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  1. Dynaudio - whats occurring?

    Matt, is that a good or bad thing?! Does it work with itunes and if so how?
  2. Dynaudio - whats occurring?

    Thanks for the info Snoopy. Has anybody used the 30gb before in other vw's and know how it works with music?
  3. Dynaudio - whats occurring?

    Just ordered my Scirocco today, and went for the Sat NAv + Dynaudio option. Now it's not everyday you spoon £1,500 on something you know bog all about. Therefore, can anyone enlightnen me on what it's like and in particular how the 30gb HD works?
  4. Has anyone got any pics of the standard seats, all I can find is pics of the leather or the alacantra (or whatever it's called). Also, does anyone know what colours you can have with the std seats, or is black only? Finally, does anyone got a pdf version of the Scirocco brochure, I still can't get the pony VW website to work....
  5. Scirocco now on VW web site with options

    So it wasn't just me that had technical issues with the crappy VW website. I've had all the issues mentioned, and the e-mail that directs me to something that doesn't work / isn't available yet! Given how long it's been like this, I'm pretty suprised that someone in VW hasn't sorted it out yet. For f**ks sakes, all I want to do is take a look at the brochure, and at a push look at a few pics of the Scirocco that isn't in Blue or White, or god forbid, spec up a car to my config that I can then ORDER!!! I don't want to spend 220 hours waiting for a blank page or pointless bit of info to download. Or more likely crash my explorer. Jeysus, sort it VW....
  6. First impressions of the new Scirocco

    Another pretty good review from the Sunday times posted below (not JC), although as usual there's too much focus on the dull stuff such as high boot if anyone cares. Cars with poor feedback via the steering wheel seems to be the way of the world on any car outside a Lotus Elise these days..... Gavin Conway Thirty-four years after Volkswagen launched the Mk 1, with its gorgeously proportioned, knife-sharp lines from the desk of the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, comes the new Scirocco. It may be a Golf GTI underneath the metal sculpture but the Scirocco is 40mm longer, 51mm wider and a full 97mm lower at the roofline than the GTI. These are big numbers and it shows. Park a Golf beside a Scirocco and the former looks like a sad frump. A third of a century may have elapsed but the new car does the same job the cultish Scirocco did back then – takes ordinary, reliable, proven VW mechanicals and wraps them in a form that will make people point and smile. There are some delicious design details. The dramatic taper of the rear upper body towards the tailgate results in hugely muscular flanks, a feature emphasised by the shallow rear side glass. And to keep the roofline sweep nice and low all the way to the back, the hatch hinges live under two little roof blisters. That’s just so neat. The front end is equally eye-catching, with its chrome headlamp surrounds and wide, thin grille. The VW badge has migrated from the grille to the bonnet. It’s a look that you should get used to – VW has dropped strong hints that the next-generation Golf will take styling cues from the Scirocco’s nose. Grab the door handle and pull and the first thing that’ll strike you is how big the pillar-less doors are. The next thing you’ll notice is how low and snug the driving position is and what a great range of reach and rake adjustment the steering wheel has. The steering wheel itself, fat and squared off at the bottom, feels terrific in the hands. And the sense of quality in the cabin’s materials and construction is instantly apparent, although rear vision isn’t great because of the shallow rear glass and imposing rear headrests. As always, you pay a price for the style. The back seats aren’t bad for short trips, but your hair will stick to the ceiling if you’re much more than 6ft tall, and two adults will enjoy intimate shoulder contact. Then there’s the view through the letterbox rear side windows. Or, rather, there isn’t. The style penalty continues with the boot, which is predictably small (58 litres less capacity than in the Golf GTI), but the rear seats fold down so you can put large objects in. Which you may not want to do, because the load lip for the boot is very high. Again, VW explains that this was necessary aesthetically – any lower and the car’s bum would look ungainly. When the Scirocco hits showrooms on September 1, it will have a 197bhp 2 litre turbocharged engine, with a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s excellent six-speed DSG dual-clutch auto with paddle shifters. Early in 2009 a 158bhp 1.4 litre engine with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG, as well as a 138bhp 2 litre turbo diesel, will join the range. Under the skin the Scirocco is also well designed. It has a wider front and rear track and a lower centre of gravity than the Golf GTI. It comes with something called adaptive chassis control, which alters the damper stiffness according to how the car is being driven. It has sport and comfort modes too – you’re nothing in this business without modes. I tried the 2 litre turbo petrol with the DSG transmission (a £1,330 option). In normal mode, the Scirocco behaves like a grand tourer: high-speed cruising is refined and relaxing. Engage sport mode, though, and the Scirocco can be punted along twisting mountain roads with surprising haste, the DSG transmission holding each gear to the red line and executing seamless downshifts, complete with a blip of the throttle. Even with its beautifully balanced handling and outstanding body control, though, the Scirocco felt strangely inert. Perhaps it was the steering, which lacked feedback, even in sport mode. I’d love to drive the Scirocco back to back with the top Golf GTI. It wouldn’t be a walkover for either, I reckon. The truth is, the Scirocco probably drives just as well as it needs to. Because the salient point here is how you look when you arrive, not the fun you had in getting there. Vital statistics Model Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI Engine type 984cc, four cylinders Power/torque 197bhp @ 6000rpm / 206lb ft @ 1700rpm Transmission Six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic Fuel/CO2 37.2mpg (combined cycle) / 179g/km Performance 0-62mph: 7.1sec. Top speed: 146mph Road tax band E (£170 for 12 months) Price £22,270 Verdict Great-looking cruiser with plenty of dynamic ability Date of release September 1 The opposition Model Volvo C30 T5 R-Design SE Sport, £21,285 For Probably the best-handling Volvo ever Against Engine can be thirsty when pushed Model BMW 125i SE, £23,425 For Superb build quality, great engine Against Still looks a bit odd
  7. The Specification and Colour Thread

