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>> No. 4253 Anonymous
18th February 2019
Monday 6:32 pm
4253 Car and bike official weekend thread but also weekdays
Okay might as well try and be polite and keep the oil out of the other megathreads.

Welcome to the motor one. In an attempt to actually get people to post in it, tell me about the car you really want and could feasibly afford. Right now I'm really thinking a lot about a big square 80s Merc as we've been talking about them. Even a Lada would be fun as fuck.
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>> No. 4300 Anonymous
9th March 2019
Saturday 4:34 pm
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Or put in the neutral and rev the engine a bit. Which is silly just as well.
>> No. 4301 Anonymous
9th March 2019
Saturday 10:20 pm
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That grille forces me to see it as some sort of clandestine Lancia
>> No. 4302 Anonymous
10th March 2019
Sunday 9:18 pm
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@26:15 Fastest road legal car - Vauxhall Victor with a 2000hp V8. 0-60 in 1 second.
>> No. 4303 Anonymous
12th March 2019
Tuesday 11:45 am
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Saw a rather well-maintained W123 today, driven by some older bloke in his late 60s.
Think he was mildly flummoxed by my interest towards his 'old shite beater' car.
>> No. 4304 Anonymous
17th March 2019
Sunday 12:30 pm
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This thing.
No idea how it got here.

>> No. 4280 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 9:53 pm
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I only really watch Wheeler Dealers on the late night channels, so hadn't realised in latest versions he had left the show. And beef with the shouty fat man?

He and James May probably need to do something together.

>> No. 4251 Anonymous
20th January 2019
Sunday 1:36 pm
4251 winter
Winter's begun, so it's time to start dragging muppets out of the ditches again.
Take care, /mph/m8s.
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>> No. 4252 Anonymous
20th January 2019
Sunday 1:50 pm
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I am so glad I don't have to commute on the roads at this time of year. I'm looking forward to the day our autonomous car overlords refuse to drive because of the weather.

>> No. 4248 Anonymous
19th November 2018
Monday 6:09 pm
4248 Haunted alternator
Evening, friends.

My old alternator was on the way out for a while and it finally bit the dust a few weeks back. I got a new one fitted at a garage that was recommended to me, but ever since then my lights have been flickering when the engine is running.

I measured the voltage on the battery with the engine running idle and it was pulsing between about 13.5 and 14.5 V. It also seems to be tied to the engine temperature, as it becomes less noticable when the car has warmed up. Tonight was a cold one and my power steering wasn't working until a few minutes into my journey. I've had the same thing before I got the new alternator, but it came on with the red battery warning light on previously.

Earlier I tried swapping the battery out with a new one, but that didn't seem to fix anything. Does this just sound like a loose connection somewhere, or a bad ground?
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>> No. 4249 Anonymous
19th November 2018
Monday 7:44 pm
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always suspect ground, when things get weird.
Also worth checking the connector on the back of the alternator - if it's a 3-pin crimp one, they can fail quite subtly, and any discontinuity will fuck the alternator quickly, as the voltage will spike if the load vanishes.

>> No. 4240 Anonymous
30th September 2018
Sunday 12:31 am
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What are some 4x4s that are reliable, easy to work on, and can be had for about 2k or less?

So far I've hit upon the old Cherokee. It apparently has a great reputation for reliability in the states (the engine and drivetrain at least) but it never gained the same cult following over here, so it can be had for a modest price. I've looked into Shoguns/Pajeros and Isuzu Troopers but haven't heard good things about them.
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>> No. 4243 Anonymous
30th September 2018
Sunday 1:40 am
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LPG is a decent shout, it's undeniably fun to knock around in a big old american Jeep. I wouldn't ever do it because I don't like having a big tank in the back. Just make sure you're realistically close to a station that offers LPG, mind.

Fair play on the Landy front, I should say that I've never found a 200tdi or 300tdi to be any worse than any other similarly aged motor. The later ones are a bit of a nightmare with air suspension and lots of traction control stuff that breaks at the first sign of dust. but the earlier, you just need to look after them. I understand why so many are put off them, but I think I've spent less on my 300tdi than I have on my 2005 BMW.

Anyway - you're right about Land Cruisers, they're ludicrously priced. However, you definitely should be able to get a Hilux Surf for the price you're looking for. I'm just scouring AutoTrader now and I see decent ones for under a grand and a half. They're tanks.

