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The past weekend myself and a friend drove down to the NEC for the Classic car show. My Civic was due for MOT so I rented a car, test station couldn't do the test in the end due to problems on there end...but I still opted to keep the rental for fun. Ended up chatting at the desk when I collected it and managed to blag an upgrade for very little, so I ended up with...

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A CLA 180 AMG-SPORT-BLACK-SERIES-EDTION-SPORT-AMG or something along that lines. I have to say the engine it pitiful and having 90 gears felt pointless for it's 135bhp. The seats are also rather stiff making the trip a but uncomfortable after a long slog of driving(Heated seats did help for that though). The thing handles well though, nice to have DAB radio and the boot is bloody massive! I'm sure the more powerful ones are better. 

 

Anyway, down at the show we met up with @rantingYoof and had a good look around, as well as getting a ride in a 90's Bentley Conti R with an ex-Sultan of Brunei engine, with some silly power! 

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4 people crammed inside a 5 and a half metre long, 2 and a half ton (before people)  and it fucking off at a ludicrous speed! It's utterly hilarious how effortlessly it went about! 😂

As well as the show, of course did some shopping..

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Another bloody fantastic trip down as always! 

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1 hour ago, 17-Coffees said:

Anyway, down at the show we met up with @rantingYoof and had a good look around, as well as getting a ride in a 90's Bentley Conti R with an ex-Sultan of Brunei engine, with some silly power!

4 people crammed inside a 5 and a half metre long, 2 and a half ton (before people)  and it fucking off at a ludicrous speed! It's utterly hilarious how effortlessly it went about! 😂

 

About 600hp and over 1000nm of torque. Through a four speed auto (reinforced obvs). It was bloody insane and brilliant.

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10 hours ago, rantingYoof said:

About 600hp and over 1000nm of torque. Through a four speed auto (reinforced obvs). It was bloody insane and brilliant.

Myself and @gm, watched that Bentley, take off out of the exit and down the access road on one of its trips out.  Growling as it took off.

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Received The V70's new loadspace mat today, and fitted it in the car park of my local Sainsbury's on the way home from work. It's of almost equal joy as the floor mats (bought it from the same eBay seller), although it would fit even better if the seatbelts for the rear-facing kid's seats weren't in the way:

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Incidentally, that was emptiest the back of the car had been since I bought it. It was full of stuff again within minutes of that photo being taken 😅

 

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7 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

I've had some luck for a change. And the tire seems undamaged which is nice as it is new.

And it's a solid metal stick so it would cause some damage.

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They look serious no-nonsense tyres, what make are they? They make the all seasons I put on the van yesterday look like something from a Lego kit!

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Just now, SiC said:

Don't think they're legal in the UK unless up in deepest, darkest Scotland during their deepest and darkest winters.

Oh no deffo not with those studs on them, I'd leave the M1 in even more of a hotchpot mess than it already is if I went blasting down it, I'm just curious, they have a really deep tread so in theory will probably never wear out.

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6 minutes ago, Popsicle said:

They look serious no-nonsense tyres, what make are they? They make the all seasons I put on the van yesterday look like something from a Lego kit!

Hankook Winter Pike, and they are completely normal Scandinavian winter tires. And all-season tires here are not an option and not sure if they are even legal to use.

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1 minute ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

Hankook Winter Pike, and they are completely normal Scandinavian winter tires. And all-season tires here are not an option and not sure if they are even legal.

Not surprising with the winter conditions you guys get, for me the all seasons are a sensible compromise. I presume its compulsory for winter/studded tyres during winter in Norway?

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15 minutes ago, Popsicle said:

Not surprising with the winter conditions you guys get, for me the all seasons are a sensible compromise. I presume its compulsory for winter/studded tyres during winter in Norway?

The regulations here are a bit strange, winter tires are not required by law in winter, but you must have tires according to the conditions. And driving on summer tires in winter conditions results in the driver's license being confiscated. And an accident with summer tires in winter can cause problems with the insurance. So it's best to change to winter tires, but there are always some who don't.

And studded tires are the absolute best, they give a very good grip on ice so I will never drive without studded tires.

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The concept of studded winter tyres over here would be lost anyway on the idiots who don't seem to know how to drive in ice - thrashing it downhill with their summer racing slicks that are lucky to have 3mm on them. If they had them fitted they'd use them all year round and destroy the roads in the summer 😩

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9 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

The concept of studded winter tyres over here would be lost anyway on the idiots who don't seem to know how to drive in ice - thrashing it downhill with their summer racing slicks that are lucky to have 3mm on them. If they had them fitted they'd use them all year round and destroy the roads in the summer 😩

People are not that much better here and some drive all year round on studless winter tires even though the rubber in these is not designed for summer temperatures. There is talk of making it illigal but nothing ever happens.

