Upon purchase I had noticed a few things that annoyed me, such as a dent in the sill, random small dents all over the car, some scratches and lacquer peel, I did remember that it is 12 years old, its not gonna be perfect. After a week or so of ownership, the first problem arrived in the form of a snapped starter signal wire. So I had to bodge that to get home then fix it the next day by repining the connector and extending the wire. After that, I ran into a major coolant leak which was the Water Pump, so replaced that and the timing belt at the same time. Which then brought another issue, I had zero boost and the car smoked a lot, I read the codes and noticed that the MAP Sensor didn't have the right signal. So checked the wiring and there was a snap right at the connector for the temperature signal. Fixed that by rewiring and repinning with some black sealant to prevent water ingress.
I have done some modifications so far, these being a Darkside EGR Delete but retains the Anti Shudder Valve, with the Darkside EGR Cooler Delete Hose, AP rear springs and shock absorbers, Front AP Lowering Springs, 10 or 15mm spacers with extended wheel bolts, FloFlex Rear Wishbone Bushes and a Evol Engineering Torque Link and a Leon Cupra R Splitter (which didn't last long because I had a bump and ruined the splitter)
The car feels good but has minor issues still, such as a suspect DMF Rattle which can only mean the DMF will die soon.
The car cost me £1500 to buy and so far ive enjoyed it. 130hp and 300nm of torque is a lot of fun in such a light car. I did also recently buy some Pre Facelift Tail Lights because I prefer the look over the Common as muck Facelift Taillights. I did also fit Pressed Plates because they make a car look way better.
Soon to come is a Hybrid Turbo, possibly a GT1856V from Skilla Turbos, A FMIC (Seat Sport Style), a Full Straight Pipe Exhaust, Bigger and Better Wheels, Octavia MK1 VRS Brakes *(312mm) and a Remap with Popcorn Limiter or Hardcut (depending if I want aggression over speed).
The car when I had it around 1-2 weeks:
The car yesterday after all my modifications so far (apart from the splitter which is dead):