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The "Sexy Beast": GTi 180 Preservation Project
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MattyP
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:46 pm Up
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Bargain mate especially for a 180 in red!!

As Sim will agree, these just a smile on your face, had mine for 4yrs and was the best car i've ever owned

 
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MattyP wrote:
Bargain mate especially for a 180 in red!!

Interestingly, I found a piece of paper in the car from the owner prior to the guy I bought it off, and it was previously sold at just £975.

But, it does still seem like a bit of a bargain despite the obvious work that needs doing to it.

MattyP wrote:

As Sim will agree, these just a smile on your face, had mine for 4yrs and was the best car i've ever owned

I have to say that despite being to many a meet ,and show, this is the first time I'd actually been in one. There's definitely something about that engine when you give it a little acceleration.

Granted, it's no 308 GTi (which never fails to bring a smile with the sports mode activated), but still pleasing none the less.

 

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VorTechS wrote:
MattyP wrote:
Bargain mate especially for a 180 in red!!

Interestingly, I found a piece of paper in the car from the owner prior to the guy I bought it off, and it was previously sold at just £975.

But, it does still seem like a bit of a bargain despite the obvious work that needs doing to it.

MattyP wrote:

As Sim will agree, these just a smile on your face, had mine for 4yrs and was the best car i've ever owned

I have to say that despite being to many a meet ,and show, this is the first time I'd actually been in one. There's definitely something about that engine when you give it a little acceleration.

Granted, it's no 308 GTi (which never fails to bring a smile with the sports mode activated), but still pleasing none the less.

That is a bit strange but then a year or 2 ago they were going quite cheap but as more and more get broken for parts or written off they are becoming rarer and they are underestimated imo!

It's because they can rev quite high like these newer cars, my 207 Gti can't rev anywhere near the Gti180 and that's what makes it more enjoyable

 
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Sim
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VorTechS wrote:
At the moment I'm quite liking the fact that it's OEM. As is the bank balance for the change in insurance costs, which has literally halved.
Hang on a minute, the premium, or the balance? Very Happy

MattyP wrote:
As Sim will agree, these just a smile on your face, had mine for 4yrs and was the best car i've ever owned
What a machine! And the ways it went of getting back to VorTechS'! Will never forget, and would do it again any time of day.

Either of the GTis is worth preserving, and the joyride is very much so! Smile

2.0 HDi, year 2000 (daily)
GTi 180, year 2004 (garaged)
Missus' 1.6 16v CC, year 2007 (garaged)
PSA's GTC VXR, year 2014 (weekend toy)
Ex-cars:
Jag X-Type 2.5 V6 AWD, year 2002
Jag S-Type 3.0 V6 RWD, year 2000 (still at my folks)
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Sim wrote:
VorTechS wrote:
At the moment I'm quite liking the fact that it's OEM. As is the bank balance for the change in insurance costs, which has literally halved.
Hang on a minute, the premium, or the balance? Very Happy

Hehe, the premium. So much cheaper to have a standard GTi than a modified 1.6. Although Adrian Flux didn't seem to think so, which is why I am no longer insured by them!

 

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Time for an update!

VorTechS wrote:
01. VVT Solenoid removal / cleaning / replacement
02. Engine oil flush and replacement
03. Change spark plugs (for the hell of it)
04. Check the coil pack is a Pug one
05. Look at why steering seems to have gone a bit 'stiff'
06. Check / replace fuel sender
07. Swap the 'red' and 'yellow' wires over for the stereo!
08. Replace the cheap wipers
09. Re-hang the exhaust, replacing perishing rubbers
10. Replace the 'faded' SP fuel cap
11. Check / replace discs and pads all round

Thanks to Sim and the guys at Unity, we've been tweaking things forced mainly because I let Mrs VorTechS use the car while I took the 308 on a jaunt to London, and got back to her having broken the clutch!

So. Out of the list above, where are we at:

01. We replaced the VVT with the known working one from Sim's GTi and there was no difference whatsoever on the lumpy idling.

02. No flush, but the oil has been replaced. It came out as black as it looked!

03. Spark plugs. Removed the coil pack and started to pull them out, and my heart sank as the first one was freed and I discovered that it was the dreaded NGKs in there. One was as black as the oil where it hadn't even been fitted properly and I could almost remove it by hand! (If my fat fingers could actually grab it properly)

04. Didn't actually check this, but since the sparks were changed, there's been a drastic improvement

05. Two slowly deflating tyres caused this. No signs of a puncture either on either. I'm going to temporarily replace the alloys with the new ones from the silver one... and have a 'daily' and 'show' set of wheels.

06. Still to do

07. Still to do. Previous issues with the old stereo potentially causing a short have put this on the back burner, although the kids are going to want music when we go on holiday, so definitely something to be done over the summer when I resurrect the Kenwood Keg.

08. Embarrasingly, not done yet!

09. This is part done. The exhaust is still sitting too low, but I can't seem to find the right size hanger!

10. Easily done, although not yet done. Should be done over the next week or so, with the one from the silver bullet.

11. Done! Albeit with a typically stuck one that Sim kindly drilled out. Also, all of the discs only had a single screw in and so I've replaced them all now with aluminium hex ones which hopefully will make life easier come next service time!

But that's not all!

We had to replace the Clutch Slave Cylinder that was leaking, a rear brake hose was also leaking. The ABS failure previously reported was down to the ABS ring on the N/S front splitting. So the driveshaft was replaced and now there's a nice shiny ring! The O/S front is in a bad state too, so will need to be replaced soon. And also, one of the front bearings had gone and needed replacing.

Slowly she's gone from something that sounds tappety and feeling under-powered, into the RAWRing machine that she should be!

 

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Sim
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The pleasure is all ours, not many 180s are left out there, even more so in red. Great to see one kept on road, alive, and kicking!

03. The loose spark plug most probably gains its darkness from the exhaust fumes backfiring through it.

07. So the fuse has never blown since you've unhooked the radio?

09. Keep reminding me to take a photo of the Scorpion setup on mines

pRRAWR!

2.0 HDi, year 2000 (daily)
GTi 180, year 2004 (garaged)
Missus' 1.6 16v CC, year 2007 (garaged)
PSA's GTC VXR, year 2014 (weekend toy)
Ex-cars:
Jag X-Type 2.5 V6 AWD, year 2002
Jag S-Type 3.0 V6 RWD, year 2000 (still at my folks)
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Timon2210
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Well I'm glad to see that this project is going nicely,and the car tuning is almost there,it's a nice car,and deserves the full service so that it stay alive for more years to come,keep it going my friend Smile
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