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  1. Perhaps I am not pushing the car but I have not noticed this when driving my Aygo and I run with the air con/climate Control on most of the time.
  2. I remember working in a phone shop and when a certain phone came out we had two or three people coming in complaining it was quiet but it was easy to fix. Just remove the screen protector that covered the speaker and mike ports.
  3. That seems about right for a good quality ceramic coat and providing it has been applied correctly should keep it looking pristine.
  4. So hard to tell where prices will go as there are so many factors that have an impact on used car sales. Petrol prices is one factor but there quite a few drivers that really don't want to go down the electric car route and will continue to seek out petrol and diesel cars. The constraints put on the car makers will also have an impact particularly if further rules restrict the performance of the car. There are also hidden factors, for example will the cost of living prices force up the cases of catalytic converters being stolen. If some cars are seen to be favorite targets that could certainly affect the resale value. From a personal point of view I purchased an ex-demonstrator but benefitted from the high prices of older cars thanks to the high trade in that I received on an eight year old CRV so I can't see I am going to lose out no matter what happens to the prices.
  5. Did the instructions give any guidance as to when that advice runs out as it implies that the car has had a coating applied but all coatings have a life which spans anything from six months to six years or beyond. When water stops beading the coating is not longer doing it's job so it will be obvious when some other protection would be required but some sort of guidance as to when that it likely to happen or some way to 'top up' the protection would be useful.
  6. I use a power bank for the same purpose although mine is not permanently connected as I do not use the sentry/ parking mode on a regular basis. I just add the power bank on the occasions I feel it would be a good idea to run the parking mode such as away from home.
  7. Just filled up the Aygo with E5 which is now at £199.9 per litre, well I guess it is not £2 a liter, it was also a Shell station so we had a £1 off voucher.
  8. Insider knowledge in my case, I know the level of training that was given to staff which varied from little to none. The reason I know is because I used to work for them when they started to expand the fitting of car audio to sat-navs and dash cams. In fact I refused to work on any car that I did not feel confident to work on so they moved me from the audio department to the role of a meet and greet. I later left the company rather than be forced to do work I did not feel trained to perform. That was a good few years ago and to be fair to Halfords their rating on Trustpilot is good at 4.5 out of five so maybe they have upped their game. That said most of the complaints were to do with the fitting of equipment slightly more difficult than a battery or windscreen wiper. It is also not difficult to find some real horror stories but that is also true of many other companies so I guess you pay your money and take your choice.
  9. HI Josh, welcome to the forum I hope you learn a lot and have fun in the process, there certainly are some very knowledgeable and helpful people on the forum.
  10. That very much depends really, the only real difficulty is wiring the data and power leads to the back of the car but given the way the cars are designed to buit on a conveyer belt at speed running such wiring is far from difficult. It also depends on the definition of 'experienced', I would respectfully suggest that, if the experienced person is your average Halfords person, you are far better fitting it yourself.
  11. I think the best initial advice for the first time new buyer would be, take your time and do not assume that, because it is a new car, it is not going to have problems. If you can take someone with you do so, two pairs of eyes are better than one.
  12. With the advent of 4K recording and some pretty effective night vision sensors coming from the likes of Sony there is no way that the cameras already installed in the car would be suitable. On the rear camera on my system you can not only clearly see the car registration but there is a great photo of who is in the driving seat and in many cases how many people are in the car. Something I think the insurance company could find very useful with so many scams happening every day on UK roads.
  13. I can't say that I notice a loss of power with the Aircon on, I did once find that the temperature did not seem to drop quick enough but rectified it by using the 'Auto' option which I think switches in the climate control. The only noise I get is a whine when the blower in on full power but this is dependant on the position the vents are set to.
  14. There are occasions when pressure washers come into their own and i suspect I will buy another at some point but thank top my experience with the expensive version it is most likely going to be form the middle aisle of Aldi if at all.
  15. That does seem to be a very easily installed fix if you require a dash cam which I personally is almost a must these days. Even having them fitted can stop a vehicle being selected as a possible target for a crash for cash scam. My Vantrue S1 adds the time, date, speed, location (in degrees West, East, North or South) and registration of vehicle it is programmed with. The Vantrue app also shows the route on goggle maps as the video plays and, therefore, also the location of any incident.
