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Forum: Daily banter 20th January 2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Adrian E
Haha!! I think in Germany MTM are about as...

Haha!!

I think in Germany MTM are about as close to factory approved as you're likely to get, but not in the UK. Their kits are ridiculously expensive compared to MRC, but generally quite...
Forum: Daily banter 20th January 2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Adrian E
IMHO this is the nicest C6 RS6 Avant on AT at the...

IMHO this is the nicest C6 RS6 Avant on AT at the moment

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201907029617955

It's been for sale for ages and started out at circa £35k IIRC. Needs to...
Forum: Daily banter 19th January 2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Adrian E
May well be a regional element to it - you might...

May well be a regional element to it - you might find south east dealers are happier to take an offer (or around other major cities with potential low emission zones)
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 17th January 2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
There are SD card management utilities you can...

There are SD card management utilities you can download to check whether any SD cards you buy are a particular type (SD/HC/XC etc)

I may have some spare 4GB cards from when I had my S8 - will have...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 15th January 2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
Watcha From memory if you go into the nav...

Watcha

From memory if you go into the nav screen and then setup, you should get a couple of codes (there may be another ‘version’ option somewhere) for hardware and software version

One just...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 15th January 2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
That looks like a Mk2 from the 2 chrome buttons...

That looks like a Mk2 from the 2 chrome buttons (but they can be swapped)

Was the 16GB card you tried an SDXC? It won't like those, but should accept SDHC. They don't like microSD cards in...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 15th January 2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
Is your RNS-E a MK 1 or 2? If not sure, usually a...

Is your RNS-E a MK 1 or 2? If not sure, usually a chrome volume knob and ability to use SDHC cards in the 2 slots behind that are bigger than 4GB is an indicator of Mk2.

I don’t think mk1 supports...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 14th January 2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
No worries - if it looks like some random...

No worries - if it looks like some random proprietary connector, then that'll be it.

If there's no fly leads in there, they came supplied with a USB connector (to plug in a memory stick) and...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 14th January 2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 499
Posted By Adrian E
Have you got an iPod/USB connection in the...

Have you got an iPod/USB connection in the glovebox (aka AMI)? If so that can be used to plug in a tunes2air module which will allow streaming via Bluetooth. If not, it’s probably too expensive to be...
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 11th January 2020, 10:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By Adrian E
Full set of Brembo discs and pads went on the S5...

Full set of Brembo discs and pads went on the S5 a couple of years/12k miles ago - easy to bed in and they're still working and looking spot on +++ added bonus was that with discount codes etc the...
Forum: Daily banter 10th January 2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 505
Posted By Adrian E
Lovely looking car - one of our neighbours has a...

Lovely looking car - one of our neighbours has a gorgeous orange TTS - colour really suits it - makes a lovely burble as it heads out of the street (usually with a sodding great big Husky in the back...
Forum: Daily banter 5th January 2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 665
Posted By Adrian E
I suspect there's an age profile (for the car)...

I suspect there's an age profile (for the car) issue that's kicking in, in terms of the value of the car as a commodity, and the cost of replacement parts, which makes a write-off more likely than a...
Forum: Daily banter 5th January 2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 665
Posted By Adrian E
Massive hike on my S5 (2011) to over £450. I’m 46...

Massive hike on my S5 (2011) to over £450. I’m 46 and live in a good postcode

Got to renew both cars around the same time as you. Currently with LV multicar after moving from Admiral following a...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 31st December 2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 868
Posted By Adrian E
Has it had flap delete and/or decoke on the...

Has it had flap delete and/or decoke on the inlets? That's probably going to make a difference to value as it's a pretty chunky job/risk for a potential new owner.....
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 24th December 2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,752
Posted By Adrian E
Always an option if you're in this neck of the...

Always an option if you're in this neck of the woods :D
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 24th December 2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,752
Posted By Adrian E
+++ It's not difficult to do, but the maps...

+++

It's not difficult to do, but the maps need activating with a small file on an SD card after map installation, then there's a software version management error to remove with VCDS. Takes 2-3...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 24th December 2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,752
Posted By Adrian E
You can re-use the SD card - do firmware first,...

You can re-use the SD card - do firmware first, reformat SD card. write map files to it.

