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How do you pronounce Scirocco?
Water leaks into car: Where? Stopping them.
How many Sciroccos were made?
How much do they all weigh?
What does MFA stand for?
What's the lowdown with parts numbering?
The Official Scirocco Gas Tank Recall Letter

			How The Heck Do You Pronounce Scirocco?
a while back we had a thread going about the saying of scirocco and it's
definition. I was at the library today and check this out.

scirocco var of sirocco
sirocco \ sera(.)ko\  **the e is upside down, the a has two dots above it, and
the o has a line abouve it**  also scirocco \she-\   **the e is upside down
again**   n - s [ It sirocco, scirocco, fr Ar sharq east ] 1a : hot oppressive
dust laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern
Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicily. b : a warm moist
oppressive southeast wind in the same regions. 2 : a hot or warm wind of
cyclonic origin ( as the harmatten of the west coast of Africa, the hot winds
of Kansas and Texas, the khamsin of Egypt) blowing from an arid or heated

thats right out of a reference book the stuff in the ** ** are my notes every
thing else is word for word.

Steven Toughill
Volkswagen Mechanic (ASE)
Burlington, New Jersey
84 Scirocco 
88 Fox (totalled)
94 Jetta GL (soon I hope)

			Help, Water Leaks Into My Roc!

Here are my most common early VW leak prone areas;

1. Windshield. Look for dried mineral tracks left behind by
evaporation, easy to spot against the black rubber. I could
repost my detailed fix for this but the short answer is to insert
the silicon sealant (black) UNDER the lip of the gasket and run a
bead all the way around, letting excess squeeze out. Do both
gasket to body and gasket to glass circumferences. Don't skimp, a
bubble or gap out of sight will fail the fix. The surplus can be
removed before it sets up.

2. Inner Door liner, or lack thereof. The plastic liner between
the door panel and the door shell redirects the water to the
drain holes in the bottom edge of the door. Reseal or replace
with any solid sheet PVC or whatever. Bottom edge hangs down
inside the door shell, I believe. 

3. Rain Tray Drainage Tubes Blocked. In the Engine compartment
are two drain tubes to each side, near the wiper linkage, etc.
Kept free of leaves and such aids to preventing backed up water
flowing in the fresh air intake, and into the dash.

3b. Rain Tray Plastic Shield cracked. Found this is chronic with
hot engine bays and older cars. Quick solution has been to
recondition the things from underneath with black gaffers tape.
(Almost like Duct tape but not as 'tacky'.) Really became evident
how much these things work when I left it out of the A2 Jetta.
Pools and pools of water on the passenger's side, were the fan
intake is.

4. Rear Hatch Seal. Like all things flexible they get less so
with age and ozone. No OEM replacements readily available AFAIK,
Artistic black Silicon sealant, applied with plastic wrap as a
temp 'Don't seal to this side' (removed after semi curing),
?????. No great solution yet , still in development.

5. Real Tail light seals? Never seen this one but others have,
remove, silicon it up, reattach and clear excess with a popsicle
stick for a proud finish.


drew wrote:
I've used the silicone treatment several times in the past, but
my experience is that silicone sealant works well if and only if
both surfaces are CLEAN (i.e. prepped with solvent) and DRY. 
This is rarely the case, especially under a dirty windshield
gasket that has already been leaking. The silicone will not stick
well to the glass or the metal, allowing wind/water to lift the
gasket away from the windshield or car once it has cured. I opt
for the tar-based(?) sealant that windshield shops use to seal
gasket-style windshields - it stays tacky and sticks to
everything (including your fingers.)  Ask around at your local
auto-glass shop, they might even sell you a cartridge over the
counter, or better yet come out and do a "professional" job
(yeah, right) for $20 - and it's their skin that gets peeled off
by the solvent used to clean up, not yours.... :)

Of course, YMMV, and I always say go with what works for you...
Drew MacPherson


		How Many Scirocco's were made?
First off, all Sciroccos were built by Karmann in Osnabruck Germany.

Scirocco I (March 1974 - 1981)     506,109 cars produced worldwide
Scirocco II (1981 - 09/10/92)      291,497 cars produced worldwide

         Year Sales (US Model years)
         1974 335
         1975 16,108
         1976 15,426
         1977 24,786
         1978 28,137
         1979 26,014
         1980 22,452
         1981 17,043
         1982 13,227
         1983 13,703
         1984 17,251
         1985 13,547
         1986 10,884
         1987 6,971
         1988 3,754
         1989 867
         1990 19
         Total 230,434


			How Much Do Sciroccos Weigh?
> so what are the average weights for the MKI the MKII 8v, and the MKII 16v?
> i was just curious in the weight differences between the 3

  these are also on my web page.

1975-77 - 1847 lbs
1978-79 - 1888 lbs
1980-81 - 1888 lbs; 1933 lbs (S)
1982    - 1933 lbs
1983    - 2079 lbs
1984    - 2070 lbs
1985-86 - 2181 lbs
1987-88 - 2221 lbs; 2287 lbs (16v)

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			What Does MFA Stand For?
Thats "Multi-Funktions-Anzeige" which translates
"multi function display" in english.

It's the little computer that tells you about oil temp, consumption,
outside-temp and trip-timer.

The display is located in the lower center of your speedo-cluster
and it is switched with a button on the wiper-stick.

The MFA was on most of the 16V and on some of the later 8V also.
(Ed. in Europe this was true, in NA, only a few have it)



			How does VWs' parts numbering scheme work?

 How the part numbers are designated. any ideas?
 are all parts like this??
 	The part number system is fairly straightforward if you can remember how 
 	it works. i only know a little bit of it, but this is how it breaks down. 
 	There are three sets of numbers - AAA BBB CCC. Sometimes there is/are 
 	number(s) and/or letter(s) after the last set. The first section (the A's)
 	designate the type of car or chassis.  For example, scirocco specific parts
 	are 531 and 533 . 535 parts are for a Corrado. 171 parts usually indicate
 	an A1 chassis or rabbit parts.  The second set of numbers (the B's) is the
 	type of part. switches, sensors, and the like are in the 900's.  Lenses are 
 	945's.  Cables are 957's.  Wheels are 601's.  CV axles and ball joints are 
 	407's and 498's.  The last set of numbers (the C's) is the specific part.  
 	The letter(s) on number(s) after the nine digits serves to differentiate 
 	between parts.  Ie - 171121101AB is hose for Jetta; 171121101AM is a hose 
 	for a Scirocco*.  Likewise, if there is a part number with 'BR' after it, 
 	this usually indicates that i was made in Brazil. so, to make a long story 
 	short, all VW numbers are like this. Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes parts are 
 	like this as well.
 * - (it's worth noting here that i've found these hoses to be interchangeable
 with a little triming on the Jetta hose, but the price difference to be about 
 $14 cheaper for the Jetta one).
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