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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

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Nissan Micra, that was my old car which is being handed down to our 18 yr old grandson. Until he gets his license we still use it. It’s a four door and I loved it. My new car , now old is a Mitsubishi We don’t need a “ posh car” to have the roads here ruin it. As long as it goes from A to Z thats all I’m concerned with. I’m not interested in makes of cars and can’t now distinguish one from another. This car suits me, I had Bluetooth installed when I bought it and as far as I know there are no other “extras”. Shows you what I know about cars. Anyway posh cars get you where you want to go and that’s all that matters.

 

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I don't know about anyone else, but when the media speaks of the elderly,  old age pensioners or senior citizens,  I am not thinking they mean me!

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My car has so many gizmos 'to aid the driver' it's actually dangerous to use them unless stationary. The climate control is one example, it's a nightmare to operate and can take several minutes of faffing about to get it how you want.

 

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MB have gone down the digital route for manuals. My last car had one similar in thickness to a Littlewoods catalogue. This one is like an average paperback. It only gives a brief outline before referring  you  to the digital version on the hard drive..

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I always  read the manual  , well only when I really need to know anything, thats why my clock is 1hr out for six months of the year. 

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Used to be a rite of passage that, on buying a car, I also bought a Haynes manual for it.

 

Those days are long gone as modern cars are far too complicated for me to consider anything but the most basic of maintenance (fluids and filters). Hence why my plug spanner and feeler gauges are enjoying a happy retirement in the old toolbox.

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The only time I open my bonnet to to check the washer fluid and thats not very often.   Recently I have been sorting out in my garage I have a set of imperial sized spanners and sockets I cannot remember the last time I used them but I could never dispose of them.  I brought metric sets of them but I have never used them on my car. Gone are the days of laying under the car to put a new clutch in and other tasks.

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I used to enjoy working on my cars. I learnt a lot and accumulated loads of tools. I can check most of the 'checkable' things on my current car from my smartphone but it takes the fun away. In the past I've built a Caterham 7 from a kit and totally stripped and rebuilt a Morgan. I'm always looking for a new project. I think I've found one today in that an enormous branch on a big weeping willow in our orchard has snapped. Do I call the tree surgeon or can this be a DIY job? I have all the kit. 

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If you told me mine had no engine, I'd have to believe it, I've never seen it :crazy:

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RR I think you are younger than the generation that loved messing about with cars and engines in their youth.

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When I got in my car (Audi S3) today the radio came on without even putting the ignition key in.  This can’t be normal …… ?  

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Well I drive the perfect car for my purpose and don't regard it as a banger at all. 2004 X Trail. I can afford a posh new car but grew out of that silliness years ago. :biggrin:

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40 minutes ago, LizzieM said:

When I got in my car (Audi S3) today the radio came on without even putting the ignition key in.  This can’t be normal …… ?  

 

Not in this universe Lizzie....     ;)

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

Well I drive the perfect car for my purpose and don't regard it as a banger at all. 2004 X Trail. I can afford a posh new car but grew out of that silliness years ago. :biggrin:

 

Horses for courses PP. Some people, mentioning no names, are happy to keep a decent but aged car and  reluctant to spend money on a new replacement. They will however happily give a kings ransom for a new needle on the gramophone ;).

 

Some people I could mention like to labour away making an apple flavoured drink that Tesco sell by the gallon for a fraction of the price...  thumbsup

 

I'll not labour the point by mentioning football supporters and the price of a season ticket..

 

From a purely financial perspective I'm mad to spend the money I do on motors, herself keeps telling me so. But with inflation outstripping interest rates the value of our bank balance is gently sliding downhill so why hold on? why not enjoy it if that's what you like to do...

 

Note that at the end of the day it all comes down to money and  what returns people want from it - it's not always a tangible benefit

 

Yer spends yer money n teks yer pick!   :P

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Yer shoulda bin a Fillissofer Brewster. Orr perhaps, a Guru.

I salute thee o wise one. :clapping:

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9 hours ago, Brew said:

MB have gone down the digital route for manuals. My last car had one similar in thickness to a Littlewoods catalogue. This one is like an average paperback. It only gives a brief outline before referring  you  to the digital version on the hard drive..

 

It's a 'thing' with all sorts of kit these days.  a few years ago I bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ200 camera.  The 'get you started' guide that came with it runs to about 20 pages.  The online manual is a PDF of over 200 pages.  Despite havng a reasonable working knowledge of the basics of photography.. I despair of ever understanding the menu structure of the camera..

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1 hour ago, Brew said:

Some people, mentioning no names, are happy to keep a decent but aged car and  reluctant to spend money on a new replacement. They will however happily give a kings ransom for a new needle on the gramophone ;).

 

How very dare you?  :biggrin:

 

Thing is you are sort of right.  I'm not wealthy and numerous factors led to me not ending up with a big stash of cash.  So.. if I want to spend £800+ (with trade in) on a cartridge.. (not just a needle) worthy of the rest of my poncy hi fi system..  I have to save it elsewhere.  The other point is of course that my elderly car is working perfectly and every day it continues to do so is another day I'm not shelling out for a new one... so my savings increase.  There is a very good chance that my car will outlive me.. and it is also becoming increasingly collectable.  It often attracts admiring glances from those who know their cars.

 

And of course your 'horses for courses' comment is also exactly right.  I dare say it costs very much more per year to properly follow a Premier League footie team.. than I spend on hi-fi.  Yet many people seem to struggle with the concept of paying a few £k for a nice 'stereo'.

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2 hours ago, MargieH said:

R I think you are younger than the generation that loved messing about with cars and engines in their youth.

MargieH, for me  it was a "had to do" as I could never afford to get a garage to do the work for me and yes I had a Haynes Workshop Manual for it which I still have somewhere.

 

8 hours ago, Rob.L said:

I also bought a Haynes manual for it.

 

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