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    Landy Mann reacted to capsuleboy in Its French its inevitable...and expensive...   
    After 6 good years I suppose a good and proper fail was overdue.
    Firstly a little damp in the main fusebox ment it wouldn't start, so had to be recovered to my prefered Avi knowing garage in Notts, MGC servicing.
    I knew the brakes and tyres were overdue, but the MOT was unplesent.
    Reason(s) for failure
    front brake disc in such a condition that it is seriously weakened (3.5.1i)
    rear brake disc in such a condition that it is seriously weakened (3.5.1i)
    rear Direction indicator incorrect colour Both (1.4.A.2f)
    front Headlamp not working on main beam Both (1.7.5a)
    front Steering arm has relative movement at its fixings Both (2.2.B.1h)
    nearside front Track rod end ball joint dust cover excessively deteriorated so that it no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (2.2.C.1c)
    offside front Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.2.B.1f)
    nearside front Tyre has a cut in excess of the requirements deep enough to reach the ply or cords (4.1.D.1a)
    Brake pipe excessively corroded Front to Rear (3.6.B.2c)
    Advisory notice item(s)
    offside front Tyre worn close to the legal limit 235/50/17 (4.1.E.1)
    rear Both Rear Tyres Slight Tread Lift
    So this is why what look like immaculate cars this age get scrapped.
    Going to be the thick end of 1200 /1500 quid.
    Winged it for a couple of years so not so bad.8

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Sudsprint in One (shite) picture per post.   
    Peugeot 505 ?GTI?

     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Junkman in One (shite) picture per post.   
    Peugeot 505 ?GTI?

     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Ask a Shiter   
    So one of my friends inexplicably wants to use my Land Rover for her wedding transport (not the main vehicle - I hope...).
     
    Does anyone know if it's legal to fit a second number plate as shown? Not obscuring my existing plate and not imitating a proper plate in anyway apart from being the correct font, colour ect... And yes I do know that this is excessively sad... I've never come across any truckers having problems with their CB handles on plates in the cab window.

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    Landy Mann got a reaction from pshome in One (shite) picture per post.   
    Peugeot 505 ?GTI?

     
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    Landy Mann reacted to Longblackcoat in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Every so often a GM executive gets out of their office and starts buying crack. After ingesting a whole shitload, they start to fantasise about what might be, what they’d like to do. You know, “heey, maybe we could do a jet-powered car†or “why not three-wheel drive?â€
     
    After they’ve got utterly wasted, tried every combination of every known drug, gone through all the usual levels of insanity and inanity and are at the point of eating their own head, they’re so convinced of their own stupid plans that they start to type stupid emails to their underlings, ordering them to do mad things “AT ALL POSSIBLE SPEEDâ€. Luckily, said underlings know their bosses well enough to ignore all emails sent under the influence of drooooooogs.
     
    Except that some people can be quite convincing, and make what appears, at first sight, to be a sensible business case.
     
    And thus it was that in 1998 some mixture of narcotics, management fuckup and an impish sense of humour from one of the underling types led to GM deciding to manufacture RHD cars. After all, you might say, about one quarter of the world’s drivers use RHD cars, and Cadillac were selling no cars there. But they’d certainly looked at Audi, Mercedes and BMW and aped them in the styling and design. Sort of. In a comparative sense, assuming that comparison was to the old boats from prior Detroit ages.
     
    So, they reasoned, why not sell some of those fine Yerpeen type cars – those lovely compact sports cars we make – to said Yerpeens. In that there right hand drive.
     
    As a result, Cadillac sprang into action and started cranking out the Cadillac STS in RHD form. Dealers were set up, tests were done, the press were alerted that the super-sophisticated Yanks were coming, with quality motors that the Europeans would love. The GM execs were rubbing their hands with glee, awaiting the flood of orders that would surely follow. After all, the car was fast, luxurious, had the rather wonderful Northstar V8, and had suspension tuned for European tastes. It had even been tested at the Nurburgring, though whether this was for spelling or arithmetic rather than the more normally expected handling was never fully established.
     
    Hmm. Reality wasn’t kind. The Cadillac STS indeed arrived with the Northstar, loads of electronic toys, the world’s most kickass stereo system, and even had a compass built into the rear view mirror. All of this for £40k, which was about two-thirds of the price of en equivalent Mercedes S Class. The problem was that the lovely V8 engine was driving the front wheels rather than the rear, the car was a sort of reverse Tardis in that it was 5.1 metres long but didn’t have all that much rear space, and the interior. Well, I could write a whole chapter on the interior. It was the sort of car that looked to have two, (or even three) controls for a function where any other car would have just one. Simply to adjust the mirrors took a myriad of buttons, and the same applied throughout. It was as if someone had taken a bunch of not-very-nice-to-touch controls and just fired them randomly at the Toyota Camry-alike dashboard.
     
