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  1. Good thread.  Has made me reflect on the cars and various road trips.

    Le Tréport and Isigny-sur-Mer Normandy, 2018.



    Berck, northern France.  2018.


    Shitefest 2018.  Cairngorms at 11pm.  Sun was gone by then obviously,  but still.


    Southwold, Suffolk.  June 2019.


    Closer to home.  My local Sainsbury's car park, in no particular chronological order.





    The K*nt Centryside, August 2020.


  2. 12 hours ago, wuvvum said:

    /\ GR8 4 channeling your inner Raymanboy.

    One of my biggest regrets in life is not doing screen grabs of his eBay adverts.  Did anyone have the foresight to do so?  Step forward if you did.

  3. On 12/14/2021 at 8:07 AM, wesacosa said:

    I see from your profile you are in SE London.  If you are anywhere near Eltham you are more than welcome to pop around and have a nosy at the car to see for yourself what you make of XMs....

    Sounds good, thanks.  I'm not too far away in Beckenham.  Maybe in January?  I'll drop you a message.

  4. 2 hours ago, djoptix said:

    Appreciate the heads up but too old, too not-MOTd, has gearbox leak, has coolant leak, probably rusted to fuck 🤣

    Sadly @BeEP's C8 was perfect and nothing else will do now! (apart from maybe a 3.5 V6 Grand Espace)

    I'd also be bothered by the clutch.  If it's fucked that's £600 to replace, based on recent experience.  Lack of clutch pedal rubber in the pic probably means it is.

  5. Shatis passed its MoT.  Had the rear brakes done before the test as the NS pads were very low.  Treated it to new pads, discs and calipers.  Front discs were an advisory, but I'll wait a few months for those.  Glad that's sorted before Christmas.

    Reno heritage fleet.


    I shan't tempt fate by saying too much, but I think the Espace is fairly sorted now and able to share duties with the VS.  Since I tuned it to pass the MoT it has a tendency to cut out until fully warm, so that needs a further tweak.

  6. 2 minutes ago, dean36014 said:

    I pre mot'ed it at my usual place before I leant it my friend. Front discs and inner track rod joints an advisory. Actually would have failed on handbrake effort on I think the offside. It basically needed new rear discs and pads. Unless the trip has worn something out all the suspension and steering joints were fine.

    Thanks, yes I remember that from your FS thread.  I haven't had a rear wheel off yet to see what they're like, but obviously if they need doing I know what to expect.  Also @barefoot said this in the same thread:

    I've also remembered that the parking brake is a two stage thing. If you just pull out the little lever, you get park. If you pull it out & hold it out for something like 2 or three seconds, you get something like 180 newtons of force, which makes it utterly immobile on the steepest of steep hills. 

    I've tried it and you can hear the extra buzz when it engages fully, so hopefully the garage will know to do this.  Can't see why they wouldn't as they're a decent outfit.

  7. 2 hours ago, dean36014 said:

    Really chuffed it made it there and back without mechanical incident. 

    Same here!  Once home I was on alert for a few days, as the last 'modern' car I took on a long trip (a Volvo S60 to Sweden) shat its alternator a week later.

    Next job is the MoT which I need to book for next week.  Possible fails are the front brakes and last year's TRE advisory, but I'll be getting the front discs and pads changed anyway.  Plus I need to clear that fault code again so the EML remains off for long enough.

  8. 1 hour ago, Six-cylinder said:

    Our past history:

    XJ6 - very broken

    Renault 11 - slightly broken

    Renault Clio - fixed in transit 

    Are you trying to tell me something about my next car!:D

    Well, I've currently got the head off my Morris 1300 as I'm doing the valve stem seals.  Hopefully it doesn't progress from Project to Broken - contact six-cyl.  But you've probably got enough BL bilge already!

  9. Fair enough, sounds irritating. A bit like the variable intermittent wipers that seem to have a mind of their own.  For example toggling the switch between frequencies doesn't have the desired effect.  Not sure if it's me being a twat or the auto wiper function getting involved when it shouldn't.

  10. AS Shatis update.  This glorious thing got us to Geneva and back last week no bother.  With the cruise set it's like driving my living room, but with more comfortable seating.


    You'll have to believe me that Mont Salève is in the background and not the Malverns.

    The trip wasn't without drama, as I managed to kill the battery whilst leaving the lights on during the day.  I knew that would be an issue at some point as there's no warning noise as you open the door.  Not surprised it happened whilst abroad either, as I was tired and relaxed which is often a recipe for fuckupery.  I engaged with the locals and managed to get a jump, so that was alright.  The jump pack I took with me wasn't up to the job, so lesson learnt I've now bought a NOCO GB40 that I'll take everywhere.  It's already been used once this week to jump the Skizzer Espace, which is my fault for not using it enough.  Stating the bleedin' obvious but old cars need to be used, don't they. 

    Gratuitous shot with a pogweasel Corrado.


  11. 2 hours ago, barefoot said:

    The EML may be 1420 or similar - O2 sensor - apparently it's caused by a tiny leak in the exhaust & makes no blinding difference to anything.

    Here's what I got:


    Did it drive OK for you when it popped up last? Come MoT time hopefully some Cataclean will sort it.

    Just an idle thought, but for 800 miles I was using the wrong fuel.  Apparently this engine needs E5.  So I put some in the other day.  Could be related to the EML coming on....who knows.

  12. @barefoot @Fat_Pirate @BorniteIdentity @dean36014 and anyone else who's owned the Shatis.

    Where's the OBD port on this thing? Google says it's underneath the centre arm rest but I can't see it.


    I'm meant to be taking it abroad next week, but today it decided to show me the EML. I was 50 miles away at the time but got home OK.  Could be something minor I suppose, but EMLs and limp modes aren't something I want to play roulette with 600 miles away. TIA.

  13. 12 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

    In the ad. it mentions lots of spots on Google. This includes a 2018 one on AS by @RobT.

    As far as I’m concerned , the Palio will always be the car that inspired the famous feminist graffiti.

    Ah, I did wonder if that's the Palio I spotted in Clapham once.  Couldn't be arsed searching my thread.  On my watchlist already, just in case the bidding stays sensible.

  14. Thanks for saving this as overall it's a decent car.  Hopefully it won't need much for a new ticket in October.

    It isn't entirely watertight though...in the next downpour you might notice a moist passenger carpet.  I sealed up the satanroof, but it could be the door seal that's the problem.  But at the end of the day who cares, so long as it runs!

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