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16:36
April 30, 2018


dpress

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Well I have answered my own question. After yet another 'blackout' when the system switched itself off and refused to reset for a while, I took the plunge and bought an amp from a Laguna for £25. It had almost the same model number 22DC269/62T as my old one (just the last letter different) so I bought it. Google Play store had an app to find the radio code which works a treat, and is free, and I fitted it today. Would you believe it, the radio is all good – I now have FM, MW and LW with a good signal for all of them and the CD player is working as well. 

I might well keep my eyes open for another one as a spare – there are loads of scrapped Lagunas so they will be much easier to come by.

Cheers, Steve

07:01
June 18, 2018


le barge

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Hi guys,

   Hmmm, seem to have lost continuity here. Any ideas?

   Paul.

15:43
June 18, 2018


dpress

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Paul the site went offline for a few days until Ollie who initially started it got it back from the dead. I think he must have resurrected it from a cached copy, as some posts from May/June have gone missing. Unfortunately there are now so few people using the site I doubt that it will be available for a great deal longer. I presume there must be some sort of cost involved in keeping something like this on the internet, although I am not very computer literate so don't know for sure.

 

Did 400 miles on Saturday to Southend and back – all at 35mpg, so still going well!

 

Cheers, Steve

16:24
June 18, 2018


bmn

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Hi Guys,

            had an e-mail from Oliver and he tells he no longer has any Vels. and doesn't use it so much.   The cost is important and I don't know how many members are still registered. I know a lot of the past regulars have sold their cars and have dropped off the site. I think he would appreciate some help with the site. So,if anyone out there is computer literate and can help then give Oliver a buzz. It would be a shame to loose the site as there is a fountain of knowlegde among the owners out there.

KEEP USING THE SITE.

 Brian from a very sunny and windy St.Andrews Cool ( blown away at the golf today Yell)

07:40
June 24, 2018


le barge

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Hi Guys,

   Wish I was more computer literate, some days I can barely plug the damn thing in!

   I agree I'd hate to lose the forum, it's been a lot of help to me with the Barge.

   Talking of which, it's still working remarkably well, given the crap reputation these great cars have been landed with.       Most of the gremlins have been banished, less and less to fret over.

   The xenon levelling still fails to work, I'm suspecting the ecu, a Laguna one looks the same, and they're plentiful, but where the hell is it on the car?

   I found the fuse for the sunroof, "just" remove the glovebox, and there it is, if you turn upside down and use a flashlight….. Wasn't blown, the roof motor was junk. Fitted another 2nd hand one, you can access it through the dome light hole. It looks like the original might have failed due to stiff/ broken/blocked sliders. The roof now moves a bit, but I don't want to try resetting it  because of the above. I really don't relish taking down the headliner, so I'll give it another coat of looking at.

   Let's hope the new owners find this great site, and support it!

   Regards,   Paul.

10:25
June 24, 2018


dpress

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Paul regarding your headlights, when you start the vehicle, and turn the lights on before moving do you get any change in the beam angle? I have been reading up the lighting section in the Dialogys manual and the whole system is very complex. When the lights are first turned on at standstill you should note some movement down and then up as the system initialises. It gets signals from both front and rear load sensors, as well as speed settings and all manner of other things so the system is constantly adjusting itself when in use and driving.

To check properly it needs to be connected to a clip to see if there are any stored faults (of which there are numerous!) and the relevant repair procedure gone through – one of which for some reason requires the radio to be disconnected?? It also says that if there is a system fault with a component then you get no tell tale illuminated on the dashboard when you turn the lights on, and the system switches to default mode with no initialisation or adjustment. Is that relevant for your car?

Finally you are correct about the computer being common to the Laguna, but the manual does say that the computer has to be initialised first when installed using a CLIP so that it recognises the correct type of car, otherwise it won't work as the signals received from the angle position sensors will be unique to each type of car. I think the lighting ECU is part and parcel of the front load sensor from the schematic and line drawings in the manual.

Good luck with it.

 

Steve

07:12
June 26, 2018


le barge

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Hi Steve,

   Thanks for the info.

   My lights don't do the "dance" at switch on, so I guess are in default. I drove yesterday evening after dusk, and they illuminate very well, without annoying other drivers, so as far as use is concerned they're fine. I bet the MOT man will not agree…..  So, more investigating.

   Hopefully I'll now be able to use my Dialogys, installed yesterday, we'll see.  Thinking of getting a Clip, seems like the only way to master these niggles!

   Talking of niggles, my wife has a Lexus RX SUV with the air suspension, which is also stuck in default, being set high and stiff. Price for parts are scary! Each air McPherson strut is around £600 (x 4), the compressor is around £1200, the height sensors each around £300, again times 4! On a car worth £3.5k.

   Suddenly a Vel Satis looks sooooo cheap to mend! I'll keep mine for a long time I think.

   Anyone else noticed that Vel 3.5 cars are snapped up on fleabay? Maybe getting recognised as a truly worthwhile option after all.  The diesels in contrast are dead in the water. ( justifiably so, maybe?)

   Diesels in general as I see it are going to evaporate at Mot test time, with the new 'visible smoke' emphasis. What diesels don't smoke at some point? So if for example the DPF fails, then at a cost of anything up to a grand to replace, they'll just get driven into the ground until Mot failure. I guess we'll see more plumes of black crap from them in the next months before extinction. Seems sad that such a great technology is being crucified……..

   Keep smiling guys! 

   Best,  Paul.

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