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    Let's talk about airport lounges

    After so many years in MCF, I have only just started to travel for business.... And I do agree on most of the lounge reviews. Here are some of my comments Silver Kris T3 in Singapore is a good benchmark where comparing lounges around the world Emirates in SG is small, few food options, and quite crowded at times (A) Emirates in Dubai is AMAZING. I love the full floor of business class lounge at Concourse A. A lot of food offering, so many seats, free Costa Coffee and snacks (3 thumbs up!) (B)Emirates Dubai Concourse B, is ok. Showers were practically empty when I went there. Although it has less floor space, it is just as spacious as Concourse A's Lounge since there are less Business Class passengers in this concourse. Food is ok too. Star Alliance Lounge in CDG is good. There are always seats even though there are lots of passengers. I love the Nutella muffins and the availability of KIRIN beer! Emirates shares a common lounge in Sao Paulo/GRU and it sucks! Dirty seats! uncleared tables! Poor food choices! Showers always crowded! I ended up spending more time outside the lounge instead. Unfortunately, my business travels are limited to specific cities and airlines, but I hope to add more as the years go by.
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    It's funny how similar our recent car paths have been.... except that my almost 9 year old Passat had some gearbox problems at the 4th year. And although my Sharan is about the same age as yours.... I only just did the 60k servicing. Other than the free battery replacements from VCS, and a sticky child seat (from daily use by my youngest child), which was resolved at the last servicing, I am actually quite happy with the car. It doesn't eat the tyres as badly as my Passat, but my main concerns have been the poor fuel efficiency (7.5-8 km/L); however some might say it's the HRF issue (which kind of affects all my cars anyway :) ) Another thing.... the costs at VCS seems to have increased over the years; I don't remember paying so much in the past. Will be changing to Advantage VAG for servicing and other issues after this. I was quote 40% cheaper for the same recent servicing interval, as well as brake replacements.
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    It's kinda sad when...

    I was mildly active in SNC. Was most active in the Asiaone\autospeed forum. I definitely miss my R10. Still regret parting ways with it... wanted to renew COE when it was just 12-15K, but my 3rd child came along... and the 2L Civic (M) was a nice upgrade...
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    It's kinda sad when...

    Wow... it's been awhile. Yes...I remember the good old days before MCF (Asiaone/autospeed forums); and our slow integration into MCF and the weekly Friday meetups at Jln Kayu and then Bishan Driving range... talking until past midnight, BBQ sessions, convoy trips up north....and how it was so happening... and family-like. But back then, newly married and lots of free time... it seemed like a lifetime ago. I am now having to deal with 3 teenagers and 1 younger kid of my own... and work commitments, I know how difficult it is to stay in touch with all my old friends. Nice to see that 8559/Numberman is still around
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    Just passed 10,000km earlier this month, around the 5 month mark. With my "typical" 20-30km, twice a day peak hour driving, and the occasional enthusiastic cross island journeys on the weekends... I am getting around 8.5km/L... Which is remarkably similar to my old Passat. And I actually drive faster and harder with the Sharan.
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    Contiseal is somewhat useful... Since my last tyre change on my Passat, I had 2 different punctures on my CSC5. The first one had to be "resealed" at the tyre shop.The second one was so large, I had to change tyres...But in both cases, when I discovered the slightly deflated tyre, I could actually drive to a nearby petrol station, pump the tyre up and then drive to a tyre shop.....sometimes a day or two later. Since the car came with a spare tyre and jack, I have on more than a few occasion had to change to the full-sized spare. but since changing to Continentals... I don't think I have taken the spare out.
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    VW sharan or BMW 216GT?

    I found a pic of the Sharan 3rd row... seems to be the same reviewer in the photo My 2 teenage boys have gotten used to sitting in the rear seats as it more than suits their needs (and legs).
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    VW sharan or BMW 216GT?

