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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #120 on: April 28, 2018, 09:51:41 PM »
So we now have one of these...


I wasn't seduced by the singing baby...even though the ad uses a gen 2.

However means I now have this on my phone..

Find my car should come in handy if it gets nicked as should the battery monitor. Hopefully I'll continue having no faults to be diagnosed.



Will say I'm not paying any money for this...it's free from work.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #122 on: July 30, 2018, 10:53:37 PM »
Another year...another mot.

Passed with an advisory for worn rear droplinks which I knew about due to a click on mounting kerbs or travelling on uneven surfaces. Quoted 100 quid a corner to sort, job for another day.

But fighting for another year.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #123 on: August 01, 2018, 12:12:34 PM »
Both droplinks replaced at local garage rather than Hodgsons.

72 quid for the pair, as ever you never realise how broken something was until you fix it. Suspension noise seems to have halved.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #124 on: August 02, 2018, 11:32:09 AM »
You don't mind spending a few quid on your car when it makes an appreciable difference to the driving experience like that.

Mine's in for a service then MOT on Monday. Our trusted local mechanic performs the service and checks it over before taking it around the corner to the local testing centre. There are two or three noises concerning me of late; hope they either aren't too significant from a safety perspective or are not too expensive to rectify...
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #125 on: August 02, 2018, 03:33:52 PM »
I'm now up to 3 out of 4 drop links replaced just the front drivers side one is hanging on.

They produce a variety of interesting noises when they fail. The front one separated entirely which occasionally clunked loud as it swung in the breeze, but mainly made the handling very interesting! Rear ones produced small audible clicks but on rough roads it seemed to cause vibration as now they are changed it feels like it just rides rippled surfaces rather than rattling over them.

Hard to describe to be honest, it feels like the car is one solid piece rather than hitting a bump and then feeling it vibrate through the underside.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #126 on: August 28, 2018, 08:53:54 AM »
nice car mate. I always enjoy reading the build up threads

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #127 on: November 11, 2018, 07:50:04 PM »


My Chaffeur is fecking useless..

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #128 on: December 07, 2018, 07:22:12 PM »
Well it had to happen eventually...think it may actually be a little broken.

Sounds like I have a wheelbearing starting to make itself heard possibly front left at a guess. Rotational speed sensitive noise on very smooth surfaces between 40-60 that isn't rpm or gearbox related and a weird chirp if you go to full lock when the car is cold (sounds like someone blowing on a bottle!).

At this point I'm not overly concerned it's not particularly loud and there's no wobble on the steering at any speed probably give it a few months to develop then take it to the menders.

To quote myself..Front right wheel bearing has decided to go full screech. Was silent when I pulled into work, literally so bad people turn to look as I go past now.

FFS..had drop links in summer, the puncture last week and now this nothing horrendous..I just don't have the time to deal with it atm.

Hopefully can get it in the garage tomorrow, otherwise I'm drving a Citroen next week as it sounds so bad I want it checked before it moves any distance.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #129 on: December 08, 2018, 11:56:40 AM »
Woo not a wheel bearing..

A stone so wedged the brakes needed to be stripped off to get it out.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #130 on: December 08, 2018, 12:00:47 PM »
Is your disc OK  Or did the stone do any scouring ?
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #131 on: December 08, 2018, 12:07:14 PM »
It's still at the local Indy Garage at the moment but I did ask and they said it hadn't done any damage. Apparently it was right down the back and they ended up taking most of the corner to pieces before they found it.

It only did about 6 slow miles with it like that as the noise was so bad I didn't want to drive it.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #132 on: December 25, 2018, 08:15:05 PM »
Battery is possibly on its last legs now, holds charge ok but in cold weather after 2 days car genie is pinging low voltage warnings at my phone.

It's ok as long as it doesn't have a lay up, couple of days without moving and the voltage drops off. It's the OEM battery and over 7 years old so not massively unexpected.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #133 on: December 28, 2018, 02:19:45 PM »
Battery is possibly on its last legs now, holds charge ok but in cold weather after 2 days car genie is pinging low voltage warnings at my phone.

It's ok as long as it doesn't have a lay up, couple of days without moving and the voltage drops off. It's the OEM battery and over 7 years old so not massively unexpected.

That's good going for an OEM battery - mine have mostly lasted between 3 and 5 years, heavily dependent upon how I've used the car.  To keep mine going longer than before (my current one is around 5yo), when I'm either unemployed or commuting by train I find I have to drive it once every 2-3 weeks in summer, roughly every 2 weeks in spring and autumn and early winter, and once a week in winter and/or when the outside temperature drops below about 7degC consitently during the day and below 2-4degC overnight.  Each journey (to another town to do my weekly food shop) is about 12 miles each way, mostly at motorway speeds, nice to charge the battery up and in daylight.  When I left mine for longer periods (even during one year of that period), it just wouldn't last more than 4 years, often having issues keeping a charge after only 3 years.

I probably spend more on the extra fuel than I would do on batteries (despite them now costing around £150 each, fitted), but it's the inconvenience when one does finally go when I need to use the car that I'd rather do without, although using it as described above does also keep the brakes from sticking (and failing early, e.g. warped discs) as much.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #134 on: December 28, 2018, 06:21:36 PM »
If I didn't have the Car Genie I probably wouldn't have noticed, at least until one day it got too far down and stranded me anyway. It's still starting ok at the moment though if we have a really cold night that might be it. Once I'm back to work it'll be used 5 days out of 7 again so unlikely to die on its backside.

Given the age I should probably get a new one and I usually would but as I'm looking at new cars within the year seems a bit of a waste especially when the wife's on maternity so the Citroen is spare 7 days a week if it decides to not start.

Still thinking about it's replacement or whether to just stick with it at this point. At 72k miles drivers seat bolster has a killer crease and the foam is starting to come out of the bottom as dust, there's a few dings been collected along the way but overall it's still the car I picked up 4 and a bit years ago pic from the end of summer.


All the brakes have loads of life left, worst tyre is over 5mm but just fitted a brand new matching one after my puncture dramas. I could probably chuck about 175 quid at it for a new battery and a 4 wheel balance (got a very slight imbalance at 70 which given the pot holes is good going) and it's mechanically 100% perfect. Heated seats and climate pack still work flawlessly as well.

Main issues at the minute are interior space and the 1.6 is a bit overwhelmed with 4 on board and a boot full of baby gear. It will accelerate but it usually requires a FIRE EVERYTHING! approach to uphill motorway slip roads that raises a passenger eyebrow or two to get up to 70 in a reasonable time.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #134 on: December 28, 2018, 06:21:36 PM »