28 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Our cars: 1991 Polo GT Coupé –
report two

Last time we caught up with Simon Kimber and his 1991 Polo GT Coupé, new standard-length and uprated front shock absorbers, bump stops and top mounts had just been fitted. Was he pleased with the results?

Koni 86 1922SPORT shock absorbers

On first impressions the Koni shock absorbers are softer than the Weitecs fresh out the box, but it is something I can get used to in time. The knocking noise from the front nearside of the car has now vanished; the bobbling sounds on uneven surfaces are nowhere to be found. The braking now seems to be much improved, too; it’s a fact that a seriously worn shock absorber can increase the braking distance by quite a margin or make a car a bit uncontrollable in an emergency, at least.

The result of all this work was that when H714 ERP went for its MoT, it passed with flying colours, with not even an advisory item being, well, advised.

The MoT test is not a black art despite what you may think. If you know what to look for and even notice it early enough, you should have no nasty surprises (for the past few years I’ve worked in garage workshops, so like to think I know the basics). You could have your car serviced before its MoT to make sure, but I find it better to do all that around a month ahead of the test to give you time to sort it all out. Of course, it may not help if the tester is having a bad day.

Costs this month: £0

2009 Polo Particulars Kimber 291009

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