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General Car Chat / Re: Dealer Showrooms
« on: Yesterday at 21:17:37 »
While waiting for the 3.2 to be sorted today, I walked to a Vauxhall and Ford dealer. I wanted to compare the new Insignia vs Mondeo. (By actually sitting in them!)

What’s odd is neither dealer had one in its show room, the Vauxhall dealer did not have a single new shape Insignia. The Ford dealer had a handful of Mondeos. But these were outside, nothing inside.  :-\



Why is it odd? just look at the number of Insignias and Mondeos on the road compared to mid size SUVs, or things like your Zafira. Those are the cars that the buying public - dealer's customers- actually want to see/try/buy. The bigger cars(and the Insignia etc is bigger than an Omega) are sold mostly to fleet buyers, where different purchasing arrangements apply. Not that a company based in a town in Germany built around the factory would take an entire company's worth of middle managers on the piss for four days in the hope of them signing a contract.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Boris Bridge
« on: Yesterday at 00:14:19 »
It's typical Boris misdirection to hide a monumental opps up.


We'll find out in a couple of weeks that he's signed an irreversible deal with the Krikkitmen, and we're all bound into slavery for eternity.

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General Car Chat / Re: 2018 car of the year conteners
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:21:46 »
Car of the year..it's ludicrous! What ever next....film of the year?!  ::)


it is ludicrous.


Here's proof:


1979 COTY - the fabulous Chrysler Horizon.


And its older but just as shit brother:


1976 COTY - the underwhelming Chrysler Alpine.

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General Discussion Area / Re: The importance of using commas
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:15:32 »
I seem to recall one about a young man who helped his uncle jack off a horse. :)


that requires a capital 'J' on the proper noun, not a comma, to read correctly.

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Omega General Help / Re: Fitting poly bushes to front wishbones
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:12:03 »
I made some tooling the removes the front bushes using two spanners.
But I wouldn't even consider doing them on the car for three reasons:


1. Access is shit
2. Replacing the front bushes is a waste of time and parts unless you do the rear ones at the same time.
3. Its only two more bolts(3 if you have an Elite) to remove the wishbone and do the job on the bench

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The issue is whether the centre section to cat bolts undo. If you have to drill them out, that can take some time. If they've been replaced before then you can just cut them off.
Then it's a quick slice through the rubbers and gravity drops everything to the floor.
5 minutes maximum if it goes well.

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No.
What would be the point?

To save an iconic car from meeting it's maker. ::)


Oh, I thought we were talking about Omegas.

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General Car Chat / Re: Abarth 595
« on: 16 January 2018, 17:50:10 »
Buy a Mini Cooper S Coupe... that way you can impress your BMW car share buddy and have a car that isn't based on a Ford Ka/Vauxhall Adam ::)


If he didn't like the Fiat's ride, he certainly won't like a Mini :o

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No.
What would be the point?

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Learn something new every day :y

Its a stupid, wanky idea though.

No, not a bad idea really.  Not only for space saving reasons, but I'm sure people get the full sized tyre fixed quicker to avoid going round on the space saver for too long.  ;)

Before the days of space savers, I wonder how many people had a punctured tyre in the boot that they hadn't got round to fixing.  ::)

If you've a boot full of luggage before the puncture,where does the beastly flat full size wheel live after the spare is fitted >:( ::)


The same place it does when you use a spacesaver on a TT convertible, 911, big wheeled Beetle, Megane estate and many others: on the passenger's lap.




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General Car Chat / Re: Battery conditioners
« on: 15 January 2018, 18:29:23 »
The basic C-tek charger is sold by all of the posh manufacturers for people who don't use their toys enough, and complain that the battery is flat when they want to. If companies like Bentley, Rolls, Porsche, Ferrari etc are happy to use them on their electrical systems, I wouldn't think twice about plugging an Omega into one.

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General Car Chat / Re: boot and bonnet gas struts
« on: 15 January 2018, 18:26:13 »
All German sell bonnet struts that are identical to OE including all of the markings except the GM one. They're cheap, too. Problem solved.


I don't know about saloon boot struts, but new estate ones come in at about £20 a pair. That's what I bought, as used ones were more expensive.


These are parts like bearings and seals: most suppliers sell them by the dimensions, not what they're used for.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Work dilemma...
« on: 14 January 2018, 21:49:10 »
You're right Trevor, it is neither my problem or my license, but I would rather not see someone opps themselves over, hence the dilemma.

Besides, it's about time people here (at work), actually took responsibility for their doings as there's no attempt to actually supervise the staff... It's all paperwork rather than operational oversight.

Hopefully the regime change will resolve many of the issues :-X

Have you ever known that to make things better?

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General Car Chat / Re: First wash of 2018.
« on: 14 January 2018, 14:12:11 »
You should use two buckets One with the warm soapy water in, another with warm water to rinse the dirty water of your sponge / microfiber cloth, before you dip it back in the first bucket to wash the next panel.  ;)


Only one bucket is needed: empty its contents over the car. Refill, and do it again. Wipe down the soapy/dirty water mix with your rag. Rinse with a couple of buckets worth of clean water applied in the same manner. That takes less than five minutes.
Open a beer.


This is no way to treat your new Veyron. :D ;D


I do polish my car. It gets a couple of coats when I'm on holiday, before I reward myself with a well-earned afternoon beer. Or two. With some cheese :)

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General Car Chat / Re: First wash of 2018.
« on: 14 January 2018, 14:05:21 »
You should use two buckets One with the warm soapy water in, another with warm water to rinse the dirty water of your sponge / microfiber cloth, before you dip it back in the first bucket to wash the next panel.  ;)


Only one bucket is needed: empty its contents over the car. Refill, and do it again. Wipe down the soapy/dirty water mix with your rag. Rinse with a couple of buckets worth of clean water applied in the same manner. That takes less than five minutes.
Open a beer.

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