Note that the map file needs a high speed 32GB card as the map files are huge.

I just use one of the...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 24th December 2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,752
Posted By Adrian E
Not difficult to do - just need to make sure the...

Not difficult to do - just need to make sure the correct folder structure is used. If it’s wrong it just won’t recognise it so no risk of harm

Running the update is a little time consuming but not...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 23rd December 2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,752
Posted By Adrian E
I can probably help on the firmware and map front...

I can probably help on the firmware and map front - I have most versions of firmware for various generations of Audi, and I installed 6.29.1 on my S5 a while back

Am just South of Gatwick if you...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 14th December 2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By Adrian E
I remember the thread in question, and thought it...

I remember the thread in question, and thought it sounded much like the PCV fault we had on our C5 A6 3.0 petrol back in the day....

I just replaced ours with a new one - wasn't horrifically...
Forum: VCDS (aka Vagcom) 10th December 2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By Adrian E
I get the current one every few years in the S5...

I get the current one every few years in the S5 (popped up twice) and it seems a meaningless code - asked on VCDS forum a couple of times and everyone shrugs their shoulders

As an aside, when you...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 8th December 2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,157
Posted By Adrian E
Andrew If you want Etka and Elsa in a shared...

Andrew

If you want Etka and Elsa in a shared virtual machine, post me a spare hard drive and I'll copy it across. It runs just fine in Oracle Virtual Box (free download)

I could probably...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 7th December 2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,157
Posted By Adrian E
Also check if yours has had the recall done for a...

Also check if yours has had the recall done for a slipping park interlock cable - if there's no fault codes suggesting F125 it'd be worth checking....
Forum: D2 - Wheels and Tyres 7th December 2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 743
Posted By Adrian E
Check the load index of the tyres you have on the...

Check the load index of the tyres you have on the 18s now. If they were over-specced that 'may' result in a harsher ride. Don't go below the spec for the car in terms of load index, however. Some...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 1st December 2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By Adrian E
You don’t generally notice the contra-rotating...

You don’t generally notice the contra-rotating wheels unless you’re in a position to see both sides of the car at the same time while testing that axle.

My tester showed me it running in that mode...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 30th November 2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By Adrian E
Usually with four wheel drive cars, the tester...

Usually with four wheel drive cars, the tester will select a mode on the brake tester that rotates the wheels on each axle in opposite directions. This prevents the axle 'winding up' the centre diff...
Forum: Daily banter 22nd November 2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,074
Posted By Adrian E
Lovely! Looks like quite a late one?

Lovely! Looks like quite a late one?
Forum: D3 - Lights 16th October 2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,836
Posted By Adrian E
Most gas discharge headlights have a lower cutoff...

Most gas discharge headlights have a lower cutoff than traditional filament bulbs anyway, so you don’t dazzle oncoming traffic as much when driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road

Is there nothing...
Forum: Motormouth 11th October 2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,633
Posted By Adrian E
Just signed up for them too +++ Was paying...

Just signed up for them too +++

Was paying £121 last year for Britannia Rescue (with 'Boundless' membership for civil servants)

I honestly can't remember the last time I needed recovering - I...
Forum: Daily banter 25th September 2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 976
Posted By Adrian E
O/T but have you tried running basic settings on...

O/T but have you tried running basic settings on the motors? Can resolve a number of problems....
Forum: Daily banter 14th September 2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By Adrian E
I didn't - I feel left out now :D

I didn't - I feel left out now :D
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 21st August 2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,732
Posted By Adrian E
TPS will still sell you a newer one of the...

TPS will still sell you a newer one of the correct spec, if needed. The sirens are all pathetic - I activated the chirp just so I knew the poxy thing was doing something for the expenditure! You also...
Forum: Daily banter 21st August 2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,241
Posted By Adrian E
Silver accent line on rear bumper is gopping -...

Silver accent line on rear bumper is gopping - otherwise I rather like it - can imagine there will be options to tone that down. The mild hybrid and COD are strong points too. If it drives as well as...
Forum: D3 - Interior Electrics 15th August 2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 964
Posted By Adrian E
Worth reviewing the Rosstech video guide for...

Worth reviewing the Rosstech video guide for battery coding - can be slightly odd behaviour with number of characters and getting zero and O mixed up that can stuff it up :)
...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Audi / VW car items 2nd August 2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Adrian E
As Andrew says, I can still knock these out. ...

