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  1. Hey all! Thanks for the replies. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. Odd, it said I look but I actually didn't, I'm just seeing them all now. I'm on my work computer so maybe I used the browser. In any case, appreciate everyone's thoughtful replies. I haven't bought a car yet and I agree with the majority that is probably someone's headache that they finally decided to unload. I might test drive it one last time and see what I think and what type of warranty they offer. Some of these American dealerships offer a three month warranty on used car now-a-days. I'm approaching this car with a ten foot pole as I'd rather spend a few thousand for something more reliable. Will keep you all posted!
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  2. There is a under body paint in North America called Por15 its an acid based paint, so while applying it will eat through your gloves and destroy your paint brush but it stops rust completely chemically rather than covering it. Its not cheap about $107 Cad a quart. Even if others here may not see this problem now as a preventative idea one may want to paint it this stuff.
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  4. Sorry to see this car go. It's not been used very much hence the very low mileage. It's been kept in a garage over the yrs and has been serviced every year ( paper work included ) Cam belt was change 2 years ago. Good looking car, roof in good condition, viewing is a must. Next MOT due 23/05/2025, Full service history, Blue, 2 owners, £3,500 ONO Located in Dundee.
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  5. Hi its most likely the control stalk on the steering column, strip the cowling away and give it a squirt of contact cleaner whilst working the arm,[ignition off], if that wont work you will need a new control arm set these are joined to a plastic ring and I believe you can't change them individually. Steve.
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  6. Kaci. Please add a text version of your advertisement. Not everyone will open links to external sources.
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  7. Apologies for being curt; I was rather pressed for time. It was persistence that was key. I ascertained the name of the dealer from whom the owner before this one bought the car. Worked out that they ‘normally’ carry out a pre-delivery inspection and service and give the car a fresh MOT. Assumed the MOT and service were carried out at the same garage. Found the name of the MOT centre by asking the vendor to enter his V5C reference no. on the GOV site. Called them only to be told that their digital records only stretch back 3 years, but that they could trawl back through the manual records which extend back further. To my surprise the nice lady at the garage called me later in the day saying that she had found it and did in fact have a digital copy which she duly emailed across to me. Hoorah! HTH.
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  8. I have no idea, but I am a great believer in the saying that if something looks to good to be true it generally is too good to be true. £5 for a wired connector is ludicrously cheap.
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  9. Thank you Gary. I appreciate you trying to help, but as I mentioned earlier I do not download anything from unknown sources. Youtube is an alternative presentation that I have suggested when this difficulty has cropped up previously.
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  10. Sorry, but I will not download anything from untrusted sources. Can you describe the noise instead? Rattle, rumble, squeak, knock, ring, grind, for example. Weird tells us nothing.
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  11. I'd recommend you speak to an auto locksmith. If you go to Audi you'll be charged a fortune
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  12. I'd recommend a diagnostic check to see if any fault codes flag up before changing any parts.
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  13. Thanks a million for the insight Steve, will ring tomorrow and book it in. Cheers
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  14. Hi, myself in a S4 cabriolet and my daughter in a A3 sportback would like to come is this possible..?? can tickets be purchased on the day.?
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  15. Hello Gareth, Ok, understood; and thank you for that. Kind Regards, Kev.
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  16. Hi I think the battery is on its way out, my daughters Q3 just did the same, the battery was just coming up to four years old so bought another Varta battery on line £155.00 if you fit a new battery its wise to fit the same brand which makes it easier to code in. Steve.
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  17. It should be in your drivers manual, right at the start Copy of a PDF from online. for my 2017 A4, but should be the same I'm guessing for yours. Button 5 in the screen shot below.
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  18. Hi all, just fixed the brake servo restricted issue, there are many cheap sensors on eBay, I paid £14.00 and fitted it myself, very simple and straight forward, 10 mins with following pictures and uTube video. Went for a drive and all fixed, no need for an OBD, don't go to Audi if they are asking for £500.00!!!!!
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  20. Known as tyre skip or tyre slip, it's far more noticeable with wider tyres fitted to modern cars. The Ackermann (differential steering on left right wheels) angles can only do so much. It's not just Audis that are affected. All the cars I've had with tyres wider than 255mm do it. My current XJR sits on 265 front and 295 at the rear. At full lock, it sounds horrid as the tyre scrubs, skips, slips along the ground. Ways to avoid - don't apply full lock unless you really need to.
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  21. Hello Ben, Have you searched the forum for the answers to your question? If effect, VAG have recently relaxed their recommendation, and it’s up to you to decide whether you stick with the earlier recommendation, or abide by the new. Perhaps you could let us know what you decide Ben. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  22. Welcome to the forum you'll find the members on here are a friendly and helpful bunch 🙂 Norway is a beautiful country!
