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11 minutes ago, grogee said:

Did you manage it? I didn't find an option but I didn't resort to RTFM

There's a button for the lane assist on the centre console in front of the gear stick, you need to do it every time you start the car. That is assuming it's the same generation of Corsa, I can't remember what gen this one is, I think it's the current one though.

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This week I finally decided to buy myself an R53 Cooper S.

Spent quite some time looking for one with the spec I wanted, and finally found one with all the bits I was looking for - leather, climate, nav, cruise,  xenon, chili pack, sport suspension, pre-facelift, Cooper S only colour (Electric Blue). 

It is bloody good fun. The R53 Cooper S is 20 years old next year. Don't see many like this anymore. 

Only modifications to it are R56 rear trailing arms (stronger), non-runflat Bridgestones and polybushes. 

 

 

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A good opportunity came up last weekend to upgrade my trailer. I’ve had the Erde 142 since we moved in 2015 and bought purely to move most of our shite to MiL’s to make our house look as minimal and as big as possible. I sold it to an Italian from Bedford for £150 and gave £notmuchmore for this.

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I love it. It’s an Erde but for maximum AS points it’s a grey import. My friend bought it in France from a dealer about 10 years ago. It’s been all over Europe and been given a life of adventure I can only dream of, living all over - including Skye. It features gas struts on the lid, a Runrig sticker that I’m having preserved and advertising for his Ill-fated foray into self catering accommodation in France. 
 

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The best bit is I can actually see it! I didn’t realise how good I actually was at trailer parking. Before, when guessing blind, I found it doable but difficult. Now it’s a doddle. 

First tip-trip complete and we’re looking forward to some serious campin’ (no G) next year. 

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1 hour ago, BorniteIdentity said:

A good opportunity came up last weekend to upgrade my trailer. I’ve had the Erde 142 since we moved in 2015 and bought purely to move most of our shite to MiL’s to make our house look as minimal and as big as possible. I sold it to an Italian from Bedford for £150 and gave £notmuchmore for this.

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I love it. It’s an Erde but for maximum AS points it’s a grey import. My friend bought it in France from a dealer about 10 years ago. It’s been all over Europe and been given a life of adventure I can only dream of, living all over - including Skye. It features gas struts on the lid, a Runrig sticker that I’m having preserved and advertising for his Ill-fated foray into self catering accommodation in France. 
 

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The best bit is I can actually see it! I didn’t realise how good I actually was at trailer parking. Before, when guessing blind, I found it doable but difficult. Now it’s a doddle. 

First tip-trip complete and we’re looking forward to some serious campin’ (no G) next year. 

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Your tip has a roof? 😯 That's well posh

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4 hours ago, Pete-M said:

 

Only modifications to it are R56 rear trailing arms (stronger), 

 

That’s a curious thing. Many, many years ago a colleague had an earlyish Cooper S that broke a rear trailing arm. We thought it was because he handbraked into a kerb in the snow a few weeks previous. 
I remember having a headache at BMW as what they wanted to order was different to what was on the car. Had to find one on the forecourt to look at. From memory the original was cast and the updated was two layers pressed in a U. 

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On 24/09/2021 at 11:52, yes oui si said:

938 miles from 6am yesterday to 5am today, napped for 90 minutes at Scotch Corner on the way home. 

Volvo Repaired, MOT'd and to my friend to use until she's sorted. 

Corolla to Rhyl. 

MG home with me. 

Love it, proper sleek barge. 

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Finally got the audi wheels on. 

I liked the steels, these work much better:

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5 hours ago, BorniteIdentity said:

A good opportunity came up last weekend to upgrade my trailer. I’ve had the Erde 142 since we moved in 2015 and bought purely to move most of our shite to MiL’s to make our house look as minimal and as big as possible. I sold it to an Italian from Bedford for £150 and gave £notmuchmore for this.

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I love it. It’s an Erde but for maximum AS points it’s a grey import. My friend bought it in France from a dealer about 10 years ago. It’s been all over Europe and been given a life of adventure I can only dream of, living all over - including Skye. It features gas struts on the lid, a Runrig sticker that I’m having preserved and advertising for his Ill-fated foray into self catering accommodation in France. 
 

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The best bit is I can actually see it! I didn’t realise how good I actually was at trailer parking. Before, when guessing blind, I found it doable but difficult. Now it’s a doddle. 

First tip-trip complete and we’re looking forward to some serious campin’ (no G) next year. 

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not [M] erde 

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7 minutes ago, Angrydicky said:

Shame, don't see many ZT-Ts anymore.

If I had the money (which I definitely don't) I might end up looking for the v8 ZT-T and converting the outside so it looks like a boggo 75.

But then each to their own.  I like the factory looks, I'm not into the goofy comic stance either but hey it can always be unmodified in its next ownership. At least its still a ZT-T on the road in use and loved. 

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40 minutes ago, Angrydicky said:

No, those wheels look absolutely dreadful, don't suit the car at all, nor does the gangsta "stance".

Shame, don't see many ZT-Ts anymore.

The suspension isn't any lower than before, and it's back on factory sized tyres so it actually rides a little higher than it did on the steels. 

