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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: Yesterday at 18:47:34 »
2.8 is auto only, but is the only petrol v6 option.
The 2.6 and 3.2 v6s from the Omega were fitted to PFL Vectra-Cs.  The 3.2 is a hoot in a Vectra-C, just drive it full on loon mode, turn on full lock and control the amount of steering on throttle.  But I can't tolerate any Vectra C for long before my back is broken.

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: Yesterday at 18:36:40 »
It may be too late for Ronnyd but a Signum will make the owner very attractive to women. :)
But not a patch on a Marina TC :P

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery removal
« on: Yesterday at 18:35:20 »
There are a few different types, all look identical from the outside, but internally take different batteries etc.

TBH, not worth the effort, and with global warming and all that BS, we need to fill landfill more to raise the ground level.

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: Yesterday at 18:30:19 »
.... i am now looking for a replacement. Thoughts on a Vectra C please.
There is NOTHING to like about the god awful Vectra-C, except perhaps space.  An awful ride, and anything more powerful than the 2.0DTi engine shows the (lack of) capabilities in the chassis.

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Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.
Could be, given the mileage, that a decent clout was enough to destroy already worn out bushes... Heavy cars are tough on suspension components, especially if driven hard, but you won't necessarily feel it from the driver's seat as 2.5t and a decent wheelbase make for a surprisingly stable ride inspite of worn out parts...

Other thing you might find is that an arm/link has moved out of place on a bush. Also, if aluminium, check for distortion and cracks.
I think you'll find its the same weight as an Omega ;).

But it probably needs bushes checking. Its been a while since its last inspection, where I polybushed a couple.

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Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.
30 MPH  :-\
like it said on the road sign  :D ;D
Yes, officer ::)

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Ouch!  :(

That around brackers? I've noticed the roads round Northants have gone from rather awful to an absolute joke recently.  ::)
Oxfordshire, which has always been anti car since I was a lad ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery removal
« on: Yesterday at 09:23:51 »
As my Ctek chargers came with a lead intended for permanent connection to a car battery I keep my Smart's battery on more or less permanent charge while in situ  ;)
I must have had half a dozen or more cteks (or different models/capacities), because everyone says they are fantastic.

Sadly, my own experience doesn't match that, and I wouldn't but another, nor have I replaced any since losing the last ones in the garage.

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery removal
« on: Yesterday at 09:21:01 »
Thanks for the clarification my charger is a rather expensive one which is said to be a conditioner so maybe I have been lucky not to have caused problems.
You do need to check.  TBH, even with shitty chargers, 9 times out of 10 you'll get away with it.  But when you don't, it can get expensive quickly

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Omega General Help / Re: Replacement Xenon bulbs
« on: Yesterday at 09:18:05 »
...  And in the case of the Jaaaggg, that is a proper ballache, as the bumper has 10 million screws before it will come off

MFL Omegas with head lights washers are also a ball ache as the washers don't allow easy removal of the headlight
Indeed, bumper has to come off on them to remove headlights. Hence I always change the bulbs on Omegas in situ. Sadly not an option on the Jaaaggg

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Given the recent episodes at AWS and Azure - probably the 2 biggest - I'd want a non-cloud fallback system ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: Yesterday at 09:07:40 »
After 5 miles, the bite should definitely start to come in, and after 10 miles should bite nicely (although give it another 10miles before braking hard on them).

If the bite is still poor, bin the pads, and get new ones.

A couple of years ago, I put some Pagid (a once half decent brand) on the Battlebus (essentially and Astra-G), and couldn't get them to bite well, or even slow down quickly. So after about 5 weeks I binned them, and went back to TC pads.

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Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery removal
« on: 15 December 2018, 09:52:01 »
Only charge in situ if your charger specifically says it can.  Most cheapy ones can't, and you run the risk of electronic damage (ask poor Mrs Chrisgixer ;D)

After batt reconnection, youu will need to reset windows and sunroof, and enter radio code back in.

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Omega General Help / Re: x25xe caravan transmission conversion
« on: 15 December 2018, 09:47:50 »
What problems are you seeing with the auto.  They might be old and basic, but are pretty robust with a inor service every 80k or so.

(ignoring the TD engines, as they rip autoboxes to shreds)

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