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Old 22nd May 2011, 23:54   #2176
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Thanks mate for sharing this.

Can you please share some more info on this - like where did you get this, online or any local shop, whats the name of this device if I wish to buy this.
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Omega man, thats a nifty piece of equipment. Where did you procure that from? You said it operates magnetically. How exactly is it working? Does it switch on , on it own when you open the glove compartment?

Further like AvonA7 asked you , more details on the same please!
Thank you indeed AvonA7 & Ventolute,

Right you are Avon, that (on eBay) is precisely the equipment I got on my last visit to UK for a pound a pair.

Right you are Ventolute, when I open the glove compartment, it turns ON automatically and turns OFF when the glove compartment is closed. AvonA7 has already provided the link to the equipment.

Wish you all the best in your DIY, do let me know if you have any queries and need any assistance. I will be more than glad to assist.

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Old 23rd May 2011, 00:02   #2177
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AvonA7 thank you. That was a quick and effective find. seems like the same thing. Functional description seems similar.


OOps. The seller doesnt ship to India specifically!! Weird

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AvonA7 & Ventolute, were you able to find the Magnetically switched LED light for the Stowage Compartment of your VW Polo?
If not, no issues, we can explore other options as well.

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Can you please share some more info on this - like where did you get this, online or any local shop, whats the name of this device if I wish to buy this.
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OOps. The seller doesnt ship to India specifically!! Weird
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Old 25th May 2011, 19:16   #2179
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Thick under bonnet insulation on the petrol model too:

Quite strange that a VW Polo 1.2L Petrol should have thick under bonnet insulation, as informed by GTO, while the 1.6L Petrol does not.
I touched the bonnet after a 50km drive and it does get hot, really hot.
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Quite strange that a VW Polo 1.2L Petrol should have thick under bonnet insulation, as informed by GTO, while the 1.6L Petrol does not.
I touched the bonnet after a 50km drive and it does get hot, really hot.
Since when does the 1.2 petrol have this insulation? Mine doesn't.

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AvonA7 & Ventolute, were you able to find the Magnetically switched LED light for the Stowage Compartment of your VW Polo?
If not, no issues, we can explore other options as well.
No luck yet. Checked few online websites, but none of them deliver to India.
Planning to get it from UK if I could not find in the local market.
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Old 25th May 2011, 22:39   #2182
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Since when does the 1.2 petrol have this insulation? Mine doesn't.
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Hi Tushar, check the pictures by GTO, this thread owner & reviewer, on the first page of this thread.

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No luck yet. Checked few online websites, but none of them deliver to India.
Planning to get it from UK if I could not find in the local market.
I got mine from Maplin - the biggest electronics DIY store in the UK.

Alternatively, you can also try another product which uses a PIR Sensor to turn ON and turns OFF after a pre-determined time. Works on batteries, has 6 LED's and is small enough to fit inside the Stowage Compartment and, best of all, is available locally.

Check out the product here: eBay India: INFRARED PIR SENSOR 6-LED LIGHT LAMP MOTION DETECTOR (item 110691661000 end time 30-May-2011 09:25:34 IST)

If you are into basic electronics, you can build one yourself &/OR convert any small battery powered LED light to switch magnetically including this one - eBay India: Magnetic Peel & Stick Tap LED Multipurpose Light (item 170642614178 end time 24-May-2011 22:20:24 IST)
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Hey thanks OmegaMan. That was really helpful. Will try picking up something here in dubai while I am at it else will go the ebay way
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Thanks Omega Man. The one you first posted looks much better though the second one too will solve the purpose. Will go with the first one

