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  • 18-09-2020 3:43pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ chillyspoon


    Any recommendations for good VW indies on the east coast that know the ins and outs of classic and questionably classic (Mk3 1.8 GL :D ) Golfs? - ideally Co. Wicklow.

    Doesn't necessarily have to be an indie come to think of it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a main dealer if there are great mechanics in the workshop.

    Thanks! :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ chillyspoon


    Any recommendations for good VW indies on the east coast that know the ins and outs of classic and questionably classic (Mk3 1.8 GL :D ) Golfs? - ideally Co. Wicklow.

    I thought there'd be loads of recs but I guess not! :(


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,743 Mod ✭✭✭✭ kadman


    Surely golfs are run of the mill mechanics, should be loads of guys well able for these.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,531 ✭✭✭ whippet


    There is a lad who is based near Navan or Slane I think who specialises in classic VWs .. John Moss is his name as far as I remember .. don’t have any more details but I think he is still in business


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,743 Mod ✭✭✭✭ kadman


    Of course there is Jon White in Castledermot, but he is a long way from the east coast.


  • Registered Users Posts: 463 ✭✭ Testacalda


    To be fair a MK3 golf isn't a very specialised car, any decent garage should be able to do any repairs that would be required. The engineering and technology in a mk3 is quite basic by the standards of something any way modern


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,690 ✭✭✭ Neilw


    whippet wrote: »
    There is a lad who is based near Navan or Slane I think who specialises in classic VWs .. John Moss is his name as far as I remember .. don’t have any more details but I think he is still in business

    I know someone who has had to fix a lot of work they did.


  • Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ chillyspoon


    Thanks for the replies guys - the interest in a specialist is less about the engine that's in it, and more about the engine that's going to be in it :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,642 ✭✭✭ Timing belt


    Thanks for the replies guys - the interest in a specialist is less about the engine that's in it, and more about the engine that's going to be in it :D

    What are you planning on putting in it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,068 ✭✭✭ noelf


    VR6 would be nice .. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 887 ✭✭✭ Baybay


    For what it may be worth, I don’t have a classic VW but have been happily driving new ones every few years for a while now, bought & serviced by main dealer Sinnott Autos in Wicklow town.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ chillyspoon


    What are you planning on putting in it?
    noelf wrote: »
    VR6 would be nice .. :)
    Baybay wrote: »
    For what it may be worth, I don’t have a classic VW but have been happily driving new ones every few years for a while now, bought & serviced by main dealer Sinnott Autos in Wicklow town.

    I heard about some nutter who widened a Rabbit and put in a Porsche 928 engine but an Audi 1.8T is the most likely and sensible option, which gives a decent power increase without too much faffery, and she'll still be listed as a 1.8.

    The VR6 option is definitely on the table too but the mk3 engine hasn't got the best rep for longevity, so I'd need to make sure the engine is a good 'un before going there and I'd need to wait until the change to classic tax before going that route too - having driven a high tax car as my daily for the last 12 years, I'm loving the lower tax, and can't wait until the Golf hit 30 and goes down to 56 euro. :D:D:D

    All that's happened under the bonnet so far is basic recommissioning; a new throttle body gasket, full service, timing belt, distributor cap and a few other minor bits. I have a new power steering belt that I should really put in too - the current one's crappy. There's a slightly sketching sounding bearing somewhere too but the old 1.8 is pulling surprisingly well.

    Thanks for the Sinnott's tip - I'd also heard that one of the guys there is really good with older Golfs, so it's great hearing a second voice.


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