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  • in reply to: Car numbers on the Motability Scheme today #141398
    BionicRusty
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    @wmcforum, I’ve not been very active here of late but I just want to thank you for religiously working on this and posting the update.
    I hope I speak for all when I say a collective thank you.
    Even though I’ve only recently got in my new car, this thread is still my first port of call.
    Keep up the great work. 👏👏👏👏

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    in reply to: Just lost my pip award, any advice? #141397
    BionicRusty
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    That’s great new Landyman. I hope you’re doing ok there. 👍

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    in reply to: Motability Scheme recognises top performing dealers #141125
    BionicRusty
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    @joss, this a fantastic idea.

    My personal view, however, is that Motability would shy away from this as the true story, which they surely must know, would become visible to all.
    The fact that this award already exists for scooter and powered chairs, but not for car dealerships, should tell us all we need to know.
    I am still pretty new to the scheme and of all the dealerships I have visited (circa 15), not one has promoted a view other than Motability being a hindrance and not really welcomed.

    That said, I, for one, would fully support such a feedback form.
    Never say never. 🤞

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    in reply to: XC40 R Design Pro …. ordered 😎 #140831
    BionicRusty
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    She looks awesome @Macca. Great job.
    Red glosses up so well. 👏👏👏👏

    Mine gets treated to Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish and is topped up with their Hybrid Ceramic Wax.
    She’s washed with Autoglym UHD.

    All are incredible products.

    Keep up the shine 🧽 🧼🤣😂

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    BionicRusty
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    I’ve never had anything but good things to say about Ford’s gearboxes although I haven’t had one for a while.
    Many moons ago, I had a car with their, then quite new, MT-75 gearbox. It was so reliable it was also used in the Transit.
    Fingers crossed this one will be a good one as well.

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    in reply to: Bmw delivery date extended again. #140184
    BionicRusty
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    FiestaRed, I really feel it for you.
    All I’d say is, if you have it in you, keep on chasing and keep on complaining.
    And if you feel you can, get on to the car manufacturer via their website. I made such a nuisance of myself that my car appeared as if by magic.

    Good luck friend. 👍🙏

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    in reply to: Bmw delivery date extended again. #140167
    BionicRusty
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    This seems to be a common theme at the moment and I truly feel it for all hit with these delays.
    I find it very hard to believe that BMW are not selling any cars because they are not being delivered.
    I would suggest that perhaps your/our cars are being delivered but the dealers are selling them to private buyers.
    And of course they have the Covid lie/excuse to palm off on us.

    I had exactly the same treatment with my Volvo. Multiple failed due dates and not a single update from Rybrook.
    This culminated in yet another due date, five months after ordering, being cancelled and I was told it would be another two to three months.
    I went kicking and screaming to Volvo direct and miraculously got a call from Rybrook the same day to be told my car was there. Funny that.

    My view? These dealers are lying to us.

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #139946
    BionicRusty
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    @Brydo. Spot on. The stop/start is horrific.
    And I also agree about its downfalls. It’s a lovely car and I enjoy being in it and driving it. And I was more than pleasantly surprised with the torque of the engine. It’s more than adequate. But the drivers seat and some of the tech let it down. That said, I knew it was going to be a big shock coming from the TwinPower diesel BMW power plant and it’s roughly where I thought it would be. Low to mid 30’s.

    @DaveW, I agree with you as well. I’d definitely go (proper) hybrid or EV as soon as something suits me and the infrastructure in North Wales picks up a little
    I owned a V6 petrol Jag in the early noughties and that used to return 26-28mpg. So 25-27 in a ‘modern efficient’ engine is horrific.
    No one should fall for the claims of petrol being efficient.
    The reason I’m in a petrol now was due to the maths. The extra cash needed for the AP’s of the diesel cars I’d have liked meant I’d pay more in the long run. For me, even with the poor mpg, over the three years, I’ll be quids in compared to the extra £1,500+ needed for the diesels that were available at the time.

    The biggest issue for me, though, is the drivers seat. I’m praying that Volvo will sort but I’m not hopeful. I may spend the next few years on a cushion. 😐

    On the plus side at the moment is that I’m back on heated seats. God, I’ve missed them. They really help. More than I realised now. And the entry/exit is perfect.

