hello all. just thought id put something together now that winter is setting in with wet and cold/freezing weather. Below are some checks, both general advice and points more applicable to the seat group from past experiences.. Please add anything i have not included or links to useful threads and i will update this list as needed: VAG GROUP ISSUES: door carrier seals: Wet carpet? - These can leak as most of use know. http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/showthread.php?t=44216 blocked drain holes: Right now leaves and muck in the drain holes near the scuttle can be blocked leading the leaks behind pedals or glovebox. Pollen filter cover: as above can lead to leaks if not fitted correctly. coolant warning light: Coolant level is lower when outside temps are lower, bleeps and a warning light when first starting up the car (low coolant level) are common this time of year. Top of the coolant level a bit and/or clean prongs to help with this fault. Plenty of info on this forum for this. bonnet release mechanism: Salt and grim can build up, imagine not being able to open the bonnet, give it a clean out and good greasing. Doors frozen shut: the door seals can get stuck following rain/freezing temps. Vaseline etc can help with this. GENERAL ADVICE:[/COLOR] Tyres: pressure and tread depth, change them sooner rather than later... Battery: is it in good condition? if its been stuggling replace it now. jump leads not a bad idea either. wipers: are they in good condition? Screenwash: is it at the correct antifreeze mixture? Spare screenwash: some spare in the boot is a good idea, long journies on motorways following a salting can use alot of screenwash. Make sure its not accessible to kids that might be temped to drink it and marked up appropriately. (no putting it in a drinks bottle please) Clean windsreen inside and out: helps keep vision clear and reduce glare Ice scrapper: doesnt need explaining, but clear more than a tiny spot and also other windows / mirrors. Lights: do they all work and are they clean!? Broom: for clearing car after show fall. Petrol: Dont run petrol down low in case of extended journies / road blocks: Door locks: Do they work, a bit of WD40 or the like is recommended. Clothers: nice warm jacket, gloves, hat etc are all good ideas. Sleeping bag? - sensible shoes, ladies.. Drink: usual advice is have some water in the car, - but also think before you drive if you have been drinking recently - including the night before at works parties etc. finally, but most importantly: SLOW DOWN: take a bit more time, set out a little earlier, be careful and be safe. end.