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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hi there!

I am Sam, 24 years old and I just obtained a MK5 R32! :). Shpoo was a nickname that I acquired through high school with a group of friends.

I wanted to start a "build thread" for this car, however, I don't have many modifications in mind for the .:R, so at this stage, it is going to be more of a log of my experiences with the car for my own benefit. Hopefully, some of you can enjoy it too(y)

Prior to this car, I owned a 2009 Audi S3 Sportback for just over three years, and I absolutely loved it! I performed extensive maintenance and added some tasty performance and handling modifications while maintaining a very OEM+ theme. The car was stage 2+ tuned and went extremely well! Here is a photo of the car:
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I chose to sell the car to move into a more practical vehicle to support a growing family in the near future. But, someone approached me about trading the S3 for an R32 plus cash. I couldn't turn it down because I am still a kid at heart :ROFLMAO:

So, here it is! A couple of photos from the previous owner:

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Specs and Info at purchase:
  • 2006 Volkswagen Golf R32
  • Service history
  • 2x keys
  • Black Pearl paint
  • DSG Transmission
  • Privacy Glass
  • Sunroof
  • Leather, Heated & Electric seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Odometer: 126,000 km
  • 35mm Neuspeed lowering springs
  • MK6 Golf R Catback exhaust with 4" tips
  • Aftermarket rear parking sensors
  • Xtrons Android head unit with wireless CarPlay, etc.
Overall, the vehicle is mechanically sound and the interior is reasonably tidy, but there are a few small electrical issues and the exterior is in poor condition, to be honest. Definitely not up to my standard! I will be spending some time getting it into perfect shape.

That's all for the introduction! Cheers :)
 

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Next up, I wanted to check over the maintenance items on the R32 for a piece of mind. The previous owner provided paperwork for the DSG and Haldex services that were carried out around 1000 km ago, but everything else I wanted to confirm was done or needed doing.

I wanted to check the following items:
  • Air filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Coil packs and spark plugs
  • Timing chain - by observing live data on OBDeleven or VCDS to check for stretch
  • Cabin filter
  • Inspect the rocker cover for oil leaks
My findings:
  • The air filter was clean and appeared to be reasonably new
  • The fuel filter appears to be due to the physical appearance of the filter and service history records
  • The coil packs and spark plugs were rusty and corroded, from what appears to be pressure washing of the engine a few months prior
    • there was a lot of debris around the plugs too, which will also be a result of the pressure washing forcing debris into the spark plug channels
    • I screwed the spark plugs back in halfway and used compressed air to force the debris out of the channels, and a vacuum to collect the particulates as they exited. It worked well!
  • The timing chain stretch test came back great - almost perfect. Obviously, physical inspection will be more accurate, but I have no doubt it is good as I hear no rattle whatsoever.
  • The cabin filter was absolutely disgusting and will explain why the cabin has a very interesting smell when the air conditioning is on.
  • The rocker cover is not leaking, so there is no need for a rocker cover gasket replacement at this stage
Here are some photos of my findings:
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Next up - inspection of the engine bay, underside, suspension, exterior and interior for repair/replacement/upgrade opportunities! :)
 

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After inspection of the underside, suspension, exterior, interior and engine bay, there were a few problems that require addressing. There were many that were insignificant to the average owner, but I picked up on a lot of things I will be repairing.
  • The passenger door doesn't unlock intermittently (so the previous owner said)
    • I am yet to experience this issue
  • The rear right window operates in the opposite direction to the switch
    • the window goes up when the switch is pushed down, and
    • the window goes down then the switch is pulled up
  • The pinch welds are flattened next to the jacking points due to incorrect use of a jack/jack stands so I will need to repair these before the next WOF (New Zealand's equivalent of an MOT as they call it in the UK)
  • The boot struts do not lift all the way up anymore
  • The hood strut does not hold the bonnet open anymore
  • The gasket around the antenna is missing - will need to be replaced to prevent water from leaking into the headliner
  • The front grille lower section is broken and needs replacing
    • I was told it could be plastic welded but there is no way it can be - it is wrecked. big bill for this repair $$$$
  • The paint is in a bad way and needs correcting and coating
  • The rear parking sensors stopped working a while ago and I will chase the wiring to find the issue
Time to start ordering maintenance parts and a few repair items and let the fun start :)
 

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First mod - starting off small (no pun intended)

The antenna is enormous and ugly, and a little bit of the rubber is missing. So, I ordered a stubby antenna to tidy it up a little bit.

