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Choosing the best Windscreen wiper blades for your Skoda Octavia Mk3 2013 onwards

We’ve been reading various posts on the Skoda Owners Club website and facebook pages with owners looking advice for the best wiper blades available for your Octavia MK3, so we’ve put together this article to help you guys out.

Avoid Cheap wipers

Choosing the right wiper blades for your MK3 Skoda Octavia & (VRS) is essential to safe motoring, especially when the weather turns. Cheap, poor quality or fault wiper blades is like having smeared glasses.  It’s not only annoying to have a dirty windscreen but its also dangerous to have your vision impaired whilst driving. 

We’ve used cheap wipers in the past and we’ve suffered at the hands of excess wind noise and the dreaded wiper judder. It’s common knowledge that the Octavia suffers from excessive road noise so its only common sense to not add any further noise into the mix.

Recommended Wipers

We replaced the wipers on the Hypermiler 2015 Octavia VRS Estate only recently. We trawled the owners’ clubs and Facebook groups looking for recommendations. What we read time and time again is great feedback and recommendations for the Bosch Aerotwin range of blades.

On our MK3 estate, they performed flawlessly. Quiet, smooth and great performance even the heaviest rain.

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VW Emissions group lobbies Government for action against DfT’s role in the diesel gate emissions recall

In a tough move by the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) over 140 members of the 6,400 strong group have contacted the transport select committee in response to the issues surrounding the VW EA 189 emissions recall. 

As you might have noticed, we’ve been closely following and reporting on the fall out from the recall for some time. It’s been clearly apparent that the DfT’s role in the recall has helped mislead customers into having the damaging and irreversible fix applied to their cars.

The government has yet to act and continues to be in cohorts with the VW group over the recall. Unlike in the USA, the VW Group has acted with impunity and has continued to deny any link between the emissions fix and mechanical failures vehicle owners have been experiencing, despite overwhelming evidence.

Our own survey of theVW group owners has clearly shown EGR, injector and DPF failures in alarming rates with many owners faced with triple-figure repair bills despite the so-called “trust-building measures” from VW Group. More on that here

We applaud the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum in the face of our incompetent government agencies and a biased media “paid off” by the gargantuan marketing budget of the despicable car manufacturer.

If you’ve been affected by the recall then please consider joining the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) facebook group. 

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YourParkingSpace.co.uk takes the stress out of parking

You’re running late for work, the roads are congested and you’re about to miss an important meeting. The last thing you need is to be confronted with a full car park and no street parking for miles.

Unfortunately for me, this is a common occurrence, but there is a website that might just help.

YourParkingSpace is an online marketplace designed to make it simple to park your car. Their easy to use search feature makes it quick and easy to locate a space that ‘s just right for you.

You can book a space online instantly by the hour, day or month from across the entire country. Once secured, it’s yours. No rushing, no stress and no dodging the parking wardens or fines.

Over 250,000 spaces available

With over 250,000 spaces available across the UK you’re sure to find a spot for you. From a private space to secure lock up, there is a wide range of spaces available in areas you just wouldn’t be able to secure a normal space. 

Not only could YourParkingSpace.co.uk take the stress out of finding a space, it could save you a money too. Typical parking charges in city centres can be crippling, YPS allows you to find the right space at the right budget for you.

Find a space on the move

You’re not restricted to their website either. Simply download their app for Android or iOS. You’ll have the power of YourParkingSpace at your fingertips. Easily search for daily or monthly spaces and checkout in just a few taps. They also support Apple Pay and Google Wallet making payments on the move even easier.

Earn money with your space

If you’re lucky enough to have a car parking space spare then why not earn money from it. You can advertise your space from as little as from £40 to £450 per month. Motorists can then find and rent parking spaces – driveways, allocated off-street spaces, underground parking, and secure garages for rent are all in high demand.

Parking charges rocketing and traffic ever more congested why not give YourParkingSpace.co.uk a try. You might just find your perfect space and save yourself money in the process.

 

 
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New “pollution” tax seeks to rid the capital of older diesel vehicles, doesn’t go far enough

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From today, Drivers of the most polluting diesel vehicles will be “taxed” out of the UK capital in a bid to improve air quality.

