BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1

IS ANY­THING MISS­ING?

Check for any miss­ing cos­met­ics or in­te­rior trim, be­cause re­place­ment parts are rarer than they used to be. The sun­roof can break due to frag­ile metal com­po­nents – it’s eas­ier to re­place it with one from an­other car than strip­ping down the ex­ist­ing unit.

2 A BRIGHT IDEA

The head­light switch is prone to fail­ing – re­place­ment is prefer­able to try­ing to fix it with re­place­ment fuses. VW no longer stocks the parts, but af­ter­mar­ket re­place­ments are be­ing made.

3 CHAIN LET­TERS

Check that the tim­ing chain has been re­placed. The chains aren’t known for snap­ping but do wear out. The clutch has to come off to ac­cess the chains so it makes sense to re­place both – bud­get on around £600-700.

4 CHECK THE ABS

An il­lu­mi­nated ABS warn­ing light should ring alarm bells – not only are they are prone to fail­ing in their own right, but they can in­di­cate is­sues with the ABS pump, which is dif­fi­cult to get hold of and is no longer stocked by Volk­swa­gen deal­ers.

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