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Knew my Merc needed a new tyre, as one in the back is pretty badly perished. But pumping them up yesterday I noticed they’ve all got pretty deep cracks close to the join with the wheel… all at about 10 years old.  Bugger that’ll be 4 new tyres then… 🙄

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8 hours ago, HarmonicCheeseburger said:

Any easy to check which, and I presume once it begins it's terminal or is it manageable? 

Can't remember off the top of my head.  Borniteidentity was our resident Mk1 Avensis expert, but he don't come by this way no more.  If memory serves it's manageable as long as you don't let the oil level drop too low.

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2 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Can't remember off the top of my head.  Borniteidentity was our resident Mk1 Avensis expert, but he don't come by this way no more.  If memory serves it's manageable as long as you don't let the oil level drop too low.

Weird one, that wasn't it? It seemed like he talked himself into believing he was some kind of AS AntiChrist with people ready to burn him to the ground when really, most people just seemed to largely enjoy his posts and wholehearted commitment to shiteing. 

Hope he's doing better away from forums for a bit.

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39 minutes ago, mercedade said:

Weird one, that wasn't it? It seemed like he talked himself into believing he was some kind of AS AntiChrist with people ready to burn him to the ground when really, most people just seemed to largely enjoy his posts and wholehearted commitment to shiteing. 

Hope he's doing better away from forums for a bit.

Good car posting from Bornite, his other posting, hmm...

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I didn't know where else to post this. 

What has happened to all the Citroen C-Crosser/Peugeot 4008/Mitsubishi Outlanders? They used to be everywhere, and I haven't seen any for ages. 

I can see why they were popular, pretend off-roading and 5+2 seats. Did they have some sort of built-in autobork?

Interesting collaboration between manufacturers, too. I wonder if PSA and Mitsubishi are still talking. 

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13 hours ago, brownnova said:

Knew my Merc needed a new tyre, as one in the back is pretty badly perished. But pumping them up yesterday I noticed they’ve all got pretty deep cracks close to the join with the wheel… all at about 10 years old.  Bugger that’ll be 4 new tyres then… 🙄

Yes, that’s why I had two old wheels and tyres to get rid of!

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On 1/7/2022 at 8:15 PM, Leyland Worldmaster said:

Seeing well respected Classic Cars at the Garage that looks after Alison does inspire confidence! 👍 👍 👍 

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Success! Alison was collected last Tuesday. These guys are great. At very short notice, they changed the brake pedal switch- which has only lasted 256,500 miles and 18 years. 

A snotty email has been sent to Audi. 

Also, the slightly* irritating way the footbrake pedal would become hard was sorted. 

This may have been a loose pipe. Anyway, it's fucking sorted. That's the main thing. 

I don't feel nervous about the upcoming MOT. Loads of bits have been done over the last few years, so should be a clean pass! 

😎 😎 😎 

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57 minutes ago, grogee said:

I didn't know where else to post this. 

What has happened to all the Citroen C-Crosser/Peugeot 4008/Mitsubishi Outlanders? They used to be everywhere, and I haven't seen any for ages. 

I can see why they were popular, pretend off-roading and 5+2 seats. Did they have some sort of built-in autobork?

Interesting collaboration between manufacturers, too. I wonder if PSA and Mitsubishi are still talking. 

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There's a Peugeot flavour one in the Croydon are. Never seen a Citroën flavour one before!

😎 

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18 hours ago, HarmonicCheeseburger said:

Any easy to check which, and I presume once it begins it's terminal or is it manageable? 

The 1ZZ engines have this issue, I had the same problem with both of my MR2s. The worst needed a litre every 300 miles or so. The oil return holes in the pistons are under sized so over time or with a lack of oil changes they get glommed up. Still run fine and I never had any emissions hassle at MOT time, but it’s an annoying fault.

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3 hours ago, grogee said:

I didn't know where else to post this. 

What has happened to all the Citroen C-Crosser/Peugeot 4008/Mitsubishi Outlanders? They used to be everywhere, and I haven't seen any for ages. 

