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by mjb
Mon May 21, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where's my undertray gone!
Replies: 13
Views: 1066

Re: Where's my undertray gone!

I swear by good quality zip ties. Lots of them - drill your own holes if necessary.

There's usually 2 parts to OEM fixings - the fastener's only half the story. If the retaining part (captive nuts etc) is knackered, brand new fasteners won't be worth anything.
by mjb
Mon May 14, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...
Replies: 39
Views: 1119

Re: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...

W218 CLS63: Stated 37 mpg, actual 16 mpg. Damn. Loud pedal is WAY too good... :supafrisk: I went north on the M6 over the weekend. 25 or so miles of 50mph SPECS cameras. Turns out the biturbo can do 36.8mpg at 50mph. I expected a lot more, but I think as with nearly all modern cars (think "Dieselga...
by mjb
Fri May 11, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...
Replies: 39
Views: 1119

Re: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...

I'd still argue that in an extra-urban scenario the petrol will not get anywhere near it's figures so the gap is much wider. Why not? (almost) every petrol car I've had has exceeded the stated extra-urban by some margin on runs: 406 2.0T: Stated 28 mpg iirc, actual 38.4 mpg 406 V6: Stated 37 mpg, a...
by mjb
Thu May 10, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...
Replies: 39
Views: 1119

Re: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...

I was rather surprised when I read the specs for new 508 (attached) how close patrol is to diesel now. Nice figures. Going to add petrolprices.com's daily average of 124.4 unleaded and 127.2 diesel (£5.66 and £5.78/gallon) Taking extra-urban, that's 9.22p per mile for petrol, or 7.98p/mile diesel. ...
by mjb
Wed May 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Electrical System and Diagnostics
Topic: Peugeot 406 Coupe EV conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: Peugeot 406 Coupe EV conversion

Wow that's a project and a half! I've been away from pugs for a long time now, but iirc VAN used a really weird baud rate, so you won't find anything off the shelf that'll speak it. If you've got a decent digital scope, you should be able to read the bus and possibly work out what you need to fake t...
by mjb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: V6 (ES9J4) clutch cylinder
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: V6 (ES9J4) clutch cylinder

If you can't find one in a breakers yard, I'd suggest seeing if you can upgrade to the separates system used in 1999-on 406s. Last time I looked, the cylinders could be bought from ECP or dealers for about £15, but you'd also need a new brake fluid reservoir and the pipework which might be harder to...
by mjb
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Motorcycling and getting a licence. Caution: 46 yr old man talking
Replies: 11
Views: 359

Re: Motorcycling and getting a licence. Caution: 46 yr old man talking

My brother rode motorbikes for a few years. It took several "accidents", and at least 2 visits to hospital in the back of an ambulance before he had his big off. Air ambulance, spinal board, and yeah he broke a couple of vertebrae about a month before his wedding. His wedding photos all include a ne...
by mjb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...
Replies: 39
Views: 1119

Re: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...

This one may* have been a slushmatic too, not sure what the deal is there either but hoping they progressed a bit better than the AL4 by 2012... A couple of years ago I had the misfortune to drive an A4 (brand new, delivery miles only) hire car with an auto box. I hated it. No, I loathed it. Stupid...
by mjb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...
Replies: 39
Views: 1119

Re: Peugeot 508 2.2HDi GT - talk to me...

My take, having seen the wife go from "I'd never drive anything but a diesel" to "Why would anyone want a diesel", is this: First, the noise. Petrols are a lot quieter and transmit less vibration to the passengers through the seats. Even the best in terms of engine and/or cabin soundproofing, like T...
by mjb
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another MOT shake up
Replies: 51
Views: 1330

Re: Another MOT shake up

I have just bought a 56 A4 3.0Tdi which was built without DPF. Didn't become standard fit on those until 2008. Need to find out if it's safe to get a remap on it. My understanding is that a properly done remap can result in more power/torque AND cleaner emissions due to the car burning the fuel in ...
by mjb
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another MOT shake up
Replies: 51
Views: 1330

Re: Another MOT shake up

In the MOT testing manual I linked above - 8.2.2.1 "Emission control equipment fitted by the manufacturer missing, obviously modified or obviously defective" or "Evidence that the diesel particulate filter has been tampered with" is a major fail. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/apr/14/mot-cha...
by mjb
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another MOT shake up
Replies: 51
Views: 1330

Re: Another MOT shake up

Suddenly driving back home from the local test centre to organise or perform a fix becomes a very costly exercise. I'm going to have to ditch my usual test-only place now for someone who has a financial interest in seeing cars fail Not with you, nothing has really changed here. I don't what constit...
by mjb
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another MOT shake up
Replies: 51
Views: 1330

Re: Another MOT shake up

Bulbs and wipers are one thing, but there's also a lot of failure points which are difficult if not impossible for a DIY'er to anticipate - emissions, brake balance, handbrake efficiency (if you have a 406 or E39, probably other cars, that one's always going to be a lottery), split gaiters, worn bal...
by mjb
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fuel filter conspiracy theorist
Replies: 34
Views: 3277

Re: Fuel filter conspiracy theorist

Your Renault dealer is breaking the law by saying if the car isn't serviced at a Renault dealer then your warranty is void! Absolutely, however for cars under warranty, it's still best to get dealer servicing as "full dealer service history" maintains substantial resale value to the car! My plan th...
by mjb
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Pug pictures
Topic: My GTX
Replies: 37
Views: 1546

Re: My GTX

could be worse... could be german! When flogging the 540i, I got nearly 50 messages in my ebay inbox asking questions like: * When was the cooling system replaced? * How long since it last got a new radiator? * Are any of the coolant hoses original? * How often does the coolant need refilling? * Doe...