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They told me I had the last one when I got it changed  :-)

 

That screen I think is only couple of years old. It went with a stress crack last time I think in the bottom right corner. 

 

 

It's broken with a stress crack in the bottom right hand corner!

 

Then hope it doesn't split like mine did on the laguna that very night!

 

 

They tell me that it will come with a lifetime guarantee...

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Chap turned up this morning at the fair wife's office with a Vel Satis windscreen,

but didn't fit it as apparently it was too cold for the adhesive to cure.

Fair enough I suppose, he'll be back in the morning.

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I reckon the flex of a big car is what causes it.

 

Benefit is that you get a nice clear windscreen

The clear is the best, I had a month of it, now the 406 is 700% worse than the old gooner screen!

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Don't forget to get brand new wipers!

 

 

Yeah, the woman on the phone tried to flog me a pair of quality* Bosch wipers for £29.50 in case 'my old ones scratched the new screen'.

 

I told her they were barely a fortnight old and had cost a whole lot more than £30.

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Chap turned up this morning at the fair wife's office with a Vel Satis windscreen,

but didn't fit it as apparently it was too cold for the adhesive to cure.

Fair enough I suppose, he'll be back in the morning.

Presumably it was a lot warmer earlier in the morning when 'chapo' departed from base

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In other exciting (& generally unreported on here) news.

I appreciate that you all hate Volkswagens, but I've had mine since 1996 and last week it failed its MOT on a rotten front beam.

In fairness it was forty years old and I've been aware of its state for a couple of years.

 

Anyhoo, took it off, and beat it to death with a big hammer...

 

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And fitted a brand new one from Creative Engineering

 

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Roll on the next forty years.

 

 

 

 

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The rest of the underneath looks nice and solid.

 

 

Thank you. It bloody well should considering what's been spent on it.

 

Although 'these things go forever'* - I've had to replace the rear apron, both rear corners, rear arches, inner and outer sills both sides, front arches/cab steps/deformation panel, front panel, front bumper, both cab doors, the sliding door, the engine and now the front beam.

The gearbox, back bumper, hatch and engine lid are still original.

And will be in need of attention over the next few years.

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Thank you. It bloody well should considering what's been spent on it.

 

Although 'these things go forever'* - I've had to replace the rear apron, both rear corners, rear arches, inner and outer sills both sides, front arches/cab steps/deformation panel, front panel, front bumper, both cab doors, the sliding door, the engine and now the front beam.

The gearbox, back bumper, hatch and engine lid are still original.

And will be in need of attention over the next few years.

They are a labour of love at the best of times, mine was solid (ish) underneath but it was still a constant battle to keep it clean and tidy. Worth it though.

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So the bay passed its MOT and has been parked up again until I put it back on the road at the beginning of April.

 

The Vel Satis on the other hand brought the fair wife safely home from work, she pottered into the kitchen and announced, 'It's got the full set of warning lights on tonight'. Sure enough, an EML & a EPB.

I deleted the regular P0420 - dodgy O2 sensor, but my scanner can't even see the EPB codes, so yesterday morning I drove her to work and took the VS round to my tame renner licker, who once again diagnosed 204 - callipers fucked - codes deleted.

I am reluctant to spend anything at the mo, because the 944 will also be back on the road in April and the VS will either be put on a back burner until next winter or sold/raffled.

Decisions, decisions...

To keep an old bus with just a couple of minor (yet fucking irritating) faults or to get rid and jump into the unknown next winter?

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Updates and a Peugeot.

 

Renault specialist can't fit me in until 1st April, luckily this is exactly the same date as the 944 is booked in elsewhere.

Looks like I'll have to run both the VS and the 944 in April whilst the Porsche gets the hang of being reliable again.

 

In other exciting news, I took my mother's 107 to a dealer this morning for a recall on the back windows, which apparently fly out without warning.

Despite 18,500 miles on a 13 plate, the windows apparently need repair, so I'm in it again next week. What an odd, completely torque free, twitchy little car it is. I was rattling away from a junction, about 35 ish thinking, 'this really isn't too bad' when I realised that I was still in second gear. I'm the sort of bloke who likes to drop into top at about twenty five and ride a wave of torks - (Porsche excepted).

But bugger me, the little Peugeot loves to stick in its first three ratios, which presumably leave the other two for the motorway. 

Very odd and reinforces nicely my dislike of small cars - front pantograph wiper was interesting though.

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Since the EPB warning light came on last week, the fair wife has been using the XJ8 for her commute & I have been pottering about in the Vel Satis.

 

In a curious turn of events, the EPB light has gone out today - which is good.

But the fair wife reports a complete lack of anything from the Jaguar on the way home this evening - which is not good.

No power, slowing down and waiting for lorries to pass her on the inside so that she could get to the hard shoulder.

Once there, whilst looking for her phone, the car apparently set off like a rocket!

Apparently she never took it out of drive, never tried to restart it, since the engine never apparently stopped,

And apparently never took her foot off the accelerator since it took off at speed?

I am unsure what happened here & I'm guessing that she didn't use the brakes to stop it?

Asking for more information at the moment simply results in, 'you make me drive a death trap etc.'

Any ideas folks?

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My man at the Jaguar specialist dismisses transmission fault immediately, apparently if there's fault it either selects third and stays there or it becomes a box full of neutrals. He suggested a blocked secondary air something, which he'll clean/show me how to clean while I wait and, I am loathe to print this where it may one day be stumbled upon, 'operator error' by the fair wife.

Looks like the Jaaaaag will be here for a little while longer then.

It is however SORN'd for April as I took the Porsche for a pre summer use service this morning - I have to admit to having forgotten what a tight, sharp steering, little go-kart that is, after all the wallowing buses I've been driving recently.

The Vel Satis is of course playing silly buggers again, this morning's error code was for ESP. Although switching it off and on again has sorted that.

It's having all of its codes erased tomorrow and the EPB reset with new discs.

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Updates and a Peugeot.

 

Renault specialist can't fit me in until 1st April, luckily this is exactly the same date as the 944 is booked in elsewhere.

Looks like I'll have to run both the VS and the 944 in April whilst the Porsche gets the hang of being reliable again.

 

In other exciting news, I took my mother's 107 to a dealer this morning for a recall on the back windows, which apparently fly out without warning.

Despite 18,500 miles on a 13 plate, the windows apparently need repair, so I'm in it again next week. What an odd, completely torque free, twitchy little car it is. I was rattling away from a junction, about 35 ish thinking, 'this really isn't too bad' when I realised that I was still in second gear. I'm the sort of bloke who likes to drop into top at about twenty five and ride a wave of torks - (Porsche excepted).

But bugger me, the little Peugeot loves to stick in its first three ratios, which presumably leave the other two for the motorway.

Very odd and reinforces nicely my dislike of small cars - front pantograph wiper was interesting though.

I've stalled and occasionally still do stall the zx loads for this exact reason, my last 5 cars I've been up to 10mph just by lifting off the clutch! It's odd needing a bit of gas as well

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Vel Satis bodged - shock horror!

 

Well, who'd have ever thought it, at some point in its life, the VS has been Royally bodged with rear discs from a different type of motor car.

This could explain some of the issues with the fucking EPB, couldn't it.

Anywhoo, not only were the wrong discs fitted, but also the wrong wheel nuts, M12's instead of the correct M14's.

My new Renner licker has gone practically hysterical, 'it's a big heavy car with teeny tiny nuts'.

He has urged me to sue the previous owner to within an inch of their life.

I've had a quick word with me old mucker Gerrard Breadvan who's agreed to do me a pro bonio and moreover...

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