1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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Would you replace a worn Etienne Aigner interior w/ a non-EA interior?

Poll ended at Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:00 am

No way! Don't mess with a collector's item like that.
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Sure, do whatever you want!
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Etienne who?
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Total votes: 3

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1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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Picked this one up for $500. She ran okay but the tires were bald, and the whole car was filthy. I cleaned her up and put on some nice 15" 7 spoke alloys (cheap, no-name wheels, but they look cool) with 205/50 15 Kumho Ecsta ASTs. I'm in the middle of adding new springs and Boge gas struts. Very happy so far - great replacement for the 1980 Rabbit Convertible I had back in the late 90s.
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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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welcome nice find.
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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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Thanks! I'm glad I found this site. I found it through a link to your great post on replacing the front strut inserts, which I'll be doing shortly:
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1783&hilit=strut+mount

And yes, I'm glad I found this one. She had been owned by two college girls over her life -- well, really by their fathers. Seems they maintained the car so their girls would be safe. I hesitated at first, even with the low price, because I wanted a 5-speed, but I'm actually having fun driving the automatic. Not sure if I'll do a 5-speed swap one day.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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FolksWaggin wrote:Thanks! I'm glad I found this site. I found it through a link to your great post on replacing the front strut inserts, which I'll be doing shortly:
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1783&hilit=strut+mount

And yes, I'm glad I found this one. She had been owned by two college girls over her life -- well, really by their fathers. Seems they maintained the car so their girls would be safe. I hesitated at first, even with the low price, because I wanted a 5-speed, but I'm actually having fun driving the automatic. Not sure if I'll do a 5-speed swap one day.

You do know that automatics are more rare...... less of them made.
Briano

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You can lead a user to a link, but you can't make him Click.... :screwy:

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by FolksWaggin »

Funny thing is, growing up in the NY metro area, and now living in CT, I'd seen so many EA editions over the years that I didn't realize how rare they were until I bought one. I'm guessing most of the daddy's-little-girl editions sold in NY, and probably California too. Makes sense.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by CajunSpike »

Welcome to the EA club. By definition there are few people in it...lol.
Your's looks pretty awesome. Is it the green model?

Heres mine!
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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by FolksWaggin »

Thanks! I haven't had the car very long, but I've had a lot of fun with it. It's Bordeaux Red -- it's just hard to tell because of the bad lighting in the photo.

P.S. I need a power window switch, if anyone knows where to find one.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by CajunSpike »

I've been saving those power window switches from junk cars. I might have one for you. I'll check.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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On the power window switch I was looking for one for my car. Bozo Zone Advance or Ocraplys can't get them. They are approx $60 at the stealership. I was able to clean mine and get it working again. (For now anyway). I took electical harness cleaner and spayed it through twice and then Tuff Stuff interior cleaner and sprayed that as well. It is worth a shot.
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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by FolksWaggin »

CajunSpike,
Thanks. If you find one, I'll be willing to pay a reasonable price for it.

eric4321,
I've thought about prying my switch open and seeing if I could do anything with it. It works down but not up. You think I might just be able to clean it?

My daughter's mad at me because the broken switch was originally on the driver's side, but I moved the good one to my side, and now she's stuck with the stuck window! :lol:

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by CajunSpike »

If the switch isn't working, you can't make it worse by opening it. Its a simple momentary contact switch.
I like his idea too.. open the broken one and check it out/clean it. Can test the results with a meter.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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The switch on my 93 would raise the window but not lower it. I DID NOT pull it apart at all. All I did was shoot the cleaner in and all around it. I had to do it 3 times and it finally worked. I was going to order a new one from VW and figured I had nothing to loose.
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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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Briano

Yes as matter of fact, I have the Luck o'the Irish...everything I touch turns to fertilizer of the bovine variety.
You can lead a user to a link, but you can't make him Click.... :screwy:

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

Post by FolksWaggin »

Thanks Guys,
I'll try the spay cleaner first, and if that doesn't work, I'll move on to more drastic measures.

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Re: 1991 Etienne Aigner - solid but needs some TLC

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Welcome! Pretty good deal for $500. 8)

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