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I'm a good girl......(whistles and looks upwards) ...whatever are you implying?
Implying nothing. I used to be very disciplined Ford Focus driver. But once I got 159 I can't resist giving that excelent chasis a go. I exit a boring turn out of traffic lights and I just step on the gas a bit... and I smile... and I look at my speedo - OH SH...! Nothing to see here mr.Policeman, I just thought I saw a cat crossing, that's why I'm braking so hard, yeah.


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Somehow I managed to average 48 mpg on a 180 mile round trip to RAF Cosford for half term fun. Stuck to the speed limits but I was surprised with that result
Once on a 500 mile journey I was short on fuel so I figured the best way to save fuel would be to stick to every speed limit there is on the road. The car returned 37 mpg. That's 10 more then I usualy get out of town. And consider that was in Eastern Europe where roads are bad and villages are often. In a petrol 1.9.
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Implying nothing. I used to be very disciplined Ford Focus driver. But once I got 159 I can't resist giving that excelent chasis a go. I exit a boring turn out of traffic lights and I just step on the gas a bit... and I smile... and I look at my speedo - OH SH...! Nothing to see here mr.Policeman, I just thought I saw a cat crossing, that's why I'm braking so hard, yeah.

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[QUOTE=147virgin;10697177][I][B]I got two Lassa Phenoma mid range tyres (£190 fitted) last week. Had never even heard of the brand (made by Bridgestone apparently) and I am chuffed with their road holding and low road noise

That's accellera prices! I'll have a look when my rears start fading. I did get 16k out of my accelleras and they performed ok but they never filled me with confidence unlike these kumhos just took them out in the wet and they were very very good
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Fitted new wipers last week, Bosch Aerotwins, to replace my squeeling Valeo's. What a difference, no more irritating noise and no more Valeo wipers for me ;-)
What size are they for the 159?
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Ha! You couldn't resist in the end ey. What's that red pipe coming off your strut brace, down the near side of the engine bay?
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Just in autolusso, shame I missed Jabbawokjay!
Mainly in for a service, but sadly my lower bushes are starting to leak, so time for the powerflex upgrade (I did always say it was something I would get when my bushes died rather than as a straight upgrade!), four wheel alignment and getting gear oil swapped out.
Also finally getting the EGR mapped out. Whilst the dongle did the job, every now an again the EML would come on (annoying, but also embarrassing if you have passengers in the car!). Also meant I could not have another EML or OBDII reader in there without fault codes coming up or whilst driving along.

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Just in autolusso, shame I missed Jabbawokjay!
Mainly in for a service, but sadly my lower bushes are starting to leak, so time for the powerflex upgrade (I did always say it was something I would get when my bushes died rather than as a straight upgrade!), four wheel alignment and getting gear oil swapped out.
Also finally getting the EGR mapped out. Whilst the dongle did the job, every now an again the EML would come on (annoying, but also embarrassing if you have passengers in the car!). Also meant I could not have another EML or OBDII reader in there without fault codes coming up or whilst driving along.

Update on the bushes after my drive home!
Leaking bushes ?
Nothing to leak on a lower bushes they are just rubber !
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Leaking bushes ?
Nothing to leak on a lower bushes they are just rubber !
Maybe a mis-interpretation! (or having me on), thought they were solid, perhaps oil leaking around them, certainly tears in them.

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Got it serviced, had 2 fault codes cleared (for how long I know not) and had a leaking tyre resealed.
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What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?

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Maybe a mis-interpretation! (or having me on), thought they were solid, perhaps oil leaking around them, certainly tears in them.

Seems it was water in the hollow bits in the oils bushing that collects water, and then leaks through the tears.

Anyway, job done, enjoyed the drive back, mostly dreadful traffic on the M1 then a little bit of bendy stuff towards home that I played around on, with the 4 wheel alignment and power flex bushes, the car has definitely improved it's responsiveness, there seems more steady on the motorway, and a feeling of increased grip in the corners, there is also more feedback, though you can feel uneven surfaces a little more into that.


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Leaking bushes ?
Nothing to leak on a lower bushes they are just rubber !
The standard front lower arm rear bushes are definitely oil filled.
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The standard front lower arm rear bushes are definitely oil filled.
Really !
Yours must be super special
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MOT pass this morning, no advisories, expected the tyres to be mentioned, or fail but ok.

Theses Avons have been really good for a mid-range tyre.

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Washed it. I has been sitting unmoved for a week, but bricks are being repointed in the building across the street. The car was as filthy as when we had that Sahara dust a few months back. Once it was cleaned, I saw that some, um, not very nice person, had grazed my rear bumper during a parking manoeuvre - not for the first time and I'm sure not for the last. Farécla G3 scratch remover and some black Turtle Wax makes it less noticeable. *Sigh*
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Swapped out my hids after one blew. All going swimmingly till I shut the ferkin garage door on the bonnet. GUTTED!!! Luckily it's not too bad as I managed to catch most of the force. Hopefully it will knock out with not much fuss
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