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Hi all,

Just picked up a 208 GTI and I absolutely love it, coming from a drab 1.6 Astra I can't believe the combination of performance and fuel efficiency!

There are a couple of things I'd like to know if anyone can help.

Do the horror stories about the THP engines in the 207 GTI, old cooper S etc still apply?
Are there any maintenance tips known to help get the best out of these?

Just some background, mine is a 2014 car with just under 18,000 miles on it and full dealer service history.

Cheers!
 

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I think a lot of issues got ironed out from that engine, I had an 08 207 with the engine and it caused me a lot of bother (replacing the timing chain plus a host of other things such as ignition coils, fuel pump)

Generally I would be ensuring oil is kept topped to full and keep on top of servicing such as oil and filter every year or 10,000 miles and spark plugs every 2years or 20,000 mile... I would do the plugs every year tbh but dealer price is about £120 to change if you’re continuing to use dealer. I changed my own after 2 years and about 17k and electrodes didn’t look to bad to be fair (the gap widens over time and gives bad performance) but porcelain had started to break down. Use correct service parts too total oil and ngk iridium plugs.

Also would add to give car proper time to warm and cool before/after driving it hard .

Only thing I would be weary about is carbon build up on intake valves , you can get this cleaned by a specialist with walnut blasting if it’s a concern though
 

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Hi,

Thanks for all that info, think I'll keep up with the dealer servicing just to have the history there but at £120 I think I'll do the plugs myself! I've heard about the carbon build up problem, something I may look into when the car has done a few more miles, just glad it doesn't have the long list of issues the 207 did!

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Yep dealer is crazy money , basic service oil & filter with health check was £170 for me, the big service with air filter and plugs on top is like £330 and add in recommended 2yr brake fluid change and we’re talking just over £400.

I think walnut blast intake is around £250-300 but would imagine wouldn’t need doing until car is older
 
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