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jmurray01

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About jmurray01

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    Ford Enthusiast
  • Birthday 11/24/1995

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    Jamie

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  • Ford Model
    Focus 1.8 Zetec
  • Ford Year
    2000
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Moray
  • Annual Mileage
    20,001 to 25,000
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  1. I was in Inverness this afternoon, and thinking back I didn't have any murderous thoughts whilst there, so the drivers must have been of acceptable standard. My mother has received a blast or two on the Inshes roundabout, but that's the same for any roundabout with more than two lanes... What can I say, years of driving solely in Buckie/Elgin has taken it's toll on her city driving skills... That's presuming she had any to begin with, of course!
  2. Ah, the Moray driving traits have obviously made their way to Orkney. I don't think I've seen a single vehicle in the last week which has gone straight at a roundabout without indicating right. Are these people truly ret@rded? Wait, don't answer that!
  3. I also don't like the 405's rear suspension getting noticably lower and groaning at low speeds. Given their reputation for failing rear axles, I'm fearing the worst... That said, I did ask my mechanic about it at the last MOT and his words were "you'll know when it needs replaced, because it'll start steering from the rear end", and so far it still corners perfectly with no fish-tailing. Hopefully it'll last another month or two, as a refurbished axle is around £300 online, and the labour to have it fitted (plus extra parts that would probably break along the way) would be over £100 in itself. Ah, the joys of owning a 20 year old French car, and running it as your daily driver... I've been tempted to buy an old Fiesta/Focus/Mondeo/Escort as a work car and make the 405 my weekend cruiser, but full insurance for two vehicles would outweigh the financial benefit of less rapairs to the 405. That said, my left knee is begging me to get an automatic, so if one of the aforementioned models came up for the right price and was an auto, I would be very tempted.
  4. I don't like people who have to spoil every good thing I do, and then say that I am irrational for getting angry when they do.
  5. But even then it shows that the driver hasn't checked the tyres and/or noticed that the tracking/pressures were out. Still negligence either way. That said, I'm not trying to slander the OP and as you say, only he knows what the true story is, and it isn't really anybody elses business!
  6. I do like knowing that this time next week I'll be on holiday in Edinburgh, with my feet up and a glass of wine! Can't wait!!
  7. Good Lord! Mind you, my mother does that from time to time and it irritates the crap out of me. Never often enough, or severe enough to burn out the clutch though. I don't understand how people can drive with their foot resting on the clutch all the time, and actually press it enough to increase the revs without realising. I tried doing it deliberately myself to see how it feels, and by the time the clutch slipped I was pressing the clutch so hard that it was obvious to my foot that I was doing so! How people can do it "accidentally" is beyond me. That's true about the tyres... If they are truly worn-out after just 7k then he must have been doing burn-outs or drifting around every corner!
  8. That's true, but I think you'd know if your driving was so appalling that you could kill a clutch in less than 10k! You'd have to be constantly riding the clutch, which would be completely obvious unless the driver had no knowledge of driving/vehicle mechanics whatsoever. It definitely isn't something you could do and then say "I didn't do it!", unless you were blatantly lying.
  9. More often than not, in my experience anyway, batteries just up and die rather than slowly getting weaker and weaker. That's why I always say that the two most unpredictable things in cars are the batteries and belts, because either can suddenly go without warning, unlike most other parts which show warning signs in advance.
  10. I most certainly am not Tom, and am firmly of the view that "if in doubt, stop". Although looking at my reply it does insinuate that I too pulled out on the Vectra in question, which was not the case. In fact, she pulled out of a junction behind me and was purely irritated by the fact I was obeying the speed limits... My reference was to cars which are a safe distance away when you pull out, and if they maintained their speed would not have a problem, but choose to deliberately accelerate in order to cause a problem which wasn't there in the first place! I have had the idiots pull out on me though when I'm doing the speed limit, and unless they immediately realise their mistake and wave et cetera, they'll get a blast of my horn and yes, a close encounter with my front bumper whilst I slam the brakes on. I back off immediately though as you can't hold grudges when driving, such as tailgating someone for miles because of one mistake. But, to clarify - I do not pull out when cars are too close/too fast. It is a major irritant to me and I wouldn't do it to somebody else. Just had to clear that up!
  11. Yep, I know the feeling... Had the exact same thing today only it was a 54 plate Vectra. Followed me through a 30, then a 40 and finally down a stretch of NSL. It just shows their immaturity when they accelerate as you pull out, purely so they can slam on the brakes to make it look worse! That said, you need to be aware of drivers doing more than the speed limit and adjust your driving accordingly. Even though they were in the wrong for speeding, you could still be classed as in the wrong for pulling out and causing them to slow down... If that makes sense!
  12. Air bags?
  13. I don't like the BMW driver equivalent of forum posters! Just like BMW drivers cannot park within the lines, these people cannot seem to post Ford related questions in the relevant forum areas, but rather just put them in the general chat area!! It happens on another forum I use, but thankfully I'm a moderator on there so can move them myself and reprimand the posters.
  14. Posting this in the right section, and giving some more information might help!! The general chat area is clearly marked "Talk about anything NOT Ford related".
  15. That picture was taken this evening when I was parked outside my local B&M, but God knows what the "stains" actually were!!