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  1. Paulbean

    Insurance renewal; what would you do?

    A bit of help deciding to go with Admiral or not.... My wife was with Admiral when a third party hit and run writing off her parked car (Bank Holiday Sunday evening, wonder if he was drunk?). Details passed to them on the Monday along with Police incident number and grainy cctv footage and...
  2. Paulbean

    Astra GTE 16v

    I chose to be slightly different and went with a 1.8 CD. It had slightly softer suspension and more toys but it was still as quick as the GTE. Got pulled on my way home from work way back when for cocking the rear inside off the ground going round a roundabout a bit sharpish.
  3. Paulbean

    Learner Driver RS3 insurance.

    Personally, I would buy a proper manual and let her learn to drive one of those (the hard way :wink new:). Will give you more choice of vehicle in the future. Yes, I realise most, if not all, will be flappy paddle or cvt before long but there are still a fair few that are manual.
  4. Paulbean

    Saloon Google traffic info on MMI

    Hook your phone up and use Android Auto, you then get everything from Google Maps including traffic (and more)
  5. Paulbean

    8v RS3 Spotters Thread

    Spotted Kyalami Green this morning near Siston. That green looks amazing IRL
  6. Paulbean

    Advice please , think insurance company is trying to do me over!

    Never accept their first offer, they will always try and lowball you. Get some adverts for similar spec/mileage/condition from Autotrader and forward them to your insurance company and see what they come back with.
  7. Paulbean

    Knocking sound on a new built engine (JE PISTON) slap or somthing else?

    Could it be a tensioner for the aux belt breaking up? This is purely a guess as I've not seen the belt configuration.
  8. Paulbean

    Sportback Sportback replacement rims - question on rear wheel diameter

    I would go so far as to say that running a square setup would be better for the 4wd system as (assuming you are using the same 4 tyres) there will be no difference between rolling radius front to rear whereas staggered has a very minimal difference. Would give you a wider choice of tyre as well.
  9. Paulbean


    As there are markings around it that means the relevant authorities are aware and you should be able to claim for any damage caused, if any.
  10. Paulbean

    I have Google Earth but Not Showing Satellite image

    Looks like it's still updating, when the whole word Google is white it should be ok. (That's an assumption from what mine looked like)
  11. Paulbean

    Facelift RS3 Project Rebuild

    Sorry to hear about your awful treatment upon reaching the UK, makes me ashamed to be British.
  12. Paulbean

    RS3 DAZA oil consumption

    I was going to say the same as T-1000. The first 3-4k used a bit of oil, now just needs checking with no top up.
  13. Paulbean

    Strange Rattle sound when Car cold.

    Mine rattles on cold start until you switch drive mode, not sure if that is coincidental with the cat warmup cycle or not. I'm used to strange mechanical noises at cold start having come from a slapper of a scooby :tearsofjoy:
  14. Paulbean

    Stage 2 RS3 which oil?

    When I was a Scooby owner and had it mapped, I ran a 10w60 purely to protect the turbo bearings (and cylinder 3) from the very high temps they see (and it was a sloppy flat four so no need for the lower viscosity when cold :tearsofjoy:) It's all down to personal preference within reason, if it...
  15. Paulbean

    RS3 Bonnet and Grill Alignment Concerns

    Yeah, I think that is standard for the bonnet to slightly overhang the grille (at least I hope so as mine is the same!!)
  16. Paulbean

    Dynamic wing mirror indicators and carbon fiber covers retrofit

    looks good, something I'd like to do one day :)
  17. Paulbean

    Hello from bristol

    Welcome! I'm also from Bristol, but afraid I can't help with the EML.
  18. Paulbean

    RS3 Fromt grille emblem

    @creweaudiparts (site sponsor)?
  19. Paulbean

    Over £40k car tax how to avoid/minimise £325 surcharge.

    It's a little more than that for the first year, closer to £1300, one of the reasons I went for a pre-reg'd car albeit with only 10 miles on it...and, sorry, I haven't a clue if they received a pro-rated refund.
  20. Paulbean

    Yet another RS3 badge question..

    Did you get the backplate for the badge dude?