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Old 22nd January 2021, 09:48   #61
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1700kms Up! Few Niggles, Tweaks and Updates

Crossed the 1700km mark today and realised I hadn't made any updates to this thread. A lot has been happening with respect to my Polo ownership experience and I think this is a good milestone to write about some good and bad traits about this vehicle, along with a few niggles I've faced.

Drivetrain Performance
Contrary to the belief that newer engines do not need to be run-in, the first 500kms with this car, were a stark contrast to the feel of the engine I'm used to today. The engine feels a lot more at home now and its become a very predictable affair driving this car around town. The highlight of this Polo, has to be the sweet-sounding, rev happy, explosive 1.0 TSI Engine. The rest of the components in my opinion are mere pawns on this chessboard. It's such a quick engine and truly gives you the satisfaction by its quick power delivery.

Long Morning Idle
A characteristic of this engine is that it takes a very sweet time to reduce its idle speed after a cold start. I've timed this about 30-40 times and the 1.0 TSI took about 1min and 20 seconds or so on an average each time! If you try and reverse the car at this high idle, you are doomed! The car is indeed very difficult to be controlled at this time due to the high idle. In fact, this is the Scary Creep! which many have documented. After the idling reduces, the creep is pretty much like any other automatic car, but if you don't wait for the idle to reduce, then you'd be shocked by how aggressive the creep feels.

Gearbox
The gearbox 09G by AISIN, is offered in its newest avatar for this 1.0 TSI Engine, is a fair gearbox at best. In-gear acceleration is its strongest strength but I'm not a fan of the stock gearbox tuning. Its definitely tuned for efficiency and wants to climb to D3 as soon as it can, but in stop and go traffic, the D3-D2 clunk is very perceptible to me. The clunk is the faintest when the gearbox is cold, and The only way I can neglect it, is to have some good music running. Other than the D3-D2, I find it to be a fairly smooth and competitive offering, which I wouldn't mind since its theoretically more reliable than the quick DSG. However, when in D, you can feel that flat spot, when you slow down for a speed breaker, and there's a good 1.5-2 seconds delay before the turbo starts spooling again, and I did not notice this flat spot when I was enjoying the Manual Test Drive vehicle. I have been trying to get in touch with some European tuners to receive an optimised Gearbox Map for the 09G, which could prolong the upshift and reduce the number of times I feel the D3-D2 jerk. A temporary solution to avoid the shift-shock, is slotting to Sports, which many enthusiasts did for their DSGs.

Fuel Efficiency
I have been really happy with the Fuel Efficiency, considering how quick this car is. 10.8km/l on a consistent basis on city drives in Pune's average traffic is really good considering the 1.2L i10 Auto barely manages 8-9km/l. On highways though, the 09G's 5th and 6th gears ensure a healthy double digit mileage which doesn't dip too much even if you push this drivetrain hard. On my trips to Ahmednagar, could manage a healthy 15-16km/l which is really good considering this is a Turbo charged petrol engine. Again, the comparison for me is the i10's 1.2L engine which barely managed a 12km/l here that too by strictly driving at around 80km/h.

Sports Mode
For the first 1300kms, I had never tried the S mode, because I somehow didn't feel the need. Now, I really love spending time with this mode. It does not merely hold the gear, but definitely feels a lot more special than the mundane Drive 'D' mode. Definitely a fuel guzzler but makes driving a lot more fun. Might be a placebo, but the steering feels a tiny bit freer in S.

