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Though think I may hire a car for family hol next year rather than car jengaing this..though would be nice to add to the list of things it's done for me.
Well next year is now last week...and I didn't hire anything just as well as Center Parcs was eye watering costs wise, anywho..

Went full Jenga/Tetris for the way down.

Had to leave the parcel shelf at home but it all fitted, had a cool box on the floor in the behind my seat..very glad we didn't need his pram. At least I still had use of the back window.

Weirdly regardless of size it seems everyone turns up with a similarly rammed car, so the bigger the car the more crap you bring.

Wasn't that far between 2 and 3 hours on the motorway, though being a weekday the users of the motorway fell into 2 categories, people who do 50-60 and people who do 85-90. So my usual "set the cruise at 70 and use the throttle to adjust if someone gets stuck up your chuff while you're overtaking a lorry..or a lorry overtaking someone in a Zoe who is determined to stick at 50mph for range when traffic conditions render this dangerous" was a bit more fraught than usual.

I do have the speed alarm set at 80 mph as an "are you sure?" as you'd probably get away with anything below that taking into account speedo over read etc if plod saw you anything over is going to be more than 10% over the limit..and getting points and a fine on a family holiday is not a good start. It cruises nice at 70, 80 is also fine but anything more than that fuel economy tanks and it feels a bit abusive. Obviously this being a public forum this is all theoretical I've never exceeded 69.5 miles an hour in it.

Most stress was probably getting on to the damn site, which took a good 45 mins to travel 600 yds. Could we worse though I had what I can only only assume an automated manual CitroŽn C4 Picasso behind us and the smell of clutch has horrendous until we finally left them behind. Either that or they'd sat on the bite point for 15 minutes..certainly wasn't me as the engine was off for most of it.

Anyway got there and dumped stuff


Then dumped the car for a week as they aren't allowed on site..


Fun was had by all...and she fired back up and did it all again on the way home, ditched everything in the house then loaded back up for my wife's birthday meal and away we went again.

That's the thing I like about it's not necessarily thrilling etc, but it asks so little in general and is so useful that it's always in the background at fun stuff and has been for 7 years now.

Speaking of asking very little...hmm next service is due and is a doozy. So as well as the usual, Brake Fluid, gearbox oil, coolant. Also do have a random cluck front left when you go on and off the power in second. Might be a worn CV given the mileage..but not convinced its not in the cabin either we'll see. Will mention it, also tyres are getting rotated as well. So probably about to take my eyes out...
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Fresh MOT on.

Advisories for corrosion on rear sills and suspension mounts (it is a Mazda after all ).

480 quid lighter but it had all fluids and filters done (gearbox especially feels nicer it had started to get a bit notchy and you had to select 1st via 2nd when cold). Tyres rotated...spark plugs done (which weren't due ).

Drives lovely and my mysterious rattle disappeared when I emptied the glove box and took the child seat out.

Onwards...
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Fresh MOT on.

Advisories for corrosion on rear sills and suspension mounts (it is a Mazda after all ).

480 quid lighter but it had all fluids and filters done (gearbox especially feels nicer it had started to get a bit notchy and you had to select 1st via 2nd when cold). Tyres rotated...spark plugs done (which weren't due ).

Drives lovely and my mysterious rattle disappeared when I emptied the glove box and took the child seat out.

Onwards...
I had my Grande waxoyled when it was 9 years old, and 4 years on, it's still absolutely rock solid underneath, the only rust being surface corrosion on suspension components.
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Well the fun is over...


Off she goes, did I say I'd keep it until it started costing money consistently. This year with all the standing around did not seem to have done her any favours at all.

No show stoppers but nickel and dime stuff that didn't affect the running of the car....but stuff that would be expensive to fix properly.

With 20/20 hindsight I should have sold it last October..and hired a car to go to centre parcs but to be fair WBAC last October was 2200..sold it yesterday for 2000 (not to wbac) so only really lost the garage bills.

Could have got more if I wanted to deal with the general public but given the size of quotes for work I'd had to get her back to A1 I did not want to drop that on someone.

If I'd still needed it, I'd have paid the man and kept going but I don't so it was pointless.

Would consider another later model...and waxoyl the absolute bejesus out of the underside.
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