No, the 12v engine wasn't used in the C5 models. Infact, the 2.8 30v
was used in the last of the C4 models (end of 1996 onwards).
I wouldn't get too worked up about which group they put a car in - the
actual premium is more important and isn't determined solely by the
group classification. You may find that your premium is lower than it
would be with another company that considers the car to be in group 17.
Peter Bell - firstname.lastname@example.org
> I have just bought a W reg 2.4 A6 about a month ago.
What year models are R-reg. and W-reg.? I know that you use this particular
system in the UK, but I do not know what exact year each letter represents.
Yes, it confuses us too - especially since the system changes every
little while! Once upon a time it went by strict calendar year,
January to December. Then it changed to run from August to July. Then
it bacame six monthly, with letters from August to February, and March
to August. Since then it has run from March to August, and September
to February. Now, of course, the letter system has been dropped and we
have numbers representing the year/months. Is that all clear?
Peter Bell - email@example.com
Yes, thanks, Peter, when I looked at the abovementioned webpage, it became
much clearer to me. So you have decided to drop the letter system
altogether? I did not know that until now. But now I know, again thanks to
your info, Peter. I get a little wiser every single day................. And
that is of course a good thing. The new UK system with numbers representing
years and months seems a lot more logical to me, it certainly makes sense,
and has to be better than the previous system. So: R = 1997-1998. W 2000. Correct, I hope? We have a 1999 Audi A6 SE 2.4L V6 30V 121 kW/165 HP
with AC and Tiptronic. 1999, it must be a T-reg., am I right here? Here, we
have a system based on the place where the vehicle was registered for the
first time in this country, and not the date.
Maybe! Our new system uses registrations of the form: AA99 AAA.
The AA indicates the area of first registration - so our Audis have RN
and RF, indicating that they were registered in the Reading area. Then
the 99 indicates the year/months - 02 indicates March to August 2002,
52 indicates September 2002 to February 2003. 03 indicates 2003 ...
etc. When we get to 2010, the initial 0 will become 1, and the 5 will
become 6, so 62 will represent September 2012 - February 2013. Then,
the three letter group is a random allocation identifying individual
vehicles for a given time/area.
Yes, except that, depending on the month, it could have been an S, T or
As you can see, we also identify the area of first registration by the
initial alphabetic characters. Indeed, the older registration system
also used the (final two) alphabetic characters to represent the area,
so my old A6 2.7TqS was W185 SRX - W says it was registered between
March and August 2000, the RX says it was registered in the County of
Peter Bell - firstname.lastname@example.org
> Yes, except that, depending on the month, it could have been an S, T or
A very similar system here, except for the date thing. Our Audi A6 is
D-registered, which is Oslo. All D- and E-cars, and some F-cars, too, are
Oslo-cars. It starts with DA 10000, and ends with FR 99999. FS 10000 and
onwards is another city, Hamar, and so on. The lowest combination is AA
10000, which is Halden in our very southeast, not too far from Swedish port
city Gothenburg (Gøteborg), and the highest is ZZ 99999, which is Vadsø, not
too far from the North Cape. The system goes from south to north, in other
words. The Oslo region is presently using the letters DK, and the highest
combination that I have seen so far is around DK 59000. Our vehicle is
DJ-registered, the previous Oslo letter combination. The next combination
here, when DK 99999 is finally used, will then be DL 10000, and so on. The
letters and numbers are black on a white background, or sometimes black on a
green background (cars with limitations on use). Very similar to the Danish
plates, in other words, with the very significant difference that our plates
always have a colored annual road tax paid emblem glued on between the
letters and the numbers, like in Sweden. The Danish car registration plates
do not have this emblem. In Sweden, they only have one road tax emblem on
the rear plate, but we have two, both on the front and the rear registration
plate. So, we have two letters plus the road tax emblem plus five numbers,
black on white, while Denmark has also two letters plus five numbers, also
black on white, but with no road tax emblem between them. In Sweden, they
have three letters plus three numbers, also black on white, but with only
one road tax emblem between the letters and the numbers only on the rear
registration plate. The Finnish system is very similar to the Swedish one,
with three letters plus three numbers black on white, so the car
registration plates in Sweden and Finland look very similar, just like ours
and the Danish ones also do. So, many foreigners have some difficulties in
noticing the difference between Denmark and us, and Sweden and Finland, the
national car registration plates, I mean here, of course, but maybe in many
other areas as well, I strongly suspect. Our road tax paid emblems are in
three different colors, red, yellow, and blue. Last year the color was red,
this year it is yellow, and next year it will be blue, and then red again,
yellow, and blue, and so on. It displays the registration number of the car,
plus of course the year. If you do not have the correct emblem with the
right color on your plates, the police will most likely stop you sooner or
later, and simply remove the registration plates from your car, so it will
be illegal to drive further. It is of course strictly illegal to drive with
fake or homemade registration plates or road tax paid emblems. The
registration plates follow the cars all their lives, and will not be reused.
