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pauliexjr last won the day on April 12 2018

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About pauliexjr

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  • Birthday 19/07/1956

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    Livingston, Scotland
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    Fishing, Motorbikes, Cask Beer!
  • Occupation
    Currently unemployed :-(


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    E39 520i Touring

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  1. pauliexjr

    is it really minus 14 in uk?

    Er, no. Someone is telling you lies! Coldest weather is in Scotland right now and it is 4C where I live. They are suggesting it might reach -2C tomorrow night, but I don't think it has been -14C anywhere in the UK this Winter.
  2. pauliexjr

    Reversing camera recommendations?

    I can take them or leave them, but the missus has come to rely on hers hence the original post. Having said that Spandex has pointed me in the right direction in that the Auto-Vox CD2 clearly states in it's blurb that there is a choice of views i.e. standard view or mirrored and as it comes in at around £95 with a wireless camera that 's the one i'm taking a punt on.
  3. pauliexjr

    Reversing camera recommendations?

    I want a complete reversing camera kit comprising camera to fix at the rear of the car, connection between the camera and the display (wired or wireless) and a monitor/display as our ASX has a standard single DIN radio slot, not a double DIN head unit. I don't want a mirror mounted screen like the one above, just a dash mount. Incidentally, the CHORTAU kit mentioned above actually already includes a rear facing waterproof camera, presumably for external mounting, but if you read the reviews it cannot be used as reversing mirror whilst the forward facing camera is on, hence my wanting a separate display and apparently the supplied rear view camera is rubbish. I have put out a parts search for an original ASX head and camera unit from an ASX4, but to date had no responses. The reviews I have read on items such as the AUTO-VOX TD2 and the Boscam (and Keliuss' comments above) indicate the display does not 'flip' the image like oem fitted units do and you wind up with an image showing the rearward view as if you were looking out of the back window. I am happy to be proven wrong, but I don't want to splash £100 plus only to find I'm right. If you are saying you have direct, personal experience of an aftermarket camera that shows an enhanced rear view as if you were holding up a mirror I'm open to suggestions as per the original title of my post.
  4. pauliexjr

    Reversing camera recommendations?

    Yes, the image in the Nissan reversing camera is exactly as if you are looking in the rear view mirror but with a wider field of vision and pointing slightly downwards to show the road directly behind. It also has the green/amber/red distance markers. My Audi A4 system was the same, but the aftermarket cameras don't do this. Again yes, I want a reversing camera, not a mirror with a reverse camera.
  5. We recently traded my wife's Nissan Juke for a slightly larger Mitsubishi ASX,. She loved the Juke which was surprisingly well kitted including a reversing camera, which over the four years we had the Nissan she also got very used to. The ASX is a base model and doesn't have a camera, and an aftermarket unit from Mitsi costs £600 + VAT so I'm looking for alternatives. The ones I've looked at in the bottom price range all have the same issue, they appear to work the same as dash-cams so show the backward view from the car as if you were looking over your shoulder, rather than as if you were looking in the mirror like a factory fitted camera, very disconcerting as your side and rear view mirrors are showing one view, and the camera screen is showing the opposite. So, does anyone know of an aftermarket reversing camera which shows a 'mirror' style rearward view? Happy to pay a reasonable amount (£100 - 200) as it would be cheaper than having her clobber a bollard or passing old lady or whatever!
  6. pauliexjr

    To rebuild or not to rebuild?

    Must admit, that is what my head is saying! Unfortunately I don't have access to the software to check/clear the codes.
  7. I recently bought an '03 E39 520i touring as a stop-gap car to get me around whilst I looked for another job. The car only cost me £900 and seemed solid enough, but it only had 4 months MOT which is soon to expire. It had a few faults, but TBH I ignored them as it was cheap wheels and suited my purpose. The dilemma is, I have a new job which comes with a company vehicle and the E39 has to go (my wife doesn't like automatics so won't use it), it has a number of niggles which means it won't pass it's next MOT in early April. These include an airbag warning light and a suspension warning light, both of which the previous owner covered up by taking out and separating the instrument cluster and covering the bulbs with black tape, which I missed when I did the test drive. The alloys are good quality split rims, but need a refurb as they are looking tatty and it needs brakes and suspension overhauling, all of which I can do myself. The rear screen heater needs sorting and the tailgate is very stiff, again 'do-able'. The real killer is some bad bubbling on the O/S front wing and in the corners of the tailgate. So, do I sell it now with so many faults, knowing it won't pass an MOT and feel grateful to get £250-400 for it as a 'project', or do I treat it as my own project and do the work, some of which I have the parts for, in the hope it will fetch stronger money with a year's ticket. It's still sub-100k which for a 2003 plate is pretty good.
  8. pauliexjr

    Buy Outright or PCP?

