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  1. General Motoring Discussion
    There’s a car park near me that has a ticket machine you need a Mensa qualification to operate. Luckily, it’s a problem child; being far too clever for its own good, its existential wallowing (‘am I a mere machine? A spurter of tickets? Or am I an unrecognised Time Lord? If only I knew!’)...
  2. Motoring Images
    ‘Passenger on board’ ? This was after a wash and polish, having not done either since June last year. I love that first wash n polish of the year. It’s almost therapeutic, scrubbing off the winter moss, the brake dust, the cack on the window seals, the crud on the external air vents and around...
  3. Alfa 164 & 166
    So just to introduce things Back in June I purchased a slightly unloved 164 that had been sat around not being used much over the last year after its previous owner sadly passed away. Now the car itself it a '95 registered 2.0ts It was modified in 2011 to take part in the screwball rally and now...
  4. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I just had an oil and filter change on my 147 1.6 115 bhp and it sounds like a diesel taxi on idle?
  5. General Motoring Discussion
    Ok, so I have owned the Taxi now for five years and, amid its many qualities, the one weak-ish link has been the engine. There's nothing wrong with it - it's smooth, quiet and torquey - but in the context of the rest of the car, which is so quietly sublime and accomplished, the 2.0E engine is a...
  6. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Is this the coolest Taxi?
  7. General Motoring Discussion
    No you Jokers, it isn't a day chock-full of Heathrow and Gatwick return runs. :biglaugh: Instead, we're off to a hoity-toity MB event at Brooklands, meeting a load of other Mercs as well as a gathering of 190s. To prepare the Taxi for such a grand event, today I pumped up the tyres, emptied the...
  8. General Motoring Discussion
    1983, Nardo, Italy. While I was practicing how to do really big skids on my Grifter, Mercedes was hammering the 190 16v to see how fast it could go - and how reliable it would be - over 201 hours (being a W201) on the Nardo track. Average speed was 154kph, but one car retired (IIRC). Even if...
  9. General Motoring Discussion
    In my experience, parts on cars seem to fall into two categories. Those that work then don't (light bulbs), or those that get worse over time until they stop being useful (like brakes). On the 190, the ball joints fall into the latter category. They deteriorate over time and if the warning...
  10. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Well Saturday some kind Taxi driver decided to use my car as an emergency brake, I was sat waiting patently at red traffic light waiting to turn right when with a loud bang the car shot forward. The result is: So I am taking to the body shop today, any idea of the cost of a new bumper with...
  11. South Africa
    Anyone on the forum maybe?
  12. Alfa 164 & 166
    So, my friendly local taxi firm decided to do this to my car this morning while I was sleeping off a night shift. :mad: Apparently the guy was quite happy to drive off and leave it, but the neighbour who had called the taxi has given me all his details and says his car is damaged too. I've no...
  13. General Motoring Discussion
    I'll take you anywhere in style, Jesus this car is bleeding me dry of cash:eek::eek: it is worth it, but the money seems to vanish into Captain Kirk's underpants 2 figure hugging back seats, so no fat ar$es
  14. Alfa Giulietta
    Yep, I arrived in Rome this morning and compared to my trip here last year, there are a lot more G's around, including the first one I have seen as a Rome cab. I wonder if the passengers find the rear door handle ok.
  15. General Motoring Discussion
    Driving home from work through Weybridge this evening I witnessed a knob driving a VW Sharan minicab (AW03 AOF). Number one: He was parked on the side of the road, facing the oncoming traffic. Nothing coming in his direction, he set off which involved pulling across a car coming towards him on...
  16. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hello Guys, Just wanted some advice on this question. Im a taxi driver in the Kent area and im looking at putting my own car on and have been looking at a few options and i must say that the 159 is the best looking car so far. Anyway do you think that it would stand upto the job of being a taxi...
  17. Alfa 164 & 166
    just thought i'd pop into the big lads lounge to share this with you. this was parked around the corner from me in Nottingham, and was decal'd for the screwball rally, does anyone here own/know it? cheers shrew
  18. Motoring Images
    Spotted in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, Rome. Lousy photo, I know.
  19. Alfa 155
    Just thought you all might like to see the latest Alfa that is now licensed and "Hacking" around the streets of Liverpool, I have to say its almost the perfect taxi, very roomy, huge boot ( you could put at least 4 or 5 chavs in with no probs) the punters can find the rear door handles unlike...
  20. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I love my new 2002 156 2.4 JTD! It's pretty, it's comfy, goes and handles brilliantly!! It is noisy though, particularly at start up. Are they all like this? It sounds like a London taxi, which goes against it's slick lines! I had cam belt, waterpump etc done a couple of weeks ago, and an oil...
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