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  1. I do not think I have ever seen Lidl "Nixe" tinned fish in a can of this shape. Possibly some sort of Italian special?
  2. Focus Mk1, a car notorious for insufficient capacity of ventilation system.
  3. Brave man. I am facing 10 hrs of driving a black car with non-functioning A/C in 30+ centigrades next week. I think I have a heatstroke even before I actually started. Good luck.
  4. Bitzer

    XM Fettling

    ...is a piece of cake, 30 minutes maximum, plus 8V FIREs are non-interference engines. Fingers crossed with that XM. I only saw the engine bay once and almost fainted.
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    XM Fettling

    Not exactly helpful, but... How many times is your Panda mentioned in "Best designs EVAH"? And how does it compare to XM? I have no idea, because I have just made up the competition, but I have very certain opinions about signore Giugiaro and 1.0 FIRE engines.
  6. Honestly, why would a person want to buy trucks from BL instead of Mercedes/Volvo/Scania/Man?
  7. Bitzer


    No. Just no. According to their website, in 2019, they "Received a letter of appreciation from the University of Tokyo, Gravitational Wave Observation Research Facility of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, for cooperation in the construction of the Large-scale Cryogenic Graviationai wave Telescope Project also known as "KAGRA". Could you, please, continue with Large-scale Cryogenic Graviationai wave Telescopes and refrain from designing cars? Thanks.
  8. I do not really know how to put this politely... Maybe it is an overkill. Maybe the easiest way out would be normal tent - building a modern one big enough for four people only takes some 10 minutes. Something like this, for Ł100: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/arpenaz-4-1-family-camping-tent-1-bedroom-sleeps-4/_/R-p-4123?mc=8378237 Failing that, I think I saw a plan for trailer "shed" made from thin wooden planking in some very old issue of Popular Mechanics. The whole thing was collapsible, unfortunately, I do not recall any details. I believe it would be easier to create something like that than trying to sew a tent from scratch.
  9. Cool, but the question is, as always: "What will happen to a toupée or flat cap when the speed exceeds 40 km/h? And will it turn all females to Kim Wilde?"
  10. I always liked the funny "special editions" with various Fisher-Price oddities. However, all Twingos I ever inspected in more detail were rotten through and through. So it was Punto I instead. Tells a lot, I guess.
  11. What was wrong with five star Renaults (apart from Megane II being utter shite and the worst car I had the misfortune of owning)? That they made Volvo look like an opened can of sardines? My opinion is that Volvo safety is nothing but an urban legend originating from a clever marketing during sixties. But it may be I simply do not like the brand. Or ABBA. Or Akvavit. Or IKEA. Saab, on the other hand...
  12. Every Fiatista/Alfista/Lancista knows it is German parts failing, not Italian ones. The word has it that root cause of 2.0 Twin Spark reliability problems are oil level/pressure sensors made by Bosch. Una carrozza spettacolare 😍
  13. SM in general. It was a jaw-dropping sight, the car looked like it left showroom yesterday. IIRC, it was honey-colored metallic with much brownness inside, driven by a white-haired gentleman sporting pipe and tweed jacket. Midsomer Murders stuff.
  14. I only saw the car once in my life and almost ended up rolling over the crash barriers. Even if it only sits in a garage and never runs again, it is a thing of a beauty and (to be a fcuking spoilsport) money well invested, because these will only get more and more expensive. Congratulations.
  15. AFAIK the variators/dephasers/wuzzever-we-call-the-shite do not survive longer than circa 160-180 kkm. I checked the prices and, honestly, they seem rather eye-watering, not to mention the PITA of their replacement. I had similar advanced* system on my Megane II, which I hated with a passion, and said "never more", but it may be the Ford´s system is better design? I mean, I am considering a C-max, but bog-standard 1.6/74 kW is supposedly weak for this crate and I am not sure I am brave enough to go down the variable timing valley again...
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