IBW Gets a New Engine

bobbiemartin

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IndigoBlueWagon

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2018 Update

I took delivery on IBW this month 16 years ago. It now has 364K on it, and it got its annual detail this week, so I thought I'd post an updated photo.


I've now got 364K on the car, about 17K miles more than a year ago. Engine has just over 70K on it, runs excellent. No oil consumption. I had the A/C serviced last spring which included a new compressor, receiver/drier, and expansion valve. A/C now works great. And last month I got a new set of all season tires, General Altimax 43s. $237 at Tire Rack with the rebate before shipping, not a bad deal. I do like 15" wheels.

I've had some difficulty shifting from 2nd to 3rd without the gears grinding, and the transmission has been reluctant to downshift fro 5th to 4th. After two fills of Pennzoil Synchromesh, the grinding is gone and the 5/4 shift is manageable. I do have a BEW transmission with 95K on it sitting in my garage when the time comes to change it out.

Otherwise the car has been trouble free. I haven't used it for as many long drives as I have previously: My GSW went to Detroit in January, partly because there were 4 of us and sitting the back seat of a MKIV has never been much fun. It's been to NYC a few times, and to Western MA a bunch, but otherwise it's my daily driver. I still look forward to driving it, and it still delivers great FE, as shown by my most recent tank:


For years I've been thinking that at some point I'd grow tired of this car or that it would become unreliable or too expensive to keep on the road. Not yet. I've owned a bunch of VWs, but this is hands down the best one. VW really got this car right.
 
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KITEWAGON

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And last month I got a new set of all season tires, General Altimax 43s. $237 at Tire Rack with the rebate before shipping, not a bad deal. I do like 15" wheels.

Wow, that is an amazing deal. At first I thought that was per tire and wondered what kind of crazy performance tire you had found for it. That is less than the price of a single 20" Touareg tire! :eek:
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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I had run Michelins for the last few years because a new set on great condition Avus 1 wheels came with my son's '02 Golf, and he doesn't like alloy wheels. But the Michelins were about $200 more than the Generals. I have the Altimax RT43s on my B4, and they seem to work fine. I'm happy with them on the wagon. Better in the rain and grippier than the Michelin Energies, although that wouldn't be difficult. And based on my last tank mileage of 51.4, they don't do badly on fuel, either.
 

terrydtdi

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Peter, what is your mileage now? I remember you bringing a car load (totally loaded) of parts for everybody at GTG’s back in the day, I remember from 2006 for several years in Asheville at Landon’s (RIP) GTG’s a few times, and Chapin at Dan’s. I can’t tell you how much I miss those days, and all the great people we met and help everyone gave each other. Also the really long nights Jeff when Jeff would come to tune everyone’s cars. I remember one time he tuned on cars till 4:00am.
My car has 433,000 on it now, still running great!
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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I'm at 454K now. 160K on the replacement engine, and it's running perfectly. I persistently get 50+ MPG, tank after tank. And the Wagon still looks pretty good. Here it is in May. It's 20 years old!


I miss those days, too. I speak to Daniel Grindstaff occasionally, and I spoke to someone the other day who I had met at DanG's back in the day.
 

terrydtdi

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I'm at 454K now. 160K on the replacement engine, and it's running perfectly. I persistently get 50+ MPG, tank after tank. And the Wagon still looks pretty good. Here it is in May. It's 20 years old!


I miss those days, too. I speak to Daniel Grindstaff occasionally, and I spoke to someone the other day who I had met at DanG's back in the day.
Wow, IBW is looking great! You’ve got me by 20k lol. Great to see some of the original guys and their cars still doing great. I told my wife she can just bury me in it. Lol
 

irvingj

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Lookin' good, Peter. Still need to get mine to somebody who knows how to fix the rust on the front edge of the rocker. Sent an email to your pals down there, got no response. (Being a northern country boy, I hate driving around Bean-Town and the South Shore but maybe I'll have to...?)
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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Send me a PM if you want a shop recommendation in the Boston area (South Shore). I would imagine there are also body shops in NH that will do this work, I just don't know who they are.
 
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