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    So I brought myself a VXR corsa 07 plate with 70k miles a few months ago, Whilst driving the car it didn't feel healthy so Took it to Gcap Performance for a diagnostic check.

    Turns out that Piston 4 is running around 20psi which is extremely low. The previous owners had no idea what they were doing and had literally destroyed to engine, so my Journey begins.

    26/1/2018
    Right now the car is in the garage getting a Full forged engine capable of handling 500bhp. Fuel injectors are also getting upgraded as it is mandatory.

    27/1/2018
    Get a Report from Gary informing me of a few issues that he has spotted while pulling out the engine.

    Turbo has been shot (a lot of play and oil in the intercooler)
    Clutch is finished flywheel, slave etc

    Trying to decide if i should replace the turbo with the factory or go for a Ko3 hybrid.

    Will update as the car gets built

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    May aswell uprate the turbo if funds allow mate keep us posted
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    if you go the hybrid route the only one i would get is wg motorworks as a lot of companys sell not very good hybrids and wg uses turbo dynamics im sure, usually you need to upgrade the valve springs, im sure wg motorworks say that when they do the hybrids, think standard turbo is 500 quid and hybrid is 900 quid, hope u get the car sorted bud.
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    when you bought it did you not test drive it or have you just got money to burn lol

    on the up side it gives us all info on the mods to go for when you have had them done.

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    I'd have taken it to WGM tbh.

    Wouldn't trust GCAP due to previous experience a guy over on UKCD had.

    Hope you have better luck though
    Last edited by u33db; 2nd February 2018 at 12:34 PM.
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    It’s all down to personal preference really.

    As someone who’s been to both WG and GCAP. I can honestly say I prefer GCAP.

    In fact, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
    I’ve been running my Burg at over 400bhp for 2 years as a daily and it hasn’t skipped a beat!

    I found GCAP and SM Tuning to both be so much more efficient, reliable and have so much better customer service.

    If you were to go anywhere else, you’d agree, despite the comments from all those jumping on the bandwagon without any first hand experience.

    You have to ask yourself too; ‘how does the standard of my car affect the company image?’
    If it falls short in any way, that company has done you and itself a disservice.

    Whatever happens, rest assured you’re in great hands with GCAP and hope your car gets sorted quickly and easily!
    Quote Originally Posted by u33db View Post
    I'd have taken it to WGM tbh.

    Wouldn't trust GCAP due to previous experience a guy over on UKCD had.

    Hope you have better luck though

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    If thats aimed at me think what you like but the proof (description and pics) is up on UKCD for all to read.

    The lad had bought a forged sri that'd been "built" by GCAP and soon after that rebuild it was knocking badly - quote "there was an unreal amount of play in the bearings for piston 2, the rest were still knackered but 2 was the worst".

    But in fact it was much worse...i know this as i sold the guy in person the replacement crank he needed after it turned out his was bent and spoke to his dad (mechanic) who'd taken it apart and found the problems. He also need a couple spare forged rods as his had bent and when he contacted GCAP they basically told him where to go as well - no good will gesture or anything.

    All this within 4k of a rebuild and on a standard map!

    All in it took him well over 7/8 months to get it sorted in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u33db View Post
    I'd have taken it to WGM tbh.

    Wouldn't trust GCAP due to previous experience a guy over on UKCD had.

    Hope you have better luck though
    Haha to be honest this is my first turbo car and only researched the piston 4 issue. But to be fair the car was way below the market value so all in all I've got a 0 mile car for the same price as a 50k mileage one.

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    It wasn’t specifically ‘aimed’ at anyone. It was me sharing a personal experience rather than a second hand one.

    And I know exactly the car you’re referring to!

    Firstly, it wasnt standard map on the ECU. It was a classic ‘flash and dash’ “stage 2” map.
    And on top of that, the previous owner of the car also did all of his own oil changes and for ‘some reason’ or other, ran it dry causing the oil light to come on.
    This had massive knock on effects... and that’s common knowledge.

    What we can draw from this is simple.
    1. Flash and dash maps are bad.
    2. The history of a car usually determines it’s future.
    3. Reliable isn’t cheap and cheap isn’t reliable.
    4. A full account of the story goes a long way.
    5. Bandwagons are full of conjecture.
    6. Ignorance sparks confrontation.

    Quote Originally Posted by u33db View Post
    If thats aimed at me think what you like but the proof (description and pics) is up on UKCD for all to read.

    The lad had bought a forged sri that'd been "built" by GCAP and soon after that rebuild it was knocking badly - quote "there was an unreal amount of play in the bearings for piston 2, the rest were still knackered but 2 was the worst".

    But in fact it was much worse...i know this as i sold the guy in person the replacement crank he needed after it turned out his was bent and spoke to his dad (mechanic) who'd taken it apart and found the problems. He also need a couple spare forged rods as his had bent and when he contacted GCAP they basically told him where to go as well - no good will gesture or anything.

    All this within 4k of a rebuild and on a standard map!

    All in it took him well over 7/8 months to get it sorted in the end.

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    sorry I haven't updated this post in awhile, Just been really busy. I've decided to make another tread (part 2) as there seems so be a lot of negative views on specialists which isn't the point of this thread.

    So could the moderators please close this thread as I will be making a new one with updated pictures and my review on the car as it is etc.

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