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Quite strange that a VW Polo 1.2L Petrol should have thick under bonnet insulation, as informed by GTO, while the 1.6L Petrol does not.
The 1.2 L is a 3 cylinder mill, which is low in refinement and NVH. Where as, 1.6 is a 4 cylinder mill, much better in NVH and refinement, and hence doesn't need it.
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The 1.2 L is a 3 cylinder mill, which is low in refinement and NVH. Where as, 1.6 is a 4 cylinder mill, much better in NVH and refinement, and hence doesn't need it.
But it was present in the initially launched 1.2 petrol polo's models in India? Moreover, the hood gets really, really hot after a short ride and add to that, the scorching sun at noon. The hood looks like its getting cooked from within as well as outside. I had spoken to service but they said it could not be installed as it could not be ordered for petrol models. They order parts using chasis/engine numbers and their computer does not accept orders for the heatshield for petrol cars, including Vento. It costs 4k approx. Seems like a classic case of cost cutting.
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But it was present in the initially launched 1.2 petrol polo's models in India? Moreover, the hood gets really, really hot after a short ride and add to that, the scorching sun at noon. The hood looks like its getting cooked from within as well as outside. I had spoken to service but they said it could not be installed as it could not be ordered for petrol models. They order parts using chasis/engine numbers and their computer does not accept orders for the heatshield for petrol cars, including Vento. It costs 4k approx. Seems like a classic case of cost cutting.
The test vehicle that GTO had had this under hood insulation. It didn't make it in any petrol polos, mine is 1st batch car and does have the insulation.

I agree that the hood gets heated too quickly and the insulation will not only reduce heat but also reduce engine noise inside the cabin to some extent.
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Hi Guys, I am looking to buy a car preferably POLO. I am confused in deciding which one to go for, 1.2 or 1.6 Petrol.

My mileage will be limited, less than 1k per month.
I have driven Wagon R 2003 model. Will 1.2 be similar or better to WagonR in terms of performance. Or should I go for 1.6.

I am a little concerned about mileage as well since petrol prices are touching sky.

If any other alternate than POLO then please let me know. I've said NO to PUNTO (TATA) and i20 (after reading the reviews on TBHP)

I also checked out Accent and was amazed with its space and VFM. Can Accent be a better choice on POLO?

Your suggestions are highly appreciated.

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Hi Guys, I am looking to buy a car preferably POLO. I am confused in deciding which one to go for, 1.2 or 1.6 Petrol.

My mileage will be limited, less than 1k per month.
I have driven Wagon R 2003 model. Will 1.2 be similar or better to WagonR in terms of performance. Or should I go for 1.6.

I am a little concerned about mileage as well since petrol prices are touching sky.

If any other alternate than POLO then please let me know. I've said NO to PUNTO (TATA) and i20 (after reading the reviews on TBHP)

I also checked out Accent and was amazed with its space and VFM. Can Accent be a better choice on POLO?

Your suggestions are highly appreciated.

Thanks
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While there should be no much difference in performance from a Wagon R, the Polo is miles ahead of the tall boy in the handling and ride department, and of course the badge. Since you are looking out for a frugal petrol car, Polo 1.2 is a nice choice. It should give you around 13 kmpl in city with AC usage, while the 1.6 should give you around 9-10 kmpl.

The accent is a decent car, but is outdated and hence not a wise choice.
Cars you could consider waiting for are the new Swift, the Etios liva and the Honda Brio. Couple of these would anyways be launched during your waiting period in case you go ahead with booking a Polo.
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Quite strange that a VW Polo 1.2L Petrol should have thick under bonnet insulation, as informed by GTO, while the 1.6L Petrol does not.
I touched the bonnet after a 50km drive and it does get hot, really hot.
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Since when does the 1.2 petrol have this insulation? Mine doesn't.

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The 1.2 L is a 3 cylinder mill, which is low in refinement and NVH. Where as, 1.6 is a 4 cylinder mill, much better in NVH and refinement, and hence doesn't need it.
Hi dhanushs, went for a long drive today (<50kms) and the same issue cropped up which I had reported before - fogging on the windshield. The wipers are doing a good job but as soon as they clear the water, fog appears, and with the wipers in action, the fog keeps getting cleared and re-appearing again.

Today I got off the car to check the problem and was shocked to see steam rising from on top of the hood (bonnet) as it was really hot. While the car is in motion, this steam is directed towards the windshield which creates fogging. In the absense of heat shield insulation under the hood, this is going to be a serious problem.

What are my options, since VW has done away with under hood heat shield insulation. Who & Where do I report this? Its a design change for the sake of cost cutting by VW that seems to have gone horribly wrong. Please advice. Thanks in advance.
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