Sir Drivealot

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  1. Very sad indeed.
  2. Should have done it in gloss on matt (Black).
  3. It's worth bearing in mind that there are still some drivers who think that the national limit on a single road is 50mph. It was many years ago and they were taught that, they never learned that it was raised many years back. As the driving test is not a periodic re-test (it should be) many people do not seek to educate themselves further than was needed at the time. I often saw folks (mainly older ones) religiously sticking to 50 in a 60 complaining that others were speeding. The use of a calibrated speedo on the ex-plod made it even worse for me as many thinking they were at 50 according to their car were actually at 45 or so on mine which was far less than i "wanted" to go. Then there is the stupid HGV issue. This stems from days of old where HGV's really couldn't stop well so the national limit on a single carriageway was 40mph until April of this year, again many drivers will take a while to get out of the habit of doing 40. The 40mph HGV issue was a real danger as it was so far from the car limit that people felt compelled to overtake, which was often a very dangerous decision to take. Hopefully the HGVs will now get up to 56 on the clear bits and not cause folks to get impatient behind them. It is good that it has been recognised as a danger and been fixed. HGV limiters are still an issue on dual carriageways You get the old "elephant race" when one starts an overtake on a hill and the hill ends and the HGV being overtaken then speeds up (on it's limiter or cruise control) to match the HGV overtaking it and before long there is a rolling road block in place as they both fight their speed limiters with too many vehicles behind for the overtaking HGV to slow down pull-back and pull back in. This is extreme inconsiderate driving on the part of the HGV driver, but NOT the one most motorists get mad at. The driver in the outside lane can't do much safely at this point but the driver being overtaken CAN. I spent years as passenger in HGVs, and one or two of our best drivers would ALWAYS back off a bit when another was overtaking on the dual carriageway to help speed up the move. They just knocked off the cruise control for 5 seconds and the other guy got easily past without blocking anyone. Most HGV drivers I worked with were not that good, many were terrible drivers, very arrogant and inconsiderate to smaller road users I just don't buy this idea that all HGV drivers are good drivers doing a difficult job and all car drivers are "out to get them". I once had to back an HGV down the side of The Corn Exchange in Cambridge because our agency driver couldn't do it after 15 mins of trying and I don't even have an HGV license, that's how bad some are.
  4. There may be. but a Sprinter or Motorhome doesn't fit in a Tesco's parking bay You have to take up 4 bays if you have any chance of getting out. Now my Vito on the other hand, or even a Transit would probably fit fine. Same goes. Ony an idiot would try and squeeze a motor-home into a single Tesco's bay, the results here showing the consequences of trying.
  5. Why the Fook would anyone take a motorhome into Tesco's carpark. I never even took the works Sprinter right into the Carpark when I went to Tesco's I'd leave it at the far end and walk down. Says a lot for the driver. He'll have a nice extra bit to pay on his premium next time for the sake of walking 50m.
  6. Spare a thought for the poor folks of Tubingen Germany (where I was last week) who had their cars vandalised by the weather, As the storm was in 2013 and these pics were last week it is clear that insurance didn't cover it for some. Poor C70 hardtop convertible battered by hail. Sorry for poor pics. And another unfortunate car.
  7. Ha ha ha ha Plod wheels! you can't even give them away... If all else fails... Post em to Mongo!
  8. Nope... Obviously styling is lost on me. It looks almost as bad as a Seat, and the back end is definitely a bit BMW. Quick though...
  9. It's impossible to factor in what has been spent on a car in any form of sale. Market value is market value, often new parts and better condition just make something sell faster. It's a bugger, basically every penny you spend on a middle-aged car is a write-off. If you think £18K of receipts on an R is bad, I have a folder with over £50K of receipts on an S40 yet it was still sold as scrap at one point. My V70R must be worth about £4K at best (probably not much more than £3K) and I've spent way more than that on it. The 220K miles on the clock bit is the killer even though engine, clutch, brakes, steering, suspension, injectors, alternator, AC compressor and PAS pump were all replaced less than 5,000 miles ago it makes little odds on the open market when the clocks say 220,000 miles. Unless you intend to keep a car for a long time they are money pits in certain circumstances.
  10. I'll let them go for three-quarters of a million if you want them, a substantial saving.
  11. I have a set of V70R badges for sale for a million pounds.
  12. +1 for leaving them off. There are no badges on my R any more and it looks so much better for it.
  13. There is a huge market for after-market or "pattern" parts, certainly enough to warrant someone duplicating a part at a factory in China where laws regarding intellectual property are ignored. The chances of the factory dumping their own product on the market without their own brand name on it is slim unless they had a production surplus and no customers. Where the engineering is precision engineering one can expect a performance or reliability deficit from cloned parts as the sole intention of the cloners is to make the item as cheap as possible to sell as cheap as possible. We often get mixed up between "clone" or fake components and "pirate" out-sourced products. Where a brand is not the manufacturer themselves of an end-user item it is very possible for that item to be dumped from the back-door of the actual producer (Like the Volvo DiCE). Where the item is an actual in-house brand-manufactured component it is much less likely to see it back-doored. The only "luck" a customer would have is if a the manufacturer for some reason outsourced the wholesale production of the component, but most are very reluctant to do that because you are giving away all the production secrets to a 3rd party that you don't have control over.
  14. I'd say this scenario was highly unlikely. Bosch in this case are NOT an end user product supplier, they are a component supplier, it would be odd that they 100% outsource the production of such components which form a HUGE market for them. It is not beyond the realms of normal practice for components to include other 3rd party items (such as Alps potentiometers in the throttle body) but wholesale (100%) outsourcing to a 3rd party when YOU are the component supplier is very risky business wise. Further study of the Bosch manufacturing structure would suggest that they have adequate capacity to produce such items in-house.
  15. The Mintex 1144 were petty good on the R... BUT... The idiots didn't put a slot in the pad and the pick-up on the discs was atrocious causing severe judder under light braking.