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#46711 OFFLINE   Slartibartfast

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:38 PM

I'm genuinely quite intrigued to see what its like. Only done a thousand miles and still on its factory fit Michelins. The most annoying thing (for me) is that being the soft-top its slower than the standard car - I guess from the additional weight of that roof.

 

I think soft tops need to have reinforcement along the chassis to stop chassis flex, and this usually adds a reasonable amount of weight.


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#46712 ONLINE   SiC

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:41 PM

Yes and its why I generally don't like these sort of cars! A soft-top to me should be a sports car. Quick, nimble, light and impractical. However to fit those useless seats in the back to make it appear practical and the fancy electronic folding roof, they have to strengthen it up to stop it flopping around (like a Saab convertible does).

Just realised that I won't be able to fit my bike in to take home either. :?
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#46713 ONLINE   SiC

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:44 PM

I really shouldn't moan at all to be honest. At least its a petrol Mini convertible, not diesel. It could have been much worse really, they could have given me a Vauxhall.

Just wasn't quite what I was expecting when they told me I had a 2017 Mini Cooper.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 06:29 PM

Slumming it this week at easyHotel Croydon (yes, that easy of orange airline fame)

They’ve done it up slightly since I was last here. It’s still woeful but at least it’s not mouldy and flaking paint woeful
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 06:51 PM

Gave the rear brakes a strip and clean on the A6. Pads had about 5mm of material left so they should last until summer.
Was surprised how rust free all the suspension and underbody were considering it is 14 years old. Ashamed to admit though it was the first time I have had the wheels off - they required boiling water.DSC_0871.JPG
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#46716 OFFLINE   fraser.innes.3

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:16 PM

BREAKING NEWS

Darren from Cheshire Council needs lessons on using a spirit level, they got properly hammered on Facebook for not putting the end of the level on the road surface so deleted the post

Sums up councils these days, instead of employing a team of people to fix problems they employ one to explain why they don't have to, twats

Twats!


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:20 PM

I found some bloody enormous potholes on the M11 last night. The motor I was in has 80 aspect 15" van tyres and soft suspension so must be one of the lesser affected, but I dread to think what it's like in something modern and sporty. Its also unfair on Bond drivers, the poor little buggers must have a job to climb out of some the holes I've hit.
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#46718 OFFLINE   fraser.innes.3

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:21 PM

Yep it is indeed a Valver. Here is a shot of it's best side:

http://i68.tinypic.com/2vl5m4m.jpg...

Needs a lot of welding so looks like a big project or spares car unfortunately.

Mk1 Renault 19 16v alloys I believe. I have an immaculate set in the garage gathering dust. The hub caps are worth more than the alloys!!

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:31 PM

further mini news....

 

i've been and tried the new, or NOS flasher relay thing in the mini.

 

flasher operation on the drivers side, seems to be as required.

 

flasher operation on the passenger side..... less so.

 

bollocks!!

 

fiddling with the wiring onto the tell-tale on the binical (cos we've not covered up the bulkhead hole) seemed to improve the operation of the n/s indicators.

 

so, googling suggests that non-operating fuel gauge and tempreture gauges could be down to a failled voltage stabilizer on the back of the speedo. plus the wiring on th eback of the binacle is a rats nest....

 

double bollocks...... the last thing i wanted to do is get into that wiring, it looks like i now will have to (or i find some poor sap that i can farm it out to)


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#46720 OFFLINE   ruffgeezer

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:35 PM

Focus passed it's mot today so I have swapped it with the old man's van which needs wiring, springs, service and mot.

 

This weekend I'll give the Focus a good scrub up and then it will be for sale.

 

Anyone looking for a petrol estate car?


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:18 PM

Been to the garage to get the tyre inflator thing out of the boot of BIG dollop and I am appalled at the state of the car/garage, may as well not have a roof at all for all the good it's doing. Car is soaking yet again and looks dreadful. It's got to go (the garage, maybe the car as well) so I need to know if there is a market for large garage items: compressor, welder, stuff like that?


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:20 PM

HiAce didn't pass the MoT, the MIG welder is going to get some more use in the next couple of days. Getting the passenger door off to sort the bit inside will be the fun bit, and getting the fog light to work all the time, not just when you kick it.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:58 PM

Picked up the hire car today. As it wasn't my fault I got a like for like replacement.

The guy on the phone said it's a Mini Cooper. Cool I thought, something mildly interesting (better than an Astra...). "I wonder if it was a 5 door or 3 door?" passed through my mind. Then had a fright "Ohhh no, I hope it's not one of those enormous Clubman things!?!".

No. It wasn't. Far, far worse than that.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2018031...

When you close the doors, it does this...
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2018031...

Anyone got a balaclava that I can borrow for 7 days?

I'm genuinely fearful that my wife may really want one after driving it. :?

 

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

 

 

How bloody tacky is that light by the door????? Just when I thought they couldn't ruin the mini name any further!


