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Life, the Universe and All Other Things

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    If people did their own MOT's they'd just write a pass certificate and be done with it and we'd end up with loads of 'unroadworthy' cars on the roads - that's the problem. MOT's themselves are hardly expensive though. And as I say, i wouldnt even consider doing it on the clio so i have no idea how awkward it'd be. Now i know roughly what i'm looking for i guess i could take a peek under the bonnet in the morning and see if i recon it's accessible enough but even if it is when the time comes (which as cars get more moden becomes less and less frequent) it'l be in the garage anyway.
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    you are maybe in england, minisweeper. Over here in N Ireland, we can't go to the local garage and get the test done......it is a major thing, where you have to go to a govt testing centre - and the waiting list can be a month or two. And the tests can be very strict. Hope you have joy accessing the clio. I gave up on this latest peugeot.
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    All our MOT centres are government licenced but I dont think it takes a huge amount to get a licence (pass the necessary qualifications, obviously). And it just so happens that my mates dad runs an MOT centre which is always handy. You should swap the 306 for a westfield, though :P
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    this is the reason why i resisted giving up my american muscle cars until i had a kid... i could practically climb into the engine compartments and have a nice sit while i worked on them. and i knew what each of the tubes and wires were for.
    in my new car - i practically can't fit my little finger in alongisde the engine, and there are about 500 vacuum hoses and 50 wire harnesses everywhere. and 50 computer modules to go with them. no fun.
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    this is the reason i dont really want kids... :P
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    but you've already got a car with 500 vacuum hoses :P
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    kids grow up too quickly; and then they don't fit in around the engine block no more. ;)
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    edited July 2006
    I've got a car with a plastic engine bay and another with about 5 vacuum hoses (that come to mind, anyway). Guess which one is incompatable with kids? :P
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    the one you need to work on at present? ;)
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    Worked. Past tense. It's back up and running now :D
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    i have been seriously considering selling my car. I am fed up with the running costs...........and all the speed cameras. I do not speed, heck, i am a 40 to 50mph driver....but i hate the big brother nation we live in these days.
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    Running costs on a 306?! I hear if you do 40 in a 40 and 50 in a 50 you usually get away with it!
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    we are not robots, and if someone does 32 in a 30 mile sper hour zone, they shouldn't be getting done for it. speed cameras are more bluff from the UK govt...a way of getting more tax from us, and controlling u. Thewy claim they cut speed and save lives. A load of baloney. The hospitals released data there a few months ago; and there has been no reduction at all in the level of admissions due to car accidents.
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    You dont get done for 32 in a 30. They cant prosecute you for that. I'm not saying i agree with speed cameras or even with speed limits (or the level of them in certain places) but a few months after passing my test and driving like a bit of a nutter it occured to me that even though i didnt agree with them it was still against the law and if i was caught I'd probably lose my licence which would ruin my life. Since then i've driven pretty much consistantly at the speed limit. I dont always like it but rules are rules... For the record, I'm a strong believer that speed (within reason) causes no accidents whatsoever. Dangerous driving causes accidents (dangerous includes doing 50 in a 30, there's no doubt in my mind that in *most* 30 limits it's unreasonable to do 50). IMO tailgating is what the government should be targetting. Particularly on motorways. Doing 100mph in free traffic is no problem whatsoever presuming you're a safe stopping distance from the vehicle infront. I'd sooner be in a car doing 100 @ 200m distance than 70 @ 10m distance from the car ahead and i think the police and government should be enforcing that. I must also admit that i've never seen a thread derailed quite so widely as this one! Atleast we got off the silly 'whens the next release' topic though :P
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    edited July 2006
    I am sure most of drivers in most of the recent cars can drive safely most of the time over the 30 limits. However the one day that things go wrong, consequences will be worse if you were driving at 50 than 30.

    And keep in mind that you use more gasoline at 50 than at 30 and kill more baby seal :'(

    Baby seal
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    Actually cars are most efficient at ~59mph so in theory you'll use less 'gasoline' (meaning petrol :P)
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    No, Car can use energy more efficiently at 59 than at 30 but you still need more energy at 59 than 30.
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    Yeah but you get to where you're going quicker... That's the point of efficiency.
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    edited July 2006
    /I must also admit that i've never seen a thread derailed quite so widely as this one! Atleast we got off the silly 'whens the next release' topic though :P mini, changed the discussion headline. little too ambitious for small offtopic but could not come up with anything else. any suggestions how should it be named?
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    haha. this is just fine.
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