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  • in reply to: Hundreds of popular cars ‘at risk of keyless theft’ #69839
    Rapster
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    @Trev, UWB is Ultra-wideband radio technology, although that is not what will make cars (more) secure.

    I’d imagine in this specific case that it’s a case of thieves not having the radio equipment to carry out the key spoofing required.

    In case you fancy a read on UWB:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-wideband

    in reply to: Audi A1 now on scheme #69317
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    I admire and couldn’t agree more with your wording. “…squeezed out…” – apt, very apt.

    It’s a pity that the scheme has become such a shadow of its former self in a few short years. To be honest, manufacturers pooping underwhelming engines (mostly petrol) out on to the market shoulder some of the blame.

    in reply to: Audi A1 now on scheme #69313
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    I have herpes and I’d still rather not swap it for an 114 bhp Audi A1.

     

    (I’m kidding with the herpes. It’s crabs. Big ones. With claws and everything. Caught it from a mermaid. At least, she said she was a mermaid…)

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69290
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    I’ll make this my last post.


    @Oscarmax
    , it’s not my opinion that Littlejohn has contradicted himself but rather he has. First he writes, “Empty, diesel-powered buses sit nose-to-tail for hours on end…” and then 2 paragraphs later writes, “Don’t try to kid me that public transport is a viable alternative for everyone. It’s horribly overcrowded…”.

    So which is it: empty or horribly overcrowded? lol

    I honestly hadn’t heard Littlejohn’s name for two decades until you put that up. I remember him opining in The Sun two decades ago, not that I read newspapers much but rather they were more prevalent.

    in reply to: Problems with VW 1.5 tsi petrol engine #69253
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    @Mike11, you will see in the next month or two that the price of diesel will fall back in line with what it used to be in regards to petrol, only a few pence dearer than petrol. There are a couple reasons why the wholesale costs of diesel went up a lot more than petrol but these are or will be coming to an end and diesel and petrol should be back in alignment ‘Soon™’…

    I think it’s more than just an efficiency debate, Mike. Lots of people, me included, much prefer the way a diesel car drives, the increased torque at lower rev ranges. Power in a petrol engine is usually spread over a much larger range thus giving the feeling of a gutless nature for diesel drivers when we are used to peak torque over a shorter range. Same power: different delivery: different experience. I suppose a lot of this is down to what you prefer as a driver and how you drive.

    Which Golf have you, what’s the size of the fuel tank? 250 miles on a ¼ tank of fuel is simply amazing, even if you managed to keep at 60mph on a motorway. Good going!

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69247
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    @POPS, that’s not the point I was making but hey, no worries…

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69233
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    @JS (justsaying), @wmcforum, @Brydo – absolutely no malice or unpleasantness was intended or implied at any point and I have no wants or needs to protect this forum either, I’m no SJW, that’s guaranteed. 🙂

    I’m a research scientist in the field of computer engineering and have spent the better part of my adult life in research and academia so non-referencing or attribution is alien to me and looks out of place, that literally is all there is to it. Maybe that’s why they keep us locked up in laboratories… ?

    Brydo, I bear you no ill will whatsoever, I enjoy our differences. I’m sending you a virtual hug mate, just to show all’s cool. ?

    (Keep your hands to yourself! It was meant as a friendly hug not for you to get your kicks out of. ?)

     


    @Oscarmax
    – although Littlejohn contradicts himself it is an interesting read…thanks. ?

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    in reply to: Problems with VW 1.5 tsi petrol engine #69228
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    Totally agree Chris well said diesels are more economical on the motorway but not on a roads and in the town as for the price increase in diesel fuel how do you know Rapster it won’t increase more ? I’ve never read such rubbish 9000 miles in 3 years I’m amazed you didn’t have DPF problems and I’m sure the service manager at my VW dealer would be as well ! My nieces husband bought a year old Mercedes C Class diesel he had DPF problems from the start because he just travels to work 5 miles he had to swop for a petrol Mercedes !

    I totally wish that I could go back in time and take a photo of the odometer when I handed the car back, which read (from my records) 9,163 miles. That reading was taken outside the dealership on hand back. For about the last 6 months I only covered about 800-900 miles and the majority of those were 4.2 miles to a friend’s house as I physically couldn’t work a clutch for longer journeys. The other times were along a 60mph dual carriageway and 2 motorway junctions. What you seem to think is rubbish is actually true, it doesn’t matter whether you believe it or not. 🙂 (The car in question was a Vauxhall Astra J with the 2.0L CDTI 16ohp.)

