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General Car Chat / Jag Experts.
« on: 10 March 2019, 18:54:23 »
If you had the choice, would you get:

2013/14 XF-S Portolio with 3.0d


2015/15 R-Sport with 2.0d?

The later one is the newer shape, is is significantly better? The 3.0 would give effortless power and be silky smooth. But wonder if the newer I4 in the latest shape would be sufficient.

Both are suitable replacements for a Merc.  ::)

General Car Chat / Jump Starting Modern Cars
« on: 08 March 2019, 12:09:08 »
Car: 2014 E-Class E220 CDI.

I parked it up towards end of Jan, as I could not force myself to drive it any more. It's been left on a driveway since, it's going to be used again by MotherT.

Can I jump it as I would an Omega? (if it fails to start?)

Anything special I should do?  :-\

General Discussion Area / Zero Sympathy.
« on: 11 February 2019, 09:14:05 »
At least they hit a bus, not another car which would have made it far worse.

General Discussion Area / Parking Ticket - Win
« on: 07 February 2019, 10:59:24 »
So we parked in Farnborough retail park a few weeks ago, it's recently been expanded and there are loads of new places. As we are doing an extension, we spent quite a lot of time in furniture places etc. Rather than move the car from one free bit to another, we left it in same spot. We went over the "3 Hour" limit, I received a letter in the post asking me to pay a 60 parking charge.

The letter was addressed to me, as the keeper, with a photo of the car when we drove in.

Quick Google suggested these are basically scams, I've had it successfully cancelled as I was under no obligation to state who the driver was, only that I was the keeper.

I sent this (stolen from the web)

Dear Sirs


I am the registered keeper of the above vehicle and am in receipt of the PCN you issued. I have no liability on this matter as you have failed to meet the requirements of Schedule 4 of The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 namely, but not limited to, failing to give the warning to the keeper, contrary to section 9 (2) (f) of the Act. You cannot therefore transfer liability from the driver at the time to me. There is no legal requirement to identify the driver at the time and I will not be doing so. Any further communication with me on this matter, apart from confirmation of no further action and my details being removed from your records, will be considered vexatious and harassment. This includes communication from any Debt Collection companies you care to instruct. Kind Regards.

Just had this in response:

Dear Sir,
Thank you for your correspondence relating to your Parking Charge Notice (PCN).
Further to your representations, we have investigated your claims and can confirm that your Notice has subsequently been cancelled in full and no further action will be taken.
Yours faithfully,
Highview Parking Ltd

 :D :D

Just FYI - If anyone else gets one of these things  :y

General Discussion Area / How does 1 roof tile become loose?
« on: 29 January 2019, 18:40:26 »

Spotted this morning, typical is chucking it down tonight.

Omega General Help / Suspension Options
« on: 01 January 2019, 15:49:18 »
Following on from my tyre thread, which means 4 new tyres in a couple of months. Makes me think about suspension for the 3.2, recently had use of a 2014 E-Class AMG trim (but Diesel engine) - I did like the way it handled, had this for a month. Made me realise how boat like the 3.2 is now.

Sooo current setup is:

16 year old Elite front shocks and springs on the front.
Rear has Boge springs which still look in good shape, with standard GM shocks on the back. (non-SL)

I'm going to get SOS Automotive do it all, at this stage I know only what I want to do with the wishbones.

I bought a set of poly's for the front cheap when no one wanted them, so I could get them fitted to the lemforder wishbones. (new ball joints as well?)

But I'm not too sure on shocks/springs, the front end really is a bit boat like. I want to stiffen it up a bit, but not a crazy amount.

If I could, I'd go down to the Vauxhall Dealer and buy MV6 suspension, as this would be best for me.

Option 1)
Sachs/Boge shocks front rear and new Boge springs up front.

Option 2)

Eibach springs front and rear & B4 shocks front/rear?

Wondering if 2) would be too stiff for my liking.  :-\

General Car Chat / WIM - Anyone been there recently?
« on: 30 December 2018, 22:24:46 »
Used to be best place, for tyres and geo setup.

Is it still worth the trek?

Omega General Help / Tyres Rotation - What would you do?
« on: 30 December 2018, 21:53:51 »
3.2 - Rear tyres down to near legal limit, had them checked at Costco wearing evenly but limited life left. Maybe a 1mm or so off the wear guide. MOT is in March.

Currently have Kumho KU39's all around, which I love, however difficult to source unless I buy them and pay a garage to fit. Making them a bit pricey, for the tyre. The replacements get poor reviews, in both fuel use, grip. Difference to premium PS4's is minimal.

