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Repaired the driver's lumbar support.

The driver's seat is now more comfy than my sofa
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Spent a day tapping out wiring and still failing to get the effing glow plugs to work. Gonna bypass the POS and run them from a switch in the cabin.

Not a happy owning experience so far.
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Spent a day tapping out wiring and still failing to get the effing glow plugs to work. Gonna bypass the POS and run them from a switch in the cabin.

Not a happy owning experience so far.

Did you also check each wire to earth, and each wire to another wire ? Forcing the system to switch if there is a potential short could be risky.

I would check everywhere there is a cable securing device and anywhere the harness passes an edge or a bracket , for chaffing and shorting.

Or did you do all that ?
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Went o a stroll around town to try and make the valve knocking go away whit car getting up to temp. Nothing, just managed to get even more ****ed off. taking a wild guess here, could the fuel quality have some influence on it, as sometimes pending on brand refuelled it does not knock for long and just as car warms up it goes away.
Or maybe, i got scammed in the last oil change and it was not the proper oil they used! Hmmm...
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Did you also check each wire to earth, and each wire to another wire ? Forcing the system to switch if there is a potential short could be risky.

I would check everywhere there is a cable securing device and anywhere the harness passes an edge or a bracket , for chaffing and shorting.

Or did you do all that ?
Replied in the glow plugs thread as this might be an ongoing saga!
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Took it for its first ever MOT..passed and no advisories whatever! Three years old, never broken down, one warranty job on front wishbone and the only cost to me so far is the tyres and running costs. Therefore i must report that the 1750 tbi TI sportwagon Is the most reliable car i have ever owned!! Shame on you VW
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Just received my new leather gear and handbrake gaiter (with red stitching to match the seats) as a welcome home present when she gets back from the body shop.
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Traded it in for a Volvo V70
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Traded it in for a Volvo V70
Would be interested to know how you get on with the V70. I'm considering a used one as my workhorse/work car.
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Would be interested to know how you get on with the V70. I'm considering a used one as my workhorse/work car.
After 2 days / 200 miles I'm very happy. I'll drop you an email as I don't want to hijack this thread with discussion on Volvos
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Found the handbrake frozen on for the second time after a decent overnight freeze. Quote from the local Indie is 280 to replace. I know its a interior strip job so will go with the indie rather than DIY (too cold!).
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Event Tyres fitted a set of Continental winter tyres and tomorrow I'm getting an ipod connection for the connect plus navigation system. Bye bye 10 disc cd player hello mp3 connection working off the steering wheel, Christmas has come early for my 159
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Sorted out a charger that fits properly in the cigarette lighter socket for my phone (Griffin Powerjolt).
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I'm going to fit a new brushed aluminium dash insert trim on the passenger side after my oaf of a wife gouged the original with her stupid oversized handbag

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Fitted a new battery Varta e44 Silver on Wednesday - ( same battery as the Bosch S8005 just a different badge) . Massive improvement on the original Alfa exide ( admittedly almost 4 years old ) as it started on first crank in -5C on Thursday.
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After having been driving in it almost all day long on friday under heavy rain storms, (i love the stability it produces even in bad weather i guess it wasn't a bad choice after all to rig it whit winter tires!!!), left it resting all saturday long and finished washing and cleaning a few minutes ago, but rain decided to show up again so the shiny effect wont last long!
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Gave it a quick wash, and polished the headlight lenses with Auto Glym Paint Restorer, making them seem much clearer and brighter.

I also diagnosed a knocking noise as the N/S upper wishbone. Again. Only 9 months old and I didn't go offroad at all ! This time I'm going to use the E18 spanner instead of a socket so it won't be too bad to change it

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+1 for a quick wash: Bilberry wheel cleaner, Duragloss 901 shampoo and finished off with Megs Last Touch quick detailer. Stunning results and the Duragloss 901 shampoo really perks up the Alfa Red paintwork.

And then it started raining!
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Finally got her back from the local indie. good old xmas post caused a slight delay on parts!

Also, fitted new set of LED sidelight bulbs. new style, first time used so I updated the LED thread.
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Picked her up from the repair garage where she has been since the 26th November after a car randomly hit mine whilst parked at the side of the road (writing of his own, and another car!), nearly 5k of damage, but with a nearly new front end she is looking sparkling.

Welcomed her back with a new leather (with red stitching) gear and handbrake gaiter, which I fitted this morning in about 20mins.

Forgot just how stiff the Ti suspension is compared to the Lexus IS220d, CT200h, and Ford Fiesta I have had to drive in the mean time, and enjoyed putting my foot down again!

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