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  1. RonS3

    Anyone gone from A4 272 to S4 or vice versa?

    Again not an exact comparison but I went from a 272 to a RS4, both B9 avants. Whilst I expected the RS to be better the difference is night and day, I would never take the 272 out for a blast for the sake of it, as the steering / suspension is mushy and vague in comparison and you really...
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    B9 Update RS Cockpit to 2020 facelift version

    I don’t think these pictures are from an RS4. I’ve recently swapped from a B9 Sline 272 to a new facelift RS4, which unlike the earlier car, does not have the separate coolant temperature and fuel gauges. The new instruments incorporate these in the main display, which is also higher definition...
  3. RonS3

    Ethics of Tuning boxes etc

    Indeed thanks, not sure why this needed to go from a good debate with interesting contributions, to a personal attack. I’m off under my rock as my beaver needs washing
  4. RonS3

    Ethics of Tuning boxes etc

    Thanks for your contribution
  5. RonS3

    Ethics of Tuning boxes etc

    Apologies for being a grumpy old git, but the worrying point for me is the general erosion of honesty, integrity and respect for others. As time goes by the “I don’t give a s**t for anyone but myself” seems a sad state of affairs to me. You can see the effect, VAG cheat on emissions... why...
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    Ethics of Tuning boxes etc

    I have read many posts discussing how electronic engine tuning can be concealed from Audi, in order to ensure warranty claims are successful. Clearly the only motive to hide these modifications, is when the tuning itself causes a failure the regretful owner now hopes they can blame on someone...
  7. RonS3

    Green parking brake symbol

    Me too, mine’s never appeared red! I have HHA and it illuminates green either if I apply the handbrake manually or let the HHA do the work.
  8. RonS3

    Green parking brake symbol

    Maybe the answer is in your question, I thought the “green parking brake symbol” indicates that the parking brake is set. The parking brake can be applied manually or automatically if you have this option
  9. RonS3

    3.0 tdi 272 vs 2.0 Q Tfsi

    Another point worth considering... the v6 diesel is a heavy lump compared to the 4 pot petrol. On balance I prefer the immense lazy torque of my 272 but having driven the lighter engined version the effect on handling is noticable
  10. RonS3

    New model naming structure

    Oops all my spaces were deleted after all that formatting effort:rage:
  11. RonS3

    New model naming structure

    I can't see its that much of a deal really, for example change on my tailgate would be ....... A4 OOOO TDI Quattro A4 OOOO 50 TDI Quattro A relatively minor...
  12. RonS3

    Haldex Service Gen 4.. Change Filter!!

    Even odder they did the oil and filter and charged me £80 for the pleasure.
  13. RonS3

    Haldex Service Gen 4.. Change Filter!!

    The advice I received from my Audi dealership when I had my S3 (with gen4 haldex) was oil and filter every 40k!
  14. RonS3

    Tea leaves robbed my cars

    Sadly one of the problems of 8P S3 ownership is the age of the 8P platform. You can pick up an early A3(now 14 years old) for less than 2k, which means there is a healthy market for cheap (stolen!) S3 parts for those wishing to build themselves a newish looking replica. We had an attempted...
  15. RonS3

    218Q vs 272Q: can't decide!!!

    It depends on your point of view if the b9 gearbox is better or worse than its predecessor, from Audis perspective it's a better design as they're carrying less weight and cost, indeed the best design is just good enough to meet the reliability requirements with standard engines. From our point...
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    Bluefin Superchip

    I'm curious too about tuning boxes in relation to warranty, I'd like the extra ooomph but am convinced that faced with a big bill for say a gearbox / engine failure, the Audi techs would find the "evidence" of a tuning box having been fitted. I assume traces of limit exceedances (e.g. Boost...
  17. RonS3

    218Q vs 272Q: can't decide!!!

    The "limit" quoted is almost certainly the maximum recommended to achieve the required reliability over the life of the vehicle i.e. it has been designed to be used upto this figure. In theory manufactures could design gearboxes for every engine in the range and save some weight but this would...
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    218Q vs 272Q: can't decide!!!

    I wouldn't be overly concerned, I'm not sure if anyone other than Audi and their suppliers know what the true limits of of their gearboxes are. They will have design criteria which provides adequate safety margins for reliability as they don't want too many warranty claims for gearboxes either...
  19. RonS3

    100W 12V bulbs in my A3? Would they be fine?

    Doubling the wattage (power) of your bulb will double the amount of current in the wires supplying them. This would be unlikely to burn them out but may cause them to become hotter and could fail them over time. It could cause the related fuse to blow, not really worth the hassle, run on one...
  20. RonS3

    Coming home lights help

    You have the coming home lights, the small button with a red light below the main light switch enables the coming home function
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