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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

I wonder when was the last time someone paid full list price for a new Vauxhall.

I can't really fathom why anyone would buy a new Corsa now anyway - it's a 13-year-old design and you can pick up a decent used example of basically the same car for under a grand now.

But that doesn't have Facebook connectivity.

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9 hours ago, vulgalour said:

Well one of my cars doesn't even have a radio.  So there.

None of my cars has a working radio. Not even the borrowed BMW! The Matiz has one, but it only takes USB/Aux and I can't be arsed sorting any music out. It doesn't like my old WMA files when I tried those, so I gave up. Don't think the aerial is connected as zero radio. The CityRover has one, but the controls are knackered, so you only get Radio 2 at a volume you can't actually hear. The Fox has one, but it's entirely dead. 

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3 hours ago, 3VOM said:

Wrong power bulb or crappy switches with high resistances? Other causes include another interior light somewhere in the car but fallen and hidden behind a panel, that sort of thing. Aftermarket radio using more power than OEM radio or wired incorrectly.

Hmmm. Putting my thoughts on here. The radio is a proper Nissan jobbie but from a later K12. It doesn't switch on without the ignition. The wires behind the radio are standard connectors with possibly only a non-OEM connector. Can't remember.

There are no more interior lights in the car, its a fairly low-spec jobbie.

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17 hours ago, Alex66 said:

I quite like the look of that Duster, I think it has future classic in the line of other greats like old Lada and so on, its a bargain for what it is anyway and so unexceptional, I am tempted to get one (not new though). 

I drove one for the first time yesterday, the previous shape one, I've thought the same for a while and now know it to be true. I'm not sure if I'd have one, but they seem to do the job of being a car quite well.

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31 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

+1 on that indicator being off a Ford.

 

1 hour ago, egg said:

@DVee8 - that gingercator looks a bit Mondeo MK1 or other Ford to me...

Some people think Kent is all chocolate box cottages Darling Buds of May etc, occasionally that is actually true. Bonus MK3 Mondy Ghia saloon. Shame I cut the bike off!

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I'm not saying it isn't a Ford but it turned up in a polly box at work and I work for Nissan 

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Saab panic avoided. 

It was using coolant at a fairly distressing rate. Probably around 1L to 45 miles. No signs of HGF at all, no contamination, white smoke, etc but still worrying. 

Couldn't see any leaks underneath. Driving with heater on, coolant level stayed rock solid. Put the AC on and.... 

That's the heater bypass valve tucked down the back of the block on the bulkhead, pishes out with HVAC set to cold but seems to puddle on the subfrsme or evaporates off on the hot exhaust before hitting the ground. Nice, a £25 valve as opposed to terminal HGF. 

Just as well, as my diagnostic runs were reminding me just how lovely it is, absolutely effortless pace and a nicely appointed interior. Cruising at 60 it can return half respectable economy figures too. It's a car I fall in and out with, how much I like it offset by high tax and poor economy, but it's a nice tonic to the two French diesels from time to time. I'm moving house next week anyway, so it will earn its keep. 

It's done about 150 miles in the last three months or so, need to put that right. 

Envy;

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3 hours ago, reb said:

I drove one for the first time yesterday, the previous shape one, I've thought the same for a while and now know it to be true. I'm not sure if I'd have one, but they seem to do the job of being a car quite well.

I am quite tempted by the previous shape as it is quite big in the boot area and have a great utilitarian feel about them,  plus they come up at a quite good price. 

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Just added 19 more bhps to the Streetwise courtesy of a throttle body upgrade which went surprisingly well considering there was an idiot under the bonnet (me).

Probably the placebo effect, but it certainly seems a bit quicker off the mark, and a lot more eager to hit the K-series sweetspot of 4K rpm.

Gonna give it a good run out this evening, see what effect the improvement has on the motorway.

Differences twixt 84 ad 103 bhp versions of the Rover 25:

1.4 16v 84 Manual
Power: 84 PS (62 kW; 83 hp)
Torque: 110 N·m (81 lb·ft)
Top Speed: 169 km/h (105 mph)
0-60: 11.8 secs
MPG: 41.3 mpg

1.4 16v 103 Manual
Power: 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp)
Torque: 123 N·m (91 lb·ft)
Top Speed: 169 km/h (112 mph)
0-60: 10.2 secs
MPG: 41.3 mpg

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So this happened at work today..... 

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Managed to do the Saab double commute this morning with Mrs_brownnova. I’ve avoided using it with the bashed up door, but the Mazda is now pissing out it’s PAS fluid rather rapidly so the Saab got the nod for my late meeting. 

 

This is evening I have been playing with my tax disc collection (about the only place I’ll admit to this...) 

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Got a few hundred, mainly 90s. 

Mrs_b and I played a fun game of who can find a car that’s still on the road first.... using tax discs from 1996. 

I won with a K reg Isuzu Trooper. 

Another cutting edge evening in the brownnova household... 

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4 minutes ago, brownnova said:

The plan is to do the coffee table something like this and put the tax discs under Perspex to protect them. 

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Apparently the old ones (60s & 70s) are too old for the table and need to go in a frame. - Her words not mine. 

you dont happen to have JWC880C in your collection? 

its 1971 IIRC? tax disk showed up on ebay a good while back, I sadly cant find the picture of it (its listing was/is saved by picclick, but typically when i go to search for it specifically it vanishes)

just 3 away from the one infamously pictured going up in flames!

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Just now, LightBulbFun said:

you dont happen to have JWC880C in there? 

its 1971 IIRC? tax disk showed up on ebay a good while back, I sadly cant find the picture of it (its listing was/is saved by picclick)

just 3 away from the 1 infamously pictured going up in flames!

Nope, I haven’t ever bought any. All mine are ones I collected when I was a youngster. My 70s ones are all Tractor ones from a friend of my parents farm. 

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