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  1. Jens

    Missed out on a 1-series M? Here's your chance. 2016 BMW M2

    No M wing mirrors!? Regular sport seats with M stitching!? I am disappoint :(
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    Ownership Verified: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

    Why not? Peak power and torque come in after 2200rpm. Tall gearing means it takes forever to get from 1500 to 2200 rpm. If the gearing was shorter it would feel faster/more responsive, despite the fact that there would still be a boost threshold below 2000rpm. You have to rev higher before...
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    Ownership Verified: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

    Even when you're alone in the car you have to keep the rpms above 2000 because below it has no power whatsoever. This is mainly because of the very tall gearing. Compared to my Golf, which was on paper 11hp down on the Bimmer, you could get it to move from around 1500rpm no problem.
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    Ownership Verified: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

    It's okay. Rough on idle, lots of vibrations through the gearknob when stationary. But once you're on the move it's pretty refined. Not a lot of engine noise is making its way into the cabin. As mentioned in the opening post of this thread I really like the Volvo V40. Given the opportunity I...
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    It's a MacBook Pro. The people at the genius bar didn't mention it and after reading about it online I assumed it would probably be a US only thing. But I will give the shop a call tomorrow to see whether I'm eligible :) By the way, can someone +rep Spectre for me? I have to spread the love first!
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    Indeed. The Belgian Apple store has refurbished MacBooks/iMacs in stock for I think maybe three days a year. I did the maths, and total cost including taxes and shipping would amount to: - US 8GB RAM ?1268 - US 16GB RAM ?1725 - UK 8GB ?1200 - UK 16GB ?2049 - BE 8GB (new) ?1362 - BE 16GB (new...
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    I hadn't even considered that, but you are right. My copy of the Adobe Suite CS6 is OS X only. After doing the maths buying a refurbished one in the US and having it shipped to Europe isn't much cheaper than buying a new one. Customs will add 21% VAT in Belgium + the actual shipping cost...
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    Bummer! If anyone's willing to play postal service send me a PM :D
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    No shipping to Europe though :( first one would have been perfect. Can RAM be upgraded to 16GB after purchase on these new Retina display MacBooks? I remember reading somewhere that it can't.
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    Ownership Verified: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

    I won't have anything to report except for the spec sheet. It's fitted with all-season tires so not even a bi-yearly tire change :P
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    Ownership Verified: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

    Aaaand he's out. Switched jobs and got to pick a different car. Won't be making a thread as it is a company car. I was sad to see the Golf go but having two similar cars would be ridiculous. Quick pic of the replacement: It is the lowly three-cylinder 116d, unfortunately I had no choice due...
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    Deciding on a new laptop. Opinions needed!

    Usually I know very well for myself what I want/need in terms of computers, tablets, smartphones,... But right now I'm having a bit of a struggle justifying it. A few weeks ago I made the switch from a self-employed freelancer to a large company. The day after receiving my company laptop my 4...
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    Unveiled: 2015 Renault/Dacia Kwid

    Doesn't look half bad for a cheap car. It's actually an A-segment crossover. Could see it coming to Europe badged as a Dacia in a year or two though. It would actually be pretty cool if it came with proper AWD and Renault's 1.2 TCE.
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    Furious 7

    Went to see it with some friends. The same friends I used to watch the first movies with as a child. Obviously some scenes were cringe worthy. But we had so many good laughs and really enjoyed ourselves. So 10/10 for entertainment.
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    The "New Toys" Thread

    It is indeed a common fault. Mine had it after 3 years (so no warranty), but it's easy enough to fix yourself and the problem hasn't resurfaced since. That said though, in terms of bang for your buck no wheel beats the G27 in my opinion. Having used it for over 4 years (and a G25 before it) it...
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    Will you boycott the show? I will.

    As I said in the other thread, the BBC would be imbeciles if they decided not to continue with Top Gear in one way or another. I will support their decision to continue and would strongly advocate against any form of boycot, if only for the hundreds of jobs that Top Gear provides. Will it...
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    FinalGear opinion poll - Clarkson, the fracas and the aftermath

    My opinion on this matter is that the BBC was right not to renew is contract. However, I do have a couple of sidenotes. 1) Shit like this happens to people, I will not look at Clarkson differently because of this fracas. 2) The BBC should have handled this internally, releasing no information...
  18. Jens

    Mercedes-Benz W201 190E - Small oil leak

    Many thanks for the advise guys! Will report back, probably in a dedicated thread in the PYC section :)
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    Mercedes-Benz W201 190E - Small oil leak

    The engine is an M102. It's a very inexpensive part so might as well replace it. Internet suggests that it's quite easy to replace yourself.
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