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    in reply to: “The Fuel Duty increase will be a tiny price to pay” #139940
    BionicRusty
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    Just another attention seeking piece from Rutherford. Seems he’s trying to use reverse psychology to incite a revolution.

    Before Christmas, Petrol was £1.02 a litre, locally. It’s now £1.22. So even at today’s prices, it’s over an extra £tenner to fill up from empty.

    So that shouldn’t bother me eh?

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #139930
    BionicRusty
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    @Brydo, sorry for late reply. I zonked out.
    It was mainly 30-40mph roads with a mile or so of dual carriageway but it was so quiet. It started off bad but just kept getting better.
    Most of my trips are low to mid 30’s.

    For the first time in about 20 years, both myself and my wife have petrol cars (Mrs Bionics is a Mercedes 1.6L). They’re both all but identical for fuel economy.

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #139843
    BionicRusty
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    Well I’ve just had a belter of a drive. My controlled meds were not in so we had to travel out and the guzzler managed 39mpg.  If I could, I’d be skipping around. 🤣😂

    Car was in Comfort Mode and aircon and heated seats were keeping our tushies warm. I’m sorry I didn’t run it in Eco now.

    Happy Valentine’s Day. ❤️😘

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    in reply to: Tesla quality issues again #139393
    BionicRusty
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    I watched an interesting interview yesterday with Elon Musk. His comment on reliability/build issues was that quality of all new models will be problematic during the ramp up phase. Quality is best at inception or steady state. This is actually commonly known in any manufacturing.
    Many new models in their first edition state can often be poor.

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    BionicRusty
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    Honestly, I can’t believe it’s only since 2012.
    It shouldn’t be a problem for Motability customers. In fact, it should be good forthwith customers as less car sales in general should mean more manufacturer incentives to keep the business they have, those being the big lease companies such as Motability.
    That’s what should happen but I think we all know that we will be presented with the mucky end of the stick.
    I’m always optimistic though, right up until I read the awful costs.
    Take Q1 for example. There was a real opportunity there for Motability to take advantage of the low new registration sales but what happened was some huge price hikes.
    Some may say, ‘Well I’ll just keep my current car longer’ and that would suit Motability down to the ground. They will still be claiming the weekly costs but without the hassle of dealing with new registrations.

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    in reply to: I call my car Gazza what’s yours called? #139218
    BionicRusty
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    Very droll, Brydo 🤣😂 Good one.

    Some good names here  😂

    I’ve never named my cars but I think I’d call mine The ‘Berg as in iceberg. Because it’s Glacier Silver. 😂

     

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    in reply to: Is your disability obvious? #139127
    BionicRusty
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    The answer for me is yes, it’s glaringly obvious and have had a life of point and stares.
    I’m used to it but sometimes it still cuts really deep. And by that I mean tearfully so at times. It’s more my family and friends that it bothers more at the time. And again, being honest, that’s usually worse for me as it;

    A) Brings to my attention something I’d either not seen or chosen to ignore, or

    B) Usually causes a scene. Something that, at 53 years of age, I do my utmost to ignore  and admit it’s a large part of why I go out less and less now.

    At 53, I’m pleased to say I do look a lot younger and I too have had the “You’re not old enough” discussion but as soon as I’m out of the car I’m faced with a clamped mush and quietness.
    I too have had the apology from badge warriors and to be honest, it doesn’t bother me at all.
    Disabled and parent parking bay abuse really annoys me, it always has.
    My brother-in-law’s spoilt brat of a cousin and his wife are right at the top of the list for this. It’s caused a number of arguments over the years. Most at the front of supermarkets.

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    in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #138820
    BionicRusty
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    Morning All.

    Yes, it’s true. 72 Dudes is spot on.
    I have an Inscription Pro and the seats have the knee extension. As far as I can make out, this is causing my problem.

    The seat pad is split into three sections and it’s the middle section that is the issue. It had a solid plate underneath that the seat pad is sitting (🙄) on and I am, in turn, sitting right on this. I’ve likened it to sitting on a wooden stool, on a towel. It was due to go back in but it’s been postponed. This delay is only adding to the issue as the pad itself is compressing/bedding in and becoming worse. And it’s not like I’m heavy, I’m under 10 stone.

