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General Discussion Area / image of girl's meningitis
« on: 17 February 2016, 22:33:08 »
A tragic loss of a little girl .........  :'( :'( :'(

If you've not already seen the image, it's not nice.  :(

General Car Chat / 3 point star Defender
« on: 04 February 2016, 18:35:58 »
Whilst waiting for a lift home I had a wander around Merc's show room. There was a Go-faster Bi-turbo V8 G Wagon/G Class in there £140 000  :o :o :o :o :o :o  .... and they're 'Horrible' to drive says Plato  ;D ;D

not a bad tow car though  ;)

General Car Chat / Top Gear
« on: 04 February 2016, 18:05:02 »

General Discussion Area / Lottery 'win'
« on: 23 January 2016, 18:52:22 »
I could very well be wrong, but I can't help but think 'liar liar your pants are on fire'  ::)

General Car Chat / Airmatic problems now
« on: 19 January 2016, 13:20:39 »
Went to my Merc yesterday and it was kneeling down on the FOS  :( Turned the key & it immediately lifted back up ....  :-\ Not what I wanted to see. Drove down the road and back & then parked up. Tea time it'd sunk again ...........  :'( :'(

I priced up today as a worse case scenario ie complete new strut (they only do the complete assembly, though just the bag seems available as an after market part  :-\) & fitting at Mercedes.

Brand new strut ....... £800 something + vat  :o :o :o :o :o
or Mercedes exchange unit ....... £550 +vat (plus old unit)   :o :o :o
plus 2.2 hours at £100 +vat  :o :o

= near enough £grand for an exchange unit fitted  ???

makes the C3 'stat sound quite reasonable!

I'm exploring the alternatives  ;D ;D

General Car Chat / Citroen C3 'stat
« on: 18 January 2016, 22:52:56 »
Anyone care to guess how much fitted  ......  fitted at a dealer partly due to on going niggly problems that, I have to give the dealer credit for and haven't always charged me for looking. Unlike any other 'stat I've come across, it's not a waxstat but an ECU controlled motor driven affair ......  ???

£265 if anyone is interested  ;) ;)

General Car Chat / Heated seats
« on: 11 January 2016, 19:31:48 »
No, not in an Omega, but in a Smart

The base heated mat has failed in my Smart. Unlike the Vauxhalls, the base & the back are obviously not in series because I still have a warm back. The Smart has a push switch that toggles on low/on high/off so my question is ........ what's the likely hood of a simple replacement with a generic heated mat? Do seats with different heat settings vary the voltage to the seat?

With a bit of luck, the original mat might be fixable

OE replacement is stupid money because it's part of the fabric like heated Omega leather

General Discussion Area / Dancing tanker
« on: 06 January 2016, 13:36:48 »
In traffic I pulled up behind a 'small' fuel tanker ie a fixed chassis and not an articulated tractor & tanker set up. I then realised that the tanker was moving slightly on its suspension at the back. It's something I've never ever noticed before, do they all do it or was it carrying something specific that needed to be continuously 'stirred'?

I didn't imagine it ..... I took note when it stopped again  ;)

General Discussion Area / flood
« on: 26 December 2015, 17:50:24 »
My parents phoned me this morning. We're flooded she said, but we're OK .... no need to come round. We went anyway and within an hour, we were up to our knees in the living room.  :( :( :(


It could be worse I suppose ... this is a couple of miles away from me and a few miles up stream of my Mum & Dad's

Another view

General Discussion Area / what are the odds
« on: 25 December 2015, 13:52:01 »
My daughter-in-law (if they were married) has a sister that had a little girl on Christmas Day last year. This morning in the early hours she delivered another little girl!!!  :y :y I wonder what the odds of that actually are!

General Discussion Area / Fairy lights
« on: 19 December 2015, 12:32:41 »
Why do they decide to die days after they've been fitted & working for days?  ???

They're led's & half of them have packed in

General Car Chat / spares or repair
« on: 14 December 2015, 18:26:22 »
Anyone for a spares or repair?

Nothing to do with me ...... just passing on the heads up ....... it must surely be wirth more than that!  ???

'heads gone' possibly translates as oil cooler goosed  :-\

General Car Chat / Insignia ECOFLEX
« on: 08 December 2015, 12:47:53 »
A neighbour has an Insignia ECOFLEX. The glowplug light has been coming back on after starting ie duff glowplug. Another neighbour that works at AN Other franchised  dealer offered to change all four for about £250  ??? which was thought to be a bit expensive considering that glowplugs are generally £15/£20 each. A little research though suggests that ECOFLEX engines use a plug with some kind of pressure sensor built into them. Consequently, glow plugs for this car are more like £100 EACH!!!!  :o :o :o

Just out of interest, who knows what about this engine?

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