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    Not the best start to a job!

    Good friend of mine swears by his Yeti, bought at 18k now on 62k & has never given him any problems. Runs on the smell of an oily rag, unlike my straight 6 & V8 petrols. If it wasn't for the fact that I don't like diesels & prefer autos I might be tempted.
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    HP v Kw some thing seems wrong.

    In my day (back in the 'sixties) BHP was normally quoted GROSS which I assume was about the same as engine testbed figures & this made the car seem more powerful than it really was as transmission/drivetrain losses were not factored in. Then terms such as NET & SAE started to appear & car...
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    HP v Kw some thing seems wrong.

    I wondered about that as well. Decades ago I worked with horses but never came into contact with a metric one, though there were some that clearly didn't understand English commands ;) Anyway PS is very close to the BHP rating that is well understood, well at least by those of us of a certain age.
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    Tyre roadnoise

    Never had that happen, though to be honest I've only ever used them on a couple of occasions, just to get a Mondeo out to the lane a quarter mile from our drive. Impressed by their performance though. When the Mondy went I bought an unused set for the BM, usually plenty of Sox on the 'Bay...
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    Tyre roadnoise

    Back in the early 'nineties I ran a Toyoto Corolla estate around the Essex countryside during what became a winter of considerable snow. The RWD Toy. was fitted with Firestone 'town & country' tyres on the rear axle & although I got stuck occasionally, I always managed to drive myself out...
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    Tyre roadnoise

    That's true. I've never had a problem with bad weather & RWD as the vast majority of vehicles I have owned/driven have been rear drive & the UK used to get far more frequent snow falls back in the day. Mind you, only those of a certain age will remember those times ;)
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    Tyre roadnoise

    I find a set of Sno-soxs are a great get-you-home solution to snow, though you can get very damp/dirty fore arms fitting them :(
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    Up/down or around, which uses least fuel?

    Not heard of that theory, but it makes a lot of sense. Perhaps people that drive at excessively low speed as a fuel saving exercise, but also constantly brake, should be made aware ;)
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    Tyre roadnoise

    I don't doubt it, though when was the last time the south of the UK had a real winter? If we do then I'm confident the Michelins will suffice. On the same subject, people bang on about the lack of traction from a RWD car, but I've had front-drive models that are useless in snow.
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    Tyre roadnoise

    For me it's the exhaust note of my old V8 ;) nb. not the car referred to here, that has a nice straight 6 growl.
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    Tyre roadnoise

    Thanks for that. When the time comes to replace the tyres I'm leaning towards Uniroyal at the moment & I'd prefer to stick to the standard 205 fitment. I'm going to await the winter weather though as should we get a bad one this year I can always fall back on the Cross Climates I've got stored...
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    Tyre roadnoise

    No, the sound is present at all speeds & only goes away on a smooth tarmac road. OK, I've accepted that it's road noise rather than a mechanical fault (I also went down the route of having wheel bearings checked out) but there remains the burning question as to why the wider (by 10mm) tyres were...
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    Tyre roadnoise

    I wouldn't say 'nobbly' just a different pattern to cope with winter conditions, including snow. Their noise rating is low at 69 db, but that doesn't relate to interior noise levels. nb. According to the manuf. sticker the pressures are the same for both 205 & 225 section tyres.
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    Tyre roadnoise

    Hi folks, though I would run this query here (rather than on a one-make forum) as a wider diversity of car owners would read it. I have an old 5 series BMW (E39) purchased over three years ago & renewed all the tyres, as although a mixture of premium brands they were all very old, partly due to...
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    Car history.

    You make a good point. Perhaps I should have worded my post more specifically & made it clear that when it came to the BM I was referring to the cars' ability to absorb the 'undulations' of todays' poorly maintained roads whilst still retaining the ability to handle well if driven with verve.
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    Car history.

    I had an estate BX years ago, 1998 1.9 diesel. Great car in all respects other than the heating which was very poor in winter. That was followed by a turbo 1.9 Xantia estate which despite having comfortable seats managed to give me backache on anything other than short runs. I've run E34 & E39...
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    Car history.

    I'll take the V8 Pilot next to it ;)
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    Windscreen issues

    Probably a heated 'screen, handbook will confirm or in its' absence do a Google search. We had a '06 Mondeo with the same symptoms, Sod's Law is that it will be the drivers' side that fails ;)
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    Is this a bit dodgy with a charger?

    Emphasis here seems to be on the ability (or not) of the battery to start the car, but modern cars rely on a good battery output in order for the many electrical devices to function. 'Ere indoors does a lot of sub 5 mile journeys, so rather than wait for the signs of reduced power I use a smart...
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    A roller coaster day for the car and wallet

    I'm with Astra99 (post #7) on this. Armed with personal experience of hairy-arsed so-called fitters at these motoring centres I order my exhausts on-line & get my local garage to fit them. As for tyres, I do use fast fit outlets but I check that the wheel nuts can be undone with a wheel-brace...
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