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  23. Hi @Magnet Thank you for your reply. I will reach out to LLL and see if they can help. Many thanks Paddy
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  24. Hello Martin, This is not meant to be critical or judgemental, but I believe you entrust your car’s care to the main dealer, because they are the best. By doing so, it sends 2 hours in their workshop, a little time in a valet bay, while you get your free cup of coffee - great - while your wallet gets twitchy about what is going to be extracted from it! Great, if that’s your thing and it gives you peace of mind, but bear in mind, they have work targets to generate income for that dealership. Back to your rear brakes needing doing now:- It would not surprise me at all to find that they don’t actually need changing now ( in caps), and if so no need to worry. Your best friend for any ‘routine maintenance’ is a trusted local garage where you can talk with the chap who will actually be working on your car, rather than a front-of-house- service receptionist. My recommendation would be to try to find that garage, and ask them to let you know what brake pad thickness remains - as a starting point. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  25. Hello the profile is the same as in tyre size but there is a slight difference if you look at the makes of tyre. New uniroyals on the rear and old Bridgestone on front but going to change the fronts to same as rear and see what happens. Fingers crossed it will sort it.
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  26. Hi get the part number off of the unit then go on ebay probably loads of them as they are probably fitted to lots of models in that year or alternatively find a reconditions in your area and get your one refurbed. Steve.
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  27. Hi Pagid are euros own brand and are not E11-E9 marked try on line, Partsinmotion are a good shout as they only do quality stuff such as Febi/Brembo etc. Steve.
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  28. Hi, after taking the gearbox to a specialist, I was told an internal casing for the gearbox had cracked which meant the clutch had fried and the chain had moved out of position also. According to the specialist, too much damage done. Following this event the gearbox specialist pointed out an the gearbox on eBay I should purchase. The most painful part about this is that after fitting this second hand gearbox £500 to fit this also proved that the clutch was slipping on it as well. Although I have done approximately 15,000 miles on this second hand clutch, the problem is when I am on a uphill and moving from idle position it jerkrs very badly or sometimes it doesn't make it. Living in a valley doesn't really help. The point I'm making here is if you are going to purchase a second-hand gearbox make sure you get it tested which can be difficult if it's not mounted on a car. The way to test the clutch is on a incline make sure it doesn't jerk when going up. Hope this helps.
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  29. Thanks Allan, ’…given that I don’t hang about..’ , ‘… I tend to get on…’ , ‘ ….driving at 60mpg ( the legal limit) on a damp road …. ‘ some idiot pops out of a side road… ‘ -all of this points me conclude that you drive ‘enthusiastically’, and I don’t think anyone would recommend budget tyre as being suitable for you. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  30. Hi Zed I replaced my drivers door window reg too and it did exactly the same thing. I used a bit of silicon lube spray on the regulator tracks inside the door (yes, had to remove it, spray it and re-fit it) and that sorted it out. Hope that helps (if not already sorted in the 2 months). Cheers. Chris.
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  31. Hi Gents, I think I have the answer to my handbrake just letting go back in January, I was talking to a guy the other day he was a claims assessor for Direct Line we were discussing the world of Audi and the subject of my handbrake failure came up, complete coincidence but that was what he was going to view, an A4 that had rolled across the company car park where the guy worked and terminated a Fiat 500, [two weeks old], I asked if this was common and he replied yes its due to the battery, the A4 was just four years old and apparently at about that age anything using AGM batteries can have a sudden voltage drop and the handbrake comes off, the manufacturers are aware of this and therefore use EFB batteries which are a lot tougher and not prone to this anomaly on new models. Steve.
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  32. Cam let and water pump is £549 at volksmarques in shafton Barnsley paid it last week dsg box service £259 but mine needed a base gasket too so was extra at £1065 all in
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  33. Hi Adrian don't be nervous as far as your concerned you have bought another Audi and don't need this one squeeze them for as much as you can get, we buy any car are parasites. Steve.
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  34. Please come back to us when you can be bothered to fill in your profile properly. Come on Audi quality joke, are you trying to have a joke on us, on a weekend and requesting free advice, without so much as a please or thank you, and you can’t even be bothered to spend anything more than the minimum effort to ask. Not on! Perhaps I should point out that my reaction is far from our normal style on here, but….
