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    I've been driving a Discovery 4 for the last while but decided I really don't need it, so test drove a Mini Cooper S this morning and had a blast. Will hopefully get it by the end of the week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandiloquence View Post
    Kind of goes with the general mindset and driving standards I see on the roads these days.
    I often wonder about this as I have very different experiences depending on the car I'm in. If I'm in our Smart people tend to be a lot more aggressive, don't want to let me in at junctions, etc., while if I'm in the 911 people generally either tend to give me space, or men in fast cars like to follow me, but rarely overtake even if I'm driving slowly. The best experience of all is in the classic 911 as majority of people smile, wave, let me in at junctions, etc. It's fantastic! Back when I had an Audi RS4 young blokes always wanted to race me...

    Oh, women and children always tend to respond to the classics. Children a lot more to the 911 while women used to absolutely love my old Lotus Elan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardShark View Post
    Are there any BMW independent specialists your way? Or even any other reputable garage? I'd bet you'd be able to have that replaced for a chunk less than the dealer quote.
    Thanks for the advice. The first independent I tried said they would not do it, as it is a "specialist job". I have just emailed a couple of other independents; fingers crossed.

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    Where are you in the UK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adigra View Post
    If I'm in our Smart people tend to be a lot more aggressive, don't want to let me in at junctions, etc., while if I'm in the 911 people generally either tend to give me space
    Exactly why we sold our Smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatters View Post
    I drive a BMW 320d Touring, bought new in 2007. Very boring compared to some of the cars here.

    Unfortunately the ABS Pump (the DSC in BMW parlance) has packed in, and I have been quoted £2600 by the dealer to replace it; this is probably more than the car is worth. So I am in a dilemma as to whether to cough this up, or look around for a new car. We were hoping to not have to do this until a few years time, when we retire. My wife is not keen on the latest BMW models - the body shape is far too masculine, and what have they done to the front grill?

    We're starting to think that we should just bite the bullet and get the 320 fixed - better the devil you know than one you don't. Neither us are into cars, and wouldn't have much of a clue when it comes to buying a new one. Our knowledge amounts to watching cars pass by and saying "I like that one", or "that looks horrible".
    https://www.ecutesting.com/common-fa...f0-5df1-fault/

    I remember loads of people on the BMW forum getting a local mechanic to take the unit off and have it refurbished by the above with no issues and a lot of money saved.


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    Wife loves her new toy.





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    Bit rough around the edges but will be nice to smoke about in this for a little while:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Where are you in the UK?
    Gloucestershire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Bit rough around the edges but will be nice to smoke about in this for a little while:

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    The perfect thing to smoke around in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatters View Post
    Gloucestershire.
    A quick search brought this: https://www.pscautocentre.co.uk/page...mot-cheltenham

    When I was confronted with a similar problem (= finding an independent for my BMW) I asked on this forum and was given addresses from my area (extended area, but still, great address)
    Maybe someone reasonably local can vouch for the one I found, or name others...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Thanks, but I spoke to them last week and they wonít do it, says it needs a specialist, which is what I thought they were. Iíve got a few other leads to follow before I resort to the official dealer.

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    Picked this up yesterday, love it so far.

    3 door manual with performance pack.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    Love that!
    Thanks. 🍻
    Loving it, great to be back in a sports car again.

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    I've accidently booked mine in for a significant performance upgrade , stroke of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by adigra View Post
    I often wonder about this as I have very different experiences depending on the car I'm in. If I'm in our Smart people tend to be a lot more aggressive, don't want to let me in at junctions, etc., while if I'm in the 911 people generally either tend to give me space, or men in fast cars like to follow me, but rarely overtake even if I'm driving slowly. The best experience of all is in the classic 911 as majority of people smile, wave, let me in at junctions, etc. It's fantastic! Back when I had an Audi RS4 young blokes always wanted to race me...

    Oh, women and children always tend to respond to the classics. Children a lot more to the 911 while women used to absolutely love my old Lotus Elan.
    Agree with the Smart, when Iím in it drivers tend to assume I donít like cars / canít drive and are aggressive.

    Amusingly when I used to commute back from the station once the straight roads became twisty, they werenít keeping up. We love the 0.9t 453, so much more fun than we expected.