    I think it matters how they’re driven mostly. I think people who baby the engine trying to extract every mile from the gallon face the most problems as temperatures don’t get hot enough, especially if you don’t drive at motorway speeds. I obviously took it on motorways enough and the other times used the engine aggressively enough for it to not need any DPF regens. I’ve only had diesel engined cars on the Motability Scheme and my current car is #5 and not once have I had a DPF light flash up.

    What I said about the diesel price was that the price difference between petrol and diesel would drop, not that the price of diesel would drop.

    I can’t help but wonder if VW DPF issues stem from the changes in software needed to abide by emissions rules. They wouldn’t have had time to engineer the engines cleaner so would’ve done it through software and I’ve read many complaints that people’s cars have ‘felt’ different post software updates and with a new car you wouldn’t notice the difference because the changes would’ve been at the factory before you received it.

     

    As for diesel being dead, wait until CO2 becomes the big bad monster it is again…

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69197
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    I’m sure we’re certainly entertaining people with this line of conversation! ?

    I didn’t for one moment think anything sinister was going on but it’s all about attribution…

    For instance:

    If you posted on that thread (the ‘If you don’t believe in the electric car yet, you soon will’ thread) a comment that was completely untrue and somebody replied “That’s not true, those comments are lies!” you could just reply that those were someone else’s words and wash your hands of the whole thing. Okay, okay, that’s very simplistic but it does explain my point that I want to know when I’m reading Brydo’s words and not those of a third party.

    You’re right, about the mods, maybe I should be aiming the question of attribution/referencing a third party to @wmcforum. (wmcforum, please see post #69191 to get your bearings.)

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69191
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    @Brydo, I’m not accusing you of full-blown plagiarism as it’s easy to tell they aren’t your words but it’s difficult seeing you post something that was clearly copied from elsewhere and then someone thank you as if you had written those words. If you copied/pasted a wall of text then it’s just as easy copying/pasting the web address beneath the post. You attributed in these post so why not all? (https://forum.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/forums/topic/the-sat-nav-of-the-future-has-arrived/ and https://forum.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/forums/topic/new-roads-should-not-prioritise-cars-says-watchdog/)

    I used to read stuff that you linked to but only where there were complete links. (I will never click on TinyURL links as they are generally potentially dangerous.) I recently enjoyed reading that new roads piece you linked to which I used as an example. (Makes sense, planning new roads not around cars.)


    @Brydo
    , I make my living as a scientist and if I were ever to post someone else’s work and forget to attribute, de facto passing it off as my own work, I would straight up not only be disciplined but I would then have to go through the humiliation of having all of my work double-checked by a colleague for an unspecified amount of time. Hence why I (probably) hold others to a high standard, too.

    Okay mods, time to earn your upkeep! On these fora: should words you have copied from a third party be accompanied by an attribution/reference or not?

     

    @Persuader – you changed your tune quick. ?

    in reply to: Problems with VW 1.5 tsi petrol engine #69148
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    I have not once had a problem with diesel regeneration and my last car only did ~9,000 miles due to being a manual which I could no longer (medically) drive, so was only used primarily for short distances. I think, the few who do have issues shout loudest and people hear them and not the majority who have no issues.

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69147
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    @Persuader – to be fair to my friend @Brydo, he doesn’t usually copy stuff without referencing but this time did, perhaps mistakenly. ?

    in reply to: Audi A1 now on scheme #69143
    Rapster
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    It’s all underpowered nonsense these days…

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69141
    Rapster
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    OP, the answer to your question is…

    YES!

    in reply to: Should I buy a new diesel car? #69139
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    @Brydo, petal, please reference where you are copying from, otherwise, it’s plagiarism. ?

    once again Brydo you have researched and passed your knowledge on to all of those wishing to make an informed decision and to help understand the current changes to vehicles that include petrol,diesel and electric..I for one salute you sir

    Err, no…

    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/103111/should-i-buy-a-new-diesel-car

    in reply to: Problems with VW 1.5 tsi petrol engine #69137
    Rapster
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    Even at 9p more per litre (even though it won’t stay like that for much longer) your diesel engine will still be more more efficient and deliver more miles offsetting the cost difference.

    Problem is, it’s eggs all over again.

    in reply to: BMW ACTIVE TOURER 2018 12V SOCKET solved #67700
    Rapster
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    They are (some will be overjoyed by this) USB-C ports. The charging current for the USB-C ports is a lovely 3A per port. The USB-A port in the centre console provides 1.5A. (The total load of all sockets must not exceed 140 watts at 12V.)

