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1 Day Ago 12:22 PM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by naiku View Post
Saw the pictures on Instagram a few days ago, sucks to see but at least you are keeping your head up and already have plans for a new car.



This makes me want to call my insurance company again and ask about coverage. I had contacted them a few months back and they told me much the same thing, that it is covered. But, now I wonder exactly what they mean. Which insurance company?
Chances are, it isn't. Make sure you are clear on the value. Most people contacting them about stereos probably have a $100 Sony in the dash and maybe some $50 coaxes.

If they insist that your stereo with several thousand dollars worth of equipment (not including labor) is covers, then I would suggest that you insist that they show to you in writing that it is covered as a part of your policy. Otherwise, be prepared for... "Here is your additional $47, sir."
1 Day Ago 12:02 PM
naiku
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Saw the pictures on Instagram a few days ago, sucks to see but at least you are keeping your head up and already have plans for a new car.

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Originally Posted by req View Post
I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47.
This makes me want to call my insurance company again and ask about coverage. I had contacted them a few months back and they told me much the same thing, that it is covered. But, now I wonder exactly what they mean. Which insurance company?
1 Day Ago 11:17 AM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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thanks for the kind words guys. the whole thing still hurts, and its still settling in.

im still dealing with insurance, and they want to be stingy about it. I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47. so im trying to get them to change the assessment from 'part of the car as a total loss' to 'personal property' that was inside the vehicle that was damaged. but somehow I doubt they give a shit.

anyway, I got the engine running last night. im sure there's lots of electrical issues to dig up - but I have another vehicle in the works that I will be picking up after Columbus day.

I don't know how quickly I will be digging into it. but I guess ill start a new build log.
It sucks having to go through a loss like this and then having to fight an insurance company, YOUR insurance company, on top of it. My wife works in insurance, but doesn't deal with auto. Another branch of her company does though. Her advice is that any custom parts, whether stereo, wheels, interior, engine, etc. worth over $1000 should have special coverage. (All of ours do.) Despite what your agent told you, and as you are learning, it really is necessary if you expect it to be covered in the case of a claim.

I sent her links to your post and she thinks you actually have a pretty good case. Because you had previously spoken to the company about the additional coverage and they convinced you it wasn't necessary, they should cover as if you did have the added coverage. And that means replacement value, not $47.

A good agency should take care of you. Unfortunately, you have an agent that gave you bad advice. Hopefully it doesn't become an issue of he said, (s)he said. Most independent agencies would just cover the cost out of pocket to avoid issues with you as their client or the insurance carrier.
1 Day Ago 07:03 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by eviling View Post
Yeah. Its twisted how that shit works and they didn't lie. Its covered. Here's your 50$ enjoy. Don't spend it all in one place. That's a shame man.

Was it a totally loss or can you save some parts?

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yea it was a total loss as far as the title is concerned - but the car isn't ruined. the carpets and the seats and that sort of stuff is most likely toast, but the chassis\engine\transmission seem to be ok, but its going to need a new wiring harness and some modules. the airbag module seems to be done. the fan control module is going crazy. the alternator might be done. the serpentine idler and tensioner seem done. stuff like that. but I might pull the engine\trans and get them taken apart and refurbished and put back together with some performance stuff and have a brand new engine\transmission ready for my new car, so its not a TOTAL loss - just a huge one. hundreds of hours of loss.

and yeah, this is the same car from the meet you heard way back then.
1 Day Ago 06:48 AM
eviling
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Yeah. Its twisted how that shit works and they didn't lie. Its covered. Here's your 50$ enjoy. Don't spend it all in one place. That's a shame man.

Was it a totally loss or can you save some parts?

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1 Day Ago 06:46 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thanks for the kind words guys. the whole thing still hurts, and its still settling in.

im still dealing with insurance, and they want to be stingy about it. I had called in the past and asked for a rider or something along those lines and they said that my stereo would be covered in the case of theft of a total loss situation. now that it has happened, they just want to check the box "premium sound" and that entitles me to $47 more on the payout. I was told in the past when I inquired that "as long as it is bolted to the car it will be covered". they did not tell me that "covered" meant $47. so im trying to get them to change the assessment from 'part of the car as a total loss' to 'personal property' that was inside the vehicle that was damaged. but somehow I doubt they give a shit.

anyway, I got the engine running last night. im sure there's lots of electrical issues to dig up - but I have another vehicle in the works that I will be picking up after Columbus day.

