1994 VW Golf Mk3 1.9TD Mar 2004 July 2004

Supposedly a sensible economical car, but turned into a nightmare money-pit. Was another eBay purchase, where the engine seized on the way home. It turned out that the big ends were gone, and the seller had filled it with special thick oil to give it a little more life, although not as much life as I would have hoped. Sourced and fitted a new engine, only for the water pump pulley to come off on its first run, blowing the head gasket. Was generally a pretty nasty car, horrible seating position, the rear suspension had something majorly wrong with it, and I was glad to be shot of it.