The fronts have a bit of meat left on them, I am considering putting those on the rear to shred them down. 

That would leave me with 4 new tyres to get, which is a bit pricey.  :(

Option 1) Leave as is, get rears down and just replace those come MOT time, probably with PS4's. With KU39's on the front.
Option 2) Put fronts on rear, probably have enough meat for MOT, but fronts will be suspect.

Thinking option 1, as new rubber should go on the rear, then replacing the fronts for next winter. Downside would be the mix, PS4's on rear to KU39 on front :-\


General Discussion Area / Any flooring experts?
« on: 06 November 2018, 21:12:28 »
We are moving our kitchen to the new extension, I plan to convert the old kitchen into a kids playroom. Now looking at the tiles, I can see they have tiled whole room first. The tiles go under the units, at least in areas I can see. So suggests whole room was tiled first, then units went on top.

When old kitchen is stripped out, I will be left with a flat, but hard floor.

Can this be carpeted as is? I know they usually nail grippers to the side, could these be glued? Otherwise it's more effort and expense to strip off old tiles, to make floor suitable for carpet.

General Discussion Area / Building Advice
« on: 02 November 2018, 16:30:31 »
So we have chosen our architect for extending tunnie's towers, plans are now submitted to the council, we await their decision. It could just maybe have been done in permitted development, but advice from many was to go full planning so have all paperwork. Also helps when selling it's all in and approved and for the small sum, a no-brainer really.

Had a few builders around, all coming in at same price roughly and splitting payment equally over the term of work.

Where I need advice is:

1) I know work can start 7 days after approval is given, the builder can then have the inspector come out 4 or 5 times to inspect as he goes. EG - Builder digs the foundations ready for concrete, inspector comes out and gives thumbs up. Concrete goes in. Similar things happen at roof stages/structure etc.

2) Other option, is I also get full building engineering plans drawn up. Then submit that to the council, wait another 6 weeks  >:( - For that to be approved, I use that then as my safety net with the builder.

Thoughts on either? One builder we had was very good, showed us loads of photos of work done and will take me to them if we get close do doing the deal. But he favoured option 2. Have another builder coming around next week, who has done work for friends of ours and they were very happy. I'll probably go with him, as early indications show price is same as others but because we know he has done good work and seen his work, is a huge bonus. Also they ploughed on with work during 'beast from east' when snow/ice everywhere, they just carried on as normal which is a good sign to me.

Oh and FYI it will be a single story rear extension, also taking 70% of the garage and will be about 4m by 7m.

General Car Chat / Rolla Garage Door
« on: 25 October 2018, 22:47:59 »
As part of our house extension plans, I want to replace the traditional garage door with a roll up type. So that I can maximise storage in the much smaller space Ill have, as I could have high units right behind the door. 

Anyone had one fitted recently? What did it cost?

General Car Chat / Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 12 September 2018, 10:51:41 »
So, MrsT had to stop abruptly at a round about this morning, straight after this 'Service ESP' came up on the dash.

I'll pop the code reader in tonight, but googling other forums is a bit rubbish, no real detail on what the problem is.

Generally suggests ABS sensor, with mostly like cause washer broken.  :-\

This is about best thread I've found.

Anyone else seen this before?

General Discussion Area / Question about extensions
« on: 06 September 2018, 14:22:28 »
Our house is detached, therefore I can extend 4m back from the property within permitted development.

What happens if it's just outside that? say 4.1 metres? As to extend and match the garage wall line, which is what I want to do, it is fractionally longer than 4m.

Would that need planning permission?

Builder said he's only had one inspector measure and that was due to neighbour of the extension complaining.

Finally had a decent builder around and quote is within budget, so it's plan B for us if we cannot move.

General Car Chat / E10 Petrol
« on: 28 August 2018, 21:03:05 »
Stumbled across this:

It states that cars registered prior to 2002 should not use it, given Omega's engines date essentially from 90's guess it's going to be a problem?


"Drivers are advised to contact car manufacturers with any questions surrounding their specific vehicle. For example, Vauxhall says E10 fuel can be used in all petrol-engine Vauxhall vehicles except models with the 2.2-litre direct-injection petrol engine (code Z22YH) used in Vectra, Signum and Zafira.

As they mention Signum/Vectra that's not been in production for years, suggest GM V6 still good?

Rumoured E10 fuel will start to be sold here soon, to meet emissions targets.   :(

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