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  1. I got the AFS and check left and right dipped beam error messages yesterday on a 200 mile drive up to Liverpool. Error went away after I parked and started the car an hour later. Checked the lights and everything looked fine, lights did their dance when starting up and the corner light came on when reversing. On the return journey the error message never popped up. I was driving in Eco all the way (fuel saving 👀) Though I avoided potholes, there were parts of the M5 and M6 roadworks that were fairly rough, could this have temporarily loosened something?
  2. Mine is my current R. After the diesel scandal and the subsequent emissions fix (which despite what VW say - did definitely impact the performance of my car), I wanted to get rid of my 1.6 TDI Polo and had been eyeing up a petrol Golf for a few months and it had to be a 2 litre. Once I had decided to eliminate the likely regret of getting a GTI and pulling up next to a R at the lights, it was a long 6 months before the right R came along (along with the old man’s Arteon to sweeten the deal 😁)
  3. Popped out to the shops today and as I looked back at the car after locking it, I noticed a thin chrome strip about 15cm long laying loose in the front grill. Pulled it out and then found another right behind it, in the gap between the front and the intercooler. Didn’t know what it was at first and guessed it might’ve been debris from somewhere so placed them in the boot and thought I would bring it up at my next VW service as it’s due next month. However I went back to the grill to have a quick look in case it was holding something important and that’s when I noticed it was the vertical chrome strips that go into the front grill. Popped them back in and used a bit of force to make them click and then checked the rest. Turns out all of them were loose and never quite snug. Not sure if they left the factory like that or if they come loose over time but definitely one to check if you have a 7.5 R.
  4. Sounds like your DPF is close to hitting the regen limit. I had a 2010 Polo TDI which did this just before the DPF light was about to come on. Maybe give it a blast down the motorway for 10-15 mins in 4th gear (need to be above 2000rpm to trigger the regen)
  5. Think it would be during the month prior to March and September, particularly in the fortnight before as that’s when dealers are really keen to close the deal to make room in their inventory for the new plates.
  6. I don’t normally use CarPlay as I like the standard nav in front of me on the virtual cockpit which you can’t get. I also didn’t like the app for music as it just looked so basic. However iOS 13 is revamping CarPlay. The link below also mentions CarPlay now supports secondary displays so I might give it a second chance, especially if Waze works on it. https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/06/05/everything-new-coming-to-carplay-in-ios-13/amp/
  7. Get well soon mate. I was in a similar state myself over the last couple of months with a viral liver infection. It was horrendous not being able to drive my R for 7 weeks. However the urge to drive the R never waned and when I started it up after almost 2 months of it being stationary on my driveway, it fired up perfectly and after a burst down the motorway, the stop/start was back too!
  8. Interesting, my local is Cardiff and my service is due fairly soon so I wonder if they’ll offer to clean the filter when it’s in for the service.
  9. Passed mine in my instructors Peugeot 207. Absolutely hated that car and the clutch was so worn for a 3 month old car that the bite was virtually non-existent.
  10. They look soo much better now they’re painted! Really want that with my silver Prets now!! Hope you don’t mind me asking which colour you got and what size tin you bought?
  11. Sorry to hear this mate. I had my rear door dented a year back in a retail park car park. I had no choice but to park in the middle of the car park as it’s so small and even though I found an end space and parked right on the outside line to maximise the distance between my car and the car next to me, some cretin (I’m fairly sure it was the white GLC that I parked next to) decided to open their door onto mine whilst I was in the shops. I didn’t realise until the next morning. Fortunately there was no paint damage and a PDR sorted it. The PDR guy did such an amazing job that there is nothing visible or even felt to the touch.
  12. Happy New Year All!! Here’s to a great 2019 ahead in our respective Rs 🍻🥂
  13. 50% Eco 40% Normal 10% Race I like eco mode since the roads around me are generally flat so I can coast from light to light most of the time. Only tend to stick it in Normal when I’m climbing uphill and Race for those special occasions, when required 😉
  14. My R was absolutely filthy after 600+ miles of wet weather driving over the past fortnight so started with a double hit of pre-wash with Power Maxed TFR followed by BH Auto Foam. Then washed using a cola flavoured shampoo 😋. Rinsed car showed almost zero remaining protection of the existing AF Aqua Coat layer so decided to take the time to use Blackfire Crystal Sealant. All I can say about it is Wow, a breeze to apply and a wonderful gloss coming off the car. Also took advantage of the dry and relatively mild weather to clay the glass around the car and apply some Soft99 Glaco Ultra to protect the windscreens ready for when the big freeze arrives. No doubt I’ll have topped it up before then but for now it’ll save my new set of wipers from constant use 😊 Need to work on the interior, especially the glass.
  15. Merry Christmas All!! Hope you all have a great day and get the presents you wished for!
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