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About Frodo

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    Porsche Boxster S
  • Birthday 02/02/1972

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  • Location
    Eastbourne
  • Interests
    Yeah right like I have time for them!
  • Occupation
    Technical Specialist (IT)
  • Car Make
    Paul Bendall
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    Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TDi Quattro S-Line
  1. Funny IT/web stories

    Going home at 7pm is an early finish for me
  2. Not quite the end of the world is it?

    That's the second iPhone alarm issue this year after they didn't update properly when the clocks went back
  3. Just got an XBox 360 S

    Like the look of Bad Company 2, downloading it now. Not very often I get to play on our Xbox as it is usually one of the rugrats on it
  4. Windows Phone 7

    Anyone got one? If so what model and what is your impression? I've have a HTC Mozart on Orange but I'm heavily bias towards Microsoft as their software pays my mortgage. Paul
  5. Sorry didn't see this when you originally posted, thanks for the comment so interesting information
  6. S-Tronic and driving on ice

    I've had my Jetta 1.6TDi since September with 7-speed DSG, previously I've had a string of Audi's but all manual. Interested in other people's experience of driving with a S-Tronic gearbox during the current conditions? A couple of things I've noticed is it is great to have tiptronic so I can can select a lower gear for engine breaking or higher gear for slower acceleration. However, you can't force the car into 2nd to start from stop and even once going you can't force it into second. The car will drive forward slowly when you take your foot off the brake, this to some extent overcomes the problem of not being able to force a higher gear. Driving without any pressure on the accelerator is helpful and with a little forward momentum you can feather in the accelerator. The one thing I discovered yesterday when trying to avoid a slow speed collision on sheet ice (and failing) was coming off the brake with car in gear it will drive forward. Not helpful when you are trying to loose speed and steer out of the collision rather than brake. On reflection I skidded under braking, came off the brake to steer away from the rear of the other car. But the car didn't loose any speed as, I believe, the was driving me forward. In hindsight I could have either pushed the gear into N or stayed on the brakes and steered hoping the ABS would assist. Although I'm not sure if ABS works below 5mph? Paul #Cross-posted in VW chat under DSG
  7. I've had my Jetta 1.6TDi since September with 7-speed DSG, previously I've had a string of Audi's but all manual. Interested in other people's experience of driving with a DSG gearbox during the current conditions? A couple of things I've noticed is it is great to have tiptronic so I can can select a lower gear for engine breaking or higher gear for slower acceleration. However, you can't force the car into 2nd to start from stop and even once going you can't force it into second. The car will drive forward slowly when you take your foot off the brake, this to some extent overcomes the problem of not being able to force a higher gear. Driving without any pressure on the accelerator is helpful and with a little forward momentum you can feather in the accelerator. The one thing I discovered yesterday when trying to avoid a slow speed collision on sheet ice (and failing) was coming off the brake with car in gear it will drive forward. Not helpful when you are trying to loose speed and steer out of the collision rather than brake. On reflection I skidded under braking, came off the brake to steer away from the rear of the other car. But the car didn't loose any speed as, I believe, the DSG was driving me forward. In hindsight I could have either pushed the gear into N or stayed on the brakes and steered hoping the ABS would assist. Although I'm not sure if ABS works below 5mph? Paul #Cross-posted in Audi chat under S-Tronic
  8. DSG (S-Tronic) Comparison

    Nice video comparison of 0-60 in a VW Golf R one with, one without DSG VW Golf R: DSG vs. manual comparison video ? The German Car Blog
  9. audi a3 2.0 tdi dpf probs help!!

    My A4 170BHp 2.0TDi had a problem this week with the DPF which I detailed in this thread, http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/audi-a4-s4-cabrio/126099-dpf-software-updates.html The dealers stated that Audi have a service bulletin out for the DPF pressure sensor
  10. Audi Allroad A4 2.0T Quattro S-tronic

    Back on track that looks like one gorgeous car you've got there. I wish Audi would put S-Tronic on more of the A4 range, especially the diesel version
  11. 170 Sportback DPF 'Problems'

    I've had a similar problem with the DPF pressure sensor on my A4 which I've detailed in the A4 forum (http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/audi-a4-s4-cabrio/126099-dpf-software-updates.html#post1486550)
  12. Evening all, Been a while since I've posted but just thought I'd let you know of a problem I've had and the solution. As of a few weeks ago the DPF light came on on a trip home but then went out the next morning . Thought nothing of it until yesterday when I tried to pull away from a roundabout and had much less power than normal (bit hair raising at the time as I've become a bit complacent with quick pullaway using the Quattro grip). Anyway looking down at the instrument panel I had an amber DPF warning light and a flashing amber coil symbol. I'm assuming the car had gone into limp home mode hence the loss of power. Anyway I stopped the car and gave it a reboot ;o), power off, power on) but no joy. I was running on fumes so decided to head for a petrol station fill up and see what happened (hmmm re-reading that sentence I went to a petrol station but filled up with diesel). On the way the amber coil light went off and power was restored, filled up with diesel and the DPF was off when I restarted so thought nothing more whilst driving the 35 miles to work. On the way home as soon as I left work I got the DPF warning light followed by the amber coil light and loss of power. Heading home I had periods of normal behaviour with no warning lights, just the DPF light on and DPF & coil light. So those were my symptons and this morning I took the car into Eastbourne Audi. I've dealt with the service department before and they are very helpful (although I think they are a little scared of me as I once had a phone heated argument with Audi UK Customer Service in their showroom) I described the symptons to Russell, who's been there a while and handled my clutch problem in the A3 (which was the argument I had with Audi UK). He immediately said that their was a service bulletin relating to the DPF Pressure sensor but wasn't sure if it was for the 140 or 170 version of the 2.0TDi. Anyway I left the car with them as they didn't have the part but their sister dealership in Brighton did and were going to send it across. I picked the car up this evening and it is all fixed. The DPF pressure sensor was replaced and determined as faulty. In addition they did some other work described in other service bulletins effecting my car: - Luggage boot 12v connection can become faulty - Software update to resolve known problems with boot light staying on and oil pressure light coming on as a false positive. My problem sounds very similar to the discussion in the A3 thread (http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/audi-a3-s3-cabrio/110851-170-sportback-dpf-problems.html) so I am very grateful to the service department at Eastbourne for diagnosing the problem and resolving all under warranty. Hope this helps others Paul
  13. Torsen vs Haldex

    It's 30/70 according to All Wheel Driven - Audi's quattro generations Cue VT;
  14. Torsen vs Haldex

    This site seem to give you all the answers. All Wheel Driven - Audi's quattro generations Torsen is now at generation 5 and is a 40:60 split from to rear. The site has some great videos to show how the generations have changed the way cars handle. Haldex is now at generation 4 and should now be proatcive rather than reactive due to the pretensioing. All Wheel Driven - Haldex all wheel drive system Again from the site it would suggest Audi has only used generation 1 and 4 of the Haldex system: All Wheel Driven - Audi all wheel drive explained Oh and as a disclaimer and some very wise words this is an excellent summary of 4WD/AWD as a safety feature All Wheel Driven - All wheel drive safety concerns And just for completeness here is the Scooby stuff which from the comments looks less easy to understand as they seem to change between versions and even countries with the same model. All Wheel Driven - Subaru all wheel drive explained HTH
  15. BMW X drive coming over to the UK!

    Quite an interesting site discussing the various Quattro generations: All Wheel Driven - Audi's quattro generations Also has info on XDrive and most other AWD systems