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Best driving roads in Europe [Infographic]

Road trips are synonymous with the United States of America due to its sheer size and vast highways, but did you know that the first ever road trip by automobile took place in Germany?

Europe has some of the most stunning roads in the world, and for those who dream of being on the open road YourParkingSpace has put together some of the best routes for a European Road Trip, plus what you can see and do in these regions.

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Our updated VW Emissions Fix Survey results are in with over 1200 responses

With over 1200, the latest set of results of our VW Emissions fix survey has surpassed our expectations. These updated figures reveal the extent of this issues facing VG Group vehicles owners.

This latest set of results combine the feedback from over 1200 owners, more than double 542 results we covered in April 2017.

With the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) protest happening tomorrow morning, these figures are even more important than ever.

Highlights

What really struck us from this survey is the sheer amount of money represented from an issue entirely caused by the actions of the VW Group UK. Remember that this “required updated” was optional and sanctioned by the DSA (Driver Standards Agency). Like most owners, the very fact that the DSA logo was present on the “recall” letters compounded the belief that the update was a legal requirement or would hamper MOT results in the future. At no point did VW make it clear that this was optional.

Taking into account the figures in the survey they represent a minimum of £132,000 (650 responses) in repairs for vehicles which were not broken before the fix. Just imagine that figure had 47.8% of owners not received a good will payment for the entire cost.

No wonder why over 73% would not buy another VAG vehicle (VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat)

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Show your support for the VW Emissions Group Protest at VW Group HQ

As many of you know, members of the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) will be showing up on the doorstep VW Group head quarters tomorrow morning. They’ll be protesting against the way in which VAG Group customers have been treated in the wake of the emissions recall.

The protest will consist of VAG group car owners directly affected by the recall, holding banners, drinking tea and exercising their right to exercise Article 11 (Google it 🙂

The tight-knit group will be highlighting the issues surrounding the recall in both the public eye and UK media. In attendance will be numerous news agencies including the BBC. 

How can you show your support?

The best way you can show your support is to come along to the peaceful protest and join your fellow owners. Some refreshments will be provided.

Where: VW Group Head Office. Yeomans Dr, Blakelands, Milton Keynes MK14 5AN (Google maps)
When: June 21st 2017 – 8:00am onwards
Contact: Contact the admin team on the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum Facebook group (link)

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Our top 5 summer Hypermiling / fuel saving tips

With temperatures set to soar later this week we thought it would be a good time to revise our Top Summer Hypermiling / Fuel saving tips for 2017. 

The biggest factor to take into account during our “limited” summer months is heat. There is nothing worse than a hot car especially when you’re ferrying around a family of four who like nothing more than to complain and moan about even the smallest “problem”. A summers day of around 25 degrees could see your car getting up to 60c, making it very uncomfortable for us and also fatal for pets. 

Getting rid / managing this heat is what will ultimately cost you at the pumps.

With this in mind we’ve put together our top six summer hypermiling / fuel saving tips to help keep your fuel usage down and more importantly the little ones and pets happy.

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Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum set to protest VW HQ on June 21st

Members of the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum Facebook group are set to descend on the VW head quarters on June 21st in protest of the VW Group EA189 emissions recall.

The group which boasts over 2,500 members plans to picket the VW head office to help raise awareness of the issues that owners have faced in the wake of the emissions “fix”. 

The group, founded by Gareth Pritchard was setup to assist fellow VAG VW Group car owners following mechanical failure following the EA189 engine emissions fix. Backed up by a team of 8 admin the group has been busy lobbying government and assisting affected owners.

The peaceful protest, planned for June 21st is the first of many events the group has arranged to raise awareness of the issues resulting with both the UK Group themselves and the media. A number of media outlets including the BBC have shown interest in attending. 

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How to check if the emissions fix has been applied to a VAG vehicle

According to the VW Group, you must give consent before the diesel emissions fix is applied. This hasn’t stopped dealers from applying it without owners knowledge and it certainly hasn’t done a lot for their reputation.

But what happens if you’ve got your heart set on an affected VAG  Euro5 diesel vehicle and you want to check if it’s been “fixed”? It just so happens that the VW Group give you the very tools to check. Simply use their handy tool to return the VIN number and the form will show the emissions fix update status. 

To save you the hassle of finding the links please see below

Not only will the above websites tell you the status of the update it will also inform you if your vehicle was affected by the recall. For those of you with Euro6 cars you will see that you have been spared the #VWFixFail misery.

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Your emissions “fixed” VAG VW Audi Skoda Seat could be worthless / unsalable

Not wanting to kick owners whilst they are down but we feel there’s a question which needs to be raised: Who in their right mind would buy an emissions fixed VAG VW / Audi / Skoda / Seat?

We already know that the fix is breaking cars left, right and centre, we know that EGR valves are on back order and we know that diesel particulate levels are through the roof and you’re sitting on a £1000 DPF ticking time bomb. More on how the fix affects DPFs here.

We’d rather not raise this kind of question but these are the facts. We’re now seeing EGR valves fail for the second time and DPF / injector issues are on the increase. These issues aren’t being swept under the carpet either, media outlets are finally realising the scale and severity of the emissions fix and reporting on these issues is becoming more regular. 

It really won’t be long until EURO 5 VAG VW cars become synonymous with these issues, so who the #?$! is going to buy yours? Dealers won’t want to touch them fearing the repercussions of EGR and DPF failures, private buyers will have seen the damning facts surrounding the fix. So where will that leave you? 

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