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May 18, 2017

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May 18, 2017

David, It was probably the new PETROL powered Merc you're buying, with it's increased CO2 emissions, that set it off & flattened the battery !! As an aside, in this beautiful neck of the woods where we live (Staffordshire Moorlands), the Fire Service supply, fit & maintain our fire alarms free of charge to all households, irrespective of the age of  occupants. In our bungalow we have three, all linked so that if one is activated, all 3 go off - there's NO WAY not to hear them ! They even offered to install a strobe fire alarm in case "ol' deaf ears" here wouldn't hear them go off when asleep - I assured them I would, so strobe not needed ! John (JKW)

May 18, 2017

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May 18, 2017

Thanks John, I knew I my post would invoke an outpouring of sympathy. In our beck of the woods, the beautiful rural Lincolnshire, we are lucky if the Fire Service turn out for a fire!!

May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

So today I go to collect the new car. It's in the showroom with festive ropes around it shrouded in a black ceremonial cover waiting for the great unveiling. Talk about overkill!! It's a car for heavens sake! Took my grand son in law to be with me to collect it, he's a tech wizard. Good job I did, sat for an hour in the car with the sales guy after the 'unveiling' explaining all the technology, dials, command centre etc, I reckon 10% stuck at most. Got home and the boy took me through if all again, he remembered every detail, set up the radio channels, plumbed the phones into Bluetooth, set the Satnav with some favourite destinations, showed great patience with me I must say. When faced with all this technology I realize I  was born in the wrong era. Don't get me wrong I am  relatively computer literate, I use my desk top and my IPad for a host of things and I would be lost without them. But they are skills that took me a while to master and daily use has improved my understanding of them. It's when I am faced with a whole host of new gadgets and technology at once that my brain simply doesn't want to retain all of the information straight off. When I got home I tried out the parktronic in a safe place, FAILED, I can't yet bring myself to let go of the steering wheel completely and just operate the brake and accelerator, the young sales Rep at Mercedes did it during the handover with alacrity and panache, he said it might seem strange at first, bit of an understatement as it turned out! The 360^ reversing camera is also partly redundant as I can't not look in the mirrors when reversing. 'She who must be obeyed' asked me why I didn't just buy a car that didn't have all the gadgets and technology in it, truth be told I had no answer, now THAT is a sad state of affairs. I have until Friday to master it as it us one of the bridal cars for my eldest granddaughter's wedding on that day!

May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Many congrats on getting your new car David - If Veronika had gone with you she'd surely have received a nice bouquet, as Carole did from Skoda when we collected ours last September !?! With regards the gadgets, I know what you mean, but in reality, once they're all set up & running correctly, you'll find there's plenty you won't even use again - the satnav & cruise control will need some input, everything else will take care of itself (auto lights, wipers gearbox etc) - the ONLY thing you'll have to remember is to fill up with PETROL, not diesel !! John (JKW)

May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Thanks John. The petrol thing is too close to the mark. Some years ago I did exactly that, cost me an arm and a leg to have the fuel system and tank flushed out.

May 31, 2017

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May 31, 2017

David my new one is just 3 old ,6000 ks on the clock ,the only annoying thing is when I get into the car the car and my phone talk to each other bings and tinkles for about 3 minutes . Have to switch off the lane control device as the roads white line ( narrow roads) has the steering all over the place. The touch screen is also an acquired taste ,took a hours to get what we needed ,music etc . The nice surprise was we got a tow bar as our old car had one the salesman had one fitted ,no flowers though or ribbons. The cruise control is heaven sent especially on the country roads speed limits or the motorway and the headlights that go round corners at first gave us heart attacks thinking something was coming the other way,gadgets ????

May 31, 2017

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May 31, 2017

Bob, I KNOW I am too old for all this technology. I now have a Mercedes 'app' whatever that is, on my mobile that lets me check all the facets of the car, fuel, tyre pressures, engine status, security where it last went, everything basically from the comfort of my armchair. Only one thing wrong with that. I don't care a jot about it and it's just another 'thing' to cope with. My grandkids and their boyfriends eulogise about it, leaves me cold though!    

June 4, 2017

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June 4, 2017

A bit different then, to my first car, a '54 Ford Prefect ; 3 speed gearbox ("speed" not the operative word !), cast iron side - valve engine, pneumatic windscreen wipers that went slower the faster you went (a safety thingy designed to keep your speed down in the wet !), a rotted hole in the floor in the drivers footwell (emergency braking ?), no radio and a greater thirst for oil than petrol - Zurich Insurance was £7.10 shillings a year, and road tax I thought an "optional accessory" so didn't bother ! Mind you, it did only cost £50 when I bought it in '68, and did serve me well until it gave up the ghost two years later, when I got £7 off the scrap man ! Not a lot of technology in that car then, which was  just as well, because string, Plastic Padding and masking tape was needed far  more than an "app" to keep it mobile ! Oh, happy days.............. John (JKW)

June 4, 2017

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June 4, 2017

That evokes memories John. In  1965 aged 17, no licence, I bought a Morris minor for £28. It was the saloon rather than the  estate with the wood panelling but it had those pop out indicators on the side. Road tax and insurance were never even discussed! I was living in Warrington at the time having left JLR on a medical discharge a few months earlier. Bought the car from a back street garage. Drove it around Warrington for about three weeks. Was taking some mates somewhere when one of them told me the red light on the dashboard was probably a warning of some sort. A guy in the back thought it might be a low oil warning. 'Nah', I said 'it's nothing',  trying to pretend I actually knew what it was. An hour or so later the engine made a horrible grinding sound and died. We opened the bonnet. The engine was burning hot and smoke poured out of it. Long story short we abandoned the car and went to the pub. Next day I went back with a friend who 'knew about cars'. 'The engine is seized' he told me, 'didn't the oil warning light come on'? He told me to pour some oil into the car and tell the garage they sold me a duff car. We actually did this, they re overed the car believe it or not and stripped the engine down. I went back a couple of days later to try and get my money back. This Irish guy working on the car, which was in bits, told me the whole engine had seized rock solid and pouring  oil in afterwards  to try and disguise the fact I had driven it into the ground wasn't any help!! No money back!! Happy days!!

June 5, 2017

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June 5, 2017

My first motor was a 12m Ford Taunus 1959  1000 D Marks then about £95 with exchange rate  lastest till 1968 Chester head gasket went .

June 13, 2017

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June 13, 2017

Bob, was that your head gasket going, or the car's ???

June 14, 2017

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June 14, 2017

Tom not sure if you know internal combustion engine but the old Ford Taunus had a side valved one ,similar to the Ford Anglia of U.K. fame . A real old fashioned bit of kit like me .

June 17, 2017

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June 17, 2017

Come on Bob, you are still as young as you were surely?? Tom


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