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  • in reply to: Audi Sport Quattro – hot or not? #5175
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    If we’re going on looks I rather like it, but it’s not hot.

    I think the CLA AMG 45 Racing looks hot, this Audi looks like an old A3, left out the back of the factory, that some grease monkeys have been allowed to play with. As a runner I’m sure it will be all typically Audi, very competent, lots of power and good at getting it down, but will probably be far too heavy for the real intent.

    Not a “Not”, but not the “Hot” it could be.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Volvo Concept Coupe #5077
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    Indeed it does look fabulous but it does look a bit Virage-ish – from behind the headlights and back.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Top Gear no longer the gold standard… #5054
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    McLaren who “overwhelmed the Ferrari without any characteristic or soul”.

    Brilliant. I know it’s a translation, but never could, or would, a UK journalist come out with a line like that.

    Nice video though. Love that car. Need to save. Need to have hypnotic powers over my wife.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Best car in world takes up smoking #5053
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    If you put your dog into the back of an X6, straight out of a X5, it’ll confuse the hell out of it. It’ll probably think it’s just been in an accident.

    As a pooch carrier you shouldn’t go for chrome. Oh no. You need a fur covered wrap, with “Hound Dawg” picked out in a lighter colour along the flanks. That would be the tasteful way to go.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #4889
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    Now, in the post above, am I the only one seeing the quote among the code?

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #4888
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>stuart wrote:</div>Hmmm. Works fine for me, so not sure what to suggest.

    Test

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #4880
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    Quoting is all to cock and when I tried to edit the post, to make the quote work, a page with only the site frame appeared.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Mini Paceman #4879
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Angus Young wrote:</div>Nice arse but seriously miserable face.

    Ah! So you’ve met the wife then?

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Fire Departments to get Mini Coopers? #4855
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    While I’m on a Mini kick, here is a picture of the “fleet” at the LFB training centre in Southwark.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Can the BMW i3 save the electric vehicle industry? #4853
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    I’ve recently read, elsewhere, that with the £5000 tax funded inducement, this will come in at a touch over £25K.

    With that in mind, BMW may just have cracked it and I fail to see how it won’t sell, to the extent that, once the subsidy comes off, they may just be able to keep an entry level model at the £25k price, if not lower.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Top Gear #4782
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    Also, Mark Webber is an absolutely top bloke (as all Australian men are…) and I was very pleased (SPOILER ALERT) that he beat Vettel.

    Well, he has to beat him at something. :)

    The last two editions have been particularly good. It was a nice, atypical, finale yesterday, but it was a shame that the BBC just had to be oh so PC about their “balanced” programming that they had to follow it up with the programme about the German car industry. Odd scheduling.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: One car for life #4694
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    For every possible driving that I DO, a RWD Gallardo Spyder, please.

    I guess though, Artil, you mean for every possibility of driving in life like taking granny to the hairdresser and bringing stuff home from Ikea. In that case, I’ll make sure granny has a headscarf, and that I never buy anything more than a pack of 3 Bjärnum, then a RWD Gallardo Spyder, please.

    OK, OK. 330xD Touring. If BMW knocked them out for £10k, everyone would buy one.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Can the BMW i3 save the electric vehicle industry? #4693
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    I think that as BMW are introducing a range extended i3 quite late in the day, in terms of its development life, pretty much sums up their attitude to where pure electric sales are headed: I suspect the range extender will be the biggest seller.

    That being said, as a BMW, the EV will be priced much like many another BMW so it is a smaller leap for the purchaser, so minded to shell out £30-£35K on a car, to perhaps go with an i3 EV over, say, a 125i. Or 320d.

    If 22 i3s turn up on Top Gear, in a couple of years, being used to play football, that will probably give us some idea of where it is headed. The true appeal, at the moment, of an i3 is that it seems to get Audi fanboys really annoyed which is both amusing and concerning.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Amazing luck #4595
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    Rich so long as you’re satisfied, with he final outcome, then that is all that matters. That and the car being mobile again. Ironically, I reckon, with no more than regular servicing the car will probably run forever now.

    It’s all moot for you now, but just to pick up on a few of your previous points (for anyone else that might be interested);

    I’m sorry, I forgot about the finance route. In that case a contract is formed with the finance company, not the dealership you sat in while you signed the paperwork. The dealer is little more than an agent, of the finance company in this case, facilitating the supply of a vehicle to them to sell to you.

    BMW seem to think it’ll be them (to go to court) rather than the dealership as it was a tri-agreement type thing

    It may well be a tri-agreement, between them, but that is where it stops. It only means that BMW, the finance company, and the dealer are all looking at each other wondering which of them is going to come up with the goods. Privity of contract exists only between the vendor and the patron (there are exceptions, of course, but they are extremely rare, in a simple contact, and the existence of a third-party is always, I believe, with the patron).

    I’m not going to tell you are wrong not to push on with it. That’s up to you but given what you tell us about the care of the car I doubt, if finding in your favour, a judge would split an award. If, for example, BMWFinCO could demonstrate that you’d missed a service or had one carried out out-of-time, then they may be inclined to give them some benefit as performance of the engine is, to a certain degree, determined by the care it receives.

    I find it interesting, however, that they were able to tell you it was 16 hours of labour. Either this was BS (to support the cost and to make you, simple owner, “convinced” that it is reasonable), or this has been clearly defined by BMW. That then begs the question, when did they determine this? When they first designed and built the car, in which case it was a potential big liability from the off (supporting what the independent mechanic said on Watchdog), or they have determined it since the “problem” arose in which case they were very sloppy and should probably be made to suck it up*.

    I know that Audi pre-determine the periods of time assigned to a given “known” job, on any given car, so that they can compensate dealers for warranty work, among other things. I would be surprised if BMW didn’t conduct a similar practice, and would be stunned if they hadn’t worked out how long it would take to, at least, swap out a timing chain on any engine of theirs, not least one in the most inaccessible part of the engine.

    *It still remains to be seen how “big” a problem it is. Since you started this thread I have discovered that I “know” eleven people, including you, with cars with N47 engines in them (in date range), and only one of them, yours, has gone pop and, I am sure, most of the other ten receive much less care than yours has. Mind you, I’ve told a few of them about your experience. None of them were aware and there was some anguished looks and tugging of collars. :-D

    I shall step down from the horse now, and find some other way of avoiding royalbabymania.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • in reply to: Fire Departments to get Mini Coopers? #4594
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    The LFB have been using the Countryman ever since it came out. Presumably they carry buckets and a laminated card that says “Can I please use your kitchen tap” translated into fifteen languages.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

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