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  35. Hi yes VCDS or OBD Eleven will do the job, the OBD is the cheaper option and just as effective it should identify the rogue injector and allow you to code the new injector, if you don't code the injector it will run rough, the superior scanner will also allow you to re adapt sensors and batteries as well as release the parking brake should you wish to change the pads, [brake service position] it will tell you which speed sensor is playing about, the list is endless, I can recommend OBD ELEVEN PRO as it covers multiple VINS on every vehicle in the VAG range, is all you need is a reasonably new Android phone and away you go. Welcome to the world of modern cars! Steve.
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  36. The oil grade will depend on the climate it is to be used in, so there no one single grade of oil that is ideal around the world, hence the need to consult Audi in your country of use. I have never seen any oil data stickers on cars in Britain, either under the bonnet or elsewhere on the car. Perhaps that is a uniquely American practice. As Magnet mentioned, get the information from Audi.
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  37. You need to see which sensors aren't working, if you have the car plugged in you can monitor the abs sensors, they should read the same or thereabouts. Is the abs light on at all?
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  38. Thanks Allan. As with all ‘comparison tests’, the question which needs to be asked is -who is funding/sponsoring the test? My comments were really aimed at a better understanding of the much-used, and disliked, broad brush term ‘ditch finder’. I think anyone who fits budget tyres to a vehicle which they drive enthusiastically is indeed taking a higher risk than they would by buying well researched premium grades. However, if your diving style is not-getting-anywhere-in-a-hurry, then I wouldn’t automatically dismiss all budget tyres. My point which might have been helpful to other members who drive as the last paragraph is that, of budget brands, Accelera has given me all round satisfaction for my requirements. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  39. Thanks for the update Adrian, and I think your summary does in fact sum it up. You either spend to get the situation sorted ( but certainly not an economical option in my book), or you keep adding oil as it devours it. End result-? Is where you are - so much oil around the spark plug that it can burn it off, and the plug cokes up. What grade oil are you using - in volume! - to top this up? Ask you mechanic to do some homework on a hotter spark plug than that specified. Worth investigating. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  40. Hi did you have this battery coded, if not the BEM will continue to charge at the same rate as the old battery which in record time will cook the new battery and kill it stone dead, seen a few like this in my time and its hard to convince people of the importance of battery coding, half an amp is not an unusual amount and if the battery is in good condition its sustainable, the batteries are massive, damage wise 10-11 volts will kill it. the Adblue control unit is b@ll@cks they either work or they don't as for powering down the whole car never does this as there are alarms, central locking. infotainment all in a low power sleep mode until you hit the unlocking button.
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  41. Good luck with ‘getting your rights’ Shelley. Percy Verance will be your best friend, so keep at it. Perhaps you can continue to keep us posted. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  42. I received a reply, they have declined my rejection stating that the workshop has assessed the whine as a characteristic of the car and as a result no fault was found. He apologised for the damage caused and is checking CCTV and if confirmed caused by them, will offer to repair it free of charge. I have cancelled the appointment I had tomorrow for the vibration/rumbling issue to be diagnosed and repaired, after seeking advice from the consumer rights helpline and I have booked the vehicle in for a second opinion with another dealership, but not until 2nd July! Another mechanic friend of mine has suggested the noise sounds like a bearing in the gearbox or driveshaft/differential bearing. This is what my gut is telling me too! I would not expect a 4 year old Audi to make such a loud noise from a mild hybrid system that isn’t even working throughout the speeds that I’m experiencing the noise. The consumer rights helpline has suggested I formally write a letter using their templates and send by recorded delivery, which I will draft tonight, giving them 14 days to respond. Despite this taking me outside of my 30 days short term right to reject, this should still be honoured as I am making the rejection within the first 30 days. This is going to be a big battle, wish me luck. I have lost all confidence in the dealership now.
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  43. Thanks very much. Will let you know.
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  44. Hi I had this on my A6 Avant. The pipe had come off inside the tail gate. If the clips that hold the tail gate trim on are anything like the A6, they are very fierce and they distort when you try to put the trim back. Might be an idea to have some spares before you do the job Tony
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  45. Hi all, It quite disheartening to see more “loose bolts” and Audi continuing to refuse taking any responsibility or to even attempt to recall 2016-2017 Audi A3s and also the Q3 by the looks of it. From my experience, I was told this was a wear and tear issue but that it wasn’t my fault either? I was without a car for about a week and they charged me £800 including diagnostic fees etc. I stupidly paid this as I desperately needed my car back. I had said to Audi and questioned if there was ever any recall and they had simply told me there was no recall for 16-17 models and this was just a one off thing that can happen. But then I found this page and it was clearly an ongoing issue for many others. I decided against pursuing this further as I didn’t seem to get anywhere with my local dealer. After this experience I haven’t taken my car back to Audi for repairs, only for my MOT’s. I would just like to add that I am very glad no one has been dangerously injured or worse due to this problem. Thanks Sophie
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  46. I have the same problem Cortecs, but I have a 2014 Q5 S Line. In reality I can accommodate the offset pedal, but the transmission ingress and footrest location makes for a very unrelaxed driving position. I think both of these could be resolved by extending the footrest pedal buy 5-10cm forward and I may need to make something from rubber covered timber, because long distances I just cant get comfortable - the space for my left leg/foot is just cramped. I'm surprised there isn't an after market add on.
