So, I've just driven my late father's Golf down from Skye -- in some terrible weather -- and in many ways it's not as bad as I thought it might be. I even managed to overtake a couple of lorries on the A87 and A82, to the surprise of all concerned. Shame about the dead LEDs in the dash panel which meant I could see only the rev counter in the dark and had to do mental arithmetic to work out how fast I was going on the motorways! Did Fort William to Hemel on somewhat under a tank of diesel.
This will -- when I get the paperwork from the DVLA -- be on the appropriate section, but for now I'm hoping one of the fine people here might have an idea about its value? One owner, 52k miles on a 55 plate, most of the hand control hardware has been removed, and I've currently got the instrument pack out to have a look at the LEDs on Monday. It's a 1.9 turbo diesel, and I don't think the rear seats have ever been sat on (spent its life with the seats flat and a wheelchair and ancillary stuff in the back). New Avon tyres on the back -- I don't think it was driven except back from the garage -- and Toyos with about 7mm remaining on the front.
Well, took the binnacle out, saw nothing obvious to say why the LEDs didn't work, put it back, they still didn't work (though they did briefly work so I was able to turn off the thing that goes 'bing!' at 57mph) and discovered that starting the car without the binnacle (a) won't let the engine run and (b) sets the airbag light. I'll have a look with Torque tomorrow and see if I can turn it off again (if I can find the connector!)
Not sure about how I feel about it as a mile muncher. I don't like VAG cars in general, and in this case I was driving through snowstorms, trying to make sure Anita kept up with me in the (quicker) Bravo, and feeling rather in the dumps as I'd spent the week trying to sort out my father's estate and funeral. But it got there in one piece, still had some fuel left after 500 miles (though not as much as the Bravo had - did another 120 miles in that before filling up). It's torquey rather than voomy and it feels as if it doesn't want to accelerate past seventy. And bing, bing, bing, bloody bing all the way across the highlands!
I've had a painful crick in my neck for a week, but I don't know if that's related or not...
Thanks Pinin and Ruben. A neighbour has access to a factory reader to reset the airbag. For what it's worth, Torque doesn't see the airbag light error, but (good news) doesn't see any errors from the engine.
The Golf Plus has grown on me, I can see the point of it. It's a pumped up version of the regular gold. Bigger boot, wider backseats. What's not to like. It now plies it trade up and down the M11.
Dodgy lights on the dashboard console fixed (£11), headlights polished and sealed (£20), airfix paint to touch up the worn switches (£5), Bilt hamber (£10) lavishly applied to the rusty bits. New Stereo fitted (Free from my son). Child labour to clean the car (also free). Hand controls but also removed by me. I also had the cambelt changed and had the auto box oil changed which was a bit more expensive but they shouldn't need doing for a couple of years at least.
I bought a working console on fleabay then took it apart.
The display console electronics are made up of two parts, the front display part and the back control module that is keyed to the car (That holds the mileage). They are connected by a connector block, so just too the dodgy one off, put the fleabay display part back onto the existing control module and it worked. I did expect the car to start up with warning lights all over the place but it worked and I can now see the speedo in the dark, which is nice.
The LCD display (MFD) in the middle of the dash works when started up but then it slowly fads over time, made worse when it's hot (a common problem on the VW forums) but I can live with that.
Should works on all Mk5 Golfs.
Garage wanted £50 to remove the controls but then I checked and I found it was a couple of bolts that linked up to the steering column and the bolt on the foot pedal. 10 minutes of spannering and swearing trying to get the bar out and it was done.
The Golf Plus (the smurf as she is known in the works car park) has now reached the heady heights of 85k miles and is still running perfectly and it's currently sat doing about 100 miles a month because I only need it to visit my son,
The 1.9TDI is bullet proof but it did have a bit of an issue with the EGR being blocked but that improved the fuel economy (which they all suffer from around the 70k mile mark) so just took off the vacuum pipe for a bit until I could fit a straight through pipe and have it mapped out. Apart from that it has only cost me the servicing.
Also has a six month extension on the MOT now so won't need doing until 2021.
And another year on the ticket after the government backtracked on the MOT until August. Rusty front wings treated again, headlights lightly sanded and polished.
Rust will kill this car, the engine is bullet proof. The EGR and assorted other nasty bits and pieces were removed and luckily it doesn't have a DPF. ECU "amended" to ignore the EGR which is wonderful.
I am now undecided if I want to keep it or go back to the VW UP that my son was using and has now returned to me.
Its going to be up for sale in the next month as I am going back to my VW UP fo a bit then I may get a Seat Cupra Estate or a VW Tiguan.
Since buying it I have added about 35k miles and spent about £1200 on various bits, cam belt, gearbox oil/filter, new front tyres, straight through EGR pipe (and ditched all the EGR gubbins and changed the ECU). it doesn't have a DPF which is also nice.
Still has rusty arches which I patch up every year (news ones painted are £200 for a pair off eBay) and some minor rust on one of the doors. Needs the CV joint changing which came up on the MOT.
Full service history, 12 months MOT, magical 1.9 TDI engine, climate control has been degassed, just turned 90,000 miles and it's a 2005. Just took it to Devon for a camping holiday and it didn't miss a beat. It's automatic and everything works.
What do you reckon on the price?
(I saw a Mk5 Golf 2005 with 160k miles for £1,650 but its bodywork looked better),
The golf was still going strong, overall I did about 50k miles over three years and ended up spending the best part of £2000 on it in bits and pieces so it wasn't cost free (they never are). But that still works out at less than £100 per month. Never let me down either and it went all over the country without a hitch.
It was coming up to its next DSG service and cambelt /water pump change in the next 10k miles - tried selling to my son/nephew but a golf plus in Smurf blue just isn't that cool apparently.
The servicing/maintenance costs of the XC90 will be much higher I expect. I have already had a but of a shock as there was a bill for 800 in the service folder, but that was a full service, two news tyres and a cam belt and water pump change.
Had a quick clean up of the interior (cream leather interior not normally my thing but it's growing on me), and didn't realise just how grubby the leather was, tried some cleaner from Halfords which made absolutely no difference,, ten quid down the drain thanks very much, then read a few reviews online and found that Dodo Juice intensive leather cleaner gets good reviews. Its' amazing stuff, managed to get the leather back to its original colour (almost), added some Gliptone G11 conditioners and hopefully the leather will soften up from it's current "Elephant skin" feel to something a bit more youthful.