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Forum: Daily banter 14th September 2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
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, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 659
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, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
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, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
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, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
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, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,154
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, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,154
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, 02:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,295
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, 08:32 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 06:36 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 04:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 08:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 08:01 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 07:52 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,807
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, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,905
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, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,725
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, 06:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,268
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, 07:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,725
Posted By Adrian E
Would the supercharged V6 fit, I wonder? Theyíre...

Would the supercharged V6 fit, I wonder? Theyíre capable of silly power with a stage 2 tune and not much else. Common enough I wouldíve thought to not be silly money. Would need to be a manual...
Forum: Daily banter 2nd April 2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,309
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, 07:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By Adrian E
For my sins, Iíve been involved with research on...

For my sins, Iíve 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...
Forum: D3 - Wheels and Tyres 23rd March 2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,294
Posted By Adrian E
I did say: Not uncommon for the...

I did say:



Not uncommon for the manual to say that even if thereís no technical reason. Just reduces the risk of understeer/aquaplaning in certain circumstances.
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 3rd March 2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By Adrian E
I suspect it's a firmware issue with the specific...

I suspect it's a firmware issue with the specific chipset in the TomTom concerned (probably a character limitation) rather than a generic GPS issue.

I have a TomTom bought in about 2009 for a road...
Forum: Other marques 2nd March 2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 59,457
Posted By Adrian E
Not far from us, that showroom. Used to be a...

Not far from us, that showroom. Used to be a Merc dealer, but was empty for years before Tesla moved in.

Will be interesting to hear what the investigation identifies as the likely cause.
Forum: IT, AV and other Tech 2nd March 2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,362
Posted By Adrian E
Never been able to fathom why VM throttle their...

Never been able to fathom why VM throttle their upload speeds so much - we were with them for years at our old house, but they can't supply where we live now.

We have to put up with this.....
...
Forum: Other marques 21st February 2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 835
Posted By Adrian E
Iíve driven a couple of W8 Passats, and viewed...

Iíve driven a couple of W8 Passats, and viewed more - really wanted an estate but in the spec I wanted they were very rare (from memory about 16 auto sports spec estates in the UK when they were...
Forum: D3 - Interior Electrics 13th February 2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,619
Posted By Adrian E
Thatís the one the sprung to my mind on opening...

Thatís the one the sprung to my mind on opening this thread

I suspect itís not Ďdifficultí in a technical sense, but depending on whether any modules you currently have in the car wonít talk to...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 23rd January 2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 975
Posted By Adrian E
What's the current mileage Ian? I presume in the...

What's the current mileage Ian? I presume in the pics is when it was photographed by Autocar?
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Generic car items 10th January 2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,668
Posted By Adrian E
Whatís he gone for Andrew? s6 or a Merc sound the...

Whatís he gone for Andrew? s6 or a Merc sound the obvious potentials :)
Forum: D3 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 3rd January 2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,751
Posted By Adrian E
There seems to be a 2019 version of the RNS-E...

There seems to be a 2019 version of the RNS-E maps, but I can't find reference to 2G MMI maps for 2019 either. They may be late - it wouldn't be the first time - or may be end of life?

I imagine...
Forum: D2 - Fuel and Exhausts 27th December 2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,905
Posted By Adrian E
Dave will love you for that one! Looking at pics...

Dave will love you for that one! Looking at pics of the cats off my old car here:

http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=12234

You can see the passenger side one is, mercifully, part of...
Forum: Daily banter 14th December 2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,054
Posted By Adrian E
Hiya That looks accurate to me (and correct...

Hiya

That looks accurate to me (and correct for my S5 based on its current tax rate on CO2) and reflects what I've read around modest increases for older cars. The biggest cash hikes are for post...
Forum: D3 - Fuel and Exhausts 14th December 2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,177
Posted By Adrian E
Every degree colder it gets, the longer the...

Every degree colder it gets, the longer the engine takes to warm up AND the more fuel it's pumping into the engine to get the cats lit up as quickly as possible.

