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bq

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Oct 2017

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    What was the ride like before you lowered it? And was it the standard package or the sports option?

    My Boxster had the sports chassis option and I was amazed by the excellent ride quality. The DB9 also has the sports pack (with nearly new Bilsteins and its ride is superb, even with the more focused handling) If the design is fundamentally right then you don't need to make it hard-riding to make it handle. If it isn't then you do.
    Just ask Lotus.

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    Although entertainingly now that the 911 is slammed, on 18's, on Ohlins coil-overs the ride is (significantly!) better than the Volvo on 17's/Koni FSD.

    That's not really surprising. Porsche can design a fundamentally decent suspension, and by the 996 had really had the opportunity to refine things, whereas Volvo (at the time the 850 was made) had only just moved on from live axles and leaf springs. Their priorities were likely cost, packaging, and cost again rather than good geometry, location and articulation.

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    That is very nice. Buy both it and an unlimited warranty for the first year, to pay for those 'not driven enough' issues to come to light.

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    Well, what things go to make up a Discovery? Those things will go wrong. All of them. A lot.

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    While Barclays do have a hardware card-reader pinpad thing, they also have an app which if you have data, you can use for your banking, and if you don't can be used instead of the card-reader. They have been doing online and phone banking for a long time now, and the experience is very slick.

    The initial app setup is a total ballache (on each device too, meh) but once it's done it's very nice to use.

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    Given that you want to do long road trips in France, despite you saying you didn't care about performance, France is huge and places are a long way away, and with a car full of people, pets and stuff you will need a reasonably sized and powerful engine - I'd say a 2 litre at least.
    Driving hundreds of miles on the autoroute is made much easier if you can comfortably do it at 130 kph with nice low revs and low noise levels. And south of Paris you really can do that and then some for mile after mile after mile. We did hundreds of miles at over 160 kph.

    Also the roads are full of Dutch and Belgian people in motorhomes and you need to be able to overtake them swiftly.

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    I would replace the not-very-good photos from your garage and driveway with the ones you took after it was valeted. They show off the condition much better.

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    I was looking at an epic tidal project which would have manufactured and used Siemens turbines. It was put on hiatus after the referendum. There was chat about it going to R. Ireland... wonder where it will end up.

    It was a shame, as if it had been implemented (and worked) it would be exactly the sort of thing everyone wanks themselves silly over.

    I think I can almost guarantee that that's not the sort of thing anyone wanks themselves silly over. Even if rule 34 applies for tidal driven turbines (and I'm not sure it does) it would surely still be a very niche proclivity.

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