Another unusual thing here, since almost everyone has 2 sets of wheels for their cars, one with summer tires and one with winter tires and since people are getting lazier, it is common that companies that offer storage and changing of wheels for people exist.  In cities/towns, these can be large warehouses filled only with people's wheels.

And since most people only change to winter wheels when the winter has come, it is complete chaos at these companies for a period in late autumn/early winter and people sitting in tire queues with 8 hour waiting times is not unusual. And I quickly found the picture below of what is supposed to be a tire queue in Norway to show the madness.

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20 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

I've had some luck for a change. And the tire seems undamaged which is nice as it is new.

And it's a solid metal stick so it would cause some damage.

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Removed this metal thing from the car today and it is clear that it has entered from the front and it is amazing how lucky I was that it did not go into the tire.

But I wonder what this is?

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The space saver on my Legend is nicer than most of the alloys I had on my cars in the 90s, it's the little details like a lightweight one off cast Space saver wheel just for the Legend/RL shows how much effort they put into a car which pretty much failed to sell in every market.

 

 

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For those who know not of my ongoing exhaustion I shall recap. Mate borrowed my Berlingo and returned it with a big old blow. H had a look and diagnosed a fucked back box. Bought one crawled under and spotted the t was fine just loose. Tightened it which highlighted the mid section was fucked. Swapped back box for mid section at the factors fitted that though old still fine back box never despite much fuckabout mated to new mid section as well as it did the crusty old one. Gave up on the bastard and been resigned to driving about with a rattle and a slight blow till today.

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Twats just sheared off the down pipe and is now strapped to the roof whilst i drive home sounding like a crackle tune cunt.

Fucksticks.

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21 hours ago, SiC said:

Don't think studded are legal in the UK unless up in deepest, darkest Scotland during their deepest and darkest winters.

Not sure about the legalities but I assume not as never seen them up here in deepest, darkest Scotland.

I have heard someone driving on dry tarmac with studded tyres once and it was not pretty, terrible noise that sounded like it would wreck them in short order.  I think they're only good if you have a long period where the roads are absolutely covered like in Scandinavia, round here it's often covered for a day then it's ploughed and gritted away on the main roads at least. 

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On 14/11/2023 at 19:33, stuboy said:

Whilst awaiting in autoshite corridor to hq I remembered I took a picture of a David brown car, is it a good one? 

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You went to liminal space, then saw a Aston Martin Vantage AMR.
Not a bad day, all in all. 

The 04 plate is a red herring; it's a retained plate put on a much later car (2019) - a second gen Vantage on the much newer AM6 platform. 
Verdict from people with more money than me (90% of this forum) is that it's fast but too expensive. 

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7 hours ago, Honey Badger said:

The space saver on my Legend is nicer than most of the alloys I had on my cars in the 90s, it's the little details like a lightweight one off cast Space saver wheel just for the Legend/RL shows how much effort they put into a car which pretty much failed to sell in every market.

 

 

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That's nice. Mine 2000 one had a full size unmatching alloy under the boot floor. I much prefer that one. 

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4 hours ago, grogee said:

That's nice. Mine 2000 one had a full size unmatching alloy under the boot floor. I much prefer that one. 

It was part of Hondas weight saving programme along with Carbon Fibre propshaft and pressure formed hollow aluminium subframes.

I'm not sure it has made much difference as it still weighs 1850kgs, the SH-AWD adds a lot of weight vs the older FWD Legend.

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Ordered a pair of new front shocks for the Z4 today, from Autodoc as they were by far the cheapest once again.  Worked out about the same price as buying two secondhand struts off eBay - a bit more kerfuffle as I'll need to swap over the springs and top mounts but still probably a better bet than used parts of unknown mileage.  Also ordered a pair of drop links - I'm not sure whether or not the ones on the car at the moment are knackered but chances are I'll knacker one or both taking them off so for the sake of a tenner it made sense to replace them.

Driving it home from work today in the dark and pissing rain really made me notice how shit the dipped beam headlights are.  I can see a set of Osram Nightbreakers in the car's very near future.  Oddly main beam, which uses the same bulbs, is pretty decent.  I'm also going to have to replace the front discs at some point as I'm getting a definite judder through the pedal, but that can wait for a bit - it'll probably lessen once the car has decent front shocks anyway.

The steering is behaving a lot better now - I assume that the "sticky" thing is something that develops on longer trips.  Reading up on it it can also be caused by high temperatures, and I did have the heater cranked up rather high on the run back from Devon.  It's something I'll look at at some point - probably in the spring - but it's not something that's going to need imminent attention as I initially thought it would, so that's good.

The engine light seems to manage to stay off for 20 or so miles when I turn it off with the code reader - so that'll be long enough to get through the MOT!  The codes that are coming up are mainly related to misfiring - I might treat it to a set of plugs and see if that helps, but that may have to wait as the plugs aren't cheap.  It only misfires noticeably for the first few seconds after a cold start anyway - the engine is smooth as anything when up to temperature.

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