Air Filter Cleaning DIY!
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So a few weeks into the ownership, I ended up purchasing a Euro Spec Intake from Boodmo and was contemplating whether or not I should install it. After installing the Underbody Stone guard, there was a reduction in the roar of the road noise I heard during highway trips, but I had the perception that the Internal Ambient Temperatures were higher post the fitment. Now I did pickup the Petrol Specific underbody guard and it does have its scoops for the air intake. I classify myself as an average level enthusiast and this index has been rising for me, drastically so, from the last few years. A few scattered posts hinted at the following two concerns on switching to a Eurospec intake. Water Ingress due to the open design of the Euro Spec Intake and Quicker contamination of the Air Filter element. Now water ingress should not be a concern since there is a proper Water Drain hole provision, but the extra dust could be an issue. Will keep you guys updated after I switch to the Eurospec intake.
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To learn more about the two concerns, I performed an Air Filter service for the EA211 1.0 TSI Engine sold on the Polo and Vento, which I have documented here! (DIY : VW Polo Engine Air Filter Service)

Some Extra Thoughts On The Air Filter Service
  • Possibility of plastic hoses cracking due to frequent removal and incorrect placement of the metallic clamps, which can happen due to negligence.
  • Definite increment in the service time and labour cost.
  • Need to study and research the engineering perspective of relocating the Intake and having such a location.

Niggles Facing
  • There is an annoying Rubber Beading Noise which originates either from the doors or from the windows. It gives me the perception that either the doors or windows are rattling and this is more pronounced on morning starts and on rough roads.
  • Alignment, Pulling and Suspension Issues
    Frankly, there's a lot to say on this front with a few more updates on the way. So I think I'll update this section next with a detailed review of what worked and what didn't work as the car is being tweaked as we speak.

Important VCDS Tweaks
  • Anti Theft Alarm Activation
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    Credit for this information goes to my friend Pradeep's YouTube channel Out of Office, where he had made a video enabling an Antitheft Alarm on a Rapid. I was surprised to see that the Polo was being sold without the Anti-Theft alarm disabled. Now I'm aware the Polo does not have an Interior Monitoring or Surveillance system like higher end cars, but if the door of a locked car opens from the inside, then I believe an alarm is in order. This is a simple VCDS tweak.
  • Hill Hold Assist Tweak
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    When I got the vehicle, I had first found the Hill Hold inactive on my vehicle and had written about its activation. Even then, I found that the Hill Hold was not working as well as I hoped. Then I tried a few changes in the ABS ESP Hill Hold Adaption and tried out the Early and Late settings. I have set Hill Hold to Early, and I'm fairly happy with this new setting. The Hill Hold does work a lot more predictably and even aspires greater confidence on steeper slopes now, just the way it should have been!

Cabin Light Upgrade
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Got a little sick of this stock Cabin Light and upgraded it to a better offering available abroad. Will share a detailed post with my insights ahead!

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Old 5th February 2021, 21:42   #62
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Genuine OE Flip Camera Retrofit

I personally believe the Polo 6R which Volkswagen continues to sell in India, comes with a fairly long and usable feature-list, but still there’s no going around the fact that we still do not get a company fitted reverse camera on this camera, which still holds its ground as a Premium Hatchback touching the 11L mark. It’s absolutely disgraceful that even entry level offerings from 5L OTR or even lower pack in a very usable reverse camera.

Now the Polo Auto-Dimming IRVM works like a charm, but it is slightly on the tinier side. The ORVMs are not really generous either. Installing OPS had already made life super comfortable for me when it comes to parking this hatch, but I hate to admit that Reverse Cameras have spoiled us. The reverse camera on our i10 has been so good that my mother just refuses to drive this Polo, because of its absence. It's quite psychological to the extent it gets annoying.

As per my conversations with fellow Polo owners, most dealerships are charging upto 10K for installing a Reverse Camera at the dealership and all of these are Aftermarket Cameras which sit near the License Plate Lights, at a very low vantage point with respect to the ground. I often wonder why and the quick answer was to “AVOID Voiding the Warranty.”

I think I took the quote “Life is too short for warranties” quoted by a fellow BHPian a long back too seriously and started on my mission to make this beast even better. It’s funny how I had already read the DIY : Flip Camera Thread by Graaja (Installed: VW Flip Camera in my Polo GT TSi. EDIT: Custom Adapter Plate & Water Drain on Page #3) at least 3-4 times 2-3 years back, even before I knew we’d be considering a Polo in 2020. The thread was very inspiring and I was so glad that someone had done their homework and been kind enough to share it with me. Graaja’s DIY has been the backbone for my DIY, and so I won’t waste time repeating the detailed steps, but will only be focussing on my experiences.

