Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2017, 06:43

Zel, I reckon you may well be right!

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2017, 15:26

Shocked to receive the new V5C for the Skoda today :shock:

That was seriously quick on the part of the DVLA!!!

Doing the job on-line is definitely the way to do it ;)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 20 Nov 2017, 15:30

CitroJim wrote:
20 Nov 2017, 15:26
Shocked to receive the new V5C for the Skoda today :shock:

That was seriously quick on the part of the DVLA!!!

Doing the job on-line is definitely the way to do it ;)


Bought the Ka on Monday last week, transferred online. Got documents on Thursday.

Bought Focus from dealer, who didn't do it online, 5 weeks ago - no paperwork yet.
Bought Picasso from dealer, who didn't do it online, 3 weeks ago - no paperwork yet.

Is this just DVLA being a pain, or some tax-fiddle going on on the part of the dealers, to say they only sold them next month or something?

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2017, 18:01

Michel wrote:
20 Nov 2017, 15:30
Bought Focus from dealer, who didn't do it online, 5 weeks ago - no paperwork yet.
Bought Picasso from dealer, who didn't do it online, 3 weeks ago - no paperwork yet.


That's shocking Mike but sadly, as I know to my cost, the DVLA are good at loosing stuff sent to them by post... It'll never be lost in the post but within DVLA...

In recent times I've now had two V5s go astray like that plus related correspondence...

Give them a call and they should be able to confirm receipt even if they haven't got around to processing them yet.

The thing with the on-line system is that it's totally automatic and has no human intervention at all...

The manual process with posted V5s does and that's where it falls down :twisted:

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 20 Nov 2017, 19:01

Makes a lot of sense that it would be a lot quicker doing it via the online systems - because it eliminates pretty much all the manual steps (assuming they've got a decently screwed together backend system behind it anyway)...

The last time I had issues with them (I'm not counting the most recent one as that was at least a bit of an odd situation, so I'll give them a pass there) was when we moved house. I sent the V5C for both the Saab and Skoda in to them - in the same envelope, recorded delivery. A couple of weeks later I got the V5 back for the Saab - but they denied all knowledge of having had anything for the Skoda, and ended up charging me £25 for a replacement V5 - after I'd gone through all the faff of having to fill in a V62 as well.

Given the recent customer service both Jim and I have had on the phone I'd say give them a ring...If nothing else they should be able to confirm exactly what the current state of play is.

Would tend to think the garage would want to get things processed sharpish though so that nothing came back to bite them if the car was caught speeding/was used in a crime etc...That's probably bringing far too much logic into it though.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2017, 08:26

Zelandeth wrote:
20 Nov 2017, 19:01
That's probably bringing far too much logic into it though.
Sadly yes, I think it might well be :roll:

Maybe DVLA have fewer staff these days dealing with V5s now most is done on-line. Surprised the motor trades bit isn't though as that must account for a very large bulk of their work...

Perhaps a lot of staff formerly doing this work are now working on the telephone help lines... Their prompt and skilled responses might suggest this...

I was delighted to be back riding my bike to work today after over a week without riding... It felt so good and I don't seem to have lost any condition :)

This definitely applies :)
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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 21 Nov 2017, 13:45

Skoda was safely dropped off at the garage a couple of hours ago for the welding for the MOT to be done. The hydraulic leak having mysteriously stopped itself for now apparently - not complaining though as having a clutch is far easier than not!

Fingers crossed she'll have a fresh ticket on by the close of play today.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Gibbo2286 » 21 Nov 2017, 13:59

Dealers handling the documents would be more concerned with notifying the MIB of the sale than the DVLA, they probably do the DVLA stuff in a batch weekly on maybe Friday afternoons.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2017, 15:08

Zelandeth wrote:
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Fingers crossed she'll have a fresh ticket on by the close of play today.


Excellent! Thanks Zel, very appreciated :) I did notice an empty driveway when I got home from work - via the scenic route :)

Sally is now parked there ready to have her oxygen sensor swapped as soon as I've had lunch - can't waste this decent weather ;)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2017, 17:12

Just swapped Sally's Oxygen Sensor with a BNIB genuine Citroen one I got on eBay for a steal :)

I was expecting an epic fight to get the old one out but as soon as it saw the massive 22mm spanner it gave in with nothing more that a whimper...

It looked as if it had been happily sitting in the downpipe for many years too...

The old one had a black connector with a different key to the green connector on the new one. I just chopped off the key on the green connector and it fitted a treat...

I watched closely on my ELIT and note that the system swaps from open-loop to closed-loop mixture regulation (i.e. starts to take notice of the oxygen sensor) when the coolant temperature is at exactly 60 degrees...

The new sensor certainly cycles between low (20mV) and high (950mV) a lot faster than the old one...

A test drive finds sally running beautifully... Let's hope her little hesitation problem are now in the past [-o<

If not, next up to swap is the coolant temperature sensor...
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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2017, 18:00

Thanks Alasdair, appreciated but I no longer do exhausts... It's a job I farm out to the garage following my last foray into replacing exhausts that ended up almost killing me :evil: I utterly hate doing exhausts - even more than I hate doing CV joint boots...

In truth, I've not got the facilities here (a ramp and assistance) to do it so my MOT man can do the job when she goes in for an MOT...

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 21 Nov 2017, 18:32

CitroJim wrote:
21 Nov 2017, 18:00
Thanks Alasdair, appreciated but I no longer do exhausts... It's a job I farm out to the garage following my last foray into replacing exhausts that ended up almost killing me :evil: I utterly hate doing exhausts - even more than I hate doing CV joint boots...

In truth, I've not got the facilities here (a ramp and assistance) to do it so my MOT man can do the job when she goes in for an MOT...


Even when I had the proper facilities to do them, they always went to a garage. What a pain in the arse they are! I know of at least 3 garages who send exhaust jobs to the exhaust centre..

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 21 Nov 2017, 18:52

Seconded! The only car I would touch them myself was the Skoda - and even that turned into a royal pain last time when two of the studs snapped off the manifold.

Speaking of the Skoda - still not heard anything from the garage, had hoped it would be done today, but looks like that won't be happening. We both know how hectic the day can turn at that garage though.

Worst exhaust I remember doing: 1988 Rover 213. Stupid system with two rear silencers and the system running the full width of the car. All of the fastenings involved were made of chocolate it seemed like and it took about 5 attempts to get everything lined up right so it didn't knock against the bodywork anywhere.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 21 Nov 2017, 19:44

Gabbys exhaust is now having a clonk from the rear while she is starting. It’s on the have a look job list for a dry day