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  1. Exactly! It's amazing the number of times people just click "ok" to the message box when they login without realising the consequences of what they've just agreed to.
  2. If push comes to shove, nothing is really "private" when using company assets.
  3. B7 Change 12v socket to ignition switched

    Don't use the cigarette lighter socket. I used to have a road angel type of thingy in my B7 but I bought a cigarette lighter socket from the high street and wired it in to the Drivers side fuse panel then tapped off one of the switched supplies. Sorry I can't remember which fuse but using a DVM you should be able to find it easily enough. As long as you don't mind having the TomTom next to the offside "A" pillar it looks nice and neat with no trailing cables anywhere.
  4. A6 Fuel Economy

    Ok here's my experience so far. I recently had to do a return trip from Plymouth to Brockworth, Gloucester and thought I'd test the consumption and ACC on my 3.0 Avant. I filled up at the local Tesco and the trip said I had 620 miles range so off I went and set the ACC to 70. I wasn't in a hurry so wasn't too bothered about the speed, it did get mildly annoying when people would pull in right in front of you and the system would slow you down but I persevered. 2 hours 15 minutes later at Junction 11A on the M5 the trip said I had 645 miles range and I had an average for the trip of 49.5mpg - I was pretty impressed. For the return I set the ACC to 75 and still managed to get 47.3mpg. I know the trip isn't 100% accurate but still....I was happy. So, IMHO you can get good results but you have to weigh it up against your normal driving style and whether or not you mind being overtaken all the time by near enough everything bar HGV's.
  5. A6 avant fuel economy

    Just checked again on the way home tonight and thought I'd better qualify my earlier claim. The car was reading 40.9 by the time I got home but when I started the journey it was only 32.1, bear in mind these are both average figures so it's not all bad.
  6. A6 avant fuel economy

    Mine's a manual 59 plate, dunno if that makes a big difference but I did hear that the auto is a bit more thirsty.
  7. A6 avant fuel economy

    I've got the 3.0 Quattro Avant and regularly get 40 - 42 MPG on my 12 mile A Road commute, I did manage 47 MPG on a recent trip up the M5 but I did keep it at 75. I was unlucky enough to have to use Audi Assist last year due to my water pump dying and they gave me a 2.0 saloon which struggled to get more than 35 MPG.
  8. New a6 allroad 3.0 diesel - water pump failure!

    Dunno about 7-10 days average.... My A6 was recovered to the dealer on 30th November and I'm still waiting, I'm sure the recent weather has been a factor in re-supply but even so, it's been nearly 6 weeks! Arghhh!
  9. Anyone got auto-dimming door mirrors?

    You'll also need deep pockets! IIRC the glass is extremely expensive, in excess of £150 each. I looked at doing this on mine as I've got the auto dimming RVM as a factory fit and I noticed I already had the wiring within my mirror housing. I didn't bother when I found out the price.
  10. Retrofit electric folding mirrors

    No idea I'm afraid but I can tell you that they don't actually "Auto Fold". You still have to switch them in and out from the control on the door switch. It's a pity that they don't swing in and out with the door locking/unlocking.
  11. stereo removal keys needed - south west

    Sounds expensive. I think I'll make do with it the way it is. Cheers.
  12. stereo removal keys needed - south west

    Craig, Since I replaced my Concert II+ with the RNS-E I get the following error. 1 Fault Found: 00858 - Connection; Radio ZF Output to Antenna Amplifier 007 - Short to Ground Is that related to your comments above? Can it be resolved? It all works ok it's just annoying to see the error in Vag-Com all the time. TIA.
  13. I'm hoping the TSN collective can help me out here with an idea of how much this A2 is worth. I've seen one on the forecourt of a local independent advertised at £8.5K but i thought it was quite expensive considering the condition. It's a 2004 53 plate 1.4 TDI Sport with 42K on the clock. The bodywork hasn't been looked after and is quite badly scratched in a few places, the wheels (17")are very badly scuffed and kerbed. I don't have any idea of previous owners or service history yet but I was hoping that someone on here might have access to a Glasses guide to give me an idea. TIA
  14. Advice Please - How much is this worth

    Good link and lots of info, thanks.
  15. Advice Please - How much is this worth

    Thanks for that. I'm going to go and have a look at it this morning so I'll find out more about its history and spec. It's been a while since I've haggled for a second hand car so I wanted to find out a rough idea before I went. Thanks. BTW, does it still place you in a good position (as a buyer) if you can pay cash and have nothing to part exchange?
  16. Look at the gallery shots of my car to see the Optics Pack. (I added the silver mirrors myself, they're not standard)
  17. Mine also came with Alcantara trimmed wheel, gearlever and handbrake as well as RS style metal pedals.

    Thanks for putting this together Ari, it would've been good to see a few more people but I'm guessing the threat of rain kept many away. Sorry for running away early but I'd promised the other half a trip to Portland on the way back to Plymouth. How did the weather pan out for the rest of the afternoon at Drusillas because it was glorious in Weymouth & Portland? Anyway, it was nice to see those who did make it and hopefully it'll be better weather next time round.

    Looks like we're in for a dry day - hopefully!! See you all there.
  20. Photoshop Girl (slight WW)

    [ QUOTE ] Many men find beer has the same effect........... [/ QUOTE ]
  21. Gutted, feel like I am going to crack

    So sorry to hear of your loss Az, I can only echo the sentiments of others and wish you well during these difficult days.
  22. Hockenheim Audi R8 Racetrack Experience

    I recognise one of the instructors, Harald Büttner was one of them when I did my ADE at Silverstone last month. He sure knows how to drive. Smokes like a chimney too! Those instructors must have one of the best jobs in the world, even if it involves a fair bit of globetrotting.
  23. Collision: would you tell the Police?

    [ QUOTE ] IIRC you only have to inform the police if someone is injured in the accident. Glad your wife and littun are OK. Jon. [/ QUOTE ] Or public property is damaged. Hope everything gets sorted ok.
  24. SORN

    Hopefully the TSN collective can help me out here. I'm looking at getting another car for the mrs and the one I've got my eye on is currently advertised as being SORN'd. Am I allowed to take it for a test drive? Does my own insurance cover it or will it have to be taxed by the present keeper before it's even allowed on a road? If that's the case then it kinda makes it unsaleable. TIA.