Parts Needed
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  • OE Flip Camera with Wiring Harnesses
  • Fusetaps (If not planning to disconnect the fusebox)
  • SS Camera Mounting Plate : Included In The Box

Tools I Needed
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  • Torx T8 : Water Drain Pipe Bolts
  • Torx T20, T25, T30 : VW Specific Bolts on the Body, Camera etc.
  • Wire Strippers for clean wire ends.
  • Electrical Connector Pin Removal Tools - Might help sometimes.
  • Plastic Trim Tools
  • Vaseline/Silicone Grease to make passing wires a simpler affair.
  • Firm Wires/Fishing Wires to route cables through the car.
  • Zip ties
  • Tessa/ Insulation Tape for reinforcing harnesses
  • Luster Terminals if you intend to avoid soldering for joints

Summary Of Steps
  • Opening the boot trim.
  • Removing the old emblem.
  • Mounting the new flip camera.
  • Routing wires to and from the hatch.
  • Crimping and plugging in connectors and cables.
  • Coding the Headunit.
  • Testing all functions.
  • Routing the drain pipe.
  • Water leak testing the drain pipe.
  • Putting everything back together.

I took about 3 days at the rate of 4 hours per day to complete this project and I'm very satisfied with this DIY. It was fairly straightly, very fulfilling and helped me learn and needed application of quite a lot of technical skills.

Getting Started
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The project starts with the removal of the Hatch Trim, which is held in by two T25 Torx Screws. Since I was opening this hatch trim for the first time, I was being very gentle since I did not want to break any plastic clips nor did I want to deform any metal clips. Removing the entire panel was fairly simple, but it definitely helps to have a long screw driver to help pry off the trims. Review: Driving home our Sunset Red VW Polo Highline+ TSI Automatic-boot-connector-connected.jpg
Next, I undid the two Pin Boot Release connector and unscrewed the three T30 screws holding the Emblem Boot Handle to the hatch.Review: Driving home our Sunset Red VW Polo Highline+ TSI Automatic-stock-boot-handle.jpg
If you've read through Graaja's detailed thread, you should already know that the Flip Camera mounting points do not align with the mounting holes for the Polo 6R and contrary to popular belief, this is true even for European Polo 6Rs. The Polo 6R was never officially sold with a flip reverse camera, but it was always retrofitted by enthusiasts. The product I purchased already had a Flip Camera Mounting bracket in the box, but it was far from perfect. I could screw in only 2/3 holes and would have had to resort to the use of a washer to securely mount the camera to the hatch. I was not comfortable with this approach on a new car, and so I sought Graaja's Adapter Plate file and wanted to 3D print it and inspect the fitment. It somehow did not work out, since I was unable to convert the file to a suitable .stl file and so I directly had a plate laser cut from the .dwf file. I still have a few extra plates, which I'm happy to offer interested individuals.
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Using this laser cut plate, I mounted the frame of the Flip Camera to the hatch and checked the alignment of the Volkswagen logo. On fully tightening the assembly, I find this alignment as good as it can get. The new logo has a black rubber O-Ring like seal which should prevent water entry directly into the boot area.