I've also heard good things about the Mitsubushi L200, but for 2k you'll probably only find a handful of examples. Ford Rangers are worth considering too, but there's not a huge amount of them in this country.

My dad had a Grand Cherokee for years. It was cracking and would probably still be considered 'luxurious' even today. I think he had a transmission problem on it eventually, but you're rolling the dice no matter what with old 4x4s.
>> No. 4244 Anonymous
1st October 2018
Monday 7:39 pm
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I'm an ex-Land Rover owner. They're fantastic cars, but generally built by seventeen-year-olds in Solihull and are fucking unreliable. My next 4x4 will definitely be the Hilux Surf, it is noticeable how all the farming types have moved over to the Toyota - they're just better value.
>> No. 4245 Anonymous
1st October 2018
Monday 11:10 pm
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They can't tow 3.5t, though, can they?
I'm looking for a tow car that can legally pull my 3.5t trailer and be a general beater. Looks like a landy, a grand cherokee or a recent X5. Since I only want it for towing a few times a month, and don't need to go far, the cherokee's in with a chance, but a disco will probably win. X5 is not really a goer, especially as they apparently really suck off-road. Plenty of landy menders around here if I can't face it.
>> No. 4246 Anonymous
2nd October 2018
Tuesday 1:07 am
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A friend of mine has an ancient, abused Jimny held together by duct tape and grit that was, at one point, a 4x4. It still drives, and I've not heard about any engine problems with it in spite of the absolute state it's in.

Not what you're looking for if you want a 4x4 for space though.
>> No. 4247 Anonymous
8th October 2018
Monday 3:51 pm
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How about a Nissan Patrol Y61?

>> No. 4234 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 8:47 pm
4234 Lads
I got into a bit of a fight with a tipper truck today and my car lost.
Damage isn't too bad, I knocked my bumper half-off which broke some of the mounting points, and there's a bit of a dent on the wheel arch, but no other damage. The other guys truck didn't even have a scratch.
Mines 10 years old and I was thinking of getting a new one soon anyway. I've decided not to go to the insurance and just try and trade it in part exchange. Or take it into a body shop for a more permanent repair than shoving it back into place and cable-tieing it.

Am I being a complete mong by doing this?
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>> No. 4235 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 9:19 pm
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You're a complete mong if you can't afford it. If you can, then go for it. You're asking the question like part exchange and go for something else is an option, so if you think you can upgrade to something in a better state of repair with its attendant lower maintenance costs then go for that.
>> No. 4236 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 9:29 pm
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Yes the money isn't a problem really.
I'm just being a bit overly paranoid about finding that dealers will refuse to accept it in part exchange as it is, and other silly things.

The vans owner has agreed that there's no damage and is okay with it going unreported.
>> No. 4237 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:26 pm
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So you are at fault but no harm done. If the other party is willing to drop it, then that's perfect. Look at the situation, if you are sure you fucked up, then that is what it is and good on the other side to let it go.
>> No. 4238 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 12:42 am
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Depends on the potential resale. If it's scrap anyway then they might take it, but if theres a chance they could make a few quid they might tell you to sod off without repairing it.
>> No. 4239 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 3:01 pm
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Most part-exchange cars end up at auction. The price the dealer offers you is partly based on what they think it'll sell for and partly a discount on the list price of the new car. As long as it's worth something, they'll take it as PX even if it's a bit tatty. They're usually more generous towards the end of the month, because they've got sales targets to meet.

It's also worth pointing out that you'll usually get a better deal by selling privately.

>> No. 4222 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:59 pm
4222 Car intermittently "coughs"
HI lads,

Having a very strange problem with my 99 Celica 1.8 7A-FE.

The engine has a well-known issue with drinking oil, so I topped it up a couple of weeks ago. I mis-measured by about 100ml or so, meaning that the level ended up going to just cover the "F" marker on the dipstick; I consulted a mechanic who said it shouldn't be an issue - the oil level drops below full when the engine is started, indicating that it should be nowhere near the crankshaft.

Driving it a couple of days later, on the motorway, the car "stuttered", losing revs and engine braking for about half a second; this happened twice in quick succession before returning to normal.

