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Don't beat yourself up! I remember having a romantic trip to the north Norfolk coast many years ago ;-) and taking a direct route south navigates some very random lanes. Got to a Ford, with houses the other side. Crystal clear still water, Mid summer, low level with a reasonable slope in and out. Had a Renault Laguna at the time. Rolled in, low gear high revs.. Not fast. Oops! The water washed over the roof. . Much deeper than it looked.. Engine hesitates badly then recovered half way through. Dared not stop for some miles after. It took 6 weeks for the water to dry from the headlights. . . The farm vehicles only sign applies all year then.. !! 😄
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Don't beat yourself up! I remember having a romantic trip to the north Norfolk coast many years ago ;-) and taking a direct route south navigates some very random lanes. Got to a Ford, with houses the other side. Crystal clear still water, Mid summer, low level with a reasonable slope in and out. Had a Renault Laguna at the time. Rolled in, low gear high revs.. Not fast. Oops! The water washed over the roof. . Much deeper than it looked.. Engine hesitates badly then recovered half way through. Dared not stop for some miles after. It took 6 weeks for the water to dry from the headlights. . . The farm vehicles only sign applies all year then.. !!


The refraction of the light makes the water look shallow then you find that out!!! Even worse, my problem was at night so I'm a fool squared for attempting it!

Nevertheless, Panda is fine almost two weeks on! Pulled a twig out from the steering rack though a few days ago!
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Back in the mid 1980s my brother in law (a farmer) bought himself a Vauxhall Carlton diesel. Woo Hoo can run it on farm fuel and water wont stop the sparks.

A week later, he wazzed it through a fairly shallow ford not realising the air intake was only a bit higher than the front bumper.

BANG

He bent the crank and at least one con-rod making all that cheap fuel just a tad expensive.
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