Car swap - who wants an AMG Merc for 3 months?

Car swap - who wants an AMG Merc for 3 months?

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Swampy1982

1,421 posts

47 months

Monday 26th November
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Thanks for the reviews gents, I love the thought of you both driving each other's car with a smile on your faces, albeit for different reasons.

eltax91

7,777 posts

142 months

Monday 26th November
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Swampy1982 said:
Thanks for the reviews gents, I love the thought of you both driving each other's car with a smile on your faces, albeit for different reasons.
Yeh love this. Who wants to swap my 12 year old and very tatty Accord estate for a bit? hehe

ALawson

6,725 posts

187 months

Monday 26th November
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I will, 57 plate Accord Estate, devils juice I am afraid!

NickCW

217 posts

66 months

Friday 30th November
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Loved reading this thread, the spirit of petrolheads is alive and well it seems!

Enjoy the cars gents, and Harry enjoy the holiday - sounds like it will be an epic one.

Harry Flashman

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13,097 posts

178 months

Sunday 2nd December
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Thanks! Hoolio's Rangie performing Christmas tree duty...and confused baby. Not the safest setup, but was a matter of a few hundred yards in slow London traffic.


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NDA

15,112 posts

161 months

Sunday 2nd December
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I missed this thread Harry - I would have offered you my Range Rover.

Harry Flashman

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13,097 posts

178 months

Sunday 2nd December
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NDA, you have been quite generous enough to me, and thank you again for yet another kind thought.

I know I'm meant to be finding us a date for lunch - haven't forgotten!


NDA

15,112 posts

161 months

Sunday 2nd December
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smile

Harry Flashman

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13,097 posts

178 months

Monday 3rd December
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So the first trial has arrived!

The L322 has had a new steering rack, and somehow that has caused something else in the system (we think pump) to throw a hissy fit. The power steering gave up the ghost yesterday and I discovered the joys of parking a 2.7 tonne vehicle without power assistance, in a busy London street! smile

After making sure it was parked somewhere safe and where it could stay (no parking restrictions, not always easy to find in town), I jumped on the phone to the owner who, being a good chap and generally nice fellow is having my car delivered back to me on a low loader, and the Rangie taken away. No harm done - it is parked outside a friend's house a mere mile from home, safe and sound, and I got a lift back (and thus proceeded to have a few glasses of wine as I was no longer driving - every cloud has a silver lining, right?).

We are hoping to get it sorted, but I am obviously a little wary of the vehicle now. This happening in a residential street in London was no big deal, but would be a bit more of an issue on a steep, icy mountain road, or indeed the Autoroute.

Just in case no fast solution presents itself, I have e-mailed a couple of you other chaps who offered cars. Herbs' Q7 looks very appealing right now, for its size, seating capacity, and some Audi reliability...

But the idiot in me (who has undeserved faith in JLR products, it seems) is wondering if NDA was serious about his Supercharged RR...

Edited by Harry Flashman on Monday 3rd December 14:18

LDN

5,842 posts

139 months

Monday 3rd December
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Sorry to hear all of that.

LR strike again... and I say that as a LR fan. I’ve had an RR fail near Geneva, and the car was repatriated via Land Rover assist (AA Europe). Whatever you take over now, I’d suggest getting European breakdown cover - just in case. These are all complex beasts frown

Edited by LDN on Monday 3rd December 17:55

Swampy1982

1,421 posts

47 months

Monday 3rd December
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At least it was in the UK, as you point out.

What a shame this chapter ended how it did, this story was going so well!

mebe

292 posts

79 months

Monday 3rd December
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It's a good thread, hopefully the story will continue.

akirk

2,686 posts

50 months

Monday 3rd December
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So, just out of interest - had it been your car what would you have done?

Having owned 5 range rovers I would have seen that as a minor issue - fixed it and carried on - with any LR product - a fix usually makes it better than new for that component biggrin

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

4,546 posts

36 months

Monday 3rd December
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Harry Flashman said:


the Merc’s aniline leather, premium plastics and milled aluminium vents/switchgear
A tiny (probably inconsequential) detail on this one Harry, from the PH resident leather specialist. I would be really surprised if Aniline features anywhere in the Merc, although I could be wrong. To the best of my knowledge the only marques who offer it are Rolls and Morgan. To check, when you're next in the Merc, wet a finger and touch the leather. If it's Aniline it will darken, as Aniline is dyed, and as such is porous. If not then it is pigment coated.

This isn't a dig, for EG sales people often spout terms which they don't understand. It can be important to know what type of leather you have, as they require different care methods.