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As I await the arrival of OEM maintenance parts to arrive from the US (unless you want to pay an arm and a leg to purchase locally), I am taking advantage of the time to detail the car!

Starting with the interior, I decided to remove the front and rear seats, and everything in and under the boot to do the most thorough job possible.

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There was a lot of grime around the rear seatbelt anchor points, and plenty of stuff all over the carpet.

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I got stuck in starting with a thorough vacuum, with the assistance of a Capro detailing brush to loosen dust on the centre console, dash and door cards.

Next, I deep cleaned the carpets using a Bissell Spotclean Turbo extraction vacuum with Valet Pro Enzyme Odour Eater and a drill brush to agitate. The extracted water from the carpet was filthy and the results were outstanding!

Following this, I used Carpro Inside, a Carpro synthetic detailing brush, and a Carpro Innerscrub microfibre mitt to clean all surfaces.

Lastly, the carpets were protected using Carpro SO2Pure and then the seats were reinstalled.

The final results:

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Now the car feels and smells like my own!

Excuse the dirty door jams - the exterior detail is coming next! ;)
 

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Thanks, Andy!

At this stage, it will be OEM+! There are very small interior touches I want to make to modernise it, and subtle exterior modifications to improve the appearance. My ultimate goal as of right now is to restore the car back to perfection before adding anything else!

This includes: paint correction and ceramic coating, repairing broken or damaged components, and carrying out all maintenance and servicing for my peace of mind that it is perfect.

Also, Andy, you will see that I started a conversation with you privately. It appears this thread has been duplicated. Can you please delete the other one? Thanks!
 

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Since I got the R32, the parking sensors haven't worked. The previous owner said that they never worked under his ownership, and he purchased it with them already installed.

I did some research on the history of the car and found out I knew the 'previous previous' owner through university and found out that they were installed before him too, but they stopped working during his ownership. This led me to believe that maybe something had just been unplugged or a wire was split or something, so I began chasing the wires!

When I deep cleaned the car a couple of days ago, I saw where the 4x sensor wires came into the car from the rear bumper.

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I tracked the wires and they went into the left rear quarter right by the tail light.

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I found that the plug that powers the sensors from the reverse light and powers the speaker was disconnected! The double-sided adhesive tape on the back of the box must have failed, causing the box to fall and the plug to disconnect.

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I reconnected the plug, tested each of the sensors and it's all working perfectly again!
 

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My box of maintenance items arrived today, so I got stuck into installing parts straight away!

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The package included:
  • cabin filter
  • genuine coil packs
  • genuine spark plugs
  • genuine oil filter and drain plug
  • genuine fuel filter
I started with the cabin filter. It was absolutely filthy, so I lay out an old sheet to prevent my freshly detailed interior from getting dirty!

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Next, I got stuck into the spark plugs and coil pack installation. As stated in a previous post, they are rusty and had dirt all around them, which is evident that the engine bay was filthy then pressure washed and the water was washed down into the spark plug channels. I cleaned them all out and all is good now!

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The parts removed from cylinder 3 were actually reasonably good, and cylinder 5 was the worst. Cylinder 5 had a bit of oil residue around the walls. I inspected the valve cover for oil leaks around the gasket which checked out fine, but this shows that the spark plug seal is leaking, so I will be ordering a new valve cover gasket kit and I will replace the PCV valve and intake manifold gasket while I am in there!

During the fuel filter replacement, one of the clips was NOT budging, even after about an hour of prying with picks, flatheads, and with brake cleaner too. I have had fuel filter clips that were a pain, but this one was not going to come off! I will drop the car to the VW dealership to replace this so that I am not at fault if a fuel line connector is broken. Sneaky!
 

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You can get replacement clips of two different types ( OEM and a modified one for replacement that fits in easier) for the fuel filter connectors. Removing the clip completely on the stuck connector enables removal of the connector from the filter and then fit the new clip into the connector and fit the new filter

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You can get replacement clips of two different types ( OEM and a modified one for replacement that fits in easier) for the fuel filter connectors. Removing the clip completely on the stuck connector enables removal of the connector from the filter and then fit the new clip into the connector and fit the new filter

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Interesting. Do you pry the clip off the connector by popping it out of the clip? Where can I find these, as my understanding was that there was no replacement for them (maybe this meant if a connector breaks you cant replace the connector itself, rather).

