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  • in reply to: suitable car for a really large person #141380
    Abercol
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    Some MPV’s have high steering wheel/low seat, I am 5’10, short of leg (29″) and large of belly and found the C4 Spacetourer and my S-Max have plenty of adjustment.

    The Rifter/Berlingo vehicles may also be the same & can be had for less cash.

    MPV’s have a lower floor than an SUV but a similar ride height = more adjustability.

     

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    in reply to: Volvo & Geely cancel fusion and opt for cooperation #141148
    Abercol
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    “In addition, joint procurement is expected to reduce purchasing costs, which makes sense with a higher proportion of common parts in shared platform use.”

    As I am in procurement & am expected to set up collaborative deals with other firms, let me correct that to: Joint procurement is expected to increase pointless meetings where no collaborative deals can be hammered out except for the odd pyrrhic victory…

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Game changer all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 #141034
    Abercol
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    Too high a price for the scheme, so irrelevant. It’s a £38k starter, probably more as they don’t usually come in at the prices mentioned in these initial blurbs.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: when does that new car smell leave? #141033
    Abercol
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    For us it was about 3 minutes…it was raining hard on collection, the dog hopped in the back and that lovely wet dog smell came with her. She proceeded to sleep on the carpet as we drove 150 miles to Edinburgh. And, since she is still in the car just about every day, then eau le chienne is here to stay.

     

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    Abercol
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    At 75p a mile I’d be £19,000+ a year, plus the current £7k per annum cost of owning/running the car, not a chance, I’d have to quit working. My town is in rural Scotland, high unemployment and no jobs here, hence my commute to Aberdeen.

    Move to Aberdeen you say…well, my house is worth about the same as a studio flat in Aberdeen, so that’s a no-go.

    I’d say they are ripping everyone off at 75p (think the paper chose the rate they give their employees for work mileage!) 15p maybe, that would cover the fuel duty and VED and a wee bit more for the cost of the scheme. The big issue though is would they reduce the fuel price as the VAT is now in the road pricing instead – my gut says no…

    The saving grace for us is that we get to change cars pretty quickly via Motability so can be more agile than the poor sods who can’t avoid running an old petrol car nor afford the mileage tax – so they are effectively priced off the road.

    Indeed, Rox’s rich get richer poor can suffer model comes to pass.

    The ideal solution would be leave fuel duty & ved alone, bring in a per mile charge for electric vehicles to replace the fuel duty – by 2030 onwards we will all be in them anyway, so, no penalty for the poor in old bangers  (but you can progressively raise fuel duty over the years to push them to 2nd hand electric) and everyone pays their way.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Mercedes are the worst… #140785
    Abercol
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    Not been asked for one, but, if it was the car I wanted, then wouldn’t balk at it, the paperwork needs looked at though as deposits are usually non refundable if you cancel – that’s why they ask, to deter whimsical cancellations.

    Last car was £5600 AP with extras, so a good £3500 over AP, dealer didn’t ask for a penny. Think we may extend our current lease this year (changeover in July) – although as I need a diesel auto I am tempted to change as they will be thin on the ground in a year or two & the AP’s already reflect their unpopularity.

    Once I am back to commute it will be over 20k miles a year again. Ah well, only 4 years of that daily grind before I retire, so extend 1 year then take 3 year lease or change now and change again for the last year of work. I could live with high petrol cost, not the end of the world and probably save more on the AP than the extra fuel cost for 10 months or less if the car takes longer to turn up than the 3 month window.

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    in reply to: Tesla quality issues again #139455
    Abercol
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    So, 12 years after producing his first cars, at what point does the “ramp up phase” end? I’m sure all manufacturers have issues and all have excuses for them (that typically blame something/someone else).

    But poor build is poor build, there are no real excuses other than quality control either not doing their job correctly or being told that the current quality level is correct for the price/market/gullibility of the buyers concerned.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    Abercol
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    For me, its not about a particular car, I just wish they would allow cars on in which the manufacturers have offered deals – like the XC60 of a few years ago,  Volvo obviously wanted to shift stock/make sales, so we were offered a £45k+ car at minimal AP. Surely that makes sense for everyone, we get a better car, so we are happy. Volvo shifts the product its discounted so they are happy and Motability picks up a higher residual on a discounted product, so they are happy.

    Of course, I forgot the Daily Fail who, of course, is never happy.

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    in reply to: Peugeot grip control? #138354
    Abercol
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    Its really the tyres that are making the bulk of the difference between having All-grip and normal car/summer tyres, but, as the car comes with them, you get all-seasons replacement free on Motability when they wear out too. It can make a lot of sense if you need  or want the security.

    All season tyres are now pretty good, so few compromises are made in summer and they give little away over winter tyres in, well, winter. A 4wd SUV like the Tiguan on its standard summer tyres is not really any better in winter than a 2wd, a smidge more traction, if that.

    Its something I’d specify if I was getting a Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall (and maybe soon Fiat) & it was an option, but then, living in rural Scotland it makes sense.

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    in reply to: All new cars to have speed limiters fitted by 2022 #137772
    Abercol
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    One of the biggest problems will be if it can’t be overridden. My S-Max has automatic camera derived speed limiting, the problem is, it often gets it wrong, staying at 30mph when its 60 or changing from 70mph on a dual carriageway to 40 in a blink of an eye then returning to 70 some miles later, for no reason, just imagine the car slamming on brakes to bleed 30mph…rear end shunt anyone? Thankfully it can be turned off – I can see the speed limit shown on the dash, but its my choice to stick to it or disagree if , clearly, the system is being stupid.

