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xPETEZx last won the day on June 4 2018

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  1. Argh shame its a 3-door again! Would buy straight away if they did a 5-door. Ideally in black! (w/cadiz!)
  2. The Phirm is a 5 minute drive away from me, and I switched to using them for my servicing earlier this year after the prices from the local VW dealer just became silly. (near £150+ increase for a normal service in 3 years, tried to claim its "because its a performance car"...well it was 3 years ago too...) They first did a full service and then found my water pump/thermo to be leaking as well as a rear shock. So I booked in with them to sort all that out. Just last month I was back again for my covid-delayed MOT. On all 3 visits, they were very professional, all work completed on time and exactly to cost. Very friendly bunch of guys. Now I haven't used them to do any tuning work, but as I said used for servicing and repair and very happy with them, and will continue to be my go-to. (I had the service car off them on 1 visit, its a Skoda Octavia! Brand new, but makes you appreciate the R when you get it back. :D) Good luck with your search.
  3. +1 for team 18"s When I ordered my R, I wasn't keen on the 18" Cadiz wheels at all, but it being a lease wasn't going to pony up for 19"s. However once I had the car, they very quickly grew on me. To me they are now the 'iconic' R wheel too. As much as I do love the look of the Pret 19", I dont like the big gap between wheel and disk, esp on the rear. I prefer the brakes to really fill the space. To me 18" Prets would be a great alternative to the Cadiz As said, grown to love mine.
  4. Went ahead and used the touch up pen. Looks fine from a distance. If you get up close, you can see the colour isn't the same, and of course the bubbling is still there. Will do for now Cheers all
  5. I have a small tube of paint correction (used for that bad door repair 😬😄) recon that would do the trick to stop it getting worse? Not sure the black on the wheels is the same as the car, but with such a small area, might not be noticeable.
  6. The other wheels where never refurbed, so I think its just not a great job after all :( Haha :P Its easy to get too bogged down. I think ill just leave it. Option #3 for now! Thanks for the detailed steps, but I am not a handy man when it comes to paints. I am near certain the result would be worse than the current situation 🥵 Tried my hand repairing a scratch in the door sill (not visible unless door open) and its not good 😬 Cheers for the comments. Going to leave this alone. Car has cost enough the last couple months :) Enjoy the weekend
  7. Just over 3 years ago I had new tyres fitted at an F1 autocentre bough via blackcircles.com Seems a junior worked on one of the wheels at the time, as they marked the diamond cut surface and took the weights off with what looked like a chisel. Anyway blackcircles where brilliant at the time, and booked me straight in with the The Wheel Specialist for a full wheel refurb. They did a great job, and the wheel looked as good as new when I got it back. Fast forward to now, and the paint is bubbling / coming away around the valve. These guys only warranty the work for 6m, so only option is to either refurb the wheel again (£150) or powder coat. (But would need to do all 4, £400~) Not going to have these guys refurb it again, as that can only be done 3-4 times, and clearly there work wont last. My other 3 wheels are still perfect. (2 small kerb marks aside! :@ ) Just spent £500 on servicing, and just under £1000 fix rear shock leak / water pump & thermostat replacement, so really didn't need this. Will need new tyres by MOT in November too. This got me thinking about other options: 1.) buy a used Cadiz on eBay, looks like the price ranges between £60 for kerbed to £120 for good condition wheels. Of course no idea on the history 2.) I always liked the Pret wheels, but not the 19" size. Now that an 18" version is available, seems a full set can be had for £440 from CW. I could "combine" this with new tyres to 'mask the sting' but its just lying to myself Man maths as they say! 3.) Not look at it. Pretend its fine and carry on enjoying the car.
  8. Keep waiting for my passenger side to fall out! Got lucky that I noticed my driver side mirror moving about in the wind on the way to tesco, managed to hold it in place till I parked up. bought Gorilla Gel glue (after finding topic on here recommending it while waiting in the covid queue! ), stuck the mirror back in, and its been solid since. Only used the heated mirrors once since, but worked fine. Hopefully when the passenger side goes ill be so lucky! But I doubt it 😐
  9. The steering wheel looks lovely. I much prefer the perforated leather sides. I had mine re-trimmed to similar. Made such a difference. Not so sure about the buttons though. I am very keen to get a test drive in an Arteon R estate. That would make a nice replacement. As the Mk8 Golf is not doing it for me...
  10. Grave digging my own thread, I ended up putting about 6 cars on my watch list on AT in the end, and had planned to see how many if any sold in a week. To my surprise all but 1 where gone by the following weekend! The only one left was at the local dealer, but priced about £2k higher than the rest while having more miles and looking tattier in the pictures. At the time, AT marked that one as "above average price", now nearly a month later that car is still listed for the exact same money but AT marks it as "good price" now. Seems there was more appetite for buying than I thought! Not many R estates on AT now that fit the bill. My car also put a spanner in the works by displaying the "Oil change in X days" shortly after I initially thought about changing. So would probably have hurt its PX value. So I kinda put the car change idea to bed. Figure in the current climate I can't justify £8-9k when who knows what's around the corner and I don't actually "need" the Estate right now. (heart and brain disagreement here) So decided to stick with mine, and get it all serviced. Was due: Interim Service Haldex Oil Brake Fluid A/C Service Local VW dealer that I have used since I had this car, quoted £700 for all this! The Interim service was £320~ 😮 alone. Thats over £100 more than at its first service back in 2016. Despite my best (terrible) efforts at haggling, even using the VW site which suggested my service should be much less, they stopped responding to me after promising to speak with the service manager. Decided it was time to go elsewhere.... first tried to use VW's site to get a price from the nearest other VW dealer, but never got a call or email back. Found local independent VAG specialist, quoted all the same work for £500! Had all that done last week... but they did find my Water pump/Thermostat has started leaking.... and my rear shock is weeping. So going back next month for new pump/thermostat and both rear shocks replacing. (Id rather do the pair) In 5 years, my first repair bill, coming in at £980, everything else has been service. Tyres are also coming up.... close to 3 years old and 20k on them. Fronts nearing limits. So another £400~ bill on the way before November MOT! /TL:DR - decided not to spend £8-9K upgrading to an R Estate.... instead it'll be just under £2k on repairs and servicing on my current R by November! Don't you just love cars?
  11. I love that M340i Estate! New BMWs are very marmite... seems half of them are afflicted with horrendous monster grills, and then the other half look amazing! (3,5 & 8 all look brilliant!)
  12. xPETEZx

