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  • in reply to: Advice re E36/E46 #3320
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    You said it in your post; the facelifted E46 is your favourite so this is the one to go for. Why settle for second best?
    The 330i is sweet, should return around high twenties mpg but low thirties if you’re on the freeway all the time.
    Not owned one but from a friend that has, check the tyre wear as uneven tyre wear can mean expensive suspension parts needing replacing. Otherwise no major issues and it’s a great car. If the radio is anything like my 1 series, go for one with an upgraded stereo as my one is strictly average.

  • in reply to: Skillz #3289
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    Very nice pic. I like my photography but I’m strictly amateur and my camera makes me far better than I actually am.
    Me? I’m not too bad at criminal law, for a Tesco delivery driver. Just be careful if you ask for me help though; if I trip over a kerb whilst typing my knowledge, I’ll sue you.

  • in reply to: Pub talk #3287
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    The new Vanquish. And re: £1.7m, I read somewhere about the average Wednesday lotto winner these days but I’m probably wrong.

    Love the list and the Bentley is my secret ‘like’ too but you’ve got it wrong with the Merc- no soul.

    Also, you’ve spent a helluva lot of your winnings. Are you so loaded that you don’t need to buy a house… Or give some to family… Or charity etc.. :lol:

    Half the problem is ‘how much?’, not ‘what?’ My wife and I once had a proper heated discussion on how much we would give to family members and which friends. Quite bizarre considering we hadn’t even won a tenner!!

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3286
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    Angus Young wrote: I just got a hand made iPad case, only one of its kind in the world made by a little old lady in Brazil, delivered in 5 days.

    That’s what you think. Have a closer look and you’ll find the ‘made in China’ stamp in the bottom left corner! :wink:

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3285
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    A VW Polo wiring loom takes 8 weeks to make apparently. I can only assume it’s to do with space and time in the factory making looms for new cars. So one did arrive about four weeks ago. The garage had a real problem fitting it and after some considerable time finally realised that the Germans had sent across a wiring loom or a left hand drive…!
    So, the supplier (TPS) has paid for a hire car until the correct one arrives. Fair play to TPS but a poor effort from VAG. My wife is not very impressed!

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3275
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    Ah yes! I see the LA stalker has now had to move onto PH. He must be gutted that he can’t find LA these days. I feel special now that he’s mentioned me and I’m sure you do as well! Don’t think he realises that you can still see my post that was deleted… Doh!

    I hope this forum works as Stu has done a great job and it’s a decent website. I guess time will tell…

    On the car stuff, still not got my Polo back! It’s now been a 14 week wait for the wiring loom and still no end in sight…

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3272
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    TBH,
    Saw that you ventured onto PH… How are you finding it?

  • in reply to: Are they watching us? #3259
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    I’ll try and make it my only Autocar forum post…

    The old Autocar website was more interactive than the new one and had more if a visual impact when you clicked on the homepage. Maybe the new website has had more unique visitors and therefore more successful but I don’t put it down to website design.

    Reality is, if Autocar is to survive long term, it needs a USP. One option was to interact the forum with the news, keeping away the trolls and spammers (which it did but by closing the forum to new members, did not encourage new customers). They opted for the ‘comment approach instead but the problem is a) the spammers and trolls still post, b) it’s doing what loads of other websites are doing so again, no USP.

    There are other USPs but I don’t think Autocar has any. Under Jim Holder, the magazine and website has gone into decline. The mag a lighter better version of Autoexpress and the website a poor man’s Parkers or Whatcar? Not just because of the forum but there are far less news articles such as car-related current affairs news. Until it takes a fairly radical new direction, Autocar is in danger of disappearing in an era where I believe many magazines will disappear altogether.

    What would an expert like me do?! Firstly make it an online interactive magazine that you have to pay for. I suspect a massive proportion of website visitors no longer buy the mag because most of the articles appear online first anyway. Interactive means allowing discussion (yes, a forum purely for paying members which removes trolls and spammers), it means having all the articles and video in the one place too. Be less predictable and more critical of those that deserve it and do more car related articles rather than just reviews. Look at a mid 1990s mag if they need inspiration. As I said, I’m an expert so it would definitely work!

    Prodigy, I’m sure they’re nice guys but in my line of work, nice guys doesn’t mean good at their job if my workplace is anything to go by…

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3191
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    I’m currently by my bed as I type this because I always do what the Colonel says…

    I love cars and dream of owning a V8 engined beast one day but my head rules my heart at the moment so I’ve reverted to owning a 4-pot diesel. It is a 120d and it’s a decent car; quick but not so quick that I’ll kill myself when I drive it like I stole it. And it returns 45mpg no matter how much I push the pedal to the metal.

    I love driving the most and I have an awesome journey to work that has pretty much every time type of challenge a road can give you. I only hit a tree once.

    I drive a lot at work too. I’m a Tesco delivery driver but I’ve purported to be a police officer on the Autocar forum the past few years… oh, and I think Jim Holder is a shite editor which I couldn’t get away with saying on what became the Democratic People’s Republic of Autocar.

    And to non-autocar refugees (TBH copyright) Stu can give pretty good car buying advice but us ex-forumistas are much better! ;)

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3183
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    Well, I’ve joined. I hope others follow! My avatar is supposed to be batfink but I cannot adjust the picture size on the ipad!

    Had a quick gander at PH and although clearly popular, it looks like a complete mess and impersonal although I see that TBH has joined there.

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