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Martin
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Stuntman wrote:
Martin wrote:
It depends on how well they work, I know the Porsche system is a pain. †I don't have to touch my handbrake button, it releases when I pull away and is automatically applied when I turn off the engine, the gearbox even goes into Park. † I can't see the downside with a decent keyless entry/start system either.


Fair enough. †I just can''t see the upside. †I like the fact that I have to insert a key somewhere into the dash to make the car work, and then remove it from the dash when I get out of the vehicle. †The only bit of key technology that I think is good is remote central locking and unlocking!


I think it's one of those options that seems a bit pointless until you've used it for a while. †The hands free tailgate was included with the keyless entry option and I use that a lot, it's really useful, especially with an electric tailgate that opens/closes at a reasonable speed. †I've see other in operation that are painfully slow.

Back on topic....I've just remembered that I saw a Z1 on the M1 near Leicester on Thursday morning.   Not something you see often, particularly at this time of year and it looked fairly well used.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something happening locally ish today, saw a convoy of current shape Mustangs, then on the A3 going south a Radical closely followed by a yellow Gallardo and then near work a Noble M600.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

London Classic Car Show was on this weekend so maybe heading there?

There was some very, very nice stuff on display including the most impressive Ferrari collection I will probably ever see, on the Joe Macari stand. Must have been around 100 million quids worth on that one stand. Amazing.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuntman wrote:
Fair enough. †I just can''t see the upside. †I like the fact that I have to insert a key somewhere into the dash to make the car work....

Having had/got 3 cars with push-button starters and 2 of them also with hands-free entry/exit systems, it seems so old-fashioned and soooo 20th century to have to use a key to start a car.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really mind either way. I like the convenience of the keyless stuff but the interactive nature of a key. The keyless entry on the V60 doesn't work and I don't really care - although it is going in for a repair quote. If the warranty covers it then I will have it done but I can happily live without it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One for Blarno. And it's a two door!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my way to work this morning....
a silver Celica, reg starting S305A
which is the same first 5 characters as the plate on my old Scenic
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a black Mercedes GLS 63 this morning, and perhaps the only one I'll see. Rather pointless, especially in this country, but I'm glad it exists.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard the distinctive warble of a V8 whilst stood at the lights in the village. Imagine my surprise to find the delicious sound was emitting from an Audi Q5 (though it could have been a Q3...it's hard to tell). Imagine my even greater surprise to see that said Audi was sporting a TDi badge on its posterior.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sav wrote:
Saw a black Mercedes GLS 63 this morning, and perhaps the only one I'll see. Rather pointless, especially in this country, but I'm glad it exists.


They must have been moving them on with some big discount because I have seen a couple in recent weeks, one of which was being given the pedal to the metal treatment away from the petrol station (which he will probably be revisiting in about 200 miles). It is an odd vehicle/engine combination in this part of the world.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our new(ish) neighbours' daughter was dropped off from college/uni the other day by someone in a SLK63.

No clue who s/he is, but they're welcome to inflict that V8 noise on me anytime!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pulled into the Shell station yesterday beside a previous shape grey C63 saloon. Halfway through filling up a new shape C63 coupe in matt grey pulled up behind me.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
I pulled into the Shell station yesterday beside a previous shape grey C63 saloon. Halfway through filling up a new shape C63 coupe in matt grey pulled up behind me.


The moral of this story is that the new smaller engined AMGs still like a drink!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a new 5series today, it looked surprisingly elegant, something the current one could never be described as. It may have been a 17 plate, I didn't look.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Saw a new 5series today, it looked surprisingly elegant, something the current one could never be described as. It may have been a 17 plate, I didn't look.


I have seen a few now. You would have thought that in it's 7th iteration BMW would have got round to fitting indicators.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lexus IS-F, which looked at first like a Kia of some sort until I did a double take.
Also saw a new 2017 Corvette, top of the rang model in red. Not a common colour on them here, but really suits them.
A guy at work has just bought a 2017 Fiat 500e, which he is raving about.
He's promised me a spin in it, and says he gets 80 miles to a charge and it handles like a go kart, along with great acceleration low down. Looking forward to testing it out soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DetmoldDick wrote:
Heard the distinctive warble of a V8 whilst stood at the lights in the village. Imagine my surprise to find the delicious sound was emitting from an Audi Q5 (though it could have been a Q3...it's hard to tell). Imagine my even greater surprise to see that said Audi was sporting a TDi badge on its posterior.