    Let’s summarise. It was petrol-only – 15mpg was about as good as it would ever get as an average -  was bigger on the outside/smaller on the inside than its competitors, had super-bland looks, a Fisher-Price interior, zero premium brand connotations, and was launched at a time when mid-sized cars – Audi A6 and BMW E39 as prime examples – were becoming real challengers to their full-sized stablemates. Basically, the Seville STS has as much chance of scoring a big hit in the UK market as Katie Price singing her Eurovision number. In Britain, all the American-car enthusiasts like them precisely because they’re American, which means LHD, and the bigger the better. Smaller (if you can call a 5.2 metre car small) and right had drive buttered no parsnips for these people, and accordingly the sales, which peaked at 127 in 1999, were abysmal.
     
    So why am I telling you this? Well, at one point my wife was working for the UK division of a US-owned organisation. Head of said UK division was a proper yee-haa Merican, the sort that believes any form of assimilation with the host nation is frankly just giving in. So this guy had cowboy boots, a selection of tragic hats and, yes, insisted on driving a Cadillac STS. Obviously this was a massively good business decision, because the car that was £40k to start dropped to a market value of £5k within three years. And then he was binned. No-one in the office wanted the car, so it sat there in the car park for a couple of months. At that point I figured that if I could get it cheaply enough I could make a turn on it, and anyway, I could say I’d had a Cadillac.
     
    If it was worth £5k, I thought I better go in low, so I offered £3k. They wanted it gone, so after some hard negotiation which lasted around 10 seconds, the car was mine for £3k. Brucie bonus, right?
     
    Not quite. First impressions were that (a) it was a nasty shade of bottle green ( the tan leather didn’t help things. Things got worse once I started driving. I should stress that this car was super-reliable, nothing went wrong, and that in a straight line it was great. Show it anything like some bumps and/or corners, however, and things changed. It wallowed. It torque-steered like a bastard. The steering provided less feel and sensitivity than a concrete condom. The traction control cut in every half a second – hardly a surprise with 300+hp through the front wheels, in the wet. You had to press about 16 different buttons to adjust the seat. And driving it the way I used my other car at the time, an Audi A6 3.0 quattro (hardly the most economical of cars), I got 13mpg whilst simply not enjoying it. Then again, it had a CD, cassette AND Mini-Disc player, and the sound system could such the air out of your lungs, so it wasn’t entirely awful.
     
    I’d held out hopes of it being vaguely usable for a while, of driving it for six months or so and letting it slowly charm its way into my life, but after a week I realised it was simply a boring fridge whose only real point of interest was that it was actually quite quick, if unruly. And that really, I’d bought something as tedious as a Nissan Maxima or a Toyota Camry. So I flogged it to a dealer for as much as I could, and doubled my money.
     
    The car was still there on his forecourt a year later, when the price had come down to what the dealer had paid me.
     
    [Edited to add]
     
    If ever you want to know what it's like being both pitied and laughed at, Doctor Longblackcoat recommends an intensive course of Cadillac STS.
     
    I'd forgotten the barely-hidden laughs from people when they heard what I'd bought. If it'd been 20 years older it would have picked up a patina of 'odd but interesting' but bear in mind this car was virtually new - just 4 years old - and so it looked like I'd chosen it either becoz kwollity wheelz innit bruv and I wanted to live the chav dream, or because I wanted to display my total ignorance of both automotive design and real-world economics. Yeah, there are those who claim that they don't give a stuff about image, they just drive what they want to ........ but no-one - and I mean NO-ONE - really wants to be thought of as an utter knob.
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    Landy Mann reacted to BavarianRetro in Scrappers: Back In The Yard BBC Two Tonight   
    That'll because of the amount of thieving bastards helping themselves to switches and whatever else.  
    At the end of the day, the scrappy has to buy every single piece in the yard, why should people feel it's OK just to take what they want and not mention it?
     
    It's theft.
     
    You'll go to Morrison's, buy the milk and coffee and stick the biscuits in your pocket will you?
     
    How do you justify plain theft?
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from stephen01 in Scrappers: Back In The Yard BBC Two Tonight   
    Very few (if any) pre 2001 cars on there, that explains why I got laughed at phoning around for 214 parts a while ago. 'haha Nah mate we've not seen one them for years'
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from willswitchengage in One (shite) picture per post.   
    Peugeot 505 ?GTI?