    Bit of a curve ball, have you looked at something like the Infiniti Q50? I know, re-badged Nissan like the Lexus is a re-badged Toyota, the car magazines slated it, but owner reviews are strong and I was in their Glasgow showroom earlier this week, to my mind they are a lot of car for the money!
  9. pauliexjr

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    I'm not disputing what he has done and is doing for the USA, the actual title of the item is "Like him or loathe him?" and the tenet of Nate White's article is a reflection of the man's character and personality. He is, undoubtedly, a bully and a charmless pillock with all the social graces of a rutting warthog, that doesn't mean he is by default a bad leader, just one who uses flexed muscles rather than diplomacy and is only too happy to kick someone whilst they are down, that's why the majority of people I know, both here and in the US, actively dislike the man.
  10. Copied and pasted from FB so apologies for the grey background, I don't have the time to retype it! Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer, wrote this magnificent response: "A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down. So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that: * Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are. * You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump. And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumps of hair and scream in anguish: 'My God… what… have… I… created? If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."
  11. pauliexjr

    Buy Outright or PCP?

    The difference will obviously include your initial deposit, but as I said, they calculate that at the beginning so you should know what you will need to pay v the potential value of the car at the end of the contract, you are offsetting your deposit against your monthly payments rather than the final value. The lower the deposit, the higher the monthly payments but the GFV won't vary.
  12. pauliexjr

    Buy Outright or PCP?

    You have three options at the end of the PCP contract: 1) Buy the car by making the balloon payment. That is the final 'Guaranteed Future Value' (GFV) payment that will be agreed with you at the start of the contract. If you don't have enough spare cash to make the payment you can normally negotiate a car loan. 2) Hand the car back. Providing you have kept the car in good nick (allowing for reasonable wear and tear) with no dings or scratches, kept to the agreed mileage and servicing schedules you can simply hand the keys back and walk away. 3) Buy another car. The value in the car you are returning will be the difference between the final payment and the trade value, so if your balloon payment is £7500 and the trade value of the car is £10,000 you will have £2,500 as a deposit on your next car. Be warned though, the difference is not normally very big as they calculate the GFV very keenly at the start of the contract, so you may wind up with only a few hundred quid to kick off the next PCP!
  13. pauliexjr

    Buy Outright or PCP?

    Understand your dilemma, either way it's costing you around £4.5k p.a. but at least with an outright purchase there's no 'balloon' payment at the end and you have a disposable asset. Another thought and a way of avoiding the possible high 'incidental' repair costs is to take an aftermarket warranty with a reputable supplier such as the AA. I did that with an MG-ZT 1.8t I bought a few years back. They are notorious for eating cylinder heads if the cooling system hasn't been properly maintained and although mine came with 3 month's warranty I felt it better safe than sorry. Sure enough, I had the car for 5 months then unbeknownst to me it developed a leak in one of the radiator hoses. Sure enough the temperature went off the scale and I cooked the head, unfortunately the way the temp gauge works the damage is done before it registers the increase in temperature. I contacted the AA, 10 days later I had the car back following a £1100 engine strip and it only cost me the £75 excess (plus the five £44 per month payments I had already made) and they continued to cover the car with no premium increases until I sold it 18 months later.
  14. pauliexjr


    ^^^^THIS! Exacerbated by the 'professional' lawn fairies on TV continually gobbing or worse still clearing their noses on the pitch, add to it those ignorant gobshites who think it's OK to just spit out their chewing gum anywhere they happen to be standing
  15. pauliexjr

    Advice on selling a car....

    I sold my last E61 to Evans Halshaw, they offered me £1100 more than WBAC and the transaction was very straightforward. Having said that higher value cars tend not to attract the "I'll give you £2000 cash money now" type phone calls I seem to get plagued with when selling low-value cars and I would agree that selling private doesn't automatically result in your home being ransacked whilst you're away on a test drive!