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4 hours ago, Westward said:

My sons and their partners buy new cars on 3 year PLPs. Therefore the cars are always in warranty and whilst a failed starter might be inconvenient it gets fixed for free. 

That is not a get out of jail free arrangement. The risk increases the depreciation rate and the lease reflects it. Getting a new car on a PLP is crazy expensive unless you are offsetting it against a higher rate of income tax.  My step daughter does it and I just get too cross to talk to her about it.

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27 minutes ago, Vince Green said:

That is not a get out of jail free arrangement. The risk increases the depreciation rate and the lease reflects it. Getting a new car on a PLP is crazy expensive unless you are offsetting it against a higher rate of income tax.  My step daughter does it and I just get too cross to talk to her about it.

Getting a new car is expensive period, getting them on PCP, Lease, Contract Hire, etc, is actually very cost effective otherwise millions of people wouldn't be doing it worldwide and the signs are the sector is only going to grow. 

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If you look at the really big picture all of our recycling and fuel saving in general it is simply slightly slowing down the timescale for humans to make the planet inhabitable for our own species. Our population explosion seems to be being ignored by folk. Only a complete change in cultures leading to a significant reduction in world population will  reverse the damage so whilst it is great that folk feel better by doing their bit it is only really worth doing if we also work on fixing the root cause of the issues.

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1 hour ago, 243deer said:

If you look at the really big picture all of our recycling and fuel saving in general it is simply slightly slowing down the timescale for humans to make the planet inhabitable for our own species. Our population explosion seems to be being ignored by folk. Only a complete change in cultures leading to a significant reduction in world population will  reverse the damage so whilst it is great that folk feel better by doing their bit it is only really worth doing if we also work on fixing the root cause of the issues.

Some would say controlling / reducing the population is simply slowing down the timescale for humans to make the planet uninhabitable. Given the population of the States use's resources equivalent to those from 4 planets. The answer has to be more technology solving this problem and all of this stuff is part of that journey. You won't need it of course when you switch to an EV. 

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4 hours ago, 243deer said:

If you look at the really big picture all of our recycling and fuel saving in general it is simply slightly slowing down the timescale for humans to make the planet inhabitable for our own species. Our population explosion seems to be being ignored by folk. Only a complete change in cultures leading to a significant reduction in world population will  reverse the damage so whilst it is great that folk feel better by doing their bit it is only really worth doing if we also work on fixing the root cause of the issues.

True enough. People blather on about CO2 emissions without the faintest idea that it was but a trace gas in 1950 and it's still a trace gas now. All the trace gases added together only amount to 0.1% of the atmosphere. Meanwhile the population today is almost 4 times bigger than 1950 and quite apart from the impact on resources, that alone contributes more greenhouse gases than than the entire world's transport systems including ships and aircraft.

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26 minutes ago, Westward said:

True enough. People blather on about CO2 emissions without the faintest idea that it was but a trace gas in 1950 and it's still a trace gas now. All the trace gases added together only amount to 0.1% of the atmosphere. Meanwhile the population today is almost 4 times bigger than 1950 and quite apart from the impact on resources, that alone contributes more greenhouse gases than than the entire world's transport systems including ships and aircraft.

A good post :good:

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12 hours ago, Vince Green said:

My 11 year old 1.6 HDI van does 55-60 mpg on its regular run to Wales, or now Cornwall. That's why I have kept it so long.

I can get 30mpg out of my 5.5 litre V8 Mercedes SL55 on the same run if I don't misbehave. They have a very high top gear, engine is barely over tickover at 70 .

On a 50-60 mph run I get 38-50mpg . It’s 3ton and 215 tyres compared to a Peugeot hdi and a lot bigger van so I know it’ll never be amazing but most of my driving is 2 miles to work through the town . 

 

The mrs fiesta is getting 56-65 mpg around the town which is pretty cool :) 

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On 12/04/2019 at 09:11, Vince Green said:

this^^^^^ it knackers the starter motor and eventually the ring gear which is an engine out job costing four figures on most modern cars.

That's if you can find a mechanic capable/willing to do the replacement these days 

No need to remove the engine to change the ring gear, gearbox off and remove clutch and flywheel or torque convertor on and auto,  very few cars need to have the engine removed to do that sort of thing

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