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Sparky
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Ride : VW Golf GTI MK3 8V
Registration date : 2009-05-28

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PostSubject: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 08:11

I have been offered one but I don't know much about them. What are the common problems with them? and what should I look out for when buying one?. Just going to get an insurance quote to see how much it would sting me.
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OwainMK1
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Ride : MK1 Golf Gti + MK5 Golf Gti
Registration date : 2009-05-17

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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 09:27

All i know about mk3's are that the rear struts are pants, always go apparently. Others on ere would be able inform u more about the mk3 im sure.
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Chris_Irish
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Number of posts : 879
Ride : Mk3 Golf GTI/Mk2 Scirocco GT
Registration date : 2008-10-12

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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 17:02

Coil Pack tends to go, quiet a common coil on VWs of that age.

Struts normally fail around 80k

Early ones rust on the bottom and on the sills.

If looked after they are pretty good.
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Cymro
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Ride : Mk2 Polo "Fern", Kia Sportage
Registration date : 2008-03-26

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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 21:53

Golf Or Polo?

mk3 golfs are rust magnets

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Chris_Irish
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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 22:04

Not if you get a proper one!
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Cymro
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Cymro

Number of posts : 2222
Ride : Mk2 Polo "Fern", Kia Sportage
Registration date : 2008-03-26

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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyThu Sep 10 2009, 22:26

should meet the guy who did my MOT last year, car before me was a mk3 golf, more rust than car, said he hates seeing them as they fail 90% of the time, mk3 polo's he barely sees them and normally have a bit of surface rust but nothing else.

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Sparky
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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyFri Sep 11 2009, 08:26

It's a Golf, it looks pretty solid. It's my girlfriends Dad's car so he knows a decent car. I bought my Mk2 off him so he is fairly reliable. I had an insurance quote form Admiral for the multicar stuff. Me and my girlfriend driving the Beamer and the Golf for 126 a month.
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Darkdub
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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyFri Sep 11 2009, 11:00

sills

struts

engine oil sensor leaks

lower wishbone bushes

rear bushes

heater resistor switches (for the blower motor)

coil pack's especially 8v's Mad

thats it theyre usually without theyre problems if theyre looked after like every car abviously parts will wear out its just up to the owner to maintain them or when you buy it change some of these parts and you will have a car that will run for manyer year yet B)
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Sparky
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PostSubject: Re: MK 3 8 Valves   MK 3 8 Valves EmptyFri Sep 11 2009, 12:32

Cheers everyone I will go and have a proper look at it tonight. When I have been in it before it sounds like a dodgy bearing on the rear. It's just very noisy but never mind I kind of want the car for a project/cruising mobile anyway.
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