    The interior size of the Sharan was pretty much the reason why we chose it... of course the GTI engine (and gearbox) makes it even more compelling. Some practical downsides: 1. The wide body (>1.9m) makes it quite a tight fit in many narrow carparks. 2. The powerful engine and heavy body means fuel consumption is quite high when a driver tends to stomp "a little too hard" (combined 9km/L) every now and then. 3. The high torque (350nm) means a lot of wheelspin coming off the line with enthusiasm. 4. The 2 side seats in the 2nd row come with built-in booster chairs...but it means that it is less comfortable to sit in because of the structure within.
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    I guess there might have been a lot of tyre noise for me with those same types of tyres (FK and CSC) on very smooth/grippy floors. Fortunately for me, in the past 11 years, I have not been to MSCPs as much... Otherwise, the tyres are reasonably quiet on the roads (except at traffic junctions ;) ) I do notice some inside tyre squeal at my current office carpark (since 2010), but usually only happens when I provoke a tighter turn and accelerate more than usual, and this happens from new to old tyres. My current CPC2... it's squealy at my office carpark too.
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    Back in early 2000s I started with the Falken ST115, because it was new and supposed to be a progressive sports tyre for wet roads (2 large longitudinal water grooves). I used 3 sets on my Presea before I changed to Eagle F1 (the original non-asymmetric version), which was better for dry, not as "progressive" as the ST115 when exceeding the lateral grip on fast corners... in fact, the breakaway was rather "sudden" at times. Then I changed to FKs... and I loved the grip in dry and wet. But I kept driving faster and faster, and eventually the inside of ALL my tyres were worn out; even after rotating (outsides looked fairly new most of the time). This happened for my Presea, Civic and Passat. Then I eventually switched to the Continental CSC series, because at the size I bought (235/40R18) the price between an FK453 and the Conti were close...and my usual tyre guy gave me a good price (S$2000 for 4 tyres AND rims). And I kept getting CSCs until I sold my Passat. The Grip in Dry and Wet were superior to the FK...and the tyre noise was much less.... AND they lasted double the lifespan of the FKs...despite the Passat being heavier (and me driving even faster). On the note of the tyre noise... like Gadgeter used to say... if there is some wind/road/tyre noise, make your engine "even louder"... or simply turn up the volume of your sound system :)
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    For the past 15 years, I have used only Goodyear F1, Falken FK452/453 and then Continental CSC5. This is the first "normal" tyre on my car for a long long time (if Pirelli P7s count as normal). I am used to driving on the Falken FK series, spanning 3 different cars, as they are quite soft (which also means very grippy) And from reviews and lots of experience, Falken FKs were not expected to be long lasting (I do have a tendency to have wheelspins off the line and corner rather hard)... but they still manage to get at least 25-30,000km for me (rotating at 10k and 20k). So I change them once a year. Ironically, the Conti CSC5 lasted me 40-50,000km and they were even better in the dry and wet (more progressive adhesion loss on fast wet corners). Even when approaching minimal tread depth, the wet grip is very reassuring. So far, the CPC2 are definitely inferior in terms of grip (compared to my previous tyres), and I get wheelspin off the line with barely half throttle (full throttle means lots and lots of wheelspins - and stares from everyone around). And in corners, the tyres are quite squealy when approaching the limit... At 4000km, I don't see much deterioration yet, and the wear seems quite even.
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    Mine was Continental. CPC 2. The issue for Sharan is...it has no spare and no inflation kit; so the tyre provided has to be "self sealing" (Contiseal). And with the built in TPMS (pressure monitoring), I am not sure what happens when we change rims/tyres. Anyone knows if the TPMS works with just any rim?
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    What pressure do you pump the tyres to? On my previous 235/40R18 for my Passat, I typically pump about 275 to 280 kpa. I only just realised that the stocky Sharan tyres has a pressure of at least 300kpa. So for lower profile, does that mean you pump 320/330?
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    After my 5th refuel... my FC finally went up... to 8.5km/l (mostly peak hour travel, 50% highway) This is about the same as my Passat, so I am quite happy. Have you considered changing any of the bulbs in the car? I already purchased most of the LEDs for the interior, but I think I will wait until I cannot stand the existing "dim" yellow lights. (my Passat was entirely 5K LED) I definitely have to change the puddle lamp under the wing mirrors; I had really bright ones on the Passat, and very used to being able to see the floor around the car in the dark, especially in some poorly lit car parks. The next to go are the cornering lights...but not sure what to get...LED or standard with "white" colour. I just like a uniform colour inside and out. :)
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    Volkswagen Sharan..

    Autohold? This comes standard, right? It works exactly the same as the one in the Passat. And I find the release from the hold position to be less jerky than the Passat. Oddly enough the rest of the items you mentioned...Sharan=Passat...so those deficiencies are not something I can identify with. And for highway driving, based on the my OBD-linked HUD (aftermarket of course), I think 15km/L at 100kmh is possible....but I doubt I would ever drive that slowly on a Northern Excursion. So, the question I have to ask you... do you regret the change
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