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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam&Anne View Post

    I have just noticed your user name.
    Yes, I am a TG, but I'm also a cowardly one, so fear not, it won't be me drilling the hole!
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    A couple of thoughts. Can you push the cable down between the dash and the windscreen, there is othen a rubber or soft foam seal that will hide the cable. Once you get the cable to the pillar at the side there is usually a panel at the side on the end of the dash that can be removed and modified to let the cable pass through. I was able to do this with the dash cam power cable on our Fabia. The power came direct from the fuse box which was more or less directly behind the end panel that I removed. On the Touran I adopted a slightly different approach. I had a Retro fit specialist (HazzyDayz) fir the power cable into an extra socket powered from the fusebox (I leave these things to the experts). It was then possible to thread the power lead up to the top of the dash and out through a little clipin cover. This cover hides the screw that hold the dash top storage box in place. If your Golf doesn't have the dash top storage there might be some other piece of trim that can be removed to thread the cable through.

    I find that standalone Garmin or TomToms are a much better solution that the built sat navs; can be fitted exactly in the line of sight, cheaper, more choice on functions, map updates are free, traffic is free (I seem to recall that VW can charge over 100 for map updates!) My Garmin has a built in Dash cam - so I have one device on the windscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Touranasaurus View Post
    I find that standalone Garmin or TomToms are a much better solution that the built sat navs; can be fitted exactly in the line of sight, cheaper, more choice on functions, map updates are free, traffic is free (I seem to recall that VW can charge over 100 for map updates!)
    No problem agreeing with that apart from being lucky enough to have had two updates free.
    Just liked the neatness of the built in VW unit at time of ordering but didn't go deep enough to find out what system they used.
    Having previously used Tom for many years I foolishy assumed that all systems would be as efficient. Nope.
    As is said "every day is a learning day".
    When a passenger my wife's car I can see just how much better her smart new BigTom actually is.
    She has now all but stopped using the (very neat) detachable VW unit.
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    Thanks for all the info folks, but as said previously, I'll leave it to the experts.

    I'll report back with the final solution, in case it helps someone with a similar problem.
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    Well, the "Final Solution" is to use the dashboard mount to position the TomTom on the top of the dash and then have the cable clipped along the top until it disappears into the side of the dash and hence to the USB socket.

    Not ideal, but reasonably neat and I was only charged 25 by a local auto-electrician.

    At least I'm not going to ram anything whilst I look down at the built-in sat nav screen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tight Git View Post
    At least I'm not going to ram anything whilst I look down at the built-in sat nav screen!
    Glad you are pleased with the result, however IMO I preferred the built in unit, just disapponted to find it wasn't anywhere near as good as BigTom, confirmed by a 540 mile trip on the west coast of Ireland last weekend.
    Avoiding "ramming someone" by looking down at a built in screen has to be offset by the need to remove the Tom unit when unattended to deter Light Fingered Larry.
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    Well, the "Final Solution" is not so final as the stick-on clips keep refusing to stick to the dash after a couple of days.

    So I've taken the plunge and Super Glued the cable to the dash and, although I say it myself, it looks quite neat and much better than the clips.

    Even Mrs TG, my biggest critic, is impressed.

    Am I allowed to post a picture and, if so, how do I go about it, please, as I'd like to show off my work!
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    Well Tight, I am sure the final job is a work of art and your user name can now be changed to Heath in honour and recognition of Mr Robinson
    With this achievement in mind I am sure you will have no problems simply posting a picture of your work and most of us on here will look forward to seeing it.
    Take care Heath with BigTom to guide you on many happy journeys
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    That's very kind, but you'll need to tell me how to post a picture, if you want to see the eighth wonder of the world!
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    In the reply box there is a "picture" of a nice tree with a frame around it icon. Click on that, follow the steps and choose a suitable image from your PC, or alternatively make up your own instructions as you go along!
    Sorted.
    Regards Saminanticipation.

    Edit.
    Actually should the image eventually appear it will be the 9th wonder of the world as the painful lump on my big toe has been identified as gout and that is in fact the 8th wonder of the world.
    Last edited by Sam&Anne; 24-09-20 at 23:07.
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