My Golf has an oil temperature...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 23rd November 2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,682
Posted By Adrian E
The rear interior light behaviour is pretty...

The rear interior light behaviour is pretty common too - sometimes removing it and cleaning the contacts will help for a while, but from memory the only permanent solution is a new one

Various...
Forum: Daily banter 24th October 2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,256
Posted By Adrian E
Glad to see they've retained Chris Harris -...

Glad to see they've retained Chris Harris - mainly 'cos I went to school with him and it's nice to see him doing well for himself +++

Anyone that can justify the man-maths he's done over the years...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 19th October 2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,305
Posted By Adrian E
Always separate updates for firmware and nav -...

Always separate updates for firmware and nav - always has been. Some map update levels require a minimum level of firmware to work, but generally speaking they can be updated independently.
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Generic car items 8th October 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,668
Posted By Adrian E
Hiya I havenít used Etka on my laptop for so...

Hiya

I havenít used Etka on my laptop for so long it needs to run 20+ updates for each brand before itíll let me in! Iíll set it going again when I get home, although I can look up the part number...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Generic car items 7th October 2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,668
Posted By Adrian E
Hi Andrew RNS-E wasn't standard on the B7...

Hi Andrew

RNS-E wasn't standard on the B7 S4, and quite often when you see it fitted it's not listed on the original build spec and has been retrofitted!

The TV tuner can be replaced - but it's...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 22nd September 2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,045
Posted By Adrian E
Is it possible your access to the system has...

Is it possible your access to the system has ended based on the original date of registration? I know on our Golf a load of the online services time out at 3 years unless you pay to extend them. I...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 4th September 2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,305
Posted By Adrian E
Ah sorry, didn't pick up on the distinction - on...

Ah sorry, didn't pick up on the distinction - on my B8 S5 it's 3G and then on B8.5 it's 3GP or 3G+ so easy to tell as all later cars have the later MMI system, and thought your query was in the D3...
Forum: D4 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 4th September 2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,305
Posted By Adrian E
Easiest way to tell is if the MMI click wheel has...

Easiest way to tell is if the MMI click wheel has an additional mini joystick on top. Reasonably obvious in photos if the resolution is good enough in an advert

Iím sure IT has posted about d3...
Forum: Daily banter 24th August 2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,945
Posted By Adrian E
:rofl:

:rofl:
Forum: Daily banter 22nd August 2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,945
Posted By Adrian E
Pretty sure the twin exhaust pipes in that...

Pretty sure the twin exhaust pipes in that position are correct. The 323 in that body shape was the Ďhotí model but not in an M sense

Absolutely should be 6 cylinder.

Given itís been messed...
Forum: Other Audis 21st August 2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,601
Posted By Adrian E
The Germans are particularly antiquated with...

The Germans are particularly antiquated with their banking systems - they barely do online transactions. From memory I paid via IBAN when I had my cats refurbished, but youíd expect Audi to have a...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 2nd August 2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,112
Posted By Adrian E
Don’t even ask what the SWB Sport quattros fetch...

Don’t even ask what the SWB Sport quattros fetch - although never a series production model

I think the uR is the daddy in terms of appreciation for the best examples - 2nd would probably be the...
Forum: D2 - Fuel and Exhausts 1st August 2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,133
Posted By Adrian E
Hiya As in they didn't reply, or said they...

Hiya

As in they didn't reply, or said they wouldn't do it? I recall they were a struggle to get a response from but once engaged were happy to help

A
Forum: D2 - Transmission 25th July 2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,668
Posted By Adrian E
Sergey (Notorious) has done this for a service -...

Sergey (Notorious) has done this for a service - definitely worth looking at the relative cost/hassle as the travel distance is probably much the same. A trailer and suitably weighty tow car...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 22nd July 2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,668
Posted By Adrian E
Born in the one and only maternity unit at the...

Born in the one and only maternity unit at the time, in Newport. Lived in Cowes until I was 5 and we moved to the South West. My parents moved to IoW quite a while before I was born and my dad ran...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 22nd July 2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,668
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: 59
Views: 8,668
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: 59
Views: 8,668
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...
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