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    Corrado as a Daily

    Hi all. Long-ish time lurker here. What are your thoughts on using a Corrado as a daily, doing around 7,000 miles per year with almost daily use? For me, it would need to live outside and be used with car seats.

    Is this doable or is it pie in the sky?

    Specifically:

    • Will it rust badly outside? Can this be prevented or at least slowed?
    • Will car seats go in?
    • What sort of maintenance budget would it need?

    This assumes I get a well sorted one to start with.

    Many thanks in advance for opinions.

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    ⋆⋆ CF Donator ⋆⋆ Keyo's Avatar
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    They can be used as daily but it has come to a time where really it is best to preserve the cars im my opinion. The salt on the roads in the winter just eat the cars alive and rot the wings and and rear arches and suddenly you are looking at a 2-3k body shop bill. Im getting mine to mint then preserving her and use on weekends and in good weather conditions. She lives outside which I don't like but I give her a wash and wax every couple of weeks and have no trees over my drive. Its up to you buddy what ever rocks your boat really.

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    They were made as an everyday car. So no reason why not. Better to be used than stored away

    Vr6 heavy on fuel tho

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    Ours was a daily driver for the first eight years and eighty thousand miles we owned it! Timber on the roof rack, rubbish to the tip, kids to riding lessons in muddy fields, holidays away...... it did it all. Been a garage queen the last eleven years though. My mantra was always “you’d do it in a Passat estate, why not a Corrado???”
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    Mines a daily, been used as one for the last 18 years, the cars were built to enjoy,
    So enjoy your commute

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    Thanks for the quick replies. Does anyone have experience of using Child Seats in a Corrado? I expect they don’t have the isofix points in the back. Cheers.

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    I can help with this one as I regularly take my little one in the back of my Corrado, he loves it!

    I've used a Maxi Cosi Tobi from Mothercare and a Recaro child seat. Both seats fit pretty well but the Recaros seem to fit better / more sturdly into the Corrado rear seat. Easy to get the actual seat in and out - the seat belt clips in near the top on each side of the child seat then round the back & click into the seat buckle.

    Isofix mounts could possibly be restrospectively fitted, you'll need to look on the floorpan behind or under the rado rear seats for two blank bolt holes. However a DIY Isofix job is not something I would personally recommend.

    My parents had 2 of us in the rear seats of the Corrado for 14 years but health & safety were less of an concern back then!

    Hope that helps, cheers.

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    You don't need isofix mounts - all standard car seats can be secured properly just with seatbelts - I've had Maxi Cosi baby seats, intermediated, wing backed booster and normal booster in the back of mine for years, with kids that are now 11, 8 and 3, since they were babies.

    As for the daily questions - depends on what you want. I sue mine as daily, but there is going to be wear and tear, so best not to be too precious about it. The best solution is to have a minter for weekends and another car as a daily.

    Rust can be stopped, but only with a full bare metal tear down, welding and repsray - so not cheap. Servicing costs are not high, but you will run into more expensive items or ones that hard to find, so be prepared to be off the road for a while - best to have a newer second car.

    Reliability wise - in 10 years my VR6 has only let me down to the point where it had to be towed twice - both coolant related (one a split hose, the other a leaking rad). Other times it was off the road as I was doing the work myself so it took longer or it took time to locate a part. Be aware that things like brake and clutch master cylinders are nearly impossible to find, and you can be stuck without and MOT/NCT for stupid things like door handle or window regulator.

    Also if you are in a minor accident (even if not your own fault), the C will often get written off for things like replacement wings, bumpers and lights - all minor common accident parts, but increasingly hard to find.

    So overall, yes - you can definitely daily a Corrado, but make sure you have a decent second car and don't mind a bit of wear and tear.
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    I have always used my Corrados as daily drivers to a lesser or greater extent. Usually have owned another vehicle as well meaning that the risk was mitigated somewhat. But, generally the Corrado keys have been the first choice. In all that time Ive owned 9 VRs and only had one break down that required recovery. Plenty of flat batteries though
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    I used to use my Corrado as a daily, and last week got it on the road again. We have a 16 plate Touraeg as our main car which my wife uses.

    If you want a picture of a Corrado as a daily (this is probably worse than normal due to the ususal 'coming out of hibernation' niggles, but to be honest, you need to expect anything)...

    Last Sunday my wife was out, and I had the kids. I wanted to take them to soft play, but had to head to Halfords (yes, it was an emergency) as the front number plate had fallen off, and I needed a new one.

    I finally got the three kids, including the screaming baby, into the car, sat down, went to start it. Enging turned over, but would not start. No smell of fuel. I'd had the fusebox out to try and diagnose a fan problem - maybe I'd disturbed the after-market immobiliser fuel cut-off? I fiddled behind the fusebox, made sure the relays were home, basically just tried to shake the wires, praying I'd push a losse connection back into place. Nothing. Battery was weakening due to it not being used much, and the fan running on for the full 10 minutes every time I turned the engine off. I had no other car to jump it off. The kids were getting fed up. The baby started screaming louder...

    I had a quick look on Google to see what else it could be. Aha!! the crank sensor! I'd disturbed the wiring when trying to work out the fan issue, and it had a loose connection before I took it off the road. Up went the bonnet. I gave the wire and connection a wiggle. Went to start it... hurrah! It came to life.

    I had to stop off at the petrol station - two of the tyres were low due to corrosion on the alloys. Pumped them up, visited the drive thru with the kids. The radiator fan is stuck on stage 2 with the ignition on, so I queued in the traffic with the fan whirring away for everyone to hear. They told me to pull up to wait for the food and turn the engine off... I sat there with the fan running on, draining what little power was left in the battery. Would it start again?

    Luckily it did. Baby was asleep now, and we headed to Halfords. The car park was full, and the spaces were tiny. The Corrado is quite a small car, but it does have big doors which can be problematic when trying to get big things (say... kids) out of the back seats. We managed to get a decent space with just enough room to get the baby seat out of the back. We went into the store, got the number plates, fixing tape and panel wipes, and we all headed back to the car.

    I got back, and someone had parked a Range Rover quite close to me on the driver's side - not horrendously close, but close enough so I couldn't get the baby seat in. So I had to get the other kids out of the car again, and put the baby seat in through the passenger side, with my legs dangling out of the door. I then went to put the number plate on - the rain was starting and I had just managed to stick it on when the heavens opened.

    Luckily the adhesive held. We drove off to soft play. I stuck the wipers on and they moved really slowly across the window (it has TT wipers and blades). I put them on the highest speed and they were still slower than the normal standard speed and just about cleared the rain. And then the car steamed up with us all inside. I put the fan on the highest setting, which just about cleared a space in the windscreen for me to see through.

    We arrived at soft play an hour late. Kids had a great time. The baby slept. I spent all my time on Amazon/eBay/the Corrado forum excitedly ordering the spare parts I'd need to fix all the problems...
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