The “fine”, called the T-Charge will impose an additional £10 charge to older vehicles that do not meet the strict Euro4 emissions standard within central London. This could see drivers of older diesel vehicles essentially priced out of the capital or forced to pay up to £21.50 a day for driving their smokey old diesel in London.

Does the T-Charge go far enough?

We applaud TfL but wish they had gone much further. Under the scheme, only vans and commercial vehicles will need to meet Euro5 standards, meaning that cars without DPF filters will not be hit with the T-Charge. In real terms, this means that the worst Euro4 cars could emit 10 times more diesel particulate matter than their Euro5 counterparts – 0.005 g/km (Euro5) vs 0.05 g/km (Euro4)

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Greenpeace protesters storm ship delivering Volkswagen diesel cars to UK

Greenpeace protesters have stormed ship delivering Volkswagen diesel cars in an attempt to block it from unloading its precious vehicular cargo.

The ship, Elbe Highway, a 23,000-tonne ship vessel was boarded by activists at around 9AM this morning at Sheerness port in Kent. Their aim was to block the ship from unloading a large number of Volkswagen vehicles, causing it to return to the motherland Germany.

A further 40 activists stormed the port and removed thousands of car keys in a bid to immobilise them. In a video released by Greenpeace, the group were seen lifting the bonnets and labelling the engines with messages from 8,000 Greenpeace supporters, including many car owners, calling on VW to ditch diesel.

The ship is currently anchored off Margate but is due to return to Sheerness port tomorrow morning. Reports suggest that at least two activists are still held up on the ship and will spend the night on a port gantry.

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New emissions test gets tough on new cars

From this month (September 2017), every new car model destined for UK showrooms will undergo a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). This new test measures all regulated emissions, as well as CO2 and fuel economy.

Much like current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) tests it is conducted in controlled laboratory conditions (for consistency) however the WLTP is much faster, longer and more dynamic, with a greater range of vehicle and engine speeds, engine load, gear changes and temperatures. 

The tests are designed to replicate real world driving conditions by not only extending the test duration by 50%, they also incude

  • Higher average and maximum speeds
  • Shorter stops
  • Longer test distance and time (from 20 minutes to 30 minutes)
  • Higher average and maximum drive power
  • Test temperature set at 23°C
  • Different gear shifts
  • More rapid acceleration/deceleration
  • Better range of driving to represent the city, urban, a road and motorway
  • Fuel consumption and emissions figures that better represent results achieved by drivers

Amazingly the WLTP is the world’s first test will require manufacturers to prove their air quality credentials by passing a brand new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test using special state-of-the-art portable emissions measurement (PEMS) equipment. This PEMS analyses the trace tailpipe emissions of pollutants, including NOX and particulates over a wide range of both every-day and extreme conditions. This test will ensure that new vehicles meet tough Euro 6 emissions standards in real world conditions and also in the lab.

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Choosing the best Tyres for your Skoda Octavia MK3 VRS (2013 – onwards)

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You just might have guessed this but I love my Skoda Octavia VRS MK3, its the perfect performance family mover and touch wood is has been very reliable (queue Skoda jokes). Choosing the right tyres for my VRS is vital to ensuring peak performance and comfort, IMO finding the right rubber a must.

There are a huge selection of tyres available from many manufacturers, these range wildly in price and performance but many people forget one of the biggest issues with the MK3. Noise.

The biggest downside of the MK3 and all previous generations of the Octavia is the intrusive road noise. There’s much debate on why this is, from poor suspension setup to the lack of sound deadening. One of the biggest factors to the noise level in my opinion is the tyres, poor sound deadening and suspension is only going to amplify tyre noise, this is why getting a low noise tyre was key for me. If like me you have an estate, you’ll know what I mean.

What Size tyres do I need

As standard the Mk3 VRS came with two different tyre / wheel sizes.

Skoda Octivia VRS Mk3 18″ Wheel Size: 225/40/18
Skoda Octivia VRS Mk3 19″ Wheel Size: 225/35/19 (Extemes)

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