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PhilC22 last won the day on June 15 2018

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  1. PhilC22


    Agree. Philip Glenister was very good (with Ant Antstead) in ‘For the love of cars’, which was shown on Ch4 in 2014-15. As for the new TG, it is certainly much better than Evans/Matt/Rory (could it be any worse?) but Chris Harris is still very ‘wooden’. He may be a good driver, but he is no TV presenter. At the moment his main purpose seems to be to provide someone for Paddy and Freddie to take the p*ss out of. If he had been available (?), Jason Plato would have been a much better choice as the ‘professional car guy’. He is a better driver than Harris and has a wealth of ‘car TV’ presenting experience. And he would have been able to hold his own with Freddie and Paddy in the lad humour stakes… P.S. That Tesla leaving the M3 and the C63 for dead off the line was a bit of an eye opener...
  2. Yeah Grant, you've obviously got WifeAssist 1, which is known to be problematic occasionally, a quite unpredictable. As mentioned above, I would skip WifeAssist 2 if I were you. It looks very tempting visually, but is memory hungry and will consume your basic resources at a rapid rate of knots. The good news is that WifeAssist 3 has just been launched. For obvious reasons it is not backward compatible with previous versions of WifeAssist and requires all trace of them to be completely removed from your system before it will install. It will also stop working completely if you ever mention WifeAsist 1 (or 2) ever again. The good news is that the new version is meant to be able to correctly interpret hand gestures and facial expressions, although this is really only in beta testing at the moment. I have to say that I am not overly optimistic about this new feature as the developers have had serious problems with simple voice control to date. Will keep you posted.
  3. There are a few. Probably much smaller scale than in the US, such as this one featured in the link below near Stratford Upon Avon. Typically set in a pub car park! We know our priorities.. The bigger shows over here tend to be the classic car variety and there are plenty of those in the summer months. There are also single-manufacturer shows that tend to be very good. I remember one a couple of years ago at Hampton Court Palace that featured "Aston Martins through the ages".
  4. +1. They are down to £79 at Halfords and they will fit it for £30 (includes the hard wiring kit) if you dont want to do it yourself. I have had mine for over 2 years and had no problems. Picture quality is very good for the money.
  5. I thought I understood this MYxx stuff, but now I’m not so sure. As usual in these situations I like to go back to definitions: Here are two slightly different (but complimentary) definitions of model year (MY). “MY refers to the model cycle that the car is in, not essentially the year it was built. It is perfectly normal and acceptable to have a car that was built in 2017 but is labelled MY18 due to an update or revision of the model since the MY17 edition”. “An automotive model year (MY) is categorically defined by the 10th digit of the vehicle identification number (VIN), and simply indicates any manufacturer-specified evolution in mid-cycle of a model range - such as revised paint options, trim options or any other minor specification change”. The key point seems to be that the MY system is used to indicate an important change in either the base spec and/or the available options. If it is to make any sense, MY19 should surely have a different spec to a MY18 car? Has this all just got messed up by the WLTP fiasco or are there other factors at work? Surely the ‘MY19’ designation should have been reserved for cars that had all the WLTP changes and any other changes (e.g. inclusion of key-less entry and the reversing camera in the base spec) that VW wanted to introduce at around the same time?
  6. A 400 bhp Golf R doesn't really make any sense, and never has. You could argue that no 400 bhp car makes sense on UK public roads, but that's another story. The new AMG A45 will have 416 (reportedly) and the new RS3 (about a year away?) is bound to top that by a small amount, say 420. The Golf R is not (and never has been) in this hyper hatch category and its direct competition is the A35, the S3 and the Civic type R. I would still be betting on the mk 8 Golf R having around 330 bhp (i.e. what VW were saying/hinting at a year ago), which would place it comfortably ahead of the A35 (306) and the Civic (316) in the pure power stakes. But it wouldn't be treading on the toes of the new RS3.
  7. Wow, this is an odd one. I agree with you. The guy didn't lie - not to his insurance company at least - he simply did something that was outside the conditions of his insurance. A bit like using your car for business use when you are only covered for social use. As I understand it, Article 75 picks up things that are not specifically mentioned in the RTA as reasons whereby an insurance company may avoid liability for their policyholder's costs. One of these "other things" is failure to disclose a relevant fact (e.g. a drink drive ban) - or a 'significant' modification. As stressed above by several people, even if they apply (to court) for "Article 75 status" they still cannot avoid the full third party costs if an innocent party was involved in the accident (i.e. you). I am pretty sure (someone will correct me if I'm wrong!) that this third party liability covers your personal injury and repair to your car (and any other damaged property), so your insurance company is right to pursue them. http://www.adduce-services.co.uk/tl_files/Adduce/Uninsured Driving Article.pdf
  8. PhilC22

