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xPETEZx last won the day on June 4 2018

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  1. Coming up to having my R 5 years in May. Not missed a beat in 40K. Not one visit to the dealer other than regular servicing. Still love it every time I drive it. Esp now where I dont need to commute to work. So driving the car less, but enjoying it more everytime I do. ACC is one of my favorite features (on the comfort 'Golf' side of the house, of course the performance/grip from the 'R' side never cease to put a smile on my face) My next car will be a hard pick. (probably why I still haven't changed) Sorry to hear you have had some issues with yours. But I guess thats the luck of the draw. Hope it dosent spoil the car. Use the ACC a bit more once its back working, its real relaxing on a motorway slog. Just set and forget. Dont look at the speedo, just stay in the flow of traffic.
  2. Thats not PCP then. That could be Hire Purchase, where when the last payment is done you own the car outright. Either way, all these methods are just different ways of driving a car. Whether you buy cash, PCP, PCH, bank loan or whatever. Each has their uses, each has there fans. Good deals can be had on all of them. ITs just knowing whats right for you at any given time.
  3. No...PCP is the one with balloon payment. PCH has no balloon. You are literally renting the car. Usually you get the option to buy it, but that price is not fixed in advance, nor is the option guaranteed. No idea why people have issues with a Lease (PCH), esp when they are then talking up PCP, which really is just another form of 'renting' the car. You dont own it till you pay the balloon.
  4. I used MP3Tag to add cover art to all my music, and the vast majority shows up in the car. However some don't. I haven't found definitively why not, but suspect its to do with the size / pixel count.
  5. Slight tangent.... anybody own an R36? Love the look of one of them in estate form. Did they feel any 'quicker'?
  6. Maybe something like this would work: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tosuny-Display-Receiver-Mirroring-Multitasking-default/dp/B07QK6LQ4T/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?keywords=hdmi+to+mirror+link&qid=1569959517&s=gateway&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExOUJNWlRHS1JQTjVCJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzIzNDQwM0swRzlDV1I3QURSViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTkyOTQ3MzhPWlhET0RMSE9YTyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
  7. Over 4 years and still stock 1 its a manual... the clutch barely handles stock 2, CBA with the insurance questions with a tune. Only mod to my car is a re-trimmed steering wheel
  8. Same. Lots of scratches around the plastic, but I never look now and get a "hole in one" pretty much every time. Even before, I never found myself looking, more feeling. Still, nice idea with the glow-in-the-dark ring.
  9. Your videos/sound clips dont seem to play, so I cant hear the sounds. However I think a completely creek/rattle free car may be unattainable? The more it goes in to VW, and the more they take apart and re-fit, they will probably keep fixing one noise only to create another. As said, I havent been able to listen to your clips, but if its minor id just enjoy the car. So long as its not actually anything broken / breaking. I have a creek sound from the front drive side when going over very steep speed bumps, been there since nearly new. Not every time, but every other time probably. I asked VW to check it over when it went for its first service and they said all looks well. Car is 4.5 years old now, still makes the noise every other time on steep bumps. Hasnt got any worse and the car drives perfectly. Passed 2 MOTs and been through 3 services. At first it very much annoyed me, but I knew getting VW to chase it down and fix it would be a long road. Either way, I wish you luck. Either in getting it fixed (fingers crossed) or just living with it.
  10. I have the manual, and although I do love it I would go for the DSG next time. Esp. as the clutch is made of cheese on the R, so even with standard power it can be too much and start slipping. If you love the car, dont go thinking what might have been. Just enjoy it.
  11. I had a quote to go for a Sachs organic, but it came in at well over £1100. I haven't bit the bullet yet. Had another slip occur on a long drive back from Cornwall. 6th Gear, up hill, go to accelerate from 55-60 and got a 500rpm rise but no speed. Took it easy the rest of the drive home, always shifting to 5th when picking up speed rather than just sticking to 6th as usual and no further incidents. My issue is I am looking to change to an estate, but cant really justify that cost atm. Esp after the cornwall trip! Managed to fit luggage for a week long trip for 2 adults + 2 kids under 5. Including push chair and all the other baby stuff in the Hatch! So makes justifying a new car even harder! If I start getting slips more often than 1 drive every few months ill suck it up and buy the Sachs. For now, its been doing this for over 2 years and never got any worse, never happened more than once every few months. And as above, only seems to happen 1-2 times on the drive that it does happen on. Will see.
  12. Exactly! Some people get to hung up on the "monthly cost" as advertised, without looking at the upfront. If you get 24 month deal at 200 a month with 2400 down upfront, thats really 300 per month. As you put 2400 up front. When looking for a new lease, I now also look for the smallest upfront possible. Ideally 1+23, up to 3+35 But anything with 12+ upfront... no thanks... Another thing to look out for, which is sometimes hidden, is the excess mileage. Always good to know you can do another couple thousand miles without getting a big sting at the end. I tend to think anything sub 9p per mile is fine. Lower the better ofc.
  13. I had the exact same issue. Bought Bosch AeroTwin on sale at EuroCar parts for £6. Problem solved.
  14. Im fairly sure it isnt what they are refering to when they say "keyless theft" When they say "keyless theft" they usually refer to the signal from the key being amplified to make the car think it is close by and unlock/start. What you refer to is technically a keyless theft in that no key was stolen, but it does not require the car to have a "keyless" to work. It usually required breaking the window or getting access to the port in some way. While it could be quick, its not as quick as a signal amplification keyless attack. It also only worked on cars like the BMW 3er (E90) which have a fob like key. Not ones that have a traditional bladed key that goes in a barrel. Keyless thefts being talked about now, work on basically any car with a keyless system. I believe (though not certain) that once the criminals have stolen a car using the signal relay, they wont be able to restart the car or lock it. As they dont have the key. However I think they would probably be able to program a new key to the car much like the earlier ODB key clone method. The advantage of course being no broken windows.
  15. I would imagine they would record it as "keys not taken" theft. Seems currently very few thefts, if any at all occur by actually overcoming the cars security. By hacking the car as it where. Nobody is on-the-fly breaking the cars encryption to gain access and start it. (At least that I have seen) Even the old program a new key through the ODB port theft seems slow and intrusive at this point. (usually required breaking a car window) Seems the 2 methods are: 1.) Car keys obtained. (Through house break in or violence or both) 2.) Key-less signal relay/amplification as discussed in this thread. In the case of #1, the owner will at best only have 1 key left. In the case of #2 they should still have both keys. So the insurance companies could get crude numbers simply by requesting owners send in there keys before paying out. I recall seeing this request for keys even back in the BMW E90 days. Whereby thieves programed a new key to the car over the ODB port. Some owners whos cars where taken that way needed to send in both keys to get claims accepted/paid out to prove the key hadnt been lost or stolen.
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