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  1. 👍. Maybe they were following your thread John?
  2. Good week all round Conrod. Our Impreza passed its MOT on Monday, just an advisory for slightly worn front discs but I have new set sitting in my shed for when needed. Also bought an el- cheapo backbox (Klarius brand)for the old forester from ECP, under 50 quid with their discount code. Has anyone else noticed that ICP now do a balljoint removal tool for a fraction of the price of the imported US version? Also ordered one of these to add to the toolbox. https://www.importcarparts.co.uk/parts-info?id=14134&cat=0&sub=0&sec=0&var=0&dc=&gen=
  3. Apparently Volvo has just announced today they are going to limit their new cars to 112 mph in the name of improving safety. What about all the points you very eloquently make above, Tony? Nothing mentioned by Volvo about making drivers use their senses or improving skills or driving appropriately to the immediate conditions and environment. Madness. Probably the tip of the iceberg.
  4. Almost a happy ending then John,. Keep us posted how it goes. Will be interesting if you need to use the legal services, To see if it's worth continuing to pay for that extra that nobody ever seems to use??
  5. Same here, granddaughter was watching peppa pig on her tablet, and it popped up! Whoever is behind it is very organised and its highlighting vulnerability of modern mega- tech systems despite the motives being a mystery.
  6. Maybe that's the answer Floz? Another example of part of the world gone mad / getting ahead of itself:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47332805 bee emms possible future in driverless electric phone app controlled vehicles to compete with Uber for those poor folks that just want to get from A to B in a city? Suits some, but definitely not for me! P.S. Is it really all in the name of public safety, or is the hidden agenda about an artificially increased cost of new cars, a reduced lifecycle through built in tech obsolescence, and the resultant massive increase in tax revenue collected from the higher and more frequent new car taxes ? Just being an old cynic, and one that can drive ( and parallel park even!) using my eyes, limbs and a feel for the car and road conditions.
  7. We need Brexit, and relaxed trade rules where there's a public backlash against so called premium German and dodgy French cars, but a nominal percentage of new Japanese cars (1, 2 or 3 percent max of new cars sold) can be exempted from the ridiculous and false EU emissions regs. That would give us back what we need and with proven reliability and first hand real life safety like our AWD and manual boxes instead of CVT! Sorry Swindon et al, but the public has been conned for years by all this new tech in cars being fundamentally safer and more environmentally conscious lark. Seriously, Why the ****** do they put touchscreen gizmos in the centre of the dashboard and try to sell more cars by having bigger screens more programmes and features on that little screen than the competition, that takes the drivers eyes off the road! (Answer: Maybe cos it's safer than looking at their phone screen!). Sorry the the rant but part of the world has gone mad. looking like an older jap Import might be my next car, if we are still allowed in a few years time.
  8. My forester suffered a bit unexpected rust on one rear sill, under the covers but first spotted by the jacking point,. My own fault, sandy wellies etc repeatedly placed on that rear floor well, and realised over the years wiping round the lower door seal and the inside sill cover, it's probably washed a bit salt etc into the sill that eventually rotted through. Easily accessible so about a 300 pound bill for a good repair. Other side is sound, as are the Impreza sills. The front lower suspension arms can rust through, where the rear part from the rear bush is welded to the main section and the drain holes can block up, but only on the (originally painted )steel versions of the lower arms some WRX and all STis have alloy arms I believe. (Mine have been regularly waxoyled and the drains poked through with wire and are fine) many of the ancillary stuff like ARBs and rear hangers/ mounting points seem to develop surface rust but nothing structurally. Mild steel sumps can rust, but easily stopped if spotted early and treated. P.S. Check Rear wheel arches,. At the rear where the top of the bumper sits, and at the front of the arch, the bottom edge above the sill. Usually worse on older cars, can be treated or repaired but expensive if it's gone too far.
  9. Welcome Kyle,. Good history and well looked after is more important than mileage I would say. Opinions suggest the 2 litre motor ( blob) is more reliable than the 2.5 in the hawk, but that's a big generalisation. Hawks are a touch newer so it's down to individual cars. Drive both before you decide what power characteristics suits you. Money spent well on good maintenance ( like tensioners along with / at Cambelt time) carries more weight for me than money spent on mods, unless you want those particular mods. Get the undertray off and check the crossbeam under the rad for rust,. Often the first place to start. Good luck with your search. take your time. Cheers
  10. Never heard any true-er words!
  11. Not enough for the car to play, but the Tonka truck in the garden was happy this morning. Been the same the last few days, up to a couple of inches through showers, melts then freezes overnight. All near the NE coast, less on the hills inland. someone must be in a snowy scoob somewhere with photos. LOL?
  12. Snow isn't what it used to be ! Sounds a lot in the forecasts last few days in millimetres (25 to 70 mm and amber warnings in parts of the country and it just stops),. When I was a kid it was measured in feet (1= over 300mm) or was it maybe inches (1=over25 mm). Anything less didn't get a mention. But when I got older Michelin M+S tyres on a mini, Pirelli P6 on an 8 valve Astra SRI and Nokians on an Impreza ( and a few car/ tyre combos in between) keep us going. Common theme was a big rounded shoulder profile/ tread and open block centre tread,. And second hand / second set of winter wheels from scrapyards or eBay mak s it easy to change. Stuff the EU tyre logo for fuel efficiency which just promotes ribbed treads, low rolling resistance and better fuel economy ( hypothetically or which means : Not really,) and absolutely no grip in the reality of snow! LOL. Edit, P.S. Most folks couldn't afford hats to keep warm in those days (look at the rally pics) but could still get out to the rallies miles away from home, or get to work in the snow miles away from home! Root causes: Less (not always usefull) tech in the cars, better basics like good tyres, self dependence, and less traffic on the roads. But getting up the forest tracks with some folks in front in no grip BMs and then doing a 7 point turn to get home was a challenge. ( think it was a Daihatsu 4wd at the time but it had no centre diff so front wheels didn't always go where they were pointing no matter what tyres were on it) dont worry John, it'll be gone in a couple of days.
  13. Quoting Tony above: get rid of big wide tyres. 4 space savers woulg be ideal " Like these knobbly space savers you mean? From the late 90s (97 or 98 I think) RAC in Wauchope, Kielder, back In the day, as they say. Photos to follow!
  14. Topical,. You will already know all this, but a nice little summary article anyway: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47023003
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