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  1. Tax Disks

    No more... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25223631
  2. New M3 and M4 video

    It's all in foreign sadly, but you can make out '3 litre turbo'...
  3. Inside Rolls Royce - CH4 9pm Tonight

    Admit I am very cynical these days, something I will try to change, but I have a lot of experience of the bad things in life and have been forced into a place I don't want to be and am struggling to get out. Point taken though.
  4. Inside Rolls Royce - CH4 9pm Tonight

    On the Bentley front - I did 1000 miles in 2 days in a mix of Continental GTs and a Flying Spur Speed in Eastern Europe. Faultless. Lovely cars. (There you go Mr Me)
  5. Inside Rolls Royce - CH4 9pm Tonight

    Some stuff, really I do, but my Rolls Royce experience was a bit of a let down given their marketing and brand positioning. I like Cake, a lot, but am critical of some and complementary of others - I like to compile a balanced view based on positive and negatives.
  6. Inside Rolls Royce - CH4 9pm Tonight

    Done the UK factory tour - everything turns up in BMW crates and gets put together like a giant kit. Shells come painted and complete etc. The one impressive bit was the laser layout and cutting of the leather, which is done over here. Impressive to watch. Amazingly, they don't have the best quality control either..... but thats another story....
  7. Audi RS4 seats - who are the real thieves?

    Given the Audi are flogging off RS4s at the moment with a £10k discount, its almost worth buying a new car....
  8. Someone didn't do their maths correctly.
  9. PH MegaHoon

    Meh.... There are better trips....
  10. Quicker for the customer and cheaper for Porsche AG to ship a whole engine ready to plug and go. Imagine the dealer recharge on getting their techs to finishing off the building of a GT3 engine (and the associated risk of people who don't do one everyday having a go).
  11. 'Investment' car...

    I think the Boxster (987) drives better than a 997 Carerra S. Yep, i said it... Plus you don't come back to your Boxster to find it all covered in phlegm or McDonalds packaging.....
  12. Its been going on for quite a while now. Customers have spent £100k+ on a car and then Porsche tell them not to drive it or its 'your risk' a month ago - a lot of them have not had a replacement vehicle etc etc They then keep you in the dark as to what's happening, and then yesterday announce that they will replace your engine for free 'at some point in the future'. An insider is saying that they have only just started testing the new con rod bolts, so that will take a while to finish and then the expectation is that they will build a handful of engines to start the swapping and then refurbish engines as they are returned to the factory, potentially re issuing with the correct engine number for paperwork for each specific car... Whilst its clearly the right thing to do to replace the engines, it has not been handled that brilliantly and they are already suffering lost customers. Plus any RS version will be put back until next year. It is a shame, as its a lovely car.
  13. Simon Cowell's new car

    Not a huge fan. For the money I'd have a bespoke Oak framed garage full of Real E-Types and a full time Jaguar mechanic, and a house for him to live in.
  14. 5th gear

    Same engine as the old, pre 2004, Mustang - with quite a lot of cutting the chassis to convert from front to rear wheel drive.... I remember a friend went out to buy a diesel Golf about the same week as MG went bust (2005 as I was in the US) and came back with a main dealer sourced, nearly new ZT260 for IIRC a bargain £13k....they were giving them away at the time, not huge sellers at the best of times, but then they were giving the entire range away by that point and boarding up the dealers. I remember it well as there was a lot of banter about Golf TDI v V8 as he had gone out looking for something economical.... He then asked me to send over lots of air filter bits and bobs and even researched a mustang exhaust - proper petrol head he was! Good lad!
  15. Australia GP Thread

    Red Bull Racing look like they are in trouble...... with JB getting 3rd place now!
  16. VW or Merc??

    Its a work van, so when stuff gets broken or worn, I'd rather pay VW prices than Merc. Other than that, I prefer the look of the VW to the Merc.
  17. New Golf R

    I'm going to have to clean my car and have some moody shots taken.... 17 days, 800 miles and no cleaning so far.
  18. 'Investment' car...

    996 Turbos are mid to low £20k - which is a bargain! (I'd be crapping myself that something goes wrong with it though - Supercar, with potential bills to match).
  19. HMRC

    Oh and unless she is retired, then they can amend her Tax code, effective immediately, to start recouping the debt....
  20. HMRC

    The Statute of Limitations is indeed 6 years, but is NOT enforceable for unpaid Tax (and NI), nor interest charged on the unpaid principal. The HMRC have no time limit to start proceedings on these. It is also the employees responsibility to ensure PAYE / Tax coding is correct, not the employer (as they go bust). HMRC will get their 40 pieces of silver....tell your friend to tread carefully and be polite and there could be a settlement figure agreed, possibly with no interest.
  21. Yet Another GAP Thread...

    Thats speculation on the future value of any claim, significantly increasing the risk and therefore premium. I guess someone might offer it, but its probably expensive.
  22. Yet Another GAP Thread...

    RTI Gap for me - finance or not, its a no brainer. I get the difference between this and VRI - but in 4 years time, will your model still be available or will their have been a facelift version? Thus making the insurance a bit of a waste? I am happy that I could get the same car and discount again.
  23. New Golf R

    Busby, manual or DSG? Eleanor, which Skoda did you order? Edit: Eleanor is auto correct for 'Eldavo' - I could change it, but think I'll leave it for now.
  24. So what's the best car you've ever owned?

    Its a pretty close run thing and two very different cars in very different circumstances. My 2004 VW Touareg which I had when I lived in the States for a few year. Comfortable cruiser, superb utility with a large boot, ate up miles quietly and effortlessly and was luxurious on the inside. At the time the sat nav, heated seats, heated wheel, park assist etc etc was all pretty modern kit. It was exceptional in the winter and the snow, never getting stuck, even in 2 to 3 feet one year. 16mpg (US), but I didn't care. Took it everywhere and it inspired many, many road trips. Dealer network was superb too - German built Touareg qualifies as a luxury vehicle in the States. The other contender is the new S3 Sportback. Its a very subtle, understated, but a hoot to drive - one of the, if not the, fastest cars I have owned. My first DSG auto. Practically sized for todays car parks and yet spacious enough for 4 adults, two dogs and guns in the boot. All wheel drive gives it more appeal because of winters where I live (although not this year). And its very pretty. Keeper for sure.
  25. New Golf R

    And then Chevrolet pull out of the UK altogether....