic. Car is clean, runs, drives, etc. Only current issue is a small coolant leak from the t stat housing.
Nothing major, just a restore with some quality parts. Minor build on the suspension aspect (poly bushings, coilovers, etc) but otherwise just getting her nice again. Car is clean with very minimal rust, 97k miles everything works, NO DASH LIGHTS! Eventually fresh paint and get the interior all nice again. It will be my daughters first car.
Been driving it all day, absolutely love it lol. Took it to my weekly club meet..... There's nothing like 4 grown men piled into a cabriolet with the top down driving around a parking lot when it's 27° out lol.
As of now no plans for a motor swap. At least not while the current motor runs good. Thought about swapping the stock motor from the racecar when the built motor goes in... 2.0 FSI swap would be cool. 290whp/334wtq would be nuts in this car lol. Just want a cool cruiser.
Been shopping already for parts, Jesus these cars are cheap to run/repair/build. Already looking at BFI control arms with poly bushings, ST coilovers, powreflex bushings, motor mounts, etc. Can practically do the entire suspension front to back for $1k. Loving that aspect.
Starting to see why people say these cars are so cheap they'll make you go broke. For now I just want to get this thing road worthy again. Minor issues that need to be addressed like some suspension stuff, a small coolant leak, etc. Figured at 97k miles and being a 1992 I should do a timing service on it, dreading the cost I start looking into it. Well, $30 for the entire timing kit...... I could do timing kits on this for its entire life (every 6 years or 60k miles) and still be cheaper than one time on my FSI or TSI lol.
Current to do by spring list.
-Repair coolant leak (thermostat housing)
-Timing belt service
-Full tune up
-Trans fluid change
-BFI lower control arms and poly bushings
-Repair only right side speakers working
-New suspension (cup kit)
I'm sure some other things will pop up as I go, but as of right now this is all completely doable and won't break the bank. Pretty excited to drop the top and cruise come summer!
Well, due to a series of unfortunate events I am now dailying the MK1. My wife was forced off the road by an asshole tow truck driver and totalled her B7 Passat. So for now she's dailying the 09 GTI and I'm in the MK1. Only had a chance to take care of the radiator. Took all of 25 minutes to change out the rad lol. I have to say I'm loving this car, there truly is something to be said about an under powered car on skinny tires, get to drive at the limit all the time and I'm just going the speed limit lol.