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    Traction Control Light

    I get the traction control light come on occasionally over certain speed bumps near me, you mentioned bumpy roads so could be connected to that?
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    LV= Very Happy

    My insurance with LV expires in about 3 weeks. The other week I was getting quotes and it looked like I'd be in the region of £550-600 (34, 0 claims, 9 years NCB). We've recently moved house but still within the same postcode area, so I ended up getting renewal quotes at both addresses, at the old address £521, new address £358! No idea how they come up with that price, the only major change is we own this house and were with family in the other, which I guess has an impact, but we're still barely a mile away in the same town. Interestingly sticking our info into comparison sites at the new address is still around £550 as cheapest, as is doing a new quote direct with LV so I don't think I'll be moving away!
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    Paint issues

    Thanks both (was on the fence about whether to post in the detailing forum to start with so thanks for moving it). I used a poorboys sealant when I first got the car about 4 months ago so probably time to do it again when I get chance to spend a bit longer on it. I do use the hose without attachment when rinsing the car but do the whole car in one go (and it is in the sun). I don't think the water round here (South Manchester) is particularly hard, but it does seem the most likely cause for that. Any recommendations for a finishing polish? I don't have a DA.
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    Paint issues

    Life has been hectic recently so I finally had chance to wash the car today after a couple of months. Got to drying with a quick detail spray and noticed what is probably hundreds of marks all over the car, particularly on the bonnet/roof but also down the sides. Tried using a microfibre soaked in the detail spray and really working at some but made no difference. I've tried to take some pictures but they're not particularly great as they're only really visible at certain angles but this is the best I could do for the little spots. I also noticed a separate bit that is possibly more concerning, picture also attached. Some of this appears to be below the surface but that could just be my eyes tricking me. I also had a good go with this with a MF cloth but no change. Anyway, have I actually ruined the paintwork simply by not washing it for a couple of months? Or is there something else I can try to sort it (I am assuming most of it is possibly where sap etc has got onto it?). Car was new in February. I don't remember having this kind of issue with our 63 plate Octavia and that's probably had as many washes in the 4.5 years we've had it as the Golf has since February....
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    Home & Car Security

    Was done through our insurance emergency cover so no idea. I'll just replace it along with the others for the sake of an extra £40 or so.
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    Home & Car Security

    Locksmith put on a Versa anti snap lock - are these any good? I'm going to measure up for the other locks downstairs so can always just replace that one too if it's crap. A neighbour a little way down the road has the individuals on CCTV pulling up in an Audi (looks like an A3 or maybe an S3) opposite theirs and heading off up to us and back but nothing that's probably of use to the police as it was side on to the car and they had hoods up etc.
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    Home & Car Security

    Thanks, will mention that to the locksmith when here.
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    Home & Car Security

    Looks like we'll be upgrading our locks, I'd already been thinking about it having read this and other threads and there having been a few incidents of break ins/attempted break ins in our street/area. This morning at 4am woke up to a bang, switched the landing light on, walked around a bit upstairs, not hearing any more I looked out the side window where our back/side door is and noticed the gate ajar (It doesn't have a lock but is normally shut). After a bit more time went downstairs and sure enough the locks been snapped but I guess I disturbed them before they got any further. Dialled it in to 101 and now waiting for Home Insurance to sort out a locksmith. Finally a benefit to being a really light sleeper!
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    The Quick Question Topic - Part 2

    Anyone using Spotify through Apple Carplay? I am trying to work out if the issue I am now experiencing is a Spotify issue or a car issue or if there's something I have managed to change without realising. Previously the back/forward buttons on the steering wheel would go to the next/previous track. As of the last few days they now go back/forwards 15s. I can't see any way to go to a different track without going back into the menus, and scrolling to the track I want on the display which is not ideal. Is anyone else experiencing this?
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    Confusion

    It does the same in Eco mode as with Race, in that the DSG box defaults to D when you start the car up. I've not found a way to get the DSG box into E mode without reselecting Eco mode, as the gearstick only switches between D/S. I appreciate that there's probably not many people that's a major issue for in this car but my weekday driving is in busy city traffic where it might be marginally more appropriate.
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    New R - Annoying 'features'.

    Had the same parking, thought I'd scraped the front of the car on something! It felt and sounded very strange. Then it did it when I was reversing off the drive obviously slightly more enthusiastically than usual (drive goes down to the road and camber in the middle of road I think combined on that one). Don't think it had time to give me a warning either time because it confused me when the big red warning popped up the other day for the first time (on a quiet street with nothing around other than parked cars).
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    Seat covers

    On a similar note, any suggestions for rear car seat covers? I would quite like to keep them protected from our 2 young children. I have already banned eating in the car but them clambering in and out of their car seats in the recent weather is already getting muck on the seats. Would obviously need to be safe to use with car seats (currently belt fixed but when they're in next stage will probably be isofix)
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    Stop start unworkable in the UK?

    If it does it with other people that's more reassuring. Although driving round town today more than once it's switched off the engine then realised I've not stopped and starts it back up again. I suspect I just need to get used to the way it works with the DSG box. Our other car is a manual Octavia that's 4 years old and the stop start is more predictable there as it doesn't kick in until you take it out of gear.
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    Stop start unworkable in the UK?

    I have had the car start itself whilst in traffic when the other cars pulled away which I just thought was coincidence as I'd not been driving all that long and assumed it needed the engine back on. Having only had the car a week and a half I've not had much of a chance to figure it out. One slightly related thing I've found, is that coming to a stop the car will sometimes switch the engine off before actually coming to a complete stop. Is that normal behaviour?
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