I saw and heard Colin's Ghibli diesel a few weeks ago. Clearly a diesel if you stand at the front but sounds like a V8 from behind and driving off.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a CityRover, being driven on the road, at the weekend.  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New M2.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoops, wrong photo. Here it is.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not enough to say to warrant a test ride report, but a friend took me for a spin in his new Merc A45 AMG this evening. It's got the full winglets/spoiler OTT styling package and an utterly antisocial popping and farting exhaust, but jesusfuckingchrist does it fly. Each stab of the accelerator had me giggling like a lunatic, then gripping the seat in fear as the next bend appraoched at a utterly scary rate.

I don't know if it was just his driving, but it did feel a blunt instrument, devastating on straights but no flow around bends. I'd love it for the weekend, to be a hooligan, scaring myself silly and hooning about but don't imagine I'd lust after it long term.

Did I mention it's crazy stupid fast?

Epic seats in it too.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually last night, but I saw a Doctor/consultant friend who is on his third GL 350CDi, to go with him E63 Estate (6.3litre version), VW UP and Touareg 3.0TDi V6.

They go to London once every few months and normally take the GL with all the family clobber. However because of London's dislike for diesel, he has just done a deal to change the GL diesel for a GL63. As justification, he said (and he's right) that we will probably be the last generation who will get to enjoy these engines and he wants to have stories to tell his grandchildren!

I admire his bravery. London and back in a GL63 is likely to cost £300!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was followed by the same new Discovery I folllowed the other week.  The offside (LED) headlight was at least double the brightness and really distracting despite it being fairly light at that time.  I don't know whether it was poor adjustment, an electronics issue or not fitted properly.  Annoyingly I kept putting cars between us on the M1 and she turned off at the same junction as me and ended up behind me on the A road.

It's orange with the black pack and while it looks a lot better from the front than the rear, it's a bit disappointing.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like from the front, but not from the back.  Wing is awful, and I'm not sure the colour does it too many favours.  V10 Lambos have much more appeal to me than V12s.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Like from the front, but not from the back. †Wing is awful, and I'm not sure the colour does it too many favours. †V10 Lambos have much more appeal to me than V12s.


What struck me were the "SV" decals along the year quarter, they were exactly that; decals, now if I'm spending £250k on a car I would expect them to be painted on, not just stuck on.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a Titty Arse for the first time yesterday. It was just the sort of spec I'd have i.e. subtle colour, no flashy silver frippery and no fixed wing. Very understated.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a black Lamborghini Aventador yesterday, too. Driving in a less than nice area near work.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roadsterstu wrote:
I saw a black Lamborghini Aventador yesterday, too. Driving in a less than nice area near work.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seing a few Alfa Giulia's about recently, what a stunning looking car.

When we dropped Tina's 500 in for its turbo recall I had a sit in a Quadrifoglio, it was lovely
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Seing a few Alfa Giulia's about recently, what a stunning looking car.

When we dropped Tina's 500 in for its turbo recall I had a sit in a Quadrifoglio, it was lovely


The QF is lovely.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Seing a few Alfa Giulia's about recently, what a stunning looking car.

When we dropped Tina's 500 in for its turbo recall I had a sit in a Quadrifoglio, it was lovely


The QF is lovely.


I see one about once a week. Always being given full beans.  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Seing a few Alfa Giulia's about recently, what a stunning looking car.


Saw my first one this weekend. It doesn't stand out in quite the same way as Alfas of old but it is very nice.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the QF will become a lot more popular after Top Gear last night and the conclusion that it is better than the M3 (and it basically has a shortened Ferrari engine which has to be good for bragging rights).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I followed my first New Dicovery today. Familiarity always helps but in first sight the rear end is one of the worst I have ever seen. The offset plate makes the lights look different sizes. No symmetry no good. It also looks too tall and thin.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a pity there are now only 2 Alfa dealers in Scotland, doubt I'll see a Giulia QF any time soon  

I saw a Renault Avantime and Honda CRX Del Sol yesterday
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
It's a pity there are now only 2 Alfa dealers in Scotland, doubt I'll see a Giulia QF any time soon †



Unless you find where EVO/Autocar/Etc do their testing.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
It's a pity there are now only 2 Alfa dealers in Scotland, doubt I'll see a Giulia QF any time soon †

I saw a Renault Avantime and Honda CRX Del Sol yesterday


I had occasion to be meandering around the foot of the Kingston Bridge this morning and noted that Western Alfa have gone, to be replaced by a Lexus dealership - presumably also Uncle Arnie's.
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Boxer6 wrote:
Tim wrote:
It's a pity there are now only 2 Alfa dealers in Scotland, doubt I'll see a Giulia QF any time soon †

I saw a Renault Avantime and Honda CRX Del Sol yesterday


I had occasion to be meandering around the foot of the Kingston Bridge this morning and noted that Western Alfa have gone, to be replaced by a Lexus dealership - presumably also Uncle Arnie's.


