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    Time to move on? Well, not completely... Close of an era?

    You all know I've been showing my age a bit, well recent events have proved to me that, well, I can't simply do what I could before.

    I had occasion last week to have to sit in my X type Estate, the manual one, for almost three hours because of some hold up or other on the M25, and I could barely get out of the car when I did get home, had to literally "fall out" of it then pull myself up.

    So that's going as soon as I can get it cleaned up. No point keeping it if it physically hurts me.

    Should this happen with an SUV at least I can fall out and not have to pull myself back up?

    And the "Smiffy hammer the glow plugs in" saga introduced me to the much nicer getting in and out accessibility of SUV's, and it got me thinking.

    Thinking so hard I bought myself a 2000 model Lexus RX300... 3 owners from new, a whole sheaf of paperwork, receipts from Lexus specialists, a new cam belt and tensioners and coolant pump 8,000 miles ago, and all it really needs is tyres (it has three different makes on it, which can be traced to the last three MOT's, perished tyres) and possibly a battery. I can get a set of half decent tyres for less than any tyre choice on the Jaguar's I own, so there's that...

    So the Jaguar's will all be going bar one. I'll be keeping the XJ6 I think, Because it's time I started to listen to what my body is telling me.

    I had looked at a few options, Land Rover Freelanders are just silly money, I didn't want a derv engined car, I tried a few "Korean" soft off roaders, but I've had Lexus before and whilst they have never been state of the art, they don't half screw them together well. And I needed that.

    It even has a "Posh plate" on it...
    2001 3.0 SE Auto, Satnav, winter pack. Dark Blue, all the toys.
    2004 3.0 Sovereign Estate. Winter pack. Fixed. For Sale.
    2005 Estate X type 2.2 Sport.
    2000 V8 3.2 XJ8 LWB. "Prom" car. Lovely. Should sell this one too really...
    2005 "AllyCat", 3.0 XJ6 SE.
    2000 S type 4.0 V8. Latest toy.
    VFR800A and a VFR 800F

    Still beating cancer. Trevor 2, Cancer 0.

    Sure I took the Red pill....

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    When the mind is willing but the flesh is weak it's a bitter pill to swallow. I've told my lads the can have anything in my garage including the large tool box and contents. I won't be using any of it again.
    I used to be able to pop a new clutch into anything on a Saturday morning, now I can't get down and dirty and if I did get down I sure as hell couldn't get back up.
    It's a bitter pill.
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    It certainly is... I seem to have gone down hill really quickly since my last bout with c. I look at something, think I can crack on with it, get down on the floor then have to look for other things to do whilst I'm down there... Jeez...
    2001 3.0 SE Auto, Satnav, winter pack. Dark Blue, all the toys.
    2004 3.0 Sovereign Estate. Winter pack. Fixed. For Sale.
    2005 Estate X type 2.2 Sport.
    2000 V8 3.2 XJ8 LWB. "Prom" car. Lovely. Should sell this one too really...
    2005 "AllyCat", 3.0 XJ6 SE.
    2000 S type 4.0 V8. Latest toy.
    VFR800A and a VFR 800F

    Still beating cancer. Trevor 2, Cancer 0.

    Sure I took the Red pill....

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    Best wishes with your "new" SUV, the Lexus sounds a good choice. They do tend to have good access and visibility, and their size especially if older and a bit battered do give you some "presence" on the road.

    You did well to steer clear of the petrol Freelanders, I had three as company cars and much as I liked them, the engines all blew head gaskets at 60K miles. The diesels were beter but we were not allowed diesels then and few would buy one now.

    Having just hurt my hip, hiking in Peru, this week I am facing the choice of struggling with the clutch in my manual X Trail or getting in / out of my XK8 but enjoying the auto box.

    The XK8 is winning at the moment - I just hope that it is a temporary problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost it View Post
    It certainly is... I seem to have gone down hill really quickly since my last bout with c. I look at something, think I can crack on with it, get down on the floor then have to look for other things to do whilst I'm down there... Jeez...
    It could be worse Trevor, by the time I get down on the floor to crack on with something, I've completely forgotten what it was!

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    Must be the age of the current Jaguar owners. Like you I never thought twice about popping out an engine. Getting the head skimmed and driving it to work on a Monday. Working on the car in the pouring rain etc. Shaking my head at people who took their cars to garages to have an exhaust fitted. I even swapped a radiator over in a car park because the price quoted to me before I left was a part exchange price, they neglected to tell me that before I left.

    These days, though not quite falling out of a car to get out, I do find myself struggling a bit. I think taking a week to do my roof hoses when it rained every day was dropping my body a hint. I very recently got everything out to change my fog light. Jacks, Axle stands, the right spanners etc etc then it poured down. From sunshine to rain in 20 mins. I hurriedly put everything back in the garage. Went into town instead and as I drove off.......... the sunshine came out on a lovely day. The gods were dropping hints. The garage is picking the car up tomorrow to do the fog. Its only money with skinned knuckles and a few swear words I would be missing. Honestly why struggle??

    I have come to realize I don't have the time left to spend all the money I have made/saved over the years, and no I don't want help in that respect. So I will pay a garage. Costs more in pride than money. As long as they do a good job! Bearing in mind that no one ever does a job as you would have done it!

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    'er indoors brought 'er Micra home from work the other morning and reported that it was making a 'funny noise from the back'.....

    I had a quick look and found the rear part of the exhaust trailing along the drive,and the centre section drooping a little like a drunken sailor...

    Rather than going to the local exhaust supplier,buying the bits and spending half a day swearing at rusty bolts,I took it to the local exhaust specialist(Wilco,Boundary Road,Norwich )who quoted me £110 but managed to only charge me £99 to fix it.

    I'm finding that cold,damp weather makes it very difficult to use tools with my right hand these days,and the warm days when I can work at my bench all day are far too few for the jobs that need doing!

    2000 S Type manual(now sold and replaced with a Transit Connect that ate it's engine in Spain and replaced with another Connect known as the Micro Stealth Camper) BMW E30 cabbie in the very rare neon green colour and a Nissan Micra for 'er indoors!

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    I thought it was me getting old (71) but luckily I can still manage to get down and get up without too much trouble. Apart from taking twice a long as it used to. I also find that I think about it for longer before attempting it. My problem is that cleaning the car is harder as I appear to have shrunk 2" so where I used to just clean the roof easily I now have to stand on tip toe to reach the middle. Hehe

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    We've got old lads, it's sneaked up on us, well sod it, I've still got a pulse and I can still lift a pint......................(if someone is buying I can manage to lift 2 pints)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    We've got old lads, it's sneaked up on us, well sod it, I've still got a pulse and I can still lift a pint......................(if someone is buying I can manage to lift 2 pints)
    We're all getting there one way or another...

    Hope you still kick about the forum though lost it, age / experience / knowledge etc, and a wee bit of banter of course

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