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  1. The world’s most pointless job; fitting indicators to BMWs. Hope the repairs go smoothly @voorhees
  2. I contacted a security shutter company. They built one to fit my garage, but it is essentially a shutter system rather than a garage door. Hasn’t missed a beat in ten years. Cost around £750 including remotes
  3. Sounds to me like a dealer that wants to avoid paying the percentage transaction fee to the card issuer (Visa, for example) by requesting a bank transfer. A couple of years ago a dealer tried the ‘sorry we can’t take credit card payments’ for a £1k deposit because of the surcharge. I explained that refusing credit card payment to avoid card handling fees, or adding an amount to cover it, was a breach of law and they soon backtracked. I also paid north of 20k on a (prearranged) debit card transaction. I think your dealer is trying it on.
  4. Start here: I’m pretty sure you’ll get no joy with warranty on discs. My rears needed changing before my fronts (at fewer miles than yours), a common occurrence on these cars. Also note that although the Clubsport front discs & pads differ from stock, the rears do not.
  5. I take the stance that the easy fixes are my responsibility before MOT. So functioning lights, no dash warnings illuminated, wash bottle full, wipers fully functional, seat belts free & functioning. If you’re not checking these, you can’t be surprised if you get a fail. I suspect your tech simply checked that your wipers swept the screen & left it at that. But often, service providers use these opportunities to “upsell” consumables. My wife’s Yeti went in for service and they advised her that the wipers were smearing and needed swapping. I asked to see the tech & asked him why he thought a pair of 2 month old Bosch Aerotwins needed changing. Cue much shuffling of feet. Particularly as driving in to MOT in the rain the wipers were of course working beautifully. I suspect that the same is being tried on you. They sell you consumables that you’ll quickly agree to in order to get a pass. Next time, ask to see the problem, or tell them you’ll fix it & go elsewhere for the retest. Then drive to Halfrauds & get new wipers Did your MOT centre advise you of the fail, then sell you wipers? Or did you go away & buy your own before presenting for a retest? And when was the last time you used your car in the rain? Did you note any smearing? Was your screen clear & clean before MOT? I wouldn’t try to make a point over the wipers. My car gets an MOT advisory every year for “rear child seats fitted” on the MOT record. So advisories/comments are nothing to be bothered about.
  6. Yep, reversing cam here, as well. My concern is that drain water can end up in the boot lid, rather than being routed out through the tube. I'm not overly worried about it getting into the boot itself. My tech friend reassured me that it wouldn't cause an issue. But it triggers my R OCD.
  7. Mine lives in a garage, and has done for 3+ years. I wonder if it’s just a cheap part; the drain on my Mk5 didn’t suffer this...
  8. Just off to pick mine up from the dealer
  9. Folks, as the summer rains continue, it’s worth a quick check of the boot badge drain tube. I was surprised to see the end of mine had perished and almost detached completely. This is going to let water get inside the boot lid & needs a replacement (sub £6). I’m told this is a common problem, but extended warranty won’t cover it, at least in my case when I enquired. Overjoyed to learn that the boot lock/latch needs to come off to attach the new tube.... Check your grommets!
  10. Low speed creaks are a known issue (you’ll find some threads on here). Often the suspension mounts require a (quite expensive) grease. There’s a bulletin about this; I had mine rectified under warranty. If you notice that the creaking reduces or goes when conditions are wet, that’s an indication that this could be your problem. So hopefully your local service department is aware of this potential cause and can investigate. A Golf Match will have different damping, smaller diameter wheels & higher profile tyres, and will ride differently. So comparing the ride to an R is like comparing apples and monkey wrenches. I don’t think it will reveal why your car creaks. You'd be better comparing how two different Rs drive, if possible
  11. When I bought my used R 3 years ago, the paint was in a bit of a state. I tried polishing by hand but it was too far gone. I didn’t own a DA, nor did I have the knowledge to attempt to correct it myself. After researching various options, I decided on a multistage correction and GTechniq ceramic treatment from a recommended detailer about 40 miles away. Not cheap at £830 but over 2 1/2 years later, the paint still looks great. I have been extremely pleased with his work. It may be a big outlay, but over the timescale it looks better value. To look after it, I use snowfoam, a TBM, as much touchlless drying as possible with a blower, and occasionally top up with Sonax BSD. You might hesitate at the outlay, but if you plan on keeping the car, I think a detail & ceramic is a great option.
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