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Forum: D2 - Transmission Today, 07:59 AM
Replies: 27
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Posted By Adrian E
Unlikely - there's a couple of sacrificial alloy...

Unlikely - there's a couple of sacrificial alloy plates under the middle of the car to prevent you doing any major damage to the important bits.

David is indeed in Crawley - there's a thread under...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 20th July 2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 271
Posted By Adrian E
Yep, and even to get to those 2 buggers you need...

Yep, and even to get to those 2 buggers you need a very short tool bit to get on them - that'll be the 2 that were left loose by the last person to 'service' the gearbox on mine....
Forum: D2 - Transmission 20th July 2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 271
Posted By Adrian E
If you're heading Sussex way do you have the...

If you're heading Sussex way do you have the option of having it 'recovered' to a garage in Sussex to work on it? David is that way and I'm sure would be able to deal with box removal and install so...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 18th July 2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 326
Posted By Adrian E
Iím sure I know this car - was it owned by a chap...

Iím sure I know this car - was it owned by a chap in Surrey as 2nd owner who fitted exhaust? If itís the one I think it is, it went back and forth to Epsom hospital round the south side of the M25 to...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 18th July 2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 877
Posted By Adrian E
If you want something with a bit of grunt and...

If you want something with a bit of grunt and space the facelift S5 in coupe or Sportback have plenty of grunt and reasonable economy (my early one isnít great on fuel but 2012 on much better) and...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 17th July 2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 188
Posted By Adrian E
Go on, you know you want to +++ (in a different...

Go on, you know you want to +++ (in a different thread, naturally!)
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 17th July 2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 188
Posted By Adrian E
another one?! I remember your rant about the Q7...

another one?! I remember your rant about the Q7 with obvious faults - same dealer?
Forum: D2 - Body and Exterior 14th July 2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 166
Posted By Adrian E
There's 2 issues as far as I'm concerned - the...

There's 2 issues as far as I'm concerned - the dire quality of typical non-OEM glass (Guardian et al) and the person fitting it. Main dealers don't fit windscreens - they just sub it out to...
Forum: D2 - Body and Exterior 13th July 2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 166
Posted By Adrian E
I'm on my 2nd windscreen in as many months (one...

I'm on my 2nd windscreen in as many months (one on each car!)

About £1k down as a result as don't trust the insurance approved lot :-(
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 5th July 2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By Adrian E
difficult to make an offer when you've not given...

difficult to make an offer when you've not given any indication of asking price.

The 'spec' you've listed is all entirely standard - does it have any options fitted?

The front bumper to bonnet...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 23rd June 2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 485
Posted By Adrian E
It has the late 4 pot Brembos with the caliper...

It has the late 4 pot Brembos with the caliper mounting bolts going in from the front IIRC (still got a new pair of the bolts here if you need them Andy!), but I've never investigated the material...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 23rd June 2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 485
Posted By Adrian E
Hi Andy The upper 4 arms are all Meyle HD...

Hi Andy

The upper 4 arms are all Meyle HD and have been on there a number of years, so should indicate how good the quality is by now

One of the arms thatís specific to 20Ē factory wheels is, I...
Forum: Spotless 21st June 2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By Adrian E
The colour will attract them, unfortunately. ...

The colour will attract them, unfortunately. Never had that issue with mine, but then I don't live in one of the midge capitals of the UK :D
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 21st June 2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,627
Posted By Adrian E
I presume the main market for a left hooker is...

I presume the main market for a left hooker is for export back to mainland Europe? Their prices always seem higher than RHD cars here - there must be a business model that makes it worth the...
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 21st June 2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 583
Posted By Adrian E
My local one are fine with me buying over the...

My local one are fine with me buying over the counter - they couldn't be much closer to the nearest VW dealer either!
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 20th June 2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 583
Posted By Adrian E
Iíve got the pin part number at home, as bought...

Iíve got the pin part number at home, as bought one for the S5 when the plastic one snapped - about a fiver each iirc. Agree with Ian that 2 makes sense - theyíre long enough that youíre nowhere near...
Forum: IT, AV and other Tech 16th June 2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By Adrian E
I'm just about managing to get away with having...

