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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:19   #1
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Here's our new Golf, the mk4 is sold after almost 8 years of trouble-free service.
When we bought it:

Changed the 18" wheels to a set of 16" Bioline, look better IMO:

Today I repaired the mess that someone had made, mounting the plug for the coolant heater through a grille vent. It was broken and the connector was hanging out
Didn't take a before picture but this is after melting the large splits:

Found a piece of plastic in the garage, after heating with a cigarette lighter is looks like it would fit:

Getting there:
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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:22   #2
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Drilled a hole and fed the wire through:
Ready for winter:

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Old December 27th, 2015, 11:36   #3
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Snow tire setup:

Interiour, anyone know the name for this colour combination?
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 14:34   #4
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I made a special tool for adjusting the parking brake:

No need to remove or cut a hole in the center console, just the panel at the rear and some screws. Then you can lift the console a bit, enough to slip the special tool in there and adjust the cables. Or replace them. I jammed some tools between the floor and console so I didn't have to lift it all the time. Works great!

All this can be left in:
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 15:02   #5
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On a road trip upnorth:
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 15:38   #6
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Nice photos :-)

I agree, it looks better on your 16" wheels. The 18" looked tacky.

Good job with your preheater plug.

I had a 1.9 105 but without the DPF, was a fantastically reliable car.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 11:56   #7
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16" is the best compromice IMO.
Consistently getting 1000km + tanks, really happy with the fuel economy of this car! That picture is a few weeks old, we don't have those temps at daytime now. Still cold at nights though.
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Nice car.
My previous Mk5 Golf had same colour seats, really loved them! However, the door trim material was grey and not blue as in yours.

Getting 1000+ km per tank?
What's you average speed and trip distance?

I'm not able to beat 870-880 km per tank on my 1.6 TDI-CR with the same 77 kilowatts. And I'm getting those ~870 km under almost ideal conditions. However, my trip is around 8 km and my foot sometimes gets heavy. Almost only city driving, average speed is ~33 km/h.
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I like the interiour colour too, it's very nice!
I don't know the average speed, probably around 60km/h. We live in the countryside with 15km on rural roads to town, so it's mostly highway driving at 90-100km/h.
We've been getting 1000km tanks with studded winter tires, but during the winter it varies more. I think the worst tank so far is 5.6l/100km.

We have 205/55-16 Hankook eco-something on the summer tires and they are very good on fuel, big difference to the 18" wheels we had on the car when we bought it.
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Oh, so 15 km highway driving might explain all of this.
When the temperature is +4 *C or lower, the electric aux heater which is 1000W in power kills my fuel economy even more. You can't switch it off - it is controlled by the ECU (this thing is on CR engines only, PDs had a bit different style heater). If the cabin fan is on, the heater is working too until the coolant reaches 75 *C.

You do know that with "eco" tyres you have much worse grip, especially on wet surfaces, right? Braking distance is also increased...
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Is the electric heater different on PD's? We certainly have a heater in there, almost instant heat even during cold days.

Yes, I guess the eco tires are pretty hard, good for fuel but not much else. Didn't actually look at the tires when I swapped with the 18's.
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The element itself is also rated for 1000W.
However, in PDs in order to activate it you need to press the ECON button in winter. The LED on the ECON button should NOT be lit - it means the heater is on. You even can see the lights dim and engine noise change slightly. The heater has got its own control module - the "brain". It manages the heater power output, reduces power if alternator load is too high, etc.

In summer the ECON button is responsible for A/C.

In Mk6 and CR engines, there is no more ECON button. The heater element is dumb - it does not have any brains. Instead it is being controlled by two relays (low heat and high heat), which are being controlled by the ECU.

What is annoying, when you take off with a clutch (low engine RPMs), the relays click back (release). After about 10 seconds or so the ECU tries to switch them back on. Looks funny when you're stuck in traffic jam
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Now that the salt season is gone I did a bit of cleaning and detailing, looks pretty good from a few feets distance.
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Nice :-)
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