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About pauliexjr

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  • Birthday 07/19/1956

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    Livingston, Scotland
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    Fishing, Motorbikes, Cask Beer!
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    Special needs assessor


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    E39 520i Touring, Vivaro Sport van, XJR1200 cafe racer

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  1. Did you really just revive a 5 year-old thread? I suspect the O/P has not only resolved his issue but sold his E60 and moved on, unless of course it was a sneaky opportunity to get some pictures of your own car onto the forum??
  2. pauliexjr

    Approved Used Prices

    When you agree to buy the car on finance they have to give you a total cost for the package, but that is actually irrelevant as you have no intention of going full term with the deal. The whole point of asking for finance is to encourage them to discount the price of the car. Also it sounds like they are trying to get you to buy under a PCP or PCH rather than a straightforward finance plan. PCP ( Personal Contract Purchase) is where you pay a deposit, then so much per month for a fixed term, followed by a final payment at the end of the period which will be agreed when you take out the plan and is subject to various stipulations such as maximum mileage per annum, servicing by them (or a main franchise) no damage etc. which is why they can only give you an indicator, not an exact figure. PCH (Personal Contract Hire) is where you pay a deposit, then so much per month to effectively rent the car, they pay for all servicing, break downs etc. you just pay consumables i.e. tyres, oil, fuel etc. but you don't actually own the car, you simply return it at the end of the contract. You don't want to do either of those. You are looking for a straightforward finance plan, i.e. deposit, then so much per month until the car is paid off, this is where you then get 14 days 'cooling off period' when you simply say "I don't want the finance thank you, here is the value of the car as originally agreed when I purchased it, less my initial deposit." However, as I said originally, they might try and hit you with an early cancellation fee, make sure that isn't allowed for in the contract! And if your dealer isn't playing ball and you have the cash to buy outright just do that, especially if they are not prepared to do a deal! Best explanations of car finance can be found here https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/car-finance-explained
  3. pauliexjr

    Approved Used Prices

    As suggested, buy with their finance package and pay it off in full ASAP, they get commission on selling finance so are often willing to haggle, just check the wording very carefully to ensure there are no penalty clauses for early redemption. A word of warning though, don't be tempted to leave the finance running for a few months, they pre-load the interest on finance so your first year or so of payments are nearly all interest and you'll wind up owing just as much as you originally borrowed, even after 12 month's of payments!
  4. pauliexjr

    securing mats

    I've used these before, but it depends on the thickness of your carpet as the screws are supposed to dig through the pile and into the backing. I actually made a small hole in the carpets and trimmed the pile away around the hole to give a better grip and they worked fine. https://www.amazon.co.uk/CARPET-FIXING-HOLDERS-Grips-UNIVERSAL/dp/B07B2Y4BBR/ref=pd_cp_263_2/259-9715473-5182055?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07B2Y4BBR&pd_rd_r=a7e7dd2a-5b5c-11e9-bef7-339a8d8f976e&pd_rd_w=HbulV&pd_rd_wg=DTQAq&pf_rd_p=01704ebe-a86a-4b47-8c36-0f9f5bbc2882&pf_rd_r=CBB491KGGC8QADR7MCM8&psc=1&refRID=CBB491KGGC8QADR7MCM8
  5. pauliexjr

    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Back to the topic, logic says it is unenforceable due to things like temporary roadwork speed restrictions and variable speed restrictions in areas around schools. These are not notified to the GPS system and as such don't get updated in real time, if at all, so how will a manufacturer installed speed limited cope if it relies on local speed limit data? The concept is so farcical if it hadn't been publicised last week i would have suspected some April Fool's Day prankster at work!
  6. pauliexjr

    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Er, there is, it's called 'Cruise Control' and it automatically limits the speed you do, what's more it's adjustable at the touch of a button to accommodate those pesky variable speed areas and roadworks too!
  7. My old 520i is showing 4 lights, brakes, ABS, air-bag and self levelling. I'm pretty sure the brake and ABS lights will disappear when I fit new pads and discs, but what is the best way to code out the other two? My local Indy has hiked his prices and now charges £50 a visit just to read the codes and more to clear them and I hate to think what the local BMW franchise will want, even assuming they will allow a 16 y/o car into their workshop without sneering! So I'm considering going it alone and wondered what the best route would be. There seem to be numerous ODB readers available ranging from £12-15 up to literally hundreds, some simply read codes, some say they can be used to clear codes, but what do the good folk on here recommend? I'd really prefer hands-on experience recommendations as opposed to "I've heard XYZ is pretty good" or "My mate's third cousin swears by YZX and he's a trained mechanic" so what are your thoughts guys?
  8. pauliexjr

    2005 E61 525d Sold

    Would love it but wrong end of the country for me!
  9. If he didn't realise he had three flat tyres he shouldn't be driving a brand new Jaguar, or indeed any other car for that matter!! As for being 'man enough' have you seen the latest statistics on knife crime? A little toerag swaggered into our local pub the other afternoon and pulled a knife before threatening the girl behind the bar that if she didn't hand over the money from the till he'd "Cut her 'til her own Mum wouldn't recognise her!" There were a number of people in the pub, but the general consensus was give him the money and call the police afterwards. As it was the barmaid, a 19 y/o Aussie student, laughed and told him to f*ck right off which he duly did when her boyfriend came up from the cellar! An OK outcome, but it could have gone totally the other way and shows you never know who is or isn't carrying and discretion is by far the better part of valour.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.