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Old 17-11-2008   #1
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Got the car serviced, new starter motor, airbag light out etc etc.

Car was flying along for 2 days.

Coming down the bypass at 2 am when it died. Like throwing a switch. The engine just wound down.

Coasted into a bus stop and called the RAC. 3 hour etc. Then the Police arrived.

'This your car sir and what's it doing here...regretably I gave a somewhat smart answer which is never clever..

Cops then told me the car was causing an obstruction and I had to shift it quicker than 3 hours. OK. I should pick it up and carry it off the bypass?

Then they proposed a tow with their 4x4. My B has no tow eye (accident repair missed that item) so I declined. Police got awful stroppy and advised me it was unwise not co-operate. I also go breath tested, told they were towing the B and refused again. Then I got cautioned. This was all getting quite serious and I think they were working up to arresting me for something when the RAC arrived 2 hrs 45min early...

Cops jump into their Land Cruiser and away.

RAC couldn't start it and its now in a specialist while they work out why the ECU has no power...

Been a bad bad month..and I have to repeat 100 times 'Don't give the cops lip...'
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oh dear thats not nice here is were we the fair sex have advantages over you guys a smile gets us out of trouble when we get lippy
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Don't lip the Bib, I learnt years ago that you are always in the wrong regardless of your situation! I always play the humble 'sorry officer' card - and to be honest it has always worked as I have managed to get away from a few motoring 'situations' that could have been quite costly!

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Then they proposed a tow with their 4x4. My B has no tow eye (accident repair missed that item) so I declined. Police got awful stroppy and advised me it was unwise not co-operate. I also go breath tested, told they were towing the B and refused again.
The joy of no towing eye, The one time mine refused to start I was told by the AA that it had to be put on a flatbed and not towed, there was a note on the files that it had to be so. I was happy to wait, but not sure what [if any] the consequences would be if it was towed for a long distance?

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RAC couldn't start it and its now in a specialist while they work out why the ECU has no power...
Hope they get it sorted.
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I know I know You never, ever win an argument with the finest...

They pick on me! Must be the no1 cut and the AC/DC tattoo's on both cheeks. Possibly the bolt through my upper lip doesn't impress either.
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Sounds like they had no humour and assume that you never either after breaking down...always a bit of a tinder box, if your comical funny then you can have a good larf normally, but smart a$$ funny never goes down too well.

Hope the B is OK, I would be on the phone to whoever serviced it with some choice words.
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I agree comical funny usually works, unless you find your self in NY in one of the poshest areas and you are driving a beat up car, holding a British license... then they get a bit arsy...!!! And a word for the wise.. never ever ever take your hands of the steering wheel and god forbit never ever ever try to get out of the car...

Otherwise in Europe cops seem to fall for the stupid card.. sorry officer i never knew about this and that.. trust me.. I managed to get a new passport in Greece with a lip ring and long hair...
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I was pulled over on the A1M at night as one of my back lights was out a few months ago, it turned into a 30 min deal standing by the side of the filling out paperwork and getting the full works while the traffic flew past at 70 mph. The car was my late 2005 company car so had not even had its first MOT and i had my clean driving licence with me so i dont get why he was so fifty questions.

I was as nice as pie and was just expecting a "your rear bulb is out Sir, have a good evening " Thank you officer I will chance it first thing, kind of deal but it was not to be.

The paperwork was a joke for such a thing but i guess it was a slow night.
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Our local police seem to think they are there to help, which is nice.

In the UK I've had both extremes.

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When you say you got cautioned I hope you don't mean in the official sense? Please tell me not- what the hell could they caution you for.
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Zem that sounds like a dodgy fuel cut off switch which is at the side of the drivers seat.
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When you say you got cautioned I hope you don't mean in the official sense? Please tell me not- what the hell could they caution you for.
Cautioned 'for failing to obey the instructions of an officer of An Garda Siochana (Irish Police) I wasn't obeying the instruction to allow my car to be towed...how the hell they'd have towed it without a tow eye...I suspect knowing our finest I'd have spent the night in an 8x16 concrete cell followed by an ear bashing and released without charge the following morning...situation normal. The BIB won't tolerate anything except 'Yes Gard, no Gard You want me to bend over and pick up the soap Gard?
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Finally got the car back..and a 600 bill. Towing and 5 hours labour removing the complete (recently fitted alarm/tracker etc). Big plastic bin bag in the pax footwell with 3 control boxes and a mile of cable.

Advised (if its true) that the alarm the independant fitted wasn't the right one as it had another immobiliser which fought the Fiat keyCode unit??? and they should have fitted a pure alarm /tracker. Also it seems the volume sensors weren't working..altogether a good job?

Now got no zapper no alarm and no remote door locks. But the car runs and the orginal keycode system works fine.

Also got a stern letter (second one from the bib) about my attitude to 'Officers of the Law doing their Duty...' and reminding me of my duty as a citiizen to cooperate So there..!
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