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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: 9
Views: 114

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: 6
Views: 115

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: 6
Views: 115

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: 702

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: 702

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: 702

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: 702

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: 2871

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: 36
Views: 1123

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...
by mjb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tiny hole in exhaust - how to seal up?
Replies: 24
Views: 2020

Re: Tiny hole in exhaust - how to seal up?

What about just getting a garage to weld it up?
by mjb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many cars have you owned?
Replies: 23
Views: 855

Re: How many cars have you owned?

1996 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.8 . Very comfortable, but so badly built it's a wonder it left the factory without bits falling off! 1997 Peugeot 406 2.0 Turbo estate . Loved it. 1998 Peugeot 406 V6 Saloon . Loved the engine, hated the body. 1999 Peugeot 406 V6 Coupé . Loved everything about it. Too...
by mjb
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: V6 Saloon Alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: V6 Saloon Alternator

See howto here for belt removal: http://406oc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=8145 That bit's easy. The alternator's sandwiched between the AC pump and PAS pump though, so it might be difficult to get it unbolted without the right deep sockets, and might actually be impossible to remove with the radistor...
by mjb
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Replacing front anti roll bar bushes?
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Replacing front anti roll bar bushes?

Only thing I'm worried about is it's never been dropped in the entirety of the cars life, I remember Frank saying something about the bolts snapping? :? My plan is to soak the sub frame bolts in PlusGas for the next couple months until I'm home from Uni, then once I'm back I'm hoping it should be e...
by mjb
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Car Insurance capers - need some advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1539

Re: Car Insurance capers - need some advice

If it's on your drive you can continue to tax it, or you can sorn it. tax is apparently void as soon as it's sold though As for insurance, if someone wants a test drive, let them - as long as they can show you a comprehensive insurance document covering it (i.e. dayinsure / tempcover). If they're no...
by mjb
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Replacing front anti roll bar bushes?
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Replacing front anti roll bar bushes?

Been a while since I did mine, but I remember it being an easy job. If memory serves, you can reach 'em with the wheels off, and the bolt for the clamp is undone from underneath the subframe. That said, I might have actually done mine with the subframe dropped as part of a bigger job, so take the ab...