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After much consideration and my 21st being just around the corner, I've decided it might be time to drop the sluggish 1.4 and jump into a 1.8T.. [:D] (not spoilt its the insurance that helps at 21)

However I think i may be being unrealistic?...

My 1.4 16v S, is in good condition 99 v reg with 52k on the clock its recently been serviced and has 6 months MOT..

I dont have a clue how much its worth? is ?3500 an unrealistic price to hope for?

Also how much am I going to be looking at paying for a 1.8T good condition with under 70k?

And finally am I going to be able to handle a 1.8T after never being let loose in anything faster than a tractor? [:(]
 

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I went from a Fiesta to a 1.8T when I was 21...I'm still here and now faster than ever with Revo.

If you respect the car you will be ok.
 

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I managed to spin my 1.8T on a motorway slip road (luckily I didn't hit anything), rather than slow down I just bought a set of 17s with stickier tyres. [:I]

Seriously, give it respect at first and get used to the power. Power delivery will be a lot different from what you're used to. After all you won't want to damage you're new toy and if the worse does happen and you need to claim on the insurance your premium will sky rocket.
 

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Quote: posted by _veedub_ on 16/12/2004 09:35:24

I dont have a clue how much its worth? is ?3500 an unrealistic price to hope for?

more like ?4.5-?5k imo
 

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Really? ?4500 - ?5000?

I paid ?6000 for it 18 months ago!! that'd be super!!

Thanks for the responses! I will take it easy upon purchasing one!

My mums scared but im a careful driver! no bumps so far (touch wood)

I'm all exited!!! Note: - must buy sticky tyres!
 

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more like ?4.5-?5k imo

Not a chance of getting 5k for a 5 year old 1.4, I think you initial

estimate was far more realistic. As for the transition you'll just

be going from a very slow car to a slow one.
 

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I had a BMW 3 Series, 320i Coupe for the afternoon yesterday... which ain't a particularly fast car, but coming from my 1.4 Golf it sure as hell needed some respect when driving it.

It's a big shock to you when you actually have some power to put down, so be careful not to get yourself into the Red Mist.
 

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Cheers spencert for the downer on both sides!

I'd hardly call the 1.8T slow especially if its going to be chipped!

I can see what your all saying about the respect!

Hopefully ill be fine just need to take my time for a while and get back to basics!

None of this one handed driving mallarchy!
 

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No MKIV's are that quick unless you start doing some serious modifications. I regard a remapped 1.8T as merely nippy. My REVO'd PD150 as fairly nippy and an R32 as reasonably quick.

Having come from a 300bhp Impreza to a MKIV Golf I'd say the biggest performance problem is handling rather than power. Understeer? How much do you require sir? Wet roundabouts are now a potential crash zone rather than 4 wheel drift time.

Great cars and I'm sure the fellow in his R32 didn't give a toss about being caned at the traffic light GP as he was sat in a much nicer car.

My point is none of these cars are so quick that you'll need driver education. Take it slowly at first and you'll soon get used to the limited power available. Standard or remap these are understeering front drivers designed for the lowest common denominator. A driver of even limited skill (like myself) is capable of handling one.
 

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Should have added a REVO'd 180 petrol is a LOT quicker than the PD150 REVO'd before anyone complains.

How do I know- after the remap was complete I followed one out while the engineer test drove it and he pulled a good few lengths on me upto XXX miles an hour!
 

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I'm not trying to get into a debate about is it or isn't it a fast car!

Merely aking the question is it a big jump going from the 1.4 to the 1.8T?

Should i go somewhere in between? a diesel maybe?..

Or will the 1.8T be quite tame to what im expecting!

I know its no super car but to a young lad its a beast!
 

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There is deffo a large gap between a 1.6 and 1.8T (never driven a 1.4)but as I said nothing you won't be able to manage. These are not exactly "widowmakers" being front drivers.

As someone else said earlier in the thread try a RWD car, even a low pwered bmw and you might find a gap in your driving skills. A 1.8T will be no problems at all IMHO.
 

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Cheers sammy!

I'd love a go!!

Anyone kindly fancy letting me take a spin?

Might pop down to a stealers at the weekend!
 

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I'd let you have a go but as I'm out of the country at the moment it's a non starter. If I was you I'd go and pay a visit to your local stealer and tell them about your upgrade plan. Then take one of their 1.8T's out for a test and drive it like you stole it.[:)]
 

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Quote: posted by sammyboy on 16/12/2004 15:33:32

Should have added a REVO'd 180 petrol is a LOT quicker than the PD150 REVO'd before anyone complains.

How do I know- after the remap was complete I followed one out while the engineer test drove it and he pulled a good few lengths on me upto XXX miles an hour!

It should be, if its 180bhp std & the PD is 150 then the REVO is gona increase accordingly & be more powerful

Now a Remapped 1.8t vs a remapped PD150, will be quicker off the mark, buT on the road the PD150 with be king due to the torque.

Let the debate begin [:D]
 

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Its a big jump for sure (I went from a 1.4 straight to a remapped 1.8T!) but its nothing uncontrollable infact its a very easy car to drive!
 

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Here's my two-pennies worth. I went from a 1.4 mk3 to a 1.8T over the summer, and im only 22. The power of the 1.8T is certainly not uncontrollable - in fact within a few weeks you'll want more. The potential for tasty modifications (remap, CAI, a nice Milltek) make it a pretty cool car to have.

I bought mine, 2000 W reg, 50k on the clock, perfect condition for just over ?8,000 - so they arent cheap.

The 1.8T is a nippy car, treat it with respect and you aint got a proble, and it feels quick for a youngster (easily made me quicker than any of my friends), but as the other members quite rightly say, its not a performance sports car so you could be disappointed if your expectations are too high!
 

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As I said earlier I took my PD150 to be REVO'd then followed the engineer out in a freshly REVO'd 180 petrol as he took it for the testdrive.

He pulled a significant lead on my car so in the "real world" the petrol is quicker. Unless of course the petrol owner looks at the MPG he is getting at higher speeds and gets scared he's going to run out of fuel [:D]
 
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