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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 14:27 
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Motorsports can be dangerous.

Reports say that the driver is okay, but she hit two photographers and a marshal, and they're not doing so well.

Here's another angle, but if you have issues with people being squished you may not want to watch it.
https://youtu.be/g7Do6C0hlKo


She was going about a million miles per hour, did she press the wrong pedal or something, Honda Jazz driver style?

She was caught out by the driver in front braking early, got her rear wheels ripped off in contact with him, and was a passenger from then on.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 14:55 
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17 and driving in F3! Nice.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 18:03 
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17 and driving in F3! Nice.

Well, not so much right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 18:29 
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Down to one key for the Sheffield's Forestieri. Presumably I buy a blank key from ebay and then get it reprogrammed and cut at Timpsons?


Might not be quite as simple as that...
https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1465290


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 18:41 
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17 and driving in F3! Nice.

Well, not so much right now.

Fun while it lasted.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 18:42 
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17 and driving in F3! Nice.

Well, not so much right now.

Fun while it lasted.

Probably wasn’t much fun immediately before it stopped.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 18:23 
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The only issue i've found is a lumpy idle on cold start, which is apparently due to the valvetronic and will cost about £5k to fix.
So... yeah... I think i'll live with the lumpy idle for a couple of minutes when it is cold :D


More research has shown a promising thread on a forum from a few years back, dude with the same issue replaced the cam sensors and vanos solenoid o-rings, and it made a significant difference, altogether that is £100 in parts and an hours labour to do, which is a lot better than £5k! I'll try that and see if it stops the lumpiness, and then ignore the issue if it doesn't ;)


Cam sensors replaced... .. and she is running sweet as a nut! Early days, but I had no lumpiness or hesitation at all on the way home.

Ended up only doing the camshaft sensors in the end, as the chinese special solenoids I picked up on the cheap were cheap for a reason, 2mm too big to fit. :D I'll send them back with a strongly worded email. £60 they cost me! The man cleaned up the old ones and refitted them, but he said they looked in good condition and there was no gunk on the gauze, which is nice. The camshaft sensors were the originals from new, so there is a chance they had gone bad, but like I say, still too early to say really.
Also fitted the headlight position sensor that came with the car, so that's that sorted too, so currently she has no jobs outstanding as far as I can tell.

If the lumpy idle re-appears, the man told me to just remove the connector for the vanos if that happens, and it'll bypass the vanos, and "cure" the issue. I'll be a bit down on power (but I think a 4.4l V8 can handle that) and have the engine management warning light on, but he has people who run with it disconnected for years with no issue. Nice to have a backup plan in place at least.


The 5 series I just dumped back on ebay as spares or repair as no matter what I tried I couldn't get the fucker to start. £375 I got for it in the end, and it was picked up at 6:45am Saturday morning by three Romanians who didn't speak a word of english, so that was an experience. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Ah fuck, I was going to say that I'd have that if the other guy didn't take it. But I didn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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£800 for broken coil springs and replacement handbrake parts :(

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£800 for broken coil springs and replacement handbrake parts :(


Dang! How much do working ones cost?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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£800 for broken coil springs and replacement handbrake parts :(

Uphill dogging wrecks cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 20:00 
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My 520i buyer is complaining to me on ebay. Apparently the V5 shows more than 1 previous owner. I said in the advert that I recently bought the car and it was a 1 previous owner car. That makes 2, no? According to dude it should have 1 on the V5.
Also, replacing the air flow meter hasn't fixed the non-starting issue. <shrug> I sold it as non running and said it was possibly the air flow meter.

Luckily he paid via bank transfer, not paypal!


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 20:10 
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My 520i buyer is complaining to me on ebay. Apparently the V5 shows more than 1 previous owner. I said in the advert that I recently bought the car and it was a 1 previous owner car. That makes 2, no? According to dude it should have 1 on the V5.
Also, replacing the air flow meter hasn't fixed the non-starting issue. <shrug> I sold it as non running and said it was possibly the air flow meter.

Luckily he paid via bank transfer, not paypal!


A car should still start and run without a MAF sensor even fitted, it will just run like dog poo. Usually when a modern car won't start it's the TPS, fuel pump or injectors. Unless it's not getting spark, which is usually the coil pack.

Either way you sold it as non running, so he should take that into account.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 20:29 
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My 520i buyer is complaining to me on ebay. Apparently the V5 shows more than 1 previous owner. I said in the advert that I recently bought the car and it was a 1 previous owner car. That makes 2, no? According to dude it should have 1 on the V5.
Also, replacing the air flow meter hasn't fixed the non-starting issue. <shrug> I sold it as non running and said it was possibly the air flow meter.

Luckily he paid via bank transfer, not paypal!

Just reply with:

"£375. 520i. Spares and repair." :P

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:31 
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This thread is kinda related to driving games, right?

While I was playing Forza Horizon 4 last weekend, it occurred to me that one element of it fucking sucks, and it's something common to a lot of racing/driving games - but particularly annoying in FH4.

Cars with automatic transmission will always shift up at the redline.

"It's a racing game, surely that's the point?" I hear you cry?

Well, yes, I suppose. And I totally get that. But, increasingly we're seeing driving games that are placed in incredibly realistic worlds that deserve to be explored and scrutinised. FH4 and GTA5 in particular - and it's kinda difficult to really take in the scenery when you're barrelling down the road at 200mph.

"So, drive slower."

Yes, I could - and do. But because the auto boxes always shift up at the redline, you just end up driving along at 30 mph checking out the serenity of the world around you while your engine screams blue murder because you're near the redline.

"Use manual transmission!"

This is an option, but necessitates additional buttonpresses that force me to think about what I'm doing with the car rather than just checking out the world around me.

"So what do you want?"

A realistic autobox that goes up/down through the gears as a normal car would, but with some sort of "racing" mode that triggers when you're accelerating hard and not just cruising, or when you're actually in a race rather than just the open-world part of it.

I don't think that's too much to ask, but I don't know of any games that do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 13:46 
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That's an incredibly niche complaint I'd say.

Just use manual gears, you soon stop even thinking about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Turn the sound down and put some music on so you don't hear the sound of the virtual engine revving its virtual nuts off?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 0:25 
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Get a PC and mod the games into a 'walking round a race track' simulator.

Actually, using VR, a 'walk/move/float round exploring places' could be a nice relaxing pastime.


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Sir Taxalot wrote:
Get a PC and mod the games into a 'walking round a race track' simulator.

Actually, using VR, a 'walk/move/float round exploring places' could be a nice relaxing pastime.

Google Earth VR exists and is awesome


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Can you control it with a steering wheel and pedals though?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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(it does sound cool though)


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Look at this bad boy! RHD Chevy Suburban!

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1061110


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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I used to drive a Suburban. It belonged to my father in law. Big old 7l V8 that did about 7 miles to the gallon.

God it was beautiful though. Was like sinking into an arm chair and wafting along in sheer comfort. I actually used it to move with, twice. Only took two runs to move my entire flat (with all ex wife's crap).

Then in later years it was retired to taking the rubbish to the dump. We had no garbage collection and the 5.7l F150 died.

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