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Old 31-05-2005   #1
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This morning I pulled in to Morrisons to buy some quality juice for my parched JTD. All the pumps were in use bar the end ones which unfortunately were on the wrong side for the Stilo's filler cap.

No problem, I thought, you can usually get a good reach around (chortle) and fill up the car from the wrong side.
Mistake.
It didn't reach... and I had to back up and stick my nose into another queue.

Got me to thinking, OK so on most cars you can't put the filler in the middle so why not have both sides? As a foreign (LHD) manufacturer you would only have to make one type of panel rather than one with and one without filler cap. OK cost would obviously be the major issue, even allowing for saved setup costs (negligible over a prolonged manuf run) but it would be a gnatty USP.

Failing that, how about petrol stations sticking longer leads on their pumps...

How daft is it that in 2005 we still have to find a pump free with the filler on the correct side. Pah.

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Re: Fill 'er up.

There's quite a few Minis around with 'em on both sides, as the easiest way to increase the tank capacity is to stick another tank in the other side of the boot!

If there's only "wrong sided" pumps available, I just spin the car round and back into them. P*sses people off, but tough, I haven't got all day
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Re: Fill 'er up.

Most BP and shell pumps have retractable hoses, which are quite useful.
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Re: Fill 'er up.

im always scared of scratching my car when i try to fill up on wrong side, so have to wait
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Re: Fill 'er up.

i reverse in aswell why not who cares
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Re: Fill 'er up.

ahhh the benefits of havin a small low car.... hehe i have neva had a problem with using "wrong sided" pumps.

have had a good laf at people tryin to use them on a couple of occasions, one guy even tried to aim a hose and cover his beige trousers in petrol, oh how i laughed!
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i have never put petrol in my car but one day..............................................
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Re: Fill 'er up.

Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy
If there's only "wrong sided" pumps available, I just spin the car round and back into them. P*sses people off, but tough, I haven't got all day
I do a variation of this, Cinq flap is on the drivers side, when filling up using the other side I just drive past nearly then there is enough reach.

If cars had both sides then sales of those stick on things would rocket!

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Mase: what do you mean "aim" - was he trying to get petrol into the car from a distance or something?!
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Re: Fill 'er up.

i aimed to get redex into my car once, i never knew about the little flappy thing that gets pushed in when the nozzle goes in
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Re: Fill 'er up.

Personally I don't know why some car manufacturers decide to put them on the left and others on the right. It just makes life confusing!
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Re: Fill 'er up.

Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy
Mase: what do you mean "aim" - was he trying to get petrol into the car from a distance or something?!
yea man... the hose didnt reach by about 1 inch, so he just kinda aimed.... and missed! like standing up to piss when really really drunk! it had to end in disaster.
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Re: Fill 'er up.

in short; get a cento
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i saw one bloke go THROUGH his van to get to the cap!!
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Re: Fill 'er up.

Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy
There's quite a few Minis around with 'em on both sides,

That's cos they have 2 tanks in the boot
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