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Title: And another bit of fun
Post by: mike wilson on September 17, 2020, 03:42:43 PM
Not listed on the ETIS summary but I have cornering lamps.  Not AFS, which moves the dip beam as you turn the wheel, but completely different 55W bulbs, pointed towards the sides, that light up as you turn the wheel.  Thought I was seeing things at first - then I was told off for weaving down the road, illuminating alternate sides as I went....
Title: Re: And another bit of fun
Post by: SirDavidAlhambra on September 17, 2020, 03:52:59 PM
Sounds like a very useful feature!

I used to have a Mk1 Ford Focus which was great although the headlights were very dim so I used to just drive everywhere with them on full beam. It used to make other drivers really angry sometimes (they would honk, flash etc) but it really helped me see where I was going. I would love to have some of those big round rally style lights that cars used to have back in the 80s!
Title: Re: And another bit of fun
Post by: Mirez on September 17, 2020, 04:30:09 PM
The majority of modern vehicles now come with this, traditionally (if it can be called that since its a new-ish feature) the lights are incorporated into the front fog light and whichever side you turned too would light up. Generally only Xenon cars come with the cornering light mounted in the headlight itself, firstly because the xenon reflector is more contained and secondly because there isn't any real heat build up with xenons.

I added the feature to my Mk2 many years ago because I found it so useful on the Golf I had at the time.
Title: Re: And another bit of fun
Post by: mike wilson on September 23, 2020, 09:29:04 AM
Since we bought it, the brakes have been so-so.  There when you gorillaed the pedal but definitely needing much more force than either of us was used to.  Had a spare hour last weekend, so I turned the front wheels onto full lock and pulled the caliper pins out one by one.  As suspected, they were bone dry with a congealed black film that had to be scraped off as scotchbrite wouldn't touch it.  Clearly never been touched since build.
 Greased and reinserted, the braking is transformed.  Still not excellent but a substantial improvement over what it was.  If I can find some time and good weather, the back end is going on the ramps and we'll see what they are like.