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I just bought a 1.6 16vSE mk4 Golf SE , it has got just over 117k miles on the clock , it driving ok so far so good.

But reading about 1.6 gearboxes fitted on vags they are not very reliable (notorious rivet faliure possibility) , now i am not keen on forking out £500 + for a recon gearbox should my gearbox dies on me,

So i am wondering if it would be cheaper to get the rivets out and get the steel bolts fitted so there is no sobbing later on. this being my first VW car i am a 200% noob about anything non japs.

i am from dorset so it would be of great help if you guys can suggest me few things (i am sure other 1.4 / 1.6, golf / bora owners will find the info very useful)

a. any vw gearbox specialists ( be nice if local) + possible cost of getting rid of rivets

b. any other compatible gearboxes that would bolt on to my 1.6 AUS engine

c.tell tale Symptoms/signs of a gearbox which is about to die or starting to die.

cheers in advance ...
 

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I think, the ERT were the stronger box. Never heard of any going, but well worth doing some research into them
i have not found much about failing ERT gearbox cases either and i could tell because my golf is running good as gold so far no probs changing gears or anything .. even with 117k+ on the clocks but its better to seek out the prevention instead of being sorry .

the only issue i have is with throttle response ..which is not as sharp as i had expected from a golf

any thoughts very welcome and appreciated
 

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Might just need the throttle body cleaning out? If it hasnt been done it will be all clogged up.

At the end of the day, and no offence, its only a 1.4 so it isnt going to take off like a rocket or feel like you have power on tap if you know what i mean. I drove a 1.4 for 2 1/2 years.
 

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true that its only got 105 horse powers .. 1.6 aus unit.

what i am saying is throttle response is not instant as in there seems to be a tiny bit of time lag between pressing the pedal and the car moving. it might be normal i guess.[:)]
 

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with the airfilter housing placed behind the engine .. i am struggling to locate the parts such as throttle body , maf sensor ..

or are they under the plastic cover that covers the engine and seems to extend onto airbox?? [surrender]
 

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update : the throttle body is under the airbox cover itself which can be seen once the airbox cover is removed,

but where is the MAF sensor ???? any help would be appreciated ...
 

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@chris thats what i was thinking too. Normally MAF sensor is on the hose coming out of airbox but in my engines case the airbox itself is kind of piggy backed on the engine leaving no room for MAF sensor or is it below the throttle body??

wonder if there is an image of engine bay area for mk4 golf 1.6 SE showing the important parts , specially the parts that are subject to wear and tear and might need changing.

I can see several bits under the bonnet and i got no idea whatsoever what is what ...

i suppose thats how a noob would feel like ... the whole new layout of engine bay even compared to normal mk4 is just confusing me . Any help in identifying vital bits under the bonnet would be very very appreciated.
 
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