I don't know how quickly I will be digging into it. but I guess ill start a new build log.
1 Day Ago 10:45 PM
alachua
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that is a real bummer, remember hearing the car at the PA state finals probably 4 years ago.

Did you have a rider on your auto insurance for aftermarket equipment, or just the standard policy?
1 Day Ago 08:38 PM
ErinH
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Eff that noise!

If I can throw some RCAs your way to help with the next build or a power block or the like, LMK.
1 Day Ago 08:20 PM
sinister-kustoms
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that's heart breaking Hopefully you can salvage some bits and pieces!
1 Day Ago 05:44 PM
Notloudenuf
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Sorry dude.
On to bigger and better things hopefully!
2 Days Ago 02:07 PM
knifedag007
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Sorry for your loss.
This was a great build log with quality parts throughout.
I'm sure you will be back and better than ever in no time.
2 Days Ago 10:36 AM
rton20s
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Wow, that really sucks. Sorry to see such a cool VW and install coming to an end. Hopefully what you get out of insurance is enough to get you well on your way with the replacement.
2 Days Ago 08:48 AM
AccordUno
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Fook, that sucks totally man. The GTI was looking good too.. Hopefully some of the mechanical/shell can be salvaged. Not sure about the equipment, if it was underwater..
2 Days Ago 08:15 AM
Babs
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I got to hear this awesome v-dub at my first meet ever at NCSQ. Sadly, she's been quieted. Was an awesome car I hope can be saved and brought back from the brink or if it's time, onward to new ventures. Absolutely heartbreaking about the amps and subs as well.
2 Days Ago 08:07 AM
TexZen
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Man, that truly stinks! This has been one of my favorite builds over the years. I know you'll bounce back and I can't wait to see what future project you start!


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2 Days Ago 07:52 AM
eviling
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Holy cow man! That's terrible. that act of god covered under your insurance I hope I know that can be a tough one. Damn that's terrible to see.

Is that still the same GTI I heard in 2010? Haven't followed Much of the forums over the yesrs but I know you did allot of work to that car if its the same one. I'm in the middle of my new cars build and that would make me downright cry

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2 Days Ago 07:12 AM
imjustjason
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

That totally sucks a fat one right there. Nothing worse that just losing all that time and effort, sorry man.
2 Days Ago 07:07 AM
chefhow
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

So sorry to hear that Andy, I know how much work has gone into the car.
2 Days Ago 05:59 AM
Hillbilly SQ
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

That's heartbreaking to see Andy. That was a cool little car you had there. I'm positive you'll bounce back and be better than ever with the new build.
2 Days Ago 05:47 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

bad news. she is gonna be taken apart.



There was heavy rain here in VA beach last Tuesday\Wednesday\Thursday. I woke up Wednesday to go to work and I found my car like this. there has never been flooding in the area that I knew about and sometimes I park in the street. Nobody was injured, my house was not flooded as it is one of the higher plots in the neighborhood. Insurance has deemed my GTi a total loss and given me $4500 plus I get to keep my car for the parts and whatnot. The claim did not cover any of the stereo equipment, so I will try to file a home owners claim as well and hope for the best. I got the battery unhooked and the window rolled down, then with the help of some neighbors we pushed the car up my driveway. I missed a day and a half of work due to flooding. I found a new car, we will see how it goes. the engine was never started, we are going to drain the oil and give it a once over tonight before we try to crank it up.

im fairly certain the Arc PS8 DSP and the Mosconi AS200.4 amps were under water most of the night. I don't know about the carPC. the subs have paper cones so I don't know how they will fare in the damp climate they currently live in. ill post more info as I get it.

thanks for the good build log everyone.
-Andy
10-29-2015 12:59 AM
Kjekz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Car looks good as always. But where are the pictures of MK6 VW HVAC control retrofit?
10-28-2015 01:51 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Good. Some people are very sensitive about their threads.

You are thorough in your answers, a bit too thorough, because, of course I've had everything off already. The technicians needed full access. They suspected something between the 2-layer metal panel, but couldn't pinpoint it.

Before I went that extra mile with the technicians (or mechanics, which I like to call them), I had already been driven around and around and around by a family member on a specific kind of asphalt and at a specific speed. Knocking and swearing. That rattle has really gotten to me.