    ceramic coating

    I had my R done professionally using Gtechniq CSL + water repellent top coat. 2 day job and about 12 man-hrs work iirc. He did a very good job, but it was tres expensive, so I decided on a DIY approach when I got my TT. I used Gtechniq C2V3 (about £35 a bottle iirc, and I only used about a third of the 500ml contents) and am very pleased with it 9 months on. You have to do quite a lot of prep (can provide details if you are interested) but I did the whole thing in one afternoon. It is very easy to apply. Just spray on to a mf cloth and wipe each panel in turn. Leave about 10 mins and buff off. You can apply a second coat if you want, but it is not essential. It may not technically be a ceramic coating (?), but it seems to work just as good. You just have to pick a nice calm cloudy day.
  9. The key question that has not so far been answered is .. What did your service plan state should happen at the first (10k) service? Unless you know that how can you check that what they have done is correct? Common sense dictates that it should include an oil change, but I'm not familiar with this '2 year pack' as I have generally opted for the flexible 4 year plan (or whatever its called) where the first service is at 2 years/20k miles. Your "invoice" doesn't seem to be worth much, given that there were only two items listed and they didn't actually perform one of them! As others have said, sometimes there is no substitute to just ringing them up.
  10. That would make sense as lacquer wouldn't/shouldn't peel off like that if it had been applied properly. I wonder if the OP has the previous owners details (doubtful these days I guess) as he might not get much useful information out of the selling dealer.. Regarding the manufacturer warranty, the paint warranty (covering "manufacturing defects in the paintwork") only runs for 3 years from registration. The 'body protection warranty' runs for 12 years, but refers specifically to corrosion damage.
  11. As a P.S, it is very annoying that VW and Audi only manage a 3 year warranty when companies like Kia can offer 7 years. Pathetic really.
  12. I don't think so. It only covers "electrical and mechanical factory fitted components", and bodywork is specifically excluded. https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/warranty/used-car "Good will" and all that is a separate issue. It may have been covered under the manufacturer's warranty but that has expired if its a 2015 car. Will be interesting to see if the OP can get some better pics. Protective film doesn't come off in that way, but it would also be a bit unusual for a sprayed-on lacquer to come off in quite that way too. The latter is definitely the most likely though. I had a small 'burn-through' mark caused by bird poo (which had been on the cars for days) but it looked quite different to the OP's description.
  13. Multistory car parks are to be avoided at all costs 😕. High kerbs everywhere and ridiculously tight exits - especially the ones built in the 70's. Better to park two miles away and walk to your destination than use a multistory! I learnt my lesson many years ago at the one in the centre of Lincoln and have never been in one since.
  14. Fair point, I should have been clearer. I am of course aware of the various RS models but they are all stylish high performance cars* ("hyper hatch", "hyper saloon, etc) and I can't by any stretch think of the T ROC R in the same way. As @Hertsman said, it is just a bad place to start with this "R-rollout strategy". It is, after all, just a Golf R on stilts (so handling is bound to be inferior) and - perhaps more importantly - it looks like any other boring compact SUV. A high velocity turd is still a turd. * With the exception of the RS Q3. I have to admit that I was unaware of that one - a 'contradiction in terms' in my book.
  15. This last comment is echoed by a line in the Car magazine review referred to above.. "Volkswagen has pledged to keep the GTI badge for its purist hot hatchbacks; however, it's quite happy to let go-faster SUVs wear the R moniker". In other words, "R" is now for Revenue. Sure, Audi milk the S range, but you don't see them messing too much with the flagship (RS) range.
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