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  1. Yep, that The amp and rear speaker outputs are on the far end of the plug, the section labeled as Line-Out. As an aside, the centre console in your car is worth a little bit as it allows the fitment of a double DIN radio, whereas most B5 A4s didn't come with the symphony radio and and just came with a single DIN Delta or Concert radio.
  2. Adaptive cruise control is crap is part of the reason for congestion on motorways. It stops people anticipating what's ahead. Rather than notice a problem coming up and slowing down a little to keep smooth flow of traffic, the adaptive cruise will carry right on and then slam on the anchors, with every car behind doing the same until the traffic stops.
  3. I actually like the Xsara Picasso. I Bought one for £100, pulled the back seats out and moved house with it. It took sofas, double beds, a chest freezer and everything else with ease. It handled better than you'd think, was softly sprung which is actually pretty ideal given the state of the roads and it didn't complain at me for driving everywhere with my foot flat down on the accelerator. The best thing though is the little fold out shopping trolley. I still have that and use it as a laundry basket.
  4. A MK4 golf is more fun to drive than the equivalent MK1 focus.
  5. You're pretty much right there. The easiest and cheapest way to get this sorted is to add a couple of ISO connectors, either with bullet/crimp connectors or soldering it into the original wiring. Makes it nice and easy to remove the radio if you sell the car and fit whatever crap is for sale in the middle aisle of Lidl that week. As for tracing the wiring, without a speaker tester then its quite difficult to work out which set of wiring will go to which speaker to connect to the correct outputs of the radio. If its easy to get the speakers out then you can disconnect the wires from the speakers and test the continuity to them down the different speaker wires. If you're luck then someone will have used the standard wiring colours, complete colour is positive and black stripe is negative: White = left front Grey = right front Green = left rear Purple = right rear As for the power side, finding the permanent 12v and switched 12v should be easy with a multimeter. The earth equally should have continuity to any body earth and not output 12v. You may also have an illumination wire which will only output 12v with the lights on and that should leave the electric aerial output. If you have doubts on this one then just try touching the permanent 12v to it and listed for the aerial motor going. A word of warning on the electric aerial, the 12v output on the radio will work whenever the radio is on (even if not using FM) as it is also used to turn on an amplifier if fitted, which will mean the aerial will be up whenever the set is on. Some Chinese sets (and newer Blaupunkt radios have Chinese internals) don't stop outputting 12v until the ignition is off. If you want to only have the aerial up while the radio is set to FM then you'll need to put another inline switch into this to be able to manually get it to extend or retract. Wiring colours for power ISO: Black = earth Yellow = permanent 12v Red = ign 12v Orange = Illumination Blue = 12v output I've got ISO cables with bare ends that I use to make cables, if you want a pair then I can send them out for £7 but they are quite widely available and cheap so you may well find some locally at the same sort of money.
  6. The only brand of dash cam I have found to consistently not interfere with DAB is Thinkware, they're not cheap but they are very good. I basically gave up fitting anything else, especially customer supplied eBay specials as you just knew they wouldn't have a shred of DAB reception afterwards which would some how be your fault. Aftermarket reverse cameras are a similar issue with DAB. At least on quite a lot of modern stuff you can get a 12v reverse output using a CANBUS interface which you can use to power the camera only when in reverse and I don't think most people are going backwards enough to have a problem if their DAB drops when reversing.
  7. Hmm I honestly don't know on that. I don't think I've had to connect a 2 channel amp to one of these before now. I've found the internal amplifiers on them to be pretty decent, if a little bass heavy. Have a check in the settings of it, there maybe a setting called something like network mode which is causing it. There is also put a 2 channel gain adjuster with RCA outputs onto the front speaker wires and send the front speaker outputs to the amp from that, I've got a few here if you want to go down that route as they're useful for fitting active subwoofers to original head units.