I couldn't re-create the issue, and the mechanic said that wouldn't be a symptom of oil issues, anyway, so I went on driving it.

I had no issues for about a week, driving it about 200 miles in that time, until today. It did the exact same thing again but about 5 - 10 times over about a minute. before again returning to normal.

Any ideas what this might be? Dirt in the fuel? Failing spark plugs/wires? I'm waiting for it to cool down now to check the oil again.

Cheers, lads.
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>> No. 4229 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 12:12 am
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I've put a new air filter in, cleaned the intake (it builds up with carbon causing the throttle to stick closed until you like "stamp" on it after it gets cold and has done since before I got the car), checked the pipe, checked any and all vac lines I can see, dropped part of the under skirt to check for any deposited fluids, sat there manually operating the throttle to see what happened, put a brick on the throttle and watched for smoke.

Fucking nothing, and it's so intermittent, so like it's been suggested before it's likely electrical, which even in a car as simple as this may be a death sentence.

Fuark. I'll book it in for a service (I don't have the kit or space to do stuff like check the spark plugs or a full oil change at the moment) and hope for the best. I have to drive it 55 miles tomorrow so I'll hope it's having a good day.
>> No. 4230 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 1:07 pm
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>engine braking for about half a second

My car has done this twice in the last few months.

I am concerned now.
>> No. 4231 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 12:48 pm
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It drove home without a hitch, despite Mother Nature's best effort to send me skidding off the road in torrential pissing rain.

I really haven't a fucking clue.
>> No. 4232 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 3:57 pm
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Check your flux capacitors lad
>> No. 4233 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 5:05 pm
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Noted. Thanks, lad.

>> No. 4193 Anonymous
21st July 2018
Saturday 6:42 pm
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What's the deal with undertaking?

Let's say you're on a three lane dual carriageway where the speed limit is 70mph. You're doing 70mph in the left lane and rapidly undertaking all the people in the middle and right lanes who somehow forgot that those lanes are for overtaking.

My motorbike instructor said it would be illegal to undertake these other road users and that it would fail you on the test and potentially get you a fine from traffic cops. The highway code backs it up. What's the logic behind that? There's obviously a danger in specifically getting into the left lane to overtake, but if your left lane just happens to be faster why are you supposed to keep to the speed of traffic on your right?

My car instructor didn't mention any of this and was fine with undertaking if your required lane just so happened to be going faster than the lane on your right. I guess on a motorbike you're far more fragile/hard to see so you're more at a danger from the bad drivers hogging the middle lane changing into your lane as your undertake.
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>> No. 4217 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 11:59 am
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It just doesn't seem useful or correct to move back into the middle lane every 20 or so seconds, when you can clearly see a line of cars in the middle lane ahead of you. Why not just keep overtaking them in the right hand lane until you've passed them all?
>> No. 4218 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 12:06 pm
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It's fine as long you're not holding up traffic, and being undertaken is a good sign of that.
>> No. 4219 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 12:40 pm
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Or at 90mph it's a good sign of someone behind being impatient and unreasonable.

I don't like the victim blaming culture that's developed here
>> No. 4220 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 2:12 pm
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You're not a fucking victim, m7.
>> No. 4221 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 2:13 pm
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That's very empowering, thank you.

>> No. 3953 Anonymous
2nd November 2017
Thursday 9:57 am
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Can I fix this with touch up paint?
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>> No. 4188 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 4:20 pm
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What's that corner bit called?
>> No. 4189 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 6:29 pm
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That's fantastic. What did you pick up? I've been cleaning up a 2012 Honda CBF125 bit by bit for a while now. It's mostly just been washing it and flicking through the Haynes manual, but if I find any resources I'll post them up for you.
>> No. 4190 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 7:17 pm
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What a fucking dickhead. I've just realised that's my own post from half a year ago.

I need real friends, .gs.
>> No. 4191 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 7:32 pm
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Look on the bright side. At least you didn't try starting a cunt-off with yourself.
>> No. 4192 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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Don't give him ideas.

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>> No. 4183 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 2:45 pm
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A m8 of mine has a cheap old motorbike from the 60s that's been stuck in his shed for a few years without being SORN'd. He never even put himself down as the registered owner on the V5C.

