General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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shields88
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382 posts since 25/5/11

posted 27 Aug 2019 10:37, edited 27 Aug 2019 10:37
toocan wrote: Ethically if you want an Electric car go for it. But note your insurance is usually more (if its your own) on elecy cars and even Teslas are pretty shit to drive as they are heavy fuckers, the autopilot doesn't work great and their reliability is fucking abysmal so make sure you get a warranty if it aint new.

Bit of an old bump, but have you actually had one yourself?

We have had the Model X now for the best part of a year and can honestly say its one of the best cars I've driven.

Never had an issue with reliability and its not heavy to drive at all.
toocan
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725 posts since 7/11/07

27 Aug 2019 11:30
shields88 wrote:
toocan wrote: Ethically if you want an Electric car go for it. But note your insurance is usually more (if its your own) on elecy cars and even Teslas are pretty shit to drive as they are heavy fuckers, the autopilot doesn't work great and their reliability is fucking abysmal so make sure you get a warranty if it aint new.

Bit of an old bump, but have you actually had one yourself?

We have had the Model X now for the best part of a year and can honestly say its one of the best cars I've driven.

Never had an issue with reliability and its not heavy to drive at all.

I borrowed a clients P100d for a weekend as I really wanted one circa 2017, I absolutely love the seats in it and their brilliant fun in a straight line for a bit but you really feel it fighting in corners to the point where the accelerator stopped working for me - like the car stepping in.

I guess it depends on how you drive/what you like but I was genuinely underwhelmed as I was expecting an S class killer with a sporty feel of which its neither, the S Class is a better all-round car imo and the feels from corners could be beaten by almost anything for the same money.

Maybe a model 3 would be better, half a tonne lighter and a more sensible size etc. Either way, I'm cured of the brand hype most likely forever.

I'm pleased you haven't had any issues as nothing worse than being stuck with a knackered car somewhere, but they are well known to be flakey both on build and reliability just a lot of this stuff gets drowned out by brand evangelists.

https://www.businessinsider.com/survey-uk-drivers-say-tesla-model-s-most-unreliable-car-2018-9?r=US&IR;=T
schtoop
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12970 posts since 9/4/07

posted 28 Aug 2019 10:21, edited 28 Aug 2019 10:21
scratched my fucking bonnet cleaning off really dried on bird shit after coming back from holiday, has anyone got experience in repairing this kind of light scratch?

I've bought meguiar 2.0 but just seeing if there is anything else out there before I tackle it… T Cut?

sydneyking
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4559 posts since 26/9/09

28 Aug 2019 10:34
Whitening Toothpaste? It’s worth a try
swede
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8028 posts since 21/3/09

28 Aug 2019 10:38
fucking hell why were you using a wire wool brush to clean a car?
andymakesglasses
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20203 posts since 26/1/06

28 Aug 2019 10:40
Was it an ostrich?
schtoop
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12970 posts since 9/4/07

28 Aug 2019 10:48
i've always said if a bird shits on your car you should dump her Jimmy Hill jawdrop
MrW
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2533 posts since 1/8/11

28 Aug 2019 11:49
swede wrote: fucking hell why were you using a wire wool brush to clean a car?

thought the same Shocked

Big ball of loo roll soaked in hot water, cover the shit for 15-20 mins, comes straight off.
2925mark
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2000 posts since 18/10/07

28 Aug 2019 11:50
Schtoop, you need a dual-action (DA) or Rotary Polisher ideally to sort that out as the paintwork has been marred. It's definitely fixable but needs a bit of knowledge and care. I'd do it for you but I'm not London(?) way. A professional detailer would sort it in a few minutes but you'd be looking at paying a bit for their time.
schtoop
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12970 posts since 9/4/07

28 Aug 2019 12:07
Thanks Mark, I'd be happy to pay for a professional detailer if it means it's done right… can you recommend any London based detailers?
2925mark
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2000 posts since 18/10/07

posted 28 Aug 2019 12:09, edited 28 Aug 2019 12:09
I can't personally but it could be worth investing in a mobile detailer as they will come to your house/drive etc. More convenient and sometimes don't have the overheads of a unit so can be cheaper…

NOTE: I wouldn't touch the paintwork yourself now. Using T-cut or any other compound could put the paint/top coat at further risk.
illwill
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3663 posts since 17/5/04

12 Oct 2019 11:25
Anyone have any experience running an electric car without off street parking at home?

Gonna be changing to a 80 mile round commute and that would sit a lot better with me if I was electric.

There are charging points in the multistory 10 mins from my house where I can park for free overnight. Can see this becoming aggro though.
fudge.dredd
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718 posts since 15/12/12

posted 12 Oct 2019 11:55, edited 12 Oct 2019 11:55
^ get a diesel or petrol. There’s fuel stations everywhere. You’ll never have to worry about running out of juice.
illwill
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3663 posts since 17/5/04

12 Oct 2019 12:18
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
morning mist
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3136 posts since 29/5/05

12 Oct 2019 13:38
schtoop wrote: i've always said if a bird shits on your car you should dump her Jimmy Hill jawdrop

PM MoB
Burt
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5548 posts since 3/1/10

12 Oct 2019 13:43
Laughing out loud
ismvil
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652 posts since 16/9/11

20 Oct 2019 19:59
Anyone here lived with an i8? Got one on order and it’s due next month.
toocan
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725 posts since 7/11/07

20 Oct 2019 22:22
ismvil wrote: Anyone here lived with an i8? Got one on order and it’s due next month.

Congrats on owning a £s car matey if you love the looks what else matters.
quest
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3240 posts since 11/7/11

20 Oct 2019 23:08
they do look really cool in person i think
but why buy a new one at the end of the model life
ismvil
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652 posts since 16/9/11

posted 21 Oct 2019 01:46, edited 21 Oct 2019 01:46
Thanks guys it’s a lease so not stumping up the sticker price, got a great deal so worked out the same as m850i that I was also looking at. Different cars I know but I’m a sucker for those doors.