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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

Just to get it back on topic :

My trials and tribulations might have been a lot worse. Just after I got it sorted the last three digits of the mileage reached 666.

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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

That reminds me of the time many years ago when I set my VCR to record "The Omen" overnight. When I looked at the tape counter the following morning it showed "666". I never watched the film .
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That reminds me of the time many years ago when I set my VCR to record "The Omen" overnight. When I looked at the tape counter the following morning it showed "666". I never watched the film .
You had to play it in reverse anyway!

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Just to get it back on topic :

My trials and tribulations might have been a lot worse. Just after I got it sorted the last three digits of the mileage reached 666.

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I bought my present car, a diesel, 'on government advice' because it has lower CO2 emissions, and hence much lower road tax. (Currently £160 PA I think).
Mine is due this month and I was relieved to see that it is "only" £145.

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Mine is due this month and I was relieved to see that it is "only" £145.

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"Only £145", plus Sadiq Khanís ď£10 toxicity charge" if you are mad enough to drive through London.
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With such a small mileage, why not consider an electric car?

Having retired recently, my daily mileage averages 40 miles maybe. Picking up grandkids from school is most of that.

The electric car is cheap and clean to run. Limitations are range of course, and "cold" as you don't like putting the heater on!!

I also keep my RX8 for longer journeys.............

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I don't buy the electric car concept, but I cannot argue with the economics for local travel.

How do you find it day to day?

If you charge it at (say) a motorway service station do they charge an arm and a leg as they do for petrol and diesel?

Can you charge it from a 16A socket or do you need a special charger in the garage?

Is there a problem with using a lot of heat in the winter, and does it have aircon for the summer.

I have seen a few low mileage Nissan Leaf cars for sale for about £3,000, plus £40 a month battery lease, which would be ideal for my wife, who only drives about eight miles each way to work.
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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

WE use a Nissan Leaf for a work car and they are great so fast off the mark that I hurt my neck when I was pushed back in the seat :-), most of the charging points are free you need a card which I think is £10 or £20 per year? It is geared up to start charging at some point as there are a few allready charging, for a full charge from your home charge point is approx £5ish accourding to one of the guys who took it home and charged it up there, oh the only down side is the ranage 90miles at a push, if you look at a map of charge points we have loads up North but as soon as you get to North Yorkshire on the A1 nothing for miles going south then hundreds :-(
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My daughter is studying at Sheffield University and I was quite impressed that the modest public car park opposite her student house last year had a couple of spaces with charging points.

If I ever enjoy a windfall of some kind I will be getting a Tesla S

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WE use a Nissan Leaf for a work car and they are great so fast off the mark that I hurt my neck when I was pushed back in the seat :-), most of the charging points are free you need a card which I think is £10 or £20 per year? It is geared up to start charging at some point as there are a few allready charging, for a full charge from your home charge point is approx £5ish accourding to one of the guys who took it home and charged it up there, oh the only down side is the ranage 90miles at a push, if you look at a map of charge points we have loads up North but as soon as you get to North Yorkshire on the A1 nothing for miles going south then hundreds :-(
Interesting. So a sixteen mile round trip each day would only need a charge towards the end of the week, and then again over the weekend?

I know what you are saying about charging points further south. The Toon seems to be awash with them, (and they are rarely used), but if you couldn't make it to Wetherby Services you would be stuffed!

What actually happens when they run flat. Do you have a few miles where it is slow, and the lights are dim, or does it just die without warning; rather like a phone or laptop when the battery gets low?
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They may have zero emission engines but from the videos I've seen the tyres can make a lot of smoke!
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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

If it runs flat there is a break down service, we have never had to use it but come close it goes to 5miles left flashes then just dashes flashing but you still get well we guess about another 5miles :-)
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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

There are of course electric hybrids, I don't mean the original Toyota Prius-style petrol hybrid, but fundamentally electric cars that have a small emergency petrol engine that is purely for generating electricity. The Vauxhall Ampera was like that (now discontinued) and the higher-spec BMW i3, among others.

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Re: The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga

Oddly enough, I met a client a couple of weeks ago who drove a Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid, which is a big lump of car! He reckoned it had a battery range of up to 30 miles in good weather, but would then switch to the petrol engine which gave about 32 MPG at best.

Overall, for a year's driving, including mileage driven on battery power he reckoned he managed around 38 MPG.

He was planning to sell it in a few weeks, with the favourite option being a new Land Rover Discovery Sport as the fuel economy should be a lot better for his kind of driving.
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Thanks, Otto.

Apparently, the engine should have had a new timing belt when it was 10 years old (with low mileage). I checked with my ex-local back street mechanic, who moved out of town last year. He confirmed that he had not fitted one and put me in touch with his former partner in crime, who collects cars from customers, works on them and returns them. That includes MOTs. He works out of a bona fide garage but I will not be paying for any overheads, etc. He mentioned, which the local garage did not, the advisability of fitting a new water pump at the same time. I want to check that requirement against the mileage.

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I have just had the car delivered after the belt and pump were fitted. Apparently, the belt was not very worn but the pump was leaking water. Anyway, that the the car saga ended happily.

There is an epilogue.

The car repair was a cash in hand job. I went to the local ATM three days ago, and asked it for the £300 required. It said the maximum for that day was £250, presumably due to shortage of notes. I drew £200 and returned the next day for the other £100, which it paid out. I had drawn the cash ahead of the day, as I didn't want the over-sensitive Barclays security system to block the card before I could pay my car tax.

In due course, I paid for the tax online with no problem. I subsequently paid about £5 for a CD, via PayPal, with the card account, with no problem. Where I went wrong was to try to pay for a second CD, costing less than £3 with postage. The card was declined.

I am waiting for the automated phone call, the second in about 10 days, to verify my spending. Unlike Barclaycard, which would phone within seconds of the problem, I have to wait, perhaps until tomorrow.

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