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Lord Sterling

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    Rank: "Radio Raheem"

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    North Worcestershire or Isle of Wight or Bruxelles or ฤฐstanbul
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    Rover 800s and other 80s/90s Luxobarges.


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  1. I think it can be easy. It's literally next to the blower motor. I *may* not need to completely remove the glovebox but if so, its pretty easy anyway. It'll hopefully be sorted by tomorrow as well as a few extra small lights like the numberplate light and wipers that need changing.
  2. Absolutely. Why not update the thread dedicated to it? My Vectra isn't popular here but I still update the thread for myself and the couple of others that are interested.
  3. MOT time for the Vectra tomorrow! Booked it in for morning but I assume I'll be there aaaaaaaaaaaaalll day tomorrow. Probably get home at about 7pm. Blue Micra needs to be moved off driveway so need to find somewhere to keep it. Gonna have a chat with Ma Sterling. Does anyone have some covered storage located in the Midlands?
  4. Ah yes. The battery season ๐Ÿ˜† It would be quite busy on the French team right about now. Plenty of French people moaning about thier battery not working. Sadly, batteries are built down to a price no matter the make. Bosch and Varta are built in the same factory. We regularly saw batteries that didn't last beyond 4 years. It is right thay they need to recharge the battery to test it and it can take up to 24 hours to recharge as batteries are run down to the absolute minimum when faulty/or when used with a faulty appliance. I think it'll pass the test and they'll replace it. Unfortunately the warranty states that a battery must be tested to see if the battery is at fault or whether it has been run down by a faulty alternator or something.
  5. Ha ha. Not far off, it was only 2 years ago. I've got a fucked E46 BMW 316i and a Vectra estate so that at least covers the BMW and estate side of things. I've also still got my Sterlings and they are indeed rotting away. I've also got a K11 Micra in my possession. Seems I can (almost) foresee my future.
  6. Well, I tried ๐Ÿ˜’... Vectra has always had a heater that doesn't work properly. It works on setting '4' and even then it needs a tap on the side below the centre console from the drivers footwell to make it work. Heater works and gets nice and toasty in the car when needed but as Fatha_Sterling put it; it looked a bit "Steptoe and Son" hitting the side to get the thing to work ๐Ÿ˜’ So I bought another heater panel. Thinking I was clever (which clearly I am not) I bought a higher spec one, except the rear connections are different; Er...yeah... Anyways, whatever, it was so cheap its not worth my time sending back. I'll sell it on again for profit. I bought another identical panel from a car of the same spec as mine. Fitted in today and... Same results as the old panel. ๐Ÿ˜’ Ok, whatever, I'll try and fit the aux cable I bought for the Vectra some weeks back so I can at least listen to stuff from my phone. Nope. Soz. No can do. Block is an all-in-one job. *grumble* ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜  RIGHT. FINE. Well, lets see where this cable goes.... Soz, no can do. It disappears downwards somewhere where the side panel of the centre console will need to be removed. Panel: Nope. Sorry, can't be removed unless you remove the glovebox which means half sticking yourself out of the passenger door and it is raining, heavily today. Fuck this. I'm going home for a cup of tea ๐Ÿ˜
  7. Couldn't see the 'A' in the picture in the advert. Plus there was no picture of the rear to check against mine.
  8. Tried to fit a new heater panel to the Vectra the other day. The current one needs a minor whack on the side to get it blowing air. So I bougjt another one off eBay for ยฃcheaps. However, new panel is from a higher spec Vectra C but had different connections on the back. Yeah thanks Vauxhall ๐Ÿ˜  Mine: top, newer panel: bottom. Difference: Its even better built, I mean really. Ordered another one from the same spec vehicle as mine. This had better work. I know a new resistor pack has been put in already. If it doesn't work I'll have to look into the blower motor itself.
  9. Vectra - No. It's an SRi Turbo-diesel and quite a fast thing with alloys and tinted windows. BMW - Probably not far off. It's fairly base-spec with very few nice options. Engine is a mid-range 1800cc petrol thing. Colour is a nice deep dark Blue. There are a few around my area and others I've seen on the road in said colour.
  10. Nottingham ๐Ÿ˜ก The least car-friendly city I have been to so far. I have been here before as most places around the country but it's different when you are using your own car. Looking for cheap parking, in Nottingham, on a Sunday should be easier than during the week. Is it? No. Everywhere is bloody expensive and I nearly got lost trying to park in the snooty part next to Nottingham Castle. Ended up 2 miles away from where I was supposed to be trying to get out of the snooty part. Even Central London wasn't this bad and I have visited Central London in my own car. Anyway, on the upside I might be getting back into the car buying and selling business on a more full time basis after being out of it for so long. Also, spotted the building where the office of "Boon" was when it moved to Nottingham in the 90s.
  11. Good stuff. Was a bit worried about the clip falling about in the packet as it has sharp edges. Also was a bit worries that the mats were a bit flimsy. If I find anything else, like rubber mats I'll let you know.
  12. Great stuff. They fit better than I thought they would.
  13. Had a great day with Fatha_Sterling. Not seen him in 5 years. He left the UK in 1993 and had only been back a handful of times since. I have lived in Brussels with him before and remained in close contact. Life and constant lack of money got in the way since. Anyway, today we popped up to Bridgnorth for a potter about and then onto Telford. We lived in Telford and I spent my first few years there. Dad had a fish and chip shop in Oakengates which we revisted today, the current owner was very welcoming and gave us some free chips and a curry sauce. We revisted all the old haunts around Telford like a great trip down memory lane. We saw some people who knew my Dad back then! Popped over to my Nans (Mum's Mum) and headed back.
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