I can see why they were popular, pretend off-roading and 5+2 seats. Did they have some sort of built-in autobork?

Interesting collaboration between manufacturers, too. I wonder if PSA and Mitsubishi are still talking. 

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There's a Peugeot one (I think?) up for sale in Kilmarnock. Or was.

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17 hours ago, grogee said:

 

Interesting collaboration between manufacturers, too. I wonder if PSA and Mitsubishi are still talking. 

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Mitsubishi, is now part of the Nissan Renault group, Nissan bought it a couple of years ago for it's phev tech.

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18mpg around town and 27 at 70mph if you are being *very* gentle, mine averaged out at 22, so they are not great, beautiful car though, how much mister? do you want a saab cabrio? :D

Edited as I've just checked the MOT history :(

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1 hour ago, Jazoli said:

18mpg around town and 27 at 70mph if you are being *very* gentle, mine averaged out at 22, so they are not great, beautiful car though, how much mister? do you want a saab cabrio? :D

Edited as I've just checked the MOT history :(

Ooh Ye think I'll give it a swerve 

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12 minutes ago, Jamie said:

Ooh Ye think I'll give it a swerve 

 

1 hour ago, Jazoli said:

18mpg around town and 27 at 70mph if you are being *very* gentle, mine averaged out at 22, so they are not great, beautiful car though, how much mister? do you want a saab cabrio? :D

Edited as I've just checked the MOT history :(

Corrosion mentioned on MOT's going back to 2006 😂 can't beat an old Jag for rot

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This will be the last in an occasional series of random van reviews as our duties are changing next week and I'm going back to a trolley duty. Can't come soon enough, our entire fleet of vans are fucked and I shan't miss them at all. 

I had a puncture last week,  they fixed that then on Tuesday my regular van FTP'd. We'll, almost, luckily it was still drivable enough to finish the duty. It has said 'risk of filter clogging' for about three weeks but our van manager said drive it til it breaks as we have no spare vans. Well it went into limp mode on Tuesday not surprisingly with the cooling fan staying on. 

The next day I get given this fine machine. 

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Several shades of pogweasel and not a straight panel anywhere. But I more interestingly, as soon as I start it up it displays these two messages. 

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Well I obviously can't do either of these things so I decided to carry on regardless. As soon as I drive out of the yard it is obvious that this too is in limp mode but at least with out the cooling fan on like the Peugeot. So I decide to carry on, we never leave a 30 zone so being in limp mode isn't too much of a hardship.

When I get back I told somebody in the office but didn't report it officially (if I fill a form out it has to be taken off the road until fixed) as they had told me how short of vans they are. But I said if they give it to me again I will report it because eventually it's going to stop, I assume it is DPF related, and I don't want to be in it when it does. I saw it out again today. It wouldn't surprise me if some our drivers don't even notice it's in limp mode. 

So the next day I get this. 

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You can see it uses the same basic bodyshell as our 11 and 12 reg Partners but it is quite different to drive. The biggest difference being the lack of a handbrake. There is a button to  switch it on and off but you don't feel any mechanical movement, just a brief buzz of a distant motor. But you don't actually need the button, it is fully automatic. It comes on when you switch off the engine and releases again as you drive off. This is better than a recent Merc Vito I had which had a foot operated handbrake with what looked like an ashtray to pull out to release it. 

Another thing of note is the absolutely tiny steering wheel with much higher gearing than our old Partners and no feeling at all. 

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Also, people used to laugh at Allegros quartic steering wheels. Well they weren't nearly as daft as this one. 

Then I had a little time to play with screen today. 

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That's really useful in a van. If I was in the least bit tech savvy I'd have loved to have filled it with pictures of shite off my phone but alas I haven't the foggiest. 

This sounds interesting. 

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But turns out not to be. 

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To my mind it says press it and all the tyres instantly go flat. Sounds like more fun. 

And as a parting shot, as this will be my last driving duty for some time, I changed the language to German before parking up. No pictures because that would be childish (I just forgot). 

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