MK5 Volkswagen Golf ‘in-house’ play thing!! What is the plan?

Over the years we’ve purchased the odd broken car that’s arrived in the shop and treated as a wee project to do when we have down time. Often the cost of repairs can be more than the value of the car, so unless you have some real attachment to the car sometimes its easier just to get out of it and move to the next one. So this was the case with MZM532, stretched timing chain, resulting in 8 bent valves and zero compression.

So, WEEU bought the car to save it from the wrecking yard and popped it down the back end of the shop and waited for a quiet day to start some repairs. This picture is before we bought it, having just discovered the extent of the engine damage. As you can see its not in the best shape so its never going to be a show car, damaged bumpers, door gaps not great etc etc.

Anyway, a look over the the car uncovered other items, such as the drivers door window switch pack in pieces, some WOF items like front subframe bushes, and lower arm reaction bushes, roof lining starting to sag (Standard). What was going for it was, decent rubber and brakes, nice wheels (Likely changing anyway). Leather interior in reasonable condition.

So!!!!!! $500 buys the car. What is the plan?

In the first instance I figure we can save it from the scrap yard and keep costs down by having it as a ‘filler’ job. From there I don’t know. Fix and sell? Fix and sign write it, another loan car maybe? We don’t have anything really promoting ‘Wellington European Tyres’. So a tyre promo car??

Some jobs to take care of.. Window switch and door card repair, easy. Something we hadnt spotted with the car on the hoist and the tailgate up was the top of the tail gate was damaged., you will see we are now sporting a Black tailgate (for now).

Below, well the cylinder head came off and went to headmaster for repairs/rebuild, including 8 new valves and the re assembly included new chain kit, gaskets and the usual odds and ends. Interior is pretty good.

So we get the car going, ticked off the WOF work and some trim work and went driving. Other things to sort were some general tune and maintenance work, coils, plugs, and a DSG service. And while this was happening the apprentices added a sneaky bonnet stripe. For giggles it’s stayed on and might be inspiring something for the future branding on the car if that’s the way we go……

Now What?

So its together, its legal, its going well, and it has a black tail gate! And in amongst all of this we’ve engaged with a new tuner ‘EuroTune’ so we figured why not plug some power into it and have some fun.

Lets TUNE it!!

So on paper a stage 1 power tune takes this little 1.4 to 200HP. We’ve also done some other minor mods like a decat/downpipe and added the pops and bangs for a laugh. For now aside from the downpipe the exhaust is standard so the pops and bangs are minimal. I know plenty are going to hate on the pops and bangs, but hey, we are having some fun!!!

Now what/ watch this space.

We do have some wheels that we might try on it, and possibly give it a little lowering job, and then some signage…. But the immediate future is to get some km’s into it and make sure everything is working as it should, and enjoy the 200 HP’s!!!

Rhino-Rack. We love your Roof boxes

Overdue an update here, We’ve been doing Rhino-Rack sales and installs for quite sometime. Over the years the range has grown and a lot of it has been updated/improved. Recently we took delivery of the current model 530Litre roof box. A very elegant looking piece of hardware having moved away from the grey roof boxes of old, the new models are featured in a glossy black textured finish.

Check out the links below to see the large range of roof racks, boxes, bike racks, awnings, accessories and more

Visit RHINO-RACK Website for pricing

Visit the RHINO-RACK Fitment guide

The racks themselves are stylish with a great online fitment guide. The below racks are standing the test of time having been fitted to our company car now for several years and a still looking as good as new. FITMENT GUIDE, see what fits your vehicle

Collected from the local warehouse, this one below is destined to be fitted to a Mitsubishi Outlander, along with some new Rhino Racks. A family that likes to go camping went for the 530Litres of extra luggage space!

Rhino Rack Roof Box

One of the cool products we can offer from Rhino.  We’ve been putting this one through its paces over the xmas break.  Great looking and very functional unit.  This one is now up for sale and at a reduced ‘demonstrator’ price, was $799, now $649inc GST

Check it out at Roof Box for Sale










The Holiday season is around the corner

Summer is around the corner, as is the holiday season.  Is your car ready for those trips away.  Come and see us for your pre holiday check or service to make sure you have a safe journey.

All vehicles serviced between now and Christmas get a complementary 6 month breakdown service included. All WOF inspections done with a service will only be $25+gst

The workshop is already getting busy with the build up so make sure you get in quick to avoid missing out.


See below for a sample of what we do…

We specialize in British and European Vehicles.

We use LiquiMoly oils out of Germany

We have the latest in diagnostic equipment, all services get a scan and service reset where applicable.

All mechanical repairs.

Tyres at competitive rates.

All of our staff are very experienced technicians.

We can assist with Warranty and Warranty work.

Interior and exterior detailing, including headlight refurbishment, paint correction and paint protection.

Rhino rack roof racks and accessories.  Rack, roof boxes, bike racks, ski racks etc.

Parts for all makes and models

MTA members
















Courtesy cars

One of our Three dedicated Courtesy cars taking a trip through Kapiti


2016 Wish-list Audi TT and Land Rover Discovery 3

2016 Wish-list

Coming up to our 3rd year anniversary as the new owners in Wellington and we are looking to upgrade/add on to our courtesy cars.  With a view to up-spec an already very cool car to showcase some of the things we like to do and certainly the types of cars we enjoy seeing through the workshop.  Its a tough decision to know what that car might be and we still aren’t sold on this one yet, however it is a great looking car that is well appointed from the factory, the 2.0 TFSI engine poking out 200 Hp with a DSG S-Tronic gearbox behind it, driving power to 4 wheels, I’m excited.

This pics represents one that’s already been modded, so you get the idea of where this is heading..  We don’t have an unlimited budget, so want to have something that’s reasonably priced from the start, and for an additional $4-5000 can be turned into something very exciting… Is the TT it??

What we might get that’s suits the budget could be:  Remap, miltek exhaust and intake mods, some wrapping, some tinting and some lowering, all of which will be done on site…



Our other project is to retire our old P38 Range rover to a new home and get into a later Land Rover Discovery 2.7TD.  We see this as a great promotional vehicle for our Bluefin/Superchips product as a demonstrator, with a stage 1 tune boasting an additional 100NM of torque, as well as up to 10% in fuel saving when driven for economy.  Also looking to deck out with Rhino-Rack gear so we have it available to show off and demo as needed.  We love our old P38 Range Rover but I think its time to upgrade…, again, is this the vehicle we go for, nothing is set in stone, that’s why its a ‘wish list’.


2016 Happy New Years!!

Rhino-Rack deals to be had in January for the New Year.

For January we are offering 10% off the RRP for all Rhino Rack products.

Need someway to carry those xmas gifts, maybe Rhino-Rack is the solution,

Roof Racks

Bike Racks

Ski and Snow board racks

Luggage platforms

Roof boxes

Awnings etc








Rhino-Rack bike rack Wellington

Rhino-Rack getting a trial run out with our customer today.  Great pic, thanks for sending it in!!!


Rhino Rack Roof bazooka’s

Rhino Rack BC2 Conduit holders



BMW X3 in for some service work today, sporting some nice Rhino-Racks