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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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You'll get a really good holiday in a lovely place, including your flight, all your teeth fixed, and meet loads of really nice people, for considerably less than the cost of having it done here :)

Or you could just...

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Zel, all the best for the dental visit...

Good work on the disc. Hope it works well on test ;)
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Well I survived at least. That was quite possibly the most physically unpleasant experience of my life to date, but I survived.

Not allowed to properly rinse my mouth out (I can drink - but it's got to be straight down the throat without lingering) until tomorrow...And I'm *really* tired of tasting blood now.

Will see if I get a bit of free time this evening so I can write up what's been done on the C5 today.

Lada has decided to blow a hole in the back of its middle box. Given I have a working welder and some perfectly good pipe salvaged from the Saab, tempted to just delete the box in question and see what happens...
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Was it worse than your recent journey in a vw golf?

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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daviemck2006 wrote:Was it worse than your recent journey in a vw golf?

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Now that's a tricky one...Going to go for "yes overall" as at least I looking forward to getting to the destination during that journey...
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Well, with a good dentist the destination is a pain free mouth (and the ability to eat hot and cold foodstuffs without wincing!). I wonder how many people had painful lives before dentistry came along. I recall seeing (on something like Time Team) a jawbone with a hole blown through it. It was believed the person had had an abscess in a tooth for so long it did the damage to the bone. They were commenting on how much pain the victim must have been in.
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Little article on BBC News over here that's rather up my street!
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Zelandeth wrote:Little article on BBC News over here that's rather up my street!


Saw that and very much thought of you Zel... You could have been the subject of that article and I read it fully expecting to see your name crop up...

How's the mount now? Much better I trust...
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I thought Ed Hughes might be Zel!

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Better than yesterday, though I still feel as though I've taken a rapidly bowled baseball to the face.

Currently fine tuning the brake disc on the C5. Getting it aligned perfectly straight, when you've had to make an adaptor out of naught but M5 nuts and bolts is *reeeeally* fiddly.

First test was promising though, and if second test goes as well I'll look to weld extra bracing around the £3 Amazon special bracket once I'm happy with the alignment of everything.

Reading that article, I thought I recognised the reg number before I even got to the text!

Same colour as mine, but a saloon rather than the estate like my one...Which I personally think is the looker of the two body styles...But I guess I am biased!
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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So today's trip as a passenger: current Audi A4 Avant S-Line Quattro.

Is it as bad as The Golf of Torture? No. I have a bit more legroom, and the ride is slightly better just by virtue of the car being heavier I think.

...Lada is still a heck of a lot more comfortable, and the Saab again is above that as a rear seat passenger.

Really looking forward to getting something I can comfortably stuff all four of us in for the odd couple of hour motorway jaunt in so we don't need to keep getting stuffed into these company cars every time we all need to go somewhere...
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Zelandeth wrote:
Really looking forward to getting something I can comfortably stuff all four of us in for the odd couple of hour motorway jaunt in so we don't need to keep getting stuffed into these company cars every time we all need to go somewhere...

CX Prestige or an XM would impress them Zel.
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Indeed...Would love either, though a CX would probably be higher on the list - especially as early one which still has the dashboard that looked like it had come out of Flash Gordon's space ship...GSA also gets points for that... Especially because of the light up damage report display...

Problem is that while it must be interesting and comfy, it would also be a working vehicle that I don't mind throwing miles on, taking out in rush hour at the mercy of idiots on the road, using when it's wet or salty out, or throwing the dog in the back...

That's why I keep coming back to an early Jeep Cherokee.

Don't get me wrong... I'd dearly love to own either of the Citroens mentioned above (still reckon the XM is probably the most gorgeous looking car ever designed), but reckon I'd struggle to live with them and to give the attention they would really need and deserve.

Did several trips between MK and Aberdeen in Gabriel (the Xantia 1.9TD now in the care of Jim) and have to admit that I've definitely never owned a better motorway juggernaut than that car. Only thing she lacked for a trip like that was cruise...And even then only an issue because she likes to creep slowly up from 70 to quite illegal speeds if you're not paying attention to the speedo! ...Given the improbable levels of smoothness and quiet it was astonishing how easy to wind up going really quite rapidly...
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Zelandeth wrote: Did several trips between MK and Aberdeen in Gabriel (the Xantia 1.9TD now in the care of Jim) and have to admit that I've definitely never owned a better motorway juggernaut than that car. Only thing she lacked for a trip like that was cruise...And even then only an issue because she likes to creep slowly up from 70 to quite illegal speeds if you're not paying attention to the speedo! ...Given the improbable levels of smoothness and quiet it was astonishing how easy to wind up going really quite rapidly...


You were spoilt with Gabriel Zel ;)

I don't jest about what I say about Gabriel in my sig, she really is the best... The most comfy and best riding Xantia I've ever owned and I've had a few :D

Nothing quite compares to her. That's why she's a keeper and currently in dock for some heavy maintenance ;)
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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog - Pug 107, Saab 900, Lada Riva, Skoda Estelle & Sinclair C5

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Especially after we sorted the rear spheres...The comedy bouncing before they were done got a bit tiresome after a few hours!

She's a good old motor, and would have been a keeper here to be fair if I hadn't desperately needed to thin the herd at the time. I knew if I held on to her at the time she would have wound up stuck in the corner and probably sit for so long before I got that far down the to do list that the to do list would have become unmanageable - and she deserved better than that!

Do give us a shout if you need some extra hands for anything, you know I'm just down the road.