Nothing 'gangsta' about it tbh 🤷🏾‍♀️

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31 minutes ago, Cord Fourteener said:

If I had the money (which I definitely don't) I might end up looking for the v8 ZT-T and converting the outside so it looks like a boggo 75.

But then each to their own.  I like the factory looks, I'm not into the goofy comic stance either but hey it can always be unmodified in its next ownership. At least its still a ZT-T on the road in use and loved. 

Not really, no. Not without a fair bit of work. 

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13 hours ago, Pete-M said:

This week I finally decided to buy myself an R53 Cooper S.

Spent quite some time looking for one with the spec I wanted, and finally found one with all the bits I was looking for - leather, climate, nav, cruise,  xenon, chili pack, sport suspension, pre-facelift, Cooper S only colour (Electric Blue). 

It is bloody good fun. The R53 Cooper S is 20 years old next year. Don't see many like this anymore. 

Only modifications to it are R56 rear trailing arms (stronger), non-runflat Bridgestones and polybushes. 

 

Nice! I regret being an "it's not a real mini" bore when these were current and totally overlooked them.

A friend had one just like this about 10-15 years ago. It needed a set of tyres and runflats were astronomical money back then so on balance I told him to just put some normal tyres on instead and get a can of tyre foam in the boot for all the good it'd do anyway. I think we ended up with some midrange like Toyos or Kumhos, and it absolutely transformed the car - it felt like you'd taken off a set of hobnailed boots and put some proper running shoes on. The guy was proper impressed that he'd saved about £500 and made the car a lot better to drive.

A few months later it went in to the main dealers for a service and they said it was "very very dangerous" to drive with non-runflats and charged him £1000 to take off the new tyres and put some much worse new ones on. 

I'm sure one of the workshop lads there ended up with a nice set of part worns, too.

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17 hours ago, Pete-M said:

This week I finally decided to buy myself an R53 Cooper S.

Spent quite some time looking for one with the spec I wanted, and finally found one with all the bits I was looking for - leather, climate, nav, cruise,  xenon, chili pack, sport suspension, pre-facelift, Cooper S only colour (Electric Blue). 

It is bloody good fun. The R53 Cooper S is 20 years old next year. Don't see many like this anymore. 

Only modifications to it are R56 rear trailing arms (stronger), non-runflat Bridgestones and polybushes. 

 

 

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Those photos came alright, eh. 

It is an amusing vehicle, the R53. 

I think their time is upon us; I hated the Fisher Price pastiche 'My First Car' styling at the time but they were hiding some excellent chassis tuning underneath all the Cool Britannia puff. 

Pete's is mechanically excellent - it drives like an 18 month old car. The blower whine is pitch perfect, like a foley artist had to insert it into an action sequence. Weirdly, the power delivery itself isn't as flat as you'd imagine - it behaves more like a cammed 2 litre than a blown 1.6. 

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5 hours ago, cobblers said:

Nice! I regret being an "it's not a real mini" bore when these were current and totally overlooked them.

 

There was a lot of that about. 

I've had a few "real" minis and other than the hilarious handling there's not much about them that appeals to me. 

The BMW minis also corner hilariously well, but they're comfy to drive and lots more refined, as you'd expect from a 40 year newer design. 

I never understood the huge dislike of these from old car folk. Ok, the BMW mini isn't as tiny as the original but people are a fair bit larger than they were in the 1950s. 😀

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40 minutes ago, Pete-M said:

There was a lot of that about. 

I've had a few "real" minis and other than the hilarious handling there's not much about them that appeals to me. 

The BMW minis also corner hilariously well, but they're comfy to drive and lots more refined, as you'd expect from a 40 year newer design. 

I never understood the huge dislike of these from old car folk. Ok, the BMW mini isn't as tiny as the original but people are a fair bit larger than they were in the 1950s. 😀

I mentioned this before, early 2000s I was involved with a local mini group. I wasn't  full on but I went to the more interesting sounding events. 

One guy has a beautiful black mk1 Cooper S and there were people who kissed his arse constantly and looked at him like he was some sort of God. 

One meeting, I think it was a pub quiz, he turned up in a Bini Cooper. He still had the mk1, just left it at home. 

Some went out to have a look and sit in, but I saw people actually turn their back on him and refused to speak to him. 

The same people who sucked up to him before. 

I turned up in a Sierra and no one said a word. (mini was in bits). 

That was the last meet I went to, and proved everything you ever suspected about one make car clubs. 

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On 11/20/2021 at 3:18 PM, grogee said:

Michelins, I hope? LJK Setright would be rotating in his grave if not. 

Forgot to add that the CX front discs and calipers were found to be still alright. Couldn't see enough of the pads, though, and some of that pad sensor wiring is looking a touch frayed....:

 

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1 hour ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

Forgot to add that the CX front discs and calipers were found to be still alright. Couldn't see enough of the pads, though, and some of that pad sensor wiring is looking a touch frayed....:

 

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They look like mighty 4-pot calipers on fairly small discs (compared to modernz). Bet it stops pretty well, I guess the magic suspension stops it squatting under hard braking?

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