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by waremark
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rospa price increase
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Rospa price increase

The email said this, which is expressed in an unfortunate way if retests are still included in the annual sub: "As of September 2018, there will be the annual increase to membership to £40 per year, tests and retests will be as per the price list attached. There will be no change to the fees fo...
by waremark
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rospa price increase
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Rospa price increase

I have just read an email from Rospa and an attached price list. It looks as though the annual sub has gone up to £40 and that it no longer includes 3 year retests. 'Intermediate tests' are listed at £51. Have I read it right? If so, I will probably give up membership when my next retest is due. A 4...
by waremark
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ultra low emmission zone
Replies: 12
Views: 228

Re: Ultra low emmission zone

Just saw an ad. on the back of a bus announcing that ulez would come into effect from 8th April 2019. Thought I'd check my vehicles, both petrol ones (inc. 17yr old micra) are ok, the van not so (it's 03 so fair enough I thought) on doing further checks any diesel vehicles upto 2016 will incur a £1...
by waremark
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Use of ZF 8-speed auto gearbox (BMW and other makes)
Replies: 23
Views: 558

Re: Use of ZF 8-speed auto gearbox (BMW and other makes)

Are you sure about this? Generally, light throttle will allow the gearbox to change up to the highest possible gear, possibly to reduce frictional losses by making the engine turn slower. In turn this means there is precious little engine braking, which would feel very similar to disengaging the cl...
by waremark
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Let's Talk More
Replies: 42
Views: 541

Re: Let's Talk More

if courtesy causes others to feel urinated away then they should, in my opinion, be ashamed to call themselves Advanced Drivers. Why do you not care how 'non-advanced' motorists feel or react? Gareth, you have already accused me of being unnecessarily pejorative and I tried to explain that you had ...
by waremark
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Roads they been a changin'
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Roads they been a changin'

jcochrane wrote:So what do you do for very short stops? Always use the handbrake, put into park, neutral or something else?

We have 3 auto cars with stop start and I have driven others. With all it has been possible to prevent the engine from stopping by pressing less firmly on the brake.
by waremark
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Roads they been a changin'
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Roads they been a changin'

I often wake up the engine before I need to move off by touching the accelerator while holding the car with my left foot on the brake. If I expect a stop to be very short I avoid the engine stopping by pressing less firmly on the footbrake. In the first instance I'd be greeted by a flashing spanner...
by waremark
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Roads they been a changin'
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Roads they been a changin'

I dislike and generally manage to avoid jerky starts, whether caused by stop start, auto park brake release, or hill start assist. Different methods work in different cars. To avoud hill start assist I might use the handbrake. I often wake up the engine before I need to move off by touching the acce...
by waremark
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Use of ZF 8-speed auto gearbox (BMW and other makes)
Replies: 23
Views: 558

Re: Use of ZF 8-speed auto gearbox (BMW and other makes)

We have two cars with the zf 8 speed - a superb gearbox. I tend to use auto when in town or following at the speed of traffic, and manual with paddles when using more of the performance. I do not use sport mode - when I want lower gears than regular auto I prefer to have selected them manually befor...
by waremark
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Roads they been a changin'
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Roads they been a changin'

Now days I need to put my car in Neutral to get the Auto Start/Stop to work, First thing I do after starting the engine is turn this intrusive witchcraft off. So you carry around expensive heavy hardware and don't use it? I enjoy the silence when it kicks in, and I find ways to start the engine in ...

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