    Then there is the safety aspect, sitting at a limited 40 in a 40, older non-speed limited truck comes up behind you, driver texting or watching porn, you can see it coming, but can’t escape…

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: How many miles since covid struck. #135969
    Abercol
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    Working from home since March ’20, so vastly reduced mileage, car was at 38,000 in March, now 41,500. Usually around 60,000 miles by this point, I usually use a tank of fuel a week, now its lasting 2 months or more.

    Will be home for at least another few months.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    Abercol
    Participant

    The blame does not necessarily rest wholly with Motability, the manufacturers will pass on any Brexit costs (import tariffs/customs costs) and other factors like company car drivers now scrabbling for electric cars to avoid tax means they can sell Souls as fast as they can get them out of the docks all day long, so the discount given to Motability is removed – the price goes up and consequently the AP.

    It has been meteoric though, 5 years in the scheme for me. My first car ‘s AP was £1400, the same spec car is now £3749, it seems an incredible increase and I would not contemplate getting one at that level of AP.

     

     

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    in reply to: Ordering First Car HELP! #131643
    Abercol
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    I’ve had my S-Max diesel 180 Powershift 2.5 years now, its been  brilliant, much better than the C4 Spacetourer I had previously, the 2.0 engine will make a big difference over the 1.5 in the 5008, I know, as it does for me. Drives much better and is much more comfortable. I recently spoke to my wife about our changeover and she said she wanted to keep the S-Max.

    Fuel economy for me is about 5mpg worse though, I’ve averaged 41mpg over 40,000 miles. The 150hp engine should give another 1-2mpg. The Citroen averaged 48mpg, but, fully laden, it didn’t have the pep of the Ford.

    Good luck in finding a car

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: In the snow do you need to park far from your home #131178
    Abercol
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    Achh Southern Jessies….lol

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    in reply to: Car size increase creates parking bay squeeze for drivers #130618
    Abercol
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    Then again, I too have grown by over 30% since the 1970’s…ahem. Pie anyone?

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Ask gotitjulie #130470
    Abercol
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    You won’t get far on a 15% charge Brydo…

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    in reply to: Insurance claim (allegedly) #129608
    Abercol
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    I feel your pain. I went through this some years ago when someone claimed my wife’s 3 month old Micra had managed to write off their Honda Accord in a car park, despite there not being a scratch on her car.

    How a plastic bumpered purple Micra could write off an Accord by hitting its chrome steel bumpers and not leave a scratch is quite something. The damage to the other car was a completely destroyed wing, headlamp etc and bent chassis member, hardly superficial.

    We fought with our insurers, Direct Line, for several weeks, all to no avail, they paid the claim & billed us for the excess. We think it was settled that way as the other driver was also with Direct Line.

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    in reply to: Citroen C4 #128759
    Abercol
    Participant

    Mike,

    The PSA group 8 speed automatics are developed by Aisin Seiki, a huge gearbox maker owned by Toyota. PSA negotiated the manufacture of the gearboxes in France (and/or Spain) using Aisin supplied tooling.

    BMW gearboxes are supplied by ZF Friedrichshafen, the 8HP is one of the best, but some others are not quite so good.

    Be aware however that most BMW’s available on the scheme use a dual clutch gearbox supplied by Getrag (same as Ford, Volvo, Renault, MB). You may hear that these gearboxes are from Magna, but that’s because Magna bought Getrag..phew..

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    in reply to: Passenger Seating #128051
    Abercol
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    Seems to be something creeping in, it’ll save suppliers in weight and pennies on the car….

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    in reply to: whats the wierdest or obscure must have for your car #127407
    Abercol
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    I love my gadgets and my car is stuffed full of them, but they are hardly must haves.

    Of course, given a choice, then yes, adaptive cruise control, auto gearbox, cameras front and rear, decent 12 speaker audio, heated leather electric seats, heated steering wheel, heated windscreen, full matrix led headlamps, blind spot detection, massive boot and a decent diesel engine all help…eek, I’ve just described my current car…best tell Motability I want an extension.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Intermittent wipers. What’s your preference? #125671
    Abercol
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    The S-Max has the same, it has variable auto intermittent. I often turn off auto anyway as I hate wipers going on a near dry screen.

     

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    in reply to: Don’t know what to expect. #125316
    Abercol
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    I’ll go with you. I am Jason Stratham’s twin (after he ate all the pies).

     

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Peugeot rifter no more, 5008 back January #124719
    Abercol
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    No Rifter? Buy a Citroen Berlingo (13 models on the scheme) or Vauxhall Combo, (14 on the scheme) built on the same line as the Peugeot, purely badge engineering…although I think the Vauxhall is not as pretty.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: New to Motability #124654
    Abercol
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    How about the Alpha Romeo Giulietta, looks fab, 1.4 engine, same 120hp as many of the 1.0 units, but more torque, £299 AP, 0-62 9.4 secs, top end 121mph, it’d be a hoot.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

    in reply to: Tiguan DENT help #124176
    Abercol
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    If he is paying for it, then go to an accident repair centre or two and get a quote, something similar on my Sons Citigo was about £550. We paid directly to avoid insurance claim on a non-driving fault for a 19yr old (he  hit it whilst mucking about on his longboard in the drive).

    If you go to your insurance and tell the whole story they will approach him for payment, either direct or via his house insurance, either way he will end up footing the bill.

    In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.

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