  16. I could accept I no longer have a pressure washer, I used to have an expensive Kärcher washer but it failed spectacularly two weeks after the warranty ran out so I have learnt to manage without.
  17. Today was the first time I have washed our Aygo using a water butt as the water source. I have installed two 100L water butts and have added a water butt pump which I connect up to a hose reel as normal. Pressure is less than a pressure washer but still has a reasonable amount of force. I rinsed the car, followed by a foam and rinse than did the wash with another rinse. Added neat wash liquid as per manufacture's guide lines with a final rinse, so four rinses which used about a third of the water in one butt. I rinse for the same period I would have done if the hose had been connected to the house mains and all seems well. Based upon that I should get four washes before I run out of water assuming there is no rain for that period. The reason it is not six washes is that the pump is placed above the lower third of the butt to avoid picking up and debris.
  18. They also give you money off to encourage you back if you have not filled up for a while, or at least they have with us, twice. It is only £ or so but it all helps these days.
  19. You might find some of the responses to the thread called 'Is a second remote possible' at present on page 4 of the Aygo and Aygo X forum useful.
  20. One factor I have come across is the annual mileage, if you have a high mileage it means you are on the road a lot more and therefore the opportunity to have an accident is increased so the price goes up. Low mileage is therefore cheaper but only to a point, very low mileage and some companies consider you may not be driving enough to keep you driving skills up to scratch so the price starts to go up again.
  21. I can see your point but I don't think the the comparison between SD cards and CDs is valid. CDs died out for a couple of reasons for a start they were not as indestructible as the public were led to believe and the technology moved on to DVD and Blue Ray. I accept the laptop manufacturers are always looking to cut costs and make the laptops as small as possible but that does not mean that SDs are dying out. Many of the top range cameras still use them and while more photos are being taken on mobile phones they often use micro SD cards for which you will also need a USB adapter, in most cases the same adapter. Even though the Nextbase 380 has wi-fi is still uses an SD card for storage, the only way I can make use of it in fact. The other advantage of any card storage is that, should an accident occur, the card can be locked so that the incident is not overwritten, and can also be swapped for another SD card to keep the dash camera operating. Yes it needs a USB adapter but considering such adapters are available for less than £5 I do not this being any sort of restriction on the use of SD cards.
  22. If you check the internet you will find the wi-fi issues are far from uncommon with this the Nextbase 380GW . Mine was fitted by the dealer as I purchased and ex-demonstrator but after trying three different phones with the 390GW each had the same problems, most the time not connecting and when it did the connection was never stable for more than five minutes. In the end I ignored the Nextbase and fitted a VANTRUE S1 4K. It has a small screen that can be used for setting up but to play dashcam footage you need to put the SD card into a computer. The fact that the Vantrue app shows the route on goggle maps as the video plays is a really nice touch. At £160 for front a rear cameras it is not really going to break the bank and I managed to fit it in a couple of hours one morning. I have been using it for four months now and I really love it. There are many dash cam I would consider but from my experience with the 380GW none would be from Nextbase.
  23. My present Garmin sat nav also has a dash cam included so the internal battery does not last long. I often use the power pack when I want to pre program a new route in the sat nav while indoors.
  24. Just like Frostyballs I have always used the supplied lead that plugs into the 12v socket to power my Garmin Sat Nav without issue. On the other hand I do use a USB to 12 adaptor to power my dash cam when I want to run it in parking mode but in this case I plug it into a USB power pack not the car's USB. It sounds an expensive solution but I have the USB power packs anyway as I use them to power some robotic cars using Raspberry boards so for my parking solution it was just the cost of the adapter. At least this way there is no way of running the cars battery flat. Vbestlife USB Port to 12V Car Cigarette Lighter Socket Female Converter Adapter Cord: Amazon.co.uk: Automotive Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000 PD Power Bank, External USB-C Battery with 20,000mAh 20W Power Delivery, Compatible with iPhone 12/12 Pro / 12 Pro Max / 8 / X/XR, Samsung, iPad Pro 2018, and More : Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
  25. Hornet3D

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    I didn't think it was the key programming that was to blame and suspected it was a software problem. I had expected it to suddenly reappear but after so long I am beginning to doubt it.
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