    Agree £400 is expensive for bluetooth, but then pretty much all factory fitted options are. Personally, I think all new cars should come with it as standard as an essential safety item, but I guess car makers aren't going to lose the margin they make on selling this as an option. BTW, my current Fiat Panda 100hp that cost me under £8k new (bought as an interim car to fill the gap between my old company car that I gave back in March and the new Scirocco launch in Sedpt!) has it standard + a multifunction steering wheel, proving that it can be done on the cheap...
  8. The Specification and Colour Thread

    Is there no bluetooth option?!
  9. Greetings all! I'm in the market to buy a new 3 door 1 series, either a 120d or 130i, but I'm really struggling to find any pics or info on them. Here's what I want to know:- 1. Could anyone post pics of the 3 door M sport that isn't the Ltd Edition (i.e. with the normal alloys)? 2. 120d (the new higher powered engine)...what's it good for? Has anyone driven it back to back with the older 120d? 3. Vs the new 120d, is the 130i worth the extra? 4. Anyone got any thoughts about getting a white one vs the usual Le Mans Blue?! Any help would be really apprecaited. For info, I like a drivers car (previous cars include Scoobies, VX220T, Golf GTI 2.0t, & my current car is a Focus ST) but looking for something a little more economical with RWD this time round... Cheers all!!
  10. Will someone write a 2.0 TFSI Review

    I've had mine now for nearly 6 months, and driven 13k miles... Version: 2.0T FSI S-Line (18" alloys) FWD Manual Overall, I'm really pleased with it. Having said this, I've thrown my rose-tinted specs away to give you an honest assessment!....Here's the pro's and cons: Pros: *The engine is indeed a jem. Far smoother than the old 1.8t 4-pot, and strong, linear delivery from 2k revs, with a marked increase in power over 4.5k RPM. It gets much better over 7-8k miles. *Steering is better than most old-school A4's, it's pretty direct, although it does sometimes feel a bit artificial *Usual strong build quality, although mines getting quite a few stonechips on the flared front wheelarches. I might just have been unlucky? Good stereo, even in non-Bose form. *33-35 MPG, although drive hard and you'll pay the price! And the not so good bits: *The performance is badly affected by increased weight (i.e. 2+ passengers). I would suggest that if you drive often with passengers, this is where the 3.2 might be better *Understeer, and lack of traction on the FWD is a right pain in the a*se. This car is great on sweeping A-roads, but pretty hopeless on tighter roads....I imagine the new Golf GTi or the new BMW 2.0d would leave mine for dead. In the wet, it's a nightmare...if you can afford the Quattro, this is much more balanced. *You can't get all the power down in 1st gear without the TC kicking in and spoiling things, unless you've got warm tyres on a very smooth road! *On the 18" wheels, tyre noise is quite noticable on the M'ways, and the ride is quite hard (although nowhere near as hard as the A3 S-line). The trouble is, you don't really get any handling benefit from this, in fact, the car seems to just 'skip' over rougher road surfaces rather than dig in, and so traction and understeer kicks in once more. *The weather really seems to affect the engine's power output. On some days you really can feel quite a differnce, although this is the same with most cars I guess!
  11. Some bastard has scratched my baby :(

    If it's any comfort, we had our motor done by some goons in a similar fashion a few months back. We got ours done for less than £300, so whilst it's bloddy annoying, it ain't worth claiming for....
  12. Decision made - order placed

    I've just realised that this is argument is slightly flawed due to the fact that I've never driven an S4 & you've not driven the 2.0t! Anyway, what he hell... 1. I'm not suggesting that the 2.0t is better than the S4 motor to drive, 'cos clearly it isn't, but sadly my company car list doesn't stretch as far as the S4! However, whilst the B7 2.0t is not perfect (especially re: handling poise), it's a good all-rounder, and the engine's the clear highlight. 2. The 2.0t is significantly better than the 1.8t (having had a Golf Gti 180 I can vouch for this), and a totally different engine, so you can't compare the 2. 3. I know what you're saying about town driving, but personally, I still don't really have a problem with not having massive pull below 2k revs, it really never is an issue. Ever*. 4. Breaking the speed limit is not always directly related to engine revs... *Apart from 6th gear, which kills performance at any speed!
  13. Decision made - order placed

    OK... It's not rubbish, just not as sweet at the 2.0t!
  14. Decision made - order placed

    [ QUOTE ] And, what happens below 2k? I'd guess the answer is the same as it was on the 1.8T - NOT MUCH. As far as I can see the very low rev performance and non-linearity when the turbo blows in is still the achillies heal of all turbo applications. People have disguised it very well but no-ones cured it. [/ QUOTE ] Can't agree with the above. To be exact, the power's fine from 1.7k revs....why do you need any power below this when it revs to 6.5k, unless you drive like your grandad in a Micra...? After this, it DOES deliver linear power, and the extra power you get over 4.5k is no different to the way many V6's or similar deliver their power. Even the throttle response is almost as good as non turbo engines (although I admit still not perfect)... You can't compare the performance and delivery of the 2.0t FSI engine to the old crappy 1.8t VAG unit, which was always dull to drive, and frankly, rubbish.
  15. St Davids Hotel and Spa - Cardif

    I've also stayed there, and it's no 5 star, more a glorified holiday Inn. Give it 3 years and they'll struggle to justify the high room charges. And why do they only have a poxy Alba 12" TV in the junior suite??!! Rubbish!