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  1. Thanks for the replies guys, It seems like there's a great deal of trust in Stealth Racing, but they are quite far away from me and it would cost a fair amount just to trailer it up there for a second opinion. As trust in the garage seems to play a big part in people's recommendations, I figure I'll let you guys know that it's at JMR racing. I've used JMR before for suspension work (back in 2007) and I believe that John knows his stuff, but I get the impression that he's a bit of a perfectionist and always starts off by recommending the premium option. I'm a perfectionist as well, but I'm not sure if I can justify the perfectionist price tag 😀 It seems like maybe a top-end rebuild rather than a full rebuild is the way to go,
  2. ...the engine. That is the question I'm deliberating over. My '95 Corrado VR6 has been in storage for 7 or so years and I'm seeking to get it back on the road. It's currently with a specialist garage who took it for an MOT and it only failed on rusty break lines and emissions (quite a few advisories though and some things that were missed completely like an ABS). The garage have assessed the car and said that it's got a really good body (v.little rust and mostly original paint) and interior (leather) but it does need a whole heap of work (probably 10k if I had everything done, not including cosmetic items such as respray). I definitely want to get the car back on the road but I can't justify throwing £10k at it right now so the work will have to be done in stages. As I alluded to earlier, my main decision right now it what to do about the engine. It's done 120k miles and was consuming a fair amount of oil before I took it off the road. The garage are recommending a full rebuild at £3.5k (assuming the head and block are ok). There obviously is an issue with the amount of oil that it's consuming, and that's probably the reason for the emissions issue (the CAT could well have been killed by an oil leak), so some internal engine work seems likely to correct that issue, I'm just not sure if it needs to be a full rebuild. I am planning on using the car as my daily, although that only amounts to only a handful of miles a week as I work from home. So I doubt I'll do more than a couple of thousand miles a year, but I still need it to be reliable. Popular opinion seems to be that a VR6 engine will need a rebuild after 150k miles, but I doubt this car will ever see much over 150k miles if I'm only doing 2k miles a year. So I'm not sure whether to go with the garage's recommendation of the full rebuild, as that should give me trouble free running (as far as the engine is concerned) for the rest of the cars life (or until they ban big petrol engines), or alternatively see if there's a cheaper route just to fix the oil and emissions issue, but then who knows what could be round the corner next? BTW, although I don't intend on selling the car, value has to be a consideration. A rebuilt engine is obviously going to increase the potential resell price, but clearly not to the tune of £3.5k. Any insight or advise anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Robin
  3. I don't mean to hyjack this thread, but whilst we're on the subject of turbos... I've been thinking about getting my VR6 turbo'd. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure for how much it's likely to cost to get a kit fitted? Also looking for some advice on who to go to. I've used JMR before for a suspension overhead but I don't know how good he is on turbo conversions. I've just looked up G-Werks as they've been mentioned earlier in this thread, they are just as close as JMR but judging from their website they look a bit 'G60 only'?? Cheers, Robin
  4. robhearne

    Rolling Arches

    How well do you reckon this works? http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp?productID=9108
  5. Silver C pulling out of the Shell petrol station on the A264 near East Grinstead. Only spotted at last minute as it was dark so didn't have time to flash.
  6. It had a service at the end of April (which was before I owned it) and it had an oil change then (well they charged for one at least)
  7. Just lately my C has developed a faint ticking noise from the engine. It's only audible at engine speeds over about 2500 rpm and it fades in and out in a sort of rhythmic pattern. I'm pretty sure that the noise continues when I come off the throttle. Anyone got any ideas? I hope that's it's nothing to do with the timing chain, it's only(?)done 77,000 miles. Tappets maybe? P.S. It seems to go away if I turn the radio up :D
  8. The other alternative is to buy an iPod and a Dension ICE-Link. I've got a mStation in the Ghia and an iPod in the Corrado and I prefer the iPod option. The iPod also has the advantage of being removable so it's not just confined to the car (you can't take your mStation on holiday with you :) )
  9. I could be me (I go to Crawley every couple of weeks or so) but I've only had these wheels on the car for a couple of weeks (standard Speedlines before that) and I've not been to Crawley in that time, so if the car you've seen had the same wheels then it's probably someone else.
  10. Cheers, but to be honest it probably looks better in the photo's than in real life. A respray is definitely on the cards (same colour most likely) but it's second in my list of project cars so it probably won't happen for a while.
  11. I finally got around to fitting my new wheels and thought that as I'd take a few pictures whilst it was looking reasonable shiny. Next on the list is the Konis to get rid of that 4x4 stance. P.S. Any really observant people may remember me taking about a set of Momo Arrows that I bought a short while back. Well after buying them I just wasn't happy with the look and decided to go with the Stil-Autos that i'd previously purchased.
  12. I recently went from a 2000 Polo GTI to my 94' Corrado and I don't regret it at all.
  13. I love it!!! It looks like something straight out of Flight of the Navigator :D All the chrome paint that I've seen has been shite, looks like they've finally come up with some that works. Anyone got the paint code :D
  14. I was thinking about buying one of these head units a while ago but I eventually decided to buy an iPod and a Dension car kit for my existing Sony head unit. This has lots of advantages over paying over the odds for a HDD head unit (you can't take the head unit on holiday with you for a start :) ) and whilst there are a few disadvantages I'm pretty sure that it was the right way to go (for me at least).
  15. Check out this thread http://the-corrado.net/.archive/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14136
  16. robhearne

    THE Wheel page

    Thanks Kev. Am I likely to have a much trouble with clearance do you think?
  17. the fit on their after market rear lights left ALOT to be desired!!!! Are there better makes available or are they all just as bad?
  18. Have a look on here http://www.tyresave.co.uk/choose.html, it manages to make this stuff pretty easy to follow.
  19. robhearne

    THE Wheel page

    Got the wheels now, not bad condition, some kirbing but nothing that can't be sorted. The wheels are 17x8" ET35. How much trouble am I going to have fitting these and what's the recommended tyre size? Judging by the amount of space between the inside of the current (standard) front tyres and the shock strut I guess I'm going to have to use spacers. I'm seriously hoping that I won't have to roll the arches but I guess that depends on how much I end up lowering the car by. I know at least a couple of you guys are using wheels this size (if not bigger), any advice would be appreciated.
  20. I agree, I really like the the current VW dials and that's the look I'm after (it's the thing I miss most about my Polo GTI, except maybe the climatronic A/C). I'm not at all sure about silver ones.
  21. robhearne

    THE Wheel page

    Just bought meself some Momo Arrows from ebay :D :D http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7922219723&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOAB:UK:6 It was a bit of a impulse buy as I saw them late and don't really know what condition they're in. I'm not sure whether £300 was a good price (I guess that depends on the condition) but some others went recently for £360. I've got a set of brand new Stilauto 'Racing' wheels that I bought a while back but haven't fitted because I was waiting to sort out the suspension at the same time. I'll probably flog them if anyones interested. (see mark16v's C on the first page of this thread if want to know what they look like)
  22. By the time we've all fitted these there will be so many Corrados with Indiglo dials people will start to think that they came as standard :D
  23. Well if you see someone wave next time your passing through the town on a Friday/Saturday night then it will either be me on my way to the pub :drinking: or a mad man. :cuckoo:
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