I'm sure my mate said Glasgow and Inverness were the only ones left although they might've added a few with the Giulia coming, the onfo is a few months old.

Can't imagine they'd want to go back to Uncle Arnie can you?
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Pretty sure my nearest Alfa place has gone, too. I've not noticed it when driving past anyway.
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Saw an R34 Nissan Skyline that had the livery of Paul Walker's Skyline in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
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Boxer6 wrote:

I had occasion to be meandering around the foot of the Kingston Bridge this morning and noted that Western Alfa have gone, to be replaced by a Lexus dealership - presumably also Uncle Arnie's.


I think the Lexus dealer is owned by the Western Group. Uncle Arnie gave up the Lexus franchise when Lexus demanded a bigger better showroom just at the time that Lexus has no diesels, petrol prices were high and Lexus sales were down.

The guy who used to be the manager of Glasgow Lexus was offered redundancy or a sales job at Harry Fairbairn BMW. He took the sales job. He is a really nice guy (a bit ex army officer in his manner) and is one of the few salesmen I reckon I can trust.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am pretty sure I saw an A2 in the last few moments of its life this morning. It was stopped at traffic lights coming the other way but when the lights went green it left the lights with the biggest oil smokescreen I have ever seen. The driver looked a bit perplexed (perhaps hearing carnage just in front of him and the smoke behind). Minced turbo perhaps?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
I am pretty sure I saw an A2 in the last few moments of its life this morning. It was stopped at traffic lights coming the other way but when the lights went green it left the lights with the biggest oil smokescreen I have ever seen. The driver looked a bit perplexed (perhaps hearing carnage just in front of him and the smoke behind). Minced turbo perhaps?


There was a broken down Vauxhall Antara in the left lane of the Tay Bridge on Friday evening.
The trail of oil along the carriageway and the huge puddle of it around the stopped car told its own story.
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Just remembered I saw a nice and shiny BMW 850 Ci at the weekend, looked in generally good condition and had an aftermarket exhaust that freed up a bit more noise, just a pity about the creased nosecone that's probably more to replace than the car is worth.
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A couple of the houses in my road are clearly being let out by their owners this week, it's the Cheltenham Festival.  Across the road from me there are two DB11s on one drive.  The front one is white and sporting a 17 plate.  The one behind it is mid grey and I can't see the numberplate.

Next door to me there is a current model RS6 Avant and a couple of X5s which are damn nearly blocking me in.
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Saw my first new 5 Series last night. A 540i in a colour that looked like Tanzanite Blue.

It looked very smart and hid its bulk very well. It was being driven sedately but I can see it having a lot of success in its market place. A quick check though and the basic 540i MSport starts at a pretty heady £50K, so I think you can expect some fairly large discounts after about 6 months.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
Saw my first new 5 Series last night. A 540i in a colour that looked like Tanzanite Blue.

It looked very smart and hid its bulk very well. It was being driven sedately but I can see it having a lot of success in its market place. A quick check though and the basic 540i MSport starts at a pretty heady £50K, so I think you can expect some fairly large discounts after about 6 months.


I saw one on Tuesday but it was a 520d like all the others BMW UK will sell.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
Saw my first new 5 Series last night. A 540i in a colour that looked like Tanzanite Blue.

It looked very smart and hid its bulk very well. It was being driven sedately but I can see it having a lot of success in its market place. A quick check though and the basic 540i MSport starts at a pretty heady £50K, so I think you can expect some fairly large discounts after about 6 months.


That's Mediterranean Blue, which has been available on the outgoing model for about a year. †Discounts are already pretty reasonable, about 16% off a 540i,so the starting point is about £42,000. †As with a lot of cars, it's all too easy to get that to mount up, 'my spec' 540i would be £55,500 after discount.

I drove past my local BMW dealer yesterday afternoon and they have a 540i demonstrator.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a Suzuki hatchback just now that I can't be arsed to google. About the size of a Pulsar/308/Astra etc. Never seen one before.


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