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Platinum Grey Leon Cupra R mk1

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  1. vwbassett

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    Finally back in a Leon Cupra R 225 again after 4 years in a mk1 cupra TDI which was great, it never let me down, achieved great economy but was lacking the R magic that I fondly remember from my last car.

    I'd been on the look out a while and saw one LCR in red before the one I bought. It had all recently fitted quality handling mods, low mileage but still had horrific paint which I could have dealt with if the owner wasnt asking strong money, c£5k! Months later and a chance visit on facebook market place recommended a platinum grey, low mileage, good history, 2 owner car at what seemed a very reasonable price. I usually ponder these things over for a while but had to call the owner instantly to not miss out and even though the weather was horrific and I couldnt check the exterior to my liking the interior was near immaculate. Test drive showed the engine had mega punch, gears shifted solidly, the suspension firm and steering weighty and connected so I threw caution to the wind and snapped it up.

    So here's the car 62k miles in what I thought was completely stock condition. Since going through the history it confirmed the following were fitted
    • S3 front upper strut bar
    • Piper cross filter
    • Forge 007p diverter valve
    • AMD remap whilst stock figures were great post remap seems low considering my old car made 265bhp/305lbft at stage 1 but could be down to lack of TIP, fuel or conditions on the day.

    To make the day even better I off loaded my old cupra to the seller for what I paid for it 4 years earlier and only had to pay an extra £70 to insure it for the remaining 10 months of my policy which I was happy with.

    My to do list is as follows the get the car up to scratch before the next stage;
    • With the very bad weather I'd completely overlooked some minor bubbling paint by the rain gutters. Whilst it wouldnt have deterred me from the purchase I was a bit gutted when I saw it.
    • The rear door lock is temperamental but having had several Golf's, Leon's and a TT this wont be my first time replacing one
    • The back box hangs too close to the bumper which needs investigating
    • Could do with a cambelt and water pump even more on age than mileage
    • Fuel cap strap has snapped
    • Radio doesnt sit flush with the dash
    • Rattles in glovebox (6cd changer removed) and boot when driving over broken tarmac
    • A pillars have some odd looking brown felt where they meet the dash
    • Missing rear floor mats
    • It needs a good clean, clay bar, polish and wax
    • Inside trim needs sanitizing as indicator stalks and other places are covered in a thick "human slime" as the MCM guys would say.
    • Boot protector to look after the carpet
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  2. rob280

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    Looks good mate. Original front mats too

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    Thanks unfortunately only front mats and no rears plus they are looking a little tired so I'm on the look out for a full set. Any recommendations

    Also the photos from flickr dont seem to display on the page does anyone know how to make them work?
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    I like it, nice mileage as well.

    Get that cambelt and water pump changed immediately, having just suffered catastrophic engine failure on my own LCR (also grey) I can assure you it's not something you want to put yourself through.

    In regards of the brown felt on the A-pillar trims, that's actually stock but likely sun faded from its original black.
    It's designed to stop rattles and creaks between the dashboard.
    I took mine off and put a new piece of black feather tape in its place albeit slightly lower so it's barely visible.

    If the backbox is sitting too high then I'd suspect a broken hanger bracket or rubber and now wearing a large jubilee clip hoisting it upwards, I've seen plenty done this way.

    Fuel cap straps are often broken, personally I always fully remove them anyway as I find that the cap can scratch the paintwork below it when it hangs and I don't faff with it sitting on top of the fuel flap.

    Radio not sitting flush is probably just down to the wiring loom not been tucked right back into the left hand void fully.




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    I've always just uploaded the images directly from my phone onto the site using the Tapatalk app.
    So much quicker and easier.

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    Last photo is the human slime on the indicator stalk[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    I do miss my mk1 Cupra R. Great car.
    You will want to do a good interior clean with stuff like that lurking about. Thats manky.
    Nothing a bit of apc wont sort.
    Enjoy mate.

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    Nice looking car and a bonus to swap for your old cupra tdi


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    The boss gave me a measly hour and a half to mess around with the leon today whilst our daughter napped.

    First up I fitted the new fuel cap and cleaned the surrounding area

    Next up was the front splitter as it fitted badly and felt like it was catching on humps it shouldnt. Turns out the middle pins werent located and it was barely pushed in round the front. I then had to trim some lower scuffed sections off with a Stanley blade and used some black trim gel, it doesnt look new but definitely neater.

    I'm getting a lot of headlight misting on the drivers said headlight. I've tapped a small bag of rice behind the cap to try and draw it out. I also noticed the spring that holds the headlight cap on is missing which might had led to the problem, does anyone have one spare they could sell?

    The ebay boot tray is fitted which nicely turns up at the edges which is great for all the family rubbish like muddy wellies.

    Whilst in the engine bay I noticed the strut brace probably needs some washers on the bolts, can anyone confirm this is the case? also a clean up as theres rusty swarf around the area or maybe the wholes werent protected after they were drilled.

    Finally I gave it a quick clean. The doors, hatch, rear bumper and wheels are caked in tar spots that will have to wait for another day. Overall it cleaned up quite nicely
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    The S3 strut brace obviously isn't OE fitment on the Leon so the previous owner has clearly just used whatever bolts they felt suitable and washer are down to your own discretion.

    I installed my one with nutserts in the suspension turrets to allow easier fitment and removal, I chose to use washers with dome headed bolts to spread the load better.[​IMG]

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    I agree. I'll probably reuse the socket cap bolts but add washers as I could see areas where the holes in the s3 strut bar were visible. Hopefully like yours they are nutserts and not nuts on the end that will fall off when I try to take it off.

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