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I had a SEAT rental in Spain and a Renault in the UK, both manual, no issues with either, both our cars here in Auckland are manual again no issues in traffic

driver not steerer?
General Discussion / Re: Breakers in Wellington
« Last post by wgtngti on July 21, 2019, 09:47:47 pm »
Gazley Lower Hutt give a VASK discount. 
General Discussion / Re: Plenty of life left in the manual gearbox, says Volkswagen
« Last post by Horch on July 21, 2019, 09:47:03 pm »
My Euro driver is optioned with a 9 spd auto which I tend to drive in manual mode in Auckland traffic.

How many buyers enquire about manual gearbox availability in NZ today .... Zip! Yeah you do get from time to time a genuine old school troglodyte demanding a box of cogs because he can drive like Lewis Hamilton on any given Sunday.

Demand ceased mid-late  90ís with the intro of intelligent transmissions with dynamic shift program technology. They are faster, cleaner and simply meet millennial buyer demand.

As a buying nation we do not accept base models and as such sell more RS, AMG and M Sport model variants per capita than most European countries.

Buyer behaviour may only change with a intro of a vehicle emission or luxury tax... hang on a minute ... did Jacinda mention this recently..?

BTW ever Googled Tesla, e-tron, EQC, iPace manual. ?

From my observation of living in Europe, most cars are base models and manuals are the cheapest. Compared to countries like NZ or Japan where the spec level is usually high end-ish, but still overpriced and lame (eg. Halogen lamps on a 2019 GTI ffs???)

Also, driver training is a big thing - you have to spend so much money on training to get a licence and one of the key areas is car control.

In the Philippines, where iím originally from, almost all vehicles are manual (buses, taxis, jeepneys) as they are the cheapest options. Even with 3-4 hour traffic jams, everyone gets by.

General Discussion / Re: mighty car mods buy a MK4 and go to Wothersee
« Last post by 80 Vert on July 21, 2019, 06:00:36 pm »
Awesome,  check out those roads.  Stuff we can only dream of here.
It's Jeff. Been watching him for ages, I like what he does.
Mk2 Golf - Jetta - Corrado / Re: KJET 8v to 16v swap
« Last post by mk2mitch on July 21, 2019, 05:49:39 pm »
Okay, I so decided to scrap all the 8v stuff and patch in and the 16v loom. Half of the wires were labelled incorrectly so after some wiring diagrams from black16v I was able to get everything to go to the right place.
I've done a lot of fiddling around with it but I can't get it to idle at all, it just dies.  When cold, it has a slight hesitation before revving up but once warm it revs pretty smooth but still wont catch idle.
I did originally thought it might have been the ISV due to it not vibrating too much when you put your hand around it. I stumbling upon a spare that I found on a junk 8v engine I had lying about (which I'm not too sure why it was on that engine cause I though the 8v and 16v ones were different) but not this one hums and vibrates heaps so it must be working now.

Anyone got any ideas?
Mk3 Golf - Vento / Re: Bargain or not?
« Last post by superfueler on July 21, 2019, 03:12:46 pm »
A very valid reply you have there. I guess one will never be 100% certain if you are buying a lemon or a gold bar when going second hand.

Still, the only time i will buy a car with no documented history is if i personally know the previous owner(s). Comes down to individual choice i guess.  :)
A3 - S3 - RS 3 - TT - TTS - TT RS / Re: A3 Sat Nav update
« Last post by Alittletuningco on July 21, 2019, 02:37:12 pm »,44606.msg461976.html#msg461976

Reply #3

2014 units are MIB1 and are VIN locked. Have to have remote activation to enable maps once updated
maybe not as out there as Binky, but you do wonder if it's going to fit

and he does witter on quite a bit
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