Laying Out The Wires
The wires need to be routed from the hatch lid and they split after they reach the inside of the car. The video and power cables need to travel to the front of the car, while the reverse light is tapped from the rear section of the car. In my case, I did not have to tap the reverse wire, since I had already installed the 8K OPS a few months back. I used a spare Finolex cable as a pulling wire to and fro along the hatch area. I found it helpful to pry open what I believe is the defogger cutout to easily route the wire from the hatch lid.
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If you get a Master Cable, you can simply tie the ends of the rest of the wires and pull the entire wire bundle inside.
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Ultimately, the wires need to be passed through the tough rubber grommet which can be really tight on a brand new car. I tried using my hands to widen the rubber openings, and almost thought I would manage to do the job, but I messed up every single time. I unfortunately hurt myself in the process, and cursed myself at each instance for skipping on work gloves. Review: Driving home our Sunset Red VW Polo Highline+ TSI Automatic-bleed.jpg
It was then, that a brilliant idea came to mind, and I applied a few drops of Silicone Grease to the rubber ends, and voila!
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The entire grommet and the tight passage had suddenly become a super slippery corridor for the wires, but ultimately, it was done!
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Here is a closer look at the bottom grommet and you can tell, it has a Plastic Sleeve which you can dislodge. I found this to make life a lot simpler. Then, I had to remove the rear wheel side carpet lining and manage to route the wire to the seat area. To do the job in the neatest and most OE way, I had to take out quite a lot of trims, but what is must needs to be done. This also meant taping the video and power cables with TESSA tape to achieve a near OE look.
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I was initially a little skeptical to pull panels on a brand new car, but I gulped down my fears and proceeded very slowly and steadily with my trusted plastic trim tool and it turned out to be quite a neat affair. One of the metal clips was already deformed during removal, and I thought I'd repair or replace it before going for the final fitment. The trim piece for the left and right side on the Polo 6R which bypasses the Front Seat belts is one single piece, and it pops right out, once you start serially.
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Then, I had to remove the Headunit Trim to access the Quadlock Connector of the RCD340 Radio and this is where I plugged in my OE Camera Video Signal. Review: Driving home our Sunset Red VW Polo Highline+ TSI Automatic-rcd340-harness.jpg
The blue block on the right is the Video Adapter. The power cable moved ahead to the Fusebox for power. Temporarily, I'll be using a Fuse Tap since I've been a little lazy to undo the Fusebox and neatly hardwire the Power Source.

Testing Everything
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After connecting all of the harnesses, we need to test if the Camera Folds in and Folds out correctly with the Reverse Output. The camera has a 15 second delay module after which the camera folds back in, provided Reverse Gear is not engaged. The boot lock needs to be engaged for the camera to be working. A few of the wires on my harness were not matched correctly, but having a multimeter and terminal removal tools helped me diagnose the issue at every point. Notice how the wiring and signal adapters are different from an AV Camera which we have commonly seen.
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Coding And Road Test
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I coded the Radio to enable the Reverse Camera input and checked all of the connections and the camera came to life. Now what was left was to test this camera out on the road, and so I took the car for a short road test on varying roads to inspect how the mounting screws, wires and other loose ends were holding up.
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Video Quality
I'm pleasantly surprised by the video quality and it feels at par with an OEM product. The colour reproduction and contrast can be minorly tweaked from the Headunit, but it is of sufficient quality to read a rear number plate. I'd rate it near 720p. The night time quality is also surprisingly good, and while there is evident noise, it's not glaring to the point where the camera becomes unusable. The night vision can be improved by upgrading to better and brighter LED Reverse Lights.
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Drain Hole
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This is a necessity, if you don't want to have long term trouble and so I wanted to get it done right away. The water drain pipe mouth needs to be removed for installing the camera in place and the pipe is held down by two T8 Torx bits. It turns out, that you do not need to drill a hole on the sill of the hatch. The manufacturer has included two grommets which can be used for routing a water drain pipe. The second hole I used was where the wiring harness was clipped onto, but detaching the mounting would not result in a big problem. I must say that routing a drain pipe was a genuine pain and needed a lot of improvisations and comebacks to do in one seating. Silicone Grease came to the rescue once again.
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After connecting the drain pipe, I tied a zip tie and also applied a uniform beading of silicone on the crevices I presumed to be susceptible to water ingress. My drain pipe has a minor kink, but the entire setup passed the water tests and so I'll be calling it a day.

