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Thread: Oh lordy! - I've now got my full Stage 3 back....

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    Default Oh lordy! - I've now got my full Stage 3 back....

    ...after having what must've been something around Stage 2!

    As per this thread, I've been having a new clutch, flywheel and rear main oil seal fitted this week.

    Picked it up this afternoon and just driving back I couldn't believe the difference. Pick up from stationery was so much quicker and crisper than before - no juddering when idling/low revs - and no slip when giving the throttle a bit of a zip! Also the bite point was a good bit lower than it used to be, although it was always like that (higher) from first having the car. I remember a few folk who had driven it commented on it. It's now a lower bite point and more progressive, whereas before it was a bit more abrupt when engaging so sometimes made gear changes not too smooth. Not any more.

    Took it for a spin and OMFG! is all I can say. I soon realised how much of a difference the clutch had been making to the power etc. It's amazing how you don't notice things so much when it's a gradual occurrence. I knew the clutch was slipping under certain conditions (heavy load) as I could feel it, but I soon realised that it must have been slipping (albeit only a little) a large majority of the time as the car was completely different to drive in all gears and conditions. This is what I remember my Stage 3 being like!

    I'd asked them to keep the parts for me to look at as I was curious to see what wear they had on them. The clutch plates had noticeable wear and high points (the cause of judder on pulling off) - although the guy did say I must be pretty good with the clutch as whilst worn, it hadn't shown signs of abuse. The flywheel also had more movement in it than it should've, so signs of components wearing there - springs etc. and explained the judder on idle when blipping the throttle.

    So whilst an expensive little lot, it was a very worthwhile little lot as the car is transformed back to what it used to be like, the parts did need replaced and they will definitely see me through for all the time I will have the car i.e. certainly all next year. The guy said to me, as he'd road tested it, that it drove really well for a car with 70K on - one of the benefits of it being well looked after.

    Regular servicing and a few bits and bobs are all I, hopefully, foresee needing done. I don't think there are any major ones that could be looming given that it's had things like a new steering rack last year.

    So, a very happy bunny and very, very pleased I got it done now before heading up to the NE. Just one less thing to worry about on a long journey!

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    Nice one

    The clutch does take alot of hammer even if you use it right

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    Yep, and with all the extra power it's had through it, it's stood up pretty well actually - so I can't complain about changing them at 70k.

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    You know D you should really facelift the Sig. The car has had some big jobs done to it, with things like Turbo, Clutch and Rack all worked on. For a higher miler there all things i'd be thinking about if buying a car with that sort of mileage. To know its had this work done and all documented on here if I were a buyer it would give another option other than a facelift. Having it lifted would pretty much pull it into the newer category for me.

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    Yeah, but it's not going to add any value to it though? It'll still be an 03 that's worth tuppence ha'penny when I come to sell it - and I wouldn't see a higher resale value by facelifting it, so it'd be a 'waste' of the cost of doing that I'd have thought?

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    Most mods don't realise a whole lot on resale - certainly nowhere like the cost! However, it's like houses - do you fit what you want or what you think the next owner will want?

    Me, I spend my money for myself, not some unknown 'maybe' - go, do and enjoy!

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    No No No No No NEVER EVER EVER FACELIFT A PRE-FACE SIG!!!
    It's okay i'm alright,yep i'm fine, flip, i came over all unnecessary then

    Facelifting the Sig was one of the worst things i've seen GM do.
    Whilst at pre-face the rear end slopes beautifully over to the front,in other words the car is aesthetic/ very pleasing to the eye/in proportion. A well rounded vehicle. As a face lift,well it looks like a cut n shunt,a vehicle totally at odds with itself,and not sure what it really wants to look like,it may have worked with the slightly edgier shaped rear of the Veccy estate,but never IMHO with the Sig. And Duncan yours is a beauty

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    Could not agree more Sparky ..not just because i have pre-face lift ..but to be honest i would never have the facelift thingy done ..even for free

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    Quote Originally Posted by signumboy View Post
    Could not agree more Sparky ..not just because i have pre-face lift ..but to be honest i would never have the facelift thingy done ..even for free
    I would have it done for free. Any volunteers to supply and fit the parts? lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Took it for a spin and OMFG! is all I can say.
    Careful Duncan, you know what happened when you took it out to 'test' stage 3

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