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  • in reply to: SINCE THE WITCH HUNT DAILY MAIL DAYS #137327
    Rico
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    Point one i was referring to a used one at about 26000 ref BMW hybrid, I would never buy new.. and lol that Leon is the same price as mini countryman with equil performance and better kit, numbers are all over the shop with motability at the moment

    Rico
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    I think it’s for all show. they can say that they offered PHEVs and Battery vehicles,Mobutu the uptake was poor. they will now only pay the cost of fitting a home charger for Battery only, not PHEVs They get better discounts from fossil fuel cars as Hybrids are all the rage currently. They seem not to choose to reduce the AP on hybrids.

    there is a list that a lot of phevs are on, you can get a smart charger installed for £450 and the list is basically all the plug in hybrids that would qualify for 350 grant from the govt for install, so total of £100 should be factored in to your purchase link to list

    Rico
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    his point is valid,  and you should not be rude about it either, I had my eye on a few cars last quarter that have been removed in spec I would of liked bumped the lower spec ones ap up to way above the price the higher spec ones were at… I thought with car sales down 50% manufactures would be falling over themselves, Remember when motability stated that the cars ap represent the resale value after 3 years… this quarters AP prices make that statement look like complete Bo**ox to be honest as I 100% doubt a Meredes A class Saloon premium plus (not a car i want) with a advance payment of 7500 and retail of 40,185 will loose as much value in 3 years as the Hyundai Premium SE electric which is 3949 ap and retail of 38,500 so a difference of 1685 retail price, but the car that will loose them the most money is the Hyundai Premium se electric, yet the merc is nearly 4000 more AP.  Something sinister looks to be going on here. I just saw prices today and straight will be ringing motability to extend and then probably buy at end of 5 years and just save for another 2. It is defo looking like those of us that need larger cars and wanted to go hybrid or electric are not going to have a look in for quite a few years if ever with these prices… to rich for me.

    Rico
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    They have obviously learnt from their mistake, as the new 318i is most definitely now a 1998cc four cylinder. BMW technical spec on website confirms

    I stand corrected, will be lucky for some, I did notice one positive, but still out of my price range the HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 150KW PREMIUM SE (upto 300 mile range all electric has dropped nearlly 1000 to 4000, still to pricey for me).

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by Rico.
    Rico
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    Trying to be balanced, I have now checked everything that was on my shortlist in Q4 against the Q1 list (as it stands) and concluded that, for me personally, it could have been a lot worse. The biggest downer for me is the loss of the BMW 320i Touring as IMO that was the best car on the scheme by some margin. Thankfully the 318i Touring remains though (no change in AP), which is still a 2.0 litre albeit a bit less power. The X1 remains and the one I would get (2.0i XLine 4WD) is the same AP as in Q4. All the Audi Q3’s that some people strangely suggested would disappear in Q1 within weeks of having joined the scheme have, as predicted, remained with no change in AP’s The VW Tiguans all remain at the same AP’s and the 1.5 TSi Elegance is now the stand out bargain for a good sized very well equipped SUV at £1,949 albeit it’s 2WD . I am still hopeful that the 2.0TSi 190PS 4WD Elegance might appear when it launches in the UK and before we change, especially if it will only be £2,499 AP as originally intended The Ford Kuga 2.0 190PS ST-Line X 4WD has returned and at the same AP as when it was last available. The Honda CR-V 2.0 Hybrid 4WD in SR trim remains, albeit up by £250. Whilst not on my shortlist, Toyota RAV-4’s, although dated and only in 2WD, are decent sized and well equipped SUV’s and remains at the same AP’s. Although the Volvo XC40 is on my short list, I really don’t like the look of it and fear it will be too small for us, so if I selfishly had to pick one car on my list that I wouldn’t lose sleep about massive hikes in AP’s then it would be this one and, sadly, that has happened. I feel very sorry for anyone who had their heart set on this though, as the AP hikes are significant. So, as I say, trying to be positive, from my personal and admittedly selfish perspective, it could have been a lot worse and certainly wasn’t the apocalyptic quarter that some predicted.

