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  1. Hello Richard, Sounds a pleasing end result. It would probably be a well worthwhile insurance to noob treat the car to a quality oil and filter change together with renewing the air filter. Personally, I would only use Mann filters if not using genuine VAG ones. Kind regards, Gareth.
  2. Hello Lore, Sorry to hear of your problem. Repair the pipe? Certainly not recommended, unless you want to risk wrecking your engine via. loss of coolant. If this were mine, I would take your video along to the nearest main dealer and order a new pipe. It would be worthwhile thoroughly checking the other pipes to ensure they are servicable. Kind regards, Gareth.
  3. No jet wash with alloy wheel cleaner then. Surely, if the supplying dealer has rubbed these down on 3 occasions in an attempt to rectify the rusting issue then the time involved will already have grossly exceeded the cost of new replacement parts. If it were mine, I would be a trip to the Citizens Advice and take their advice on a reasonable course of action. Kind regards, Gareth.
  4. Perhaps I’ve missed the detail, but I would have thought the two important points to state in an advert for a car for sale would be the year and the price. Oh, perhaps there would be another question - this wouldn’t be a free trade sale advert would it?
  5. Hello Andy, I as not too pleased that mine on the 2006 A3 only lasted about 10 years before they started falling apart! Re. rubbing down and respraying:- I just cannot see the sense in doing that since the rust will never be removed by rubbing down, and I would anticipate that they have to be removed to do that. Why not simply renew them? As a matter of interest Andy, how is the car generally washed? Kind regards, Gareth.
  6. Hello Ben, I sympathise with your problem and your understandable concern, and I think you will be wise to along with Trevor’s advice. One thing I would add is that you may well need to change the actual wheel since the will have at least taken additional stresses even if they have not elongated - which I would be surprised if they haven’t. I can well understand your discontent with this tyre company, but I think you might find when you look at the receipt that there will be a recommendation to check and retighten the wheel nuts after x miles, so they put the responsibility for rechecking back on the customer. This statement is generally standard wording. Kind regards, Gareth.
  7. Hello Ray, It seems like you have worked really hard to rectify this issue. From the initial symptom of starting and immediately stalling it might point to an immobiliser issue - if the car is fitted with one, which I would suspect it is even though it is 20 year old. Perhaps you could let us know if an immobiliser is fitted, and if so, if you have investigated this as a possibility. Kind regards, Gareth.
  8. Hello Nick, Cutting to the chase:- so Dunlop are crediting you for the ‘loss of mileage’ that results in you having to renew these tyres now rather than where they wear to the legal limit! Don’t tell us the compensation is conditional on buying replacement Dunlop tyre. Great and generous?? Not in my book. So simple question - if someone had lost your life as a result of these defective tyres, are we on the right lines in believing that the compensation would be the same? I doubt it. If it were me I would consider myself simply under qualified to discuss any technical or monetary detail with them, and would be leaving that to those with a legal background. Good luck with sorting it out, and indeed it would be great to know how you get on. Kind regards, Gareth.
  9. Hello Nick, I would strongly advise you to retain one (typical) faulty tyre. ‘BBC Watchdog may be my next port of call’ . If it were me, I would be alerting them of the issue while you deal with Dunlop. Perhaps you could let the forum know how you get on. Kind regards, Gareth.
  10. Hello Mezaros, I feel you will need to give the forum more information about this problem if we are going to be able to help you. Kind regards, Gareth.
  11. Hello Dave, Sorry to hear of yet another example of issues with these tyres. As you will now know from studying this forum - you are not the first, and probably won’t be the last, to experience serious, potentially life threatening issues with these tyres. Although I sympathise with your misfortune, it must be said that the next move is up to you:- Do you now intend to change any other tyres of the same type on the car, before they endanger your and other road users lives? Do you intend to follow this up with Dunlop? It would be great to know how you get on from here. Kind regards, Gareth.
  12. Hello Charlie, In my experience, displayed fault lights disappearing on switching off and switching on again is not uncommon. Maybe too simplistic, but such fault lights/messages can occur where the battery voltage or efficiency is below par. Appreciating the car is only 5 years old, batteries now have a hard life with stop/start systems and are more likely to suffer shorter service lives. Dont quote me! since I’m trying to get my aging brain around these systems, but there could now be two batteries fitted to your car. Where you stand with faults with a car bought as a private sale? It all depends on how the car advertisement was worded. If any ( particularly written) reference is made to its overall condition then the vehicle should match that condition. Verbal assurances - obviously more difficult to prove. Condition matching the advertised wording often leads to descriptions such as ‘drives, runs, stops’ , limiting the comeback on private sales. Good luck in getting it sorted. Kind regards, Gareth.
  13. Hello Melanie, Difficult without have an idea of a budget. Perhaps a personalised number generally available from ‘reasonable’ prices up - possibly direct off the DVLA cherished number sale website. If that is too expensive then you would need let us know. Kind regards, Gareth.
  14. Hello ‘C’, It would be worth arming yourself with an aerosol of genuine contact cleaner and spraying this into the fuse box/ holders while wiggling each fuse. Although fuses may not be blown - due to a short circuit- there may be a high contact resistance resulting in an open circuit. Be careful how and where this contact cleaner gets to since I would not be convinced it doesn’t react with some paintwork. As mentioned earlier, check the bonnetbis firmly closed. Not sure if that applies to the earlier models, but certainly does to the later ones. Perhaps you could let us know how you get on. Kind regards, Gareth.