Brilliant thread, best laugh I've had it ages (mind you I don't get out much so that ain't difficult)
I am picturing Mrs Beard now... we are both in bits.. I am bits on the floor, where as she's in bits in the boot! And as for us men being able to pack for a fortnights holiday abroad, with just our pockets... so true.
Nice one, oh I agree on the final choice.... best to know the work has been done and by a specialist. I was at a specialist the other day and they were tending a cambelt failure for which the owner had paid for the cambelt to be done else where not so long back and it was clear that the belt had not been changed. In fact the colour of the tensioner (or one some other round thing I looked down there) was a light grey and apparently they have all been coming a darker colour for the last 3 years so that was confirmation of the phantom work.
Enjoy it when you pick her up!
Thanks for your comments Mark. We picked her (did I say her?) up yesterday afternoon and I must admit there is something about the car, as oppose to others. It just feels special in comparison to a BMW 3-Series of similar age I drove recently. There are a couple of issues that I've e-mailed Heath Road Garage with, but as yet he hasn't come back to me.
As it got towards dusk yesterday, a neighbour noticed that one of the sidelights was out. I thought it may be a bulb, but when I looked in near total darkness later on, I saw that the N/S bulb was actually very dim, not out completely. Also when I took it to work last night, yes she's let me drive it one last time before it disappears completely into her clutches, the N/S headlight was on but the O/S one wasn't. Hmm.
On the way home in the early hours I noticed there was a red warning symbol visible in the rev counter just to the right of the 8K mark. I don't know how long it was on as it was hidden by my right hand and the wheel rim.
Just wondering if anybody has had similar problems and can shed any light on them. There is no handbook in the car so I can't find out what the red symbol is, but it's shaped a little like an injector.
While I was in bed this morning, Mrs. Beard has gone and got some wheel locking bolts. This is about the limit of my motoring DIY capabilities so when she comes back from baiting BMW drivers, I'll get the grease out (if necessary) and fit them.
Actually, although I can pack all I need for a holiday in my pockets, I can't manage to fit all the cases into a boot. That's Mrs. Beard's job, and it has to be said, one at which she is very good.