Couple of pictures of mine. I did the roof myself in an afternoon but did cheat by using two pieces with a join in the middle which I've covered using a stripe I was going to fit anyway. Doesn't look perfect but it was first use of vinyl for wrapping and I wanted to hide the lacquer peel.
Generally a mixed bag???? No real surprise Matt Le Blanc is stepping down. By way of comparison, I also watched the latest Grand Tour, which was enjoyable and frustrating to an equal degree with TG. Both formats need a new direction as they are both getting a little tired? That said, I am glad they are both still around as I enjoy their petrolhead content.
Thank you very much Graham for the valuable info and the good reads, wasn’t aware of that issue with the earlier 20vt’s, I’ve done swaps only between my ex-late’98 and current-late’99 coupes. The price difference is negligible also, so I’ll be after the second type definitely. The seals are in my checklist already and have them prepared for at least two years.
Bought the second coop with unknown type of chip installed and had intermittent knocking issue @1.2bar / full throttle, but that’s another story to chat.
As Joe says, there's a thermo switch in the side of the radiator which controls the fan coming on. You have a dead thermostat - they stick open - and the bad news is there are no replacements available unless you are very very lucky and fine one at the back of a dealer somewhere.
There is a heat exchanger between the oil and water, on the back of the mounting block for the filter - the water goes down those two pipes on the front of the engine. So as a rule, when there's a lot of oil and water movement, the oil tracks the water temperature, within a few degrees.
The thermostat should open at 79 to 83C, and the fan normally comes on at 103C (or at least, that's what the internal water temperature tends to be, when the fan's running). The engine will hold at that all day, so don't panic about overheating unless it goes higher. Though you should make sure you have the correct level of coolant and that it holds sufficient antifreeze.
There have been a couple of attempts to replace the thermostat - BBR did one recently - involving removing the thermostat capsule from the inside of the thermostat (i.e. bashing it out!) and using an inline thermostat in the radiator top hose.
...on my wife's new (but used) VW EOS, It's a 2 litre diesel, and the other day whilst my wife was driving home from a short trip, it started to smell really strongly of burnt rubber, and power seemed to be down. Once at home, the smell seemed to be around the front and n/s/f of the car. Sniffing the tyres closely confirmed as similar smell, but no evidence of any tyres rubbing or any damage. Opening the bonnet resulted in a stronger smell, but not really in the o/s area where the cam/aux belts are. Can only see one aux belt and it looks OK, tension looks OK, engine runs OK with no odd sounds, but dash now shows tyre pressure warning, so maybe the n/s/f tyre is low, it looks OK but didn't check pressure yet. It supposedly has "self sealing" tyres, but the fronts were replaced with part worn tyres just before we bought it, maybe the TPMS sensor was not reset? Have read somewhere that it might be the DPF, running hot and making exhaust rubbers start to smell...
So in the end I sold the car (remotely via WhatsApp when I was in Oman!) with the broken engine, and took a roughly £3k hit, ouch! The engine design is such that the camshafts act on "fingers" that then press down on the valves, and somewhere in there are hydraulic tappets. A lot of that stuff got damaged on the inlet side, including the camshaft itself (score marks on the lobes). Looks like the tensioner failed, but there doesn't seem to be much comeback, it was replaced over a year ago so any "warranty" on parts or labour would have expired. Bummer.
Anyway, we now have a new car, a VW EOS, and a new problem thread to follow...
I saw the oil leak mentioned in the worksheet and I had the same. The problem being for me, as it was for you, that the oil filter works loose. There is probably a thread for that somewhere. The recommended oil filter is very stubby and hard to reach and therefore tighten. My Fiat counter suggested a Punto filter which is longer (for the benefit other owners reading this, part no. #0071736139) and I also made a custom tightening tool to screw it on good & proper which has worked well.
I would certainly let you know if it ever comes to selling. This forum would be the first point of advertising anyway. I don't have an email for you, perhaps you'd like to share that in a PM? You know what I would like for the history file is a picture of you with the car if you have one...