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Omega General Help / Re: 2.5v6 (year 2000) omega estate
« on: 18 May 2018, 18:53:52 »
Its prob both TBH, but the crank sensor will strand you at the most inconvenient time and at most inconvenient place, so change that urgently. That will also likely cure the starting issue.

Use a genuine sensor from a reputable supplier (ie, dealer), not ebay, Autovaux, ECP, Amazon etc

General Car Chat / Re: 250 mile range electric car
« on: 18 May 2018, 18:44:28 »
I would have an electric car if:

1) It had similar performance to what I currently drive (some do)
2) It has a "usable" range per charge. In reality, that means around 400 miles real world...  ...baring in mind 1) (even the touted best struggle for 100 miles)
3) It can be "slow charged" overnight. That's an 8hr overnight, not a silly 16hr overnight, which is as useful as a used split condom smeared in dogshit
4) Replacement battery packs come down to sub £1500 for the entire pack (never gonna happen whilst I have a hole up my arse)

I have a bit of insider info about attempts to create an EV exec saloon not dissimilar to our Omegas. These are honest concerns by those directly involved, rather than marketing wank or mate-down-the-pub anitdotes…

Range a massive issue, expect at best Tesla level ranges (not good enough)
Battery pack life estimated (by testing) 3-5yrs
Battery pack replacement >£30k exc labour (which H&S means you also always need 3 spotty techs working on it)
Each fast charge buttoppss the battery, so more than 1 fast charge per week, that life drops dramatically
They current volative nature of Lithium Polymer packs means that a) liable to suffer a "thermal event" in an accident, b) mass produced chargers are going to cause more "thermal events"

Given we'll never be allowed nuclear powered cars, the only currently viable (within next 15yrs) EV tech is hydrogen

General Car Chat / Re: Anybody used one of these?
« on: 18 May 2018, 18:18:11 »
Oh to be retired.

My engine bay looks a proper mess. How the hell does dirt make it all the way up there. I know I live in a dusty area, but bloody hell :o

General Car Chat / Re: Cracked screen.
« on: 18 May 2018, 18:14:35 »
Doubt many of us could fill a nine inch crack  :-\

Scary thought. :)

Enough to make you prefer a nice cup of tea like TB.
Every time I feel a tingle in my groin, I just look at your avatar Opti.  That soon makes it dive for cover.

General Car Chat / Re: Anyone got adaptive cruise control?
« on: 18 May 2018, 18:13:08 »
Strangely, it seems to be one of 2 options not on the Black Pussy, RSE being the other.

TBH, I never took to it on the others I test drove, was a very strange sensation (though I guess I'd get used to it). And TBH, I rarely use cruise - used to use it all the time in those motorway 50mph zones, but I tend to use speed limiter functions instead now.  My daily commute doesn't really lend itself to cruise (of any description).

Omega General Help / Re: pollen filter
« on: 17 May 2018, 18:59:55 »
Crossland filters never have an airflow marker on it. Thus I assume it can go in any way (except in a Jag XJ due to other reasons around the clips ::)).

Personally, I always spend a little more and try and go for a better one.

And does anyone other than ECP sell Crossland? Which could explain another reason I always buy something a little better ;D

Took it for an emergency trip to (near) Brent Cross to pick up £50k of servers....

...and, yes, got stuck in that North Circ SNAFU :(

Still, worse ways to spend a Thursday afternoon, as the weather was pleasant, and listening to Steve Wright was better than the usual dross I listen to at work (mongs making stupid decisions based on ego rather than talent).  Only ruined by some idiot in a Galaxy on the M1 who felt the need to brake test me, then swerve towards me every time I attempted to overtake.  Not sure what his issue was, as being on works time, I was cruising along at the speed limit, on a near empty motorway  :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Oil
« on: 17 May 2018, 18:38:34 »
Just picked up 20L 5w-30  (ford spec for the Mondy) from local VX stealer. £40 +VAT, not TC but mates rate. Don't know how that compares. :-\

PS Also, after KW's tip, picked up two taps to fit the 20L drums, very handy at a couple of quid each. :y
I paid £50ish plus vat for mine, though might not be same spec as yours.

Those taps, fit with 20l drum upright, then gently tilt to check for leaks, as invariably they do.  I tend to immediately decant into a couple of 5l cans in one hit, and position it so both the main flow, and the leak, flow into same funnel into same can...

General Car Chat / Re: What a bag of sh!te
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:37:15 »
I have reached the conclusion that I work for complete idiots :-X
Maybe they have complete sense, giving Mercedes Benz a wide berth ;)
For Fiat :o
In cars (and we know vans are a different kettle of fish), at least a fiat is designed correctly (and maybe slightly let down in execution), unlike MB, where they flick through the part suppliers catalogues, and play lego...

Omega General Help / Re: Dash display
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:21:33 »
Its where the ribbon joins the lcd panel, and sadly not repairable (without very specialist equipment)

Only solution is a new panel (or if you have access to a tech2, a depaired replacement cid)

General Car Chat / Re: What a bag of sh!te
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:13:29 »
I have reached the conclusion that I work for complete idiots :-X
Maybe they have complete sense, giving Mercedes Benz a wide berth ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Customer care
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:11:35 »
Jag sent me a questionnaire asking about my experience with Stratstone Nottingham.....

.....I completed it and within a few hours had a call from the dealer principle (who is a jumped up child with no life experience) asking why I rated them as a 1 and that they consequently were not getting their bonus payment....
As long as they will still supply discounted parts, who cares what he says ;D

I always have to jump through the same hoops to get discounts on parts, but often its worth it (on service items) :y

General Car Chat / Re: Halfords wiper blades
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:08:31 »
My old Rover 25 took 3 blades of the same length. So I'd buy a pack of 10 from Vauxhall Tradeclub, £20 delivered, sell 2 "kits" of 3 blades on egay for a tenner each, plus postage, and fit the rest to the Rover for free.

Because egayers are very stupid, and this was so lucrative, I was ordering 2 or 3 boxes a week ;D

But then at the time, I was ordering 50 VOF93 for around 75p each (not on TC), selling 49 of them for £4 plus postage, and keeping one for myself.

Did I mention the average egayer is incredibly stupid?

General Car Chat / Re: Expensive oil change or not?
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:02:39 »
Not sure the dog would be overly chuffed at the prospect either...  ::)
Ask Jura (H21's willing accomplice), calmly sitting in the cage in the boot whilst H21 was "playing" on a spare runway at a York meet  :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Eicher brake pads
« on: 16 May 2018, 18:00:22 »
Given the known excellent, trouble free TC pads are around the same, why piss about with a) Euroshite, b) their dubiously sourced shite, c) unknown shit.

You can lead the horse to water....

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