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General Car Chat / Re: We know they can't fix cars but ....
« on: 04 February 2019, 15:15:46 »
I've only used them once and that was for new rear discs and pads on my Omega when I first bought it and didn't have the time, inclination or facilities to DIY at the time.  After phoning around they were the cheapest, I dropped the car off, they did the job, charged me what they quoted and didn't try to upsell anything.

Maybe I was lucky?  ::)

There is obviously the odd branch that is run by humans :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: Mini needs a new clutch
« on: 04 February 2019, 09:42:29 »
Hi all.

My friends Mini needs a new clutch. Does anyone know if this is a big job and how much it's likely to cost? It's a 2002 Cooper model.

Many thanks.

Kate

Daughter just paid 420 for a clutch in a 2001 Bini Cooper - @ 98K

Given that it's a petrol, I VERY much doubt if its got a Dual Mass Flywheel

They used LUK620323900 clutch kit and 5 hours of labour.

Kellets Garage L37 8EG if you are local. 

It was the third they'd done since Christmas, so they are obviously practised at the job.

A dual mass is listed for an 02 cooper but does say if fitted so it seems not all have it

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General Car Chat / Re: oil seal installer tool
« on: 01 February 2019, 16:00:18 »
A piece of suitable diameter plastic drain pipe would suffice and easily strong enough to do the job

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 01 February 2019, 09:56:15 »
BMW's don't like the cold either, spent 10 mins trying to open fuel filler cap this morning. Frozen solid.

Nearly had to go back for my car.....

That's pretty woeful, its not even particularly cold - in the grand scheme of things  ::)
Why ???

It was raining all evening yesterday, then it snowed and then temperature dropped below freezing...

Any moisture inside the unsealed flap would freely condense onto any surface and promptly freeze.

And I thought you were bright...  ::)

No different to doors freezing onto saturated/wet frame seals, which incidentally are air tightish not water tight... And given that they're designed to be opened with a sub 10lb pull, no wonder that people break everything trying to rip the doors open with one foot on the adjacent panel ::)
Never had any opening, be it boot, bonnet, door or fuel filler frozen so much I couldn't open it.  I've had it where you can feel the door on the seal as you open, but not "stuck"

And we having seen cold temps for a few years TBH, so its a bit poor if people are finding things frozen shut, IMHO.

In proper cold (sub -15C before windchill) I've had the door key slots have a layer of ice over, which needs digging out with the key blade...   ...but can't remember the last car I had that needed a key to open.

My focus this morning had frozen door handles and latches so once I opened the doors I couldn't re-latch them,took quite a lot of de-icer to get things working again :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Corsa
« on: 30 January 2019, 10:04:17 »
I knew a bloke who went to Brighton in his Dads Escort. He noticed an almost identical one parked a few yards away.
Later in the day he was shocked to find his car wasn't where he left it, although the other one was still parked in the same spot.
He went to find a police station to report the car stolen, but when he came back to the scene with the police, his car was back where he left it and the other Escort had gone.
Only explanation was that the other driver got in his car and drove off. Then realised they were driving the wrong car, so came back and swapped over.  ;D

Did similar with a Marina back in the day,got in it no problem but ignition lock was being awkward till I realised Stereo was different !!,beat a hasty retreat and re-locked car and went to find mine  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Re: Snow?
« on: 29 January 2019, 18:16:57 »
Small flurry here about half hour ago which was a surprise

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Shouldn't be a problem finding either one either here in parts for sale or ebay :y

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General Car Chat / Re: What a job.
« on: 26 January 2019, 10:15:33 »

Neither of my Omegas ever managed to automatically set the clock..

Mine did, but you had to have the radio on tuned to a local station, as they transmitted the time info. The likes of R1,R2 etc don't.

interesting as mine was the opposite; I could drive around for days with it tuned to local stations with no change, but it would update the clock within a few seconds of being tuned to a national BBC station.

