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pauliexjr last won the day on July 14

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About pauliexjr

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  • Birthday 07/19/1956

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    Livingston, Scotland
  • Interests
    Fishing, Motorbikes, Cask Beer!
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    Regional Sales Manager


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    E61 520d, Yamaha XJR1200 cafe racer
  1. DB6 Shelby Mustang GT500 (the '68 not the latest) With Dan on the E61 M5, gotta give Dave, the Great Dane somewhere to stretch out on long journeys!
  2. Unfortunately yes, the biggest diesel was 2.0, the standard engines are: 1.8 petrol turbo, 147bhp but can be tuned to 165-170, avoid as they are very bad for head gasket failure, don't be put off by people who say avoid Rover/MG, the head gaskets go, it's ONLY teh 1.8 that suffers and it's due to neglect, owners not checking the coolant regularly! 2.0 CDT Diesel, 110bhp and as Dan says totally underpowered 2.0 CDT Diesel 131bhp, best of the lot IMHO, good solid engine and not expensive 2.0 V6 petrol, 147bhp, nice and torquey but very thirsty 2.5 V6 petrol, 174bhp, again very thirsty. They also did an MGZT (only in saloon form, not tourer) with an American V8, 4.7 litre if I recall, but typically American, for it's size it was dissapointingly underpowered! For comfort and classy interior check out the Rover Connoisseur, take a look on E-bay, there are lots for sale.
  3. +1 for the Rover 75 or MGZTT, the Rover is a nice place to be, especially the Connoisseur, and with a 2.0 BMW diesel they go on forever, tuneable too if you have the mind! The ZTT is OK, ride is a bit harsh and they are not quite so well equipped, but as Dan says, cheap as chips and still well supported.
  4. If it doesn't have to be a BMW then there are lots of options, Audi A4 Avant, Merc, something (gulp) French or even Ford or Vauxhall, if you really prefer BMW then there is only the E39 touring or the E36/46 touring for that budget. If she thinks the E39 is too big and it MUST be BMW then the 3-Series is your only option, but the good news is there are lots of them out there!
  5. Belated Happy Birthday Dan, glad you're feeling better!
  6. He should also have given you a NIP (notice of intended prosecution) when he stopped you and the CPS then have 6 months from the date on that to take you to court. If that hasn't happened within the 6 month time frame they cannot prosecute. However, as said earlier on here, over 100mph is normally a mandatory ban for a UK motorist so it seems very strange they haven't followed it up. I suggest you have a look here and see if they can offer any advice
  7. Well,it's happened for the 3rd time in as many years, I have been 'let go'! I left a sound job where I had been for 7 years as I was frustrated with the way the company treated it's customers, instead of being able to do my job i.e. account management and finding new customers I was spending more and more time fire-fighting and apologising for the cock-ups instigated by my French colleagues! So I moved on. The company I joined, a small software house, seemed to be a good fit, flat management structure, great product, nice people. But the MD had his own agenda and was milking the company with the result that 6 months in the Sales Director let 5 of the 8 sales people go and sub-contracted the sales effort to 'rent-a-rep'. The next company I joined were a UK-owned re-seller of American hardware and unbeknown to me when I joined they were in the throes of being taken over by their major US supplier. 18 months after joining I was called in to meet the new (American) head of sales who immediately told me they were restructuring and unless I was prepared to move closer to the office where I could be 'properly managed' he had no choice but to let me go, that was January and I struggled for 3 months to find a new job,. I finally got sorted thanks to a friends recommendation and joined my 3rd company in April (with a sigh of relief as my wife had taken early retirement in November due to ill health and I am now the main bread winner). It was my 61st birthday on Wednesday, last night my boss calls me and says the venture capitalists who have been funding the company have suddenly taken to micro-managing the way the company is run and decided to sack 3 of the four sales people in order to reduce costs! The head VC has apparently built up a successful business just using just agents and re-sellers and he wants the company to do the same. So, back to the job hunt with a week's pay in my pocket (I was still on probation) and damn few prospects due to my advanced years!
  8. Large and giant breed dogs are very susceptible to excessive protein, in Great Danes it manifests itself in a horrible thing called 'bloat' which can actually kill if not sorted immediately. The BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet is designed to utilise only proteins that the dog (or cat) would encounter naturally and avoids the side effects of processed food as found in the majority of commercial pet food. Well worth reading up on and wishing your boy a speedy recovery!
  9. Sale of Goods Act, simples: Goods must be 1) As described 2) Of satisfactory quality, 3) Fit for purpose Note however that the right to reject goods and get a full refund only lasts for a relatively short time after which a buyer is deemed to have 'accepted' goods. This doesn't mean that the buyer has no legal redress against the seller, just that he/she isn't entitled to a full refund. Instead a buyer is first and foremost entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced. If these remedies are inappropriate, then you're entitled to a suitable price reduction, or to return the goods and get a refund (reduced to take account of any wear and tear).
  10. I posted that in Fun Stuff about two weeks ago (and I corrected the spelling!)
  11. Had this problem on an old Capri 3.0, stuck a socket on a heavy-duty pry bar and braced it against the chassis rail, then a quick flick of the starter get it sorted! Mind you, make sure everyone stays well away from the engine bay as if it goes Pete Tong it could be VERY unpleasant!
  12. Who pays £2,850 for a set of second-hand after-markets with shit tyres?
  13. +1 for trying a broker. We couldn't get my wife insured on-line when she accidentally let her cover lapse and got 6 points and £200 fine for driving whilst uninsured. The local broker not only got her insured, but at just a few quid more than she had been paying Admiral when she was insured through them and with her points and fine declared.
  14. Nah, you're never too old for bikes! I'm 61 and still riding, my Dad was still on his Yamaha Diversion until cancer got him at the age of 69 and a lot of the biker groups I am in on Facebook boast members in their mid-70's.
  15. To be fair they are old stats, Lehman Bros went to the wall in 2008 and if you had invested £1k in Delta in Dec 2012 the shares would be worth £55k now! But why let the truth get in the way of a good story?