     

    Sorry to break you bubble bud, but for the last 3 years all 318 petrol engines in all bmw’s is their crappy 1.5 3 pot engine, which in my honest opinion is worse mpg than the 2.0 petrols from them in real world use, I got rid of my 318i touring old style early because of its appalling mpg, drivability.. and when it was in for work twice they gave me a 2.0i petrol touring as cover so I know from experience.

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by Rico.
    in reply to: Mirrors so thin #126070
    Rico
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    Gone are the days of sticking a £5 replacement mirror on top of the smash one then. I shudder to think the replacement cost of one of these. They are already on the Honda E.

    Dont worry we might be disabled but I am sure we can mcguiver up a cheap mirror with some gaffa tape 😛

    in reply to: A closer look at the Tiguan r- line #101501
    Rico
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    Had mine since April this year (r line) and all I can say is with all the tech this is the first car after a 140 mile drive I have not got out tired, yes there’s BMW that you can get out of and dont need to stretch (1 series, 3 series) but this thing you wont crack a yawn, it takes some getting used to feeling the steering move with you holding it on motorway, but it works well, top down view is very handy… I would also suggest side assist as an option, just for the reverse emergency braking (if you are in a carpark front in and some twat comes speeding down isle you are in why your reversing it will auto brake the car, also you get orange lights in inner part of  wing mirrors that indicate car is in your blind spot or at the side of you. It goes from dim to bright depending on how along side they are, it also if you decided to try to steer that way even with indicators on will fight you hard to not let you change lane because it knows a car is there.  It’s much harder resistance than lane assist which also fights a tiny bit if you try to change lane without indicating. Side assist is just a lot lot stronger…. lovely car and if when renewing comes around if there is not a car with all this tech I’ll be extending, and after 5 years if no option I’ll trying to but

    in reply to: Tiguan r line tech #92071
    Rico
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    Rico ,do you have a link to these ? Thanks

    just checked on fleabay and seller is gone 🙁   might have been removed as the rears were useless https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/icar_show you could try msg them and ask can they get a set and you understand the rears wont fit, but still willing to pay £30…

     

    in reply to: VW tiguan allspace….electric boot lid? #90093
    Rico
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    If your just after boot options the cheaper route of carisita will be fine

    in reply to: VW tiguan allspace….electric boot lid? #89931
    Rico
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    How do you get all that info about what boat your car is on and arrival dates etc. I have the tracker app and all I get is “in transit” . Meant to be enroute from Mexico to germany.

    ask dealer for boat name the check on marine traffic

    in reply to: VW tiguan allspace….electric boot lid? #89812
    Rico
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    OK so I am near Canterbury Kent I can offer anyone help but only can 100% code to button on drivers door to close as mine closed from factory anyway (r line tech) so if your willing to come to me I’ll do it for free.

    in reply to: Audi A3 #89679
    Rico
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    It sure sounds like your friend has had a right rough deal with her Tiguan, I guess that’s the prob with mass production some poor bugger is gonna end up with a stinker Hopefully she is clear of probs now mind you I’m sure though that if her car needs to go back in for a repair and they only have smaller unsuitable cars as courtesy cars that Motability can organise a bigger more suitable car I’ve never did this personally, hit it was the service manager at Audi that was telling me this at the start of the year I’ve had my R Line tech for a couple of months now, touch wood no probs so far It’s a helluva lot of car for ur money and comes with pretty much everything you’d want as standard The 360 degree camera is amazing I did have that buyers remorse those when I handed my Q3 and collected the Tiguan, but now after a couple of months I look at it and I think, that’s a pretty nice looking motor Anyways I hope u find the one ur after my friend but I woudnt hold out much hope a decent trim Level Q3 appearing on the scheme any day soon

     

    I have had mine since april and love it and 0 issues

    in reply to: Why the obsession with German cars? #87006
    Rico
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    hey I currently have Mercedes b class auto which I brought prior to motability. I do need something higher up now and to be honest I am been a car snob, but the vw Tiguan r line has definitely caught my eye. Do you enjoy yours as your have come from bmw to vw? What’s the fuel economy like. Thank you

     

    Fuel economy is between 34 to 48 depending on journey (have even got 52) but vw has a avg fuel economy reporting system which is not very helpful, so I would say under reports sometimes as I done a real world tank fill to tank fill estimate and car said I avg about 42 for that tank, my pocket and pump said I avg 49.8 for that tank.

