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    Looking at 505's for a friend because I think they rock (and I want to drive it). I've been hunting for a 505gti series 2 but have seen an advert for a 1985 505 executive; how did the executive differ from the other models? is it a Gti with leather? or are there more fundamental differences. They're asking $4k so I thought it might be worth a look. Any enlightenment would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will
    Looking at 505's for a friend because I think they rock (and I want to drive it). I've been hunting for a 505gti series 2 but have seen an advert for a 1985 505 executive; how did the executive differ from the other models? is it a Gti with leather? or are there more fundamental differences. They're asking $4k so I thought it might be worth a look. Any enlightenment would be appreciated.

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    Will
    They are upmarket STI/GTI. The STI executive had a lot of the GTI features such as seats and spoiler etc.
    The GTI is the one to go for, the K jetronic injection on the STI is not liked and the metric wheels are imposible to get tyres for.
    Being a 1985 model this is possibly an STI and too expensive unless it is in as new condition.

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    Like Graham said, the Executive was the upmarket version of the series one 505 Gti / Sti. There's no mechanical differences between the executive and the Gti / Sti. The Gti executive arrived in australia around the same time as the Gti (late 1984) which would mean the one you're looking at is most likely a Gti executive. These came with (in addition to the standard 505 Gti) leather seats (? drivers side height adjustable), two tone paint, and better looking front and rear bumpers. If it was me, i'd be looking for a series one Gti with a 5 speed - the executives were all automatic from memory.

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    Yes all 505 Executives were autos. The STI versions had velour seats, the GTi versions had dark blue leather. Most of them are the two-tone silver and grey, and they have nice big moulded bumpers (even the GTi just had the small black bumpers as per every series 1 505).



    A few GTi Executives came in black and had brown leather.

    The Gti Executive has an electric sunroof. These tend to play up with age, although can be made to work ok.

    As mentioned above the STi version had the TRX (390mm) alloys, and the GTi Versions had the 15" alloys (both wheels look very similar).

    They are probably the best looking 505. In Europe and America the only 505 to come with the two-tone paint and 'bodykit' that our Executive has was the 505 Turbo Injection. Just don't crash it as the bumpers are REALLY hard to find and very expensive when you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nJm
    Just don't crash it as the bumpers are REALLY hard to find and very expensive when you do.
    Good point. I hadn't really thought about the rear bumper but as you indicated it is also unique to the Turbo Injection and Executive models.
    (pedants note: it may not be correct to refer to something as "unique" if it is fitted to two models rather than one, but if you could suggest a one word term to describe something only fitted to two models then let me know).

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    Not all execs are auto...all GTI Exec's were, but the STI's were not all auto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug_405_Mi16
    Not all execs are auto...all GTI Exec's were, but the STI's were not all auto!

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    i'll second that... i have seen manual exceutives for sale

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    Hi all,

    thanks for the response(s); I gave the executive the arse because the auto was too sluggish and it was about to blossom into a rusty mess. I did like the leather though.
    Instead I have just bought a 5-speed 505gti 1985 that has been reborn by the chaps at universe motors in richmond (melb). I reckon the electricky bits will be a pain but it feels like it will go forever.
    Let you know when something drops off it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will
    Hi all,

    thanks for the response(s); I gave the executive the arse because the auto was too sluggish and it was about to blossom into a rusty mess. I did like the leather though.
    Instead I have just bought a 5-speed 505gti 1985 that has been reborn by the chaps at universe motors in richmond (melb). I reckon the electricky bits will be a pain but it feels like it will go forever.
    Let you know when something drops off it.

    Cheers,

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    When I first bought my 505 I got it serviced there. I found them to be too expensive (something like $88 per hour?!?!) but the service was good. They were always friendly and helpful. I take it to Justin Fisher (in Balwyn, near corner of Burke Rd and Whitehorse Rd). He's a great guy and is one of the cheaper pug mechs out there, charging about $60 per hour (I think).

    I agree the auto 2.2L 505's are a bit slow, but they feel a bit more effortless than my manual 2L 505. But I'll see if I still think this after I rebuild my carburetor
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    Quote Originally Posted by petermc505
    That's where I bought my pug from
    Did they look after you? I know $77ph inc GST is a bit rich but probably worth it if they're honest and know what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will
    Did they look after you? I know $77ph inc GST is a bit rich but probably worth it if they're honest and know what they're doing.
    The place is expensive, but they did look after me and they really seem to know their stuff.


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