  8. I don't know what ever happened to that. Hopefully it's still alive or dormant somewhere. That little car looked like crap but it was very very solid by the time I'd finished with it.
  9. Mystery solved, this is definitely Juice Green. Between the brochure shot from @stuboyand I've just gone and looked at HMCs original sale thread where he's listed it as juice green. I'll get some paint ordered up and hopefully have this smartened up later in the week. Other things that have happened, the glovebox has been adjusted so it doesn't open on every small pot hole now, and some brief investigation has gone I to the airbag light. It's doing four flashes and a pause, which apparently is an issue with the seatbelt pretensioners. Fingers crossed it's the connections under the seats. Unfortunately these are down the side and look a bigger to get to so I might need to take the seats out to get at them.
  10. Is that a 96 escort brochure? What's the colour of the green cabrio on the bottom line?
  11. It's had the rot chopped out of its door and a patch welded in. It's not perfect but this area was a big rusty hole with filler piled in, looks like it might have had damage there early in its life which had slowly gone rotten under the filler repair. It's got some filler on top again now to try and get the creases a bit better as they were difficult to get close to being right. Most other rust spots, except for the ones around the screen have been ripper back to good metal, treated and a thin layer of filler applied. Currently it's driving around with big yellow filler primer patches all over it and looks worse than this morning but it should be quite a big improvement when I've got some paint.
  12. With this being a 96 car, I think it might be mint green metallic XSC2737 The colour looks right in the sample image squares I've seen but the name doesn't seem right. I'd expect mint green to be a bit more lurid.
  13. here are some close up shots The body on this thing is really quite rough in odd spots but seems solid in the important ones. To drive it goes really well, everything feels tight and nice to use. I'm doing some tidying to the bodywork but am struggling to find paint for it. The only paint code I can find is 314 on the plate under the bonnet, which brings up nothing online. Any ideas?
  14. Here it is from far away. Looks quite good at this distance.
  15. I have reached the flavoursome city of Worcester, now to find this car and hopefully someone with some keys and paperwork.
  16. May God have mercy on the MOT testers soul if he tests the handbrake on the rear wheels again.
  17. No jokes, I was as surprised as you. They must have a very hectic schedule for 6am on a Friday to be the only opportunity for canoodling in some bushes.
  18. Nothing like a swift sprint through Bristol Temple Meads thanks to a delay on the line taking up 10 of the 12 minutes you had available to change train. Just managed to leap onto the next train and away we go.
  19. Leg number one completed: Now to await the iron horse.
  20. It's 5:45am, it's still dark, I've got a backpack with some tools in it and my running shoes. Time for a poorly thought out car collection!
  21. MAKE WAY FOR NODDY As per the very best for sale adverts, this hideous and rusty crate has almost no decent photographs, all in portrait orientation or as an inexplicable phone screenshots. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/884600619893704
  22. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2005997903126888/ Ford Aerostar, No MOT, only runs on LPG and it's out of gas. How the fuck do you get a jerry can of LPG into this? Do you just turn up with one of those little cans used on gas barbecues and rig it up with a selection of bits of coolant hose and put some earplugs in incase the explosion is really loud? Still vaguely tempting
  23. Right, here's my more obscure options: Chevrolet Kalos (not Daewoo Kalos or Chevrolet Aveo, Pontiac Wave, Holden Barina etc) Nissan Wingroad Toyota Corona (had 2 of these) Hyundai Pony Ford Fairlane BA Toyota Avalon Renault Avantime Holden Zafira (not Vauxhall Zafira, Opel Zafira, Subaru Traviq) Holden Vectra (not Vauxhall Vectra, Opel Vectra)
  24. Today I came across two cars that before today I had no idea existed. The first is the Mazda 323F Coupe, notable for not being as pretty as the standard 323F. The second is the Toyota Corona Exiv which is a quite swoopy looking saloon which I rather like. So did you know these existed, or is there any odd shite cars that you have only recently learned of?
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