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Running on Fumes. Just how much fuel do you have on empty? Skoda Octavia MK3


Sometimes you just can’t help running in “the red”, maybe you’re further away from a petrol station than expected or you’re going for a hypermiling full tank range record. When you’re cutting it to the wire, you need to have at least some idea about how much fuel you have left when your Skoda Octavia VRS maxidot says 0.

It’s not often that I misjudge a fillup but last week I was faced with the stark reality that I could be forced into a rather long walk of shame with only a jerry can keeping me company. My loss is your gain so hopefully, this article should give you some insight into how much fuel is actually left when the car says you really don’t have any more miles left in the tank.

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The VW DIESELGATE emissions fix survey results are in after 3000 responses

Its been over two years since we invited owners affected by the VW Emissions fix to fill out our VW Emissions Fix survey, after a whopping 3,041 responses – the final results are in.

Before we dive into the details, here are the figures which really stand out

  • 87.7% owners experienced issues with their car post fix.
  • 20.7% report having issues immediately after the fix was applied to their vehicle
  • 66.2% of the reported issues related to the EGR valve failing
  • 70.7% of dealers denied the fix was the cause of reported issues yet over
  • 50% of owners had their cars fixed as “good will”
  • 37.9% of owners paid more than £500 for repairs
  • 3.5% of owners paid more than £2000 in repairs
  • 60.4% of owners reported a reduction of power after the fix was applied
  • 72% would not by another VW Group vehicle
  • 95.1% would NOT recommend a friend to have the emissions fix applied

What’s more damning is that the survey represents (at least)

£560,852 in repairs

That’s over half a million pounds that has lined the pockets of the VAG group and their dealership network as a direct result of their emissions cheating. 

To say I’m gobsmacked is a ****ing understatement and that’s only a fraction of the 1.2 million cars the VW Group recalled in the UK – or 0.25% to be exact. 

With such a tiny cross-section of the total number of cars recalled, half a million pound could be a drop in the ocean compared to the actual cost to UK VW Group car owners.

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DIY DPF delete / Removal… can you really do it yourself?

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DIY DPF removal. Can you really do it yourself? It’s a question we get daily from disgruntled owners faced with a dealership DPF replacement/regeneration quotes, often of the four-digit variety.

So can you tackle this job yourself and replace/remove the DPF filter once and for all? Before we answer this, let’s think about what’s involved.

Yes, a DPF filter itself is a simple thing. A box with a honeycomb filter/mesh which stops/traps larger diesel exhaust particulates (soot) but allows the follow of normal exhaust gasses. What isn’t so simple are the sensors and ECU management which keep this system in check. Your car’s ECU is constantly monitoring the DPF sensors, checking back pressure and ensuring that it’s working correctly. In the event of a blockage / or high loading, it will trigger a DPF regeneration until sensors reach nominal levels. To complicate things further there are some systems which utilise ELOYS  to reduce the temperature at which the soot can be “burnt off” the DPF.

Physical DPF removal

Physically removing the DPF typically isn’t what many would call a huge job. Some cars are harder than others but at the end of the day, it’s a serviceable exhaust component. Typically it should unbolt from the exhaust, however, on some vehicles, it requires a lot of jiggery-pokery depending on its location and in extreme cases the removal of the front subframe.

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Modified Skoda Octavia VRS Mk3 Gallery

Since we loooove the Skoda MK3 VRS just so damn much, we’ve put together this gallery of the good, bad and damn right ugly. 

Prices of the beloved MK3 are really starting to fall so we expect to see some completely ruined examples of the VRS on the internets – just waiting to be showcased here. On the flip side, the VRS has proven itself to be a very popular car based on a very tunable platform. New products and modifications are being released all the time. It’s an exciting time to own a MK3.

If you’ve spotted an example worthy of this page then please email it to Karl (at) hypermiler.co.uk

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How to reset the inspection / service warning on the Skoda Octavia Mk3 iii inc VRS

If like me you’ve been nagged by the service / inspection warning on the dash of your Skoda Octavia MK3, you’ll have been reaching out for a solution from Google. Hopefully, you’ve ended up here in the hope for an answer. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

What is the inspection warning on my Skoda?

Contrary to what you might have read, the inspection warning is not the same as the service interval warning. According to the Skoda workshop manual (click here) the inspection warning is displayed after “After 2 years or 30 000 km and then every 1 year/30 000 km”. It covers a long list of things to be “inspected”, all the way from an engine oil level check to your windscreen and brake fluid check. You might be asking if this is really necessary, IMO it’s just another way that dealers will steal even more of your hard earned cash. 

Follow the steps below to reset the inspection warning

  • Press and hold the long button below the dials labeled 0.0 / SET until the dash lights up
  • Whilst holding this button, turn on the ignition and continue to hold 
  • Keep holding the button until “Reset inspection service – are you sure?” is displayed
  • Release the 0.0 / SET button and press it again to reset the service interval warning. The dash will display “Service Reset”

Turn off the ignition and now start the car, you’ll no longer be greeted with the inspection warning. You’re welcome!

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Tesla shows off the Model 3 full self driving [VIDEO]


Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll be well aware of Tesla’s “autonomous” mode for cruising highways. In fact, according to Tesla, a mindblowing 66 million miles have been covered my owners totally “hands-free”.

Until now the promise of” full” self-driving has been one of science fiction. In the latest video from Elon, it shows the Model 3 doing just that. Full. Self. Driving.

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Are my number plates legal?

To be able to legally display number plates on your vehicle you need to purchase them from a registered number plate supplier. You can search for one that is local to you on the DVLA website. Companies that operate under this scheme and can supply replacement number plates to their buyers, in keeping with all of the laws and regulations that they set to ensure that they are road legal.

Some of the specifications behind the manufacture of number plates may not be known to you, but things like the reflective film, and the acrylics by used members of the RNPS (registered number plate suppliers) to make your number plates are supplied by manufacturers that are part of the British Number Plate Manufacturers Association. This means that all of their products conform to British Standards and you’ll encounter no issues in terms of the quality and legality of your items.

The DVLA state on their website that –

Rules for number plates

The number plates on your vehicle must:

be made from a reflective material
display black characters on a white background (front plate)
display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
not have a background pattern

Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

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