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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:The XM goes in for MOT tomorrow morning...

The tension is killing me, honestly I'm a pile of trembling jelly and not feeling at all well :(

I hate MOT time :evil:
There are a few problems with the MOT. Perversely, the one that causes the most anxiety is the one that shouldn't - the test isn't actually as strict as you'd believe. I've taken cars for MOTs that I *knew* 100% were going to fail - that shoddy Mazda was one. I was sure it wouldn't pass even on the retest. The brakes weren't great, there was a lot of rot, crack in the screen. Yet, it passed. So did the Focus, which I knew needed new discs and pads on the front, it had a grumbling wheel bearing, a slight knock from the N/S/F, and a tyre that was close to the limit amongst other things. It passed with an advisory for the tyre, yet I didn't feel comfortable driving it because of the faults I knew. I was expecting to do much work on it.

So, I'm sure Jim, that with your prep work, along with the other guys that have given their time to sort it, the XM will pass with flying colours, just like Rattiva did.

Interestingly, my mum, who was a nurse, took my pulse in the labour ward when Sam was born as I was a bit nervous. It was 86bpm. I took it at the MOT station when the Activa was in for it's ticket - 105bpm. I did it again when the Berlingo was in the other week, 110bpm.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:It'll fail :twisted:


MOT time is rubbish isnt it

Indeed it is...
Come on, let's be a bit more positive :)

Me being positive and MOT-time are mutually exclusive terms Chris :(

I'm rubbish at it...
I detest it, but I do have a really good MOT station. They don't do repairs, and it's two old boys in their late 50s. They're very thorough, and will show you exactly what is wrong and why a car has failed. I can't recommend them enough.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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ask them to run through the emission test before they log it onto VOSA's system, unless you know the emissions are ok

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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Rattiva_Mike wrote: Interestingly, my mum, who was a nurse, took my pulse in the labour ward when Sam was born as I was a bit nervous. It was 86bpm. I took it at the MOT station when the Activa was in for it's ticket - 105bpm. I did it again when the Berlingo was in the other week, 110bpm.
I can well believe that Mike :roll: Awaiting the birth is a different sort of tension entirely than an MOT test...

I'm trying to forget about it for now and will report back tomorrow...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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Rattiva_Mike wrote:They don't do repairs, and it's two old boys in their late 50s.
Oi!! :evil: :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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DickieG wrote:
Rattiva_Mike wrote:They don't do repairs, and it's two old boys in their late 50s.
Oi!! :evil: :lol:
Up here in Bucks every male regardless of age is an old boy. It's not ageist at all, just how we old boys up in Bucks talk :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
DickieG wrote:
Rattiva_Mike wrote:They don't do repairs, and it's two old boys in their late 50s.
Oi!! :evil: :lol:
Up here in Bucks every male regardless of age is an old boy. It's not ageist at all, just how we old boys up in Bucks talk :)
Well daarrn here in saaarrrf Bucks an old boy is someone who is well into the late 70's, old boy in their 50's? Humph :( :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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DickieG wrote:
Rattiva_Mike wrote:They don't do repairs, and it's two old boys in their late 50s
Oi!! :evil: :lol:
Up here in Bucks every male regardless of age is an old boy. It's not ageist at all, just how we old boys up in Bucks talk
Well daarrn here in saaarrrf Bucks an old boy is someone who is well into the late 70's, old boy in their 50's? Humph :( :lol:
Well, Drift Road MOT is in Berks, so you can both stop your complaining. :P :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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The XM has passed :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

And with nice comments from the tester too :-D

Just a couple of advisories. Marginal handbrake and a slight exhaust blow..

I'm so relieved :roll: :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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Oh and that MOT cost me a night's sleep and a whole day wobbling like a wet jelly. I couldn't even eat. Making up for it now though :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:Oh and that MOT cost me a night's sleep and a whole day wobbling like a wet jelly. I couldn't even eat. Making up for it now though :lol:
You Tart, so then you're now on the sauce and getting spannered :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:The XM has passed :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

And with nice comments from the tester too :-D

Just a couple of advisories. Marginal handbrake and a slight exhaust blow..

I'm so relieved :roll: :)
I TOLD YOU SO!!

:P

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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DickieG wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Oh and that MOT cost me a night's sleep and a whole day wobbling like a wet jelly. I couldn't even eat. Making up for it now though :lol:
You Tart, so then you're now on the sauce and getting spannered :lol:
No sauce, just a good eat :lol: Just been out to fill her up with LPG. I was so sure in my addled mind she was going to fail I didn't bother before :roll:
Rattiva_Mike wrote: I TOLD YOU SO!!

:P
I'll listen to you in future Mike :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
DickieG wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Oh and that MOT cost me a night's sleep and a whole day wobbling like a wet jelly. I couldn't even eat. Making up for it now though :lol:
You Tart, so then you're now on the sauce and getting spannered :lol:
No sauce, just a good eat :lol: Just been out to fill her up with LPG. I was so sure in my addled mind she was going to fail I didn't bother before :roll:
Rattiva_Mike wrote: I TOLD YOU SO!!

:P
I'll listen to you in future Mike :lol:
My wife will tell you that this is generally not a good idea.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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CitroJim wrote:The XM has passed :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
Brilliant, I knew the Prestige would do it ... :-D

Your not the only one Jim, I had been thinking how it would do all morning, im very glad all your hard work has paid off :)

Its a good car that one you know 8-)