End Result
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Now I feel like I've a car that belongs in 2021, with a cool looking, head turning reverse camera, which also helps me move around a lot more confidently, especially when I'm reversing. As always, here's a video where I've shown the performance of the camera along with the water drain in action, and this should be the cherry on the top!
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Brilliant DIY post and the way you have explained the steps to install the reverse camera can help a lot of VW owners. The fit and finish looks OE. As you said, VW can add this camera at an additional amount and it's super helpful. The senors in the current GT Only give out audio beeps but no indication of proximity to the object.

Add paddle shifters and you're car is complete!

Such simple mods helps in elevating the ownership experience
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Impressive DIY. Very well done I must say. Just one question. As you mentioned, there are chances of the warranty becoming void. And if yes, does the complete warranty become void, or only for the electricals?
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Brilliant DIY post and the way you have explained the steps to install the reverse camera can help a lot of VW owners. The fit and finish looks OE. As you said, VW can add this camera at an additional amount and it's super helpful. The senors in the current GT Only give out audio beeps but no indication of proximity to the object.

Add paddle shifters and you're car is complete!

Such simple mods helps in elevating the ownership experience
Glad you liked it sir. Yes, I'm very happy about the entire project and how close to OE it looks. The sensors only give beeps and so I highly recommend an OPS Kit upgrade for getting the proximity info. I might be completing that last requisite very soon, but I still have not fallen in love with this gearbox to want to defy its shift logic just as yet.
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Impressive DIY. Very well done I must say. Just one question. As you mentioned, there are chances of the warranty becoming void. And if yes, does the complete warranty become void, or only for the electricals?
Sir, the warranty claims are highly dependent on how sensible or cooperative the dealership is. Ideally, if there are no unauthentic modifications, like wire cutting, piggybacking on stock fuses, toying with stock Electricals, drilling holes in the chassis etc. then there should be no errors and there shouldn't be any surprising issues to worry about. This entire DIY, is entirely reversible to the point everything can be completely reverted to stock in the event of a warranty claim decline. But to the best of my knowledge, the dealership tries to accumulate warranty claims. There was a vehicle at the authorised service centre, with a dead instrument cluster. The car was driven for only 300kms, but the user had upgraded to HID headlights and the instrument cluster and BCM got fried. In this case, the company rejected the warranty claim because of the installation of an HID kit, which they were convinced, was the cause for frying of the BCM. But in a similar situation, I don't think the claim for a Bad Shock absorber would be rejected, but again, this is all subject to how each dealership likes to deal with the situation.
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After a long waiting period of about 3 months, we finally brought home our MY 2021 Sunset Red Polo Highline+ Automatic.
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Nexon EV

Doing the Math!

3. Nexon EV : 16.5L OTR
Electricity Cost : Rs. 50000 (rate and costs could be higher or lower, depending on household consumption as the electrical rate varies after a certain cap. I stay in a family of 6.)
Predicting a 5 Year Service Cost (Coolant, Brake Pads, Lube) : Rs. 20000 (but again, unknown)
Hi! Congratulations on your new Polo and putting up an outstanding review. If you don't end up doing something related to cars as a career/ passion, it'll honestly be disappointing.

Coming to the calculations for the NEXON EV, you've missed the following:

1) ₹1,00,000.00 subsidy in Maharashtra for the first 10,000 cars
2) upto ₹1,50,000.00 rebate in interest under Sec 80EEB
3) 80% depreciation, if you/ your family owns a business.
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Nicely done DIY fluidicjoy! You certainly are enticing other polo owners to go your way!

Agree with jithin23 about paddle shifters! May be required for that flat spot you mentioned earlier?

