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    very early cars had the AXX engine whereas a little while into local delivery VW switched to the BWA engine which makes about 20HP more.
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    I forgot about that Lima, I remember when I was looking at GTI's a couple I came across had little recall stickers inside the door.
    Mine doesn't have any funnily enough.
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    noisy timing belt tensioner pullies are common and are worth checking for. Can lead to annoying squeaks on cold start.

    Excessive engine movement can lead to the accessory belt hitting aircon lines in the front of the engine bay. Tell tale signs would be rub marks on either the belt or the line. If the aircon line ruptures its a paaaaaain in the arse to replace as the line is one piece all the way to the back of the engine bay. Have seen this on a few cars now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lima View Post
    There's been a couple of voluntary recalls and if they've been done there should be two little recall stickers inside the driver's side door jamb, roughly in line with the ignition. Off the top of my head I can't remember what they were for exactly, an ECU tweak and something to do with the brakes maybe. Nothing too major anyway, and they don't affect all GTIs. Ours was built in August 2006 and if your car (or prospective car) was built 12 months either side of that I'd just double check to see if the car was affected.
    Ah I have one of these stickers.

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    Just found this on ebay.


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    found this on vwvortex
    http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3366754

    1. Diverter valve failure
    2. PCV failure
    3. Broken intake ducting
    4. Cam lobe wear
    5. High pressure fuel pump failure
    6. Air conditioning does not work
    7. Tumble flap failure
    8. Cold start problems
    9. Misfires

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    A few GTIs I looked at had the intake ducting missing, now I know why lol. Cheers i-vtec.

    Cold start problems and misfires I think are related to coilpacks?
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    Nice find.

    Also, just remember (when looking for a used car):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    noisy timing belt tensioner pullies are common and are worth checking for. Can lead to annoying squeaks on cold start.

    Excessive engine movement can lead to the accessory belt hitting aircon lines in the front of the engine bay. Tell tale signs would be rub marks on either the belt or the line. If the aircon line ruptures its a paaaaaain in the arse to replace as the line is one piece all the way to the back of the engine bay. Have seen this on a few cars now.
    Has this been due to failed engine mounts? Does it make a bad rattle when driving off the line loaded up?

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    I think most important thing is to make sure it hasn't been modded.

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