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  1. So, buy a car for driveability or for interior and looks...who wins? Thoughts?
  2. Just recently been told by VW after my major service that I may have a leak in my thermostat as coolant level very low. They asked me to keep an eye on it. I was quoted £842 including parts and labour. I complained to VW as I've done 25k miles, held a full VW service history and been a loyal customer of theirs, and they offered me 70% discount off parts. (so now around £599 including parts and labour to fix). Is this now worth getting them to fix it? Wait and see? Get an indy to quote?
  3. Thanks. I rang them and asked how much a service was and their answer "well depends really.... cant really say over the phone....£350-£400"... wasn't that impressed with the answer to be honest - he didn't sound too sure of himself, either that, or probably thought I was a timewaster....
  4. I've always liked my local VW dealership, however it's come to the point where I feel that a service is a service, as long as it's in the book, especially for my car which is nearly 5 years old...but, at the same time, i would like getting it serviced somewhere reliable who also uses decent parts (if need be) and won't cut corners. My oil/filter service light came on recently, which would be at the 4 year mark, however when i was in my dealer last year, they said the next service was the major one...and my last service was a minor one.
  5. My Golf R ('16 plate) is due a major service, and only a measly 25k miles on the clock !! I think VW are quoting around £350. So questions: - Are there any indys out there that do it cheaper but to the same standards? - Is it worth getting VW to do the service based on a car that is now 4.5 years old? - What do VW do/check in their major service that perhaps indys dont? - I've always been hesitant to take it to some high street service stations however I've heard only good things about Halfords service station near where I live. (Please don't flame me) but would it be worth taking here? I know they use OEM parts and there is an upgrade to the premium oil at £30 although not sure. Any horror stories? - Any indys recommended for the south West Hertfordshire region? eg. around St. Albans/Watford/Borehamwood/Radlett/Edgware. Thanks guys!
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    Madmotors

    Anyone use these guys before? How was your experience?
  7. Hi guys, Damaged my wheel really badly over the weekend beyond repair unfortunately going over a massive pothole on a country lane - checked and there was marking around it but it was at night so I couldn't see it till the last minute and unable to swerve as fairly narrow road. Fortunately I have a spare car to use in the interim...but...A few questions. 1) Costco mentioned that if I get an aftermarket (Pretoria) wheel a) the tyre may not fit very well and b) I have to get the tyre sensor fitted properly by VW? Is this true? 2) Do the wheels have an electronic sensor fitted inside? I haven't had the tyre taken off so I'm not sure 3) Are aftermarket wheels going to be any good? Yes, they're around 1kg heavier, will this really make a difference to performance as the car should adjust automatically over time 4) Buying a 'genuine' wheel second-hand online..dodgy or not? How can I tell if its buckled or doesn't roll true? 5) What's the likelihood the suspension is damaged too? I've put on the spare to check, car seems to drive fine, just has the tyre pressure light come on. Any suggestions please? Don't really fancy paying £850+ for a new wheel plus I will need new front tyres too. Thanks, Wv.
  8. Thanks for all the great comments guys. As someone mentioned earlier also, its a major design flaw. Simply because if you leave your keys in main cabin, the car doesn't lock, yet leave them in the boot and it does. Rather than just the rear lights flashing to warn you you've left keys in boot, there should probably be an audible sign as not everyone hangs round waiting to see if they've left keys in boot. Rebecca > Unfortunately I didn't learn my lesson. 2nd time this has happened although admittedly the first was a while back and I vowed it wouldn't happen again but seeing that the weather was so nice and I couldn't keep the keys (attached to bulky fob) in my 'tight work trousers' (LOL) I had to learn the hard way...again! I've always been sceptical about signing a damage waiver form - its like saying if you damage my car you're not liable even though VW are to blame for stupid design flaw. And breaking my windows won't work as I've got the secure film on them too. Fortunately spare set of keys at home a few miles away so no biggie, just a bit of hassle...lets just hope it doesn't happen again but I do like the sound of keeping a spare blade inside wallet! p.s. I'll never regret keyless, nor rear camera. For one its so much better just touching the handle and locking/unlocking the car rather than fumbling around scratching the door handle each time. And rear view cam is a joy parking in garage backwards and various tight spaces.
  9. Grrrr. Had my keys in my jacket, popped it in the boot, walked away, came back an hour later to find I'm locked out!! Really VW can you not sort this stupid design flaw out?! My wife's car is half the price of mine yet she does t have this problem with her keyless keys!! And to top it off one needs to sign a disclaimer to The AA as they "can't guaranty causing damage trying to get into your car". So angry right now!!
  10. Agree ! If he's genuine he should t mind giving you these details. After all he's gonna have your bank account and address details soon!
  11. It does sound a bit sceptical but as others have said there are laid back people with a ton of capital that are happy to just have any car from an enthusiast. Only small worry for me would be giving away my address (before I go away), that way the buyer knows you are away on holiday and also knows where you live. You could allay your fears and perhaps cut to the chase and say you don't want to offend but just out of interest why is he so keen to buy a car that he's never seen or driven before especially as it costs a lot of money and then gauge the response. Another thing to be careful of is ID fraud. Yes, he can't take money out of your account once he knows your details however these are just a few extra details he will know which could add the extra pieces to the "id clone" puzzle. If the guy is genuine (which is highly likely but you gotta look at the risks) he wouldn't mind or be offended if you were a bit dubious, so long as you give a reason for your paranoia eg. expensive high performance car, problem with a previous car you sold. Etcetc. Good luck!
