Davie's french attraction.

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Love the cream leather interior in the C4, but not mad on the gold/beige exterior!
The C5 in black looks great, don't all exclusives have green liquid suspension?
I like the look of the Xantia as well, would it really be slower than your Partner van?

Still as you say get the VTS outed first.

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There's been no interest in the vts yet, apart from astraman. I'm not really bothered. I do like the cream leather of the c4 that I put up a link for, and being the 2.0hdi would have a proper auto rather than the egs semi auto of which I have driven one and was not impressed. I haven't phoned though, not sure about the gold exterior, and not sure about the shape of the C4 hatch. Think it will be a C5, if and when. First things, first, Mot on Friday. The van was put to a garage, my usual repair garage has closed, so have tried one 100 meters from the house. Might as well try the nearest. It's fixed, no parts needed apart from brake fluid and new knuckles for the mechanic. It was the linkage was seized, He removed master cylinder and servo for a bit of access, said he would liked to have got the linkage out completely but that needs the engine removed. Once he had that all off managed to get the thing moving. He has shown me where to squirt duck oil in to hopefully stop it seizing again. Took 1 & 1/2 hrs, going to send bill, so we will see how his charges are. Seems to know his stuff, so if price ok then he will be used again.

Other news, good for a change, daughter number two is home from her holidays happy as happy can be, having got engaged on the beach in the Dominican Republic. I can see another outing for the kilt then :-D

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Well LEZ has a new mot. 1 advisory, there is a very slight movement in the left side track rod end. Tester said don't worry about it, so I said why give me it then :-D He thought the wheelbearing on the same side was a bit rough, I heard it myself, very slight. He was going to fail it, but went for a run in it, couldn't hear it driving and no feel through steering so passed it without an advisory on it. The headlight washers aren't working, but did not come up on his list of things to check, he said it should fail, but because of the omission on the computer couldn't fail it :-D The exhaust he said would last forever. I'm quite happy with that result. The standard wheels are back on, my 18" alloys are away to get refurbished, the polished rim and centre are really in quite poor condition. They are getting powder coated in anthracite instead of black, and will not have silver rims, unless I paint them myself over the powder coating. I have acquired two toyo 225/40x18 with 6mm for much cheapness, and two pirelli P-zero in same size, also much cheapness. Not really fussed if I don't sell it, I'll just always have to park where I can get the door right open. Thats the biggest problem, getting in and out. Once I'm in there's not really a problem with the clutch. The next car will be auto, but hopefully won't have to need to do that for a while. I will wait and see how much damage the insurance is going to be for next year before I make up my mind if it's going sorn for a few months over the winter. My next MOT due is the expert in february. I may run it exclusively until then and see what it needs for mot then decide which one is going. By that time I won't need a van, back garden (read jungle lol) will be sorted out, theres a man and a son going to be clearing it next month in exchange for a chineese carry out and some beer tokens. That will be the end of the need for the expert so it may be bye bye time for it. As per usual I ain't got an effing clue what I am doing :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Not trying very hard to sell the VTS. Was offered £3100 and I could keep the plate but can't be assed doing that. I'll just have to learn to park where I can get the door fully open and I will be ok.

My 18" alloys are away to be powdercoated. They were in worse condition than the photos looked. Got a txt on Sat saying they are ready, so will be picked up and tyres fitted on Monday. Got two toyo proxes part worns, 6 mm left for £65, and two pirelli p-zero 5mm for £70. Size 225/40x18. The tyres that came with the alloys will recoup the money for them. Car will be the way I want on Monday then, No more money being spent on it. My daughters garage is in the proceeds of being cleared out, hopefully it will fit in there with the crap she wants to keep for a few months. If that happens it will have wax applied and not rubbed to a shine to protect it.