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  47. Way back in September 2020, I had a road trip planned out - I was to take my car (a modified 2014 A3 S-Line Sportback TDI, called “Lynnedslag” (EN: lightning strike), which was literally my baby at the time) on a road trip from the UK to the Arctic Circle and beyond, to see the Northern Lights. In my head the trip was a perfect combination of three things I really loved - driving my car, Norway (my favourite place on earth), and Photography (gotta get some good pictures when there, right?). Only one problem - the virus who shall not be named. Fast forward a year - August/September 2021: Around this time, right after all the shows for 2021 had finished, i was looking forward to 2022, and was thinking of doing the trip I’d planned before, but in late Feb/early march (for daylight reasons in the arctic). Right before booking the eurotunnel trip (which was already on a credited voucher due to the restrictions in 2020) I had decided to go to Norway to scope out some of the routes I’d like to take - I’ve been to Norway a lot, but planning ahead is always important when it comes to big trips like this. So I had a flight booked for September 6th - the plan was to rent a car, visit friends, and look at some of the places I’d want to drive in the A3 - at least as far up as Trondheim anyway. But then, on September 4th 2021, two days before departing for Norway: Disaster struck! Whilst heading to the post office to send off a parcel, the A3 was involved in a bit of a fender-bender… well ok maybe it was worse than that, it kinda looked like a banana 🍌 The plan was once again shelved. - ROLL ON 2022 - Finally a new year was upon us! Free from the travel restrictions of the previous two years, the world seemed free, accessible, and open once again. Come March I’d already been back to Norway again with my Sister for a week in the snow, and was all snowed-out for the year. Once I returned home, I soon took delivery of my new toy.. a 2007 3.2L V6 Audi TT Quattro! 250BHP of naturally aspirated VR6 fun (pictured to the right) 😁 Rather than waiting again until winter for the northern lights trip (which is still going to happen, next year), I changed tactic: Just get the car I love, over to the place I love! Timing couldn’t be better either, as May was fast approaching, with the first ever Otta Motorfestavalen, shortly followed by the annual Mai 17 celebrations in Norway, which are special in their own right! Following on from this thought, I made my plan carefully. The plan was to schedule the eurotunnel tickets first, and do all the thinking later. Yolo, right? 😂 Financially, it was a tough call to make, as I knew I’d be spending a lot of money on fuel, whilst not working (I’m self employed as a driving instructor). And to add the icing to the cake, the weekend immediately prior to my trip, which would begin on Thursday the 12th of May, I would be flying to Oslo for a Sigrid concert (Fri-Sat), meaning that in the two weeks leading up to my super expensive trip, I’d be working a 4 day week followed by a 3 day week. this will be fun.. but not for my bank account 😂 May 12th, 2022: The big day is finally upon us! Well rested, I packed everything I needed into the car ready for the trip! An inflatable bed, sleeping bag, blackout window stickers (which from the outside look like limo tint when applied to side windows, but are in fact completely black plastic), and food. Lots of food 😂 well, mainly Asda own brand crisps and 13p Tesco own brand spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce 😂 Mechanically-wise, I’d packed a tyre inflator (the TT has no spare), some coolant and engine oil. I also flipped the little metal levers inside the headlights to put the beam pattern into flat-mode, the audi-engineered equivalent to beam converter stickers! One quick last-stop at Halfords too, as for certain European countries you must carry: a fire extinguisher (I already had one), a high-vis jacket (i took this from the A3 when i had it), two breathalysers - which i bought from Halfords, a warning triangle (taken from the A3) and finally a first-aid kit - also bought from Halfords. The journey now commenced. The plan for the journey was to take the M5 from Walsall, down to the M42, then M40 - from here I’d follow the M25 anti-clockwise (to avoid the Dartford toll) and then follow M20 for Folkestone. Should be an easy first leg……. «OR SO I THOUGHT 😅 https://www.buckinghamshirelive.com/news/buckinghamshire-news/m40-lorry-fire-leaves-motorway-7072204 » Driving from Walsall to Oxford was a blast. The trip was going sooo well - maybe I’d jinxed it. BAM: M40 closed for what seemed like all day for a lorry fire! Hours upon hours of stationary traffic, right at the start of the trip 😭 The Eurotunnel booking time came, and went. Eventually the traffic did clear, and around 4 hours after my booking I managed to reach Folkestone: to be greeted with an extra fee to use a later