    Yes @boomarang, I did know about the car turning off the power outputs and it is “After approximately 8 minutes.” according to the manual. Engine off and and power still available to the consumers (such as 12V sockets, windows, etc.) is known as ‘Radio Ready State’.

    @boomarang, all this is in the manual and if you have an Android device (or Apple), you can download this app developed by BMW, enter your VIN and you get a car specific (your car) version of the manual on your phone to carry around with you (or you can always use the one in the car).

    Android/Google – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bmwgroup.driversguide.row

    Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bmw-drivers-guide/id714042570?mt=8

     

    Here’s another thing you can do. In cold weather, with ice on the windows to scrape, you can start the car as normal and then keep the key on your person whilst outside cleaning the windows free of ice with the engine running. The key is safe in your pocket whilst defrosting, which is nice.

    in reply to: Elderly disabled drivers have more bumps and scrapes? #67397
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    Sadly, the older one gets, the worse your eyesight and you start losing your spatial awareness. It will happen to all of us. It’s difficult to either be the one to have to quit or to be told you you need to quit. We needed to do this with my Dad and it was heartbreaking watching him come to terms with it but he couldn’t drive any more as he was a danger to others not to mention himself.

    Although he died in 2003 I still miss him deeply.

    in reply to: How to drive down the cost of that Mazda CX5. I hope…. #67396
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    @dmcbroom1971 – what you’re suggesting would probably antagonise Motability Operations as they secure the pricing for the vehicles. I don’t think they’d be too happy seeing you trying to in effect renegotiate the deals that they put in place. What would you also do about the people who haven’t got the capacity to do this type of thing? There would definitely be winners and losers in this and Pops is probably right in directing you towards social media to try and effect this.

    I would also urge you to reach out to Motability and ask them a general question and get their opinion on this as you’ll soon find them enquiring about you when it comes to their attention. They don’t want a two-tier system whereas those that can haggle get a better deal than those who can’t or other such factors such as location, hence another reason why dealers don’t usually try to rock the boat regarding Motability AP’s. This is why you get the company line of ‘the price is set in stone’.

    I wish you good luck in this and I’d be very interested to hear how you get on. ?

    in reply to: Drivers fined £4.2m for parking in disabled bays #67298
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    Although I haven’t a friend has, but only once he tells me. Sadly, it’s only local councils which seem to be doing this and my local Sainsbury’s, who had a crack down. Even so, they told me it was difficult to pursue if someone refused to pay their ‘fine’ and so they hoped that the signs (no-tolerance £40 for parking in disabled bay type) would do the trick, which they mostly have.

    in reply to: Someone hit my car, help #67295
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    Hey Rich, why was the courtesy car terrible or did you just not like the Mokka X?

    in reply to: How to drive down the cost of that Mazda CX5. I hope…. #67291
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    If you’re allowing dealers to enter your ‘ring’, I’d be demanding top dollar discounts too! ?

    Please note: practise safe haggling!

     

    Yes, yes…I have to bring the conversation down to my level. ?

    in reply to: Cars with powered seats #67072
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    I love our profile icons. Going down the page they read…

    Merry Christmas!

    Bah. Humbug.

    Merry Christmas!

    Bah. Humbug.

    Merry Christmas!

    Bah. Humbug.

    … make your bloody minds up! lol

    in reply to: Cars with powered seats #67071
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    Rapster reaches down, touches something with his fingers and remarks:

    “Small, hard and slippy…I sure hope that’s the soap, Trev…?”

    ?

    in reply to: How much to spend on Xmas? #67063
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    Thanks @Winston. Glad it’s behind me too but it did teach me one or two valuable life lessons and probably did me some good. (I am one of those horribly positive people who see the positive in everything. lol)

    Love the beard image! Me, I couldn’t grow one if my life depended on it. lol

    As for recycled presents I once had my brother hand back one of his presents, a lovely Aran cardigan, bloody gorgeous it is (not cheap either), as a present for me the following year! The man forgot that I gave it him the previous year. I was secretly happy as I love the cardigan! I did nearly throttle him with it at the time though.

    I totally understand where you’re coming from regarding the getting excited or even bothering with Xmas when on your own: I’m one and the same (minus the beard). I’m going up to Edinburgh for a few days and leaving them to it as I think I’ll be a damper on their Christmas and fancied changing things up a bit.

    I’ll try and get back in time for 2019. ?

     


    @Trev
    , I’ve got gift boxes from each of the last 7-8 years that you are more than welcome to. I’m thinking some of it will be collectible soon. lol

    I don’t get this thing with new socks, guys…isn’t it the same as a freshly washed pair? ?

    Or have I stumbled into a new-sock-fetish-thingamajig? ? lol

     

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