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Bryan M

Fleet Update

I thought I am long overdue an update of the fleet.

The Elan

Amazingly passed its MOT last week with only a couple of advisories and has been running well - it now has an extensive list of jobs which I would like to get done....none of which are vital and only £170 for insurance which wasn't too bad.

- The tyres are all different and the oldest look to be 2001 I think - so 4 new Toyo Proxes R1 are on the cards along with a wheel refurb
- I have some new suspension arms and want to get the suspension refreshed with new bushes etc and visit the alignment place (Jacksons?)
- I have bought some Mazda RX8 elec leather seats and am going to get them fitted
- I would like to fit new gear cables with short shift kit/and clutch at some point
- Needs the old immobiliser ripping out and a new one putting in
- I also want to check the chassis outriders out for rust to make sure there are no long term nasties lurking under the carpet


The 911

It did sterling service at the wedding even if some guests abused it - my poor car! I am just debating whether to have it serviced as I have done under 1k since the service last year.....






Our other wedding car




The Evoque

Is due to go back after 3 years and 45k in September - after a rocky start I have grown to like its breadth and depth of capability and I will miss it when it goes back. The mileage has improved to c.43mpg and bits have mainly stopped falling off.

The tyres are made of miracle rubber, I don't hang about and this is the tyre report from the service earlier this month - they are the original tyres supplied with the vehicle 3 years and 45k ago!




The Merc (needs a suitable electric name) has arrived at the dealer and is waiting for delivery on the 15th Sept when the lease ends on the Evoque.

I thought I would pop down to Hughes of Beaconsfield to see the car but apparently it is at their non customer facing PDI centre......so I did some googling to find the location near Wendover

bumps.sketch.adjusting seems appropriate and I love the doughnut marks at demanding.healers.drifting (for google it is Station approach, Wendover)

If anyone is passing it is an all black C class estate with night pack and would appreciate a pic!  

Coming soon will be a rant over the most laborious process the lease companies are using to swap the plate over between the cars - off Evoque onto retention and new plate to be paid for on Evoque, Merc arrives on assigned plate and then have to put private plate on it again having to pay for new plates......and an admin fee to each lease company
   

So all is running well and just a month to wait until I swap cars over!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: Fleet Update

Bryan M wrote:

The 911
I am just debating whether to have it serviced as I have done under 1k since the service last year.....

Interesting read, glad you are enjoying your cars.
Personallly I'd treat the 911 to an oil (and filter) change and safety inspection; a year is a long time in the life of an ageing car
TreVoR

Yep, oil, filter and check over.

The Evoque is a surprisingly capable car.
Michael

TreVoR wrote:


The Evoque is a surprisingly capable car.


Not that surprising- it has a Land Rover badge on the front  
Martin

Have you really only had the Evoque for 3 years / 45k miles?  I thought you'd had it longer than that.

The plate change sounds like a proper pain, but at least you're allowed to do it, it wasn't possible where I used to work (one of my team wanted to do,it)

So you're getting black wheels on the C Class as well as having them on the 911?  Might take some of the heat off me, but I doubt it....
PG

Martin wrote:
So you're getting black wheels on the C Class as well as having them on the 911? †Might take some of the heat off me, but I doubt it....


I'm not the C class has black wheels?
Frank Bullitt

The TA is stunning, really stunning!

I'd be treating the 911 to some fresh oil and a filter at the least.
Martin

PG wrote:
Martin wrote:
So you're getting black wheels on the C Class as well as having them on the 911? †Might take some of the heat off me, but I doubt it....


I'm not the C class has black wheels?


Bryan mentioned it has the Night pack. †I might be wrong as I'm making the assumption he's not chosen to have the silver wheels with the t as standard it will have partially black wheels as well as black instead of chrome trim, privacy glass etc.  They are the opposite way around to his 911 and my Boxster, with silver faces to the spokes and black for the rest.
PG

Martin wrote:
Bryan mentioned it has the Night pack. †


I just googled the Night Pack. You are right. I'd assumed it was something to do with night-time - as in lights, or some such. How silly of me....

Looking back, I made the same mistake in the decision thread. I'll clearly never understand Merc specs.  
Bryan M

I'll never understand the merc specs either....everything is part of a pack which is frustrating when you don't want it all.

FB There are better pics of the TA, I'll see if I can dig some out, it was in amazing condition!

I will treat the 911 to some new oil even if the current oil is barely used. Feeling financially battered after Porsche tax, Lotus insurance (and wedding!) this month plus the place I use has done a rather distasteful bankruptcy and restart under new name.....but they are good....

I thought 45k on a setof tyres with 4mm left was going some, can anyone else beat that?
Martin

I'm just about to replace the rears in the 535d, they are down to 2-2.5mm having covered 33,500 miles. So no, can't beat it.
Frank Bullitt

I'd love to see more of the TA, I know a number of owners and they all comment that to drive they are still very modern in many respects, but then you'd expect that of a CitroŽn (or rather, I would)

Bryan M wrote:
I'll never understand the merc specs either....everything is part of a pack which is frustrating when you don't want it all.


I've noticed that too, I had half a look at th A-klasse and I still ended up being utterly confused by both the specification levels and the options packs, some of which require other option packs to be fitted; some daily useful options required whole packs to be fitted.
Martin

The option packs will help with resale values and PCP monthly costs.  They almost make it a separate trim level, especially the Premium packs
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:


I've noticed that too, I had half a look at th A-klasse and I still ended up being utterly confused by both the specification levels and the options packs, some of which require other option packs to be fitted; some daily useful options required whole packs to be fitted.


