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Introduction to my Corrado VR6

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I bought my '93 Corrado VR6 in May 2017 - with very little knowledge of the car and the engine.


After speaking to friends who have an interest in VW cars, I found out that the engine is not an original Corrado VR6 engine, it was out of a MK3 Golf. The engine bay has also been partially smoothed (badly) so there are things that are missing from the bay. I say badly because the air filter was behind the engine and above the exhaust manifolds.




Our assumption was that a previous owner had tried to supercharge the car, hence the bay smoothing and some pipes being in a strange places. They blew the original 2.9L engine and replaced it with an 2.8L out of the Golf VR6. This didn't particularly bother me because it was drivable. However, I had persistent over heating issues to the point where I would get coolant temperature of 120 and oil temperature of 140. After changing the thermostat and trying coolant additives it still didn't make a difference.I've had it block tested and its definitely head gasket failure.


I took it off the road and put it into storage while I decided what to do with it.


Current Problems with the VR6


Current engine head gasket failure

No heater matrix

Power steering bar is covering the oil filter housing

Oil cooler failure

Water pump failure as a result of head gasket failure

Multiple coolant hose rupture due to head gasket failure

Bonnet cable snapped

Hazard light switch blows the indicator relay

Rear fog light out

Most of the sensors don't work

Cables like a rats nest behind the dash

Speakers aren't wired in

Radiator full of rust


Good Things about the VR6


It's a good colour

The sunroof doesn't leak

It sounds amazing

It's a Corrado

It's fully polybushed




I have a 2.9L engine ready to go in now, the next post will be more about.


If anyone has advice or ideas I would love to hear them.

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Good luck and as you've got a 2.9 to go in you'll sort most of your problems. Nice to have a smoothed engine bay too.


Your next nasty jobs sound like heater matrix and wiring behind the dash.... luckily the dash needs to come out to do the matrix (well it doesn't completely but it makes sense in your case!)


There's plenty of far more knowledgeable people on here than me so do use the forum when you're at your wits end!

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