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  1. I have dealt with this situation dozens of times with customers' W124 estates. The way to deal with this is to prevent the car being written off The reason insurers write cars off is that bodyshops generate a standard repair quote based on new parts at retail price and the total exceeds the threshold at which they write the car off. If they value the car at £2230 then the threshold is going to be somewhere round £1000 If you can provide the insurers with a quote to repair for less than their write-off threshold value you should be able to have the car repaired and it won't be a Cat D as it's not been written off Using secondhand parts a front wing shouldn't be too expensive, nor should a headlight. The M-Sport bumper will be the most expensive thing I imagine. If you can find panels in the same colour as the car this will reduce repair costs as the bonnet shuts, etc, won't need to be painted The insurers should work on a VAT-exclusive price so I'd think a quote of £1100 + VAT should see you having the car repaired I'd do two things: ask what their threshold is as a percentage and work back from that. Also produce a file with copies (not originals) of the bills for work done on your car, and printouts of examples of other cars on the market with asking prices. Use these to drive up their valuation. Whatever they say, insurers have to take into account replacement value Three more things: don't let the insurers take the car away - you might never see it again. Don't accept their first offer as it is just that - an offer. And remember the insurance can't write the car off without your agreement. It's your car, not theirs, till you accept a payout Whereabouts in the country are you? I am sure people on here can recommend a good bodyshop local to you Nick Froome
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  2. Following on from my introduction pot a week or so ago, finally got out to take a few pics today to show the good and not-so-good bits of Christine. First of all a couple of overall shots out in the sunshine: The problem bits are: O/S/F wing parking dent. The lights need to come out to sort it, but they need to some out for cleaning anyway so - weather permitting - that may be on the cards for next weekend: N/S/F door mirror and surrounding area, multiple chips. Not sure how they got there but they need to go! N/S/R wheel arch. This may well be more serious than it looks - I'm under no illusions about that, but the area is generally solid so should be able to catch it without really major surgery: O/S/F and R door corners. The front isn't bad yet - have had the door card off to do the window in the past week and it's not going to be a hole + the rest of the lower edge is good. have a couple of tins of Dinitrol on hand for the inside / seam once the cosmetic's done. The white dots are reflections of bird *** on the road btw N/S/R bumper corner from before we got her: There's also a scuff on the N/S/F bumper corner (vsible in the second pic) but that should be little more than a polish out. The O/S/R corner is unblemished
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  3. I enjoyed this series. Le Blanc is a good host, and the BBC should hang on to him. Harris is improving, still not sure about Reid. Top entertainment though. Everything has worked out for the best I think - Top Gear AND The Grand Tour. Two car shows instead of one. I'm going to be honest here - and I expect to get flamed - but I preferred this series of Top Gear to Grand Tour.
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  4. Recently did this with my daughter, her boyfriend purchased a cheep 1.4L after passing her test, He was dismissed shortly after and took the car so I got her a 1.6 mini cooper and she had me on as a 2nd driver along with a black box, doing this dropped her premium right down. I did not like the lad any way so worth the grief
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  5. My first car at 17 in 1981 was a Capri 1600GT XLR, never been without a Capri since. Wish I had kept the RS3100, it was the last of 18 they did in Stardust, bought it off a friend in bits but never had the time to do it so sold it on. 1st car... My last tow barge was a Granada 2.8i Ghia X... Put a 24v in this one, and made a manifold to take a pair of Weber Triple Chokes off a Porsche... The Race Capri which I've had since 1986, bit like Triggers Broom though, it's the 3rd shell, I killed one and a Rover SD1 killed the other ! It does have some BMW dna you'll be pleased to know, as the suspension is all M3... Sorry Greenelekta, would love an M5 Touring though, saw this one last year at Essen Car Show...
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  6. This one. Awful colour but lovely well equipped car. Electric reclining back seats!
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  7. It's almost as if they're in some sort of "Union" or something [emoji848] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  8. Had my fair share of Fords in the past, my first car was a Mk1 Escort 1300 Super that my brother gave to me when I was 15. Hmmm slot mags lol An Xr3i followed when I was 18. Then an RS2000 Custom some time later with some nice bits And a little later a 1.6i Ghia Orion with RS Turbo rims and Canoe option
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  9. Their 2015 manifesto said that the Conservatives would safeguard Britain's interests in the single market. Time these promises were set in stone. And those who failed to keep them should be hit over the head with said stone.
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  10. Can think of a number of people who could do with one of those
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  11. I read somewhere that a Le Pen win would be the beginning of the end for the EU, so here's hoping, then all these bleating f***ing remoaners will have to shut the f**k up as there will be no EU to rejoin.
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  13. I like the exhausts and stuff, but not the wheels.
