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General Car Chat / Re: DSG gearbox
« on: 07 June 2023, 07:15:45 »
It would take a bullet to the head to buy a recent/current VAG product.

It would take two to buy one with a DSG box.

.. in a nutshell. ^  ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: DSG gearbox
« on: 06 June 2023, 23:58:11 »
I'm going off the idea, glad I asked. Question is, why are more modern boxes not as good as torque converter ones  :-\


I hope the current VW DSG boxes are better than the first ones. You know, the ones that had a nasty habit of selecting two gears at once, which cost about 3k to fix. Their biggest selling point seems to be how fast they can change gear, which is utterly irrelevant in real use.

.. and I'd wager the ZF8 in my Jag is just as quick at shifting and it's certainly more refined. I'd only ever go for a conventional slushbox. Dual clutch types are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Did You Know?
« on: 13 May 2023, 20:11:37 »
Those puppies look ideal for 'motorboating' >:D

Potential flotation devices if the "boating" doesn't go well, too. ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: What has P*ssed you off today?
« on: 12 May 2023, 18:26:25 »
UPS, who on a phone call about an hour ago still said my parcel would be delivered by noon today....

Currently waiting for a parcel from Useless Parcel Shysters myself. They did manage to get it as far as Southampton before declaring that my address doesn't exist and returning it to the sender. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: New car should soon be here.
« on: 12 May 2023, 18:24:28 »
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due to 'the mechanical and logistical complexity' of the conversion.
  ;D

Maybe, if they knew anything about building cars...

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General Discussion Area / Re: What has P*ssed you off today?
« on: 09 May 2023, 21:05:31 »
Couple of ads on tv today.

MILD hybrid car. Who would that appeal to? Imagine down the pub. My car is a mild hybrid!

MEDIUM cider. Still in the same pub. Pint of medium cider please?  ;D

It's the "self-charging Hybrid" that makes me laugh. Like it's a selling point!

"Fossil fuel charging Hybrid" doesn't sound quite as green, I suppose. ;D

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Permanently disabled the stop/start BS. Can't believe it's taken me 3 1/2 years to get round to this.

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General Discussion Area / Re: What has P*ssed you off today?
« on: 01 May 2023, 22:18:01 »
The one section of my commute where I occasionally don't end up following some dull VW driver at 45 MPH, so I can have a play, has got average speed cameras going up. >:(

Good job I'm a reformed character, really. ::)

I'm hoping the cable ducts next to them with poly bags taped over them are an indication that they haven't been commissioned yet. Otherwise, I might need more reforming. :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: What has P*ssed you off today?
« on: 01 May 2023, 22:15:54 »
The one section of my commute where I occasionally don't end up following some dull VW driver at 45 MPH, so I can have a play, has got average speed cameras going up. >:(

Good job I'm a reformed character, really. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Cordless Mowers
« on: 01 May 2023, 22:13:22 »
I was going to say, I've got a great cordless mower. Pour petrol in and off it goes. No cords required. :y

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Fitted some new rear disks and pads to the XE. I got my money's worth out of the previous ones. :-X
How were the calibers?

No problems with them. I suspect one of them might have been a bit sticky because one pad had worn a little more than the rest, but cleaned and lubed the pins and it went back together OK.

Got it into service mode using the pedal trick and it left the calipers alone for the whole afternoon while I was dodging the showers.

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Omega General Help / Re: Omega X30XE emissions problem
« on: 01 May 2023, 22:06:12 »
For a CO reading that high it's running very rich or misfiring. I very much doubt it'd be a temperature sensor issue (and the live data shows plausible values).

The odd thing is that the lambda sensors are both cycling, which means it should be OK mixture wise.

As said, the air flow looks a little low, but not much, and I'd say the injector times are a bit high considering, so I'd say it might actually be running rich.

EDIT: What was the HC reading on the emissions test. Is that high too?


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General Discussion Area / Re: What has P*ssed you off today?
« on: 30 April 2023, 23:16:52 »
Cackling women in the pub! FFS! And recently cackling men!! Whats that all about?? Jeez, I must be getting too old for this pub lark! Must be an age thing STEMO? Cheers >:( ;D  ;D

It's the "alpha male" who seems to think the whole pub needs to know about his remarkably dull life, and adjusts the volume of his voice accordingly, who really gets to me. Every pub's got one. >:(

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 30 April 2023, 23:12:40 »
Fitted some new rear disks and pads to the XE. I got my money's worth out of the previous ones. :-X

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