    The problem, as I see it, is that there’s no way on earth that Volvo will rectify this due to cost. At best it would need a modification and at worse a new seat.
    I am going to get it in ASAP but I’m not hopeful.
    There’s a number of posts about this on forums (web and Facebook) and appears to affect the early MY21 cars.

    Apart from a few other niggles, I love it and so will be gutted if it needs to go back. And added to that, the current AP’s will mean most of my previous choices just don’t make financial sense any more.
    😞

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #137045
    BionicRusty
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    We do try to be a helpful bunch here 😁

    Please remember that I said I’m far from average @GlosGuy. I’m only 5’ 3” on my ‘good’ leg. My other is well over 3” shorter and the deformity of that femur means I need as short a seat pad as possible.

    It sounds like Mrs Glos Guy and myself may have similar needs for entry/exit.
    I need to reverse myself on to the seat, sit onto the side and pull myself in with the hand rail. Both cars are good for this but I’m leaning towards (puns keep coming) the X1 as being slightly better.
    My biggest error when choosing the X1 was that I decided, for the first time in about 20 years, to not have leather (I listened to James Bloody May). Worse thing ever. I had to cover the seat in the end to allow me to get comfortable.
    I hope that the sciatica keeps at bay for you once you’re able to get to try them.

    Please give Mrs Glos Guy my best wishes. 💐

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136993
    BionicRusty
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    @GlosGuy, With my particular set of issues, I’m probably not the best to gauge things on but for what it’s worth, taking into account your needs, I’m finding the following, in comparison to the BMW, after just over 1k miles in the Volvo.

    Ease of access – They are both very similar. The Volvo is a little higher, seat to kerb, but the electric seat settings allow easy access. For me, it feels like the distance from seat pad to the sill of the Volvo is slightly farther than the BMW but it’s not too much. Exiting is as easy as any car in both. A point here is that electric seats are standard on the Inscription Pro. They are an expensive option on the BMW and this was a contributing factor on choosing the Volvo over another BMW.

    Space – the BMW claims 505 litres and here’s the funny thing. Volvo were claiming 460 litres but now the B4 Inscription Pro is claiming 578 litres! Perhaps they were not including the under floor space? I’m not sure. I’m not taking a wheelchair, yet, and find the usable space very similar in both. All very good in both cars for our needs.

    Seat Comfort – Now it’s here that I may not be a good candidate for the average person. The Inscription Pro has extending knee bolsters and this has a frame under the seat with a solid plate under the middle pad. I’m sitting right on this and it’s uncomfortable. If you press down with a flat hand, you can clearly bottom out on the plate (no pun intended!). I’m hoping there’s a problem with it and it’s waiting to go back. I’ve likened it to sitting on a folded towel on a wooden stool.  Some others are noting the same and I’m hoping it’s a batch issue but in all honesty, with the cost of rectifying this, I don’t think that Volvo will agree to fix. The X1’s standard seats were perfect for me with a short seat pad which suited my frame well.

    Also, and this was another major for me and ties in to comfort, the ride in the Volvo is far superior than the BMW. It soaks up the bumps extremely well. In the BMW, whilst the handling was better, the suspension was way too hard for me, often painfully so.

    Engine – I’m pleasantly surprised at the power delivery of the B4 in the Volvo. It’s got good torque and is smooth. Not quite a torquey as the 18d but surprisingly close and is a pleasure to drive.

    Gearbox – It’s very good on most occasions but can ‘hunt’ for gears at slow, town speeds. For some reason, it’s clunky at roundabouts and can slam into a gear when trying to pull away. It seems like it’s holding on to a higher gear for too long. This may just be me or my car though.

    In other areas, the interior of the Volvo is much nicer in my humble opinion and I absolutely love the squared off exterior. The BMW is still very smart, though.
    The plus here for the BMW is, that finally, the X1 now has full led lights where the Volvo still relies on filament bulbs for main brake lights, indicators and rear fog lights. A point which many don’t even give brain space to, but it bugs me.

    Finally, I do love the higher driving position in the Volvo and find visibility very good. Some have pointed out that the C-Pillar causes a blind spot but I’ve yet to have noticed it.
    A good guide, for me, that I’ve made the right choice, is that I spend more time looking at it than I do driving it. 🤣😂

    Good luck with the hunt.

