lesapandre Posted February 7 Share Posted February 7 I'm off to Europe again in the next couple of weeks I hope with MB1241989 - Last summers trip got over 7000 views so somebody must have enjoyed my distress. So here is a bit more. In France last summer the car: went in a ditch up to axles and was pulled out by a tractor); had two punctures including shredding a tyre and a new tyre; had a leaking fuel pump (which involved having new pipework, pump and filter - spending a month at French garage waiting for parts; had it's air filter, power steering fluid and filter changed by me at the side of the road (I used some kind of agricultural pump from an 'Agrial' farm supplies shop to get the old fluid out). Apart from that I had to walk 5 miles in 38° from the garage; drive a replacement van which promptly boiled dry and lost its brakes simultaneously on a county road; rapidly improve my French vocabulary to sort out the garage; work out how to use the Autodoc app (I got parts delivered to the local cafe); got multiple bites on the arm from a cloud of horseflys requiring antibiotics (that was when the van broke down); travel on two French school buses (they double as public transport in France); spend a night in a very unwelcoming AirB&B - the lady did not like the look of me at all; get a very strange reaction at local tyre-sales depot (I think I witnessed the staff pinching tyres - which made them very hostile); have a filling fall out requiring copious mouthwash until I got home; an unscheduled trip on Eurostar and getting a heavy frisking at the Gare du Nord (note to self - don't travel in camouflage clothing). All-in all pretty costly but interesting. I met some nice people and got through it OK. Was quite 'fun'. Here is the culprit enjoying the recent snow. I mean what can go wrong....😂 Leyland Worldmaster, CreepingJesus, mk2_craig and 19 others 22 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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