     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Aston Martin in The grumpy thread   
    Never ever try and jumpstart, charge or even touch a Renualt Modus!
     
    It's a family members that I refuse to do any work whatsever on, but today the battery was flat (Because Renault). So time to open the bonnet, not that hard.

    Bonnet opened.

    Ahh where's the battery, the book talks about causually removing the circiled cover which is a virtually impossible task, fortunantly you can just get to the +12V stud on the alternator (below the arrow out of shot), good job I've got small hands.

    Charger conneted and chargeing!


     
    I feel sorry for any breakdown company or garage who have to touch these...
     
     
     
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    Landy Mann reacted to neil1971 in My old Italian shite   
    It lasted well, still ran really nicely at the end but needed welding, a steering column bearing and some other bits for the MoT, the welding being the killer really
     
    Replacement for my blue Italian shite was logically enough some more blue Italian shite, this Mk1 Punto 55SX N734AHJ, bought in 2001 at 30,000 miles ish, sold in August 2008 with over 150,000 miles on the clock, which is when these pics were taken, so you can see it was in good shape. The Punto felt much more solid than the Uno, didn't rust and the interior looked brand new even after 150k.
     
    Sorry ending for this one, it was sold to a work colleague at a mate's rate of £200 for their daughter to learn to drive in, but was hardly used and sat on their drive for two or three years before they called someone to take it away and scrap it. It had lots of life in it when I sold it and was a waste of what was a decent old thing.
     
    Irritations with it were changing any of the rear bulbs which involved unbolting the big rear light clusters from inside the car, and the plastic oil filler cap which was a push on thing and had to be levered off rather than a sensible screw top one.
     
    Current dull but worthy transport from August 2008 to now can be seen lurking in the background, Mk2 Almera taken from 38k to its current 161k, you'll probably have gathered by now that I like to get my money's worth out of a car!
     


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    Landy Mann reacted to Kiltox in Kiltox's 1997 Rover 216 Cabriolet (30/05 - Fixery)   
    Autoaid should definitely be the shiter's choice for breakdown cover - was just recovered 60 miles and again didn't need to pay up front like the terms say I should
     
    42 quid a year.
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from chaseracer in Dumped cars in your area   
    Shocking! An abandoned fiesta...
     
    http://m.malverngazette.co.uk/news/14231050.Abandoned_car_turning_heads_in_Malvern/
    Only the 9th most read story in Malvern... It was first earlier but I think the Worcester lottery win has over taken it.
     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from saucedoctor in More pics from a French scrapyard.   
    I got laughed at last time I phoned up some scrappies for 214 parts... 'Nah mate not seen one of those for years...'
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Pillock in Ask a Shiter   
    Impressive! I wasn't expecting a reply but checking back an hour later i'd got a reply in three minutes! 

     
    No RDS and no steering wheel controls but it matches the dash well and in the future it'll probably end up in the land rover.
     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from warren t claim in The dash at night   
    The 214 at night, with the new radio fitted, now in need of another dash bulb and a generic clock for the console. The colouring on this is just done with little orange rubber covers over the bulbs.
     
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Magnificent Rustbucket in The dash at night   
    The 214 at night, with the new radio fitted, now in need of another dash bulb and a generic clock for the console. The colouring on this is just done with little orange rubber covers over the bulbs.
     
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    Landy Mann reacted to Pillock in Ask a Shiter   
    I used a forum a couple of years ago for my Ford stereo, the code came back as a PM about three minutes after I asked, for free.
    It might have been this one - http://www.unlockforum.com/forumdisplay.php/free-car-radio-unlock-codes-190.html?(certainly looks like it)
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from beko1987 in SVM Industries on tour. Featuring Midlands Massiv.   
    I've never been but there must be scope for an MK auction trip as I see there are quite a few fellow shitters in the MK/Buck/Oxon areas.
    http://mkmotorauctions.co.uk/
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Tam in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Hello,
     
    First time poster short time Lurker, the fleet is currently only two vehicles strong.
     
    First up is the 1993 Defender 110 200tdi CSW (OK probably not shite), mostly standard & a rolling restoration. i.e. is fixed for the MOT each year.
     

     
     
    2nd up and far more intresting is the turquoise 214SI purchased for the grand total of £395 16months ago, either I paid to much or prices have come down since then. 2 previous owners, enterprise or some other rental company for 6 montths in 1997 then a giffer owner till October '14, apparently a retired worker from the Rover plant in Cowley if the used car dealer is to belived....
     