departure. But who cares, Norway awaits.. Fee paid - I’m in France by midnight! After a quick fuel stop in Calais, it was straight through Belgium and soon I was in the Netherlands. I had to ask the guy in the gas station what country I was in to find this out though, as in the dark there isn’t much scenery to be seen! And yes, at this point we’re about 13 or 14 hours into driving (including being stuck and also waiting at Folkestone), and 3 tanks of Petrol in! 5E4022E9-97DB-4832-8915-CA34DCE36E8D.MOV Not long after this five-minute break to find where I’d put my crisps, I reached Germany! and their national speed limit! Officially it is recommended not to exceed 130kmh. Although it is allowed to carefully exceed that limit in de-restricted zones. So that I did! Germany flew by, mostly at 257KPH (160MPH) - the car got a whopping 30L/100km (9 UK MPG) at these speeds. Foot wedged hard into the accelerator on an empty-ish night time Autobahn! Well, several autobahn’s 😂 At these speeds, the cabin did have a feint aroma to it. One that was hard to put a finger on. Kinda pop-corny like you’d get when you step onto a Ryanair 737. Sadly in all the excitement, two things happened - I forgot to hit record on the go-pro, and I also bottomed out over a hump and yeeted the undertray into a weird position. It would have to stay this way until I reached Norway where I would be able to mend it with the help of some good friends! It didn’t affect driving however - but did scrape on some speed bumps. Continuing on, Germany flew by - at almost a tank of petrol every 2 hours or so.. It’s actually quite odd as a Brit, to use petrol pumps that still have the catch installed to allow you to leave it in without holding the handle - as the latch is not allowed in the UK! After rocketing through Germany, I was in Denmark by approximately 8am-9am. It was this point that I realised I could be in for a fuel crisis on my way home if I didn’t start eco-driving. Fortunately the German border was behind me at this point - along with its Autobahns. Denmark went by rather quickly, even with the random border check I was selected for! I took the route across the two giant bridges (for a toll) towards Sweden. I did stop for petrol once in Denmark. (For legal reasons, the following picture, and subsequent pictures, were taken hands free, with a body-mounted camera. No hand-held devices were operated whilst driving) I was crossing the first bridge to Copenhagen around 11AM local. (the in-car clock was still set to UK time) It was only around another 1.5 hours before I was officially in Sweden. and Sweden - don’t underestimate the size of Sweden. By this point i thought Norway would be a short hop away.. I was not amused when i saw the satnav still showed 10 hours remaining! By this point I’d been driving for 24 hours solid (legally speaking, I had several short rest brakes, I call them fuel stops). Sweden was starting to look more like I know of Scandinavia.. but it wasn’t quite Norway just yet.. Although some of the views were still incredible: Sweden did seem to go on for a bit, the speed limits start to reduce as you head further north, and past Gothenburg the E6 towards Norway was closed - so I diverted through the scenic route shown above! The time soon flew by though, and before I knew it, at around 9pm I’d reached the Norwegian border.. Suddenly the scenery changes. Even though you’re meters across from Sweden, you know you’re in Norway. I can sense it, feel it, see it. Home from home! (Well, i have been 6 times in 2 years) It wasn’t long before I’d reached the E6, trundling along at the Norwegian speed limit, which is a moderate-walking-pace in comparison to what I’d been doing up to this point 😂 And an hour later I was crossing the bridge into my favourite city (and hopefully future home) - Lillehammer 💜 From here it was about an hour to my friend’s house, where at around 11pm, and after 36 hours of driving, I reached my destination! An incredible journey, non-stop through the Uk, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - yet my adventure had just begun. There was a reason why I didn’t stop off along the way - that was because the main adventure was yet to begin- in Norway 🇳🇴 Come back for part 2 to see where I went next over the course of the week in Norway - including a car show, a Eurovision party, and the amazing Mai 17th celebrations: and all the gorgeous scenic driving in between! And then in part 3 we will discover how i came back, via a different route, trying to reach the UK before running out of petrol money! Thanks for reading, and See you soon!
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  48. I'll let you know, the initial purchase price is higher but all the other iCarsoft units I've used on Jaguars and Mercedes have all been spot on, the other thing is I am always more than happy to lend it out to anyone in reasonable driving distance.
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