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New car day! Just looking for advice!

I've just gone and got myself a 1996 Coupe, v6 2.6. I was just wondering if any owners had any advice to give me. I'm expecting fairly shocking fuel economy, would I be right there? Few bits of bodywork need doing, but nothing I can't get sorted on the cheap (my mates a panel beater). Got it for a pretty good price. Anyway, any feedback would be much appreciated!
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Welcome to the V6 world, fuel consumption isn't too bad, I get around 32 mpg on a run & around 25 mpg in town. Watch out for sticky rear brakes, I changed my calipers for A4 ones as they have a spring which helps take the handbrake off. Windscreens are prone to de-lamination (white at edges), easy fix replace it on insurance.
You got any pics? Look at my '95 V6 pics.
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Hi Fatbadge, thanks for the reply. Just got the car home today. Fuel economy on the journey home wasn't too bad, really.

It does have it's issues, though- the speedo/ odometer just died in the last five miles of the journey, so need to look into that. Also, while the temp guage was reading fine, when I opened the bonnet after getting home, the engine did smell a little warm...

It's going to need some bodywork doing, but I'll get onto that soon!
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I've had the speedo stop working briefly too, it was a bad connection to the instrument cluster (quick clean of the terminals & voilà). These engines do 'smell' warm, as long as you're not losing coolant it's not overheating, check your fan cuts in, the sensor units have been known to fail (mine's currently bypassed with a manual switch - job I need to do).
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Ahh that gives me a bit of hope then. How do you actually get the dash binnacle out? I was looking but can't seem to find how to do it. Might leave it to an auto electrician. I also started getting an exclamation mark flashing up, looking at the manual, it says something about a lack of brake fluid, but checked the tank and it's topped right up...
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Just looked at your car by the way, looks amazing! It'll be a little while before I get mine up to that standard...
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Ahh that gives me a bit of hope then. How do you actually get the dash binnacle out? I was looking but can't seem to find how to do it. Might leave it to an auto electrician. I also started getting an exclamation mark flashing up, looking at the manual, it says something about a lack of brake fluid, but checked the tank and it's topped right up...
To get the dash out you need to remove the steering cowling, then the wheel (disconnect battery for 1hr before if you have an airbag!!!!), then a couple of screws at each side on the bottom - not a job for the faint hearted.
The exclamation mark is one of three things, low brake fluid, low power steering fluid or ABS fault. Check levels first, if ok the rear sensors have multiplug each under rear seat base, the front plugs are by the top of inner wing under bonnet. If you connect a multimeter across the sensor (set to resistance) & roll the car the reading should change back and forth, if not that sensor (or sensor ring) has had enough.
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you can get the dash out without removing the steering wheel and then save worries about the air bag, if you remove the top part of the steering surround then the two screws holding the dash in, you can wiggle it out enough to get the wires off then take the dash out, when you take the connectors off there is a clip thing that has to pulled out first before the connectors will come out. theres lots of info about the dash here Google Translate

one thing i will say is to get yourself a cheap diagnostic lead off of ebay and use vagcom freeware to help find a source of problems rather than guessing at things and wasting your money.
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Welcome to the forums eyeface...glad to have you aboard. As fatbadge mentioned it is imparative that you disconnect that battery 1 hour before you remove the steering wheel. Friend found that out the hard way. But ya shot some pics of you car as soon as you can. And great info help to eyeface fatbadge...you to merton1973. That's the kinda things we like to see happen here on the forums....everyone helping everyone. Good job guys! Cheers!

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