Yes,mine was the same ,it had to be a BBC station for it to reset

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: 25 January 2019, 12:46:41 »
signed  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: App for current roadworks
« on: 25 January 2019, 12:43:06 »
Try WAZE on your phone,available from google and apple,very good sat nav that give journey time including any hold ups

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General Car Chat / Re: Seen today
« on: 23 January 2019, 17:07:55 »
Top up on a day like this? No excuse for that - well, until it started snowing anyway.

I really fancy a TR4. Lovely looking cars. I suspect I'd hate driving it, though, so maybe it should remain a dream?

TR5 for me in the same body........ with the 2.5 straight six and for the time 'space age' fuel injection.

Sadly the old Lucas Injection wasn't the most reliable though,stiil a lovely car and I would prefer one over a TR6

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General Car Chat / Re: Signum 1.9CDTi
« on: 23 January 2019, 16:51:28 »
Facelift cars only have three diesel options... 1.9 120 8v, 1.9 150 16v and 3.0 190 v6

Not going to get into an argument about specs etc, but I know that I am right for 2006 on as I was looking at new Vectras at the time and the Signum was bundled in with the Vectra in the brochures... Which I binned when I cleared my room out last year.

My experience of the 1.9 150 16v lump in both manual (30k) and auto (15k) guises was less than positive, hence all the Vectra Cs I have subsequently owned were deliberately 1.8 petrols which I will defend to the end of days.

The Signum is a Vectra C estate with a funky rear seat and slightly smaller boot.

For the needs you suggest, facelift will be perfect, especially in Design or Elite specs and with whichever engine you can find looks best in Moonstone grey metallic or Reubens Red 8)

Shop around and buy on condition regardless of engine  :y

Incidentally all have 100k cambelt, except the V6* which are  chain driven

*I know the 3.2 is belt driven, but early cars only, and I have nowhere suggested buying a preface lift Vectra C of any shape ::)

V6 Diesel is Cam belted :y

Its half and half isn't it?

Yes,top half is belt from fuel pump up and bottom half is gear driven

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General Car Chat / Re: Signum 1.9CDTi
« on: 23 January 2019, 12:43:09 »
Facelift cars only have three diesel options... 1.9 120 8v, 1.9 150 16v and 3.0 190 v6

Not going to get into an argument about specs etc, but I know that I am right for 2006 on as I was looking at new Vectras at the time and the Signum was bundled in with the Vectra in the brochures... Which I binned when I cleared my room out last year.

My experience of the 1.9 150 16v lump in both manual (30k) and auto (15k) guises was less than positive, hence all the Vectra Cs I have subsequently owned were deliberately 1.8 petrols which I will defend to the end of days.

The Signum is a Vectra C estate with a funky rear seat and slightly smaller boot.

For the needs you suggest, facelift will be perfect, especially in Design or Elite specs and with whichever engine you can find looks best in Moonstone grey metallic or Reubens Red 8)

Shop around and buy on condition regardless of engine  :y

Incidentally all have 100k cambelt, except the V6* which are  chain driven

*I know the 3.2 is belt driven, but early cars only, and I have nowhere suggested buying a preface lift Vectra C of any shape ::)

V6 Diesel is Cam belted :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 18 January 2019, 19:03:03 »
Your BMW probably reported back to BMW HQ that you fitted a non genuine BMW battery and they sent your car a virus to make you go to a dealer for repairs  :P
 ;D

 ;D Probably .. although it's not new enough to have telematics (or .. actually, it might be, there's an "SOS" button). At least I bought a Bosch battery, can't it just be happy that the volts are Teutonic!?

If it's newer than 06 it may need the battery details added to ECU,X5's do and Bmw battery  come with a code :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: Electric wing mirrors
« on: 17 January 2019, 13:30:16 »
As Uncle Stemo says,either the switch or the door harness making and breaking with door movement,try them again with the door open and see if owt changes

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