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Well I have come to a decision regarding transport for the near future. The expert is going great, and using very little fuel I last filled it about 3 weeks ago, I have done 460 miles in that time, and it is sitting on 1/2. A squirt of plusgas in the direction of the brake linkage down back of engine keeping the brakes working perfectly.I have just taxed it for a year so I suppose you can guess where this is going when I am only going to run 1 of them. The insurance on the c4 expires at midnight on Saturday, my daughter has an empty garage, so guess where it is going for the time being. The van's mot is due end feb, so the c4 going to be in hiding until then, I would guess it will come out of hibernation on 1st March, when the van will be up for sale either as a spares/repairs, or with a full test, depending on how much it will need. I really want to keep the c4 and cant afford tax and insurance for it so this seems logical, as van insured until april and newly taxed. The likelihood of me having a return to work is getting less and less by the month. I am now struggling to walk any distance at all, doing spannering of any description is not the easiest, It's affecting mental health as well now, getting treatment for depression too. The authorities have come to a conclusion that people with chronic pain are far more likely to suffer depression. I could have told them that! So for the meantime C4 goes SORN and into hiding and van gets run over winter.

Better news, I'm sure you all remember that my eldest daughter got married in June. My second daughter came home from her holidays in September having got engaged on the beach in the Dominican Republic. Then eldest one came in to mine on Tuesday and announced that she is pregnant! A honeymoon pregnancy. I am very happy at that, my first grandchild, hopefully not the last. Thats the best news I have had for a while. So apart from my health, family life is good!

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That's brilliant news on soon to become a granddad and another marriage to look forward to Davie. Excellent :-D

So I guess the person who worked out that chronic lain + winter = depression got an award for that: stating the bleedin' obvious :twisted:

Everybody does but when everything hurts it has to be an order of magnitude worse. Lots of people who have what I have get very depressed about it. Luckily I don't and I'm very thankful for that.

I was going to say we have Christmas to look forward to but in me that does give rise to depression :lol: I hate Christmas although I've already made a proper Christmas cake and have been feeding it brandy every week for several weeks now... It's going to be well sozzled come the festive season :-D

I think the idea of pushing off somewhere warm for the winter is an excellent one Davie but really you end to take all of the family with you, especially your daughters.

I'm toying with the idea of taking the XM off the road for the winter. Insurance is out at the end of next month and the MOT is up in January so itmakes sense plus the XM is not very robust when faced with salt..

Both it and the Activa will see very little use in the winter as the V6 becomes the full-time runabout...

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It's a good idea to go to a hot place for winter, but really it's just a dream. Had I not bought this house I could have done it, but thought owning a house and having no rent to pay and protecting what I Have was a better idea. I have always looked forward to Xmas, but this year I would not worry if it was cancelled completely. It's taking enough out of me getting used to living alone as it is, without xmas looming. I have no idea at the moment where I will be on xmas day. Stay in bed i think!!!!!!!!! However with the grand kids starting maybe in a year or two xmas will be good again. Time will tell.

I will miss the car over winter, but it seems like a waste of money paying the tax and insurance for it. If the expert breaks big time, at least the c4 is mot'ed so insurance and tax could be done near enough instantly if I need to. Hopefully the van wont give up. It has the best engine and only done 87k. No idea about timing belt, but I wont do anything with it until feb.

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CitroJim wrote:So I guess the person who worked out that chronic lain + winter = depression got an award for that: stating the bleedin' obvious :twisted:
I'm no specialist but my observation is there's a massive overlap in "affective disorders" and people often get told they have one or another - for which they then receive treatment while other (significant) aspects of their disability may be not recognised at that time. You've got depression, chronic fatigue, ADHD and autism all being diagnosed quite frequently, there is a lot of common ground in elements of each.

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addo wrote:You've got depression, chronic fatigue, ADHD and autism all being diagnosed quite frequently, there is a lot of common ground in elements of each.
In some cases yes Adam. For me I have ME and OCD. Quite a mixture... Look at it through the wrong glasses and a sort of autism might be seen to the untrained eye. It's not, just pure and simple borderline OCD

ME/CFS on which I can speak with some degree of knowledge can indeed result in depression and often does. I'm one of the lucky ones there as I don't but it can certainly be seen as ADHD due to the inability to concentrate on bad days.

Now what was I saying?

Oh yes, umm. Indeed. What you say is true.

