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charade gtti
« on: 15:09, Wed 19 March 2008 »
i put my 5 for sale but then had a change of heart and decided to do it up. today i was offered a charade gtti. we all know these have stronger engines than the 5 and as quick if not quicker in standard form.

should i stick with the 5  or take the reliable jap route?
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« Reply #1 on: 15:17, Wed 19 March 2008 »
I don't think they are quicker than a standard 5  :?

1 litre turbo aren't they... more reliable ??

Not sure about those claims  :lol:

The R5GTT is only unreliable if its not been looked after or the boost has been whacked up.... same with any motor :)

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« Reply #2 on: 16:04, Wed 19 March 2008 »
the charades have forge pistons and crank as standard. thay have 100bhp standard on the 115bhp the 5 has so a little lower but the way my mates one used to go its got to be close
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« Reply #3 on: 16:07, Wed 19 March 2008 »
They are nippy!  8)

Hard to come by now though i think, i rarely see them about.

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« Reply #4 on: 17:05, Wed 19 March 2008 »
ive had a few gtti,s and they are quick ,comparing both cars the gtti is much quicker due to being three cylinder .. engine spins up and revs much quicker than a 5 turbo...
mine was typical jap build very reliable ,although i did snap a cam once
they scream and rev very well ....worth noting they were the fastest 1.0cc car evr made and made 104bhp from a 3 cyl twincam turbo

also from a rarety point of view gtti,s will be worth more in future as they were made in less no,s and most have rotted away
i personally would swap if its a decent car pal

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« Reply #5 on: 19:31, Wed 19 March 2008 »
Go for it! I always remember one the did the same 60mile daily trip Mon-Fri along A roads as I did. The guy could really drive but he regularly made me smile as I'd see him making rapid and safe progress.

Jap reliability - my Honda has never missed a beat...........

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« Reply #6 on: 21:35, Thu 20 March 2008 »
keep them both mate :D

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« Reply #7 on: 07:53, Sat 22 March 2008 »
i went and had a good scan round it yesturday. its got 70k miles on it, no mot or tax.
needs a spot of paint and the pass rear arch needs replaced. he has new brakes and lowered suspension for it.
its got a boost gauge, itg induction kit, bailey dumper, kei alloys and a clifford alarm and imob
think ill get it for about 550ish
should be ok for that eh?
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« Reply #8 on: 09:02, Sat 22 March 2008 »
Worth double that with tax and test on it, go for it!

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« Reply #9 on: 19:49, Mon 24 March 2008 »
Hi

I bought your white 5 at christmas.....Going well by the way but have done a few things (head gasket again!) I did have a charade gtti before the five which I rebuilt over two years, and although I love that shape of the five it doesnt cmpare to the charade. I would highly recommend a gtti but parts are pricey and heads crack easily. Mine was standard with a cosworth intercooler full system (including cat replacement- a must) and filter but way more revvy that a five and sounded insane...Would kill to have mine back but it got written off by an un-insured polish driver after two hard years of sourcing bits. Buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #10 on: 10:22, Tue 25 March 2008 »
is it going well, cool, i hope you put an uprated head gasket on it? im surprised it made it all the way done to you without any major problems....its a 5 after all!

i was gutted as soon as you mate drove it away, regretted it straight away and was a bear with a sore head for weeks after. the wife banned me from the computer and reading mags cos as soon as i did that i went all pmt like!!  :lol:

so what all you done to it?
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« Reply #11 on: 10:11, Wed 26 March 2008 »
Yeah i know, i only had to do the head gasket as one of my mates messed with the bleed valve and i was un aware...Put an uprated one on running well now. Haven't done much really had the MOT yesterday had to replace the brake pipes front to rear and had the front bumper and grill re-sprayed. Just trying to source some good doors at the moment and may look under the side skirts to see how rotten it is.  :(  Apart from that fitted some stereo, tidied up the engine bay and replaced the dimma cap. To be honest the reason I bought it was because of the cage and the turbines. I dont really like changing styling on cars too much and as my commute is 30 miles a day through central london I dont want to mess with the engine either...It runs well at the moment. Decided on the charade yet? Have you driven it?

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« Reply #12 on: 10:24, Wed 26 March 2008 »
good good. if i sell my black 5 i recon ill buy it. got some bills and that to pay first so it will depend on the cash side AGAIN!
not driven it yet but ive seen it go, sounds well.
my mate might be getting an ecu for his starlet and said if he does i can have his boost controller, fuel pressure regulator etc. recon she will go well after that
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« Reply #13 on: 10:10, Thu 27 March 2008 »
Sounds good, like any five get it sniff tested, when I bought mine the head gasket was gone and the head had a hair line crack in it, this had bruised the piston and ovaled it and also scored a bore. I bought another donor vehicle (the kid had put the main shells in wrong so was still knocking) and the head on that was also cracked. Parts are slightly more expensive than a five (head gasket 100) . I had mine for a year in london, it didn't over heat and surprised a few M3 drivers off the mark....With the replacement cat down pipe it sounded amazing especially at 7000 rpm. Check out camskill for parts etc they are pretty good. The people in the club (gttioc) are also good for spares/advice.

There is loads you can do to them, was planning to fit the ecu tubo and a fouth injector from a mk1 mazda 323 before mine was written off. There was an article in retro car magazine from a couple of years ago and this is the best way to get cheap power.

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« Reply #14 on: 12:48, Thu 27 March 2008 »
its my mate thats selling me it so id like to think it will be fine?!
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