Should I keep this car and fix it or let it go? Its been sitting in my barn for 3years now. My buddy gave it to me, shortly after the timing belt snapped, bought another engine and that blew up after 1mile of driving..... #advice
[–]Maggie Johnson• 37 days ago
That’s awful! Me personally I’d get rid of it!
[–]Gregory Garoppolo• 43 days ago
I have a soft spot for DSM cars and have never met a DSM owner who has not exploded at least one engine by timing belt failure. It's like a right of passage, now you may drive. Restore it and enjoy it's cockpit style driving position!
[–]Wilson Oberholzer• 48 days ago
I think if you have the time to start wrenching on it that you should totally keep it. It certainly looks like it has a ton of potential
[–]Kyle Sheaffer• 47 days ago
My only problem is money, I have a ton of plans for my GTI still, and my Jeep.... I'd love to fix the Eclipse my best friend bought it in 2001, and had it up until he gave it to me 4 years ago. So it has sentimental value. But I don't want to take money from my other projects.... I'm so torn.
[–]Hayden Baker• 47 days ago
Really the biggest question is this: is it awd or fwd? If it isn't the awd model then I'd say it's not worth it to bring it back to life. Those are worth some money now but the fwd models aren't really worth much at all.
Unfortunately its only fwd, it started as a GS model. But I converted it to a gst.... I installed a new flywheel, clutch, fuel pump, and changed the computer and all wiring to go with it. Only to fire it up and discover the engine I received had a spun bearing. So it went boom.....
[–]Jessica Pomerleau• 47 days ago
I would sell if after 3 years it's still sitting there
[–]Robert Sixto• 47 days ago
This is a tough one. There's lots of better options/platforms nowadays, but I did always like these cars and they now have kind of a time capsule appeal for 90's nostalgia. That said, it sounds like your heart isn't necessarily in it 100%, and knowing my own car sat for 7 years during a long rebuild process, and my heart was 100% in it, I'd say you'd probably be wise to let this one go.
Thinking about painting my stock wheels. What color do you think would look best on my GTI?
[–]Hayden Baker• 79 days ago
Dark gray or black should work well especially for covering up brake dust between washes. White and silver would be a nightmare to keep clean on a german car.
[–]Kyle Sheaffer• 79 days ago
That's where I'm at right now, the silver gets dirty so freaking fast. And they are stained from years of brake dust.
Yeah my BMW wheels have signs of damage from previous owners letting the wheels get too dirty
[–]Ernie Szots• 82 days ago
I like the silver on silver you have going now. White or black would be safe bets, too. If you're going to go with a color color, then I personally think it's pretty much all the same. Blue, yellow, green, orange...they'd all have a stand out feel to them.
[–]Kyle Sheaffer• 82 days ago
I was thinking black, or even a dark grey. Thanks for the reply.
[–]Ernie Szots• 81 days ago
My pleasure. I'm a sucker for black wheels. Dark grey would probably look good too, but I'd be worried about it clashing with the lighter silver paint. Black is one thing but a slightly darker color than the body itself might give a mismatch feeling. Just something to consider.
[–]Kyle Sheaffer• 81 days ago
Right on, me too. Was just thinking of going a different route this time. Btw love the rpf1's on the yaris, they look awesome.
Just got the Gti back from the body shop, looks so nice.