16 June 2020

The Great British Road Trip - Preston to Dumfries (Day 4)

Day 4 promises to be very scenic and eventful. We start off at Preston, just outside Liverpool which we have seen yesterday, then head towards Blackpool and onward to Dumfries in Scotland via the astonishing Lake District National Park.

25 May 2020

Audi A3 B-pillar Repaint (8PA)

Today we are going to re-paint the B pillar trims on the A3. The one on the passenger side was flaking pretty badly, a common issue on A3s of this vintage.

27 March 2020

Audi A3 2.0 FSI Oil Cooler Gasket Replacement

I’ve finally fixed the oil leak on my A3. Once it became obvious that the leak was caused by a collapsed oil cooler gasket and the leak became severe enough to be potentially dangerous to the engine’s health I got to work.
I’ve put off this job as long as I could simply because it appeared to be such a daunting task. And it is, it’s not for the faint of heart; if you’re not mechanically inclined leave it alone and take the car to a professional mechanic. Even if you like doing things like this you’ll probably regret starting it halfway through.

22 February 2020

The Great British Road Trip - Aberystwyth to Preston (Day 3)

Day 3 will take us from Aberystwyth (visited yesterday) to Preston. A long and scenic drive across Snowdonia National Park, scheduled stops at Caernarfon Castle and in Liverpool.

20 February 2020

Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi - SUV For the Masses

The Dacia Duster was Renault’s answer to the SUV fever that’s finally made its way to the lower end of the market. SUVs were always a desirable commodity but up until the beginning of the last decade, in Europe at least, the SUV was the staple of the Haves. The Have-Nots had to make due with tiny econo-boxes that were severely lacking in terms of space, comfort and above all image.