    Would get the EQ if the range was higher, wife commute is 95% of range, so anxiety is too great there!


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    We are picking this up next week. Quite excited about a first go at EV motoring. We do a lot of short (less than 5 mile) journeys now and I hate doing that to an engine. I am hoping that this and the C63s will meet all our needs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    Agree with the Smart, when Iím in it drivers tend to assume I donít like cars / canít drive and are aggressive.

    Amusingly when I used to commute back from the station once the straight roads became twisty, they werenít keeping up. We love the 0.9t 453, so much more fun than we expected.

    Would get the EQ if the range was higher, wife commute is 95% of range, so anxiety is too great there!


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    I love our Smart. We live in a small town, so for local duties it's incredible. Ours is the lowly 70bhp mk2, but I can't say I ever really feel it should have more power.

    Other men are really strange/funny about it. When we got it, it just made perfect sense as a perfect runabout, but a lot of men, especially at my gym, seem to have an existential crisis considering how it would impact their egos to drive one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveya. View Post
    I've accidently booked mine in for a significant performance upgrade , stroke of luck

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    AJ30 or LS3?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynam0humm View Post
    AJ30 or LS3?

    Nothing that fancy

    BBR 185GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveya. View Post
    Nothing that fancy

    BBR 185GT

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    Sweet, I'll be interested your opinion on it. I've got the Meister R's fitted with polybushes and ARB's next, then It'll be a manifold and remap.

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    Just chopped in the 430d for this. I know sheís not as exotic as a lot of the cars on here but sheís a darn sight more fun than the derv!





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    That is a beautiful front end, love it!

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    I’ve been looking at that Giulia (and the other similar spec Giulia’s that dealer has) online this week! I’d love to know how you get on with it; I’m seriously thinking of swapping my MK7.5 Golf GTi for one.

    I sat in a couple yesterday which helped me decide that if I do change, it has to be a Veloce, but I’m undecided if I should wait and aim for a MY20 facelift model for the improved interior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    Picked this up yesterday, love it so far.

    3 door manual with performance pack.

    I like that. The correct number of doors for a fast Golf as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobM View Post
    I’ve been looking at that Giulia (and the other similar spec Giulia’s that dealer has) online this week! I’d love to know how you get on with it; I’m seriously thinking of swapping my MK7.5 Golf GTi for one.

    I sat in a couple yesterday which helped me decide that if I do change, it has to be a Veloce, but I’m undecided if I should wait and aim for a MY20 facelift model for the improved interior.
    Very nice cars and def a drivers car. Interior felt cheap though

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Very nice cars and def a drivers car. Interior felt cheap though
    Whilst there are deffo some quality gaps between this and the 430 (15 plate) - the infotainment controller and some scratch plastics down at foot level- itís a country mile above what I was expecting.

    This ones a q2 with the lsd, variable dampers etc and leather dash, which isnít standard. Maybe thatís lifted it a notch.
    Certainly not rattly or poorly screwed together.

    Canít see it being a patch on the more recent Germans.

    However, it does make me smile more than the beemer ever did!


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    I think these are good value at the moment - I was after a good E92 M3 but after driving the F82, on balance I preferred the M4

    it's a pre LCI model but has low miles, FBMWSH and the factory extras that I wanted

    but to tell you the truth, I still appreciate my E92 35D for certain journeys





    needs a clean, but it's a colour, Silverstone Blue ll, that hides the dirt well

    very similar colour to the Bluewater E92

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Bit rough around the edges but will be nice to smoke about in this for a little while:

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    Love this, Top bargeing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
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    I'd be tempted to edit that when dirty to "He'll Know" and see how long before she noticed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Pox View Post
    I'd be tempted to edit that when dirty to "He'll Know" and see how long before she noticed...
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynam0humm View Post
    Sweet, I'll be interested your opinion on it. I've got the Meister R's fitted with polybushes and ARB's next, then It'll be a manifold and remap.
    I'll take that!

