Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Svend last won the day on 17 February

Svend had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

392 Excellent

About Svend

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Interests
    Detailing is my sole interest. I don't get much time for anything else.
  • Location

About You

  • Car
    Superb III Hatch SE L Exec, 1.4TSi ACT, 2016, petrol blue metallic

Recent Profile Visitors

911 profile views
  1. 12V boot socket - always on?

    As above, the 12v sockets are always live. If you should be concerned about battery drainage. You can buy a Waeco Low Power Voltage Saver which will cut out the power to the device should the power drop below 11.6v. I bought one for a colleague who needed a fridge in her car for her daughter's medication if they were going to be out all day. I didn't want her to risk having a flat battery should a medical emergency arise.
  2. Recently Cleaned Thread

    Neighbour has been doing some runs back and forward to the coast getting it filthy. I couldn't leave it another day so gave the two cars a full clean.
  3. Recently Cleaned Thread

    Gave a colleague's car a post Ophelia wash from the Saharan dust. Before After a clean and seal. Cleaned and dressed
  4. SE L Executive

    I'm in Cumbria, so you probably have as many as us. :p
  5. SE L Executive

    Thanks, it's a fine metallic, in low light it's like a solid colour but on regular sunny days the colour comes alive and takes on different hues with the different angles.
  6. SE L Executive

    The car is brilliant. We down sized from the Mk2 estate for a Mk3 liftback. She's a 1.4TSi ACT SE L Exec. Has all the power you need. The boot as you say is massive. We dded the heated front seats for the heated windscreen which is great this time of year and cold mornings. Space is amazing and the leather seats are really comfortable. Ours is called Piglet and she is petrol blue metallic. Went for the 18" Modus alloys in place of the Pegasus as I think the Modus looks so much better.
  7. Interior dressing

    I'm at work at present so can't post pictures but Gtechniq C6 is a great interior dressing, it leaves a non glossy factory fresh look to the interior and non greasy and adds UV protection.
  8. Delivery arrived yesterday. I thought I'd give Gyeon Glass a go. I'm happy with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass but as I've liked all the Gyeon products so far thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunately I forgot I already had some G6 in my basket at Gtechniq. Doh.
  9. Superb 1.4 TSI advice

    My bad. I was under the impression the 1.4 125ps was the same in the Mk3 as the Mk2. I stand by my comment of going for the 150ps version though.
  10. Superb 1.4 TSI advice

