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Messages - henryd

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 19 September 2018, 18:54:05 »
MX5 is a hoot to drive, and quite nice in a tail out scenario.  And its all low speed fun as well :y.

It lacks power (big time), and obviously has an image problem, but that doesn't make it boring.


Not tried a new one, but suspect the weight has ballooned and the power sapped, which would be a crying shame.  Esp as all the old ones have rusted away.

Early MR2s are almost as much fun

Not long ago I mentioned to my local mechanic that I quite fancied an MX5.

"Ever sat in one" ? he asked. I hadn't. He had one in for repairs. I needed a shoehorn and grease to get in. So, that was that

I now have an irrational urge for a Crossfire. Quite cheap these days. Ugly b****rds, but so what  ::)

Resembles a dog taking a dump in side profile. :)

Coupe not pretty but convertible much better looking :y

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: 18 September 2018, 19:51:38 »
I often speak to people obsessed with there trade in allowance ,end of the day the only bit that matters is what you have to pay, it matters not whether its added to the trade in or reduced from the purchase price :y

Ps. I think uncle Stemo did ok on that deal :y

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 18 September 2018, 09:51:35 »
If you want a classic that's actually involving to drive you have to go Lotus and avoid anything mass produced by brummies.

Unfortunately, there are other consequences to doing so.

Hmmm,Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 12 September 2018, 21:16:36 »
Hope better software will give me fault, most common online aspect suggests sensor going to wheel hub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DChcgNH6bq4

Same fault I have, but he can get a code, indicating which side is at fault.

The fact that the light is on from start up does point to a sensor fault, what are you trying to rear codes with ?

Tried my Autel 319, which has done 3.2 fine. It also reads live data from Zaf fine.

Also tried ScanMyOpel, via an Android phone and bluetooth adaptor.

the 319 is generally eml only isn't it ?, the one you've ordered should crack it

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 12 September 2018, 21:10:56 »
Hope better software will give me fault, most common online aspect suggests sensor going to wheel hub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DChcgNH6bq4

Same fault I have, but he can get a code, indicating which side is at fault.

The fact that the light is on from start up does point to a sensor fault, what are you trying to rear codes with ?

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 12 September 2018, 20:14:23 »
I doubt that a modern vehicle will have abs rings,most are active sensor bearings nowadays,hopefully some live data will help. Generally  speaking if the light goes off at start up it means self test on sensors was good,if it comes on once underway it points to the bearing/abs ring or whatever its taking its readings from

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General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 12 September 2018, 16:25:16 »

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General Car Chat / Re: Some rental car
« on: 11 September 2018, 09:42:44 »
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It's a poor pastiche of the trendsetting series1 XJ6 from 30 years earlier,  ......

Seeing an original Series 1 XJ makes you realise how bloated the latest Tata has become

lol fixed :o

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General Car Chat / Re: Some rental car
« on: 10 September 2018, 18:38:40 »
Yes I've seen XJ L and it seemed to occupy about one and a half car parking spaces on length alone :D Rather put off modern Jags[XF onwards]because of their-to me-overly gimmicky interiors-pop up rotary gear selector self opening/closing air vents etc-but at least their screen things are better integrated into the fascia better than BMW,Mercedes,Ford and so on where they look like some king of chav add on!

On the other hand, at least they appear to have ditched the awful "Hyacinth Bucket" mock tudor Rover 75 look of the S type. :y
And the smell of wee from the previous XJs over the last 40yrs.

Stale piss aside,the X350 is one of the best looking Jags imo :y

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General Car Chat / Re: waiting for AA recovery
« on: 09 September 2018, 00:06:32 »
Apologies for stirring up a dusty thread.......

Having changed the water pump and fitting a new cambelt kit the bloody thing has run without overheating for several thousand miles (and a few 700 mile round trips) until yesterday.

After a 5 mile trip the gauge went up to 130 degrees just 200 yards from home. I pulled over and tried not to swear at it (kids in the back) and watched the gauge drop straight back to 90 degrees (engine idling) so drove it home and parked it.

4 or 5 hours later I unscrewed the cap on the coolant bottle and it burped and spewed coolant over the battery (another class piece of VW design....).

I have resigned myself to the conclusion that exhaust gases are forcing their way into the cooling system and causing an 'air lock'. I really do not understand why the problem is intermittent though :-\

What are the odds that I can fix it by fitting a new head gasket ?
I wouldn't be fitting a new head gasket hoping that it fixes the problem, you need a proper diagnosis. Else you'll spend a fortune, and a lot of time, fixing things that might not cure it.
I totally agree - I am just hoping that someone has some experience of what goes wrong with these engines (1.9 PD tdi Volkswagen code "AUY")

Friend of mine is having the same issue with his Galaxy,he's done stat and pressure cap and like yours it'll do hundreds of miles (towing tin tent mostly) and then he'll do a Shortish  trip solo and it'll play up,he's done chemical test on coolant for exhaust gases but that was ok.next step is head off but if gasket is sound then pressure test of head will follow

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General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 08 September 2018, 16:38:20 »

Much the same with the Tunnie Passat. Nice looking coupe let down by the Massey Ferguson engine. :)

Steady on! VAG cars aren't anything like that reliable. ;)

Oh,I'm not so sure,my Touareg has just clicked 160k and in the three years I've owned its only had servicing,no repairs

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 06 September 2018, 22:24:36 »
Mot'd the Touareg today (straight pass) and washed and polished the Merc,found time to earn a few quid as well ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia towing mpg is rubbish
« on: 06 September 2018, 09:18:45 »
That doesn't seem too bad to me .... also of course depends what you're towing

Lol,I thought it was ok too,but ours weigh 2.5T to start with so economy wasn't in mind ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Monza F1, may contain spoilers
« on: 02 September 2018, 23:25:35 »
The overtaking between Hamilton and Kimi showed how it should be done. Very hard but completely fair with each other. Drivers with real class and finesse.
Vettel panics and is a clumsy driver in the heat of battle. And cant accept blame for his mistakes. Hamilton knows this and exploits it imo.
Unfortunately young Verstappen is looking increasingly like he is developing a similar attitude to Vettel which is a shame, as he undoubtedly has a lot of raw talent.

Yes agreed,both German and Dutchman lets themselves down today

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General Car Chat / Re: Here you go Al (and 1980s Merc lovers)..
« on: 29 August 2018, 18:14:08 »
Those 'fedreral' US bumpers so the car no favours.

Indeed.

Stupid bumpers aside, I rather like that. Even the interior TBH - odd I know.

I'm with you in liking it(bumpers aside)

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