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  1. Evening all - is it safe to return to the fold? 
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    Evening all,

    Been a while since I have been around these parts............

    As many of you know, I departed into Nissan Qashqai ownership, which was a reasonably successful move in some respects, but in the past few months its French DNA has slowly bubbled to the surface and it is showing itself to be the 5hitBox that it actually is. Manufacturers warranty ends next week, and I currently have a Stop/Start System fault (as of Thursday) caused by a duff FIAMM AGM battery, a mysterious hollow metallic knock from the rear at low speeds (intermittently), various electronic gremlins intermittently. as well as door rubbers popping off, paint that is **** thin and door rubbers that keep popping off the back doors.

    Better still, booking in the car for its service with the Nissan dealer and declaring the Stop/Start System fault and the knocking noise at the same time, drew the sharp intake of breath and the words "well, the warranty is really strict, and we can't see the car until the 19th, by which time it will be out of warranty......... we can try for goodwill..."

    So, a widely known defect, reported under warranty but cannot be fixed under the warranty because the dealer is too busy and it is going to lead to a battle. Suffice to say, the service manager was given a flea in his ear and informed that this was my first, and last, foray into the Nissan brand and in not so many words was told where he could shove his dealership.

    I am tied to this box of bolts until next summer, by which time I should hopefully have reached the stage in my finance deal where I can whack it in and get something else. I have started looking already, and there are a few on my shortlist so far:

    Audi A6 Avant Ultra TDI
    Audi Q3 (no specific model in mind)
    Audi Q5 (or even a 7 if I happen to strike gold and get one at an uber-bargain price!)
    VW Touraeg
    Jaguar XF estate
    BMW 5-Series estate
    BMW X3
    Skoda Kodiaq (if I can afford one!)

    and at the opposite end of the spectrum....

    Kia Sorento
    Kia Sportage
    Hyundai Tucson
    Hyundai Santa Fe

    mainly because of the 5 / 7 year warranties, and the fact that they actually seem to give a damn about customers.

    However, my heart lies with VAG (despite being bitten with BKP engines and crappy DMF's!), so they are on the top of my list. So guys, what is good and what is not in the current VAG stable?

    Lang may yer lum reek!

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    Welcome back .

    The Cashcow is infamous , but uninformed peeps keep on buying , last month it outsold the Ford Fester .

     
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    Qashqai may be fragile but it gives British chaps jobs as does a Jag and if I was buying new I would have the Jag.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Evening gents

    Aye, it does seem as though the MK2 has a whole load more issues than the MK1 did - I still think that part of that has to be due to the tie up with Renault........ never did rate French cars.

    My original intention was to keep this one for 5 years, then purchase something brand new thereafter, but I doubt that I will stick it for that long, so its replacement is likely to be used. Fair point about the jobs Crasher - we've lost far too many in this country over the years. I would like to be able to add the Jaguar F-Pace to that shortlist, but I seriously doubt I could afford one of them.

    What about the VAG stable - any stand out motors in terms of reliability or performance?

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    The 3.0 quattro tdi or petrol supercharged are nice .
     
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    Much as I would love a petrol supercharged, I think my bank might complain as the fuel bills rolled in......

    3.0 quattro tdi is more like the thing - does it appear in the Q3?

    Lang may yer lum reek!

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    Diesel is dead, move on....

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    What about the VAG stable - any stand out motors in terms of reliability or performance?
    I think the Skoda Superb L&K 2.0 TSI 280 4x4 is untouchable, fully loaded it costs less than the competition and can be remapped and modified to silly near 400PS levels and it cleans the air from the nasty diesel in front of it, tailpipe emmisons can be less than those which go into the intake.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    Diesel is dead, move on....



    I think the Skoda Superb L&K 2.0 TSI 280 4x4 is untouchable, fully loaded it costs less than the competition and can be remapped and modified to silly near 400PS levels and it cleans the air from the nasty diesel in front of it, tailpipe emmisons can be less than those which go into the intake.
    Fair point about diesel being dead - I just wonder how long it will take for the manufacturers to catch up, as many of them still have the bulk of their ranges diesel powered.

    Now that Skoda DOES sound interesting - I have a VERY soft spot for Skoda (we have had a good few in the family, and all have been nothing short of outstanding), and even at 280PS that would be more than enough for me. I have recently driven a friends A1 1.4TSI and have to admit that it was very impressive - a motorised rollerskate with a bit of grin factor thrown in. The chances of finding one of those used at less than a year old is going to be a tough call though? Particularly in estate guise? Mind you, I have a year at least to play with.... Hmmmmmm.....

    What year did they start with that model Crasher?

    Lang may yer lum reek!

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    Sorry about the dislike, fat vodka fingers on the pie pad. Electric cars are THE next transport disaster but the fallout from them will make a bit of NOX and particulates look like a dust cloud, the nightmare of batteries and not being able to charge them will be a comedy sketch to watch from afar and laugh at if it wasn't for the fact that it will affect all of us.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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