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    Cookiesouwest reacted to sierraman in Piss Balling about with banger Fords   
    Nothing huge to report (don’t speak so soon…) just replacing the pollen filter on the Focus, well worth it as the old one was clarted in crap, but what a cunt of a job. Then it started a mild misfire as you slow down, thinking coil but one of the wires had come loose where I’d previously crimped it years ago, 2 minutes with the crimpers and it was running like dream sir. Total spend including filter £4.71. 
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Coprolalia in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The new drivers mirror indicator arrived, so once work was out the way today, thought I would give it a go.
    Watched a YT vid. Seems easy.
    Well it wasn't. My mirror had a internal cover that the ones in the YT vids didn't have.

    So being the professional mechanic that I am, I pryed it out the way with a screwdriver. Miracle - I didn't break it.

    See that little metal clip at 10 o'clock?
    It needs to be pushed to the right, so the cover will come off.
    Success.


    Two little philips screws to remove and unplug the puddle light.
    Fitting the new one is simply a reverse of the process.

    Then push it back on. Sadly epic fail.
    I can't get it to clip back in.
    See the electrical connection, with the red plastic round it?

    Well in theory, it should slide back in to the connector attached to back of the mirror assembly.

    It won't. 
    So now my mirror looks like this

    Classy hey
     
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Joey spud in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The required pez shot.

     
    The first of many many trips to the pumps. Shes a thirsty old girl. But a lovely place to be.
    Mrs Cookie is seriously happy with it. Although I did get the 'I told you to buy a mercedes years ago' speech.
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Does it start to go in? Sometimes those rubber boots on connectors can snag
    Small dab of silicone grease/spray of silicone lube can help them slide in better.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from andyberg in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The new drivers mirror indicator arrived, so once work was out the way today, thought I would give it a go.
    Watched a YT vid. Seems easy.
    Well it wasn't. My mirror had a internal cover that the ones in the YT vids didn't have.

    So being the professional mechanic that I am, I pryed it out the way with a screwdriver. Miracle - I didn't break it.

    See that little metal clip at 10 o'clock?
    It needs to be pushed to the right, so the cover will come off.
    Success.


    Two little philips screws to remove and unplug the puddle light.
    Fitting the new one is simply a reverse of the process.

    Then push it back on. Sadly epic fail.
    I can't get it to clip back in.
    See the electrical connection, with the red plastic round it?

    Well in theory, it should slide back in to the connector attached to back of the mirror assembly.

    It won't. 
    So now my mirror looks like this

    Classy hey
     
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to HMC in HMC- 1979 escort 1.3GL is here!   
    1990 just arrived with someones first set of wheels…..

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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from privatewire in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The instruction manual has arrived. I can now work out what all the buttons are for.

    Although not the stereo / navigation / dvd player.
    A separate manual is winging its way to me for that.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from HMC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    No sunroof. Def not cooled or massage seats.
    How dare the 1st owner, not tick ALL the boxes
     
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Little to no creep in comfort mode is normal. I can't find the document to hand that I read but it's by design to reduce/remove aggressive creep in traffic by being in 2nd gear. 
    Remember this is an old school slush box design. There will is a slushy torque converter slowing things down at lower revs. You'll need much more revs than say your dual clutch gearbox where the clutch pack is almost always engaged and providing a direct mechanical power transfer through the driveline. 
    Once you get moving, the torque converter will start in its slip mode function which reduces that but doesn't eliminate it. Only at high speed does this box fully lock up that TC. Even when letting off when fully locked up, the revs start to drop as it reduces the amount of TC lockup. BTW Slipping TC lockup is a perfectly normal part of operation of an automatic gearbox and doesn't damage it (sounds bad from someone used to manual clutches). The fluid keeps the clutch pack cool and prevents wear.
    This is from the service manual on the TC lockup function and when it's disengaged/slipping/fully engaged: (note the revs is the transmission output speed, not engine revs - so car speed dependant not revs dependent)

