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Growmac last won the day on February 15

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  1. Growmac

    Rolex deals

    Workmate of mine had a really good Faulex. It got stolen at the gym while he was in the shower, but the thief kindly left an extremely tatty, but real, Rolex in its place. £750 service later he has a lovely, genuine watch. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Likewise. Well, maybe not as frequently as you describe, but now I’ve finally got the stupid fake noise machine turned off I can use the modes as appropriate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Muddy mountain bikes are a nightmare in the car though. Depends on the mileage you expect to do. My removable, nearly invisible towbar cost me about £500. I get 34 mpg rather than 20 when using it, so man maths says it’s worth it over a few years with trips to S France etc. Ignoring fuel, the roof is still my favourite place for a bike. The Thule Proride 591 is excellent. Out the way and secure. But it costs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. A towbar is the most solid way to carry a bike outside the car. The R is not homologated so you can’t legally tow on the public road, but that doesn’t preclude a towbar you use for a rack only. Towtrust do a bar for the Estate, worth checking if they can fit the hatch too. Failing that, Thule do good roof racks and their aero bars seem well recommended on here. It’ll hit your mpg hard though. Strap on rear rack is a distant third in all respects. Less secure, more likely to damage the car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have that sometimes. I’m almost certain that it happens when the phone is locked. You can allow CarPlay to work from a locked phone for each vehicle its paired with, but despite that Spotify sometimes displays an “unlock to use” message on the phone screen when the car screen is blank as described. Unlocking the phone solves the problem 100% of the time for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think the news is that there won’t be one. 5 door or nothing. I also think the 400+ bhp is unlikely. The R is the enthusiasts’ daily driver. A performance car with ‘normal’ running costs. Competing with the RS3 would completely kill that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I rate the Minions, good tyres. Is that Fort Bill Gossa? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Welcome. This is me just before Spring was cancelled last week. Here’s hoping dust is the norm soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I can’t help think that you’re causing yourself an issue by misunderstanding climate control. The dial controls the desired cabin temperature, not the temperature of the air from the vents. Setting the system to ‘Hi’ will not warm the car any faster than ‘21’. Either way, the car will blow lots of hot air as soon as it’s available, and will keep doing so until the cabin is warm. You can just leave it set to whatever temperature you want to the cabin to end up at. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. If you’re measuring by “half a tank” then you have no idea if you’re getting poorer mpg. The error on the gauge will swamp the difference you describe. Fill the tank, reset the trip computer, then when you fill up again note the fuel use and mileage and you’ll know what you’re actually using. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I continue to be stunned by this forum’s inability to comprehend that new tyres need to go at the back, not the front. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Also, a topic title like "Budget tyre options?" or similar would likely get a lot more replies, as "Advice!" gives no clue as to the thread content. Also, welcome!
  13. Growmac


    You've gone for the big wheels with resultant expensive tyres, but now you're cheaping out on tyres? That doesn't seem wise, they are all that connects you to the road. If you don't want to spend a fortune on tyres then you could sell the larger wheels and move down to 18" rims where there are loads of great, quality options well below £100. And your ride will improve. You'd have to declare the wheels as a modification though, which might increase your insurance? Also, you need the best tyres on the back, although saying that, there are some on here that will vociferously argue that stability and traction control means that the rules of physics don't apply to their car and that that's not true.
  14. This is one of the most straightforward descriptions of how to run in a modern engine that I’ve seen: https://youtu.be/uNto8uWiYtw Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. A quick note in favour of Bath Volkswagen. I just had a medium service at 43k miles, and I had asked them to look at a suspension squeak going over speedbumps at low speed. I noticed when I got back in the car that the trip computer was reporting 16 miles since start, which seemed like a lot. The tracker confirmed two 8-mile trips this morning, plus another slightly shorter trip last night. Prejudiced to assume abuse or joyriding, I pulled the dashcam card to have a look. I’m impressed. They were all completely appropriate and professional test drives to try and find the fault. The car is driven sedately, safely, courteously, and the conversations between the two techs in the car on the final drive are polite about me and about the car, and focused on trying to find the fault. Now of course the Thinkware dashcam audibly announces that it’s recording (which is also why I'm happy to review it), but they left it on while they were servicing as well, and I’ve seen nothing to indicate that they took any notice of it being there. As it happens, they couldn’t replicate anything that they thought was a fault, but I’m happy that they thoroughly and honestly looked for it. Plus they turned off that stupid soundactor for me, which is just wonderful. So yeah, well done Bath VW.
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