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    Avoiding computers (I work in IT). Caving, hillwalking (no bobble hat), youth work and fixing Land Rovers. No time for any of those those, though - too busy fixing the shed of a house we bought...

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  1. I've seen worse. I had an escort that when I acquired it had a manual switch under the dash to operate the fan fitted by a 'professional' auto electrician to deal with a persistent overheating problem, caused by the fan not cutting in, that he hadn't been able to solve. Not only was the original problem solved in minutes by simply replacing the failed thermostatic switch in the coolant pipe, but the bypass had been wired entirely with bell wire - taking the full current through the fan. The switch itself (similar to the one above) had survived, but the entire run of wire was blackened. Utter miracle it hadn't set the car on fire!
  2. Although someone posted a video on one of the other threads in here (the Ineos one?) of an F150 drag racing some of the other more "European" pickups (it included a Ranger - so not strictly European). One of the things they did was a head to head stopping distance competition - the (empty) F150 stopped a very considerable distance ahead of all the others. Not saying that's the whole story, but just because some vehicles have brake disks that size doesn't necessarily mean it works well...
  3. Just let my kids loose in there. You'll never find anything again. Or get any open drawers shut (or, for that matter, closed ones open...).
  4. Looks - from what you can see - rather like an older Land Cruiser.
  5. I've successfully used an ordinary domestic dishwasher for engine parts. Works well but makes the dishwasher stink for a while. The lodgers grumbled but it was my dishwasher in my house. Not something I'd risk now I'm married... But if you happen to have one in the workshop your better half won't be putting the dinner plates in, go for it
  6. Mine neither. Very dependent on both the head unit and phone. Plus.. clearly in my early forties I'm getting old but I don't use my phone for music. It's an irritation to me that our newer car doesn't have a CD player.
  7. Having seen a bit more - still ambivalent about the looks. Not terrible, but nothing special and definitely more what the Discovery 5 should have been than a new Defender. I like the look of the inside. It looks like a car that could very much fill the niche of a Range Rover Classic or later Discovery - luxurious, capable on and off road, not too ridiculously large to actually use off road - but there's very little there that says Defender to me. Will they ever be used seriously off road by the likes of us? If they're any good, yes - my first Range Rover (a well optioned '93 Vogue SE) would have been a £40k car when new (serious money then), and almost certainly pampered - but it descended through use as an equestrian hack to a laning and off-roading toy. As long as the new Defender proves sufficiently durable and repairable (main question mark for me is over the electronics - time will tell) then enthusiasts will buy and use them and the market will be there for after market support.
  8. Reversing cameras aside, even a £15k car - and you expect at least rear parking sensors on that.
  9. Years back a friend had an Opel Kadet that had belonged to an elderly gentleman who only ever used it do drive to the bottom of the road to buy his paper. For a teenager's first car (bought with his own money) it was pretty good - old, but immaculate inside and out. Mechanically it was in great nick except for one thing - second gear was so worn it was basically unusable...!
  10. Hmm - the "110" looks sort of okay - not keen on the front end or that body coloured panel in the window line. Very much premium SUV though, not remotely a utility vehicle. The "90" is ill proportioned, though. Looks like they designed the 110 first and then just chopped a bit out the middle.
  11. Terrible stability on a side slope though. They just had to cock something up... 😄
  12. That brings back (interesting...) memories! The day after I passed my driving test I collected my parents car from the garage where it had been to have wheel bearings changed. First time I braked it worked. Second time, on the approach to a blind bend over a hump backed bridge (local accident black spot), the pedal went to the floor and the brake warning light came on. Rapid downchange got me round and I drove home on the gears. Turned out the mechanic hadn't connected the brake lines for either circuit at one corner. Later on the dampers worked loose, so it wasn't the only thing he couldn't be arsed checking (or, apparently, his boss after having to recover the car and eat a lot of humble pie with my dad). 🇹🇻
  13. Valve block and compressor are in an enclosure under the right hand side of the vehicle, outside the main chassis rail and between the wheels on the classic. Can't tell you much more than that - the access hatch fixings were rusted up solid on mine and as nothing in there ever gave me any trouble I never opened it. Guessing you already know the EAS controller is under the left hand front seat, and where the diagnostics port is (passenger footwell from memory, but that could be wrong - I had that vehicle before free or affordable EAS software was readily available so never used it myself).
  14. Parents: Volvo 240 Estate Volvo 440 GLT Skoda Felicia 1.3 Ours: Skoda Felicia (same one as above - had 140k on the clock when I gave it to a friends nephew, last heard of in the hands of one of his neighbours still going at 190k - great little car). Range Rover Vogue SE '93 (the one I wish I'd never sold). Range Rover ~'86 - MOT failure bought to break, cosmetically and mechanically immaculate. Structurally barely there... Range Rover ~'91 - Another MOT failure, bought for the stainless exhaust. Was going to repair and MOT before selling but needed too much welding. Discovery 300Tdi - Agricultural but reliable once I'd put a new gearbox in it. Ex my parents in Scotland, so road salt had done it's worst and spelled it's end. Honda Civic CDTi '04 - My wife's. Unexciting but very reliable. Range Rover P38 DT '95 - Nice tidy car, but got very sick of AA mechanics looking under the bonnet and pronouncing "good engines, these - they never go wrong". Except that one. Never got to the bottom of the repeated overheating issues, despite running up large bills and landing me with a Land Rover ban from my wife... Honda Civic CDTi '03 - Replaced the first Civic after it was written off in an accident. Peugeot 307 90hp diesel - Comfortable, practical, reasonably reliable, economical. Extremely boring. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer CDTi - Actually, I like it. Does what it says on the tin, and does it well. Doubt it was ever on anyone's bucket list, but as a family workhorse it's hard to knock. Skoda Fabia 1.0tsi Redline - Wannabe hot hatch without any actual hot. Go faster stripes, rock hard suspension, (uncomfortable) sports seats. Actually fairly nippy and looks a lot of fun on paper, but utterly fails to deliver any thrills. Horrible to drive in traffic due to almost no torque at low revs followed by turbo surge. Inherited from my 86 year old father in law... Pretty boring compared to a lot of you!
  15. Next unread links no longer show the topic you'll go to. Might be deliberate to boost performance but it's definitely less usable if you don't follow all threads. Haven't noticed anything else 👍
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