    Modern boxes like to lock up the TC asap to reduce losses. People (especially American market) are used to that aggressive nature now. I.e. let off the accelerator and you get sudden engine braking. However this is of a different age where people weren't used to that and liked the slower reaction.
    I tended to drive everywhere in Comfort. As it is a torquey engine, it didn't need to stay in 1st gear long in normal driving anyway so didn't seem to really need it. If you floor it stationary in comfort, it'll kick down to 1st and use all the revs anyway. Plus comfort changed gear sooner and kept the revs down - better for fuel economy 😅. My wife actually preferred driving in Standard (she couldn't believe a big comfy barge really would have a Sport mode) as it was a bit more responsive due to being in a lower gear.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from High Jetter in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Yes LC got picked up.
    She asked if she was going to get to drive the BFG.
    I was non committal
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from SiC in 2004 BMW Z4 2.2 - De-snagging   
    I'm upgrading my think pad as its slow AF.
    Might be ok for your purposes though.
    When my newer one arrives next week from Markeh, you can have it.
    Specs are as pic

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    Cookiesouwest reacted to SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    In the paperwork folder there is a UK price booklet. 
    It's high spec but not quite all the options. Like the passenger seat isn't memory, no electric tailgate, no distronic and stuff like that. Tbh it's probably about the right level of spec without far too much extra electrical liability!
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Split_Pin in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Another car pressie has arrived
    Put the new rubber boot mat in, to give some protection from the dogs (on the rare occasions they will be allowed in it).
    Before

    After

    Needs a bit of a trim in places, but happy. Note the back of the gun rack - saying that will never get old. Gun rack
    While in the boot, I had a root around and tried to access the spare wheel.
    The handle that you use to release the floor and pull it upwards, is no longer attached to the floor !! so need to find another.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Split_Pin in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The search for a small auto for Little Cookie is over.
    After weeks of frustrating car viewing and not finding anything suitable, that I can also use, I've bought a car.
    A big fat German bird to be precise.
    I've bought the E320 wagon, that @SiC was selling.

     
    While its probably unsuitable for Little Cookie, now its on fleet, she can learn to drive in the Mondeo. 
    No collection thread as I forgot
    but @andyberg and @BerginJR accompanied me to pick it up.
    Good chinwag ensued and then the drive home.
    First impressions. Its a big heavy motor. Been a long time since I've driven a big petrol engined slush box motor. Needs a different driving style to the Mondeo. Very comfortable, lovely seats, makes you drive in a more relaxed manner. Lots of buttons, no idea what most do. Car exactly as described, as I expected, given I'm a repeat customer.
    Mrs Cookie likes it a lot. She has always wanted a mercedes, seats are comfy and cosseting for her bad back and heated. She had a big smile on her face. Not taken her out in it yet, as have to save up for petrol
    @SiC kindly threw in some parts, engine mounts, transmission service kit, which was very kind of him.
    Fat bloke with the worst wollard selfie ever.

    I've ordered some bits. Rubber boot mat to keep the boot clean, new wing mirror indicator, as the drivers side is a bit grotty.

    A replacement rear view mirror, as the auto dim liquid has leaked, leaving the mirror with a dark bottom half.

    And I've ordered a book pack, so I can find out what all the buttons do.
    She will be used for the upcoming family visit to Hexham and Kirkcaldy and nephews wedding in Corbridge.
    That should put a thousand miles on her.
    When we get back at end of May, I will tackle the replacement of the rear air bags, engine mounts and service the box. 
     

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    Cookiesouwest reacted to rantingYoof in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    One of the reasons my dad bought it was the spec. When I found it for sale, I told him that the 'Elegance' was, basically, the 'luxury' specification. When we were looking at it in London, I told him that it looked like the first owner had basically clicked a 'Select All' button when faced with the options list.

    Both of us love finding the top-spec top-specced cars...a long time ago I found him a V-plated 3.0 Omega Elite which had all options ticked as a factory demonstrator. Even a built-in phone which worked.
    Nicely bought. My dad will be chuffed it's still within the Autoshite fold.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Matty in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The search for a small auto for Little Cookie is over.
    After weeks of frustrating car viewing and not finding anything suitable, that I can also use, I've bought a car.
    A big fat German bird to be precise.
    I've bought the E320 wagon, that @SiC was selling.

