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  1. Low mileage often means short journeys when the engine struggles to get up to temperature. That's when there's a lot of condensation created which degrades the oil.
  2. Move the money into your own current account and when you pick the car up the money can be transferred to the dealer immediately using your debit card. Dealers, in my experience, will not take anything more than a deposit using a credit card because of the charges they have to pay.
  3. Where's Doc Holliday when we need some clarification of his problem
  4. I bought a pre-reg 2013 diesel Forester and thought it was great. The permanent four wheel drive system is brilliant and it regularly returned around 50mpg. First MOT it got an advisory on a leaking rear shock absorber. It was changed under warranty but I was advised the other side was weeping and would probably fail the next year's test when it would be chargeable. I asked the price and was told the one they had just fitted would have been best part of £1,000 parts and labour! The good news was resale value was excellent when I sold it just before the next MOT. Great car but beware the cost of parts and lack of pattern parts.
  5. I live in Essex and my licence is up for renewal next Autumn. My GP has indicated he is opposed to completing the form and no other local surgeries are taking on new NHS patients. Without paying for something like Medcert I will be forced to give up shooting unless the situation changes. The shooting organisations need to get active if they want to retain members as I can't see people renewing membership once they're no longer shooting.
  6. This change in the law is aimed at the "travelling community" who can only be moved off land with a court order which takes some days by which time the land has been covered in rubbish. Living in an area rife with the problem I welcome anything which will stop this abuse and the amount of tax payers money wasted moving them on. I don't think the general public will be inconvenienced and, as previously mentioned, shooters should avoid armed trespass which is already a criminal offence.
  7. With Starling you can pay in cash at Post Office, cheques you send Freeport.
  8. This is my gun. I can include a Buffalo River gunslip plus a 3/8 Briley extended choke and a 2in long 1/4 extended choke if anyone's tempted
  9. Metabo powermaxx tools comparable with Makita or DeWalt for quality. Comprises: SB combi drill with 10mm chuck, SSD impact driver, ASE reciprocating saw, LED torch, 3x 2Ah batteries, charger and kit box. All tools are in very good condition and batteries perform as new. Online price for these is around £265. Collect from Basildon, Essex or could meet within reasonable distance. £115
  10. Car built in satnavs are very often about 12 months out of date with map updates. Despite a recent update my Hyundai satnav is still missing local estate roads that have existed more than 2 years!
  11. Don't know about a flat spot but the 1.2 entry engine is fairly gutless. Either of the 1.0 turbos is a better bet, especially the 120bhp but I believe that's still only available in upper specs.
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    Surely best to have the MOT carried out by someone different from whoever does the service. That way you get two independent opinions and not one person checking their own work. Totally agree that advisories are joke - I've just seen a car passed with advisories on corroded brake pipes. I know the owner now considers it safe for 12 months. An MOT is meaningless the day after its carried out as the tester cannot know how the vehicle will be used or abused.
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    35 Dakotas

    For those hoping to see them in Southend on Sea area the Echo newspaper website says a route change means they will no longer fly over the pier but over the airport and Westcliff. The Echo website, and newspaper, is not always very accurate in its reporting however. Plus the weather could effect routing I guess.
  14. Are you using decent quality chains? Cheap chains, like off the bay, can stretch and slack off very quickly.
  15. Whilst what the OP says may appear common sense it provides Packham and Co all the evidence they need that the General Licence has been abused. You can legally eat the pigeons shot for crop protection but not shoot pigeons for food and justify it by saying it helps protect crops.
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