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About wordsman

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    A8 3.0 TDi Quattro Sport


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    A8 3.0 TDi Quattro Sport
  1. Beefing up the standard S4 hifi

    Yes, I've had a drive and listened to the hifi, and I was underwhelmed. But as you say, on a two year lease it's not worth the cost. Any ideas where I could look to research a sub and someone who'd install it for me?
  2. I have an S4 Avant on order. But after enjoying the Bose in my current A8, I'm a little worried the standard hifi might be underwhelming. I'm leasing for 2 years, so it didn't seem worth paying over a grand for the upgraded hifi. Does anyone have ideas for how I could beef it up please? I figured an aftermarket subwoofer would improve things, with the advantage that I can take it out for the next car.
  3. Frustratingly unresponsive throttle on my 3.0 TDi

    I think I'll give them a ring and see if they can check it over :o)
  4. Frustratingly unresponsive throttle on my 3.0 TDi

    Good question, and to be fair, I had an overnight test drive booked for an A6, when my old A8 let me down and I decided i needed something in a hurry. My local Audi had the ideal A8 in stock, which they need to shift before year end, so they did me a ridiculous lease, and I jumped in. I can't even remember how long I drove it for. Since I wrote my message earlier, it occurred to me to try staying in Sport, and using the paddles to shift up when it's hanging on to the revs too long, and it's better, though I guess my mpg will go up a bit. And I'll explore the Individual setting, too. Not sure how much I can play with, but worth a look.
  5. I've had a 2016 A8 3.0 TDi since last March, and always felt the throttle response a bit slack. Drive mode is nice for cruising around, but I have to really stamp on the gas to get enough acceleration at a busy junction. When I do hit the gas, there's still a bit of lag (turbo?) before it lurches off. Sport is much more nimble, but less relaxed because it goes to much higher revs before changing gear. Maybe I'm not anticipating when I'll need the revs at the ready very well, but there doesn't seem to be a happy medium. My last car was the D3 4.2 petrol, which was nice and peppy, so maybe it's getting used to diesel and turbo lag. Does this sound normal? Am I fussing over nothing? Or should I get it checked out? Thanks
  6. Hi I had the Audi MMI unit installed on my 2005 D3 a few years ago. I just downloaded the Audi MMI connect app on my iPhone and registered on audi.com, but it says my car isn't compatible. Is there anything I can do to get podcasts etc playing from the phone? I have podcasts on an old iPhone in the glovebox, attached with the old-style Apple connector, but it'd be nice to do it over Bluetooth with the phone I carry all the time. thanks for your help
  7. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Well it looks like my mechanics have solved it, as far as I can tell. The battery was going into shutdown, which is why the dash lit up but the engine didn't turn. So, new battery and a couple of long journeys next week - let's see if I get stuck! Fingers crossed. To be honest the depressing thing, was looking for a newer car for the £8k or so I recon I'd get for the A8, and seeing what I'd get for the money. Not much fun. Let's hope it'll last me another year so I can save up for a new shape A8.
  8. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Yep no unusual behaviour apart from that, though I'll check the lights. No error messages, but when my mechanic plugged his laptop in initially it told him the problem was with the starter motor which they then replaced.
  9. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Everything lights up OK, but the engine doesn't turn over at all, complete silence.
  10. My A8 isn't starting when it's very warm, like after a 1-2hr drive. My indie audi guys have replaced the starter motor, and then some relays, which sorted it for a couple of weeks. But it's happened again and going back in tomorrow. It's starting to feel like Groundhog Day. Is anyone aware of any known faults, or have any advice? thanks guys
  11. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    I was one of those. Actually used to polish my company car. That was when I was young and didn't have kids, mind. I did buy a car once, found an accident repair document in the glove box, rang the garage and found it had had a serious accident repair. I could hear a faint wind noise from the door which alerted me. The dealer took the car back and gave me a refund!
  12. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    I guess one advantage of being a lease car, is it'll have had any bit of work done, because it's all paid for.
  13. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    He said it's ex-VW Finance, and was owned by a rental company, but can't tell any more about who drove it. I checked with my local indy, who was main dealer for years and he said there's no way they could tell more than that. But he also said that if its VW Approved it should be fine, and you also get their 30 day return guarantee so low risk. Still. Rental company. Makes you think doesn't it?
  14. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    So, I've seen a 2012 with 13,500 miles for £18k. Seems like a bargain, I guess because the MK7 is coming soon. It's with VW Dealer so has their checks and warranty etc. But it's ex VW Finance and was owned by a rental company. I wonder if an ex-rental car, or even the suspicion, is worth avoiding as it could have been hammered. Of course GTi is an odd rental, being thirsty, so maybe it was run by a manager or staff Would you avoid? Or take the risk given it has the VW approved guarantee?
  15. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    Thanks for your responses guys. I take your point about £16k being a lot for a car that'll be 4 years old in the Autumn, and it's sold now, anyway. So I've looked a bit further and discovered that there are lots of 1-year-old GTis kicking about between £18k-£20k+ - with DSG and leather. Not that seems odd to me, they seem too cheap. The spec suggests dealers who ordered too many and now need to get shot of them. But still, given that there are loads of 09/10 cars around the £15/16k mark, the 2012s seem cheap. I might look in that direction instead.