Should have had your subs, maybe the rattle would've come out in the open, with the help of those.
10-28-2015 08:10 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by Vidar View Post
I know I'll be getting rattles from one of the C pillars, but don't know what's causing it. I've been hunting the rattle for almost 5 years. Even paid the VW dealer to have two technicians investigate with stethoscope and other instruments, but to no avail.

Sorry for a little thread-jacking.
no problem man! I think of it as a bump to the top of the build log page haha.

as far as the C pillar goes, I don't recall any specific rattles in my car, but there are wires and such going behind the pillars. they affix to the car with like 4~6 pressure clips. maybe one broke off and is between the inner-skin and the outer-skin. its a 2-layer metal panel. all the antenna wires cut up through there. I bet you its just a clip that's vibrating. maybe take off the C pillar and either have someone drive you around while you sit in the back seat and touch things until you locate the noise? the C pillar comes off with one bolt behind the seat belt strap. just gotta be careful and remove the cover from the seat belt pully-thing. it flips out from the bottom, so don't pull from the top, it is one piece with a hinge on the top. I think its a 15mm bolt or something? then take the rear shelf panel off, its kind of tricky because you've gotta take the rear quarter panel that covers the back speaker off, plus the rear hatch trim, then it pulls up and off. I think there may be a few screws at the bottom of the C pillar but I don't remember. behind the driver side C pillar is a really nice grounding point also. lastly the headliner panel at the top rear of the hatch comes off. a few pressure clips, pull straight down. then the C pillar just pulls right off, its in there tight so yea. unfortunately its one of the first things to be installed for the interior and everything else stacks on top of it.

I hope you can track down that rattle!
10-27-2015 02:29 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Wow, thanks for a thorough answer.

I had a SEAT Leon 20VT Cupra (cheap Golf GTI) before and know about that shield, so when I was under the R32 some years ago, I dealt with something similar, so I hope that's ok now.

I don't have a sunroof, so one issue less. Or two, if you count the potential water leaks.

Those flaps makes horrible noises already. I need to keep an eye/ear on them.

Thanks for the tip on the N shaped gasket.

I know I'll be getting rattles from one of the C pillars, but don't know what's causing it. I've been hunting the rattle for almost 5 years. Even paid the VW dealer to have two technicians investigate with stethoscope and other instruments, but to no avail.

Sorry for a little thread-jacking.
10-27-2015 09:15 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

hmm. there is an exhaust shield above the 1.8t exhaust that makes some noise, I am not hugely familiar with the r32 exhaust, but I know the whole rear floor pan is different to accommodate the haldex gear box, awd drive train, individual rear suspension, and so on... but I would assume there is some kind of similar aluminum shielding held on by circular aluminum fasteners that spin onto a kind of stud affixed to the car. this shield around the muffler makes noise for me.

second, the headliner rattles where it meets the sunroof in the aft center most section of the sunroof opening. you cant just wedge something in there because the sunroof slide goes through this area. my solution was to epoxy\fiberglass the top portion with some reinforcement to make it more rigid. you might be able to just get some DUCT SEAL and mass-load the area. there is an aluminum reinforcement around the perimeter of this opening, and it has maybe a 1\2" recess up in there. stuffing it with duct seal would add mass to this area making it resonate at a much lower frequency.

duct seal-
https://www.menards.com/main/electri...-external-mcom

lastly, there are flaps behind the bumper below the tail lights that equalize pressure inside the cabin when the doors open or close so people don't pop their ear drums when inside and a door is closed. these flaps tend to, well - flap - open and closed on high pressure levels and it sounds terrible. I was able to take my tail lights off, remove the bumper, and then remove the plastic housings that hold the flaps. then I carefully removed the flaps and wrapped the housings in black panty hose\leggings. I sprayed them with scotch-guard water repellant spray and reinstalled them without the flaps. the cloth keeps insects and water out but still breathes.

other than that, the car is fairly quiet. I have noticed the glove box makes some rattles but I don't think its associated with the subwoofer. also, my windows were rattling inside the door. it was because the N shaped gasket that locks into the top of the door panel, and then the door card locks into the N shaped gasket was compressed a bit. this gasket has a metal core and a rubber\felt exterior that the interior of the glass presses against to form a seal. I pried open the gasket a bit with some channel lock pliers and some rags so I didn't damage the rubber and reinstalled them. the window sits tight and does not move anymore

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