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  1. Photo stop along the Ring of Kerry.
  2. Car is in this morning for warranty replacement of the starter button , so no cost for me this time. But I asked how much it would have cost and they said around 125 euro all-in to replace (part, labour, vat etc)
  3. 19" Cadiz were the standard wheel here in Ireland for the Mk7 Surprisingly we had no 18" options at all. The only option was 19" Pretoria which cost about 130 euros extra (bargain!)
  4. I have an order in for a replacement starter button. It has been getting more and more difficult lately to press the button to start or stop the engine. Sometimes I have to really lean on it and apply pressure and wiggle it about a bit. It was in for annual service last week. They took one look and ordered a replacement button. It got me thinking, what would I do if some day the engine is running and the button stops working altogether? yank some fuses I guess
  5. On my car (2016 model) it gives the 4 flashes, then waits two minutes to give you a chance to retrieve the key, and then locks anyway. Not sure if the newer ones still do this...
  6. I have noticed once or twice recently that the temperature is a bit erratic. I pretty much never change the settings, just leave it on 20 degrees and auto. For the first two years of ownership I have never noticed any issues at all. But a couple of times now it seems like the airconditioning side of things hasn't started up, even though it should have. Example, on a damp day, when stopped in traffic - the interior might fog up. This never used to happen before and shouldn't happen when the A/C is on. Other example is when the vents are blowing air that is slightly hotter than it needs to be. Again I wonder if this is because the system is trying to mix heated air with the cooler air from the A/C but the A/C hasn't actually started ... I should point out that most of the time the system works fine. And when the A/C was blowing cold air over the summer, it was icy cold as expected. So the A/C works, but seemingly sometimes the climate control doesn't start it up when it should do.
  7. Not exactly what you would call a useful feature - but if you have any images which feature GPS coordinates embedded in their metadata, and you view them on the MIB display, you get a little chequered flag icon in one of the corners of the screen. Press that icon and it will put the coordinates into the satnav and offer you directions to get there :)
  8. my current 7R is my first Golf (aww) What about this guy though! https://www.motor1.com/news/260435/144-volkswagen-golf-collection/
  9. I was with 123.ie for the last few years but they went up a bit this year (not mental , only 100 quid or so) Ended up switching to FBD who gave me something like 70% no claims discount.
  10. I have had a few intermittent issues in the last month or two. Car is just over two years old and was fine up till recently. I always leave the settings at 20 deg and auto. But a few times recently I felt like the system was blowing hot air when it didn't need to. And on one other occasion while sitting in traffic on a damp day, the interior got all fogged up, which had never happened before. I'm thinking there are intermittent cases where the climate system *thinks* the air-conditioning is running but in reality it isn't. Must report it to the dealer soon while I'm still in warranty. Not sure what they could do besides give it a once-over though, as the issue doesn't appear very often.
  11. Very nice, fair play Any estimate of when it will be arriving? Presumably February ish at this stage?
  12. I agree, the cost is brutal I paid €235 per corner , a month ago. Early impressions are excellent though. Grip much improved over the original (Continental 6P if I recall). Had one day of heavy rain and you could barely tell the difference from dry roads. And I find them much more comfortable - road noise is lower but also seem to absorb surface imperfections a lot better than before. Worth the extra few quid over the cheaper brands IMHO.
  13. Yes it will flash the indicators four times, and refuse to lock the boot for exactly two minutes. Not exactly very noticeable though, especially if you're not watching out for it. After two minutes, if you haven't retrieved the keys, the boot will lock. Happened to me last year. I had a spare key cut from the blade part of the regular key. It is purely the metal part of the key, and it is small enough to keep in my wallet. If I ever get locked out again, the spare key will be enough to unlock the car using the hidden lock behind the driver's door handle. Then I should be able to crawl into the boot and retrieve the actual key !
  14. I have the same setup and mine works just the same as this. OP the behaviour of your unit sounds abnormal ... (and annoying!)
  15. I suspect as well that they might put better quality LCD displays into the Audi versions. Similar to the way some phones and PC monitors just have better quality screens than others. e.g. Audi maybe gets IPS displays or OLED , whereas VW/Seat/Skoda gets cheaper TN displays. That way, even with similar software capabilities, the Audi display will just "pop" a bit more and look nicer overall.
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