Stuart

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  • Stuart
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    I really hope so, where i live there is quite a busy road runs past my house and the sound of diesel engines shattering the silence on a nice summer evening is awful, so thats the biggest thing im looking forward to is a quieter environment as well as a cleaner one.

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    in reply to: Vauxhall vivaro-e life #141383
    Stuart
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    Bladdy hell, 6k AP. I suppose if it fits your needs then the AP may be worth it, certainly a good enough spec if you need a people mover.

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    in reply to: You Gotta Have Soul !! #141355
    Stuart
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    @ Vaun Earl – i was getting around 230 miles when it was cold around -5 on some days but obviously pre heating the car really helps .

    @ Johntheleg – lol no i was waiting for a nice sunny day so i could get some nice pictures

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    in reply to: You Gotta Have Soul !! #141321
    Stuart
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    Good to hear you are enjoying your Soul Stuart. We have had ours since last September and have been very pleased with it. The range did drop a bit when it was very cold but improved again now. We use the preheating function quite a bit, it is nice to get into a warm car this time of year.

    Yes i used that when it was really cold last week, very nice as you say to get into a lovely warm car. Would be interested to see what the differences are from the MY20 and the MY21 release with you having yours since September, so far all i can see that is obvious are the blue soul badges on the sides.

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    in reply to: when does that new car smell leave? #141019
    Stuart
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    Meguiars make a cleaner for the inside of your car and it smells just like a new car, i had my Audi Q3 for 4 years and the guy in the showroom could not believe it still smelt like a new car. Im sure i still have it in the shed somewhere but it comes in a spray bottle and its light brown in colour, stinks awful out of the bottle very similar to cat pee lol, but once you apply it inside it smells just like a brand new car. Will see if i can find it, sure its called P40 or something like that.

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    Stuart
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    I think we all have to accept that the bigger more expensive cars will not be appearing even in their cheaper guise, i think Motability will concentrate on small to medium EVs with the odd specialised vehicle like the NV200 for people who need full size electric wheelchairs. I truly believe that the EV revolution will say goodbye to luxury cars on the scheme purely down to the cost.

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    Stuart
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    One of the nicest looking cars on the road ATM in my opinion. If that comes on the scheme with the bigger battery we have it made lol

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    in reply to: New Hyundai Tucson #140436
    Stuart
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    Beautiful SUV but the AP’s are just ridiculous tbh – money is always tight but I manage to save £10 a month towards next AP – so £360 plus £500 from the GCB gives me my AP limit

    GCB is now £600 so your better off than you thought.

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    in reply to: diesel and petrol keep going up – i need an EV #140241
    Stuart
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    I got sick of paying those prices and spending around £80 a month on fuel it was depressing, i know EVs are not for everyone and i know charging can be a pain in the backside at times but i would do it again in a heart beat just to save the £60 a month in fuel cost.

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    in reply to: SHOCKING EV #140171
    Stuart
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    Lets face it some people love em, some people hate them. Some except them and some want to go out kicking and screaming. they are not for everyone at the moment but that moment will come and it has too unless we all want to find another planet to live on. Personally i love mine and ive only had it a week, everywhere i drive i have a huge smile on my face, most of that is due to the acceleration but it also feels less of an effort to drive compared to a combustion engine even one with an auto box.

    I for one will never go back to driving a combustion engine now and im sure given the chance no one else would either, im confident 5 to 10 years from now they will be the norm on roads across the globe. and not only will it be a cleaner place but also a quieter one too.

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    Stuart
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    Stuart, what was the use of your car that got you 220 miles? I need to do 200 mile round trip airport runs being almost all 70 mph on motorways.

    Had the car a week now and my aim in the first week was to drive it exactly as i would have my Tiguan so its been in normal mode, i have used the heating and everything else as i would have and driven it like i would have. So far i have managed 220 which has been a mix of urban short runs and some motorway, im confident that i can get over 200 miles choose how i drive it tbh, just in one week its given me more confidence to just treat it like any other car really.

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    Stuart
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    Last week very rarely went above -2 and was as low as -5 where i live and i still managed a range of 220m from the published 280m, depends how much you use the heating, it also helps having a heat pump. You also need to remember that the heating is almost instant not like having to wait until your dinosaur breaks into a sweat to get some heat in the cabin lol so its on for a shorter period of time as are the heated seats and steering wheel.

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    Stuart
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    On the subject of ID.3s… anyone actually seen one on the road? I haven’t. Saw a set on a dealer forecourt (looked good). Even those have disappeared.

    I had a good look around one in a showroom while waiting for my MOT, not sure i should have but there was nobody about so i thought why not. Everything felt well put together and its very airy and bright inside, gets a NO from me though as everything is touch operational with virtually no buttons and the central screen feels almost a second thought like someone just stuck it there because they forgot to design it on the first place. Not the nicest EV on the market at the moment.

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    Stuart
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    I dont think it will be on in any guise for a while, not while its selling like hot cakes. Just like the E-Niro, while ever there is a 6 month waiting list they have no reason to do it. We do tend to get the stuff thats not shifting, i think thats the only reason the soul is on the scheme as the niro is out selling it 4 to 1 according to the dealer.

