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The Dark Knight

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#431549 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 November 2014 - 10:46 PM

You probably spotted this video in the link to the other topic I posted but worth posting again here. Who would have thought a BMW M3 could plough through snow? :lol:


#431453 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

Unfortunately kind of difficult to work from home in my profession! Work will come and collect you, however, getting you back home again after is obviously not as much of a priority!!

I think i'm gonna stick to the summer tyres and get some snow socks, hopefully they'll get me out of a mess if I get stuck!

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Snow socks are a reasonable compromise. Just remember that you have to remove them once back on cleared roads or they will shred/tear pretty easily. Bit of a faff putting them on and you may get cold fingers.


As I've said, if you can afford to buy them, that removes the only negative aspect of them (short of guaranteed mild winters every year with temps always above 7C - Highly unlikely even here).


The naysayers who I've spoken to at work sometimes boast how they have managed to get traction ok, they drive to the conditions and slow down with the gears etc but they've missed the point.


Of course, even with winter tyres you can't do much to stop idiots on the road who don't know how to drive but if the occasion ever calls for sudden braking, for reasons beyond your control (been there), you will be able to pull up far sooner than on summer tyres. You also feel more at ease knowing your tyres are up to the job. Naturally, you still drive appropriately.


Then there's the grip and turn in which is far superior. It doesn't matter to me what you choose to do because I know I've made the right choice and I just want to inform others of the key points. I've been driving on winter tyres for the last few weeks and temps reached 13C (typical). Did they feel bad? Not one bit.


Moist roads at -2C this morning, did they feel better? Yes, much better. It felt like driving on bone dry tarmac. Very sure footed.


This video is well worth watching as it shows the difference in the rain at +4C as well as the snow. The difference in stopping distance is rather alarming.


#431119 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 24 November 2014 - 08:46 PM

not really, the Avon ZV5's i have seems to have a good tread design that i think will do just fine in snow/slush


Dangerous assumption. Firstly though, if they were snow tyres, they would be a waste of money. As they are winter tyres, anything below 7C and you are onto a winner. Above 7C and they are still good, they aren't suddenly going to become diabolical.


Worth reading my post here (apologies for it being long winded) as I speak from experience.


I went through the winter of 2008/2009 in a Fiesta ST with summer tyres that I thought had good tread and I always drove to the conditons. Winter tyres are a waste of money when you drive appropriately and have good quality summer tyres I would boast. Then I had an appointment with the kerb. No amount of careful driving could undo the laws of physics.


I went through the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11 in a Land Rover Freelander with M+S rated all season tyres. The 4x4 abilities were great but unlike some, I drove to the conditions and not like I was invincible. I did notice loss of traction at the back when turning into corners on snow due to the weight though.


I went through the winters of 2011/12 and 2012/13 in a Land Rover Freelander with winter tyres. 4x4's take longer to stop than normal cars so winter tyres can make a big difference. Those winters, I joined a 4x4 response group helping nurses get medication to elderly patients. I went out and about on country roads in heavy snow as part of my duties and appreciated the extra safety of winter tyres.


I went through the winter of 2013/14 aka The Diablo winter because it was so mild, in the Fez ZS with winter tyres fitted. Seldom did they come into their comfort zone it was so mild. Last winter was to mild what 62/63 was to cold though, very rare indeed.


This winter I have the ST and the same set of winter tyres but on spare rims. The tyres (Continental TS850) cost me £350 but while I am using them, I am not wearing out the tread on my normal tyres. Plus the extra safety could avoid a minor accident which would cost more than you would have paid for the tyres.


While ever I can afford to, I will always buy winter tyres. Interestingly, one person I know runs winter tyres all year because she can only afford one set of tyres. The logic is that the winter tyres outperform summer tyres in winter by a considerably larger margin than summer tyres outperform winter tyres in summer.


Have a read through this topic and watch the videos: http://www.fordowner...for-st-zetec-s/

#431110 Incompetent Uk

Posted by The Dark Knight on 24 November 2014 - 08:04 PM

I think part of the problem is that we tend to have more mild winters (like last years garbage) than cold winters and as such when it snows, we are like WTF is this white stuff?! OMG its snow! We're doomed! (see Daily Express and the clown James Madden)


Winter tyres fitted to all vehicles would at least bring an end to the vast majority of cars stuck on snow with wheels spinning but its not cold enough here to justify the enforcement of mandatory winter tyre fitment. Also, even if it was, the same thick tw**s who can't drive to the conditions now, would just think they are indestructible on winter tyres and end up crashing anyway.


It never ceases to amaze me how many people on normal tyres expect to drive up to a junction, brake and expect to stop. Off they slide...


Then there's the health and safety brigade. You can't f*rt near a photocopier at work now without a risk assessment and HSE staff being deployed with chernobyl style radiation suits. (Mind you, if I've had a Vindaloo the night before I can't blame them.)


People don't allow extra time either. I even get up a little earlier when there's a frost just so I've got plenty of time to de-ice, de-mist and drive safely. Unlike the prats who just clear a peep hole.