    Coming from a BMW it was a change as it was a SUV for a start, but in all honestly I waxed lyrical about lack of having to stretch out after a long journey and praised it everywhere, The Tiguan r line handles well (does not wallow about) and you added bonus on top of the bmw as well as not feeling the need to stretch, you also don’t feel tired after a long drive… truly impressed with it. One thing I love is the implementation of the adaptive cruise control. and the fact it has foot rest on both sides of pedals for when your using it 😛

    in reply to: Why the obsession with German cars? #86549
    Rico
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    Vw tiguan r line was what we changed to from BMW 3 series Estate and I am not disappointed, surprisingly handles almost like a car (shockingly so for the size and weight) and has lots of useful tech and is a bargain at current ap and unlike all space is built in Germany.

    in reply to: BMW X1 4×4 No Diesel only Petrol #86461
    Rico
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    • BMW X1 1.5 sDrive18i Sport 5dr

    This is one is still listed and is a Diesel

    all 1.5s listed as 18i are petrol, the diesel 18 bmws are infact 2.0 diesels.

    in reply to: Ask Motability when the Tesla 3 is coming on the scheme. #85820
    Rico
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    can we have the upcoming all electric porsche on the scheme please with its 434 mile range? 😛 😛

     

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Rico.
    in reply to: Seat TARACCO Collected yesterday – any questions ? #85819
    Rico
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    Hi Picked up my Seat Taracco yesterday / 2.0 diesel xcellence model. First impressions are good – load space with rear seats down is good (huge actually) Driving Position is high – may be worth trying this if you think you will struggle getting in and out. The tech upfront in cabin is good as well – my Pixel 3 phone has android auto which works faultlessly with the system in taracco – it’s so convenient to have text messages read to you by the car whilst driving and being able to text back with your voice is just brilliant ! The inbuilt sat nav is good – particularly like the option to have it in front of you whilst driving on the digital dashboard – it’s displayed in between the revs and the speedometer – you can choose what you want in the digital dash – sat nav only / phone / car info /radio etc etc – lots of options. Electric windows – folding wing mirrors on locking / keyless entry and start (as long as you have the keys in your pocket you can open door and start car without them. Chilled glove box / tables for the back seat passengers like on an airplane in front of you – these can be straight like a normal table to eat off etc – or angled to hold a tablet etc ! Nice touch. LOADS of leg room behind drivers seat – this was a huge problem in my last car – and lots of head room as well ! Only had it a day – gone around 20 miles and it’s showing 28mpg – so maybe not the best car for fuel – full tank cost £60 to fill up at Costco as the dealer only put £10 in it. Mines black – been told already it looks like a drug dealers car as the tint on the rear windows is quite deep – not really the impression I wanted to give to people. Advance Payment was £2200 with £250 off at Pentagon – so just under £2000. Amy questions ask away.

     

    mpg will improve bud, vag group (vw, seat, skoda and audi) cars have a tendancy to put out avg mpg figures, once you have done a few 1000 miles the car will be in the 40s+ so dont panic, I get avg of 14 doing 1 mile to local shop, but on motorway 48-50 and its not even really broken in (diesels are normally optimal mpg after 5000 miles), so dont panic it will improve..

    in reply to: Competition Needed For Motability #85606
    Rico
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    austerity is just fancy talk for tory “we need to make the rich richer and the poor poorer again” it is as simple as that… the whole brexit is a shambles too as what a lot of people don’t realise is all the pro brexit mps have investments in companies that get payments from eu. As it stands if your business gets a payment from the eu you pay tax, if outside the eu you don’t pay tax on it. Once we leave you wont pay tax on payments from companies in the EU… So reality they are just interested in lining their own pockets.

