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#1 OFFLINE   pandamonium

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 12:41 PM

My 2007 Mini has FTP'd,leaving me in the doodoo, as I need a car for work, and to take my son to and from the drop off point. The garage the warranty is with doesn't have a loan car available at the moment.

I realise it's a ridiculous question, but does anyone in the vicinity of Essex have a 'spare' car I could loan for a while? Either that or I'll just look for a 150 quid banger to run into the ground.

Bloody moderns. The whole point in getting this car was to eliminate FTPs and have some peace of mind.

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#2 OFFLINE   castros_bro

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:42 PM

I do have such car or two, a 206 or a nice SEAT Ibiza turdo diesel (170bhp?) and i could probably find your gaff. More info by PM laters.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:59 PM

AX available here (few miles outside of Braintree). I'm not going to need it for a couple of weeks. 


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:54 PM

Some place this ain't it  :-D


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 06:12 PM

Thanks guys.

I kinda needed wheels by tomorrow, but may have a backup plan involving Colchester Zoo and trains. Sods law it will piss it down tomorrow.

Will await pm.

Garage bloke says he thinks it may just be the header tank pipe and all may be well. I am not so hopeful. It sounded like a diesel before I turned it off, was hunting at idle and the oil and temperature warning lights were taking turns. Plus a big oily smell when I lifted the bonnet.
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#6 ONLINE   Jerzy Woking

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:22 PM

I'm working away from tomorrow, and leaving around 1pm, so of you need the AX let me know before then.

Good luck with getting your modern sorted.

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:39 PM

Thanks guys.

I kinda needed wheels by tomorrow, but may have a backup plan involving Colchester Zoo and trains. Sods law it will piss it down tomorrow.

Will await pm.

Garage bloke says he thinks it may just be the header tank pipe and all may be well. I am not so hopeful. It sounded like a diesel before I turned it off, was hunting at idle and the oil and temperature warning lights were taking turns. Plus a big oily smell when I lifted the bonnet.

Something something cam chain tensioner springs to mind.

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:43 PM

Some place this ain't it  :-D


It certainly is, restores the faith of human nature....
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:06 PM

I can't assist, but wanted to say what a good place this forum is.

 

I asked this question on a motorcycle forum once and got some quite angry responses...


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:28 PM

The main issues I have are as follows:

I need to get my son to Marks Tey at 4pm tomorrow. I've checked rail links etc and it basically means I will be spending all my quality time with my lad, on trains and bus replacement services most of tomorrow.

The AX is an awesome offer, but I'd be pretty much in the same boat trying to collect it due to bus replacement services, as Braintree is pretty much in the same area.

Castros_bro is a lot further away, but has kindly offered a delivery service, unfortunately that wouldn't be in time for tomorrow.

In short, I'm appreciative of the offers, but it looks as though I'll be braving public transport tomorrow.

And yes, this place is awesome. I wouldn't have dared even asked the question elsewhere. I was even prepared for a flaming here for being so cheeky.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:36 PM

Depending on the age of your lad, he may see a day out on trains and buses as a massive adventure.... just play on that, as a one-off it'll be fine!

Good luck getting the Mini sorted, hopefully the warranty place will have a loan car for you soon.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 10:33 PM

Yep, he's 6, so it will be a little more fun for him than for me. :)

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 10:45 PM

Bus to Stansted Airport. Hire a class A for a week from Enterprise for £110 or whatever.  Airport branches are open Sundays.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:34 PM

I can't assist, but wanted to say what a good place this forum is.
 
I asked this question on a motorcycle forum once and got some quite angry responses...


I lent my CBR600 to a colleague who was thinking about returning to two wheels. Within a week he had splashed out nigh on a bag of sand on helmet suit boots and gloves. He used it for a few months (And had it serviced and MOT'd) before buying his own bike a few weeks ago.

He any me this afternoon to say the bike he purchased has broken down again (long story of breakdowns since he purchased it) but the dealer is picking it up and getting it sorted. So guess who lent him his CBR600 until he gets it back? I really don't mind-ots done over 80,000 miles and he looks after it. After all its far better being ran everyday that sitting in the car park at work for months on end
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:35 PM

Oh, and I hope your car got sorted, and you had a great day out on the bus and train (although that's a day from he'll for me!).

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:41 PM

I lent my CBR600 to a colleague who was thinking about returning to two wheels. Within a week he had splashed out nigh on a bag of sand on helmet suit boots and gloves. He used it for a few months (And had it serviced and MOT'd) before buying his own bike a few weeks ago.

He any me this afternoon to say the bike he purchased has broken down again (long story of breakdowns since he purchased it) but the dealer is picking it up and getting it sorted. So guess who lent him his CBR600 until he gets it back? I really don't mind-ots done over 80,000 miles and he looks after it. After all its far better being ran everyday that sitting in the car park at work for months on end

 

You are kind, and kindness is A Good Thing.

 

Without going into all the ins and outs, I was in a position where I needed to commute about nine miles on a shift pattern, so public transport was a no-go, and other circumstances meant that the car was needed elsewhere.  This situation was set to last about three months.

 

My impression from my time on the bike forum was that most enthusiasts have a spare 125 knocking about the place somewhere so I asked if I could borrow one (with, of course, a promise that I'd look after it and return it with a fresh service, a brick of beers or some other appropriate thanks).

I didn't really expect a result but I was surprised at the level of flaming I received.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:40 PM

I own a number of bikes - a few that I purchased to turn a quick profit on, but never get the urge to sell on. Happy to lend a few of them to mates who are stuck (although I do have bikes that I don't want anyone else to ride!), as they are far better being used on a regular basis, hence I have 4 that I rotate as my commuter. In this cold weather the Xevo wins most days. 50,000 miles and going as good as ever.
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 10:44 PM

I lent my lovely* Suzuki GT250 to someone as I was going away for a few months, he  was following a muck spreader (Dorset) along a road almost as wide as the muck spreader which stopped then started reversing, the GT250 having no reverse was abandoned as he leapt into the ditch as the muck spreader flattened the GT250.  He sent me a hand drawn postcard of the incident and I still piss myself laughing at it.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 10:47 PM

It took us 3 bastard hours to get to Colchester on Sunday...

But the good news is that the car is now fixed. It was just a pipe blown off that dumped all the coolant out. Luckily I stopped before any serious damage was done.
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