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Slightly tatty red bling-o. Now for breaking if any other Bling-lickers want anything.

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#31 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:14 AM

Apart from ruining my Rover 600, I can't complain about the AA. I have breakdown cover via my insurance but it always seems to be AA.

RAC ended up leaving me at the side of the A449 dual carriageway for five hours last summer. Maybe that was my fault for breaking down in a posh car that wasn't mine.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:39 AM

The AA and RAC are both owned by private equity groups after buy - outs. They join BHS, Boots, WH Smith, Debenhams and quite a few more in having the maximum juice squeezed out of them by the ' private wealth funds. It's useful to check who owns a business you give your money to and the kind of service they provide. I expect their staff are not happy bunnies either.


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#33 OFFLINE   SiC

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:12 AM

Twice I've had to wait >3hrs for RAC to recover me. Once was by the side of the motorway in the peeing rain. I'll never use them again.

I'm currently paying for the Nationwide Plus account and its services. Took 45 minutes to come out to the MGB and they used a private contractor. Going by the text message I received on the status, I think Nationwide are using LV to provide the service.
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:32 PM

It all depends on the state of the patrols in the area when you break down, I dont think there is all that big a difference in skills and training between RAC and AA patrols....you are just as likely with either to get someone who likes old cars and is willing to spend 45 minutes fucking about with points and condensors or to get some disinterested grump who just glances at it says "fuck that" and calls a flatbed or some fresh out of college kid who cant find the OBD port on your 1983 Fiat Panda.

Waiting times depend on load in the area at the time.

I cant complain about the RAC....when the Ranger shat out during collection I admittedly had a long wait on the hard shoulder, but it was the first day of school holidays and apparently the entire road network was chaos....I definitely got my moneys worth with a multi-truck relay from fuck-knows-where up to Aberdeen through the night.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:59 PM

Twice I've had to wait >3hrs for RAC to recover me. Once was by the side of the motorway in the peeing rain. I'll never use them again.

I'm currently paying for the Nationwide Plus account and its services. Took 45 minutes to come out to the MGB and they used a private contractor. Going by the text message I received on the status, I think Nationwide are using LV to provide the service.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:14 PM

Given that this evening I have already started nicking bits off this car to fix the replacement Bling-o, I think this one's days are numbered.  Despite having 7 months' ticket on it, I doubt anyone is going to give me more than bridge money for a tatty Berlingo with an utterly fubar clutch, so I may as well break it for bits, both for our new one, and if anyone wants anything, and then bridge whatever remains thereafter.

 

The engine is a good DW10 HDi90 engine.  Despite 189k miles on it, it starts first twist of the key (even with a slightly-tired battery and questionable glowplugs) and runs really rather well.  Decent power and economy.  Shiters price, £50.

 

Everything else is for beer tokens.  I much prefer to see stuff re-used rather than wasted, so I would only want a token amount for anything.  All of which will likely be re-invested in roffles.



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:35 PM

I had a great experience with that aa crowd. Had a van with slamlocks,they were told don't leave the keys in the van, one guy went over his tacho. Change to another truck and and driver, warned about slamlocks, don't leave the key in the van. Locked the van on first truck, Keys left in the fucking van.
They called the aa. After an hour of fucking about with airbags and shite lock picking I lost rag and bent drivers door out enough to open the cunt.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:49 AM

Where abouts are you Talbot?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:08 AM

I am RH20, which is Pulborough in west sussex. However, I am due to be driving the length of the country to go to Edinburgh week-after-next, so as long as anyone isn't too far from my intended route, I could deliver bits on the way.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:17 AM

Is it a phase 1 Berlingo?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:29 AM

The AA and RAC are both owned by private equity groups after buy - outs. They join BHS, Boots, WH Smith, Debenhams and quite a few more in having the maximum juice squeezed out of them by the ' private wealth funds. It's useful to check who owns a business you give your money to and the kind of service they provide. I expect their staff are not happy bunnies either.

My mates sons is a RAC breakdown bloke st the moment. It's always been his dream job. He's as handy as they come for fixing things, nothing fazes him. Old chod or decent Stuff.
He's been with them just over 18 months and had just put his notice in and going back to a local independent.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:31 AM

Is it a phase 1 Berlingo?

No, it's a 2004 M59 Berlingo.  What bits were you hoping for?



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:34 AM

No technicians on call and having to explain daily why he's taken 2 hrs to get to someone when he's scheduled in for a job miles away first or they're not first in his queue

The operator I spoke to initially when I called up to cancell the call and then bend someones ear sounded remarkably like she agreed with my complaint, but had heard it all before many many times and it was no surprise to her.  I think that's why she also put me on to "customer care" as soon as she could as she knew exactly what I was going to say, and knew she couldn't help me.



