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    Superb Elegance Estate 2013 TDI CR 170 DSG Black Magic
  1. Superb II 16" advice

    Thank you and yes, your comment has merit. Since making this post I have decided to stick with the 18s for now. My original reason for considering the change was in main due to my wife who suffers with major back issues. Although she rarely travels in the car I thought the harder ride would be more difficult for her but in fact the opposite is true and after a trip out, some discussion and a little logical reasoning it made sense. My Rover was a very soft floaty ride and ate potholes very well, however this did mean a fair amount of bounce. Although the Superb has a harder ride the bounce is less, so the shock is over quickly with no recoil/double whammy from the bounce effect. I hope that makes sense. When it comes to renew the 18 tyres I'll have a chat with my expert tyre guy but for now I'll stick with what I have and save myself a fair amount of money as well. Nige
  2. It would be interesting to know exactly what this "damage" is and how it has been caused. Mechanical abrasion, water ingress, heat damage? Very easy to throw that comment out, they really should be defining how it has happened and what action is required to stop it happening again. Nige
  3. I am new to Skoda and it's this sort of thing that gives me cause for concern and makes me so angry. Being at the mercy of a service department. What does strike me here is that old familiar story of taking the customer for a fool. They diagnosed turbo sensor, replaced it then it turns out to be wiring to the sensor. Are they saying it was wiring AND sensor, surely not. They also "felt" the sensor was not covered. Hm, could this be because the sensor was fine and need someone else to pay for their mistake. Maybe you should tell them you "feel" they should just sort it. I'm sorry I can't be of any help to you but I do have experience of people being taken to the cleaners for garage mistakes and it makes my blood boil. Nige
  4. Superb II 16" advice

    Although I was determined not to start spending large amounts on the new car I am seriously looking at replacing the 18" alloys down to 16" to improve ride. I'm considering Calibra Vintage 16" that are stated as having a 35 offset and supplied with spigot rings. Thanks to Chimaera who was kind enough to post up the specs for my car, they should be a ET 45. Is there a down side to fitting the 35s with spigot rings. Any comments regarding this issue, the wheels or other suggestions would be most welcome. Nige
  5. Thank you for the photos,They look ok. I have time to source alloys and tyres to suit. and run the 18"s in the meantime as they have almost new tyres fitted. The wheel change size will make very little difference to insurance. I doubt there is anyone foolish to make such changes to a car and NOT inform their insurance company is there ? Nige
  6. Yes, looks are a consideration of course. Don't really want to spoil the look but I find the ride a little too harsh. I need to do some trawling and see what Superbs look like with 16" on board with various alloys. Tyre wear as you say, is also something to take into account. Nige
  7. Thank you. Local Bobby uses the cross climates and says they are pretty good although I have always considered all seasons a bit of a compromise but my winter set with alloys went with my Rover. My tyre guru says that winters on the 18" should be pretty good so I may hang onto them but for now I'm on a decent 16" alloy hunt with a conservative look to get a bit of a floaty ride back. I am also aware this has been a bit of a thread hijack so do apologise to the OP for that. Nige
  8. It was bigjohn I quoted regarding wheel size. Nige
  9. May I ask what 16" you are running on ? I'm already thinking about ditching the 18"s on mine and have been looking for suitable 16" Nige
  10. Get rich quick eh ? I would most certainly say no need to replace a good caliper and the sticking one (if it is sticking) may only need repair. Sometimes it is a good idea to replace discs in pairs but if the ok side has minimal wear not essential to replace the disc. Pads both sides,. Sounds like you need a decent honest garage or mechanic to take a look. They are rare, but there are some left. Nige
  11. Two weeks in

    Two weeks ago today I was making my way back from Sheffield with the Superb. Gradually getting used to her and finding my way around the various functions and settings available and hitting switches without the need to look (not there yet, trying to turn off the climate today was a major fail). Having fitted the dashcam the V5 arrived today so my plates are now on the car, making her feel a little more familiar. Did have a mildy funny incident on Tuesday this week. Leaving a local village I found myself in a two car convoy with an identical vehicle. Us both having to stop a couple of times in passing places and had some very interesting looks from oncoming cars. I suspect we looked a little like a funeral procession. That old adage about not seeing a particular car or model on the road until you get one rang true. Although she had been given a full valet I'm going over the whole car with detailing clay and good quality wax, panel at a time before the Highland weather sets in. I'll be stressed for a while yet as any new car always puts me through the "what's that noise" and checking the dash for warning lights. I've always been the same, hate changing cars and really want this one to be a long term keeper. I'll get there. Nige
  12. PS3/PS4 Names

    PSN ennine Nige
  13. A quick thank you

    Yep, like everywhere else, no shortage of potholes up here in the Highlands. Not the best shots this time of night and obviously could not use flash in front of the mirror. The nextbase is hidden fully behind the mirror but with enough room to use the menu and settings if needed and enough room to unplug the mini isb to download to laptop if and when required. Need to just tidy up the free cable a little and I always tie the usb cable to the mount with a small cable tie to prevent it crashing about or damaging the socket should it ever break free of the screen. The DVR is completely out of view from the driver side. Nige
  14. A quick thank you

    Thanks Dave. Yes, gradually finding my way around her. Finding the ride just a little harsh on the low profiles, slipped up a little there but overall happy with the car. May look at a wheel/tyre change but not for a while. I can live with it. I had not long updated my old dashcam to a Nextbase 402g so put the old one back in the Rover when she went and kept the nextbase. I know there are a lot of very good (and cheap) dashcams about but I like to stick to a good make with a good track record. The 402g has plenty of functions and is a solid reliable bit of kit. It will record position data and speed (if you want it to). I tend to have the speed recorded as it does a help a little to retard the right foot, but not always. Good high quality recording. I have discarded the suction mount this time in favour for a stealth mount. The only downside of the Nextbase is they use their own mount connector on the device which can limit trying other mounts but the stealth mount is a 3rd party mount that is very small and uses a high adhesion pad which sticks very well to the shaded section on the Superb, keeping the camera well clear of the rearview mirror and the lens just below the shade. I could take a shot of it in place if you're that interested. The stealth mount is designed to fit the nextbase and they are turned out by a 3d printer !! Nige
  15. A quick thank you

    Job done. Took longer to get the cable from the courtesy light unit to the screen than the rest of the job. Drive Smart power supply seems ok (at the moment) and a stealth mount on the 402g has a pretty solid hold and keeps the DVR well clear of the mirror and does not obstruct driving view at all. Nige