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General Car Chat / Optional Extra's - Zafira
« on: 12 October 2017, 09:52:39 »
I guess because it's the type of car, they make the extra's what people want. My new Zafira Tourer has aircon and cruise control, aux input, tyre pressure sensors, all of which are standard even on the base model.

What is optional extra, is the storage  ???

The SE model, has a nice little sunglasses storage in front of the MID, it's optional on mine. As are the useful under seat storage boxes, the rear storage is same with box in the back of the arm rest for back seat people to use.

Tried to look for guides to retro fit these, particularly the storage in front of the MID and under seat stuff. But as usual all other forums are total cr@p, a post once a month at best and sod all technical knowledge.  :(

General Car Chat / Exhaust trim
« on: 10 October 2017, 10:11:58 »
Anyone recently put an exhaust trim on the 3.0/3.2 twin pipes? Due to their being 2 pipes being close together some may not fit side by side  :-\

The Zafira has a nice little Chrome trim (from the factory) which makes it look nice. Always thought the eternal exhausts are good value, but don't look great...

General Car Chat / High street theft....
« on: 09 October 2017, 15:07:24 »
Sister-in-law complained she was sat for 90 mins at Kwit Fit waiting for work on her car, I asked what she was having done. New front wipers and dipped bulb replaced, so not only taking that long. But they charged her £78  :o :o :o :o

£19 & £16 for each front blade and £24 for a bloody bulb!!!!!  >:(

Eurocarparts can get me that lot for £18, reckon cheaper at Halfords Trade as ECP wanted £16 for wiper set, can get them for £9.99 a Halfords on trade.

Told her to bring it to me next time.

General Car Chat / So the VW has gone....
« on: 09 October 2017, 09:46:22 »
When I bought the CC my intentions were that I would drive to work every day, plus weekend miles as well. I would then replace the 3.2 with something for the wife, but for past few months the CC was getting hardly any use.

I now car share, plus negotiated working from home 1 day a week, as the wife has been a bit unwell (one of those 9 month things  :-X) - I also plan to always work one day a week from home now, as it’s now my ‘normal week’

So I drive to work just 2 days per week, so thought might as well use the valuable car for something more practical and I keep the 3.2 for work.

Also confession time, I should have bought the CC as an auto. Fine to begin with but the effortless of the auto on my commute is now must have. But I had too many concerns about DSG.

Pictures to follow of what I bought the wife...

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Allen Key Bolts for H/U
« on: 27 September 2017, 14:49:47 »
Removing the NCDC head unit, I lost one. I could do with a few spares, anyone got any kicking about?

Test Zone / Guide: Adding AUX input to NCDC 2013/5
« on: 27 September 2017, 14:27:58 »
This is a guide for adding an AUX input for the NCDC 2013/15 units, as time has marched on the lasers in these units have really begun to die off. Add to the fact the CD changer (CDC) units easily get stuck, an AUX input is really useful.

In my case, the CDC unit broke some time ago and would not eject. Having used modern cars with bluetooth music streaming, I found it really useful. This guide allows you to add an aux input, to then use with a bluetooth adaptor.

**Note** That my guide here does not make the CDC switchable, this will make it only AUX input and render the CDC useless. You could wire a switch in if you want instead.

Tools needed:

Torx T9 & T7
8mm spanner/socket
Soldering Iron + Solder
Wire strippers
RCA Component Cable

I started off with a standard NCDC 2013 unit:

Use an 8mm socket to remove the bracket at the rear of the H/U.

You need to remove this, which helps grip to the side of the cage. You need a T9 for the larger black screw, do this on both sides of the H/U.

A T7 torx is required to remove the 4 screws holding the CDC to the front of the H/U. Remove these (2x each side)

This will allow the CDC unit to lift up, giving access to the ribbon from the main radio to the CDC, this will just pull down and off. (red plug)

The CDC is now free...

Remove the 2x T7 Torx on the back of the CDC, to allow the top plate to come off, this allows more room to feed cables through later.

Here is my standard RCA cable:

I stripped off the video (yellow) cable, cut off the L/R and stripped them. I had around 0.5m of cable, incase I messed up the connections, to give me spare cable to cut and start again.

Next you need to splice into the ribbon, you need a sharp stanley knife for this. You need to expose (going fromt the left) 1,4,8

1 = Audio L
4 = Audio R
8 = Earth

I then attached 1,4 to L & R audio feeds. You can see here the shielding of the cable, which acts as the earth. I twisted these together to give one connection point. (It's a long time since I did any soldering)

Next up is the earth, for this my method was to use the bracket I took off earlier, I slid this underneath to protect the main ribbon. I then used the soldering iron to burn through the plastic, to expose the core wire, so I could attach the earth.

Everything attached

I then tapped it all up, as I don't have any heat shrink, take note to also tape off un used ribbon connectors.  I then put this togther, feeind the cables through into the CDC unit and out the front flap of the H/U.

It's then a case of putting it all back together, you then have assembled unit with RCA ouputs.

You can then use this how you wish, for my needs I bought a £10 cordless bluetooth adpator. So that I could pair my phone to it, for bluetooth audio via Spotify. Press the CDC button to swtich to this audio feed and press play on your device.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Taking the NCDC 2013 CDC apart
« on: 22 September 2017, 15:36:37 »
Is there a guide for this? It looks like the back plate can come off, once you remove the plate that joins the two units.