What are his options if he wants to sell the bike? If he suddenly registers himself as the owner and declares it SORN, won't the DVLA come a-knocking? If he bites the bullet and accepts the possibility of being penalised, wouldn't the penalties end up costing more than what the bike is worth? Could he just get rid of the numberplate and documentation and sell it 'as is', or could the DVLA somehow trace it back to him if the next owner tries to get the bike road legal? Would it be safer to just break it down into parts and sell them individually?
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>> No. 4184 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 3:23 pm
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>A m8
>> No. 4185 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 3:47 pm
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>If he suddenly registers himself as the owner and declares it SORN, won't the DVLA come a-knocking?

What for? If it's not used or stored on a public road then the DVLA really doesn't give a shit. They're also not going to suddenly ask your mate for five years of road tax if he puts the V5 in now - they have no proof (or any reason to believe) he didn't just buy the bike off someone else.

He just needs to register it in his name and immediately SORN it.
>> No. 4186 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 7:49 pm
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In a similar position to OP, would love to know.
>> No. 4187 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 7:18 am
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As far as the DVLA is concerned, your mate is only responsible for the bike once his name is on the V5. He can very easily claim it's a barn find or similar - either way the responsibility of the bike falls on the previous owner right up until your mate registers as the new owner. He won't - can't - be held responsible for a vehicle he wasn't the registered owner/keeper of.

The fine for failing to SORN is a flat eighty quid anyway, so it's not even much of an issue.

>> No. 4171 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 3:32 pm
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Do either of you have experiences with Intensive Driving Courses?

I'm thinking of booking a couple of weeks off work especially. I want my license, but I don't currently own a car. Should I just go for it and get the test over with?
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>> No. 4178 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 6:42 pm
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I did both my motorbike license and car license this way - it is definitely the best!
>> No. 4179 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 10:14 pm
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My Mrs was doing a single 2 hours lesson a week for just over a month, just to get the basics down and get used to the car. Then she booked in an intensive week. She passed first time and the day she passed she booked in an advanced driving course so she could get some Motorway practice in. I do find if she wants to do something she just has an all or nothing attitude towards learning to do something. This style of learning obviously may not be for you.
>> No. 4180 Anonymous
11th June 2018
Monday 12:05 am
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Just to echo the others, go for it. I did both my A and B license that way (though A was infinitely easier thanks to being able to practice on a CBT). As you've been around on two wheels already, you should have decent road sense already which is half the battle. You'll be able to concentrate on the mechanical aspect of maneuvering the car a lot more already, even if it'll take some adjustment to how you can perceive the road around you.
>> No. 4181 Anonymous
28th June 2018
Thursday 7:27 pm
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I've been looking into DAS courses locally and it seems the going rate is £850 for five days including a CBT, or £750 for four days if you've already got one. The nearest school to me is conveniently within walking distance but it seems a bit iffy. They don't do it in five consecutive days for everything but in 3 consecutive days for a CBT and Mod 1, and then you wait a week to do the Mod 2 (just in case in you failed the Mod 1). Does that sound alright or am I better off finding a place that does it all in five days?

I've heard about this place in the midlands called Circuit Based Training where a five day DAS course is £1450. It's more than double after you factor in accommodation and travel, but apparently they train you on a race track and teach you how to corner properly. It sounds promising but I guess you could achieve the same result by doing a DAS course locally and then immediately booking in some advanced training at a more local track.
>> No. 4182 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 9:12 am
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I did a 30 hour course and passed first time with barely any prior driving experience. I'd booked a week off to do it all in go but when the instructor contacted me he advised doing no more than three hour lessons at a time (you just get bored/tired with any longer stint at the wheel) so we did some time in the weekends leading up to that week. Like has been mentioned elsewhere, if you've got prior road knowledge, I used to cycle all the time, it is a help as you have road 'sense'.

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>> No. 4165 Anonymous
4th May 2018
Friday 8:27 pm
4165 Upcoming MOT test changes
Some changes to the MOT test are happening this month.
Reporting of defects is changing from Fail/Advisory, to Major/Minor/advisory, as well as changes to the format of the certificate.

There have also been a few new items added to the test, including:
>checking if brake pads or discs are missing
I'm rather amused by the implication that I could have got a car with worn out pads to pass an MOT simply by removing them altogether.
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>> No. 4166 Anonymous
4th May 2018
Friday 8:43 pm
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They're coming down hard on diesels, actually checking for blanked EGR valves and missing DPF's now, and I believe making it harder to pass the emissions tests too.

