Can relate.... hence the 24 year old, 335k A6. From the heyday of German automotive production. Downhill from there.......
Not sure your specifications are all meet-able in one package. Could try posing the question to Honest John.
Brother has one of the big Skoda (Karoc?) things. 1.4 TSI, good on paper but apparently misses the published figures by a wide margin.
People will get better at hacking them.....
Im slightly doubting the tagged sensor, just ‘cause it’s a dumb component at the end of the line, though the test logic is quite persuasive. Could just be faulty. If it really is blocked in software then it is reminiscent of printer ink companies tagging their cartridges. Sharp practise IMO.
Have a faulty sensor on the rear of the A8. Hopefully that is not similarly afflicted.
Tesla are legendary for their client exploitation and being arrogant and bad to deal with. Both here and in the US. Friend has just returned his lease hire Model S with relief. Apparently the most enjoyable part of the whole 3 years was telling them precisely why he didn’t want another! A large part of it being their appalling attitude, which would have been less intrusive had the bloody thing broken down less often.....
Got some time at the lathe yesterday. Wasn't warm in the garage.....
Made some parts, modified some others.
Neither the right angle drive body of the Mazda sleeve/housing has been touched. I made a sleeve to match the OD of the angle drive to the ID of the Mazda part (centre, with fibre washer) and a spacer to go between the Mazda cable nut and the body. The cable nut was machined down.
The gear from the right angle drive has not been modified itself but I made a sleeve to press inside it and machined the ferule from the Mazda cable to press inside that
I shortened the Mazda driveshaft as much as I dared, objective being to get the angle drive tucked down inside the drive housing as much as possible. About 5mm reduction in the end. The ferule needed a little fettling to take advantage of this.
And all fitted together
43mm protrusion from the tail casing. Going to be difficult to reduce further, so hope I don't have to!
Just got to make some new brass thrust plugs for the angle drive gears - the original components looked like they'd been picked at random from someone's "maybe-useful-one-day" pot. A bit surprising as the angle drive is pretty well made in other respects.
its frustrating and only going to get worse. As more and more software is used to run the car then the manufactures can control what the car does and what features work or dont work.
There was an article in the ST recently about a tesla that had the heated seats (a time limited extra) disabled and it would cost £300 to have re enabled. And more seriously new functions added to the software without telling the drivers (sounds a bit like what Boeing did on the 7373Max). I will see if i can find the article...
Agree with you comments it is just profiteering.
I think everything is going the way of a service, you dont own anything but in effect rent it from the manufactures with little or no control of what you are paying for or how long it will work.
Trouble is, I really don't know what to buy next.
Ideally petrol under 110g CO2 so I can save £350 a year off my parking permit (yes, that much saving), plus economical eg 50mpg on a motorway trip, be big enough to transport "stuff", and marginally quick..... probably a big ask in one package. Also want reliable and depreciation that won't make me cry.