As Andrew says, I can still knock these out. They can be a bit hit and miss in terms of reliability due to the age of the drives and copies being harder to read than originals.

I have the full...
Forum: D3 - Wheels and Tyres 9th July 2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,184
Posted By Adrian E
It depends on the volume - a pile of 4 won't be a...

It depends on the volume - a pile of 4 won't be a problem, in practice, whether mounted or unmounted. A pile of unmounted over 1.6m high is a bad idea from a manual handling point of view, at the...
Forum: D3 - Wheels and Tyres 9th July 2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,184
Posted By Adrian E
Michelins have been the preference on the last 4...

Michelins have been the preference on the last 4 cars I've owned - they've generally come with something else fitted and I have tried Goodyear, Dunlop and Continental in the past. It's so vehicle...
Forum: Daily banter 19th May 2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,720
Posted By Adrian E
When Gordon Brown incentivised diesels, through...

When Gordon Brown incentivised diesels, through company car tax based on CO2 emissions, diesel was traditionally a cheaper fuel to buy due to lower demand. At the time the ozone layer and greenhouse...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 18th May 2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
Hi Sergey I had similar issues dealing with...

Hi Sergey

I had similar issues dealing with someone acting as a 3rd party accident management co on behalf of the numpty that drove into the S5. I decided to go through my own insurer in the end....
Forum: D2 - Everything else 17th May 2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
I have a feeling, but can't recall where I've...

I have a feeling, but can't recall where I've heard this, that you could spec a self-dimming interior mirror with or without self-dimming exteriors. It is certainly the case on our S5 where dimming...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 10th May 2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
I think Sergey found the power delivery a little...

I think Sergey found the power delivery a little too 'immediate' in my old S8 (or maybe it was my fairly heavy right foot?!) but suspect a 4.2 would be an easier find, in a very small pool of...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 9th May 2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
saloons are a bugger to repair if the replacement...

saloons are a bugger to repair if the replacement panel/section goes near the C pillar, whether steel or aluminium. Difficult to disguise a repair in that area in the long term. It CAN be done, but...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 7th May 2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
That might be what they state in their terms and...

That might be what they state in their terms and conditions for their insured driver, but you are not their insured driver so it doesn't apply. They can state what they like, but taking it to its...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 7th May 2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,502
Posted By Adrian E
Oh Sergey, I am absolutely devastated for you :-(...

Oh Sergey, I am absolutely devastated for you :-(

I am currently dealing with a non-fault claim on our S5 (much less damage - just front wing, a wheel needing a refurb and a bit of paint on the...
Forum: D2 - Fuel and Exhausts 18th April 2019, 08:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,470
Posted By Adrian E
Great to hear +++ was David talking funny after...

Great to hear +++ was David talking funny after sniffing that tank full of fuel vapour :ROFL:
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 10th April 2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,202
Posted By Adrian E
I'm sure I've read of people using the...

I'm sure I've read of people using the supercharger for the original big Mini Cooper S to provide some light boost in multiple applications. Cheap as chips to buy, but as above the challenge is in...
Forum: Daily banter 9th April 2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,044
Posted By Adrian E
It really bothers me too - David did the pugs on...

It really bothers me too - David did the pugs on mine and found similar from the last garage that'd changed them - a couple gorilla'd in, and one loose as you like IIRC.....I am similarly afflicted...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 8th April 2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,202
Posted By Adrian E
Would the supercharged V6 fit, I wonder? They’re...

Would the supercharged V6 fit, I wonder? They’re capable of silly power with a stage 2 tune and not much else. Common enough I would’ve thought to not be silly money. Would need to be a manual...
Forum: Daily banter 2nd April 2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,011
Posted By Adrian E
I want another Maine Coon - loved mine (30th...

I want another Maine Coon - loved mine (30th birthday present!) - this time we should have two +++

Great swerve on the engine destruction stakes!
Forum: Daily banter 28th March 2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Adrian E
For my sins, I’ve been involved with research on...

For my sins, I’ve been involved with research on this tech (up till 2010 when the then-new coalition govt cancelled our research budget with immediate effect)

To do a proper job of it with...
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