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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

New Tyres on, wheels undamaged, Correct rotating direction, perfectly balanced, used a torque wrench to put the bolts back in all going so well!

But handed the receipt, which states all tyres have been set to 32psi. This is wrong for my car and I carry I footpump so I figure I'll just pop a pound in each tyre to bring them up to correct pressure before I leave. First tyre 36 psi, Second tyre also 36 psi, go to passenger side 33 and 33..good job guys 2 of 4 were correct and paper was just plain wrong.

Is nice to have a set of well balanced new tyres though.
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New Tyres on, wheels undamaged, Correct rotating direction, perfectly balanced, used a torque wrench to put the bolts back in all going so well!

But handed the receipt, which states all tyres have been set to 32psi. This is wrong for my car and I carry I footpump so I figure I'll just pop a pound in each tyre to bring them up to correct pressure before I leave. First tyre 36 psi, Second tyre also 36 psi, go to passenger side 33 and 33..good job guys 2 of 4 were correct and paper was just plain wrong.

Is nice to have a set of well balanced new tyres though.
Not even axle sets..


You do wonder if any of these garages fix cars for a living..?
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

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Not even axle sets..


You do wonder if any of these garages fix cars for a living..?
I left them a decent review on black circles to be honest.

The pressures were at least in the Recommended window for the car and I've suffered much worse problems in the past than having to let down a couple of tyres 3 psi. Prefer that to damage, or them trying to upsell for imaginary work.
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

Agreed.

Worst tyre swap story I've come across:

A friend couldnt get his feet into the footwell to drive away..
some 'trained technician' had lifted the car on the floorpan to change a tyre
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
Agreed.

Worst tyre swap story I've come across:

A friend couldnt get his feet into the footwell to drive away..
some 'trained technician' had lifted the car on the floorpan to change a tyre
We have a relatively new tyre shop at the bottom of the road. Passing earlier this week, had to stop in queue behind a bus, so clear view. Tyre fitter hammeered the wheel bolts tight with his air gun, then checked them with a torque wrench.

That'll be fine then.
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

I’ve had that happen to me a tyre fitter did the rear seat floor in on my old mondeo.

Also on the same car I had one fitter nearly damage the rim, I had to tell him to stop and take the tyre off the back of the wheel, as they where ford RS wheels that had a larger diameter front face, that you could not take the tyre off over, they had stickers all over (inside the bolt cover, where the wheel nuts where and on the back of the wheel) them to tell the fitter to take the tyre off the back but he missed all these warning and was not bright enough to work out what he was doing was not working.

I only noticed as I walked away from the coffee machine, and looked through the window to see him virtually hanging off a pry bar
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

One of those things when you're looking for a new family car that makes interesting reading.

Buying an SUV has significantly more impact on your CO2 emissions (7.5%) than switching diesel to petrol (1%).

Slightly annoying for me given most manufacturers seem to be forcing family buyers towards SUVs by either only providing the family friendly features in them..or making traditional family hatchbacks less practical.

Having said that, little un is now forward facing and the big pram is not long for this world so I may well avoid having to upsize it buy an estate.
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These things come in trends, I remember the early 90s when every family wanted a 7 seater, then the people movers of the late 90s, this lasted till the mid-late 2000s along side an increase in 4x4s like the Mercedes ML Porscheís Cayenne and BMW X5 then small SUVís appeared and the uptake was massive.

The reason they have been so popular is very obvious, as they are extremely practical.

I do have to question the claims made (though i canít see the article without subscribing) our cars a 2011 punto Evo 1.6 diesel has the same CO2 output as the 2015 golf 2.0 TDI which weighs a lot more. Then our Mini Countryman is a 2.0 diesel (2017) which has the same power output as the golf (150bhp) same weight, same 0-60, same fuel economy and CO2 output etc etc yet the mini is considerably less aerodynamic than the golf.