Probably for the best, but there'll be a load of well looked after trucks failing now.
>> No. 4167 Anonymous
5th May 2018
Saturday 2:53 am
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It's not exactly difficult to install an EGR/DPF just for the test and remove it afterwards, though, is it? From my knowledge it's all on the exhaust side of things which isn't difficult to modify.
>> No. 4168 Anonymous
5th May 2018
Saturday 11:33 am
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It's not particularly, but a lot of chaps will have to buy EGR valves they removed years ago. Anyway it's the emissions that will do a lot of them in. I'm thinking about buying something old enough to be exempt, now.
>> No. 4169 Anonymous
6th May 2018
Sunday 12:33 pm
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>M.C. Peeples

That name sounds like a 90s dance act or techno DJ.
>> No. 4170 Anonymous
9th May 2018
Wednesday 1:38 pm
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Consider a Rover 75 Tourer. Dirt cheap, 600 miles to a tank and full of toys.

>> No. 4155 Anonymous
25th April 2018
Wednesday 9:38 pm
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I was speeding while overtaking a coach on a duel carriageway. Going past a junction, a police car started up it's sirens. I slowed down instantly, and was also approaching a roundabout. I looked in my mirrors but I couldn't see them heading my way, so I carried on going and took my intended exit. They made no attempt to follow me or pull me over as far as I can tell.

It's clear I've done wrong by speeding, but I wasn't sure how to tell if they wanted to flag me down, or the coach (which was also speeding). It is possible that the siren was unrelated (there's a big public event today), that it was used as a warning, or that they already got my details (though it all happened very quickly).

That's all happened now. How should I handle it in the present moment?

Arrows unrelated, but yellow car would be the police car.
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>> No. 4162 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 6:44 am
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If you ever see little white squares or circles painted on the road in places, apparently they're to give a reference point to help police calculate speed from video footage.
>> No. 4163 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 1:14 pm
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Only for helicopters, as I recall.
>> No. 4164 Anonymous
26th April 2018
Thursday 1:25 pm
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If the distance is known, they can be used on the in-car systems to corroborate the reading or if they're unable to keep a constant distance. Or, on a motorway, by an officer in forming his expert opinion.
>> No. 4172 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 3:33 pm
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An update: well over six weeks since the event and I heard nothing. I have been taking it a bit easier since.
>> No. 4175 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 5:22 pm
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Yep, it's timed out now. If you hear anything (which you p probably won't) you have a cast-iron way out.

>> No. 4139 Anonymous
19th April 2018
Thursday 12:28 am
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I bought a bargain barge about this time last year and just managed to bluff it through an mot again. Trouble is I think the automatic gearbox wants to pack up. Symptoms started last year.

When you pedal to the metal from speed or a standstill the box will kickdown into a lower gear and the engine revs up but none of that power is transfered to the wheels, even seeming to be actively braking momentum when trying to accelerate from speed.

All forward gears work fine without problem as long as I'm just wafting around but I'm no granddad and not having the ability to power through an overtake is a bit of a pisstake seeing as I'm paying over the odds to run a 3 odd litre straight 6.

The ATF was burnt and dark, that's all now fresh as well as a new filter, problem persists. Is a rebuild in order?
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>> No. 4151 Anonymous
21st April 2018
Saturday 10:08 am
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Must be a beemer though, can't think of another 3L straight 6 with a ZF.
>> No. 4152 Anonymous
21st April 2018
Saturday 11:40 am
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> 3 odd litre straight 6.
Not 3L. So old Jags?
>> No. 4153 Anonymous
21st April 2018
Saturday 12:31 pm
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Ah yes, an old XJ of some sort. I'd guess XJ6 since he said 'barge'.
>> No. 4154 Anonymous
23rd April 2018
Monday 4:01 am
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It's an old XJ40 (XJ6)

Thinking about scrapping it now. I have serious adulting to do unfortunately.
>> No. 4250 Anonymous
25th December 2018
Tuesday 11:23 am
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Funny how you too call this type of cars barge.
Nice vehicle. I admit I have a soft spot for them though.

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