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Interesting. Do you pry the clip off the connector by popping it out of the clip? Where can I find these, as my understanding was that there was no replacement for them (maybe this meant if a connector breaks you cant replace the connector itself, rather).

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Getting the clip out is a destructive process that will damage the clip but not the connector. You need to lever the connector off the filter when you have compressed the button to release the connector clip as much as possible. This levering off if the clip is faulty will probably damage the clip but not connector itself. You can then remove the clip by prying out of the connector once its off the filter. The filter tube stops removal of the clip before then. Then you can fit a new clip by pushing it into the slot in the connector and then you can fit to the new fuel filter. The clip is a directional fit in the connector so the chamfer faces the filter and can push onto the filter tube and latch on the ring on the tube. Make sure the connector fits, latches and seals properly on the filter and cant pull off without compressing the clip button, you dont want a fuel leak. When I did this I also safety wired the connector to the filter body to be double sure

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Getting the clip out is a destructive process that will damage the clip but not the connector. You need to lever the connector off the filter when you have compressed the button to release the connector clip as much as possible. This levering off if the clip is faulty will probably damage the clip but not connector itself. You can then remove the clip by prying out of the connector once its off the filter. The filter tube stops removal of the clip before then. Then you can fit a new clip by pushing it into the slot in the connector and then you can fit to the new fuel filter. The clip is a directional fit in the connector so the chamfer faces the filter and can push onto the filter tube and latch on the ring on the tube. Make sure the connector fits, latches and seals properly on the filter and cant pull off without compressing the clip button, you dont want a fuel leak. When I did this I also safety wired the connector to the filter body to be double sure

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Excellent! Thanks for the write-up. I will look into this. The issue for me is actually getting the connector OFF the filter lol it did not budge for well over an hour. If only this solution allowed me to remove the clip destructively while its on the filter. That would be ideal!
 

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Excellent! Thanks for the write-up. I will look into this. The issue for me is actually getting the connector OFF the filter lol it did not budge for well over an hour. If only this solution allowed me to remove the clip destructively while its on the filter. That would be ideal!
Fully pushing inthe button clip section on the top of the connector - there is a special tool for this that makes this easier, and you should then be able to lever the connector off the filter body with a large screwdriver even if the clip is faulty. This levering though will probably damage the clip so it will not re-latch properly on the filter and need replacing.

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I bought a replacement fuel line from the tank pump to the filter as I damaged the clip getting it to come off to replace the filter and like you I did not think repair was possible. But after looking at the work involved in getting the whole new fuel line in place though the narrow gap between the tank and body I decided to explore replacing the whole end connector (using one from the fuel line I had bought) or replacing the damaged clip and found these replacement clips.

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Fully pushing inthe button clip section on the top of the connector - there is a special tool for this that makes this easier, and you should then be able to lever the connector off the filter body with a large screwdriver even if the clip is faulty. This levering though will probably damage the clip so it will not re-latch properly on the filter and need replacing.

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Yeah I will either look at the special tool or just drop it to a VW specialist to remove it as I have done about 5 fuel filter changes in the past 8 years and never had one like this one clip lol. I would rather keep it in tact and not risk breaking it until it's off
 

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New bonnet and boot struts. A simple, yet very necessary replacement item! My bonnet wouldn't stay up, and my boot would only open half way. Now they swing right open!

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Today I carried out an oil service as it was due in approx. 500 km. I used Castrol Edge 5W-30, a genuine oil filter, and a new genuine drain plug. Everything went smoothly, and it took exactly 5.5 litres of oil to reach the oil level target.

When I removed the belly pan it was covered in grease, so I had a look and found that the driver's side inner CV boot was split. I will be ordering a new one and doing that install shortly.

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I also placed a camera underneath the dogbone mount and started the car and gave it some very light revs to see how elastic the bushing was. It has a bit of play, but nothing too major, and no splits in the bushing and no signs of it happening any time soon, so I plan to install a 034 Motorsport dogbone mount insert.

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now, time to enjoy it!
 

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Why 5W-30? The specification for the engine was originally 5W-40, at least it was in my Mk4 and the engines are essentially the same?

As another poster has found as engines get older and you get some wear in the bearings and pump you may have a problem with low hot idle oil pressure with 5W-30.

I know dealers use 5W-30 but that just to keep their life simple as more modern VW's normally use 5W-30 or 0W-30

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