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Everything posted by Tim_E

  1. Crikey, I won't miss you on family days out in North Wales now, will I?
  2. It's probably the text message version of '(stands back, shakes head slowly and tuts) ooh that's a big job, that is'.
  3. Enough about the local priest, what about the garage man?
  4. I had forgotten that I ordered headlight wiper fittings, they turned up today! Next problem is that I only have one wiper blade and the rubber in it is shit. I can live with shit rubber, but I will need another wiper blade. But for now, improvement!
  5. More news: I have the fittings for the headlight wipers! Got one blade, just need the other now.
  6. News: car body repair shop not interested in reparing headlining or sun roof of the Volvo 740!
  7. Yes, good idea! Any amount of warble is good.
  8. Yes, good idea! Any amount of warble is good.
  9. The Subaru sounds good! Shame it won't pass an mot like that!
  10. I think there is a conversation available from HRH Prince of Wales, but you only get about 18 miles per Leek. I think he also has homeopathic daffodil windscreen wash too. Clinically proven* to deflect arrows fired at your windscreen by @Cavcraftfrom Chester Castle.
  11. Different, but both begin with Ch and are traditional US brands therefore my poor brain gets them mixed up 🤦‍♂️
  12. Yes. Chevrolet lancetti. I always get them mixed up.
  13. There's a lot to like about old 8v engines!
  14. Sil and a neighbour had a Chrysler something, possibly Lancetti, possibly Neon. Basically Astra in different clothes. SiL had timing belt failure on a motorway and got away with repairs in the low £100s, certainly less than buying another car. Maybe fluke, but it seemed to go ok. Neighbour's ran ok as well, nothing special but ok. Which is what you want if you just need An Car.
  15. In defence of the Passat (B5.5 PD130), I never ever wanted one (neither did I want a Mondeo but that grew on me through competency) but I can tell you it's comfy, entertaining to drive despite what the idiot professional reviewers say, with decent past servicing it's in fine condition at 180,000 miles, feels like a low mileage car. Good decent torquey engine; I don't like that term so much but it does describe that feeling of all the power at usable driving revs. I can throw it around Welsh roads giggling all day long or cruise for hours. Is VW overrated? Yes definitely. Is the
  16. Rational brain: styling doesn't really affect the car practically (apart from perhaps a few tenths of a % Cd) and you can't see the outside when you're driving anyway. Therefore it shouldn't matter one tiny bit. Rest of brain: There's no way I'm going to get seen in that!!! I don't like the outward styling and besides, what will other people (anonymous road users) think???
  17. I'm sure car reviewing is like wine tasting; once someone with good credentials says something it becomes true, whether or not it is in fact true.
  18. Wow you've got the Balerno! Awesome! What can I say other than "Err..."?
  19. I got his n hers Apeman C370 for £30 each and a hardwire kit for another £20 each, I'm considering getting a third without the hardwire kit for the Volvo too ( the 740 has no OBD2), they are decent and to get significantly better you have to pay significantly more, so they are ideal really. And they really compact and hide behind the rearview mirror. I'm sure there are other great ones but I can confirm this one works well and gives good video. Just don't let dashcam overship make you accelerate into danger shouting 'Dashcamuhrah m9'.
  20. Took the Passat on its first long run in my keeping. It's definitely very good at motorwaying, effortless acceleration all the way past legal speeds, practically any-gear overtaking even with full family and extra tat abort. On Saturday we spent a couple of hours going quite fast each way, prioritising time over efficiency and still returned around 50mpg. Today, again with family and tat an hour and a half on lazy A roads and around 55mpg. Again effortless. Good work, Passat.
  21. Don't you mean a 'Bonk' from the suspension...? Thank you thank you, I'll be here all week.
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