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What gets my goat: Bluetooth availability

by Paul Healy on 31 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | What gets my goat: Bluetooth availability

Bluetooth, the ubiquitous technology that allows users to share data without the need for cables, was introduced to the world way back in 1999. A little over a year later the first mobile phone to feature the ground-breaking technology, the Ericsson T36, was introduced. Since then everything from laptops to sunglasses have been fitted with Bluetooth and as of today there are in excess of 16,000 companies worldwide signed up to use Bluetooth in their products.

Why is it then that so few automobiles have it fitted as standard?

Since 2006 it has been against the law in Ireland to…

Readers' automobiles: Skoda Superb Combi 4x4 service time

by James Larkin on 29 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Readers' automobiles: Skoda Superb Combi 4x4 service time

With a first service due in less than 2,000km I called into the garage on Monday to get booked in. Booking in my last automobile would take five minutes, but I could have to wait for a month so I was expecting the same. I need not have worried. A booking was made for two days' time and I was offered a courtesy automobile if I needed it. The whole process took less than five minutes and I was back on the road. My booking was made for Thursday afternoon and should take around an hour and a half.

What gets my goat: traction control warning lights

by Paul Healy on 28 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | What gets my goat: traction control warning lights

When you drive as many automobiles as the changagoidem.ie team you begin to appreciate some of the small touches that manufacturers include to make life easier for the buyer: the umbrella hidden in the door of the Skoda Superb, the LED lights built into the back of the door handles on the Audi A4 and the soft-close doors on some Mercedes-Benz models for example.

Conversely, we also pick up on aspects of automobiles we would rather not see. Things like manual windows in the back, where kids can easily open them and launch their siblings favourite toys out of the…

Shoe-string motoring: living with the Lexus IS

by Craig Castle on 27 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring: living with the Lexus IS

So after all that expense with the Clio and hitting the crater masquerading as a pothole in the Lexus it was an expensive month. But let us remember the Clio expenditure was pre-emptive maintenance to avoid costly problems later on in my ownership, as this is a automobile I intend to keep, although anyone that knows me will scoff at that. There was, after all, a time when I seemed to have a new automobile every week!

The little quirks like the occasional high idle, absent electric operation of the nearside mirror and ignorance of the remote locking from the…

Shoe-string motoring fleet update

by Craig Castle on 14 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring fleet update

I've done it. I've sold the Puma. While I was sad to see such a clean and low mileage automobile leave my fleet, it was not being used and so makes sense to sell it on.

Of course that leaves a void to fill in the fleet. What could replace it? Well, in the interests of my running reports, I figured many of the sub €1,000 automobiles are bought as first automobiles after passing one's test or cheap economical second automobiles for the family. So that's what I did; I bought a tiny little automobile with equally tiny running…

Paris Motor Show 2012 - preview 1: five weeks to go

by Shane O' Donoghue on 13 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Paris Motor Show 2012 - preview 1: five weeks to go


Audi never lets a big show go by without unveiling a few new production models and a concept or two. Paris will be no different. We're expecting the five-door version of the new A3 for starters - called the Sportback of course - plus possibly a hot S3 variant. The facelifted Audi R8 will be on display too, including the new 550hp V10 plus model. We also suspect that the production-ready electric version, the R8 e-tron, will get its world debut. Other rumours surround an open-topped RS 5, a new Audi A2 and a concept previewing the Q2…