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Thanks for all the TWATbro love, much appreciated.

 

FWIW I had a '93 Audi A4 (2.4 V6) for about three years, from 2007-10, as my "car at home" in the UK.  Did a lot of driving in that thing, and it had about 150k miles on it when I passed it on to a friend.  I had to replace the fuel pump once at 135.. Apart from that it was a peach.  It seems to me that the more modern cars get, the more shit seems to go wrong with them: electronics in abundance as low cost extra "features" offered as a premium package - with a million sensors and settings that can go wrong, and that your mechanic even in the dealer can barely fathom, and fundamentally less enduring structures with the dual goals of weight loss and one-time crash safety, that make any minor bump a catastrophic failure.  I would like a new car in many ways, but older cars I always like driving more.  Rather like mechanical watches, I suppose.  I hate traction control, blind spot warning systems, satellite navigation and digital displays of all kinds, and I'd dump the ABS too if I could.

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^ +1 - at anything around freezing air temp my Range Rover gives off smoke from the bonnet, which was very alarming at first, but is apparently something to do with a small heater (I am no mechanic) and just "what they do". There was some software upgrade (eh?) that was supposed to fix it, but guess what...

 

Those old Audi A4s were awesome. My parents drove one so it was one of the first cars I drove when I passed my test. Nearly lost the back end of the thing ragging it around some country lane - heavy as hell, but pretty bulletproof. As I recall, their fuel pump failed too. Actually, the first car I drove right after I passed my test was my Dad's Vauxhall Senator, which was a 3.0 beast of a thing and not at all what you should be trusting a 17 year old to take the cockpit of. It was white, and at the time that model was favoured by the police for highway patrol, so people would slam on the anchors when you came up behind them.

 

If you want rid of ABS I think most cars have a switch that does that. Not sure how that affects your insurance if you end up in a hedge.

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I think Mimo raises a good point by comparing car ownership (especially German car ownership) to watch ownership. The more complications the piece has and the more an owner might pass up routine or needed maintenance, the more "unreliable" it becomes. Not to imply that's the case with any gents present, but certainly food for thought. The car I learned to drive with years ago was an older manual Audi from before the company was trying to be posh and elegant. With that car, any unresolved problem always lead to two others. But my father, bless the man, didn't see the sense in taking a 150k+ mile car for routine maintenance and his go-to mechanic was not a German car specialist. I didn't blame the car for its temperamental electric windows.

Speaking of maintenance. Speedy here is nervous for his checkup today. But he's running 7 seconds fast since yesterday morning, and that's just not acceptable.

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Current watch and pen..



Yachtmaster does not get enough love on here. I am sad.

On the off topic of Audis..

I've been driving an A6 for a number of years and other than the fact it guzzles engine oil (light comes on every 3 to 6 months) and the usual wear and tear I haven't had any serious issues. But of course I'll say this and experience a transmission failure or something next week.

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how do you check if your watch is 7 secs too fast?
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how do you check if your watch is 7 secs too fast?

Am I missing a punchline here?

Here's today's combo...


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how do you check if your watch is 7 secs too fast?

I use an app like Zulu time and hack the movement to a precise time one day, then check against the app a day later.
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I use an app like Zulu time and hack the movement to a precise time one day, then check against the app a day later.
I always check mine a week after setting then average it to get the daily rate.
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I don't check my watch for +/- seconds.  I tend to set it a minute fast anyway.

 

Everyone complains of German car ownership but when they get it right it is a lot of fun.  My current GTI is just too much fun to let go.  

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Everyone complains of German car ownership but when they get it right it is a lot of fun.  My current GTI is just too much fun to let go.  

 

There, you said it. I know a lot of people who, no matter how much trouble they run into owning a German car, they keep coming back car after car and could never ever go with anything else.

 

I, for myself, have wanted a VW for a while. Now that I have it, I've run into a couple of problems (resolved easily with bumper-to-bumper extended warranty). Nevertheless, I love my car and wouldn't change it. That's how it is.

 

When the Jetta gets too old, I'm aiming for an S4. 

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The diagnosis is in: a position error.

 

+7 if left face up. +20-ish when on it's side.

 

I was then given a (polite) lecture on gray market dealers and something like this exemplifying why you're not actually saving money. Because am I actually going to take advantage of the gray-market warranty with my nearly-new Speedmaster? Not likely.

 

Anyone know if Omega would do a partial service? Or is every send-in an overhaul...

 

Drinking and driving back to the office in Mrs. Hedonist's (soon-to-be-sold) white Honda hatchback, which provides me with a daily ego-check:

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On toy-tidying duty today.

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The diagnosis is in: a position error.

 

+7 if left face up. +20-ish when on it's side.

 

I was then given a (polite) lecture on gray market dealers and something like this exemplifying why you're not actually saving money. Because am I actually going to take advantage of the gray-market warranty with my nearly-new Speedmaster? Not likely.

 

Anyone know if Omega would do a partial service? Or is every send-in an overhaul...

 

Drinking and driving back to the office in Mrs. Hedonist's (soon-to-be-sold) white Honda hatchback, which provides me with a daily ego-check:

 

I've heard some pretty scary horror stories about Omega (Swatch) service, can anyone chime in and comment? 

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BMW 335xi was the funnest car I've ever owned. Not a single problem. Course I leased it brand new then turned it in 3 years after (before the infamous 4 year BMW warranty expires) biggrin.gif

Tried to find a writing instrument shot but had to dig deep to find this one. Best I could do I'm sorry to say. And man do I miss the 240 sometimes

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Anyone here have any experience of the Audi R8? Poor man's Gallardo, I know, but anyone got one or driven one?

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