    in reply to: Toyota RAV4 Vs Mitsubshi Outlander PHEV #85106
    Rico
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    I would go for Toyota all day long for a hybrid, after all they have made hybrids for years and are known for having the most bullet proof engine (Lexus are just posh toyotas and are owned by them).. I would of gone and test drove a rav4 tbh if hybrid was available when I needed to change.

    in reply to: Had my first accident the other day after 40yrs driving! #85104
    Rico
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    I got a front and rear one after some one decided to try and reverse into the bay I had just pulled out of hitting the rear side panel, apologise and said he was not paying attention. after a week motability phoned me and told me I had to pay excess as they had agreed that it was 50/50 with other drivers insurance and he claimed I was reversing out too, even though I pointed out even if I had been reversing out he still tried to reverse into a non empty bay.

     

    Now I have dashcam that wont happen ever again as ill nail them to the post.

    in reply to: What car do you recommend? #85103
    Rico
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    unfortunately we don’t have a Jeep dealership nearby.

    were i live the jeep, fiat and alfa are all under the same roof, it may be like that near you 😉

    in reply to: Which brand do you miss the most? #84941
    Rico
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    I second crew cab style pickups, so much space in back, obviously they would all need fitting with a lockable cover, but still with this a lot would fit into pricing.

    in reply to: Mercedes CLA Back On Scheme #84580
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    Personally the after sales service we got from Mercedes has been crap and another reason why we are swaying toward the Tiguan. Of the 7 alloys, 3 cracked and the rest buckled. Complained to merc and they put a note in the system and motability did put a “mark” against the dealer apparently. Now having claimed three times on insurance for the same problem we now have a higher excess to pay even though motability assured us the claims wouldn’t go against us! still remember when the car went to the insurers for two two buckled wheels (according to merc) to then find out there was actually four! The insurance and Mercedes then spent weeks arguing about fixing it! complete shower of s**t in all honesty!

    I am a tiguan fan, if you do long journeys you will love it, the look is not for everyone, but i  have never felt so relaxed after a long journey than in the tiguan.

    in reply to: Mercedes CLA Back On Scheme #84549
    Rico
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    I’ve had the cla shooting brake for 3 years and tempted with either this or the Tiguan r line. My main concern is the wheels – on my current car I have to claim 3 times for alloys – 7 cracked or buckled!!! Complained to Mercedes how poor the alloys are but with no success. Also as the boot is smaller I will have to see how wheel my Mrs wheelchair goes in. I wonder if the shooting brake will be added shortly?

     

    this is my gripe with mercedes and why I would not have another one, my last one the wheel had a dodgy buckle that you would only feel between 50 and 70 mpg (and you would have to do 76mph to get past it).. mercedes could not find a problem, yet in 8 months I had 2 new tires on same wheel.. then despite me complaining to motability and mercedes I got a phone call from motability and they were concerned I had had 2 new front tires within 8 months… GRRRR I actually blew a brain cell and slammed the phone down. Then rang up 2 days later going through the whole story with them, Then they just said it would be better all round if I just changed car early  as mercedes were fighting them on it, hence despite me thinking mercs look nice I would never get another.

    BMW 2 cars after that and then I got the Tiguan R line, why it may not be as well handling as the other brands it does handle in the R – line spec better than I thought a SUV could and thanks to the tech, long drives are a lot more relaxing than they ever were… to get these extra features on a BMW would of been about 5000+ and on the merc about 4000. So a no brainer for me, I let the brain do the deciding rather than the heart and I am so glad I did.

    in reply to: Mercedes CLA Back On Scheme #84392
    Rico
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    Just to give anyone a heads up. Ignore the APs between one model and another Wether it be a 180 AMG Line or a 200 AMG Line the apex is the same apart from what’s under the bonnet. Mercedes don’t do extras You may ask how do I know. I’ve just been in this morning and ordered the 200 CLA AMG LINE COUPE at £1699 AP

    I think they gave you miss information, mercedes do have Packs which add extras for each pack.

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