     
    While its probably unsuitable for Little Cookie, now its on fleet, she can learn to drive in the Mondeo. 
    No collection thread as I forgot
    but @andyberg and @BerginJR accompanied me to pick it up.
    Good chinwag ensued and then the drive home.
    First impressions. Its a big heavy motor. Been a long time since I've driven a big petrol engined slush box motor. Needs a different driving style to the Mondeo. Very comfortable, lovely seats, makes you drive in a more relaxed manner. Lots of buttons, no idea what most do. Car exactly as described, as I expected, given I'm a repeat customer.
    Mrs Cookie likes it a lot. She has always wanted a mercedes, seats are comfy and cosseting for her bad back and heated. She had a big smile on her face. Not taken her out in it yet, as have to save up for petrol
    @SiC kindly threw in some parts, engine mounts, transmission service kit, which was very kind of him.
    Fat bloke with the worst wollard selfie ever.

    I've ordered some bits. Rubber boot mat to keep the boot clean, new wing mirror indicator, as the drivers side is a bit grotty.

    A replacement rear view mirror, as the auto dim liquid has leaked, leaving the mirror with a dark bottom half.

    And I've ordered a book pack, so I can find out what all the buttons do.
    She will be used for the upcoming family visit to Hexham and Kirkcaldy and nephews wedding in Corbridge.
    That should put a thousand miles on her.
    When we get back at end of May, I will tackle the replacement of the rear air bags, engine mounts and service the box. 
     

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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Another car pressie has arrived
    Put the new rubber boot mat in, to give some protection from the dogs (on the rare occasions they will be allowed in it).
    Before

    After

    Needs a bit of a trim in places, but happy. Note the back of the gun rack - saying that will never get old. Gun rack
    While in the boot, I had a root around and tried to access the spare wheel.
    The handle that you use to release the floor and pull it upwards, is no longer attached to the floor !! so need to find another.
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to andyberg in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    It's a keeper if only for the fun of getting " oh yes my car has a gun rack" into a conversation 😂
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    @rantingYoof dad broke it after not realising that you have to remove the back seat completely before trying it.
    I fixed it when I got the car.
    Broke it again when I forgot about removing the back seat 🤦‍♂️
    Fixed it again.
    Broke it good and proper when I forgot again about removing the back seat. 😫
     
    So I'll put a health warning that you may end up doing the same with a new handle. 🤣
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Another car pressie has arrived
    Put the new rubber boot mat in, to give some protection from the dogs (on the rare occasions they will be allowed in it).
    Before

    After

    Needs a bit of a trim in places, but happy. Note the back of the gun rack - saying that will never get old. Gun rack
    While in the boot, I had a root around and tried to access the spare wheel.
    The handle that you use to release the floor and pull it upwards, is no longer attached to the floor !! so need to find another.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from andyberg in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    Another car pressie has arrived
    Put the new rubber boot mat in, to give some protection from the dogs (on the rare occasions they will be allowed in it).
    Before

    After

    Needs a bit of a trim in places, but happy. Note the back of the gun rack - saying that will never get old. Gun rack
    While in the boot, I had a root around and tried to access the spare wheel.
    The handle that you use to release the floor and pull it upwards, is no longer attached to the floor !! so need to find another.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from SiC in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The instruction manual has arrived. I can now work out what all the buttons are for.

    Although not the stereo / navigation / dvd player.
    A separate manual is winging its way to me for that.
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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from andyberg in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    The instruction manual has arrived. I can now work out what all the buttons are for.

    Although not the stereo / navigation / dvd player.
    A separate manual is winging its way to me for that.
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    Cookiesouwest reacted to barefoot in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    I've posted this picture before, but here it is again in response to the big car little car thing...

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    Cookiesouwest got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in I broke BFG slightly - Cookie's adventures in shiteing   
    I did a VIN decoder look up, to find full spec.
    Std E Class fuel tank is 80L.
    The BFG has an extended tank fitted (Code 915), which is 90L.
    God knows how much that cost when it was specced.
    Who thinks, nah 80L is not enough, I will pay extra for a bigger fuel tank, cause those extra 10L will come in handy.
    Full spec for BFG below - nappa leather for extra softness



    Code U16 - Stowage tank behind rear seat backrest.
    @SiC thought it was for the storage of the Load compartment package (code 942). Makes sense because it fits.
    But when I ordered the boot mat, the guy asked if my car had the gun rack behind the rear seats !!
    SiC is probably right, but gun rack sounds cooler, so I'm going with that
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