van or estate?

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Re: van or estate?

Postby WP101 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:43 pm

^^you probably cant go wrong using haynes or bentley manuals for VW

make sure engines warm before draining oil. dont overfill
Philshoz wrote:When we sell this place I have a few grand earmarked for one of these. Definately NOT surf friendly........but I want one.Mercedes-SLK


now theres a man confident in his sexuality :lol:

Buy genuine oils and filters, bugger all price difference really and its a good idea to get your face known at the dealer, (the parts guys are pretty cool i find :D) as theres some parts they alone supply, you will get a discount eventually, i get 15% and im not in the trade and it saves the risk of fitting shitty chinese parts that will fail prematurely.

Cant believe kwit fit are still around..total effin cowboys!! avoid!
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Re: van or estate?

Postby defever » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:31 pm

Yup Haynes Manual for my new car is on its way. I've already fixed my rear wiper jet with help from an Audi enthusiast forum and will be tackling my door drop and LCD display on the dashboard. They'll take some of my time but will certainly keep my back pocket warm.

I'd be keen to do oil change myself if its just drain, change filter, and re-fill. Doesn't sound too technical and it sounds doable on a quiet road-side/car park with a purchase of a jack stand and an ordinary box of tools.

For full service, I may ask a garage so the service will be "officially" evidenced and they can flag any problems with a car. I might also invest on "on-board disgnostics" software to check anything wrong with the car PRIOR to visiting a garage so I don't get lured into their Jedi Mind Grease Trick...he.
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Re: van or estate?

Postby reserves » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:55 pm

defever wrote: I might also invest on "on-board disgnostics" software to check anything wrong with the car PRIOR to visiting a garage so I don't get lured into their Jedi Mind Grease Trick...he.


I purchased the proper cable for this http://www.ross-tech.com/ expensive (around £250) but it's been worth it for me.

Happy to lend it out if anyone needs to scan their VW / Audis
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Re: van or estate?

Postby defever » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:07 pm

reserves wrote:Happy to lend it out if anyone needs to scan their VW / Audis


Thanks, that's a very kind offer. There's a geographical list on one of the million VW forums of guys with diagnostic cables and I'm sure there's someone with it just down my road.

Is it easy to use? I'm keen on investing it (maybe not for now as I haven't really looked into it yet), but I have Mac instead of Windows...
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Re: van or estate?

Postby WP101 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:14 pm

ive had my blue £15 ebay cable and vcds lite for 10 years now..done me fine
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Re: van or estate?

Postby reserves » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:09 am

WP101 wrote:ive had my blue £15 ebay cable and vcds lite for 10 years now..done me fine


Good point, thinking back I needed the full version to fit Cruise Control & Sat Nav to mine, the lite version is good for general scanning.

Nice to support the guys making the software by buying a genuine cable though.
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Re: van or estate?

Postby Gogmagog » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:51 am

defever wrote:I have been looking at cars on streets (...no, not to steal) and I see more Ford estates than any other estates, may be Peugeot next.
Builders' vans are T4 80% of the time and some Vivaro.

Audi and BMW estates around posh part of the town. Immaculate T5 with overkill chrome rear bike racks were also popular on posh streets...

What about SAAB (I saw 95 model this morning, RIP) estate? Has anyone owned one and found it useful as surf related vehicle? SAAB is like Marmite, I think. You either love it or hate it.


I have a Saab 93 estate, £3000, 120k on the clock. It is my long haul lugger for coastal trips, usually camp rather than sleep in the car, but have done so twice, good tip is to leave boot slightly ajar at night (take boot bulb out of course) to keep air circulating for condensation.

I think Passat or Mondeo might be a better bet as slightly more load space but the Saab pulls like a train on the motorway, is economical and pretty reliable. The only issue with an estate is the ground clearance on lanes and tracks (mine is particularly low however). I was considering a van but could only afford a very old one and the running costs seem too excessive to justify.
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Re: van or estate?

Postby Leven » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:02 pm

This thread is 6 years old....he's probably sorted a new car by now....
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Re: van or estate?

Postby thechimp » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:29 pm

Leven wrote:This thread is 6 years old....he's probably sorted a new car by now....



A DeLorean..........
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Re: van or estate?

Postby Philshoz » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:13 am

My first car was a Triumph Herald estate, bought in 1979. Bit of a rust bucket, £90 well spent in my opinion.
When I met Mrs S that summer I offered her a lift to Hell's Mouth, 1.5 miles away. She said "will the car make it" :lol:
We slept in that a few times that year, happy days.
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Re: van or estate?

Postby JayP » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:05 am

Philshoz wrote:
We slept in that a few times that year, happy days.


I bet you did ! Fnarr fnarr
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