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Best mate contacted me earlier to say that he booked in his 2015 Focus mk3.5 into the local dealer as this happened.

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Local dealer diagnosed it as a faulty headlamp. £1200 to replace and a deposit needs to be given to order it in.

I had a quick Google and it appears TADIS. Shit design in the light where the wires break to a connector as it moves up and down work hardening it. Considering the designers knew this was move, it's crap there is no proper strain relief. Presumably his being a petrol ST is worse as it'll be going up/down more from the hard suspension.

These guys sell a made up replacement harness for £9. Looks like I'll be one fixing it for him.

https://adaptivefix.com/guide/

He was livid that a Ford dealer wouldn't fix the light and would replace it. I tried to explain that's how they work. A dealer has comeback to Ford if a new light fails again whereas a repair they won't.

Still ridiculous really.

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On 11/18/2022 at 12:47 PM, MrGTI6 said:

FFS!!! Failed my Mod 1 again this morning. It was going great right up until the very final section (hazard avoidance). This is where you have to accelerate to 50kph through a speed trap then swerve between two cones immediately afterwards.

Got up to the target speed no problem this time on both the emergency stop and hazard avoidance, but on the latter I managed to clip the inside cone with the outside of my left foot. Feeling so pissed off with myself, not least for wasting another day's holiday. I wasn't even feeling particularly nervous this time round, and the weather/conditions couldn't have been better.

Afterwards, I found out up until that point I had one minor for doing one of my figure-of-8s a bit wide. 

Third time lucky as the saying goes. At this point perhaps I should change my username to Maureen...

I am relieved to say that I passed the Mod 1 on my third attempt! Going to celebrate with a Burger King on the way home. 

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7 hours ago, andyberg said:

My last day as a coach driver. And look at the quality* vehicle they have given me. My designated coach has already been reallocated 🙄

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Not as bad as what South Gloucestershire Bus Company often chucks on to the streets!

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49 minutes ago, Eyersey1234 said:

What are the Bovas like to drive?

I don't like them. You sit too close to the windscreen, and this one has drum rear brakes so needs a good shove on the pedal to stop it. Engines are good tho, lots of power. But as with all 20 year old coaches, they are getting a bit tired now. The company I worked for have also got two Tri axle Bovas, apparently the first two in the country when Tri axles became legal. They have a lorry gearbox with a manual 4 over 4. 

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Not as bad as what South Gloucestershire Bus Company often chucks on to the streets!

Just realised they sold out in late 2019 to Stagecoach! Shame, they had some right old interesting shit heaps.

E.g. I used to catch this regularly until I moved in early 2020

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58 minutes ago, andyberg said:

I don't like them. You sit too close to the windscreen, and this one has drum rear brakes so needs a good shove on the pedal to stop it. Engines are good tho, lots of power. But as with all 20 year old coaches, they are getting a bit tired now. The company I worked for have also got two Tri axle Bovas, apparently the first two in the country when Tri axles became legal. They have a lorry gearbox with a manual 4 over 4. 

We don't operate Bovas, our coaches are Volvos, Scania or a couple of Mercedes Tourismos, Tourismos are lovely to drive

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4 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

I really am going to have to get the Triumph up and running. 

Perhaps we should organise a run for everybody with an exempt, but not compliant, vehicle to descend on London on the 30th of August and drive around all day with the choke out. 

Am I being petty? Okay, perhaps not with the choke out. 

 

Edit: just checked the calender, it comes in on the Tuesday after the August Bank Holiday. 

So, New proposal. Bank Holiday Monday everybody with a non compliant car come and drive around the outer area whilst they can and cause gridlock. The following weekend (haven't decided wether it should be Saturday or Sunday yet) all bring our exempt vehicles along as previously proposed. 

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6 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

Move away? I would much rather be unemployed and living in a caravan on an island off Scotland than doing that.

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1 hour ago, Eyersey1234 said:

We don't operate Bovas, our coaches are Volvos, Scania or a couple of Mercedes Tourismos, Tourismos are lovely to drive

My old boss loves irizars, specs them with a DAF engine 🙄. They look nice but are built down to a budget. Never driven a tourismo. I used to like the old Volvo B10M's and I would love to drive a Leyland national again.

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6 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

Shit position to be in but 3 top cars there, not sure about a Westfield.

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7 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

when so many are against it i don't really get why he's going through with it. well, i get it but you know what I mean- he's just hurting his constituents.

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11 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

They tried to enforce a ULEZ in Newcastle. There must have been enough opposition that it's now only limited to commercial vehicles. At the current pace I'll be long gone from where I'm living now before it would reach these parts of town fortunately.

Until then I guess there will only be more ulez refugees waiting to be saved from the crusher.

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20 hours ago, wesacosa said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63754724

looks like that's the end of my Hobby. Anyone want to buy an XM, Favorit, Panda or Westfield :(

 

68 percent of people polled againt it but nothing will stop Khan swelling his coffers 

It might signal the end of those particular cars, but grab some over 40 year old vehicles and stick two fingers to the ULEZ.

Its a truly ridiculous scheme. Glad to live in the sticks, but I do fear it’s only a matter of time before the whole country starts to go this way.

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29 minutes ago, brownnova said:

It might signal the end of those particular cars, but grab some over 40 year old vehicles and stick two fingers to the ULEZ.

Its a truly ridiculous scheme. Glad to live in the sticks, but I do fear it’s only a matter of time before the whole country starts to go this way.

once other greedy councils see Khan has got away with it.  I don't have a huge problem with low emission zone in central London as I wouldn't drive any car there but the expansion to the M25 is somewhere between a money grabbing scheme or a vanity project for a terrible politician 

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