    The TSi S is the old 1.4 125ps from the Mk2 days while the trims above the S specs are the newer 1.4 150ps with ACT. Having had a 1.4TSi Mk2 S spec estate and now a 1.4TSi ACT Mk3 SE L Exec liftback, the 150ps engine is more powerful than the previous engine, more fuel efficient and generally a nicer and smoother all rounder. Go for the older higher spec car.
  11. ((sorry I couldn't post in the news section)) https://www.autoblog.com/2017/10/04/volkswagen-feuds-with-thriving-stablemate-skoda/?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spotim_referrer=recirculation&spot_im_comment_id=sp_K1uZhoSA_23232983_c_v5UB0O BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Volkswagen managers and unions are seeking to curb competition from lower-cost stablemate Skoda, move some of its production to Germany and make the Czech brand pay more for shared technology, company sources told Reuters.As VW struggles to cut jobs and spending at German factories and turn the page on dieselgate, Skoda's superior car reviews and profitability have intensified the brands' rivalry within the Volkswagen empire.VW now wants to reduce what it sees as Skoda's unfair advantages - combining German technology with cheaper labor - and reaffirm the top-selling brand's primacy ahead of a wave of new electric car launches, the sources said.The tussle between VW and Skoda is reviving tensions at the heart of the Volkswagen group between profits and jobs, and between central control and autonomy for its 12 vehicle brands."Instead of devoting our efforts to beating Tesla, we may just be setting up a futile internal conflict," said one manager.Once the butt of jokes, Skoda has blossomed under 26 years of VW group ownership into a successful mid-market carmaker, steadily winning business from rivals - including VW - and surpassing even Audi's operating profit margin last year.At the same time, VW is facing thousands of job cuts as management moves to trim excess capacity at German factories. Its powerful domestic unions see Skoda's success as both a threat and a potential lifeline.VW workers' representatives are now demanding the transfer of some Skoda production to their underused German plants, a source close to the supervisory board told Reuters. The proposal aims to offset declining output of the VW Passat and aging Golfthat could otherwise threaten more jobs.They are also making the case that Skoda should pay higher royalties to use VW's main common vehicle platform. The so-called MQB architecture also underpins mid-sized models from the group's Audi and SEAT brands.Responding to the news, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he would meet Skoda management and unions to ask for clarification.The government will seek to ensure that VW investment plans are followed through and that "production is not moved outside the country," a statement released by Sobotka's office said.Skoda's main union warned that a production shift could cost as many as 2,000 jobs. VW's works council declined to comment.VW brand Chief Executive Herbert Diess is leading a parallel management effort to shield future VW models from direct competition with cheaper Skodas.At a recent group executive committee meeting, Diess called for greater differentiation between VW and Skoda target markets and clientele, particularly for future electric models, three managers with knowledge of the matter said."The future positioning of brands is being looked at, but discussions are still ongoing," a VW group spokesman said, declining further comment.Tension is expected to rise ahead of a Nov. 17 supervisory board session due to approve annual investment budgets across the world's biggest carmaker.LABOR ADVANTAGESkoda's operating profit more than doubled over three years to 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 2016, lifting its profit margin to 8.7 percent - second only to Porsche within the Volkswagen stable.The VW brand, whose margin dipped to 1.8 percent after earnings fell by a third, still outsells Skoda globally but is growing more slowly in Europe.Skoda's healthy profits partly reflect the shared car platform's economies of scale. Designed by VW engineers in Germany, MQB has been rolled out progressively since 2012.But Skoda gets a further boost from cheaper labor. Manufacturing wages average 10.10 euros per hour in the Czech Republic, where most of its European cars are assembled, compared with 38.70 euros in German industry, according to Berlin's official statistics office.How VW group CEO Matthias Mueller might resolve the dispute remains unclear. The clout of the German unions, which hold half of the company's 20 board seats, means Skoda's success may be viewed more as a problem than a model to emulate.The German state of Lower Saxony, which occupies another two board seats, is also preoccupied with preserving VW jobs.Unease at VW's Wolfsburg headquarters has been compounded by car reviews in which its models have sometimes lost face to cheaper Skoda cousins sharing the MQB platform.The new Skoda Kodiaq sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is priced 1,500 euros ($1,765) below the VW Tiguan yet trumped the German brand in a quality survey by Auto Motor und Sport magazine. Skoda's Superb also drew favorable comparisons with the Passat.Skoda denies any deliberate encroachment on VW's turf."We mainly attract customers from outside the VW group and that is also our mission," brand CEO Bernhard Maier told Reuters in a interview.ELECTRIC FUTURECompetition for resources among VW brands is nothing new. Unions lobbied for VW to lead development of emerging-market cars, but Skoda was allowed to take charge.Now the group's 20 billion euro push to launch 50 electric cars by 2025 has brought tensions to a head as VW managers fear their battery-powered models may also be undercut, people with knowledge of the discussions said."The electric vehicle market is a new ball game where you cannot simply maintain the brands' positioning," said one. "Customers need to see that you are making changes."VW and Skoda both plan to introduce coupe-styled electric SUVs in 2020 boasting the same 500 km (300 mile) range.Any renegotiation of platform cost-sharing could also affect each brand's contribution to the new MEB platform being developed for electric cars.In public, however, VW has played down the rivalry. With a combined lineup approaching 100 vehicles, brand CEO Diess said, there is always some risk of stepping on toes."There will always be some substitution," he told Reuters. "But some internal competition is also helpful." ($1 = 0.8491 euros)Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Additional reporting by Jan Lopatka in Prague; Writing by Laurence Frost; Editing by David Clarke
  12. About 45mpg in the city and rural back roads, best is 50mpg .
  13. With what is coming out of Europe regarding the dieselgate and cheating companies. The E.U. Is putting pressure on countries and companies to comply and to even encourage countries to prosecute cheating companies. Countries turning on diesel, prices of used diesels going down, so on and so forth. Probably be best to give diesel a wide berth for a while and see what happens.
  14. The 1.4TSi is. Lovely motor, it's smooth, quiet and more than sufficient power to get around. On hills as Walrus says, you need a bit more pressure on the accelerator. But my Piglet will sit at 70mph all day, will take in the hills (I live in Cumbria) easily.
  15. Air freshener advice

    Avoid ones with liquid or California Scents. If they tip or leak the chemicals inside can do quite a bit of damage to interior plastic surfaces or the film on some plastics (some such as BMW have a coloured film on top of the plastic surface which can peel off).