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Old 04-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Project Doris... Lupo SDI

With starting up the new business, I don't really need a car as I'm driving the van, and SWMBO has a rather nice Golf for the family. However there are times when a man needs a little project... plus my daughter will soon be 17 so something small, safe and economical was needed.

Enter... Doris ...a 2004 VW Lupo SDI

Pulsing 60bhp naturally aspirated diesel, £30 per year road tax, eleventy billion miles to-the-gallon and a mere £100-odd quid to insure. Full service history (76,000 miles), MoT'd for a year, four new tyres, towbar (ideal for the bikes) and as scruffy as a scruffy thing...








Welcome to my blog-type thread covering Doris' titivation and rejuvenation

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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The lupo diesels do look fun... How slow is the 1.7 sdi in the real world?
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I've only driven it 8 or 10 miles so far... if you keep the revs around 1800 - 2000 rpm to use the maximum torque it's really nippy!
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Excellent, they do make an interesting proposition.

Look forward to the write up.
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Nice motor, should last forever. I think they are galvanised too which is a bonus. Thinking of getting one now for when my kids are ready to learn to drive. And putting it away somewhere.
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A n/a diesel aye!

Hopefully you do a good job


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A good wax and a new set of wheel trims....sorted!
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eleventy billion miles to-the-gallon
that is some good fuel economy there...

car looks nice, keep us updated....

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Well, Doris got treated to a quick wash (TBM using Hyper Wash) to clean the moss off her, and while I was at it the extremely dodgy, cable tie fitted wheel trims were removed... and binned

Leaving this


When viewing and buying the car, I knew there were various bits and pieces which needed replaced in the longer term, however through the Club Lupo forum I discovered a chap breaking another red Lupo who has the bits I need, namely:

Replacement top steering cowl


An OSF arch liner


Passenger seat trim


OS Door Mirror


NS Door Mirror


NSR Light Unit


The replacements will be with me next week

In addition I need to replace the door check straps, and eBay got me a NOS fuse holder to replace this modification


The passenger door needs a little adjustment


The brakes will be stripped and overhauled for peace of mind, then the cleaning will begin! Just a taster of how the paint is looking at present:



Thanks for looking!

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