The CDC on mine is buggered, I'd like to solder on the hack for an aux input.

General Discussion Area / Free DVD/Buy & Keep for Sky Customers
« on: 14 September 2017, 11:43:14 »
Got Sky?

Sky Store are offering a free 'Buy & Keep' for The Amazing Spider Man film.

You can download it your Sky Box and keep it for free (unlimited downloads, if you delete) - They also pop a DVD version of it in the post for you.

Either order for free online above, or you can do it via the Sky box. Just navigate to Sky Store from the EPG and search for spider man, cost should show as £0.00  :y

Sorts a Christmas present for free at least  :D

General Car Chat / Was this an Omega?
« on: 01 September 2017, 19:18:39 »
BBC news on diesel scrap scheme....

General Car Chat / Car insurance time again...
« on: 31 August 2017, 16:10:34 »
Anyone had some good deals recently? Typically I always appear to get the best prices from comparison sites, this year it's £374 from the AA.

That's 10k per year, commuting into London, on drive way, protected NCB. Not bad, it's cheaper than last year.

Based on my 2013 CC, a rather optimistic £11k value that's auto-generated.

However i know most of you are old farts and as such can insure a 5.0 V8 for about £2.50  ;D

General Car Chat / Italian tune up works well on 3.2
« on: 28 August 2017, 20:43:58 »
Been disappointed of late with 3.2's fuel use, 260 miles to the fuel light. But it's only been on work runs into London and local runs. So end last week gave it a good ragging, generally drove it like I stole it. As fuel use was rubbish anyway  ;D

Today took Little MissT to Portsmouth for the day, so just an average days traffic. Not a fast run nor slow but some traffic about.

110 miles later getting home, 33.2 mpg. Happy with that as did red line it a few times joining motorways. Something must have fixed it self when in stolen mode last week, last year on runs to Wales I could not crack 28mpg out of it.  :-\

General Car Chat / VW Rear Shock Bolts - Are they stretch type?
« on: 23 August 2017, 17:34:39 »
I can see one rear shock is leaking a bit, so time to replace the pair for the MOT which is due soon.

The VW parts dept wanted £110 per shock, but looking under the car I can see a Sachs label on the shock itself, so just ordered a pair of Sachs from ECP for £110 delivered.  :)

But the VW dealer mentioned bolts, 2 for the top 1 for the bottom. Looks dead easy to swap these out looking at How2's, but none appear to mention if the bolts stretch or not, I asked dealer he could not confirm. If not damaged, can I reuse?

Only £10 for the set from VW, so will probably get them anyway, as I will get the fuel filter from them as well. (also assuming new bolts don't come with new shocks)

General Discussion Area / For those who have done extensions...
« on: 07 August 2017, 12:17:51 »
Thinking long term options here, can't exactly do it for a year or two. But what would be the costs in:

* Removing a conservatory.
* Converting a single garage into a kitchen (*note no feeds here for gas, so might have to go leccy only, as current kitchen is at other end of the house)
     - Garage is single brick, pitched roof, no insulation, attached to house but part way along house and extends past the house into the garden. (one side of current conservatory is the garage wall)
* Re-build single extension where conservatory was, with couple of roof windows. Approx 4 meters out from house (we are detached), so tad bigger than current conservatory and approx 8-10 meters wide. (width of town house)
     - I would want to knock through from new extension into the garage, to create open plan kitchen/dining area.
* Rip out old kitchen at the front of the house and make safe for second reception room.


Note that I could not do one single part of this myself, nor do I have contracts in the trade. So would be looking at full retail price for this.  :'(

Given costs some have paid for extensions in the area, I've heard costs ranging from 20-45k for a simple 3 meter extension.

So would I be looking at £75k+?  :-\

General Car Chat / Driving styles and fuel economy...
« on: 31 July 2017, 12:47:57 »
You can probably see where this is going  ;)

But at the weekend I was due to meet some mates, we arranged for a bit of lads weekend in Peterbough. So when leaving early Saturday morning, as I had huge chunks of average speed camera road works, I decided to see what I can really squeeze out of my VW. Add in the fact that I was in the car, climate set just so and tunes blasting through Spotify I was super comfy. No little MissT to worry about, no work.

So I really did not care if the drive took 2hrs or 2hrs30, such a rare chance to just sit and listen to music with no disturbances these days. Throw into this I was driving along the car parks known as M1 & M25.

This is what I got...


I remember thinking about Top Gear's challenge when they drove from south of France, Clarkson had Jag, Hammond the Polo may had a Subaru I think? 

I remember clips from inside car with Clarkson going on with trucks passing him in the background.

I was not that slow. Cruise control set dead on 60mph.

On the way back I did not bother with being careful, cruise set at 85mph instead. MPG? Forgot to take a photo but got 52mpg on the return run.

/Waits for abuse about driving too slowly  ::)

Omega General Help / 3.2 Aircon Low Pressure Valve Part No
« on: 20 June 2017, 11:39:50 »
Anyone know this? I know the HP is:


But as I'm at it...

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