I'm just about managing to get away with having most of my hi-fi kit in the lounge - the Chromecast Audio adds so much functionality to my old school Arcam amp it's ridiculous for the money! Stream...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 13th June 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Great stuff - glad you've found something without...

Great stuff - glad you've found something without too much aggro. Car shopping for us is usually a 6-12 month process from initial idea to finding the ideal car :ROFL:
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,627
Posted By Adrian E
After you've uploaded them, click on the link at...

After you've uploaded them, click on the link at the bottom for each image so it opens in a new window - then copy the link address and use 'insert image' option to add that address where you want it...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Iím not aware of anything published (theyíd be...

Iím not aware of anything published (theyíd be risking claims for any car that failed to meet their expected lifespan if they did!)

Just to give you an indicator, mate has a Skoda Superb that he...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
On the Golf thereís very little difference...

On the Golf thereís very little difference between our 2015 and the facelift that came out last year (referred to as Mk7 or Mk7.5) apart from the option for a bigger option nav screen. Ours has the...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,627
Posted By Adrian E
For an idea of bottom end value, stick the...

For an idea of bottom end value, stick the details in webuyanycar and add about £2-3k for a private sale. For some spec will be all, and B&O will be a big draw, whereas for others some random option...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Hiya Very reliable - 6 speed unless you go...

Hiya

Very reliable - 6 speed unless you go for one of the very newest, which are 7 like the s-tronics in the S4. They're smoother to drive in the Mk7 Golf compared to the B8/8.5 platform A/S4 as...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 11th June 2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
If you settle on A3 size, try a Golf. I think...

If you settle on A3 size, try a Golf. I think theyíre more practical and theyíre definitely a bit cheaper for same spec. Love ours - drives great and you only miss quattro in the damp months
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 10th June 2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
I wouldn't touch a diesel as a family runabout...

I wouldn't touch a diesel as a family runabout now - too much exhaust aftertreatment which knocks fuel economy to the point there's little real world difference in running costs. Plus the cost of...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 10th June 2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
The thickness of the D2 doors was always what...

The thickness of the D2 doors was always what made it mega wide to park for me - the exterior mirrors don't stick out much from the outside of the body if you look down the side of the car. Our S5...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 9th June 2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Presume you're mainly looking just to see if it's...

Presume you're mainly looking just to see if it's the right sort of car for you and your wife?

If seriously considering buying then:

Check s-tronic service done on or before schedule (38k...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 9th June 2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
The large petrol models will tend to be older, as...

The large petrol models will tend to be older, as demand post 2005 just died for those type of engines.

I would say with s-tronic in the A/S4 quattro models is reliable from 2011 onwards. The...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 9th June 2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
No worries mate - more than welcome (we're now...

No worries mate - more than welcome (we're now next to Pease Pottage services on M23)

You'll find plenty of S4 Avants in bright red - popular choice - as well as white or a really nice blue.

I...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 9th June 2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Hi Sergey I only mentioned our S5 as itís...

Hi Sergey

I only mentioned our S5 as itís mechanically identical to the S4. Ainars is right that facelifted models (rectangular front fogs replace round) are better on fuel due to gearing and a...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 8th June 2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
The manual S4 avant is in the over £500 bracket,...

The manual S4 avant is in the over £500 bracket, whereas auto is £300ish - they also sold in TINY numbers as a result, before Audi dropped the manual option completely. They also suffer with clutch...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 8th June 2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,823
Posted By Adrian E
Depends what size is suitable Sergey - the 4...

Depends what size is suitable Sergey - the 4 cylinder lumps are pretty mundane mostly, but if fuel usage around town is in any way a factor then they certainly are worth a look.

Skoda Octavia...
Forum: Daily banter 4th June 2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By Adrian E
Cool - who did you use?

Cool - who did you use?
Forum: Daily banter 4th June 2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By Adrian E
Oil analysis?

Hi folks

Anyone ever had an engine oil sample analysed after a service? Considering it for the S5 as it's getting serviced in a couple of weeks and I'm swapping from Shell/Castrol bulk main...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 3rd June 2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By Adrian E
Hi Sergey The motorsport sector is your best...

