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Up! 3-doors look bad with that 70's style up-swept rear window like what? a Datsun maybe? Rear-seat claustrophobia.... Get a Mii or Citigo unless you have to have a GTi....

:) Fanning flames....
 
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Surely, the ARB is not under tension until the wheels are no longer co-axial, owing to a roll force?
 

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Co-axial just means that wheel centres are in a straight line. As soon as you corner, one wheel will be displaced up or down, and no longer be on the same straight line as the other, which is what twists the ARB.

Yes, you were thinking torsion bar! But not a "torsion beam axle", like at the rear, which is inherently an ARB.
 
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Isn't it just double-sided tape-mounted?
If so, mark overall positions with masking tape, take each piece off as required with dental floss, cleanup, and remount with fresh tape....
 

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Stop-start - AFAIK it doesn't/shouldn't engage if the engine is cold. Summer conditions may keep the engine above a threshold level. In any case, at the moment, my car is at 90C after 1/2 mile. These engines are designed to get to temp. very fast.
 
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Water will be below 90C when the car is literally started from cold (!), but this time of year, will be in the 20s all the time (at least down here) and will heat up vert fast.
Modern oils at say, 15-20C are probably runny enough for stop-start; it depends exactly what the software measures to decide if start-start is allowed (i.e. oil or water temp or both, and what temp 'set point' is good enough). Even in Cornwall in the depths of winter, I'm fairly sure S-S doesn't kick in on my car for 1/4 mile or so... Of course, it may be that after the first start from cold, the battery voltage is slightly down, having powered stuff all night, so the system allows the smart alternator to top it up before allowing S-S.
 

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i think i read someone recently saying the later cars aren't as good on fuel as the earlier ones?
I'm not sure if that's science and actual statistical data or just anecdotal - what may be true, is that for a given engine, later models may carry more weight (with more kit fitted). Maybe overall gearing changed? It's really hard to know the facts.....

47 is about right overall (including short town trips) on the MPi engines.
 

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But it's still a sample of one user, and we don't know the provenance of either car...
Seems odd that VW would engineer-in an increased consumption on later models, diesels aside ! :)
 

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Ah, I was thinking the MPi engines, but the turbos do have a lot more variables....!
 
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