There's nothing more frustrating than when you're trying to spec a car up on a manufacturer's website and you get that message that says something can only be had as part of an option pack, which then changes something else, so you have to go back. I just get pissed off and log off.
Bryan M

I wanted the premium pack but it forces you into a higher tax bracket because it puts 18" wheels on.....i only wanted command and memory seats.......
Martin

I'd want everything in the Premium Plus pack as a minimum, wasn't the extra tax fairly easily 'man-mathable'?
Martin

My question made me look at the tax implications of running a hybrid. †Quick calculation shows I'd save nearly £500a month if I handed back my allowance and took a 330e or 350e instead. †Best not to think about it.
Bob Sacamano

Much as I like 535ds, if I was offered a 330e plus £500 a month I'd snap their hand off. Especially if I had a Boxster in the garage at home.
Martin

Based on the policy it's not an option anyway, although it has been suggested I could make it work if I really wanted to. † †I've briefly thought about it and I wouldn't do it.   It's not really a fair comparison either, one has a 50% higher list price than the other for a start.

I'd only spend the money on another car anyway †
gooner

Thats a massive incentive to change but it's probably best we don't mention it too much in case the chancellor is listening!
Bob Sacamano

Martin wrote:
Based on the policy it's not an option anyway, although it has been suggested I could make it work if I really wanted to. † †I've briefly thought about it and I wouldn't do it. † It's not really a fair comparison either, one has a 50% higher list price than the other for a start.

I'd only spend the money on another car anyway †


Or upgrade to a 911.......
Martin

Yes, thats what I'd end up doing. †I think I'd be worse off overall, especially when a couple of years down the line the rules change, the savings reduce and I'm stuck in a company car again.
Bryan M

My savings are £400pcm year one from Evoque to 350e....too difficult to ignore..... Especially as the 911 insurance renewal came in today, that's another £260!
Roadsterstu

Glad to hear the fleet is doing well.
PG

Bryan M wrote:
I thought 45k on a set of tyres with 4mm left was going some, can anyone else beat that?


Our Shogun has done 62k on its original tyres. But they are All-Terrains so had a lot more tread to start. And I fear they are near requiring changing, which will be about £250 per tyre.

Maybe my man maths can work out that changing the car is cheaper than getting new tyres.....
Bryan M

These are Pirelli Scorpion M&S - I reckon at this rate of wear I could get another 10k if I still had the car, 62k is seriously impressive
TreVoR

PG wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
I thought 45k on a set of tyres with 4mm left was going some, can anyone else beat that?


Our Shogun has done 62k on its original tyres. But they are All-Terrains so had a lot more tread to start. And I fear they are near requiring changing, which will be about £250 per tyre.

Maybe my man maths can work out that changing the car is cheaper than getting new tyres.....


Really?! BFG A/T KO2 were £140 each for the Defender.
Bryan M

New age related plate for Evoque came through today.....ends in KFC......

now to find somewhere to make up plates within 72hrs before paperwork expires!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bryan M wrote:
New age related plate for Evoque came through today.....ends in KFC......

now to find somewhere to make up plates within 72hrs before paperwork expires!

I hope you don't chicken out of changing the plate.....
Bryan M

The whole process has been fowl but I can see the end
Roadsterstu

Bryan M wrote:
New age related plate for Evoque came through today.....ends in KFC......

now to find somewhere to make up plates within 72hrs before paperwork expires!


Find someone on Ebay. Don't even need the paperwork, even though you are supposed to need it...
Bryan M

Help, l need some advice, I got a form through from dvla via leasing company giving me 72hrs to make new reg up (v9??). I have done this and told lease co I am swapping them over but askmid has current plate as insured and new reg as not insured.

So the question is do I swap the plates over or not this weekend?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Check the DVLA website to see which car is taxed. As soon as your private plate is shown as being taxed on the new car, change the plates
Bryan M

Chris therein lies the problem

DVLA check has my private plate as no longer registered and the new plate assigned to the Evoque (all correct)

AskMID has my old plate as still insured but not the new plate

I think i will swap plates over to match the DVLA and take a copy of the insurance certificate with me on my travels this weekend
TreVoR

Put the new plates on. The car is still insured. AskMID takes up to a week to update.
Roadsterstu

TreVoR wrote:
Put the new plates on. The car is still insured. AskMID takes up to a week to update.


This.  Probably worth having the paperwork with you until it's updated.
Bryan M

Swapped them over and have all docs plus old plates in the boot
Chocy Rocky

I think you have done the correct thing by keeping everything in the car for the short term.
PG

TreVoR wrote:
PG wrote:
Bryan M wrote:
I thought 45k on a set of tyres with 4mm left was going some, can anyone else beat that?


Our Shogun has done 62k on its original tyres. But they are All-Terrains so had a lot more tread to start. And I fear they are near requiring changing, which will be about £250 per tyre.

Maybe my man maths can work out that changing the car is cheaper than getting new tyres.....


Really?! BFG A/T KO2 were £140 each for the Defender.


Unless I've written the size down wrong, BFG A/T are £170 each on MyTyres and £180 on Black Circles and by the time I added balancing, tracking etc (and I may need to change the spare too) I easily got to £1000 in my mind. So sort of £250 per working tyre!
TreVoR

Ouch!  I wonder if BFG are cashing in on their popularity - they are a great tyre.

I got mine from my local tyre garage and that was the fitted cost.

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