  12. Agree with what the majority of people say on here. I probably wouldn't worry too much until such a time as something potentially happens to your car (and hopefully it won't), you've also got a better case once you've brought it to their attention. Perhaps find out who the cards were distributed too. Chances are it's just around your local area in which case the majority of people will have seen your car umpteen times anyway. You're more likely to be followed home by someone up to no good. Lucky you don't have a Ferrari or GTR! Ps. I probably wouldn't be pleased myself but as said earlier there's not a lot you can do at the mo - although I spose you could speak to the legal team of your insurers as they may be able to offer some (free) advice.
  13. Hi All .. If you don't have the radio on (quietness in the cabin) and you're using ACC (for example when you press the "RES" button, do you get a slight ticking/clicking noise? Difficult to explain it but definitely happens when the ACC is on and detecting cars in front. Also had my first experience of the auto brakes the other day. Car in front of me decided to stop suddenly and turn without indicating. I wasn't that close to him but my car decided to force the brakes. They suddenly hardened and I could feel what can only be described as a sharp heavy braking feeling (like when ABS kicks in), along with the big red warning on the dash. I've also noticed that its only when I happen to avert my eyes from the car in front that I get the dash warning. Is there a sensor that monitors where one is looking ? Fantastic system otherwise!
  14. Yeah, thats what i thought. Car is only 4 months old or so. Fuel - I use SUPER mainly, although i have put standard in a couple of times since owning it.
  15. So I was cruising along around 50mph with the ACC set..the car in front of me slowed and then sped up. My car braked a bit and slowed down so i thought I'd stick it into S-mode. Carried on cruising along gaining speed towards the car in front. Something I did I'm not sure if I braked and set off the ACC but I reset it back on. This time the car cruised along but then didn't slow down for the other car in front of me ie. it didn't detect the car in front even though ACC was on. It suddenly started a wobbly and I felt power slip totally, almost like it was throttling me back big time. So there I was on a 50mph road doing around 30mph and starting to cause a jam behind me. Accelerating didn't do anything and I couldn't go any faster, the car was almost conking out - putting into race mode or S-mode did nothing. As I'm writing this I'm suddenly having a thought that I set my max speed to 30mph or something, because no matter how hard I pressed the accelerator I wasn't going anywhere. Then I saw my fuel was redlining and I had 30miles left in the tank so I thought perhaps the car has a cut out to stop over-revving or going too fast. But I didn't get any warning lights. So I'm probably an idiot and should read the manual (which is in the car now) but pretty sure I set a limiter....either that or the car is broke.... but I can't for the life of me think how I did it as this has never happened to me before. p.s. further down the road I stopped, then restarted and everything was fine, until I set ACC to 30mph and then it started doing a wobbly on me and wouldn't go faster than 20.
  16. Good to hear you got this sorted. Seems to be a problem with a large majority of new cars. Wonder if this "screw missing" is an oversight when manufacturing the cars! At last it's nothing major but still quite an annoyance for a fair few (or fair lot as it seems).
  17. Know how many G's the R pull son full launch? I was so clouded over I couldn't even focus down to the dials to read the G's hahaha.
  18. Is it just me or can launch control make you feel seriously nauseous. Did a launch yesterday and did it better than the last ones. Ie. Left foot seriously hard on the brake then off and whooosh. Nauseous kicks in followed by blood rushing back in the brain (dunno how many G's were pulled) then feeling a little dizzy then thinking ok time to ease off a bit....or maybe I've just got a special car! ;-)
  19. So I was driving along in ECO mode (trying it out) with ACC on at 30mph. Car in front slows down, not too hard but fairly quickly. ACC kicks in and brings me almost to an abrupt halt with a jolt. Van behind me carries on driving also nearly hitting me. Mini heart attack ensues and suddenly realise my brakes probably didn't show therefore van driver not knowing I was slowing quickly. Still, he shouldn't have been so close to me...but, thinking about it, going to be real problematic convincing insurance company my brakes were working fine, regardless of it being van drivers fault had he hit me. Anyone else had similar heart-stopping incidents? Be careful out there ppl! ACC can be better than you think!
  20. You sure about this? It says there are 3 bands. So look at Band A fines. Say you're doing 31-40mph in a 30mph limit (which is possible based on OP's post). New fines will equate to half weekly wage. So currently say that fine is £100, if that's half weekly wage that's around a £4800 salary (net) per year. So assuming average UK salary is £28K gross, that's still a heck of a lot more than the current fine of £100, yes? Or is my maths a bit wrong?
  21. 1. Can someone please instruct me how to the left hand mirror dips on reverse? I've got it selected on the menu however it's not doing it. I've tried everything. Doesn't seem to want to dip 2. When locking (keyless) I've noticed pressing twice seems to lock again. Is this actually double locking or setting anything? Also is there a way of making the alarm beep when locking?
  22. Have a look at this. Speeding fines to increase in a few months time: http://www.evo.co.uk/news/18773/speeding-fines-to-rise-in-april-2017-what-it-could-mean-for-you
  23. You may have tried this - if so I apologise. Is your phone just full of photos ie. nothing else? I'm assuming this isn't the case and that you probably have a good few apps on there taking up space. What I would do is delete say a dozen or so apps (make a note of them) eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all others that take up a fair bit of space. These apps you can restore by reinstalling later, but at least then you may have the option to backup your photos properly. Also check your iTunes and iOS are the latest versions. Apple has a great habit of not allowing you to do things until you have the newer versions.
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