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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:02 am

ATTMFKH wrote:
Ferral wrote:French cars are shite
aye, but the vans are good
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:09 am

REALLY?! Wow, the French vehicle debate just got serious!

What about Italian vans like Iveco?
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:27 am

WP101 wrote:
ATTMFKH wrote:
Ferral wrote:French cars are shite
aye, but the vans are good


I've been mi-represented!! it was ATTMFKH that said that!!

Getting more extravagent now and thinking renault kangoo lwb van, or a citreon dispatch, putting windows in the back doors then maybe in the side doors when i have more money. Slowly turn it into a proper camper.. fuel cost prob not ideal but..
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:34 am

^^ can't believe you think French vehicles are shite Ferral - what a sweeping generalisation :roll:

Anyway , here's a link that's got loads of self-build knowledge : http://sbmcc.co.uk/forum/

edit, here : http://www.sbmcc.co.uk/photo1.php
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:34 am

Rather long thread, but you might find something useful in here, Ferral:

van or estate?

Sounds like you're gearing towards a van, so might be irrelevant...
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:46 am

lots of different marques of commercials share floorpans,body shells, gearboxes, engines etc etc.
in fact id go as far as saying avoid VW T5s as they are overpriced and pretty shite, mechanically,(REO's) blown turbos, EGR's & the dreaded DPF's are extremely common, the 2.5s are terrible engines,but people put up with them for some reason (image :roll: ) im a vw nut too!
A great van is a renault traffic, yes im sure there are people out there who will disagree but they are quick, comfortable,cheap,dont rust,good mpg and look decent too.
The new french vans are being bought by the royal mail, that says enough on its own.

you cant really buy a truly shit new car any more, id say the worst is still probably peugeot, although theyre catchin up
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:22 pm

Cheers guys :cheers:

Yeah defever, definatley going for a van. I had a look at estates but there are very few good ones around here all seem to be merivras.

have to have a look through that self build site, though I'm not thinking extravagant, just a couple of windows and a folding seat/bed type thing from three bits of ply and foam.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Black » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:27 pm

I have a Kangoo - with windows - why get a van then add windows when you can get the car version and just remove the seats? I may be missing a point here?
Yes quality is a step down from certain makes but it keeps going, takes shed loads of gear (went away for two weeks with two boards and a wife and still empty back seats), external size seems less than the average saloon car (except height which is its trump card), great visibility & easy to drive.
French posties use them too.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby danny1 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:20 pm

Mrs works for enterprise rent a car/van

Movanos
Traffic


Supposed to be the best

My 1997 t4 is fuvkin unreal.

Last 4 MOTs no probs.

I do 400-1000 miles a week in it at the mo- got 150k on clock

45-50mpg if I keep it at 55-60

Just canne believe how well it goes

Think i will sell this summer
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Chris F » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:32 am

danny1 wrote:Just canne believe how well it goes

Think i will sell this summer



:? :?: :? :?:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:12 pm

Ended up going head over heart and bought a small estate (soda Fabia). The fuel costs of commuting were too critical to allow a van.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby danny1 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:43 pm

Chris F wrote:
danny1 wrote:Just canne believe how well it goes

Think i will sell this summer



:? :?: :? :?:


Ha yeh shouldve explained... Milage is getting on the high side so may sell while it's not too high for people...
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby onefinleary » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:26 pm

defever wrote:
WP101 wrote:theres always the remap option


How much improvement though?! Will it go as high as 50mpg post-mapping?


My T4 has been remapped and I get 45mpg from it now (admittedly I don't know what I got from it before but the VW forums seem to get the average at about 35mpg.)

It certainly drives more smoothly too. All worth it for £250 in my eyes.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:28 pm

Ferral wrote:Ended up going head over heart and bought a small estate (soda Fabia). The fuel costs of commuting were too critical to allow a van.


Good choice. I was too thinking of getting Fabia estate. But my self-confessing snobbishness led me to Audi. Skoda is as good as any other VW or VW owned brands as the VW owns Skoda...

Good on you, I hope your newly acquired vehicle serves you well for long time!!
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:26 pm

onefinleary wrote:
defever wrote:
WP101 wrote:theres always the remap option


How much improvement though?! Will it go as high as 50mpg post-mapping?


My T4 has been remapped and I get 45mpg from it now (admittedly I don't know what I got from it before but the VW forums seem to get the average at about 35mpg.)

It certainly drives more smoothly too. All worth it for £250 in my eyes.


:D :D
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:29 pm

defever wrote:
Ferral wrote:Ended up going head over heart and bought a small estate (soda Fabia). The fuel costs of commuting were too critical to allow a van.