#429154 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 17 November 2014 - 06:36 PM

Looking back through this and the PM you sent, it seems it was faulty well within 28 days anyway so their argument falls over! You requested a refund within 28 days.

#429152 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 17 November 2014 - 06:33 PM

I'd ask them what makes them think they can enforce the 28 day limit on a refund. They will probably agree that had it become faulty within the first 28 days of purchase, they would have refunded.


Well perhaps we should inform them that any goods that prove to be NOT of satisfactory quality (seems so to me in this case) within 6 months of delivery to the buyer, are taken to have been unsatisfactory from the very day of delivery to the buyer.


I'm sure eBay will sort this but their failure to repair having been given chances means (in my opinion) that you are entitled to request a refund. You must of course tell them that you are rejecting the goods under SOGA and requesting a refund (if eBay don't sort it that is).


Case law supports that all this time spent requesting repair and waiting for replies etc, is NOT to be counted when determining if enough time has passed for the buyer to have accepted the goods in the eyes of the law.


You would also inform them (letter before action) of your intention to take them to the small claims court. Whether you saw that through is up to you but sometimes the threat is enough.

#428520 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 November 2014 - 11:25 PM

There's always Sale of Goods Act 1979. They are dealing in the course of a business and you are a consumer.


Expectation of quality etc is lessened with used or re-furbed products but you still have rights. Within 6 months of purchase, the burden is on the seller to prove it was fine when delivered to you as opposed to you having to prove it wasn't.


You are supposed to give the seller chance to repair under SOGA and they have had that chance and failed. You are well within your rights to request a refund but they will claim that sufficient time has passed that shows you have accepted the goods rather than rejecting them.


That argument falls down on the basis that case law (name escapes me now), shows that time taken requesting or carrying out repairs is not to be counted when deciding whether or not sufficient time has passed which shows the buyer has accepted the goods.

#428392 Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 November 2014 - 02:20 PM

It is 1.6kg apparently but it's weight is infinite to those who are not worthy lol.

It feels really substantial and just right with the weight. Well pleased with it.

#428211 Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 November 2014 - 08:29 PM

Indeed Phil. A couple of weeks ago, I went on eBay whilst drinking whisky (always a bad idea). Ended up spending almost £100 on a proper replica of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.


It arrived today (from China) and it is brilliant to be fair! It's going on the desk at work as a nice paperweight or useful tool to vent anger lol :P :lol:

#426893 Winter Tyres For St / Zetec S

Posted by The Dark Knight on 09 November 2014 - 06:30 PM

Well make sure you enjoy LA! I went in August before hitting Vegas and San Francisco (and lots of places in between, including Grand Canyon). Ours was a coach tour holiday and I can't recommend it highly enough. Best holiday ever! (Far too hot in Palm Springs though lol).


One of my fave memories was the night we got seriously drunk in a small bar in Sonora! We packed the place out and had a right laugh with the locals. Some of the guys off our bus were from New Zealand and they could certainly put it away!


We are meeting up with some of our new friends at Christmas who were on the tour with us. Some live in Birmingham and the others are from Bedford. We are meeting at the Birmingham Christmas Market and will head down on the train. :D

#426310 The Finished Product: Winter Tyres Fitted!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 07 November 2014 - 06:29 PM

I used a guy I know who does them. Charged me £35 per wheel. So £100 for the wheels and £140 for the refurb is still cheap at £240 for what are now new wheels! The damage was only cosmetic, no cracks or anything.


It took him 4 hours to sand down one of the wheels, they were so manky!

#425717 Winter Tyres For St / Zetec S

Posted by The Dark Knight on 05 November 2014 - 08:13 PM

Here you go Phil, just follow this link and open the PDF link on the page: https://www.abi.org....ce/Winter-tyres


Meanwhile, another interesting video:

#424183 Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 October 2014 - 06:03 PM

They're releasing like 6 new marvel films over the next few years, super excited!
No clue what the interesting part at the beginning is though?


The interesting part is that Captain America managed to move Mjolnir just a little bit!! Nobody can move that other than Thor!


You remember in Avengers that Hulk tried to lift it during his battle with Thor on the Heli-carrier and it wouldn't budge.


From memory of the first Thor movie, Odin said that "For whoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor"


The slight movement of Mjolnir by Cap (Thor looked very worried), shows he is slightly worthy of lifting it. Perhaps he will need to be worthy should Thor be knocked out by Ultron or something during battle.

#422817 My St Has Had The Mobile Pro-Valeters Treatment

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 October 2014 - 11:42 PM

I agree that cars get dirty more quickly at this time of year but we can't win really. In the summer, if/when we get a good run of warm dry weather, one drive down the motorway or any fast road really and you can't see through the windscreen for dead flies! :angry:


The front of the car is also splattered with their guts. You would think they would choose better places to hang out really. Oh, and you need napalm to fetch them off.

#422654 My St Has Had The Mobile Pro-Valeters Treatment

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 October 2014 - 12:00 PM

Here is the end product :D