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Old 07-02-2020, 03:45 PM   #12631
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Nice !
I will start pulling supers this weekend. Looks to be a good year.
Happy!
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It became apparent late last year that my 1992 VW Passat Estate (originally Dadís) would have to be retired, so just before Christmas I placed an order for a new car.
There was something of a waiting list and it was due to be built a week or two into March this year.

The tax and MoT on the existing wagon expired at the end of February so I declared it off road with DVLA and scrapped it a few days into March for which I was paid the princely sum of £155.
I only expected two or three weeks without a car which wasnít any great problem.
Then the great lockdown started and my car was stuck in Germany for the duration.

Thankfully, I didnít have to get Dad to a hospital or GP appointment but shopping was a pain in the fundament.
The local supermarket is pretty small but they use every inch of space efficiently and have been remarkable during the lockdown, but it has to be said that they donít have everything and trips into town by train had to be endured. Thereís a substantial walk at either end of the train journey which isnít too bad if youíre not carrying shopping.

Anyway, fast forward to this week. After four months without a car I finally collected my new vehicle on Tuesday.
After what seemed an age they sorted out the paperwork, registered it with DVLA and handed me the keys.
Because of all the Covid 19 precautions I couldnít be accompanied on a familiarisation drive so had to make my own arrangements.
Having started the thing (keyless ignition) and moved off, the first thing I did was check the brakes.

Thereís no point it persuading it to move if you canít persuade it to stop.
Having driven it a few yards to the main road I was faced with the choice of routing via the town centre or taking the longer route around the ring road.
I chose the longer route as I had no intention of making a right turn in a (very) unfamiliar vehicle.

Anyway, I got it home without any problems and drove it on a shopping trip yesterday but I think it will be a while before I am used to it.
There are bells and whistles on it of which, as yet, I do not understand the purpose, and some that I understand but am unlikely to use, but I think Iíve mastered the basics.
One particular feature that I find useful is the digital display which indicates the gear in use and gives you a Ďnudgeí when it is time to change up.

I shall now retire with the 400 page manual (Iím not joking) and reflect on a very long four months!


PS I've just realised that I composed the above without using the word 'happy'.
I am! That is all you need to know!
Happy!

You'd have thought they could have sent you the manual to read during lockdown!
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:50 PM   #12632
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Heh...
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:58 PM   #12633
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I'm happy you're happy w/your new car. New car, WOOT!!!

And kudos for keeping the manual transmission alive!
As my Yorkshire ancestors might have said 'it were cheaper'.

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Happy!


Happy!

You'd have thought they could have sent you the manual to read during lockdown!
That's a good point!

OTOH, I might have been tempted to cancel once the complexity of both car and manual became apparent.
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:17 PM   #12634
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It became apparent late last year that my 1992 VW Passat Estate (originally Dadís) would have to be retired, so just before Christmas I placed an order for a new car.
There was something of a waiting list and it was due to be built a week or two into March this year.

The tax and MoT on the existing wagon expired at the end of February so I declared it off road with DVLA and scrapped it a few days into March for which I was paid the princely sum of £155.
I only expected two or three weeks without a car which wasnít any great problem.
Then the great lockdown started and my car was stuck in Germany for the duration.

Thankfully, I didnít have to get Dad to a hospital or GP appointment but shopping was a pain in the fundament.
The local supermarket is pretty small but they use every inch of space efficiently and have been remarkable during the lockdown, but it has to be said that they donít have everything and trips into town by train had to be endured. Thereís a substantial walk at either end of the train journey which isnít too bad if youíre not carrying shopping.

Anyway, fast forward to this week. After four months without a car I finally collected my new vehicle on Tuesday.
After what seemed an age they sorted out the paperwork, registered it with DVLA and handed me the keys.
Because of all the Covid 19 precautions I couldnít be accompanied on a familiarisation drive so had to make my own arrangements.
Having started the thing (keyless ignition) and moved off, the first thing I did was check the brakes.

Thereís no point it persuading it to move if you canít persuade it to stop.
Having driven it a few yards to the main road I was faced with the choice of routing via the town centre or taking the longer route around the ring road.
I chose the longer route as I had no intention of making a right turn in a (very) unfamiliar vehicle.

Anyway, I got it home without any problems and drove it on a shopping trip yesterday but I think it will be a while before I am used to it.
There are bells and whistles on it of which, as yet, I do not understand the purpose, and some that I understand but am unlikely to use, but I think Iíve mastered the basics.
One particular feature that I find useful is the digital display which indicates the gear in use and gives you a Ďnudgeí when it is time to change up.

I shall now retire with the 400 page manual (Iím not joking) and reflect on a very long four months!


PS I've just realised that I composed the above without using the word 'happy'.
I am! That is all you need to know!

I got a brand new car late last year. We can swap familiarisation stories if you like!


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Old 07-02-2020, 05:52 PM   #12635
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oof. Touch screen interface... hate. I had an Alpine system with a cassette deck in my CJ-7, that was peak technology.
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Old 07-02-2020, 06:18 PM   #12636
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The more you drive the comfortable you'll feel.
Well teutonic level comfort anyway.
Now the problem is shooing the local babes away.
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Old 07-03-2020, 04:19 PM   #12637
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Now the problem is shooing the local babes away.
If only!
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Old 07-04-2020, 12:20 AM   #12638
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Don't let Dad catch you sparkin' in the parlor after he goes to bed.

I'm happy for friends in Ohio because July 1st the state ceased to require a front licence plate. They had been registering their cars in PA for years which was a pain in the ass.
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Old 07-04-2020, 05:05 PM   #12639
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Happy. Yes.

Got up at 5:30 and drove to the West Branch of the Delaware. Apparently the water at reservoir release was 46.5F today. We paddled from Stilesville, NY to Shehawken, PA.
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Old 07-04-2020, 05:14 PM   #12640
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Old 07-04-2020, 06:13 PM   #12641
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Old 07-04-2020, 10:30 PM   #12642
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I finally shelved all my dictionaries. I had to move travel books to another case, and have a double row in places but.....

oh and the fireworks were THE BEST (although no wind meant shrapnel showers..... I have dandruff like Braille and you could probably build an entire new firework from what was in my bra....
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Old 07-04-2020, 11:16 PM   #12643
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They have fireworks at a school and a fire company that I can hear from inside my house. I didn't hear anything tonight. Might of been called off or I'm getting deafer.
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Old 07-04-2020, 11:36 PM   #12644
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All public fireworks are cancelled here. These were not Just professional quality and then some
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Old 07-05-2020, 12:45 AM   #12645
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Hmm, do you have a Geiger counter?
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