Some letter combinations are not ordinarily used, like CD, which is only for
foreign embassy cars, the Corps Diplomatique. The CD Corps Diplomatique
registration plates are with yellow letters and numbers, again two plus
five, on a blue background, easy to recognize. I hope that this information
will be appreciated and useful to some of you, at least, and, if nothing
else, just to "broaden your horizon".................. or if you should be
so extremely fortunate to spot a Scandinavian-registered vehicle in a
parking lot near you.................
Please feel absolutely free to correct me if I am wrong here, but the full
name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is it not?
It is hard to find a suitable letter combination covering it all, so I think
that when UK is "occupied" by the Ukraine, then GB - or GBR - is the next
best thing anyway. You are obviously quite right here, GB(R) does not really
cover Northern Ireland, but what can you do? The letter combination options
are fairly limited. And no country is specifically mentioned above the
others, not England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland, just (Great)
Britain. It should be good enough to please almost everybody, I think?
Anyway, you cannot please all the people all the time, you
THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND. The official name
for the nation informally referred to as Britain. Often abbreviated to "the
UK". The term "United Kingdom" only became the official title in 1801, when
the Act of Ireland united Britain and Ireland. It had however been in use
since 1707, when the Act of Union incorporated Scotland with England and
Wales into the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
GREAT BRITAIN. Used by cartographers to denote the biggest of the British
Isles, containing most but not all of England, Wales and Scotland. The usage
goes back to Roman times ("Britannia Major", distinguished from "Britannia
Minor", ie Brittany). It also forms part of the official title of the United
Kingdom, in which case it means the political entities of England, Scotland,
Wales, including the offshore islands which belong to those countries.
Because of the possible confusion between these two usages, "the British
mainland" has been suggested as the least ambiguous term for the major
£60 for oil service and £120 for Inspection service at the same
garage. Audi/VW independent
Can't help feeling I've got a good buy. Paid £6k cash (84000 miles)
and got full MOT, 6 months parts and labour warranty, full valet and
polish, 80k service thrown in. Failed on CV joint for test so they've
replaced that. I felt a bit cheeky in mentioning the last service
report stating that it would need new rear discs and pads for this
service due. They did not grumble and said they would do no problem.
Seem to be good dealers, local, very professional, family run, fair
and reasonable and very reputable. Only heard good things about them
in the trade. Nice to be able to take the car back there for servicing
also, continuity and all that. I'm half expecting a tank full of
petrol thrown in for good measure when I pick it up next week.....only
They've helped me transfer my number plate over too. R32 JGA, doesn't
actually mean anything to me but I feel it could be worth something to
somebody in the future. I had Golf R32 owners in mind obviously.
I think they deserve a plug so here goes. F A Ropers, Bradford!
Hope I'm not counting my chickens
Sounds good to me
Like another poster said it's all relative. Thanks for taking the time
to reply Ron and to everyone else, Norway included. I get good vibes
about this forum coming over from the uk.rec.cars.vwwatercooled forum.
Didn't know about the higher octane requirement Buster. Thanks for the
tip, will clarify before filling up for the first time
I searched Auto Trader natinally over 13 regions last night and out of
possibly as many as 200 about 7 or 8. So I came to the conclusion they
are either rare or their owners are extremely happy with them and
don't want to sell.......I suspect the former
That's not bad at all. Wait while you hear mine. 35 yrs old, 4 years
no claims (2 yrs lost a few yrs back unprotected), 1 claim for
theft/total loss on my old Rover.....bless!, 2 yrs ago, £1000 payout
but still declarable, Business class 1 use, local government employee,
live on a new development but in a generally bad post code area.
Already paid £788 fully comp for my Passat SE Turbo and now they've
asked for another £350 (nearly 50% more) for the remaining 10 months
of the year, only Gp 15 to Gp 18. That makes about £1200 for a full
year. Must admit the dealer did forewarn me that the companies have
you by the short and curlys until renewal. Hoping to get the premium
down next time when I'll be shopping around.
Can you recommend anybody Buster?
Thanks for the tip I will give them a try at the dreaded renewal time,
fortunately some while off yet as I reckon they've had enough of my
cash this year. Even if only a good deal for a year, then I'll shop
around the year after that.
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