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2015-08-02 A Good Buy and a Bad Oil Filter

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To make a very long story a lot shorter, I missed my smart car for summer cruising around, I'm putting a TON of mileage on my "new" Golf, and Jenny keeps blabbing about wanting a convertible. By chance I looked up some Kijiji offerings for smart cars to see what they were going for nowadays and came across this one. It was listed as a coupe but I could see in the photos it was a cabrio, the price was quite low, and the mileage seemed low relative to the price (only 100k km). So I called and went to check it out, though I was informed the soft top wasn't working.

Once I checked it out and took it for a rip it was apparent it had been sitting for a little while, but all the important stuff was in good shape. The top was in good shape, but, as advertised didn't function. It was a VW dealership and they had taken the car on trade, plus the salesman let slip that it was about to go to wholesale auction, so I offered them all of half the asking price. To my delight they accepted and 30 minutes later I was cruising on home with the little bugger.

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Part of my preliminary examination was to try and diagnose the soft top malfunction to know if I was in for an expensive and time consuming job. the top being the swing in the balance of whether or not it was in fact a good deal. After a bit of futzing, copious amounts of WD40, and some time spent manually retracting and extending the top using a 4mm allen key directly into the electric top-motor, I was surprised to find that it was a combination of stuck limit-switches, misalignment of the top, the softtop carriages being stuck in the rails, and some stuck latches all caused the top to function incorrectly. Basically, for just my time spent futzing, I got everything running like a champ, free fix!! Whee. All of a suddent the car was a fantastic deal!

Some other things I'll do:

-One headlight bulb was in totally wrong causing a strange light pattern from the left headlight. They burn out a lot, so I'll upgrade everything to HID as they're more resistant to vibration and obviously look and perform way better anyway. -Turn signal euro relocation back into the headlight. -Convert the "Canadian" turn signals which are in the fog light cutouts into DRLs. -Replace the horrendous stock stereo. -New tires. -Turn/clean/inspect/adjust the brakes. -Remap (stock is 45hp, I have some 70hp maps from my previous car - significant!) -General cleaning/polishing -Re-set the adaptation on the clutch controller (need STAR tool - or take it to dealer). -Install cruise control -Replace windshield and fix a small rust bubble at the edge/under windshield. -Alignment

And she'll be right awesome!

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So, during the last oil change I did no my 2010 Golf TDI, I was out of proper oil filters and I bought a FRAM from Canadian Tire. Here's what it looked like coming out of the car, collapsed, and the top and bottom flanges were crooked relative to each other. Shows why you need to buy quality filters! I replaced it with a good Mann filter from ECS, so now she should be right good again!

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