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


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Brian Damage
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15 Oct 2020 19:47
Laughing out loud
TROYBOY
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16 Oct 2020 14:52
As a great man once said "Game over, game over mannnnnnnnn"!!
Bails78
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21 Oct 2020 19:31
Taking delivery of a new Mini Cooper S in a few weeks and was looking at doing a few Mods but what are the best mods I can do that won't void warranty? I know my options are limited as Mapping, Air Intakes will void it and these are usually the best bang for buck mods to do.
ismvil
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21 Oct 2020 19:52
Not sure about Minis but there are plenty of chips/remaps that are now reversible so technically don't do a thing to your warranty
Bails78
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692 posts since 6/1/08

21 Oct 2020 20:22
ismvil wrote: Not sure about Minis but there are plenty of chips/remaps that are now reversible so technically don't do a thing to your warranty

You got any idea who is offering these maps/chips. I was told that if BMW really want to go digging they can find out if you have done a Map/Chip.
anvais
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468 posts since 15/12/12

21 Oct 2020 21:55
Tuning boxes are the way to go if warranty is an issue, ECU remaps are visible even if returned back to stock.

One to consider could be a JB4 by Burger Motorsports. Well known and good results.
Bails78
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22 Oct 2020 07:24
anvais wrote: Tuning boxes are the way to go if warranty is an issue, ECU remaps are visible even if returned back to stock.

One to consider could be a JB4 by Burger Motorsports. Well known and good results.

Thanks Anvais, will look into this, as said main concern is I don't invalidate warranty. With it being a brand new car hoping it doesn't develop any faults and just needs to go in for annual service.
M4att
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22 Oct 2020 09:41
Bails78 wrote: Taking delivery of a new Mini Cooper S in a few weeks and was looking at doing a few Mods but what are the best mods I can do that won't void warranty? I know my options are limited as Mapping, Air Intakes will void it and these are usually the best bang for buck mods to do.

They are great cars, I convinced my girlfriend into a 2015 Cooper S and its great fun to drive. Makes me hanker for a JCW every time I drive it.

Something like a tuning box/JB4 would be the way to go, although do your homework as I'm pretty sure it can be detected especially with the newer cars.
Best
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22 Oct 2020 11:18
Can anyone recommend an intensive driving course? I want to pass before Christmas ideally
Mancunia
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22 Oct 2020 12:01
I'd just ring around local instructors and see who has time to teach you 3-4 times a week with 1 hour lessons and a few two hour lessons in between. You should have more than enough hours under your belt by mid December
Fletchdd02
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22 Oct 2020 16:01
Best wrote: Can anyone recommend an intensive driving course? I want to pass before Christmas ideally

Think your biggest issue will be getting a test before Xmas, they were halted during Covid and are playing catch up slightly. Unless you get a cancellation I reckon you may be waiting a little while.
blackham
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22 Oct 2020 16:08
Best wrote: Can anyone recommend an intensive driving course? I want to pass before Christmas ideally

Colleague used this to quickly get a cancellation of a driving test. Cost £20pm but he said from sign up he had a test within a week.

https://www.findmeadrivingtest.co.uk/
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9878 posts since 21/10/05

22 Oct 2020 19:15
Thanks everyone, off to do some research
eazypz
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3229 posts since 16/4/10

22 Oct 2020 19:21
Know someone that booked a test a week ago, earliest date was early December.

I’d say book the test now to get a slot for December, and then just hope you’ve done enough to be ready by then.
swede
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9074 posts since 21/3/09

22 Oct 2020 20:26
blackham wrote:
Best wrote: Can anyone recommend an intensive driving course? I want to pass before Christmas ideally

Colleague used this to quickly get a cancellation of a driving test. Cost £20pm but he said from sign up he had a test within a week.

https://www.findmeadrivingtest.co.uk/

guy in the office signed up for this too - did wonders for him. passed on his 5th test Cool
TheTiger
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22 Oct 2020 21:09
swede wrote: guy in the office signed up for this too - did wonders for him. passed on his 5th test Cool

Laughing out loud
keshfu
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564 posts since 19/1/06

22 Oct 2020 21:46
Bails78 wrote: Taking delivery of a new Mini Cooper S in a few weeks and was looking at doing a few Mods but what are the best mods I can do that won't void warranty? I know my options are limited as Mapping, Air Intakes will void it and these are usually the best bang for buck mods to do.

Best warranty safe mod you can do IMO is lighter weight wheels and better tyres.
Bails78
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692 posts since 6/1/08

25 Oct 2020 10:32
Anyone got any tips or hook ups with Insurance?

Are comparison sites the way to go to find the best quote, or should I use and independent broker?

Done a quote with LVE and it came back at £1920 for the year on a Cooper S 5dr. I haven't driven in over 10 years and so have no NCD but that seems excessive to me. I do live in Brixton which doesn't help with it being in London and a High crime area.

Was hoping I could get fully comp around £800-£900 mark
seenmy
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6602 posts since 17/6/06

25 Oct 2020 10:57
I think you might find thats the kind of rate you are looking at for year 1 and just need to swallow it, I had not owned/insured a car for 10+ years and I'm pretty sure i was paying around that for my first year, but year on year it was coming down significantly (though im sure might go up this year as i had a claim…) 5 years in down to 630 parked on street outside my house in tottenham.
Davinho
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2293 posts since 2/12/08

25 Oct 2020 11:11
Try putting someone else on the insurance as a named driver, sometimes brings it down a little bit.