Harry Flashman

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13,097 posts

178 months

Monday 3rd December
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akirk said:
So, just out of interest - had it been your car what would you have done?

Having owned 5 range rovers I would have seen that as a minor issue - fixed it and carried on - with any LR product - a fix usually makes it better than new for that component biggrin
I think Hoolio and I are both planning on fixing and carrying on, actually. We get on well with each other and cost isn't an issue. He wants the car back rather than letting me get it done as the garage who did the original work need to rectify this. The challenge is whether it can all get done in time (with testing time - I don't want to test the repair on the trip down) and if not, I'd like to take up someone else's kind offer, if it still stands, as a backup plan.

The irony of all of this is that this RR really has been loved and had money spent on it. As you say, fixing a known car is probably the way to go.

Worst comes to the worst, the Merc comes to France...and I hopefully borrow OscarIndia's Espace when he's not around. As he said, it's like those old Top Gear challenges... smile

Fermit - I think you're right on the leather point (this is your area of expertise, after all!) As it's cream leather it is hard to tell, but it definitely doesn't feel porous. I'll have a look when the car comes back this Wednesday.

Edited by Harry Flashman on Monday 3rd December 20:31

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

4,546 posts

36 months

Monday 3rd December
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Harry Flashman said:
Fermit - I think you're right on the leather point (this is your area of expertise, after all!) As it's cream leather it is hard to tell, but it definitely doesn't feel porous. I'll have a look when the car comes back this Wednesday.
If it's cream then it's 100% pigment coated. Leather is much like wood in many ways, one way being that you can only ever dye darker than original - a hide being a sort of caramel colour. Be glad, Aniline is gorgeous, but by god, it takes some looking after.

Edited by Fermit and Sexy Sarah on Monday 3rd December 20:37


Edited by Fermit and Sexy Sarah on Monday 3rd December 20:37

Harry Flashman

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13,097 posts

178 months

Wednesday 5th December
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The mission continues. No lack of drama, here. My car was delivered by Hoolio and his kind friend on the same trailer this morning. The blue RR Sport in the photo apparently had the same issue, so we are rather hoping that it is a common fix.

However, time is now running way with us as Christmas and numerous obligations/events approach so on Hoolio's sugestion, I have tried to organise something else. Will update you if this gets anywhere, but the chap I have chatted on e-mail has other cars, and probably won't use my car in bad weather as it's not great at the mud and water you get in his rural location. However, he is going to Spain in spring, and I have to say that the CLS is absolutely made for such a road trip - so I hope he takes it!

In the meantime, a couple of other folk on the thread have also kindly responded to my appeals for a second round, and both LDN and OscarIndia have very kindly re-iterated their offers of using the cars they keep out in the mountains. I will respond properly chaps, but thought it would be worth thanking you again, on here...PH, as I have said, really does deliver some great generosity sometimes, and I fully intend to repay it when able.

Sometimes, you really only get the measure of someone or a situation when things went wrong. This whole situation has been dealt with by Hoolio (and, I hope me) with a sense of humour and relentless efficiency. Definitely a bloke I will be having a beer with in the future.

In the meantime, somewhere in SW16...I hope the boys made it home!


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Harry Flashman

Original Poster:

13,097 posts

178 months

Wednesday 5th December
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PS - Hoolio's view after driving his RR a couple of nundred yards down a London street with no power steering, to get it to the trailer:

"you could have left the keys in it, because no-one was going to steal it in that state!"

CAPP0

14,160 posts

139 months

Wednesday 5th December
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Ah, the alleged JLR curse strikes again. Having, as you know, very reluctantly parted with my faithful AJV8 FFRR recently after 7 almost fault free years, lest it's age catch up with both it and me, I find myself this evening sitting at home whilst the replacement Touareg languishes back in the dealers for the THIRD time since I bought it about 6 weeks ago. I'm told it now has to go back to VAG themselves for a full software refresh or something. It's a nice car when it's working but I'm already trawling the JLR listings in the classifieds.

havoc

24,170 posts

171 months

Wednesday 5th December
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Hoolio said:
Nanook said:
Harry Flashman said:


THE UGLY
I am a bald, brown man with a shaven head, and so people seem to assume I am a drug dealer. Everyone, and I mean everyone, gives way to me in this car. I’m OK with this sort of racial profiling. Until I get pulled over by the cops.
I don't know you, but I've seen you post here. Always assumed you looked something like this:

Think more Chris Monkey Harris and you're on the right lines.
If he's in a Rangie he'll have to look like this...