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  14. Back to the Fords My first learn to drive was a 1979 V Cortina 1.3 base Which was my dad's work horse during the early 1980's This lasted until 1984 when the Diff and gearbox started to moan like Katie Price ... This resulted in KWD 370V being replaced during 1984 by a 1982 Cortina 2.0 Ghia which was my first really on the road learner car ! I've had many motor's since be could never sell her. Bessie was my first car once my test was passed during 1985 i changed the camshaft etc to Kent cams as you do I'm hoping to get her back on the road this year. (We are fitting new brakes etc etc and found some new Ford panels too )
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  15. You're a man with a loft full of original, original bits.... just like me!
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  16. Only one more adjustment to go.... Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
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  18. Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph: Meanwhile, spotted on Twitter: Christ on a bike...
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  19. Les Dennis spoof is near enough. May's idea of strong and stable seems to mean being unable to make your mind up. Only about little things like whether she supports Brexit and will hold a general election though
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  20. I remember when I was at primary school we lived in the middle of nowhere so my dad used to have to drop me off at the end of the lane to catch the mini bus (Bedford cf.....remember them?) which was driven by ken Parker aka crazy ken because he drove it flat out all the way! Anyway, the lane I had to wait joined another lane right on a tight bend. Every morning whilst waiting for crazy ken a guy that looked like tom selleck (spelling) tash an all on his way to work presumably came up to the corner in his new white 2.0S mk4 cortina and when wet always gave it a boot full for some oversteer which never failed to impress me. It was and still remains one of the coolest things ever [emoji23]
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  21. The campaigning seems now to be two parties trying to campaign on issues, whilst the Tories are just slagging Corbyn off and saying nothing on policy, other than As for that eejit Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson - that pompous load of piffle was astonishing. Not having had the benefit of an expensive education, I had to look up 'mugwump' - turns out it wasn't quite the insult he hoped. So in other words, they placed principle over party. http://zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/boris-joins-mugwumps.html
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  22. I once found myself in hospital needing treatment after passing out at work. The one thing that struck me was the jobsworth attitude of the agency nurse, unlike the staffers. The agency nurse wouldn't do a thing outside her remit; the staffers all went the extra mile - even going and fetching me sandwiches and tea without my asking.
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  23. Took a while but got there in the end. Very pleased with the results.
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  24. As the title says, did you drive your E28 today. I did, made the effort to drive it today on "drive it day" to make awareness of the classic car movement. First time that I have actually gone out of my way to do this. 60 mile round trip to see my old mum and saw plenty of other classic and vintage cars out on the road. Good feeling, although a bird did decide to crap all over the bonnet ( feathered type ) thats appreciation for you.
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  25. Phew, thank goodness for that... no, wait a second, didn't Brown......... Oh shit.
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  26. Hi rasg, The easiest way is to remove the ashtray from underneath, where the button that releases the centre compartment is gently prise the black cover off at the point closes to the rear of the car, then unscrew the torx screw and the whole centre including the iDrive will prise upwards from the rear. You can then chose to unplug the 5-6 plugs and remove completely or you can access the 4 torx screws that will release the ashtray. *not my pics btw
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  27. It's alright at least we have gold reserves..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  28. Not much really, I changed jobs around a year ago and was on a training salary until a couple of weeks ago. This has limited what I could do to the car but it hasn't stopped my planning. I have been using it as my daily this month which has been fun but has also highlighted a few issues that need sorting sooner rather than later. I want to change the lsd for a 3.15 one as the current one is a bit short, it makes first gear redundant. Also, the suspension needs sorting, I've got lots of parts ready to fit, my problem is finding someone to fit them, one place took it in but rang me to say they couldn't undo a bolt and so wouldn't do the work. Pretty poor, I think they just like shiny new cars. I need to find a specialist! The exhaust is sitting a bit low so that needs sorting, scrapes quite a bit. The gear change is sloppy, should be an easy fix. The viscous fan needs changing as well. That's the main bits, the wish list is a lot longer but getting it driving nicely is the priority. I still love driving it, it still feels quick, sounds fantastic and has that lovely e34 feel. Economy hasn't been too bad whilst doing daily driving, been getting around 24mpg. So, plans are afoot and hopefully life won't get in the way!
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  29. Make sure you can undo the fill plug before you undo the drain... Nothing like letting all the oil out then realising you can't put fresh back in
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  30. My old lady is very partial to Shell V-Power but as Mick's says 5* would be superlative.
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  31. 83222365987 is the part number for the diff oil from BMW. I can't remember the weight of the oil but I just used BMWs own stuff.
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  32. Corbyn is taking lessons from Dylan. Not Bob. The one from Magic Roundabout
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  34. Took mine to Poole for R&R - cost me a lunch. Running her on ordinary unleaded, she's not terribly at ease with it.
