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BQ

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Aug 2016

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    The one with the highest number of catholic priests.

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    Only a few in Wokingham

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    Wokingham teens officially the least attractive in the whole country:
    getreading.co.uk/news/reading­-berkshire-news/wokingham-teens-least-li­kely-pregnant-11794899

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    Who else would go to all those English pubs?

    Besides it saves on the cost of keeping them in British prisons.

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    I suspect an A3 diesel and an S3 are two very different things, but the A3 was heavy, plodding, dog slow and generally unpleasant inside. I expected it to drive like the Golf with the same engine but it was noticeably worse.

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    Like the rest then. It's that whole sticking the big heavy engine in front of the front wheels thing. That's why the Bentley Continental GT looks so wrong.

    The golf based ones are no better. Literally the car I have hated the most of everything I have driven is an Audi A3.

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    This weekend I had a wedding to attend and then a trip deep into Wales to fulfil one of Toni's last requests.
    Requiring decent luggage space, a good stereo and lots of comfort (plus I just wanted to try one) I decided to forego the Porsche and rent a new Jaguar XE from Avis Prestige. I got a 3.0 supercharged version which has the 340bhp engine from the entry level F type. Which is 100 bhp more than my Porker. Yay!

    Fuck me, what a car the XE S is. The power is just fantastic - you put your foot down at even part throttle and you're flung back into the seat. Acceleration is absurdly fast, and the noise it makes is just incredible. You find yourself flooring the throttle just to hear it again and again. And you giggle like a loon every time. It never gets boring.

    The chassis, though, is what sets it apart from the herd. BMW and Mercedes must be weeping at how much better it is (forget Audi, they've not made a car that is good to drive since the original Quattro). It rides so well and comfortably and yet it steers and corners like nothing else I've ever experienced. It's not so much like it's on rails as though it's being guided by a supernatural force. On the winding A and B roads of mid-Wales it was an utter revelation. I've never found a corner I've needed to slow the Boxster down for, but that's kind of its only trick. The Jaguar outclasses it totally.

    Sadly my company list only offers the 2 litre turbodiesels. Fucking stupid carbon emissions.

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    I remember reading an interview with a well known specialist who bemoaned the then-popular choice of "dog's knob red" as he called it. "To me, German cars should be silver."

    Guard's red is one of the nicest reds on any car though. The Chrysler Viper red, Ferrari Rosso and the nice (but quick to fade) red Ford painted a lot of 90s Fiestas are my other favourites. (I'm don't do this for all the colours, but I made some notes when planning a custom Mini once)

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    12 grand is bottom money for a 996. You're unlikely to lose much on it, even if it is a bit spendy to run.
    The 40k miles on the more expensive car is riskier for me as there is still plenty of time for IMS to happen. It's much less likely to on the 80k engine.

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