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  1. Sorry can't suggest anywhere, But get it done quick, rumours are the next device being developed by the big tech companies ( to sell to tech- loving governments) is a camera to detect worn seats and steering wheel to hand grip co-efficient.
  2. Saw similar thing on BBC a few days ago, their slant was that " quiet rural communities" we're behind the complaints and the requests for this, and then mentioned "illegally modified" motorcycle exhausts. The RAC illustration is useless in that case, since it's forward pointing at the car front number plate!
  3. Michelin ps4s, a humble opinion.
  4. Good old bits of wood John, will do instead of the ramps. A few bits of 8 X 2 with long ones at the bottom will work! Good luck getting the broken one off. Hopefully just some clever Japanese pins or clips.
  5. Had them on the Impreza GX when bought years ago,. Found them good on snow and slush, good traction and braking grip generally, but crap ( fun in a way) on some familiar roundabouts, at least when damp, where it was easy to get the car rear drifting out with only 125 h.p. michelins are out of this world by comparison, like on rails.
  6. Nice paint, don't see many with so glossy red finish. p.s. They're not federal 595 tyres on are they! 😹
  7. Welcome, nice car, and nice big garage space I could do with having!
  8. Nice retort Floz, ah, your 7 roof fins create what some commentators on " F1 " call it as positive airflow, the 2 on the 2 evoques just create more drag behind the brick shape with a bonnet ( which JC before his prime, I remember, once named the original volvo's) And the evoques' were attached to a great big black baseplate stuck on the roof, you could see from miles away!! Just watch, 5 years time the evoques will have 7 fins like yours through annual " upgrades" and you will be not so iconic any more, 😭
  9. Yes, holes might be better. The plastic grille is not environmentally friendly, some would claim, ( or insect friendly either, check out an old seasonal photo)
  10. There's a few around, but here's a starter: PLEASE ADD TO THE LIST saw a Land Rover Evoque, White, with TWO black " shark fin " appendices on the roof. Thought to myself, wouldn't he/ she have painted this stick on go faster item white before fitting it? Second thought was, does he/ she have a neighbour with ONE shark fin on their Evoque and this is a bit of one- up man ship ( or woman ship). Blooody hell, a couple of days later there's a red Evoque with a double black shark fin, must be standard from the factory?? . Next years upgrade will be car body coloured double fins, the year after triple shark fins? get a life. Buy an old ( or not so old) Subaru with a real iconic rear spoiler! Ha ha Jealous of anyone with the cheesecutter rear spoiler I must admit. But allegedely it did have a purpose, more downforce when your car ( or maybe Mr Sohlbergs) was cornering at a skewed angle on gravel. the glossy car mags probably treat the double shark fin on the roof as a worthwhile selling/ buying issue. More downforce going to the hairdressers?
  11. Evening mr scoobyjoff, I hate to say it but I think you've been sucked in by " fake news". Don't believe the speed or rpm your dials are telling you, ever again. Your motor wasn't even running. You,ll be after sweepy indicators like some Audis next!
  12. Never heard that one before, if there's enough fuel to start up straight away then your fuel pump is doing it's job adequately. Put it another way, a fuel pump that can deliver the volume you need at full chat can surely deliver enough to start and idle almost instantaneously! If you turn the key but wait a few seconds and don't start the car, I think the fuel pump actually cuts out, goes quiet on our cars? maybe your expert has one of these modern advanced cars that has lots of electronic systems that need to warm up before starting lol. P.S. He's not talking about diesels is he? Glow plugs warming up?
  13. Cheers Floz, can't add a comment to the post but thanks for donating / organising and commiserations to the others who didn't guess so luckily!       Will come into good use on both cars, (once I've finished dealing with some unexpected rear inner arch corrosion on the forester).   Thanks again, Coln.

  14. Sounds like a good car, welcome.
  15. Welcome Andy, yes it can be quiet on here but if you ever need advice for your cars there's no place better to get it, I find. banter or rants now and then but you've summed it up nicely, little " attitude". Car looks interesting, cheers.
  16. 👍. Maybe they were following your thread John?
  17. 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=
  18. 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.
  19. 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??
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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