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About jmurray01

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  • Birthday 11/24/1995

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    Focus 1.8 Zetec
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    20,001 to 25,000
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  1. I know that, and knew it when I was stood there and being openly humiliated in front of everyone else in the store when it was loudly proclaimed "no, I can't serve you this!". Since then I've never stepped foot back in the store, which is fine as Lidl has the same prices and quite frankly better quality products and customer service.
  2. I think petrols are fine with auto-boxes, because they have enough natural power to get going even without a manual. By comparison, I think that diesels (even turbo diesels) are better with manuals because they do feel sluggish at the best of times, and an automatic transmission would only exacerbate that. Having said that, my "new" Mercedes is an automatic naturally aspirated diesel, so I better get used to a sedate driving style... Yes, you're absolutely right, hence my reluctance to do anything about my idea even if I did have the required funds. But, it is going to be a bit of a problem having three vehicles all parked on the road, especially when we sometimes struggle to get even one parked directly outside.
  3. I do like using the Focus's Quickclear for the first time yesterday! The windscreen was covered in an almost-frozen mist, so turned on the Quickclear and in 20-30 seconds it was completely clear. Not bad!!
  4. I used to quite like Aldi, until the fiasco with alcohol and my ID, but I won't go into that... Basically, they refused to accept my driving licence unless I had the counterpart, which is no longer even valid!! Morons, the lot of them. At least, in Elgin anyway.
  5. I don't like thinking of all the reasons we need to build a driveway, but lacking the necessary funds to put my plans into action... Plus, I'd have to get council permission, and use one of their "approved" contractors Another dislike is having to use the Focus for work tomorrow and Tuesday, thanks to the low temperatures and non-functioning glow plugs on the 405. I like the Focus don't get me wrong, but I just have a general dislike of petrol engines coupled with manual gearboxes. But, it's only until Thursday when I pick up the other car and (providing it is a just a simple job of new plugs) get the 405 back on the road.
  6. That's how I felt when we returned from Edinburgh, although on that journey the 405 only got an average of 47MPG which was disappointing. That said, my speeds on the motorway may have influenced that... Good to hear they have repainted it, shame they can't do it for the other roundabouts too!! That said, even the worst road markings in Inverness aren't as bad as Aberdeen... You have to guess where the lanes are there, and what ones are what!
  7. Haha, I had a similar experience the other week in Inverness when a tarted up Corsa wanted to race me at the lights. I know my 405 isn't the most powerful car in the world, but its 1.9 turbo diesel could beat a 1.2 Corsa any day of the week!! He must have either had bald front tyres and/or been on a particularly slippery piece of tarmac, as when the lights went green he made a lot of noise with very little movement whilst I pulled away effortlessly and he slowly disappeared from view... I suspect he deliberately kept back after that, too humiliated I expect.
  8. I do like a large G&T after Sunday dinner!!
  9. This is the general chat section, not Fiesta technical questions!!
  10. I don't like realising I won't have a car for work on Thursday, given that the 405 is down with dead glow plugs and my mother needs the Focus that day for her work... Hence why I always like to have a third vehicle so that we both have cars even if one breaks down. Thankfully as of Thursday night though, we will.
  11. It'll be Thursday before I get there (on my way to Tain for the Mercedes), so if not tomorrow hopefully they'll have them back in by then.
  12. I don't like the glow plugs completely giving up the ghost on the 405... No amount of glow plug cycles helped and it took five minutes to get it to fire.
  13. Interesting vehicles, but not sure I'd like the MPG!! The C-Class, even being a heavy saloon with an automatic transmission can still manage over 40MPG with the 2.2 N/A diesel. That's the perfect match of luxury and economy for me!
  14. I do like receiving final confirmation that I'll be picking the C220 up next Thursday evening... I'm taking a risk buying a 20 year old Mercedes, on top of a 20 year old Peugeot and a 16 year old Ford, but I'd still trust any one of those cars more than a new model! I'm not saying new cars are bad, but they're just not my thing. Besides, it's a good feeling knowing my car is the oldest one in the car park when all my colleagues have new Vauxhalls et al. I also know my car will still be on the road (and a valuable classic) when all those new models are in the scrap yard...
  15. I don't like CD players in cars!! Still haven't got around to replacing the cheap JVC CD player in the 405 for an original cassette player yet, and so far it has damaged two Roy Orbison CDs and most recently a Phil Collins CD (brand new two weeks ago, now it skips on two songs). And I don't mean damage from outside the player, this is damage that occurred whilst PLAYING!! Don't ask me how it happened, but they went in clean and came out scratched. On the flip-side I have cassettes from the 1970s which have survived years of use in the previous and current Focus and still sound clear and crisp.