MK3 1.8

Run by: Michael Clev­er­ley Owned since: Novem­ber 2016 To­tal Mileage: n/a Lat­est costs: n/a

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Af­ter get­ting the mk3 up and run­ning and putting it – suc­cess­fully – through its MOT, we’ve haven’t had the chance to do much more with it. That’s be­cause a) Clev­er­ley Re­paired Cars has been man­i­cally busy, and b) we’ve put the mk3 to good use as our cour­tesy car and it’s been out a lot in cus­tomers’ hands.

A few of those cus­tomers didn’t par­tic­u­larly like it, but oth­ers came back im­pressed.

The big­gest prob­lem I have with it is that the en­gine is so soul­less. De­spite the bad press that mk3s have re­ceived in the past, I think it han­dles well enough; bet­ter, prob­a­bly, than the mk2. Talk­ing of the han­dling, one of the few jobs we have done on the car in re­cent times is treat it to a four-wheel align­ment to give it a more sporty feel.

The next es­sen­tial piece of main­te­nance re­quired is to fix the cen­tral lock­ing. That’s some­thing I’ve never dealt with be­fore, so it should be ed­u­ca­tional work­ing out where the fault lies. One of the rea­sons for buy­ing the car in the first place was to build an in-depth knowl­edge of the mk3 – what’s likely to go wrong, how to fix it, and how to im­prove it – but I was hop­ing for more ex­cit­ing prob­lems than this one…

Michael’s mk3 has been pressed into ser­vice as a cour­tesy car

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