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Old 01-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #11536
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+1 for the aeropress when away.

You will need a good hand grinder as well, expect to pay over $100 for a decent one. But be warned it can be a pain in the arse grinding all the time. Cheap grinders just can't produce consistent quality time and time again, and often can't go fine enough.

If your'e not right into your coffee, a good stainless steel stove top expresso unit is easy to use with nothing to think about other than the amount of coffee and grind to use. I find the cheaper aluminum ones taint the taste(for me anyway)

Aeropress can take a little practice but the results are worth the effort when you get it right.

Plungers are ok, but you do need to time it right. Most people tend to let the coffee steep for too long giving a bitter taste (same for the aeropress if left too long).

Above all else, fresh beans are a must, regardless of the brewing method.
Hi Chop, I had trouble finding the stainless stove tops, only seem to see the aluminum ones. But since I got my Bezzera off ebay I'm set anyway.

Plunger needs to sit for four minutes no longer. Fresh beans are a must, but I found the coffee I like the best is Monjava columbian and I get it from Coles, not as fresh as I would like but still get a pretty good brew and prefer it over fresh beans I've gotten from a roaster.

At the end of the day if your on the road and suffering instant coffee, stale beans badly ground and made into coffee any way possible is still better. There's always the old cowboy way of throwing them in the billy and letting it steep.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:13 PM   #11537
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All sorted he's getting a 4motion van just gotta wait 20 weeks
Good cars VW.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:19 PM   #11538
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Hi, looking for someone with the skills and time to learn me how to use my MacBook Pro more efficiently/skilfully. I may need an hour or several of them. Wodonga/Albury/Tallangatta area. Message me and we can chat. thanks Beet
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:06 AM   #11539
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Good cars VW.
$$$ Servicing though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:44 AM   #11540
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$$$ Servicing though.
Some of the auto trans are reputed to be a bit fragile - even bigger $$$$$$$$
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:49 AM   #11541
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Got a Golf GTD with the DSG Tranny 80k on it & faultless.
But yes I agree the Genuine servicing is dear.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:03 AM   #11542
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Got a Golf GTD with the DSG Tranny 80k on it & faultless.
But yes I agree the Genuine servicing is dear.
Genuine servicing is dear with anything these days, particularly anything euro.
We have a VW Caddy TDI with DSG and it's great. Good economy and great to drive. The DSG auto is a ripper, I've heared of one going bang, but ours is going fine at 110000km. Oil change for the DSG is every 60000km with extra super duper synthetic oil that is only made by one manufacturer to VW's specifications and costs a bomb Last service for us was a timing belt, cost about $1800, but they change the water pump and a few other bits and pieces at the same time so not too bad I guess.
Otherwise, regular services are not too bad
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:35 PM   #11543
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Got a Golf GTD with the DSG Tranny 80k on it & faultless.
But yes I agree the Genuine servicing is dear.


One of my mates is a mechanic and a few years ago had a small job of replacing the alternator on a VW transporter van . The job ended up costing the owner $2,500 for the replacement of a $200 part , the remainder of the cost was labour because the motor had to be dropped out of the chassis to get to the alternator because of thoughtless design , the alternative to dropping the motor was to dismantle and remove the aircond system which would have been dearer again due to some non reuseable parts that would have to be sourced and purchased . My mates advice to me when I was considering buying a VW van was DON'T ..... and if you do , don't bring it to me to work on . As he had been doing all my mechanical work that I felt too complicated or fiddly to do myself I took his advice .
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:51 PM   #11544
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Hi, looking for someone with the skills and time to learn me how to use my MacBook Pro more efficiently/skilfully. I may need an hour or several of them. Wodonga/Albury/Tallangatta area. Message me and we can chat. thanks Beet
didn't you get the free training from apple? also you get 3 months phone call back up
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #11545
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the motor had to be dropped out of the chassis to get to the alternator because of thoughtless design ,
You have to wonder if it's thoughtless, or well thought out continuity program for the servicing dealerships. A lot of manufactures intetnionally design things that are to difficult for the average home mechanic to work on and have to be taken to the dealerships. Sell our product and you will make a motza from ongoing maitenance costs.

This is why Torx head bolts and sockets were originally used as fastners. You can buy the tools cheap and readily now but when they first came out they were hard to find and expensive. It stopped Joe average from working on it unless he wanted to spend a few hundred on tools.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:46 PM   #11546
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I am going to leave Sydney Friday morning. Tar/dirt road route down {no 4b4 trails, or crazy river crossings}. Speed {or lack of} barely moving up to 3 legged turtle on the good bits. Anyone who wants to tag along, for all or part of the trip is more than welcome. If i am going to slow, just piss off & leave me. Anyway i will see you guys there. Peter
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:06 PM   #11547
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One of my mates is a mechanic and a few years ago had a small job of replacing the alternator on a VW transporter van . The job ended up costing the owner $2,500 for the replacement of a $200 part , the remainder of the cost was labour because the motor had to be dropped out of the chassis to get to the alternator because of thoughtless design , the alternative to dropping the motor was to dismantle and remove the aircond system which would have been dearer again due to some non reuseable parts that would have to be sourced and purchased . My mates advice to me when I was considering buying a VW van was DON'T ..... and if you do , don't bring it to me to work on . As he had been doing all my mechanical work that I felt too complicated or fiddly to do myself I took his advice .

Just as bad as a Peugeot you have to take the front wheel off to get to the headlight globe .

He has a company car so this is the weekender bike transporter. He's a a Merc transport for the last 10years only 1 $3000 turbo rebiuld picking me up when i had a flat tyre on the 950 .
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #11548
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I am going to leave Sydney Friday morning. Tar/dirt road route down {no 4b4 trails, or crazy river crossings}. Speed {or lack of} barely moving up to 3 legged turtle on the good bits. Anyone who wants to tag along, for all or part of the trip is more than welcome. If i am going to slow, just piss off & leave me. Anyway i will see you guys there. Peter
Bev & I are heading down Friday too, may hook up somewhere & travel together ?
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:47 PM   #11549
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didn't you get the free training from apple? also you get 3 months phone call back up
And heaps of free tutorials on line from Apple...
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:03 PM   #11550
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Hi, looking for someone with the skills and time to learn me how to use my MacBook Pro more efficiently/skilfully. I may need an hour or several of them. Wodonga/Albury/Tallangatta area. Message me and we can chat. thanks Beet
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