Good choice. I was too thinking of getting Fabia estate. But my self-confessing snobbishness led me to Audi. Skoda is as good as any other VW or VW owned brands as the VW owns Skoda...

Good on you, I hope your newly acquired vehicle serves you well for long time!!


skoda are great, my wifes had a fabia vrs for 5 years. never seen a rusty one yet either, they go back to Y reg too ! theyre cheaper because every aspect is slightly trimmed back.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Chris F » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:46 pm

Ferral wrote:soda Fabia


Great for popping about :lol:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:28 pm

Chris F wrote:
Ferral wrote:soda Labia


Great for popping about :lol:


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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:55 pm

Picked up car on Thursday evening, driving to work this morning and someone ploughed into the back of me :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: bumper, boot, rear lights and rear wing (if thats what its called) knackered :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

just hope I don't wake up with whiplash as the surf looks good this week :cry:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:02 pm

Tough luck man :( what car is it? hope they not gonna write it off, thats the danger these days
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:15 pm

I don't think they will - its a 2011 skoda fabia estate with 26,000 miles on the clock - rinsed half the savings I'd been collecting for a house deposit for it so they better bloody not!!
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:51 pm

oh right, no way they'll write it off. what a bastard though :evil:
good choice by the way :)
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:58 pm

It would've been written off if it was French car!

Unlucky that you were caught in an incident, but good that you were in Skoda!

If you do get a whiplash...a gentle generic neck stretches (don't roll your head! one direction at a time!) and heat treatment should help you to reduce pain and recover quicker.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Leven » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:02 pm

Get whiplash, and claim some compo from the others insurance company = replacing the savings? My Mum did that and had £5k a couple of years ago. Bit of a mercenary attitude though....
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:19 pm

Whiplash has gained its notoriety as the cash cow and “crash for cash” culture, unfortunately… The insurance companies and medical solicitors (I’m not sure if these are the right terms to identify the people I mean) eventually understood that whiplash is very very very difficult to disprove clinically and medically. One can present some symptoms of whiplash within 48hrs, some may notice the long-term effect 6 months down the line…

There is no clinically validated and reliable specific test / imaging / pathway to prove / disapprove of whiplash (and low back pain in most cases). So, the insurance, intermediaries, and solicitors take advantage of this and put some money in the clients pockets and a lot more in their own pockets. It’s crazy how this is openly accepted!

Either way, whiplash is not a nice thing to have and can lead to all sorts of shoulder, neck, head problems. I hope you don’t end up with it. Also I'm not saying, Leven, that your mom lied. The victims are pretty much forced to claim for it even though they feel fine. Most won't say no I won't claim it because they are not sure if they will end up with some sort of symptom as a result of the crash or not. And they get some money...

Sorry I went off tangent…
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:08 pm

If I get whiplash I will definitely claim, but hopefully I don't get it! The thing is if I end up getting it too bad to drive I'm stymied as I live in a small village with minimal public transport and have to get into the office to work.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:50 pm

defever wrote:ANOTHER VEHICLE Q&A from me... I'm sorry, but you are bunch of wise and kind people, I can't stop asking for bit of your advice.

Does anyone know a good quality waterproof boot liner, please?

I always use one of those plastic garden buckets for wetsuit, and I rinse and wipe my board before loading them back in the car. But despite my care sometimes (especially when I give someone a lift...!) the damn water make its way down to the boot carpet. And I end up with my windows fogged for days... So I think it's time to invest on those waterproof rubber boot liner...

Quickly looked at eBay, loads of stuff there for £25-35. Are they any good? All of them look the same and knowing eBay, I'm sceptical on how "waterproof" they are and I don't really want to risk it. Has anyone tried them before? Does anyone have any recommendation?

As always, I am thankful for your help!


Little update (don't think anyone cares, but hey ho)

I got one of these from eBay:

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£24.00 from Poland. Got it in a week. cheap but thick plastic, doesn't smell bad. Seems to retain water well and doesn't looks like it seeps through. But the rubber is hard and the ridges are quite shallow and undefined so it's slippery as 3!7ch's mouth!!

Little money well spent, I think!
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:13 pm

defever wrote:
Little update (don't think anyone cares, but hey ho)!
:lol:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:35 am

My T4 was running so sluggish. Just thought it was getting old.

Thought I would WD40 the throttle cable..... :shock: :shock:

100% increase in power, just the strangest thing... :-D
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Black » Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:26 pm

Philshoz wrote:My T4 was running so sluggish. Just thought it was getting old.

Thought I would WD40 the throttle cable..... :shock: :shock:

100% increase in power, just the strangest thing... :-D

Are you sure you are not speaking metaphorically????
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