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  1. Sounds similar to my issue in this thread...
  2. My tyre of choice too. Really quiet (especially compared to the original Potenzas mine came with). I’m sure you’ll love it! 😀
  3. I’d be pleased that it had oil changes at 10k & 20k rather than just the one variable service which it could have had at about 18k. That’s a strong positive for me. If it’s dealer, see if they’ll throw in the Haldex oil change as part of the deal? Real cost to them is negligible. Or just get it done with the 30k service. I do mine every 20k. If it’s a DSG it’ll need a service at 40k (I do mine at 30k intervals). Cost is just under £200. I’m on 62k miles at just over 3 years with no issues, so wouldn’t be concerned with the miles if the condition, spec and price are right for you. You’ve also got another year left on the standard 3 year warranty cover.
  4. Hi Paul I’ve been frankly unimpressed with the My VW app. It also didn’t state the first service @10k for my vehicle and makes odd suggestions like an MOT was due well before three years! Zero value in the app for me! I insist that my dealer gives me full old fashioned paperwork at every service. If you have paper proof of servicing I’d be happy with that. My car was purchased through finance (which I immediately paid off) but that got me two free services. I did wonder whether that might be a reason for the first service not showing up in the app?
  5. Just an update to close this thread off, in case it’s of use to anyone else in future... The front suspension bushes were replaced last week and that seems to have restored the smoothness. At least I couldn’t tell a difference between my car afterwards and the loaner 999cc base spec Golf (with regard to smoothness of ride 😀).
  6. Have had an annoying rattle from the dashboard of my 16 plate R estate for several months. Started as intermittant and then became a permanent fixture. Exceptionally irritating and really spoiling the car. Couldn’t track it down. Booked it into the dealer for investigation which would have involved removal of dashboard and rummaging around. Came across this thread and a few others suggesting the driver’s knee airbag was the culprit. Had a feel around under the steering column and located the airbag (rectangular shaped block with a slightly squishy surface). Pressing firmly on it (or wedging my fingers in the gap between the airbag and the surround) blissfully stopped the rattle. A more workable temporary fix was to wedge a washing up sponge into the same gap - see pic. This made do for a 1,000 mile round trip before the airbag was replaced free of charge by VW (even though the car was by this time 3 months over 3 years old so technically outside warranty). Impressed with the customer service! Posting this in case it helps anyone else with diagnosis, the temp sponge fix, or encouraging VW to address it out of warranty.
  7. Interested in the outcome on this as I have exactly the same symptoms as you describe. I’ve been perfectly happy with the air con until recently but now it seems the system is blowing either too hot or too cold. Feels like an interior temperature sensor is on the blink.
  8. Listers Banbury refused as not required (and few issues with haldex seen). Very happy with all other aspects of the servicing from them. I even sent a link to this thread. Disappointing. VW need to formally issue guidance on this matter if dealers are to offer filter cleaning as even an option.
  9. At 44k miles the yellow EPC light on my 16 plate estate came on, along with a faint judder from the engine. Light cleared after a restart and engine remained smooth. OBD Eleven showed a couple of codes. Took it to the dealer who said “diagnostics flowchart says replace the spark plugs, and they need doing at 40k”. To which I replied “handbook says replace at 60k miles, and you only recently had it in for the 40k service and you didn’t replace the plugs then?”. My suggestion that they should either cover the cost of the (evidently faulty 60k life) plugs or explain why they failed to service according to the (obviously revised) manufacturer’s schedule fell on deaf ears. I’m left unclear as to what the current guidance is, but I will be replacing mine again after another 40k. As an aside I did fill up at a dodgy looking non-mainstream filling station about 50 miles before the event so do wonder whether it might have been a bad drop of fuel instead of the plugs. But 2k miles further on the car has been faultless so can’t complain.
  10. Just had my rear discs & pads replaced via my local dealer (Listers Banbury) @ 44k miles and 80% worn. Cost £270. Surprised by the short life given my mostly motorway journeys - got 100k miles per rear set from two previous Octavias. Suspect ACC and/or Auto Hold and/or XDS to be the culprit.
  11. What I would really like/was hoping for, was that someone would pop up and say "hey I had exactly that and if you do X it will fix it (for £y)". Alternatively, I was hoping someone could recommend a good old fashioned mechanic who would be able to competently do some old fashioned troubleshooting. I am not averse to paying to fix but want to feel confident that I'm not going to be throwing £000s at someone who doesn't really know what they're doing. If anyone has some suggestions for suspension troubleshooters within 100 miles of Bicester I'd be interested.
  12. I don’t have any links to hand but I recall googling and/or searching on here for suspension jiggle/unsettle etc and found some posts that flagged this as a possibility. My perception is that these have been a weak point on this and previous Golf generations.
  13. Hmmm. Never experienced anything violent like that! Mine’s just a “doesn’t *quite* feel right and I’m pretty sure it didn’t used to be like this”... kinda feeling.
  14. Nope. Have just posted an update in that topic.
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