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  1. From what I remember from working at a Fiat dealer when these were new, the seat squab that you park your arse on is angled upwards at the front, so to counter that you need to sit bolt upright to be able to see out the middle of the windscreen and not be looking up at the sky. I find them horrifically uncomfortable little cars seating position wise. The height adjuster doesnt lower/raise the height of the whole seat by the frame like most cars, it seems to just lower/raise the back angle of the seat squab you sit on.
  2. Without going into too much detail, had my lawyers earlier regarding access to my baby girl, and my ex has put a proposal in via her lawyer to mine and all shes offering is 12 till 6 every Sunday 'supervised by paternal grandparents' Before my ex stopped contact I was getting her a Sunday lunchtime all day on a stay over through to Monday lunchtime, and from 1 till about 7/8 on both a Tuesday and Thursday. Now it looks like itll need to go to court, and no idea how long thats going to take, and thus how long its going to be before I see my wee princess again. Edit by Moog perhaps not bes
  3. Brake Pad Wear Sensors.......how do they work? I always thought it was a bit of wire which when the pads reached a certain thickness the wire snapped breaking the circuit and putting the warning on, and since the circuit was now broken it was on permanently until bridged or new pads and wear sensor fitted. However on my car I got a 'check brake pads!' warning and an amber (O) type warning light on earlier, however, it didnt come back on after i switched the engine off and back on for another couple of miles, then later when switched off and back on it didnt come on at all the whole journey
  4. Just so so so fuming today because I havent seen my baby daughter for over 2 weeks. Skinned my knuckles punching a wardrobe door that hard in sheer frustration too! Fuck life, it can just fucking fuck right off, its a cunt!
  5. Wasn’t just RS dealers who did the RS accessories from memory, the dealer my old man got his later mk5 Escort shape Orion from wasn’t an RS Dealer but had a RS wheel stand in the service/parts bit, always liked the 5 spoke ones with the RS inside a hexagonal bit on the centre cap. Brochures and pictures on the walls of cars along with the price lists with RS stuff on them when we went in to get his car serviced. Best one is seeing a standard car, like the doom blue Granada GL you mention, with the RS accessory kit but still with steelies and trims. Shame that although OEM genuine accessory
  6. It will be on that 'car pass' piece of card you had the other day when looking for your radio code. I had a 52 plate mk4 Astra 1.6 16v and it was a Z16XE, so id guess the 1.8 by then was Z18XE too.
  7. Well if it does at least youve got the key number to order a new one.
  8. Beaten to it but was going to say all Vauxhalls of that era have a 'car pass' with all that sort of info, on it, key codes, immobiliser codes etc. That other card with key number on it is probably reduntant now as its the code for the locking wheel nut removal key. Although it doesnt look like it, the radio is din size, I had the Delco CDR500 in an Astra mk4 and swapped it out for an Alpine unit no bother, straight swap with no messing about.
  9. I would say after about 6 months he should be up to speed, however thats if hes been trained properly, my old supervisor told me rather than showed me what to do, then he and I would work on the same car as at that time there were 3 of us and only 2 bays. But within the first week i got left to my own devices and had to learn for myself the best way to tackle particular jobs, by doing it wrong or the hard way, rather than just being told the best way to do things from the get go. Then you learn which corners can be cut, when somethings enough etc. I could go out and spend 5 hours cleaning th
  10. I dont really remember seeing any Arctic ones in nautilus blue, however there were 2 Arctic models, Arctic I and Arctic II. If my memory serves me right Arctic I didnt have electric front windows whereas Arctic II did. And the Arctic I was the 1.6 8v SPI engine, not the 1.6 16v like yours. I dont know that you could choose from all the colours the rest of the Astra range came in, i can only remember them in polar sea blue, flame red, champagne as you said, and some silver ones too. Do you mean eGa? Glasgow registered. what was your reg? I remember a guy up here in the Glasgow area w
  11. Yes it was me mate. Sounds like either his face doesnt fit, which in big dealer groups or franchised dealerships can be a problem, they do tend to be quite cliquey, and a lot of motor trade guys despise working for franchised dealerships due to the internal politics. Could also be because of his age they think they can get away with treating him like shit and he wont do anything about it for fear of being seen to be ratting on people and cant be trusted. A lot of main dealer general managers, service managers and salesmen are arseholes tbh. It really depends how anal he is, and how quickly
  12. Your Arctic definitely isn’t Nautilus Blue mate, my mk3 was that colour and it looked emerald green. Colour code Z283 14L Possibly it’s polar sea blue. This is Nautilus blue (my old one): bb8e2b5c by Greg Hendry, on Flickr
  13. Think its an X16XEL, I had a late 8v 1.6 mk3 with the 75bhp SPI X16SZR lump and they didnt get the Ecotec engine cover. At least finding a donor engine for this should be no bother as these were fitted to loads of Vauxhalls, and the later Z16XE isnt much different, Id recommend doing the piston rings and valve stem oil seals on any 1.6 16v engine as they are bad for those going and burning oil.
  14. Oh yes we are on the Corsa E! Sadly! Have been for about 3 years now, I had one of the first and while not a bad looking thing it was an utter hateful, uncomfortable, slow, unrefined, thirsty heap of shoddily built nonsense which was in the dealers near enough every fortnight with things going wrong that dont tend to go wrong on 10 year old 100,000 mile cars. Mine was a 1.4 and was still a lethargic, underpowered slow piece of crap. I fail to understand how anyone could actually live with a 1.0 n/a Corsa D, clearly Vauxhall sussed this out as the only 1.0 engine in the Corsa E is a Turbo un
  15. I kinda agree, I remember a 7 year old me all excited because my dad came home one day in a 3 and a half year old 1991 H reg Ford Orion, being amazed by the dolby digital cassette player in it, the torch key, how the central locking worked, that it had a sunroof. I cant see any 7 year old boys being excited because their father comes home one day in a 15 plate Focus 1.6 Zetec, however I dont really remember many other kids being into cars the way I was either, knowing the reg's of all my friends' parents cars, which dealer they had came from, etc. A couple of them were into cars a bit but that
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