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Spandex last won the day on August 6 2018

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  1. Whilst I agree, I think it's important that people understand that the dealer is liable if they sell you a duff car, whether you have a warranty or not. There are various conditions attached to that - I'm not going to list them as the info is easy to find online, but basically, the earlier in your ownership that a fault arises, the harder it is for a dealer to claim it wasn't there at the time the car was sold (and it's not enough for them to just say "well the fault code wasn't there when we sold it") I have some experience of this and unfortunately it's still possible for the dealer to be an arse about it. I once returned a car for a full refund after the brakes began failing intermittently within a few days of buying it - the dealer started out being reasonable, offering to try various fixes, but when I said I wasn't happy and wanted a refund they did everything they could to make it difficult. By this point they'd already sold my trade in, and they were trying to fiddle me on the amount we'd agreed it was worth, which would obviously affect the total refund figure. The woman who managed the company even claimed she couldn't confirm with the salesman because he'd left the company and couldn't be contacted - I pointed out she could probably just ask him over dinner that evening, given that he was her husband .
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    A brief guide to E61 2.0d ownership.

    Unfortunately, I suspect the OP has passed the point of being able to use the consumer rights act to get anything from the dealer now. Ideally in that situation they would have stopped using the car as soon as a fault showed up and returned it to the dealer. Given that that happened within the first 30 days they would have been in a reasonably good position to ask for a full refund. Although the age, high mileage and low price of the car would be factors, I can't see the dealer convincing a court that a car with knackered DPF and EGR was in any way fit for purpose. But by holding onto the car and having extensive work done to it without the dealers involvement, I think they've ruled out any chance of forcing the dealer to take responsibility.
  3. It's becoming more and more common for independent dealers to bundle a crappy warranty with every purchase, but you need to bear in mind that this has absolutely no bearing on your legal rights as a consumer. Any fault occurring this soon after purchase is the dealers responsibility to fix. So, if you want to use the warranty, feel free, but just keep in mind that you're doing the dealer a favour by doing so. If the warranty company start to mess you around or claim items aren't covered (or want you to pay an excess), tell the dealer that under the consumer rights act they are obliged to fix or replace the car free of charge (unless they can prove the fault wasn't there at the time of sale, which is vanishingly unlikely).
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    OEM Alpine iPod Interface Kit

    I'm pretty sure the OEM iPod interface has the same issue you had with the CD changer, where it forgets what track it was playing when powered off. That's one of the main advantages of the Dension interface (as well as some other added functionality) which is why I swapped the OEM interface for a Dension one in my last car.
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    These cars are built like tanks

    I understand the point about the costs (to you) of a claim exceeding the relatively minor costs of repairing that damage, but I’m surprised you were happy to just walk away with nothing. ive had a couple of minor bumps where the other party was entirely at fault (to the point where they couldn’t hope to claim otherwise) and I’ve got them to pay reasonable repair costs without involving the insurance. Obviously that relied on them being decent human beings (and relied on me getting the best price for the repair and not trying to rip them off).
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    Dash cams

    What was more worrying was the numerous reviews where buyers said there was a note in the box saying they’d get a free SD card if they left a 5 star review. Although I was pleased to see a few people complaining their free SD card was a fake. Karma’s a bitch...
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Ah, is that how this works? If I don’t agree with all the arguments against limiters, even the silly ones, I must be in favour of them? I’m not playing that game...
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    Dash cams

    Whilst I’m not sure I’d buy that specific camera after reading some of the reviews, it shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get functional picture quality.
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Then all that tells me is that you don’t know you’re doing it.
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    Dash cams

    The other thing I'd say regarding dash cams in general is to remember what it's actually for.: You're not making movies - the picture quality just needs to be good enough to capture the gist of what happened. The insurance company/police won't care if your sunsets don't pop. You don't need to read a number plate 100m away - If it's close enough to crash into, it's close enough to read a number plate, no matter how bad your camera is. You don't need to be able to control it with your phone - you set it up once and leave it. Same goes for built in displays. You don't need to be able to download videos instantly on your phone - you'll do that a handful of times when you get the camera, then get bored. You might think you need wifi built in because you imagine yourself downloading videos of bad driving all the time, but in reality the wide angle lens makes everything look a lot less scary than it did in real life so you soon give up on that. I'd say a system with a rear camera is worth paying extra for (or just get a second independent camera for the back), and you want something with decent low light performance. HD is common enough now that there's no point going lower res than that. Also look for something with a capacitor rather than a lipo battery. It only needs to power the camera long enough to shut down gracefully, and lipos aren't the best thing to leave baking in a hot car in summer. My Blackvue has a few of the things I say are pointless above, but as I said, I got it cheap.
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    Dash cams

    I have a Blackvue front and rear cam fitted, although I can't really say whether it's worth £280 as I bought mine used on eBay and fitted it myself. I can say that getting the rear camera wired neatly when it's attaching to an opening glass hatch (I have an e91) is a nightmare because you have two sets of hinges/openings to get past and very little access (mine isn't perfect, but at least no cables are visible anywhere in the car) - I assume a 5GT will be easier as you only need to get past the main hatch opening to reach the rear glass, but I'm not sure how much I'd trust Halfords to do a good job of it. I'd want them to run the wire up into the headlining, then through the rubber cable channels into the rear hatch, then out from under the hatch trim right by the mounting point on the glass, but I don't know how much trouble Halfords go to.. I've not heard of any insurers reducing premiums when you have a dash cam fitted, unfortunately. If they're out there, I'd be interested to know who.
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Am I the kind of person who can’t be trusted to drive at an appropriate speed? Probably sometimes, yes - I make mistakes, like anyone else. I hope I make less mistakes than most, but how would I really know? Do you think you don’t make mistakes, or think you don’t ever drive at an inappropriate speed?
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    I was being facetious... obviously it’s the drivers fault if he speeds.
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Depends.. If it doesn’t work, does the manufacturer have any control over the speed you choose to do?
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    That is exactly what it doesn’t depend on. Comparing good drivers to bad drivers is meaningless - you need to compare a good driver with no limiter to the same good driver with a limiter to understand if safety is improved at an individual level. No one has ever claimed reducing speed would magically make everyone a good driver. It won’t even turn good drivers into better drivers. It might make dying on a road less likely for everyone though. Im not even in favour of these limiters, but I also can’t stand all the really bad arguments against them...