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#46724 OFFLINE   beko1987

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 09:07 PM

Yep, the light on the door makes your whole ordeal even worse! I can imagine it now, you've nipped out to get pez, station is heaving, you already feel like a massive tit, unlock it to jump in and run and that thing shines out like a massive batman signal of woman.

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#46725 ONLINE   Hooli

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 09:08 PM

Put some tape over it?

 

Change the lens for one that puts a huge penis on the floor, best done just before you hand it back.


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#46726 OFFLINE   New POD

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 09:41 PM

Ken Dodd 'goes green'! lol

His coffin will be fully environmentally biodegradable & green*

*they are using all the Green £1 notes found stuffed in his mattress

Tax dodging twunt

My dislike of this thievery runs to footballers/entertainers/e businesses + others Grrr


TS

 

 

And yet he was found to be NOT GUILTY in an English Court of Law, so perhaps give him the benefit of the doubt now he is dead?

 

Unless you have evidence of further wrong doings with the diddymen ?  


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#46727 OFFLINE   busmansholiday

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:28 PM

Just walked the dog and apart from dodging the council gritters I noticed a new, unregistered Mini Clubman thing on the back of a delivery truck. Not an unusual site, but apart from the mirror thing SIC has posted I noticed the red flashing immobaliser / bugger off light. Not only is there one inside, there's also one built into the shark fin on the roof.
Have BMW finally realised that they have bloated the old girl so much a parked one is in danger of being hit by low flying aircraft?
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#46728 ONLINE   SiC

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:36 PM

Civic alarm keeps going off randomly. I think it's feeling unloved or knows it's fate.

If it doesn't stop doing it, I might to disconnect it's battery in punishment.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:46 PM

Tailgate no longer closing properly after its botty shunt? ^^



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:55 PM

Could be accident related shell damage?

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:59 AM

Civic alarm keeps going off randomly. I think it's feeling unloved or knows it's fate.

If it doesn't stop doing it, I might to disconnect it's battery in punishment.


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#46732 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:15 AM

Out of interest, when you get a courtesy car can you request they downgrade it?



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:27 AM

Out of interest, when you get a courtesy car can you request they downgrade it?


No idea, the last insurance courtesy car I had was a 1.0 Corsa D in the place of a 2.0 Laguna II before they were autoshite
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 07:44 AM

MOT pass with no advisories for the Renault Alpine which is great. Booked in for it's wallet bursting clutch and rear subframe restore next week.

 

The BMW has sold, first to see bought. Not really sad to see it go, it was a nice tick in the box but it's a ticking time bomb so time to pass it on. I must say as someone said on here that ebay worked well and it did get the most interest (tried Gumtree and PH) once you sift through all the wankers. I didn't put my phone number on there so I was able to proxy potential buyers. In fact I sold it without giving out my phone number at all and we communicated solely through ebay messaging. The future hey...

 

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#46735 ONLINE   SiC

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 07:55 AM

How have you managed to have a homo credit hire car and still have tomorrow’s cat S on the drive???

They're picking the Civic up tomorrow. When I told them that the boot lid doesn't shut properly they marked the car down as non drivable. Which means I'm not allowed to drive it - annoyingly as I can't then drive it to the repair centre and have to wait for a collection.

Out of interest, when you get a courtesy car can you request they downgrade it?

If it's at fault accident you only get a hire car if you paid extra for one on your policy. This car is only which ever most basic level that can be provided. If it's a non fault, they ask what type of car you need but remind you that you are entitled to a like-for-like. Hence if you said you only needed something small for running around, they're likely to give it. As they're supposed to keep the claim costs to a minimum (hence asking) but at the same time can't give less than your rights if you want to take them.

As I am likely to be doing motorway journey's, I really didn't want a C1/Up/etc type car as they're not particularly comfortable for long journeys. The reason I think I have a convertible Mini as a like-for-like is that I guess either the hire car centre didn't have anything else available or some other procedural reason. Essentially a free upgrade on them. Unfortunately the man who would have known is no longer with us. :/
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:23 AM

Those door projectors are a £75 option.

'The new MINI LED door projectors make getting into and out of your MINI a special experience. As soon as the doors are opened, a graphic is projected onto the ground. In addition to the MINI logo, this also comes with a Union Jack design and a John Cooper Works design, that can be replaced with very little effort. As a result, driving the MINI is even more personalised and unique.'

Can I also add:

Hahahaha!
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:53 AM

Get the autoshite logo printed on an ohp sheet and replace the mini logo?
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 10:25 AM

Spotted a Talbot Solara - C499 SLY - in traffic near Hanger Lane Gyratory just now....
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:12 PM

Re the camp Mini. Take your missus out for a jolly with the roof down.

The resultant hair mess and general embarrassment should quash any silly ideas.
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:29 PM

Out of interest, when you get a courtesy car can you request they downgrade it?

When our BMW was hit last year,we were told we had to have a "premium car" due to the fact we had a "premium car" A Volvo,a Mercedes or another BMW.On arrival it was another BMW,because of a agreement that a like for like make as i may like a Volvo more than a BMW and buy one next instead of a BMW.


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