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Old 10-11-2010, 07:43 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum! Neat cars! Tell us a little about those supercharged Corrados. Hope u feel at home here at GMForum
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So far I feel RIGHT at home thanks.
Well, for anyone that DOESN'T know about the Corrado, it basically replaced the Scirocco. First Corrado was produced in 88 and VW stopped production in 94. They were imported to the US from 89-93, although midway through 90, they started putting VR6'* in the Corrados. the VR6 is different than the V6, because the banks are offset less than the American V6.
In the 89 and 90 Corrados they had 2 choices in Europe and only 1 choice in North America. Both Euro and American could have a G60, meaning the supercharged 8 valve, 1.8 engine, or in Europe you could get a 16 valve Supercharged engine. Lots of Americans built their own 16V supercharged engines, because the mounting bracket fits RIGHT on the side of the 16V. Great thing about VW/Audi.. everything pretty much is interchangeable.
Anyway, the Supercharger is something VW/AUDI came up with, and they named it the G-Lader (Gee Layder). Although I've never taken one apart, they show one in the youtube videos where it looks like the letter G inside. Those of us that have them called them Grenade Launchers, because when the parts wear out inside them, they explode and send pieces flying everywhere.
I actually have a friend that has one of 2 Rallye Golf'* in the US. Rallye means it was built for Germany ONLY and is their sporty version, usually used in races. He took the original 1.7 L engine out and put a nice G-60 with a Stage IV supercharger in it. Lets just say it gets up and GOES!
I bought my Yellow G60 from a friend in CA. We've been internet friends for about 25 years now (yes I was on the old Commodore 64 with a 1200 baud modem way back then). He fell out of love with it and wanted to junk it. I told him I'd buy it. They are very picky, and very tempermental cars. You can have a full tank of gas, then it dies and tells you it'* completely empty. Fuel gauge is fine, battery is fine, fuel sending unit is fine. Leave it alone for a day and it starts right up and shows a full tank of gas.
Another thing is that it will act like it'* either getting too much fuel or not enough. On the way to the shop it works just fine.
If you THINK you know what you're doing and really don't KNOW what you're doing, it will get right back at you. Most of the time it wont start. You have to love these cars or you'll just have a hunk of junk.
I bought the red one (also a G60) from a friend that I used to hang out with at the VW meets here in PHX. He moved here to go to ASU, bought his dads Corrado and also fell out of love with it. I bought it for parts and then saw there wasn't really anything wrong with it, just needs some TLC.
I've never owned the VR6 model yet, but I'm making room in my driveway for one.
Lots of people have said just cut the piece I need off the red one and weld it on the yellow one. WHY??? These G60'* are rare! Why would I want to destroy a perfectly nice car? (either one of them)
So.. with the insurance money I got for that guy smacking in the back of the yellow one, I bought the Buick. It'* an excellent daily driver, so far it gets good gas mileage (can't tell you what it is yet because this is my first full tank with the tires aired up).

All I can say is you better have DEEP pockets to own a G60. Parts are really expensive, and those that have the parts know it'* for a rare car and they will charge you up the ying yang because they know they can.
Oh yea.. 18,500 Corrado'* were manufactured. 10,000 came to North America. I think they said 2500 were G60'*, but only a handful survived fires, floods, accidents and people driving them on race tracks. I think I read that only 50 Corrados were painted yellow AND have the supercharger in them. All I know is they are pretty rare, and I have one.

So.. that'* my input on Corrados. See? I do know a thing or two about them.
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What an update! The Corrados do have quite a history. A bit more than I would have expected. It'* always interesting when multinational models start switching between countries - you get a really decent lineup of cars from everywhere whose parts switch around.

One thing that'* confusing - what'* with the dual air filters I'm seeing on some of these setups? Looks like there'* an air filter on the supercharger, an intercooler, an air intake that has a Y that goes from the intercooler to the TB and also from another filter to the TB, and then the engine otherwise looks all right. This doesn't seem to make too much sense. Wouldn't you just be blowing out all the compressed air unless there'* a second throttle body?
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As far as the park Ave (Since I feel I should also through in a little GM content) I need a good right headlight. Didn't even have the car 24 hours and a truck threw some rocks at the perfect car. Put a hole through the headlight, and 2 cracks in the windshield. MAN did I make up some dirty words that day! (shop talk I guess some call it).
When I washed, waxed, polished, and paint sealed the Buick Friday night I noticed this. :(
Thanks for the welcome. I'm sure in time I'll jump in with my 2 cents, when I get more in tune with the car.
I did post some pictures of it in my album.
Have a great week all.
Check out Depot Parts... I get mine from a local Body shop Jobber.. When I buy a truck its one of the first things I change... I haven't paid more then 80.00 for a headlight. And they are Direct fit OEM no need to change anything.
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Honestly, I would have no idea. I tried to keep the engine "factory" because there are SO many things that could happen to cause the engine NOT to start, or run poorly.
I know that when I bought the Yellow Corrado, it already had a K&N filter in it and I've washed it twice since I've had it. I've learned a long time ago, if it ain't broken, DON'T MESS WITH IT! That was my $1500 mistake way back in 90/91

I feel "dirty" talking about VW'* in a GM forum
Oh, and Stealth...I found a parts remnufacturer in Chandler that has remade headlaight parts for GM. I guess he used to work for Hamilton-Sundstrand making aircraft parts. Chandler is known for their aerospace stuff. I know that Boeing has a plant there, as well as Honeywell, and a few other things to do with NASA. I've heard that the guy is a real pro at duplicating parts. I have no idea how though.
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That would be cool to find another source for headlights! Usually I just pick up whole headlights from junkyards and put them on if they're glass or polish them up if they're plastic. But new and well-designed headlights from an aerospace guy would be awesome at least to see.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:38 PM   #19
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Thanks Brian.
I agree, it would be great to find a source. At least you know that it was custom made.. up to a point.
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