Practicality wise the mini is just the right height for getting car seats in and out as well as children in and out. The back seat slides forward and back to increase or decrease leg/boot space, the boot has a compartment under the floor for storing a lot of stuff and a flat floor with no lip for getting stuff in and out, it also has an automatically opening boot if the wave your foot under the bumper, when you have your hands full, it has huge storage pockets and bins everywhere inside. These are largely the same things you get in most SUVs now and while I understand your reluctance, Iíd also suggest the reason people buy them is because the fit the needs of a family extremely well.

From a CO2 perspective they are also far better than something like a 7 seat Vauxhall when half the time they only have one or two children in the back and donít carry any significant load yet have the streamline shape of a wall.
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I had a 1997 Mk1 VW Sharan (exactly the same as Ford Galaxy). but I did have 2 kids and three (rescue) greyhounds. It was slow with the 90bhp engine and did 33-34mpg. I had it chipped (remapped today) to 110bhp and it went to 37-38 mpg and well into the 40s if driven carefully. I also had a VW Passat B3 with the same 1.9-90 engine. It never gave less than 50 mpg but even driving as carefully as possible it would not go better than 55mpg.

That Passat was a bit boring but I took it to 120K miles I really should have had it chipped and overhauled the suspension rather than selling it. The Golf of the time gave very similer figures
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

How odd if you google the article title "Europe has a problem with it's SUV habit" it's free to view.

Part of this would be how do you define an SUV? To me a C3 aircross or Ford Ecosport..or anything without a 4wd option is an MPV.

Then the efficiency question, if we swapped the C3 for an identically powered C3 aircross then efficiency is worse no doubt. But not massively, and to get a similar amount of interior space in a traditional car you'd be looking at something bigger and heavier which would give a similar efficiency penalty but also be bigger physically in every dimension other than height.

Depends on what you're replacing as well I suppose if I swapped from a Mazda 3 to a CX5 I've got less efficient, if I dropped down a size due to the additional space on offer I'm probably about level pegging.

My issue with them other than fairly obvious dynamic trade offs is they've got rid of the stuff Andy lists in the MINI in ordinary cars. Which is understandable they make more profit selling the same bits under an "SUV" for a mark up.

With the exception of waving your foot under the rear bumper to open the boot all the family friendly features listed on the Mini were in my wifes Nissan Micra in 2003. Along with fold out tables for front and rear passengers, and a big bin under the passenger seat. There are other examples...Peugeot 308 estate mk1 let you fit 3 isofix seats side by side, now the mk2 doesn't but don't worry..the 3008 does.

These things have now gone from traditional family cars pretty much nevermind super minis.

Hence why its annoying..5 days a week I commute alone don't need any of it but I'm forced into car equivalent of wearing speedos everyday cos I swim on Saturdays.
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Weapon of choice up here is indeed the SUV, some big marks along with the usual Sportage or Nissan. Trend for the young female bottle blonde, yep a cliche but true & the SUV must be white. Dare you enter their wee world/bubble & you're practically risking your life.
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Weapon of choice up here is indeed the SUV, some big marks along with the usual Sportage or Nissan. Trend for the young female bottle blonde, yep a cliche but true & the SUV must be white. Dare you enter their wee world/bubble & you're practically risking your life.
It is here as well, scary in winter where they seem to think setting their traction control to "snow" is an exemption from physics.

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Believe it or not we don't get much snow up here, but ice is the one that seems to catch people out. It's very obvious when you take off from home that the elements will be far from ideal, but a combination of summer tyres & just plain stupid driving for the conditions catches some out when it really should not.
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Weapon of choice up here is indeed the SUV, some big marks along with the usual Sportage or Nissan. Trend for the young female bottle blonde, yep a cliche but true & the SUV must be white. Dare you enter their wee world/bubble & you're practically risking your life.
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South Wales during 2010 we had a lot of snow. I an idiot in a Volvo XC whatever 4x4 come flinging out of the school side street and slammed sideways into the kerb on the opposite side of the road. The offside side wheels lifted momentarily. I hope his wheels bearings and suspension got damaged because the result was entirely predictatable from the driver behaviour.
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