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    in reply to: BP Chargemaster said NO #139630
    Stuart
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    I live in a area designed for disabled people so everything is flat no curbs etc. I will contact pod point tomorrow. Thank you for your help

    Not an ideal solution but you could go private and have one fit, or just have a socket fit on the wall and buy a smart cable. Both will work fine and its not a requirement by Motability as they state on the site, if you cannot fit a charger opt for the subscription to the charge network then get one fit from someone else.

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    Stuart
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    You also have to take into account the heft of batteries its carrying around as well 143bhp might sound good in a car but with a boot full of  batteries its not.

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    in reply to: Tesla quality issues again #139524
    Stuart
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    5 of my friends own Tesla, 2 outright and 3 on lease and none of them intend on replacing them with another. All have had issues in one form or another and all have suffered from reliability problems. The only good thing all of them scream about is the charging infrastructure, thats light years ahead of anything else.

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    in reply to: Free EV charging points: Where are they all? #139523
    Stuart
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    There are loads near me, around 9 within 5 or 6 miles from home and all located near to shops or supermarkets. Not used any yet but i would if i were shopping in those areas for sure, been a Yorkshireman anything for nothing is worth having lol

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    in reply to: Game: Can you list all your motability cars and years #139522
    Stuart
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    2010 BMW 2 series Convertible

    2013 Audi Q3 Sline Quattro

    2018 Peugeot 3008 GTline

    2018 VW Tiguan SEL

    2021 KIA Soul EV First Edition

     

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    in reply to: First payment #139204
    Stuart
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    From the day you collect your car having accepted it and entered your pin the payment is diverted to motability. So your first payment will be the next payment it would have gone into your bank, if you collect the car on the 1st and your normal PIP payment is the 28th then your first payment would be the 28th.

    You don`t pay for the car from your bank account, the motability section of PIP simply isnt paid, thats the way i understand it.

    • This reply was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by Stuart.

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    in reply to: mazda mx-30 could be a contender #139203
    Stuart
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    Suffers from the same issue that put me off the i3 and its not the range alone but those stupid doors. Yes they look good but are totally impractical as you have to get out of the car to let people in and out, not an issue if you rarely carry rear seat passengers i suppose but nonetheless would do my head in if i did.

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    in reply to: Super Excited #139007
    Stuart
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    @Stuart that’s great news I’m so pleased, I’ll celebrate with a couple of lagers tonight. 😀 You’ll manage fine I’m sure until the fitting of the wall charger. The saga with BP Chargemaster is nearly at an end. With all the messing around you’ve had I just wonder if I should get my own wall charger installed ready for when I’m able to order in March.

    Yeah it has been a bit of a pain but still better than paying £500 for one from elsewhere…….but only just mind lol.

    Will join you tonight with a few beers

    Cheers

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    in reply to: Super Excited #138999
    Stuart
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    Stuart when I first got married we were “skint” and when putting petrol in the car it was a max of £1. I remember going a run with my wife and newly born baby girl and running out of petrol. Just by chance my father and mother in law had decided to go a run and passed by us they took the wife and daughter home and me to the garage. You would have I’d have learned my lesson but no. A few years later heading home from the in laws, I thought I had enough in the tank to get home but didn’t. There is a big hill to get into the village and I was 50m from the top, and its all down hill after that, I ran out of juice. Just as we pulled onto the pavement my mate from school days pulled in behind us and saved the day. Very lucky on both occasions as we had no breakdown cover, hasn’t happened since lol.

    lol had many days like that way back when, remember the norm at petrol stations was a fiver lol very rare my fuel gage went above quarter of a tank. for years i thought it only held a few gallon, i remember i bought a Rover sterling 820 fastback and i almost passed out the first time i filled her up lol.

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    in reply to: Has any one got a electric car with out a wall box. #138950
    Stuart
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    Chub

    My wife has progressive MS and just like you i was really scared and worried about taking the plunge, but i did my research before choosing to take the plunge. I researched all the charging points close to or within 10 miles of my home and was shocked just how many there were and even more shocked how many are free. I knew my car came with a standard 13 amp granny charger which will charge the car in just over 24 hours or so, thats what i call my reserve parachute.

    BP have been a little shall we say annoying but after a few twists and turns they are finally on route to install the charger and estimate around 6 weeks so i have pulled the GO switch and this morning transferred the AP to the garage and i collect the car next Tuesday.

    The advice from people on here, especially gotitjulie has been brilliant and really helped make my decision but at the end of the day you have to be comfortable with the change, the way i look at it is this, once you get into the lease the change in which you drive/charge will just become the norm and i see it no different than filling a car with fuel, its just changing habits that we have become so used to doing and charging will become the same.

    I really hope you decide to go for it but like i said it has to be right for you so do the home work

    Stuart

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    in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #138661
    Stuart
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    Different car i know but this is exactly the issue i had with my 3008, a hard lip across the front of the seat that after almost 8 months was causing so much pain i could hardly walk some days. Had it inspected several times and as predicted they could find no faults whatsoever but Motability agreed to swap it, they were brilliant the way they handled it.

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