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  1. No I'm saying blame the shit system, not the mechanic. If he spent the extra half an hour on every undertray, he'd be skint or sacked in a few weeks. The system makes it impossible for him to do a proper, honest job
  2. I genuinely don't think they do this stuff out of malice, I think the "system" just ends up this way. The guy doing the work is given set times for jobs so if he spends half an hour extra trying to sort the undertray out, it comes out of his own pocket and he'd have to jump through hoops to try an get paid for it, so the procedures just mean they order a new undertray. Doesn't make the shafting any better, but I always subscribe to the "do not immediately attribute to malice what could otherwise be attributed to incompetence"
  3. Yes it's just the USA where they're sold without any immobiliser. They break the steering lock, pop the switch off the ignition barrel and turn it using a USB stick. People thought the USB was some sort of "hack", it's not, it just the right size.
  4. It's so easy to steal a lot of vehicles nowadays, you need the right tools but they are easy to get. Peugeot boxer/ducato/relay. Ignition lock has special security features to make it unpickable, but the drivers door lock doesn't, and they're the same key. For <£100 you can get a "self setting key" which you put in the drivers lock, turn side to side a few times and it forms to the correct keying and opens the door. Once you're in, plug an immo bypass box into the OBD connector, then use your new key to turn the ignition on and drive away. No damage, no noise, you're away in under a minute. Gone are the days when people would nick a car on the way home from the pub to save driving - they're nicked with a purpose nowadays. That said I am quite convinced that a fairly significant chunk of the Golf R/S3/M135 thefts are "arranged" by people deeply upside down on finance. I'm also even more convinced that every single Golf R part for sale on eBay is from a nicked car. Same goes for all the high spec VAG interiors, steering wheels, stereos, bumpers, everything. Every bit of it is nicked.
  5. Not this one, they must come in threes.. Blue fiesta, Birkin lane near Wingerworth. https://goo.gl/maps/2SvRpFwLG7maEsTa9
  6. 😄 I came past this over the weekend when there was still a mk6 fiesta buried in the wall and a very angry homeowner gesticulating very aggressively at the pillock who had just crashed it
  7. There's a nice bakery near our new unit. Real good gear - Focaccia bread, Croissants, Cinnamon rolls, them pecan plait things, all that bollocks but incredibly nice. Last week I bought £12 worth of fancy stuff, ate half a cinnamon roll and brought it all home, left the bag on the kitchen side and went in the shower. Dog ate the fucking lot. FFS Friday after work I popped to the new unit to have a clean up etc, and the bakery was still open (they seem to be going 6am-9pm!) so I bought another bag of lovely stuff. Left it on the kitchen side. Went in the shower this morning. Yup. It's all in the dog again. FFS
  8. Those battery testers that halfords have are absolutely shite. They are no substitute for a proper load test. I used to work there! To overly simply things, Instead of measuring the voltage drop at 250A for ten seconds to properly simulate real life usage, they measure the drop at 0.25A for a split second and then extrapolate from there (and make some huge assumptions) to work out what would happen at a high load. In many cases, it's a valid measurement, but very often it's not an accurate assessment of the battery health.
  9. To be fair I am one of these "not a big fan of em but they pay for themselves with tourism" lot, and honestly it's not the royals themselves I have much of a problem with. I'm just totally flabbergasted that in 2022, as a supposedly democratic, developed nation we reacted to the totally unsurprising death of a 96 year old woman that none of us had ever met in the way that we did. My issue is with the media (and to an extent the public) rather than with the royals themselves. They're just bags of blood and guts, the same as me or you and they deserve no more or less respect than any of us.
  10. I wasn't really referencing the medical situation really, more the petrol station incident. I'm very aware the medical system in the country is on its knees. However the reaction to this is this is where I'd differ. Instead of taking my frustrations out on whatever stressed out, overworked member of staff is infront of me, I would vote to improve the situation. This is definitely something that's a generational issue and there's plenty of statistics to back that up.
  11. They've had all their life to become completely sure of all the things that they're wrong about.
  12. Your neighbours are dickheads, there's no doubt about it, but it's unrelated to whatever the latest bollocks is going on with the queen. A sizeable majority of people have no idea (nor interest) that there's even any silence to observe, and you really can't expect everyone to know about it, especially not dickheads like your neighbours. TLDR: Queens dead, sorry if you're upset but objectively she did absolutely sod all to help or even interest 99% of the people in the country so people are all going to have different reactions to it than you have
  13. A few years ago, my wife and I had such a long run of totally ruined days out together - We'd always try and go out for the day together every other weekend, but one week we'd be stuck in traffic, the next week we'd get halfway there and one of our phones would ring with a family emergency, or we'd get to some national trust place to find out it was "DAFT AND NOISY KIDS FUN AND SCREAMING DAY", or my car would break down, or one of us would get the shits. Just one thing after another, we were so disheartened we subconsciously stopped making plans at all. Really damaged the relationship for a while as we both associated spending "nice" time together with an inevitable shitshow.
  14. Yup, the pillar is a bit of a chode but it's the long arm mirrors that ruin it. However if you take the bulkhead out of a panel van and slide the drivers seat right back (for some reason, even at 5 foot 9 I have most seats as far back as they go) you do have to lean forward a bit to get full view. To be fair the whole van is made of parts bin sweepings up from all over the place - Ford engines, Fiat electrics, some random chrysler/dodge influence over mildly refreshed very old designs. We look back at the development of the Sherpa on ARonline and laugh, but the Boxer is just the same. It's a mk3 talbot express with a facelift, and looking under my old talbot and under the boxer you can see that they are very similar, I've read that the rear axle and springs are more or less interchangeable. Front struts look like they will swap over too, same weird 4 bolt mounting onto the hub etc.
  15. Thanks man, I'm fine though really. It's like that oddly pleasant flu where you're just tired and your turds are a bit of an odd colour.
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