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    I got this X6 M50d a couple of weeks ago. Stonking engine (3L straight 6 diesel with 4 x turbos) and about 15K worth of options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    By far the best colour for these. Class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveya. View Post
    I'll take that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Bit rough around the edges but will be nice to smoke about in this for a little while:

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    Love it- individual, cool asÖÖ

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmkid View Post
    Love it- individual, cool asÖÖ
    Sourced one for my dad last year. Was never a fan before he got his. But having driven it, I fell in love. The closest thing I can relate to is my old yellow gold 1803. Tacky as hell, battered to buggary but wearing it, I feel like the love child of George Hamilton and Bruno Mars.
    Thatís how driving this car makes you feel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Sourced one for my dad last year. Was never a fan before he got his. But having driven it, I fell in love. The closest thing I can relate to is my old yellow gold 1803. Tacky as hell, battered to buggary but wearing it, I feel like the love child of George Hamilton and Bruno Mars.
    Thatís how driving this car makes you feel!

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    That is beautiful! Iíve been looking at various cars recently, now Iím looking at bentleys.


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    Thatís some seriously good paintwork!

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    Now this happened!

    Bloody idiot came out of a side road racing the oncoming traffic (to turn right) and wallop!

    Sad times




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    Bloody hell Japester, you barely got five trouble-free days ownership, I can only imagine your disappointment It's a lovely car, I am a big fan of the Giulia. Looks like an expensive repair job though, I hope the idiot has good cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Sourced one for my dad last year. Was never a fan before he got his. But having driven it, I fell in love. The closest thing I can relate to is my old yellow gold 1803. Tacky as hell, battered to buggary but wearing it, I feel like the love child of George Hamilton and Bruno Mars.
    Thatís how driving this car makes you feel!

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    Loving that.
    Compulsory sun tan needed and a couple of brandy's before getting behind the wheel in one of those.
    Lovely old skool vibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japester View Post
    Just chopped in the 430d for this. I know sheís not as exotic as a lot of the cars on here but sheís a darn sight more fun than the derv!





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    Quote Originally Posted by mondie View Post
    Bloody hell Japester, you barely got five trouble-free days ownership, I can only imagine your disappointment It's a lovely car, I am a big fan of the Giulia. Looks like an expensive repair job though, I hope the idiot has good cover.
    Might just be wing, bumper, headlight (maybe wheel and bearing as it took the impact too).

    Third party has accepted full liability so his insurance are dealing.

    Hopefully the car will be taken away soon and brought back good as new. Hopefully itíll be like a second new car day


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    Been driving both of these a lot lately since they came back from Porsche. Did 200 miles in the 930 yesterday going to Whitby with the Porsche Club, which was fantastic. Both cars needed a thorough wash, so spent 3 hours today giving them some care.

    I get asked a lot why I'd have two Turbos, but they are so different, aside from a lack of practicality which they share, there is very little overlap. There is a definite lineage, but it's hard to believe that there is only 17 years between them.

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    981 had a minor service today, £600, with an optional £1,300 of thing Porsche recommend! My local mechanic went over it with a fine toothed comb last month, so itís all superficial.

    The worst was asking £35 to remove a fault (that I never see) that the car recorded when the key fob battery was low. So having plugged it into a machine to read faults, rather than clicking to clear the only fault, they remove the machine to ask me to pay for them to plug it back in again & click on clear....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    981 had a minor service today, £600, with an optional £1,300 of thing Porsche recommend! My local mechanic went over it with a fine toothed comb last month, so it’s all superficial.

    The worst was asking £35 to remove a fault (that I never see) that the car recorded when the key fob battery was low. So having plugged it into a machine to read faults, rather than clicking to clear the only fault, they remove the machine to ask me to pay for them to plug it back in again & click on clear....


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    The steering wheel horn switch failed on my old Cayman 987.2 under OPC warranty. £2940 to fix!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    981 had a minor service today, £600, with an optional £1,300 of thing Porsche recommend! My local mechanic went over it with a fine toothed comb last month, so itís all superficial.

    The worst was asking £35 to remove a fault (that I never see) that the car recorded when the key fob battery was low. So having plugged it into a machine to read faults, rather than clicking to clear the only fault, they remove the machine to ask me to pay for them to plug it back in again & click on clear....


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    Could write a book on the usual tricks my OPC pulls - air con regas when it doesnít need it , brake fluid change again when it doesnít need it , blocked drains . Ruins the ownership of the brand.

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    Owned for nearly a year now a few issues but the biggest one being range anxiety tax advantages great for business but going back to petrol when subsidies stop

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