    Arteon R

    I love the look of that Arteon R shooting brake. I always liked the general look of the Arteon (esp when NOT in that mustard colour they show so often :|), but they never did a hot one. Now they do both an R and a shooting brake! Certainly a more enticing option than the Golf Mk8. Not liking all the corner cutting thats gone on. Esp on the inside.
  13. This just happened to me on the way to Tesco! Noticed the driver side mirror glass moving about. Luckily it stayed in place till I parked up. While queuing to get into tesco found this topic. Picked up some gorilla glue gel and stuck the glass back on in the car park. Let's see how it holds up! Passenger side seems ok for now, does not feel loose.
  14. I did consider it, till I saw the price of them. Then I couldnt stop laughing. 😐😁 The thing looks almost identical to a regular cooking V60, which is usually no bad thing. But this takes it to the point of literally just the badge to give the game away. As you said, the interior looks very dated now too, and right again on the boot. From the pictures it looks very small. Speaking of Volvo, I did take a shine to a XC90 T8 though! 😅 Every journey in the last 3 months I could have completed on battery! And probably half the ones I would do in normal circumstances. That coupled with 7 seats, massive boot and fairly decent looks (for an SUV), make a fairly appealing package. (400Bhp~ helps too :P) But again, they are silly money. Seeing some with as high 125k on the clock (and the charge cable still in the cellophane in the boot!) and still asking near £30k. The more I look, the less I find if that makes any sense. The Golf R Estate and its cousin the Leon ST 300 are about the only ones that tick enough boxes to be worth looking at in my budget. Lot more Golfs around, has better standard spec and imo, a better looking interior too. So that kinda keeps the R at the top of the pile Hopefully get a chance to contact a few of the dealers I am watching to see how viewings/test drives work under these lockdown easing since monday.
  15. Thanks for all the comments guys (And no offence taken @goodbadboy 😁) Got about 4-5 cars on my "watch list" on AT. Curios to see what the current climate does to prices. Will see how test drives / viewings can be arranged in current circumstances. Giving myself to end June to either buy something new, or get mine serviced and stick with it for abit longer. (no hardship! Still brings a grin to my face every drive) Still never driven a DSG 😐 So need to see how I get on with that.
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