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Review: Skoda Octavia 3 iii Canton Sound System (Estate VRS)


Since my first car (a 1985 Fiesta 1.1 Ghia) I’ve always been a keen car audio enthusiast. Now we’re not talking H&K or Bose level stuff but just making sure I have a well rounded sound with a bit of bass thrown in. This has often resulted in a mismatch pair of 10 inch subs powered by a generic 700w amp bought from a “friend” that’s been fixed to the back seats with self tappers. Enough to rattle the interior mirrors and upset your neighbors at 3AM. Just how I like it 🙂

My previous car (much more grown up), was a 2013 C class AMG sport which was kitted out with quote possibly the best stereo I’ve had to date but that’s to be expected of that kind of marque. When looking at for a new car I had to make sure it at least had something to fill the gap after being spoilt by the Merc for such as long time.

The current generation of Skoda Octavia VRS comes with the option of a premium sound system – the Canton. Many of you (including me) will not have heard of Canton before so here’s a little snippet from their home page.

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Skoda Octavia ii 2004 – 2013 Inc VRS Diesel Particulate Filter DPF – Owner’s Manual – Regeneration FAQ

Skoda VRS Estate Mk2 2 ii Race blue

As many of you know, I’m the proud owner of a 2015 diesel VRS estate. Lucky for me Skoda and the VAG group in general have ironed out many of the DPF issues that plagued earlier cars. My article regarding the Octavia iii 3 DPF  was very popular so I’ve put together this little post to help out my fellow Octavia 2 ii brothers and sisters.

Unfortunately due to the aging fleet and “early” design of the DPF / exhaust system the earlier cars do seem to have many more issues with the diesel particulate filter. Our research also suggests that the DPF sensors may also be prone to failure which could be a rather misleading issue.

Fortunately I’ve been able to source a couple of little gems not available on the Skoda website. Please find below the links to the Skoda Octavia ii 2 owners Manual and also the Skoda DPF leaflet


For those not wanting to trawl the manual for the good stuff, see below inc screenshots of the DPF pages in the manual

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London Diesel owners face £10 daily ‘toxicity’ charge


London’s Mayor wants to impose a “toxicity” charge to drivers of older diesel cars driving in the capital. The charge is being considered to help deter drivers of older diesel cars from the UK capitol.

The new charge would apply to cars, vans and lorries with diesel engines built before an EU emissions standard came into force in 2005 (Euro 4 EU Emissions Standards). It’s estimated that as many as 9,000 vehicles a day could be liable for the £10 charge proposed by Sadiq Khan.

He has also urged the government to re-introduce a scrappage scheme for the most polluting diesel vehicles on UK roads to help the UK clean up it’s act and move towards “clean diesel” technology.

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Our top 10 tips for getting the most from your Dash Cam

transcend dp200 dash cam top tips

So you’ve taken the first step in protecting you against bogus insurance claims and unsuspecting wild life but there are a few pointers that can really help you make the most of your newly installed dash cam.

See below our top 10 Dash cam tips and cover yourself in the event of an accident or emergency. (Transcend DP200 – pictured above)

1. Where to put it

This might be an obvious tip but you’d be surprised with the number of incorrectly place dash cams providing hours of questionable video footage on youtube. The camera should be positioned in the centre of your windscreen and as high as possible. Many people who have the room opt to mount it behind the rear view mirror for that discreet install.

2. Don’t reach for the sky

Unless your an avid bird watcher or fascinated by rare cloud formations you should limit the amount of sky you have in your picture (yes we are guilty of this!). Excess sky in the camera frame creates more glare, reducing the quality of the video. Glare will make the dash cam compensate for the brightness of the sky by making the rest of the video darker. This can reduce the quality of the the things you want to capture like that car on the wrong side of the road hurtling towards you.

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RAC predicts fuel prices to crash as low as 86p

fuel prices 2016 86p litre price crash

With oil prices continuing their downward spiral the RAC has predicted the UK could see fuel prices as low as 86p a litre.

In a statement released by the RAC they explain that since the beginning of December 2015 oil prices have tumbled by 30% to 12-year low of $30.06. Unfortunately, wholesale fuel prices have not yet reflected these record lows so drivers are yet to take full advantages at the pumps.

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VW proposes diesel catalytic converter and software update to resolve emissions cheating scandal

VW CO2 protest diesel gate

VW has proposed a new diesel catalytic converter in order to fix the majority of the 660,000 US vehicles affected by the emissions scandal.

It’s hope that combined with a software “fix” the solution will be accepted by the EPA and help put an end to the media and customer smack down that has plagued the company since the news of #emissionsgate broke last year.

It’s commonly accepted that the retrofitting of the new diesel cat may not resolve the emissions irregularities for all vehicles so it’s understood that a buyback scheme maybe offerers to owners who can not be offered this or a similar fix.

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Top 5: How to stop your car windows misting / fogging up


Those of you who live in the UK (and other moist nations) know the struggle that is misted / foggy or steamed up windows. Anything that hinders your visibly while driving is a big no-no in our book.

With the recent rather soggy weather in blighty we’ve been so very kind and put together our top 5 tips on how to stop your windows from misting and fogging up.

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