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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!
  • Occupation
    Regional Sales Manager


  • Garage
    E61 520d, Yamaha XJR1200 cafe racer
  1. She's bored waiting for anyone to show interest and I think she's scrapping it this week, in which case I'll mark it sold.
  2. Apologies, it's a 2014, not a '16 bought from a non-franchised dealer hence the short warranty and KF replaced the front calipers, discs and pads as well (allegedly). However, even allowing for the extra bits I reckon parts top out at £500 max, which means she was still charge £900 labour on a job which should have taken no more than 4-5 hours max. As for the advice from her accountant I can't comment, and her choice of Mazda? Well, as I said, she like the colour!
  3. My pal's missus is a self-employed engineering consultant and is making pretty good money so her accountant advised her to get a 'company' car to replace her knackered pug 306. She bought a 6-month old Mazda 6 2.2 diesel saloon (because she liked the colour!) which came with 60 days warranty from the local Mazda dealer. 3 months in and she is having trouble with the handbrake so took it into her local Kwik-Fit who released their monkeys on it and diagnosed seized rear calipers. She told them to go ahead and sort it. She went back yesterday to pick it up and was presented with a bill for.....£1400!!! She tried to dispute it but they refused to return the car until she settled the bill. I don't know a lot about the Mazda 6, but I just looked up Mazda 6 calipers on the web and they come in at around £90 a pop for pattern parts, so KF are charging her around £1200 to change them, hence the title of the post.
  4. Deffo look for service history, check declared mileage against old MOTs, if none available go to Usual things like shut lines, rust in petrol flap, rear panel below the boot lid, arches and sills,if it's a touring check for tailgate operation and rear wash/wipe, take it for a test drive and see how it pulls and changes gear, listening for any odd clonks or noises. As said above, hoses, have the swirl flaps been removed, look at it starting from cold for excessive exhaust fumes and remember, use your head, not your heart, the newest of these cars are now 13 years old so wear and tear are to be expected but not compulsory!
  5. Yes, although the Sport has firmer suspension (or so I'm lead to believe) personally I couldn't tell the difference having owned both sport and non-sport tourings. As you say, you'll need bumpers and interior trim (sports have lots of M badges) but the biggest job is the black headlining!
  6. That's not that high, I regularly clock up and average of 25-30k every year as my sales job takes me all over the UK and yes, i used my E39 for business and a pal has his own man-in-a-van business using an E39 touring and has done 78k since January.
  7. 61 views and no takers? Come on guys, I'd grab it myself but i live 240 miles away!
  8. Today I learned the true meaning of philanthropy, the urge to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. I was approached by a man whose clothes were dirty and ragged, he had a dirty beard and an old woollen cap. He asked for help. I was about to walk by when something made me stop. I decided on the spot to help him, I gave him everything, money, my mobile, my watch, my jacket, even my shoes........ I tell you folks, it felt soooo good, especially watching him gather up my stuff, tuck his gun back in his waistband and disappear back down the alley!
  9. Hi all, I'm offering this on behalf of my sister, don't know much about it apart from the fact it's a solid car and in not too bad nick considering the miles, I've few pictures which I can email since photobucket now charge, but would recommend a visit if you're interested (and fancy a day at the seaside ): 2003 318i Touring Mot to May '18 Good tyres Good interior 172k and currently SORN'd Dark blue with grey leather interior Now the bad bits (and hence spares or repair) It has an intermittent fault which means it starts and runs when it feels like it. She's had it in the workshop numerous times and it has new plugs, coil packs and cam and crank sensors and spent almost £500 trying to get it sorted but to no avail which has left two local mechanics baffled! It also has some graffiti on the driver's side in the form of a picture of Valentino Rossi's bike, she's a big fan of the Doctor apparently. It should come off with some T-cut or maybe the judicious use of thinners. This is a chance for someone with a bit of mechanical nous to make a couple of quid by getting it back on the road and help her out by getting it off the drive. The car is located in Southport, Merseyside and will need collecting on a trailer (unless you're a roadside guru and can get it running properly there and then!) She's open to offers (I think she'll take virtually anything) as the next stage is a scrapyard and I think it's too good for that. PM me for contact details.
  10. My E39 530d Sport Touring had 189k on the clock when I sold it and it still pulled like a train and went through the gears like silk. As said before condition and history over mileage.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. +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.
  14. 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!
  15. Belated Happy Birthday Dan, glad you're feeling better!