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General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: 23 May 2018, 21:04:47 »

Touchscreen excluded (you clutz!) that does seem like quite a list. Compared to the ovlov at least (12m, 3 days and 35k onto ownership), which has wanted for nothing other than oil, filters, headlight bulbs, tyres and wheel alignment.

Do you think itís down to build quality, driving style, complexity or luck?
Most of it is standard servicing.

I was aware of the bushes when I bought it, that was one of those things that clearly didn't bother the previous owner, but I couldn't live with it.

The first CDL motor was disappointing. When the second failed, that's a sign the CDLs are really crap (much like the GM ones on our Omegas I suppose) ;D

General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: 23 May 2018, 20:57:18 »
Winning the battle with forums for DIY?
No, not reached that critical mass yet, but I think on the UK one, people have learnt not to tell me to take it to the dealer.

But I think there is a turning of the tide

Drove it to Sheffield and back, via Halesowen both times.

General Car Chat / Re: And so it begins
« on: 23 May 2018, 20:17:08 »
And most cheap routers (and a fair few expensive ones as well!!) have so many security flaws that its easier to attack it from the tinterweb

General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: 23 May 2018, 20:11:52 »
Will be interesting to see what car options I get with my new role
A big fat hefty tax bill ;D

General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: 23 May 2018, 20:11:11 »
I seem to remember that the XF I used to have had a memory rear-view mirror.  Which trim level is it?

None of the XFs I looked at had it either.

General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: 22 May 2018, 19:23:14 »
I thought Jeremy Corbyn had joined and started a thread.  :o
You're hanging around that dodgy Opti fella too much ;D

General Car Chat / A year with the big black pussy
« on: 22 May 2018, 17:57:49 »
Well, well over 13 months now.

It remains a comfortable mile cruncher, with a decent turn of speed.

I'd say on average, I get low 30s mpg. I've had the occasional high 30s from a tank, and the occasional high 20s as well.

Failures have included:
Both front CDL motors
Front lower front wishbone arm bushes, replaced with polys
A single bonnet strut
A touchscreen display (might have been my fault ;D)
A failed NSR wheel bearing...   ...twice
A failed headlight washer extender thing (probably the shit ECP screenwash that froze)

In addition, its had:
2 oil changes
Air filter change
Pollen filter change
2 front tyres
2 headlight bulbs
New number plate fixing tape ;D

I really love the seat coolers, the heated wheel, the rear blind, the sunroof, the memory seats both sides, the crappy massager (for my poor back), adaptive headlights and cornering leds, the phone and ipod integration, and the fact the DAB holds onto a signal bloody well. It seems I'm lucky in that the Jag Voice works perfectly for me in default (untrained) mode, because that is a joy to use.

The annoyances include the fact the interior mirror isn't on memory, the clock wont set itself, the touchscreen is shite. Its also a bit long/wide for city centre stuff, particularly city centre carparks.

Running costs most definitely higher than an LPG'd Omega, probably on par with a non LPG'd V6

I have a facelift one, not sure they would be different ?
They are the same :y

Or didn't disconnected battery beforehand.Always the best option when swapping seats.
I never have  :-[

I paid around £15 for a cable for the Silver Bullet a couple of years back. No idea what brand it was, and cared even less.

As Marks DTM says, you will need to sort out the adjuster at handbrake end, as this is NOT part of the handbrake cable.  Is this the car the exhaust needs replacing on, as not having exhaust in way would make it do-able. If the actual handbrake cable is OK, no need to replace, obviously.

As to droplinks, I have *NEVER* had to cut one off before, and usually find the hardest, most time consuming part is finding the right size spanners.  But I can see the appeal in cutting them off if they've seized :)

General Discussion Area / Re: Grenfell inquiry
« on: 22 May 2018, 17:03:40 »
I was bored with it the day after it happened.  But as its London, I supposed the papers and broadcast media will keep stoking the fire.

Same as the Manchester thing last year.  Do we really need an anniversary celebration of it?  I think, though, that's mostly the BBC trying to keep that one alive, seeing as they are based there.

TBH, any sympathy I had at the time seems to be turning to disinterest, even anger.

General Car Chat / Re: Mot q re tax insrance
« on: 22 May 2018, 09:57:06 »
presumably garage has their own insurance that covers them?

tax is ok as long as its booked in for mot, and thats the only journey it does.

General Car Chat / Re: Met the leader.
« on: 22 May 2018, 09:53:50 »
Un and I are twins.

Actually, having just looked in the mirror, I think my hair looks like his this morning....

...I should learn to let me hair dry before going outside. Hairdryers are for chicks and ladyboys

General Car Chat / Re: Merc DIY Service
« on: 22 May 2018, 09:50:10 »
How do you guys clean out the pump after use?
The instructions for mine say to run fresh oil through it to clean.

That seems like a waste of fresh oil. :-\
Only need to run a fanny full through it, not a 20l tub.

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