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  1. A late update. I had the car repaired via the at fault drivers cost, At a Volvo approved bodyshop. I changed insurance to a more moral company - NFU. Car still with me with spangly fresh paintwork down one flank. Only issue is the odd trim noise from the door trim at the impact zone - turns out the trim clips aren't even available direct from the Volvo dealer - I tried - bad form Volvo. Moral - avoid ambulance chasing bastards
  2. 99% sure that's the Ballahulish ferry, near Glencoe, which ran until I think 1973. Just down the road from where I live.
  3. Don't know if it counts but I've currently got a 18 plate Merc E class 220D courtesy of the insurer of the fellow who rammed my V70. I prefer the Volvo. Better seats, better headlamps, better waftage. Mind you, I'm impressed by 190 odd horsepower and 7.1 seconds 0-60 from a 2 litre diesel. Which reminds me, the Volvo five pot sounds better. Moral - save money, buy an old Volvo, not a current Merc.
  4. A small update, I guess for those who search for this topic in the future as much as anything else. So Auxillis were wanting to punt my car into a distant repair shop which seems to repair posh motors from a relatively modest address, but not specifically Volvos. The at fault parties insurer the AA seems to be using a company that is part of Innovation Group, and liability has been admitted on that side. They are offering me a repair at a Volvo bodyshop of my choice, a courtesy car, and recompense for the time and fuel to drive to the bodyshop for an initial estimate. So far so good with the at fault parties insurance then.
  5. Thanks folks. I'm going to ring the other blokes insurers tomorrow and deal with them direct.
  6. Apologies don't know which forum to put this in, hope this one is okay. I had my first bump in 28 years of motoring yesterday; an elderly gent came out of a side road into my motor. No fault of mine, I hope he is being honest with his insurers. I’m insured with Hastings Direct. At the end of the call they put me through to Auxillis Limited, apparently a sister company, that I ‘must’ use to organise the repair and a courtesy car. Is this true? I’m having to read pages and pages of terms and conditions and it looks like I’m creating a contract with Auxillis. I’ve only claimed on insurance once before, my house imsurance versus a third parties car insurance. One phone call wrapped everything up then – that was for a 3rd parties car crashing into my garden. This time I’m struggling to read pages of legalese and am being pushed into a contract with Auxillis. Any knowledge out there? Should I just roll with this? My car is a Volvo V70. I bought it about a year ago. It took me ages to find one with the spec I wanted, and I've done all the precautionary servicing such as replacing geartronic autobox fluid, belts, tensioners etc. So a supplementary question; how do I ensure when it disappears to the bodyshop they don't decide to write it off, and I never see it again?
  7. Rebecca has done better stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEQ7cjOfxUU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB_Svq-y1sk
  8. My wife had a 1.5 Swift for a while and it was blinking brilliant to drive. They look good too.
  9. Once I get another garage built I am considering one of these. So while the time is not right I'd like to see someone on here bring it to Scotland so when it is next moved on I have the option! Very nice motor.
  10. "Archive only seems to have gone up to 2006" No, the archive takes snapshots at different times. Below is the forum in 2012 for example. Look for the "waybackmachine" control below your address bar. https://web.archive.org/web/20120414195105/http://www.autoshite.com:80/phpbb3/viewforum.php?f=1
  11. I don't know if anyone has pointed this out before, but autoshite used to have some 'magazine' pages that pretty much defined the ethos of the forum. These pages are still accessible via archive.org, a website that archives historic internet pages. Autoshite has had a look in, see here: https://web.archive.org/web/20060110193421/http://autoshite.com/ This search result comes from this website that allows you a good rummage the internet shite of the past: https://archive.org/web/
  12. Meet Nancy. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201901063688860
  13. I've had a Citroen Nemo and then a Berlingo recently. Neither impresses me. Oddly the Peugeot Trek I recently had as a demonstrator was much nicer than a Berlingo. Maybe the higher ride height and softer suspension? Avoid French is my opinion.
  14. Waderider


    I remember when I was young this guy called Jimmy had one just like that. He gave a lift to my pal Sean and myself. I had to get in the back with a load of shite, then he drove down the Crossnamuckley Road at excessive speed getting air as he went. I was in a jumble of shite in the back hitting the roof and floor successively. Van never flinched, tough to survive him. Lovely motor.
  15. My friend has just sold his Plus four for more than he bought it for maybe 5 years ago. Very nice to be driven in. Had a Kent engine, which sounded right for the style. I'd need to be very rich to buy one though, I can think of a few cars I'd rather have, but that's just because I like functional and practical motors. I would love to do the factory tour.
  16. Brilliant as ever. If I win the lottery I want a Volvo V40 phase 2 with an Audi RS4 drivetrain.
  17. Battery it is, what a numpty! Thinking about it, last and perhaps only time I had a flat battery was a Mini 1000 with a carb and points. Never really considered how a 'modern' car would act with a flat battery. Thanks for the responses
  18. Battery 2 years old okay on multimeter. £300 is for shocks springs and strut bearings both sides. Volvo original strut top bearing plates as last time I fitted pattern parts and one has failed after two years. Can't jump start car up on axle stands. Was trying to turn it over as it has been on stands for a while - a week since I ordered suspension components, downside of living in the highlands. This last fact means I don't have scrapyards to utilise either.
  19. Short story - went to start my petrol 1.6 V40 today, turned over for a second, then starter stopped, loud ticking from the starter area, sounds like arcing. Each 'tick' extinguishes all dash bulbs etc. Waited until dark and tried again with a helper in the hope of seeing shorting. .Whilst trying this the symptoms have increased. Even with the key turned to the position it sits at for 'just driving along', there is ticking and all the dash lights flicking on and of. Any ideas how to proceed? Extra info - as above, plus - car has been up on axle stands for the last week awaiting arrival of shock and springs, £300 worth. I tried starting it just to give it a turn over as it is normally in daily use. Had the car eight years as my daily, well maintained, but currently needs cambelt and hence also aux belt and waterpump. 120,000 miles 53 plate. Exchange starter is another £100 quid. Car worth what, £600? Dilemma is that I am now unsure that it is just a starter problem so my parts costs are exceeding cars value. Would you soldier on or move on? I think I could return the suspension bits for a refund once they arrive.
  20. I've had mine for seven years now, very happy. Proof that buying a used car and running it into the ground is the cheapest way to motor!
  21. My 2003 Volvo V40 is still rolling with minimum maintenance. Everything still works. Noticed a rust bubble the other day though. Gutted - maybe time for a rebuild/restoration.
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