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:13 AM

No, it's a 2004 M59 Berlingo. What bits were you hoping for?


Headlight trim but a pair of front seats if they aren't fucked would be good.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 09:30 AM

Front seats are in reasonably good condition. You can have them if I can work out a way to get them to you.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:01 AM

RAC got me out the shit last week and managed to find a tiny broken wire from the ECU that was blowing the ECU fuse, in his own words I was a jammy bastard that he'd spotted it. 

 

Berlingo wise a mate has a phase 1 non turbo van that ran and drive fine but spat all it's oil out from somewhere and has been parked since, he's planning on bridging it, anything worth pinching ? any likely easy cause of oil loss ?



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:41 AM

Still maintain RAC membership as an absolute last resort, but I really don't trust them.

 

Was left stranded a number of years ago on the A27 just outside Lewes after they refused to attend. The reason given was that I couldn't provide them with the exact postcode for the spot I had FTP'd (this was pre-smartphone days, in fact I didn't even have a mobile at the time and had to trot a mile or two to a payphone beside a closed-down Little Chef). Giving directions, distances and landmarks to describe my precise location was not, apparently, good enough for them. I sent off a strongly worded complaint to customer services, but never even received an acknowledgement.

 

They also mis-sold me European Breakdown Cover for a 26 year old Vauxhall - I'd phoned to see whether they would even cover a car that old, and the customer services bod assured me they would - kept repeating "with RAC you're the member, not the car - so you're covered". Of course, like a fool I took him at his word and drove the car down to the French Mediterranean coast. The starter solenoid went pop on the second day, and RAC Europe refused to attend - because the car was over ten years old. Had to bridge the contacts with a 13mm spanner for every start, all the way home.

 

AA are no better, mind - Mrs DC was a member through Club Toyota for over a decade, and the blurb always emphasised how she could enjoy perfect peace of mind as she was 100% covered even as a passenger in anyone else's car that broke down. The one and only time she ever needed to call them (when my newly acquired Polo broke its drivebelt literally five minutes after leaving the seller's house, some 50 miles from home) they refused to come out because they'd withdrawn this passenger cover clause earlier that year - only her Yaris was covered now. The renewal forms had made absolutely no mention of this, and this fairly major change to T&Cs was buried in the miniscule small print.

 

From the comments above, breakdown organisations that use local garages for recovery seem to have a better rep - but last time I looked into that, very few of them operated in Northern Ireland.

 

Bollocks to the lot of them.



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:24 AM

Headlight trim but a pair of front seats if they aren't fucked would be good.

 

I'm pretty sure van and MS seats are different.

 

The van passenger seat has a fixed base that tilts all the way forwards to store stuff underneath, the multispace one is a tilt'n'slide effort same as the driver's side. 

 

They probably have the same mounting holes and swap over, but do check just in case.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:56 PM

I'm pretty sure van and MS seats are different.

correctamundo.  The driver's seat is all-but identical but the passenger one has a very different mechanism.  That said, if you have a bulkhead in you Blingo van, a Multispace seat makes sense.



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:39 PM

I'm in Lincolnshire working about 20mins from Lincoln. I could do with the rh modu top rear bin door, the trim that holds the wanky basket thing in, a pair of front legs if the springs are good. I think that's it?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:55 PM

RH rear modutop door I think has a busted hinge.  It closes, but it's out of line.  I keep forgetting to see what's wrong with it.  I'll have a look, you can have it.

 

What is the "wanky basket thing"?  Completely lost on that one!

 

The front mcpherson struts.. yes, you are welcome to them, but I won't be able to bring them on this journey, as I have to get rid of the Merc that is on my flatbed trailer during the journey, and then put the Berlingo on it once I am back home before I make it immobile.

 

That said.. I wonder if I've a couple of bits of timber I could put in place of the struts to keep it rolling for the moment.  Hmmmmmmm.



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:10 AM

Ours should have the shopping basket mounted in the boot but the trim on the rh side is fucked.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:07 AM

That you can certainly have. Ours has the bracket but no basket, and the replacement car is a forte, not a desire, so not equipped with it. I nearly took the bracket out and binned it.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:39 AM

Could I have the LH modutop door please?  Mine currently has a temporary* repair involving a brass hinge...


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:38 AM

Could I have the LH modutop door please?  Mine currently has a temporary* repair involving a brass hinge...

Yes.  PM me your address and I'll post it.  That one is definitely in OK condition.







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