    I've spoit it far to much the work to date incudes:
    4 new tyres
    New radiatior (brand new £12.99 from ebay, probably made of cheese)
    1 new caliper
    New front pads and discs
    Welding on one sill
    Discovering it doesn't like the last 5l of pez in the tank (hence the photos)
    Unsusesfull sunroof leak fix
    Service
    Reinstatement of SRS light
    Purchase of roof bars
     

     
    Final photo is the Megané bridged in October '14 far rougher than it looks in the photo - many rust holes in the sill, dents every where (incuding roof) but a cracking car £103 in scrap then, how prices have changed!

     
     
    Thats all
    David
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from Jim Bell in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Hello,
     
    First time poster short time Lurker, the fleet is currently only two vehicles strong.
     
    First up is the 1993 Defender 110 200tdi CSW (OK probably not shite), mostly standard & a rolling restoration. i.e. is fixed for the MOT each year.
     

     
     
    2nd up and far more intresting is the turquoise 214SI purchased for the grand total of £395 16months ago, either I paid to much or prices have come down since then. 2 previous owners, enterprise or some other rental company for 6 montths in 1997 then a giffer owner till October '14, apparently a retired worker from the Rover plant in Cowley if the used car dealer is to belived....
     
    I've spoit it far to much the work to date incudes:
    4 new tyres
    New radiatior (brand new £12.99 from ebay, probably made of cheese)
    1 new caliper
    New front pads and discs
    Welding on one sill
    Discovering it doesn't like the last 5l of pez in the tank (hence the photos)
    Unsusesfull sunroof leak fix
    Service
    Reinstatement of SRS light
    Purchase of roof bars
     

     
    Final photo is the Megané bridged in October '14 far rougher than it looks in the photo - many rust holes in the sill, dents every where (incuding roof) but a cracking car £103 in scrap then, how prices have changed!

     
     
    Thats all
    David
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from D Spares & Tyres in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Hello,
     
    First time poster short time Lurker, the fleet is currently only two vehicles strong.
     
    First up is the 1993 Defender 110 200tdi CSW (OK probably not shite), mostly standard & a rolling restoration. i.e. is fixed for the MOT each year.
     

     
     
    2nd up and far more intresting is the turquoise 214SI purchased for the grand total of £395 16months ago, either I paid to much or prices have come down since then. 2 previous owners, enterprise or some other rental company for 6 montths in 1997 then a giffer owner till October '14, apparently a retired worker from the Rover plant in Cowley if the used car dealer is to belived....
     
    I've spoit it far to much the work to date incudes:
    4 new tyres
    New radiatior (brand new £12.99 from ebay, probably made of cheese)
    1 new caliper
    New front pads and discs
    Welding on one sill
    Discovering it doesn't like the last 5l of pez in the tank (hence the photos)
    Unsusesfull sunroof leak fix
    Service
    Reinstatement of SRS light
    Purchase of roof bars
     

     
    Final photo is the Megané bridged in October '14 far rougher than it looks in the photo - many rust holes in the sill, dents every where (incuding roof) but a cracking car £103 in scrap then, how prices have changed!

     
     
    Thats all
    David
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    Landy Mann got a reaction from ShiteRider in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Hello,
     
    First time poster short time Lurker, the fleet is currently only two vehicles strong.
     
    First up is the 1993 Defender 110 200tdi CSW (OK probably not shite), mostly standard & a rolling restoration. i.e. is fixed for the MOT each year.
     

     
     
    2nd up and far more intresting is the turquoise 214SI purchased for the grand total of £395 16months ago, either I paid to much or prices have come down since then. 2 previous owners, enterprise or some other rental company for 6 montths in 1997 then a giffer owner till October '14, apparently a retired worker from the Rover plant in Cowley if the used car dealer is to belived....
     
    I've spoit it far to much the work to date incudes:
    4 new tyres
    New radiatior (brand new £12.99 from ebay, probably made of cheese)
    1 new caliper
    New front pads and discs
    Welding on one sill
    Discovering it doesn't like the last 5l of pez in the tank (hence the photos)
    Unsusesfull sunroof leak fix
    Service
    Reinstatement of SRS light
    Purchase of roof bars
     

     
    Final photo is the Megané bridged in October '14 far rougher than it looks in the photo - many rust holes in the sill, dents every where (incuding roof) but a cracking car £103 in scrap then, how prices have changed!

     
     
    Thats all
    David
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