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  1. If you don’t thrash it the car returns reasonable MPG (32 odd for me). Saying that, the past week I’ve had the opportunity to stretch its legs somewhat (finishing work late when the roads were clear). I got through nearly a full tank in 3 days where normally it lasts 10 days! £70 vanished very quickly but it was fun, though I can’t afford to do that too often..!
  2. Or minimise investment in producing engine variants and focus R&D spend on the future... Electrification The EA888 is a fantastic engine and the MK7.5 is still in demand, so I guess they can continue to monetise that investment by transplanting that engine into the new MK8 chassis with minor mods. Makes complete business sense as they continue to milk the old engine!
  3. Talk about video nasties! So glad he was caught. Is there a strong recommendation for a front/rear dashcam that doesn’t kill the battery? I’ve not really considered buying one until reading through this thread!
  4. My old Mk 5 TDI had the xenons and nav stolen at Alan Day New Southgate a few years ago. Thieves trashed the car to remove the components. At the time it was common. Exhausts, wing mirrors, etc, all targeted. The dealer and police blamed Eastern European gangs who would go "shopping", shipping parts back to Europe for eventual sale on eBay.
  5. I've got the lane assist plus (2017 7.5) but I've not noticed the internal camera for the emergency assist. Whearabouts is it? I've assumed it relies on monitoring steering and pedal behaviour rather than a camera to detect drowsy eyes.
  6. It may be due to a different sensor assembly from a different manufacturer (the camera, mirror, dawn/dusk sensors are all bundled together and butt up against the windscreen). That entire bundle of tech has been revised (the pictures I’ve seen look different to pre WLTP). I guess due to cost. The new cars I think also have an SOS button near the mirror, so built in 4G connectivity. We’ll know for sure once the pictures come through.
  7. Finally got around to installing the updates. First time I’ve done it since buying the car. Positives : Straight forward to install. I’ve got a gen 2 discovery pro unit. Used the VW software to prepare the SD card. Negatives : The update only covers the maps. It does not update the firmware of the unit. I had SW version 1077 before and after the installation. I also checked the download directories and didn’t find any firmware images. Looks like VW are still stuck in the 90s when it comes to nav software updates ... !
  8. I’d hate to think what would happen to WLTP cars if the Uk exit the EU without a deal...! More paperwork, more delays...
  9. That’s interesting. I thought that the update was for maps only, not a full firmware update (I’ve not bothered with the update thinking it was just the maps ..). I shall give it a go!
  10. I agree with you. I’ve got a Pro 7.5 unit and think that the VW navigation implementation is excellent when compared with other cars I’ve owned. I’ve also used waze and google maps through Android auto, and I’ve noticed little difference with the quality of route guidance. Waze has crowd sourced information which is nice, plus speed cameras (useful), but I always default back to the pro units navigation due to the integration with the car digital cockpit. The traffic updates through an internet connection are also great, usually accurate, unlike the crap TMC system the car defaults to if you don’t supply an internet connection..
  11. DtD asked me to pay off the finance after the 2 week window, to not upset the dealer and maintain the DtD / dealer relationship I genuinely forgot and paid it off in the 2 week window, though the dealer seemed OK (possibly through gritted teeth)..
  12. There is a slow push toward encrypted CAN / Flexray comms, and as you say there is paranoia around hacking autonomous drive systems. Control units are also consolidating into large SoCs, ones that consolidate several functions (digital cluster, matrix headlamp control, etc), and those devices shall have signed and encrypted firmware. Hacking devices to enable new functionality will be hard, though I expect it will attract people to hack cars as has happened with smartphones today, e.g. “jailbreaking” for cars
  13. Agreed. Next gen cars will have most of the hardware with features enabled through subscription or one time payments.
  14. Don’t care about economy. Just an observation when playing around with the car settings. Eco mode disables a few features which Is interesting (technically). Normally drive in normal mode.
  15. Has anyone noticed a difference in eco mode with DCC? I’m sure that the ride is more harsh whilst in eco mode, which may suggest that the dynamic dampening aspect is somehow switched off to save fuel .. .. though I’m probably imagining it (highly likely ).
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