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Rather unexpected A6 purchase...

quattrojames Nov 16, 2013

  1. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    MoT yesterday, all passed with two advisories... front brake pipes and lower arm bushes so not too bad.

    Given my LED sidelights were strobing at last years MoT I thought it best to change them for this years! I'm a bit fed up with LED's as they never seem to last very long. So I bought these, allegedly the "whitest" halogen bulb there is.

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    I'm not convinced they're very white.....

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    They look ok though and in honesty if my sidelights don't match my headlights I can live with that at my age :hi:

    (I'm not sure the colour of my 4300k HID's are truly represented in this photo...)

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  3. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It's annoying that I don't get on here anywhere near as much as I used to! That's life, hey ho.

    October 2017 since my last update! :wtf:

    Anyway, the car is ticking on ok - 192k now. Went straight through the last MoT and the winter wheels are now on. Will the Yokohama V902's ever wear?!

    I had a new alternator in Sept, and my mechanic (who's late father I bought the car from) suggested a new gearbox. It was notching when I shifted into 3rd when I bought it 70k ago and it's not improved and does it into 2nd too sometimes now. £500 on ebay.de gets you a reconditioned box but with clutch, DMF and labour it's probably the best part of a £1500 bill. And apart from a smoother gear change what do I gain? And knowing my luck I'd spend that and it would self destruct the following week. So I decided not to.

    Apart from that new wipers all round (why do I wait so long to change the blades? 50% off at ECP) and new front pads that's been about it.

    The microswitch is playing up in the drivers door latch again so sometimes the car doesn't know when the door is open. Annoying that the interior light doesn't come on, even more annoying when it self locks with the keys in!

    I'm hoping the £25 ebay special latch's will come with the switch and I can do an easy swap.
     
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  4. Samuel c5 Q

    Samuel c5 Q Registered User Silver Supporter VCDS Map User

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    I changed the gearbox oil which took the notchyness into second gear out if it. What about bushes or linkages getting worn?
     
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    Do you still have the blinds fitted ? Do you find they are ok ?
    I was going to get the rear windows tinted on my c5 but seen a few favourable reports on these, so was considering getting a set.
    Every little helps, especially straight after Christmas
     
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    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes I still have them, they're holding up well and don't rattle or anything. I'd recommend them.

    It's had new oil and also the linkage adjusting but it didn't help unfortunately.
     
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    Could the clutch need bleed through or is it worn enough to affect the change. Failing that the selectors must be worn inside.
     
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    Summer wheels on today, and a decent wash has cheered me up a bit.

    Had to dry out the offside headlight again, I don't really know how the water gets in... maybe through the grommet for the HID's.I might look into sourcing another headlight. They need a buff up as they're starting to fade again too.

    200k is approaching!

    A damp rear footwell carpet is my main current concern - see HERE - any help gratefully received!
     
  9. Samuel c5 Q

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    Headlight might be split where the lens meets the plastic back moulding.

    Door frame seal and door seal could be the culprit of the wet footwell. Check the bulk head bungs aren't blocked also. There might be one under the battery, it's been a while since I was at mine.
     
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    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Same wheel swap and wash day one year later. Little has changed!

    I have a new pair of headlights, wiper mechanism and door blades and a few other bits purchased. I will collect post-lockdown etc.

    I sorted the wet carpet. The pollen filter housing was cracked. I'd like to get another one but they're £50 on ebay plus probably £50 for the scuttle panel trim so I haven't bothered. A generous dose of silicon seems to have sorted the pollen filter housing. The bolts had rusted off anyway so probably little point in replacing it as it will need gluing in again anyway.

    202k and counting! Getting good MPG these days :blink:
     

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