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  35. Thank you for those kind words, I will pass them on. She is completely scunnered with being a GP at the moment. She started surgery last Wednesday at 08:30. With House calls, she worked thru her lunch. She then started afternoon surgery which finished at 18:00. She then spends the next hour doing paperwork until she is forceably removed from the building when the caretaker locks up. she then comes home and puts the littl'un to bed.I then give her something to eat before she then logs on to her work pc remotely and works till 00:45. She started surgery last Thursday morning at 08:30 With House calls, she worked thru her lunch. She then started afternoon surgery which finished at 18:00. She then spends the next hour doing paperwork until she is forceably removed from the building when the caretaker locks up. she then comes home and puts the littl'un to bed.I then give her something to eat before she then logs on to her work pc remotely and works till 23:35. I'm pretty sure she won't vote green, she fricking better not vote for SNP!
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  36. Getting back onto the private plate bit, I have one on my car and it means nothing to me. Just looks different. I do agree the the ones that are made to look like something that there not are cocks. I came by mine on my first e28 many years ago, I paid 370 for a tidy 525e when nobody wanted them with UOU1T on it, some one once said that I could make it look like UQUIT . After 5 years of owner ship I found out that its value was £750. Sold said 525e for £400 and transferred the plate onto my M535i hoping people would think it's an older E12 I like it and means shag all to me.
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  37. I thought I would share some pics of my 323i , I am the second owner and the car has a genuine 25,000 miles with a main dealer history ( other than when it was dry stored for 15 years) and everything was done at the supplying dealer. Some bird crap had got on the roof and bonnet so they have been attended too over the last week or so which leaves the wheels to be painted , the mirrors split and bases painted and the new rubber strip to be fitted on the rear bumper Pics so you can see below ... my other e30 and e39 are also still being well used
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  38. Another day; another clean All alloys had my DIY refurb and respray in Halfords 'Vauxhall Silver Sparkle II' paint; after a sanding & primering etc... Painted with 3 coats and then 2 coats of lacquer. Not after perfection, but better than bubbled, messy and brake-dust damaged paintwork! New black bolts fitted all round too as well as new centre caps and 'M' badges Engine bay has been given another clean too after the work that was done to it the other week Hopefully will have the dents guy out to me over the next week or so to get some of the small 'parking' dents removed and see if he can sort the dents on the bonnet at the front; if not they'll be left to the 2nd half of the body work/respray planned for after summer A few pics to show it in all its glory (and tucked back up the driveway for another week
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  39. Last week I was doing this Then this week I was doing this ........... Then i was playing with my new Wax Oil Sprayer.................Bang Tidy
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  40. You're right that I don't remember unfortunately, though I suspect the replacement ecu cured it. I'm sure if it'd been more tricky we would have remembered this one. Unusually both me & my mum do still have our same 520i cars as we had then, hers is still nice & clean having done 50 odd thousand miles only but mine now has a real rat-rod look about it & almost been scrapped twice but mechanically it still goes well & ive kept it going. We've had our cars for eight years now which is a record for me but mine is a second car & im not so reliant on it. My mum has her previous 318i for nine years before getting this one so she'll probably have hers for a few more years yet.
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  41. I assumed the little no entry sign meant don't put anything in that gap or it will get squashed
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  43. So has everyone else got the sliding armrest? Sent from my HUAWEI VNS-L31 using Tapatalk
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  44. Mine doesn't, it just slides back gracefully. You should check that it's clipped on properly to the rails. Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
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  45. I love those moments when you find out your car does something you didn't know about. Did you know in the touring with the back seats down you can slide in the rear blind to insert a net between the front and rear seats? Took me almost 4 years to find that out. Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
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  46. Teckno model of my mates Volvo 750
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  48. The gearbox and FD multiply TORQUE not POWER. The cars have different FDs. I keep saying this, but you keep telling me I have said a gearbox multiplies power. I think I am in the wrong forum for this kind of stuff. Simple science, get shouted at.
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  49. Anyway, enough of the capris, how about this? One of the best cars I ever owned. Ignore the now ex [emoji36] V6 XR4X4
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  50. I'm stuffed. It's blue-rosette-on-a-roadkill-badger territory round here. Until the rise of the Party For Scared Old White Men, the Lib Dems came second round here. Labour (where my sympathies lie) are a pointless exercise; you could probably hold constituency meetings in someone's garden shed and still have room for the lawnmower and wheelbarrow. So, I thought 'Lib Dem'. But I can't forget the fact that they propped up a Tory administration in their lust to get a bit of power, and any suggestion that they acted as a brake on Tory excess is laughable, to put it mildly. It would therefore seem that my only option is to sit on my arse on June 8th and not vote. I have family members that work hard in the front line of the NHS, frequently taking on additional night duties on top of their daily ones. Yet I can see Pound Shop Thatcher and her headbanger mates wanting to flog chunks of that off to private companies... and there's sod all I can do to stop it. Still, I'm going to look on the bright side. I am going to save some money on my leccy bill by not turning on the radio and TV until after June 9th.
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