Hi Sergey

The motorsport sector is your best bet - look for an Earls supplier (or contact the company direct - they're based at Silverstone)

https://www.earls.co.uk/earls/contactus.html

I'm...
Forum: Daily banter 1st June 2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 828
Posted By Adrian E
Don't forget that as-seen spec will probably have...

Don't forget that as-seen spec will probably have changed since new, so what you see may well be the result of changes that happened since build. Even cars delivered to dealers may have been changed...
Forum: Daily banter 30th May 2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 828
Posted By Adrian E
From memory FEs often quote the wrong code for...

From memory FEs often quote the wrong code for the Ďwoodí finish. My Avus was the same

I donít think there was a way to add options to an FE spec unless adding a factory towbar

The level of...
Forum: Other marques 30th May 2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By Adrian E
I never understood Pug's decision to stick a GTI...

I never understood Pug's decision to stick a GTI badge on those :ROFL:

To collect the set, find a CX GTI Turbo 2 :D
Forum: Daily banter 29th May 2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By Adrian E
It depends whether your car requirements have...

It depends whether your car requirements have changed since you bought your D2, which might lead you to move to something else.

I sold my D2 as although I loved it, it didn't really 'work' for the...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 21st May 2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 49,944
Posted By Adrian E
I never found the difference noticeable enough to...

I never found the difference noticeable enough to worry about - after all the matching wood trims on doors and dash are nowhere near the same finish!

I think Kiwi shoe polish or similar does the...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 20th May 2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 49,944
Posted By Adrian E
They do exist still - worth a question to this...

They do exist still - worth a question to this lot:
...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 20th May 2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 49,944
Posted By Adrian E
Sergey's car has the works already fitted, so if...

Sergey's car has the works already fitted, so if you want to see the art of the possible have a look at his 3.7 at the meet +++

I do indeed mean the 2010 on RNS-E - 'my' old S8 had the older...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 19th May 2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 49,944
Posted By Adrian E
I'd need to look, but there was a chap on ebay...

I'd need to look, but there was a chap on ebay selling RNS-Es with the correct faceplate and a host of other options available to spec it how you want

For the small additional cost I would...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 17th May 2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,669
Posted By Adrian E
Nice to see you too Andrew +++ Glad we got...

Nice to see you too Andrew +++

Glad we got it sorted fairly quickly/easily

The bottle of wine is going down nicely as I type this :D

ATB

Adrian
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 16th May 2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By Adrian E
Are there any nav controls under the centre...

Are there any nav controls under the centre console cover for cup holder/menu navigation wheel?

Worth decoding spec sticker to confirm if nav originally fitted.

Also any evidence of nav related...
Forum: Daily banter 12th May 2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By Adrian E
Definitely senile, if it's me you're referring to...

Definitely senile, if it's me you're referring to :ROFL: :D

I think it would be reasonably safe to suggest you've seen 50 and sailed on by?! I'm 44 now so I imagine by the time I'm in my late 40s...
Forum: D2 - Wheels and Tyres 12th May 2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,362
Posted By Adrian E
TPS will sell you an aluminium one for a few quid...

TPS will sell you an aluminium one for a few quid - it's called a tommy bar or fitting pin in Etka. Part number is 7L0 012 223

It's standard kit on newer 6/7/8 Audis

It's too long to fit in...
Forum: Daily banter 12th May 2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By Adrian E
I must be just getting into LVs target age...

I must be just getting into LVs target age bracket - every quote I've had from them before this year has been more or less double Admiral on either car. This year they were within £50 for the Golf,...
Forum: D2 - Wheels and Tyres 11th May 2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,362
Posted By Adrian E
Edit to correct: I went for 20mm on the back...

Edit to correct:

I went for 20mm on the back of mine to avoid the use of extended wheel bolts, as I'm not a fan of that style of fitting. I never fitted any on the front, but don't think you need...
Forum: D3 - Engine Bay 11th May 2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By Adrian E
My S5 is going in for a service with David next...

My S5 is going in for a service with David next month, including new discs and pads all round, brake fluid, supercharger and aux drive belts

There's a recommended suppliers section on here where...
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