Much goes misdiagnosed. Especially what I have and often convenient labels can be hung as these things take time an effort on the part of the medical mob to properly diagnose and often they don't have the time, skill or the inclination to do it properly.

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I have contempt for many doctors. They're no better than the parts-roulette mechanics, who hope the new bit you're paying dearly for is the right fix...

Sunny days and warmth are good, provided you don't overdo it! My challenge is to get Northern Mike and his brood out here for a holiday borrowing the Berlingo, but the question of kiddie seats is yet to be addressed.

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addo wrote:I have contempt for many doctors. They're no better than the parts-roulette mechanics, who hope the new bit you're paying dearly for is the right fix...

Sunny days and warmth are good, provided you don't overdo it! My challenge is to get Northern Mike and his brood out here for a holiday borrowing the Berlingo, but the question of kiddie seats is yet to be addressed.
Oh that's easy. Airlines carry them for free.. even Easyjet.

I'll look forward to it :-)

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I would think you cant have OCD Jim, surely it must be CDO cos thats the correct order :shock: :mrgreen: :lol:

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daviemck2006 wrote:I would think you cant have OCD Jim, surely it must be CDO cos thats the correct order :shock: :mrgreen: :lol:
That's quite correct Davie :lol: :lol:

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Well, 3 weeks and 2 days after parking the c4, it is going to get it's winter break shortened considerably. This is due to the expert being sick in a few areas and me not having the capability to fix it, so is now advertised for sale as is for spares or repair. It really does not like long motorway runs. %00 miles at weekend to my sisters and back was not kind to it. It's problems at the moment, Indicators not working at all now, likely needs a comms 2000 unit. A droning noise from the rear somewhere, increases with speed, suspect a wheel bearing. Engine management light comes on when asking for more power at about 70, then it loses power, not complete loss of power but wont do more than 70, the light goes off after a couple of starts then normal power is reinstated. Drivers side sliding door does not open. Strange dents above front doors let water in in the pissing rain. brake load sensing valve corroded to nothing. I would say a couple hundred and a spare day would see it all fixed, but to be honest I cant be bothered. Mot is Feb and some of these issues need fixed before then, and considering I have to do it outside in north Scotland, 100m from the sea I think I will not be the one doing the fixing. It's a pity because otherwise it's a cracking van, has shown up a few things that a van shouldn't due to 110bhp and low gearing. Only in legal town speeds though officer! So soon back to the vts and I'll put back on the standard wheels, 205 section should be better for winter than 225. No winters though, the tyres on the 17's are like new so not coming off.

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I went to the local auction tonight just to have a lookie. This is dangerous territory for me. I usually end up with something unexpected coming home. I'm afraid to say this visit was no different. The plan was if there was anything cheap enough that was auto I would buy it and leave the expert for the next sale, as I wouldn't like to sell it privately with it's problems. So first one that caught my eye, a tidy y-plate merc c270 diesel. I have a hankering for rear drive and a bit of power for some fun. This would have done a few months and sold on with no loss. Went for £1100. then a 51reg Jag stype v6sport in black with cream leather £480. Very tempted. another merc, 51reg S320 mint, 83k, £750!!!!! A lot of car for the money. Y reg Jeep Grand cherokee 4.0 84k £600. But I did have my sensible head on and did not buy any of these very tempting things. Were all tidy, but all would have cost a tidy sum to run. The next auto that came through was the one for me to bid on. 04 reg Honda civic 1.6 se auto in black, 72k on clock, full honda history, 2 owners, moted this morning, I will get it insured and taxed in the morning then get it home. I did have a spin in it after I had paid for it. The price I paid, £900. It has a scrape on nearside that takes in front door, rear door and just into the quarter, and another smaller scrape in offside on the wheelarch, but at 900 who can complain? Elderly woman owner in centre of Aberdeen lol. It should be reliable though and will become my daily dont care about it !

What about the expert? Will be in next sale and take what I get.

What about the c4? mmmmmmmmm It's on gumtree and local facebook groups, but only selling if I get the right money for it, otherwise it shall stay put where it's at for the time being.