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by Doggy
Mon May 13, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Letter from America

My employer adds the NI saving to my gross pay. :) And chips in with up to 10% of my earnings provided I contribute 6% or more. :cheesy: The other thing to consider as rwb pointed out is: 1. Putting £1 in only 'costs' 67.2p in take-home pay. 2. Even if you pay tax on the money you subsequently take ...
by Doggy
Sat May 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Letter from America

I was fortunate enough to be in several final salary pension schemes over the years and while they all shut down yonks ago, I managed to amass enough to give me a similar standard of living in retirement once I get my state pension as well, (but that's 2 years away). Jacking in my main job after cut...
by Doggy
Thu May 09, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Letter from America

Doesn't seem that long since I was looking at a retirement date 40+ years in the future, I mean well into the next century..
Blink twice & you're celebrating* being 40..
50, 60 and so on

Make the most of every day folks, they're all special.
by Doggy
Wed May 08, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Letter from America

Thanks Kelv.
GingerMagic wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 6:52 pm
Back to earth with a bump though I should imagine.
Kind of, but I retires 2 weeks today. :cheesy:
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Life span of catalytic converter?
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Life span of catalytic converter?

By the way, I tweaked the "drivers wish map" in the engine ECU a bit so that "full throttle" at idle only gives about 50%, slowly increasing as the rpms rise. It is hardly noticable during driving, but it gives a nice gradual ramp up during the MOT testing :D You should work for VW :lol: :lol: Bit ...
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels and Tyres
Topic: MoT failed, needs servo
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: MoT failed, needs servo

Twas the main reason mine went to the big car park in the sky. Best of luck.
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Auto to manual
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Auto to manual

I probably have a selection of 2003-ish 110 HDi manual maps it it's any help. PM me your e-mail address if interested.

It's questionable whether finding a 'good' AL4 box anywhere was ever possible.
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Auto to manual
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Auto to manual

I couldn't tell you all the differences, but a manual will have a switch on the clutch pedal so the ecu 'knows' when it's depressed. Suspect the ecu map will be different - manual cars calculate which gear they're from engine & road speed, I believe the torque limits will vary depending on the ratio...
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Have I broken our 1.6HDi turbo charger?
Replies: 19
Views: 604

Re: Have I broken our 1.6HDi turbo charger?

Well done young man - that's a bit more 'hands-on' than we're accustomed to hearing from your good self. Respect.

Fancy doing an oil change on the camper van for me?
by Doggy
Tue May 07, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Letter from America

My lad did the route planning / car hire and his wife booked all the accommodation. They did a great job. Reglar 87 Octane varies from about $2.75 - $3.30; Deecell $3.15 - $3.70 per US gallon, (7 pints / 3.8l). Fuel cost per mile for the bigger beast was about 10p, or roughly the same as running a 5...
by Doggy
Mon May 06, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letter from America
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Letter from America

Well, we's back from our epic merrycan road trip. It was a blast. Flew into JFK on the 18th & collected these 'rentals' Dodge Durango for me, my son & partners... https://i.imgur.com/fM7hXge.jpg?1 A 'stretched' Jeep Cherokee in disguise, 3.6l V6 294 bhp, 8-speed ZF auto Surprisingly good drive and m...
by Doggy
Mon May 06, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2461
Views: 176050

Re: and today i have mostly been...

Sorry to hear about the kittens, (but the rest look like enough of a handful).
Been out of the loop for a bit
by Doggy
Mon May 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Life span of catalytic converter?
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Life span of catalytic converter?

I don't think it needs attention/replacement unless it blocks up with soot. (Unlikely unless you only used for urban driving).
All the 406 ones I've seen have been clear - you can see through the cat element, unlike the dpf fitted on 2.2 HDi's.
by Doggy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2461
Views: 176050

Re: and today i have mostly been...

Still in the old world at the mo. (flight's Thurs lunchtime). I had one set of Contis on the Xsara an age ago, lasted forever but turned damp roundabouts into skidpans. Kinda preyed for them to wear out, hopefully yours will be better. Sunbeam 1250? That there's a Hillman Avenger, 1250 being the opp...
by Doggy
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: need advoce maf sensor
Replies: 53
Views: 3530

Re: need advoce maf sensor

Puzzling this - I've never managed to get a 2.2 to run anything other than really badly with the MAF disconnected. :?
Mind you I have never tried it on a car with the standard ecu map, maybe that's the difference?