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    Old 15-03-2017, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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    Hi guys, first post - looking at buying a Mk8 in ES or EX model but the country roads up in Northumberland are dreadful.

    My current 17"s are killing my suspension on my current car so I'm worried about going any bigger than 16" this time. Today I test drove a 2006 on 16"s & it was wonderful over the potholes & bumps, I wondered what the ride is like on the 17"s if anybody had experience of both & can compare????? You see I want the EX spec but need the ES spec wheels ideally (but I aint made of alloy wheels & )

    Secondly, the roads up here are so dark you wouldn't believe, add rain & it's a nightmare to see safely. My current car is an older year 2000 Merc c220 & the headlamps are shockingly bad (even with xenon daylight bulbs in them).

    Could any of you guys tell me if the standard lamps on the mk8 are good or do I need to purchase xenons spec car? I know the xenons will be brighter but had hoped newer technology might have fixed the standard headlamp efficiency.

    Hope to here your wisdom soon.

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    P.S. my current Merc headlights are so bad that if I am driving through an area with streetlights, i cannot even tell that they are switched on.
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    Hello, I own a 2007 ex 2.2 diesel with all the bells & whistles (voice control, glass roof, Nav ect). The xenons are excellent (I also live in Northumberland). The only draw back to these lights are that when you select the headlights to "Auto", when the outside light is fading they tend to switch themselves on and off until a constant level of low light is reached. Apart from that, I will always buy civics with xenons if I decide to renew my car within the next 20 years. I have 17" alloy wheels, the ride is quite firm and bumpy. However, I must replace my front shocks (worn 99K and leaking slightly). This ride quality will be solved when I decide which front struts to buy (Sachs or Monroe). Finally, once you drive a 2.2 diesel, you will agree that the power and torque is more than enough for the average driver and the 1st stage remap available to 140bhp to 190bhp (300) is not required unless you want to annoy the type R chaps.
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