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    in reply to: Forum Members cars #136967
    BionicRusty
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    @Tharg, that’s pretty awesome as well 👏👏👏

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    in reply to: Forum Members cars #136966
    BionicRusty
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    CovCityman, that’s an awesome photo 👏👏

    Here’s mine on pick up day and also pictured, of course, at the docs.
    The paint is fantastic. Depending on the light, it can look white, bluey grey or a very light silver.


     

     

     

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136964
    BionicRusty
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    Morning All.
    Brydo, yeah I used the gross weight of the Inscription Pro. It’s a heavy old Hector when loaded up. My car’s quoted at 2230kgs and is without any packs. I expect a fully loaded one would be quite a bit more.

    @Glosguy, The BMW engines are nothing short of brilliant. And the 8 speed auto that was in mine was fantastic. I had the 18d which is the 20L but tuned more for economy and it was incredible. It didn’t feel underpowered at all and was so economical.
    The engine sounds pretty agricultural on the outside but I liked that. Inside, however, it was really quiet.
    Road noise was pretty good as well. I could hear some on poor roads but on the whole it was amazing.

     

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136950
    BionicRusty
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    Sif, I wholeheartedly agree. There’s nothing like a torquey V6 diesel. Many happy memories there. 😀


    @Markymate
    . 😀 Top man. 👍👍

    Brydo, that’s more like it mate. 👍 We all know it, I think, but Sif is absolutely correct in what he says. When all said and done, the 2.0L is lugging around comfortably in excess of 2 tons. Exactly twice the weight of my first car (Ford Capri)

    I think we’ll have to all give ourselves a gold star for any journey over 40mpg ⭐️ 😀

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136836
    BionicRusty
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    Markymate, Of course you’re spot on. I’m getting mpg vs power muddled up there.
    Ignore me. In my defence……….nope, I’ve got nothing. 😂🤣


    @Brydo
    . Yeah, very likely that’s what it is. I do know the engine can get close to the quoted figures but conditions have to be absolutely perfect. To be fair, I’m not surprised by it.

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136814
    BionicRusty
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    Well, my trip to the hospital was a bust. I fully expected the roads to be quiet. Maybe not apocalypticly so, but I certainly expected it to be a lot quieter than ‘normal’.

    The roads were, and I don’t say this lightly, absolutely bonkers. They were packed with some real maniacs. Two in particular. One driving a small flatbed car transporter and another in a white van. But that’s another riverbank tale (for those of us old enough to remember 😂)

    I hoped the XC40 was going to do well and was aiming for 40mpg or slightly over. In fact, it managed 38.7mpg. The trip was actually close to 100 miles in total. The trip I checked previously claimed 120 miles in my BMW so I must have had a detour.

    I’m sure if the run had been smoother, we’d have got over 40mpg so I’m not too disappointed.

    To just show how varying these figures can be, the day after we needed to go to the docs and do some shopping. The 6 mile trip out claimed 29.4mpg with the trip back at 12 miles (there was an accident on the road and so we had quite a detour to get home), claiming 43.5mpg.

    I know some people find this a waste of brain space but I’m afraid I’ve grown into one of those sad types who quite enjoy the mpg game.
    Many moons ago, I owned a number of V6 cars and used to bore my colleagues to tears with tales of mpg. I’m banned from talking about it now. 🤣😂

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    Azzy, I’m loathed to say this but a petrol engine works more efficiently with cold air. It’s denser and so feeds more oxygen into the engine for a more efficient ’bang’. So it’s probably more efficient now than it will be at any other time in the year.

     

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    in reply to: Xc40 picked up today. #136367
    BionicRusty
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    @Brydo, I realise it won’t make a huge difference but have you checked the tyre pressures?

    From the dealership, mine were on the very lowest of the spec (one was 1 psi under). I’m assuming the car didn’t throw up an error as they would have been ‘set’ within the TPS at this pressure.  I’ve got them at the ‘Eco’ pressure now. I always run my cars on the higher setting of the range.
    I’ve got a hospital visit today so will be interested to see how it gets on. 120 mile, round trip. It’s on reasonable B roads and about 20 miles on a 70mph A road(🤞). My old X1 did one trip, with a really smooth run, at over 60mpg! Only once though  😂 It generally returned less than than but nothing massively so.

    John, same question as Bowly. Was it one black and one red? If so the red one is called a Care Key and won’t access the driver settings.

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