And also regarding warranty; My SA, during my first service mentioned that, they keep track of mods done to a car! According to him this is a requisite by VW! He said that the related parts warranty due to mods -current and prior; but now removed- may be rejected. He said there was a case with steering column electrical part claim and it was rejected because of HID installation in the car.
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If you don't end up doing something related to cars as a career/ passion, it'll honestly be disappointing. Coming to the calculations for the NEXON EV, you've missed the following:
1) ₹1,00,000.00 subsidy in Maharashtra for the first 10,000 cars
2) upto ₹1,50,000.00 rebate in interest under Sec 80EEB
3) 80% depreciation, if you/ your family owns a business.
Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to the future and I'm eager to see what domain I end up working in. I believe we were told about a few of these schemes when we took a test drive of the Nexon and the 16.5L pricing was inclusive of a 1,00,000.00 discount since we were considering the Mid-Spec variant which I believe is fairly well equipped. We were not considering a Financing option on the car and we were unfortunately not eligible for a business depreciation for this car either. And finally, the ultimate nail in the coffin was the boss of the house, my mom.
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Nicely done DIY fluidicjoy! You certainly are enticing other polo owners to go your way!

Agree with jithin23 about paddle shifters! May be required for that flat spot you mentioned earlier?

And also regarding warranty; My SA, during my first service mentioned that, they keep track of mods done to a car! According to him this is a requisite by VW! He said that the related parts warranty due to mods -current and prior; but now removed- may be rejected. He said there was a case with steering column electrical part claim and it was rejected because of HID installation in the car.
I believe all Polo Vento customers deserve the best features which we can attain on this platform and that has lowkey been my mission ever since we got this vehicle. Will be going for a Steering wheel upgrade shortly and will share my experiences after I get everything on track. Yes, Volkswagen does keep a tab on upgrades, but those get highlighted only when the changes are glaringly obvious. As of now, most of the changes I've made have flown under the radar and I hope that continues
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Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to the future and I'm eager to see what domain I end up working in. I believe we were told about a few of these schemes when we took a test drive of the Nexon and the 16.5L pricing was inclusive of a 1,00,000.00 discount since we were considering the Mid-Spec variant which I believe is fairly well equipped.
I've just taken the quote of the mid-spec (which I agree is well equipped) and the ₹1L subsidy is extra on ₹16.5L and payable by the Government within 90 days of registration. Hence, the vehicle will cost ₹15.5L. My daily fixed running is 70 kms and basic maths shows me that I can save up a lot of money in the long run by buying this instead of a petrol auto hatchback and simply using my bigger SUV only for outstation trips. In theory, break-even might happen in >= 2 years.
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Will be going for a Steering wheel upgrade shortly and will share my experiences after I get everything on track.
Ooh.. I look forward to this. This one I am keen on; for my car as well. Is the required steering wheel available in India?

https://www.cars-equipment.com/en/sh...il#prettyPhoto

I got this link from a friend of mine, but they have not responded to my queries
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Ooh.. I look forward to this. This one I am keen on; for my car as well. Is the required steering wheel available in India?

https://www.cars-equipment.com/en/sh...il#prettyPhoto

I got this link from a friend of mine, but they have not responded to my queries
This wheel was not natively sold in India. There are quite a few variations that you need to be aware of. The style is the same though. If you wish to go for one, do get in touch with me. I'll guide you to procure one and Gannu's extensive Installation DIY is already here on our forum.
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Thanks fluidicjoy. Appreciate your offer to help. I might take it up! Few more posts and I should be to PM you. You are right. There are many variants and I was looking for one like the current steering wheel but with paddles. The cruise control is on a stalk anyways
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What are the prying tools you have in your arsenal? I was about to order some, so just wanted to know if I should anything specific. Thanks
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What are the prying tools you have in your arsenal? I was about to order some, so just wanted to know if I should anything specific. Thanks
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Been using these three prying trim tools for almost 4 years now. There was another piece in the kit, without a curved edge which did help on quite a few occasions, but I've misplaced it somewhere. The smallest trim removal tool on the left helped to remove the radio and air-conditioner trims. The curved tools helped during taking out the floor panels and the open end helps pull out any stuck metallic trim clips in the floor or body. A long flat blade screw driver has also been a super versatile faithful prying tool. The other VAG specific tools you could want is a T20, T25, T30 screw driver, and having a T20 Long Handle Magnetic end screw driver from Taparia has made life a lot simpler for me. Got this STANLEY tool box just a week back, with the hope of arranging and taking better care of my tools.
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Many thanks! I am going for this

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