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General Discussion Area / Re: Odd request...
« on: Yesterday at 19:47:42 »
Tell him that the new data protection laws prevent you from disclosing such sensitive information .....  ::) ::)

This is the polite way of saying 'go f*uck yourselves' mind your own business. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Insurance for the mighty Signum.
« on: Yesterday at 19:35:03 »
So 13/m to insure and 50/m for VED, makes sense.  :o  ;D
Plus the repairs when it fails it's MOT every year:)

Classic cars like the Signum often need a little TLC come MOT time. No different it that respect than a classic Ferrari or Porsche. :)

.......and it's no good you and Tunnie taking the piss. You only buy dreary mundane cars. :P :P :P :P

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General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: Yesterday at 16:15:09 »
At the time DSG reliability put me off.  :(

Its odd, opinion seems to divide equally between those who believe its a bag of sh!te and those who believe the boxes are bomb proof. For my part I like them when pressing on, motorway cruising or out of town. In town they aren't as smooth as a proper slusher.

As for reliability, 16,000 miles isn't really much of a basis to form an opinion. Bust so far we've had no issues.

Really quite tempted by the octavia vrs with DSG...


I'm quite surprised to find that some German makers have turned back to to an old fashioned torque converter like the 8 speed ZF auto I have in my car.

The changes seem smooth and very quick.
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In all truth 27.5 MPG is not really representative of the economy as a whole. More like 21-22 MPG is closer to the mark.

But on 50 MPH and 60MPH speed limited motorways the car can be quite frugal in it's long striding 8th gear, which needs just 2000 RPM for 90 MPH.

If it was not for 50/m VED, I'd consider an old SV8 XF.

Not many made or left. You'd need to make do with a 4.2 S/C V8 and not much more than 400 BHP though. :)

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I have to confess, your MPG is better than my 90BHP (when it left the factory in 1989) 1.6 auto MX5, although I do tend to drive 'spiritedly'.

Back in the day a sports saloon like a Jensen Interceptor or Aston Martin DB6 would have managed about 10-14 MPG over the same route.

My 1976 Triumph 2500S with overdrive would have been lucky to manage 20 MPG under the same conditions..

So economy has moved on even for cars that are not economical.

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General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: Yesterday at 14:03:45 »
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

Surely the whole point of derv is that you return 70+ MPG like that Tunnie fella. :)

One of the big positives from my old VW, it was very frugal. The older Jag diesels do appear way off book figures in reality, the later ones like Fuse19's though appear a lot better.

Ah....so nothing to do with TB's brick-footed driving style then?... ::) ::) ::) ;)

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In all truth 27.5 MPG is not really representative of the economy as a whole. More like 21-22 MPG is closer to the mark.

But on 50 MPH and 60MPH speed limited motorways the car can be quite frugal in it's long striding 8th gear, which needs just 2000 RPM for 90 MPH.

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My old banger is seeing two and a half times that......and potentially doing away with some potential brats at the same time, win win (although in reality the NOx levels out the back are pretty much the same as a modern petrol)

Are the 'powers that be' in government aware of this because they seem intent on giving derv a good kicking at present?

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My mpg is almost double that.......

.......and my average speed almost half.  ;D

So......all things being equal the red pussy is precisely as frugal as your lorry fuel Astra. ::) ::) ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: A year with the big black pussy
« on: Yesterday at 13:12:42 »
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

Surely the whole point of derv is that you return 70+ MPG like that Tunnie fella. :)

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I shall save the world and baby polar bears with petrol. :)

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Pretty impressive for 510 BHP......... :y




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General Car Chat / Re: Insurance for the mighty Signum.
« on: Yesterday at 12:50:01 »
I wouldn't be happy if my insurance was higher than the value of the car.  ;D

Pure jealousy on your part. You are envious of my magnificent motor car. :P :P

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General Car Chat / Insurance for the mighty Signum.
« on: Yesterday at 12:26:35 »
Last year 160.

This year 193.

A phone call later back to 160 again.

I'm happy enough with that figure for such a valuable, prestigious, and desirable motor car. :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Jaguar front splitters.
« on: 23 May 2018, 19:28:52 »
Just found torx self tapper number 5......hidden in an 'awkward to get at three inch recess' right at the end of the splitter.

I have them both off now. Gently slicing away the stringy adhesive as I went. :y

A quick 'smooth down' with wet and dry followed by a respray and they'll be as good as new. :y










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