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  1. I wouldn't say it's quite the same. While its true that ABS means drivers don't have to learn cadence braking I would maintain this is a much more difficult skill to master than hill starts with a handbrake. ABS is definitely a safety feature along with ESP but I wouldn't put hill assist in that category. As for power steering that doesn't replace any skills but allows designers to optimise the steering geometry without making life difficult for the driver.
  2. Sorry, the post came out doubled so deleted the text. I wish the forum would allow whole posts to be deleted.
  3. Hmmm, not sure I can agree with you there. You just need to let the gap widen enough before moving forward. That's a skill that can easily be learned and if you're using the handbrake correctly the hill assist won't activate anyway. Sorry, you won't convince me. I think people should take pride in learning the skills to drive well and these gimmicks just make them lazy.
  4. As I said earlier I've no experience of this engine but in general I've always believed that the glow plugs simply provide a hot-spot to initiate combustion until the combustion chamber temperature gets high enough to sustain it. From reading a Wikipedia article this appears to apply to both DI and IDI engines. I'd have thought the tip of the glow plug is too small to heat the surrounding metal or air.
  5. The first thing that comes to mind is that the glow plugs might be shot. I've no experience with this engine but I believe the plugs stay active to aid combustion while the engine is warming up.
  6. To return to the original questions I think hill start assist is a very bad development. It just encourages drivers to hold the car on the footbrake instead of learning to do it properly by using the handbrake. I know I'll get shot down for that opinion but I get very fed up with being blinded by high-level brake lights, especially at night.
  7. Yes, I reckon it does too. The wheels on our Mk3 dust up much faster than they did on our old Mk1.5 but I do also wonder how much that's due to the airflow around the wheel. The wheels on our old car had much rounder, smoother profile, spokes. Our Mk2.5 has the simpler 5-spoke alloys with rounded spokes and they don't dust up nearly as quickly. Although they don't look as pretty they're a heck of a lot easier to clean as well.
  8. I agree, that doesn't seem possible. The only explanation for that would be that David declutched after the engine cut out.
  9. Don't show the brake dust eh?
  10. Not necessarily. The Powershift transmission is a dual-clutch six-speed semi-automatic system.
  11. I agree with Peter. The symptoms you describe sound like a leak in the vacuum pipe from the manifold to the brake servo. I think your description of 'not turning over without some throttle' may be causing some confusion. I assume you mean it won't start unless you give it some throttle and then when you take your foot off it won't idle and stalls. Is that right? If so I'd say this confirms an air leak into the manifold from the vacuum pipe as Peter suggested.
  12. As Incontro says the 1.8 petrol is somewhat outdated tech but none the worse for that in my opinion. I think I read somewhere that it's a Mazda engine, maybe someone can confirm that. We've got one, as you can see from my sig line, and I'm very happy with it. The things I particularly like are the chain-driven camshafts and the individual plug-top ignition coils so no problems with high-tension cables. It has an engine cover so no problems with wet plugs either. Performance in our Mk2.5 is quite lively. The only criticism is that it's a bit 'revvy' and feels as though it could do with a sixth gear, although the Mk2.5 is a noisy car anyway. Consumption is around 35mpg mostly on out-of-town driving (and I must admit I use the performance). . The 1.8TDCi does at least have the advantage of no DPF and is pretty bullet-proof but personally, unless you do a lot of motorway miles, I'd steer clear of diesels.
  13. Andrea, just a suggestion, and to anyone else who takes a photo that's rotated, you can correct it before sending by viewing it in Windows Photo Viewer. Rotate it to the correct orientation. When you exit the viewer it will save it in that state. On an Android phone you can rotate it in the Gallery.
  14. Unfortunately I can also feel it through my double-glazing as you go past. I just wish that people who insist on playing that kind of material in their cars would have a bit of consideration for the effect it has on those outside the car. I don't believe in imposing my musical, or other, tastes on my fellow man but no doubt you'll just say I'm a stupid old idiot (which I probably am). I now await the flames . . . . . .
  15. That's my problem too .