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by davieb
Mon 06 Nov, 2017 16:04
Forum: Better Driving
Topic: You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......
Replies: 6
Views: 275

You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......

An interesting bit of signage, on the A380 at Newton Abbot heading for Torquay. There is a small village called Kingskerswell between Newton Abbot and Torquay. The 380 is dualled, but it goes down to a single carriageway flyover at the (Penn Inn) roundabout/junction for Newton Abbot, then it goes ba...
by davieb
Wed 05 Jul, 2017 17:05
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Indies (?) in Central Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Indies (?) in Central Scotland

Hi Guys Would any of you care to let me have names of independent garages in Central Scotland who could potentially use a new mechanic? I have a nephew returning from New Zealand in a couple of weeks, who is looking for a job. His recent history included working at the police garage at Tulliallan fo...
by davieb
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 16:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which Outdoor Cover?
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Which Outdoor Cover?

I didn't have a good experience with an expensive Hamilton car cover. Within a few months of buying it, I found that every time I took it off, it was wet underneath. This was in a rather wet autumn. I spoke to one of the Hamilton staff at the NEC classic car show, and he fobbed it off with "it must ...
by davieb
Wed 26 Oct, 2016 14:23
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: I Own BMW Z3M Roadster (Old Top Gear 1998) Need More Info??
Replies: 16
Views: 2450

Re: I Own BMW Z3M Roadster (Old Top Gear 1998) Need More Inf

Small world.. I won some tickets to Top Gear Live back around '98 or 99 and in the arena part of it, someone was looning around in an M roadster. I've just found a pic I took of it and find that it is an Estoril M Roadster reg R404 VJB driven by someone looking like Tiff. If I can remember how to po...
by davieb
Tue 06 Sep, 2016 11:37
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: HPI check - can you believe it?
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: HPI check - can you believe it?

BladeRunner919 wrote:
davieb wrote: Just a word of caution, not to believe everything you read.
Does that mean you made the whole thing up? :lol:
Maybe..
by davieb
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 17:22
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: HPI check - can you believe it?
Replies: 3
Views: 782

HPI check - can you believe it?

Hi My son was selling his E46 M3 (still is actually). Had a buyer all set to come down to Devon from London to buy it - coming by train, quite a confident potential sale. The guy phones up a few days ago, says he has done an HPI check and it's showing as written off. News to my son, so there ensued ...
by davieb
Thu 21 Jan, 2016 16:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: No more interest in M Roadster and Coupe?
Replies: 15
Views: 2735

Re: No more interest in M Roadster and Coupe?

Before I bought my MC, I looked on various forums as they give you an excellent insight into owners' thoughts about the vehicle. I had a Cerbera in mind and unfortunately (or fortunately) the feeling I came away with was that there were too many TVR owners grumbling about their cars. There was nothi...
by davieb
Mon 11 Jan, 2016 17:06
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot - three in 5 minutes!
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Re: Newton Abbot - three in 5 minutes!

Yes, very good....
by davieb
Mon 11 Jan, 2016 10:39
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot - three in 5 minutes!
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Newton Abbot - three in 5 minutes!

D2*** at Halcyon Road
V3*** at the B&Q roundabout

and a black x-reg, a lady I see a few times a week who has just put some nice wheels on it.
by davieb
Mon 26 Oct, 2015 09:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Easy MOT history check for any car
Replies: 27
Views: 1798

Re: Easy MOT history check for any car

A few years ago, I bought an M3. I ran the check and found that it had failed the MOT a week or two before, on grounds of a cracked alloy. I gave the salesman some grief over it and he told me that it was because the wheel had been kerbed! He rabbited on about it being a broad heading. At that point...
by davieb
Tue 13 Oct, 2015 09:27
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 2003 3.0i Sport Edition Roadster Individual
Replies: 42
Views: 6903

Re: New Beginnings...

Hi Chris

I did wonder what you had been up to.

Cheers
Dave
by davieb
Tue 13 Oct, 2015 08:40
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Just saw this on the bbc website
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Just saw this on the bbc website

Where this happened is a coastal footpath and a while back I think I saw a sign telling you that cycling wasn't allowed either. I looked at the closest part to the road on Streetview, where it appears there is a gate, which is probably padlocked. The local paper tells us that the driver was not loca...
by davieb
Fri 14 Aug, 2015 16:45
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Love the registration!
Replies: 5
Views: 977

Re: Love the registration!

I spotted TU55POT on the M6 a couple of months ago. Would you drive about with that?
by davieb
Fri 12 Jun, 2015 11:02
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot - 2 in ten minutes
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Newton Abbot - 2 in ten minutes

A dark green one, memorised the plate but an hour on, it's gone. Then a white one, reg beginning 'EK'.
by davieb
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 14:01
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 1600 miles round the north of N Scotland and back to Devon
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: 1600 miles round the north of N Scotland and back to Dev

Hi For what it's worth, a few assorted comments: M5/M6 up to Carlisle - nothing much of note, except a panicky moment at Bristol when I saw a sign to the effect that the road management system had ceased and speed limits no longer applied, around the M4 junction. I didn't even notice that there had ...
by davieb
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 17:22
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 1600 miles round the north of N Scotland and back to Devon
Replies: 5
Views: 688

1600 miles round the north of N Scotland and back to Devon

..and all I saw were two zeds: 1) a week past Friday, in the car park of the St Duthus Hotel in Tain, north of Inverness. Looked as if it might be long-term parked; and 2) a week past Saturday leaving Glasgow on the M74 at lunchtime ** ** TZZ Then this morning, unconnected to the Scottish trip, a mi...
by davieb
Thu 23 Apr, 2015 13:25
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot - 2 in 20 minutes
Replies: 0
Views: 277

Newton Abbot - 2 in 20 minutes

Metallic blue "DGF" and a black one "CEP".
by davieb
Sat 24 Jan, 2015 14:15
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Cornish Z3
Replies: 14
Views: 2183

Re: Cornish Z3

As regards your wheels, I don't know how far you want to travel, but I'd recommend a firm in Exeter - http://www.southwestwheelrepairs.com/index.html - good guys, did an excellent job on some wheels for me, and seeing some of the quality motors in the garage (Ferrari, Porsche etc), it might give you...
by davieb
Sat 03 Jan, 2015 13:53
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Any 118d sport owners
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Re: Any 118d sport owners

I've had a 125i M Sport for about 2 years, no complaints about anything - can't comment on any diesel-related probs, in fact I'm well chuffed.
by davieb
Thu 13 Nov, 2014 09:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hamilton external car cover
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Hamilton external car cover

I bought one for my MCoupe a few months ago, reasonable fit, but not really tailored to the car, in my opinion. First time I took it off, the car was a touch wet. I checked the Hamilton website and it says (if I recall) that it takes a small amount of time to 'acclimatise'. OK, no problem and any ot...
by davieb
Fri 07 Nov, 2014 10:21
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Possibly Yeovil Festival of Transport circa 1999
Replies: 0
Views: 271

Possibly Yeovil Festival of Transport circa 1999

Red Z1 reg F***DDY

Anyone here?
by davieb
Wed 22 Oct, 2014 08:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Lexus GS300 2001 *SOLD*
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Lexus GS300 2001

About three or four years ago, I borrowed one for a few days and was well impressed, such that I wanted to ditch having new-ish cars and settle with that. My wife, of course, wouldn't let me - based on the look of it. If I didn't have four vehicles already, I'd have it.
by davieb
Sat 09 Aug, 2014 15:46
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Buckled wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Buckled wheel

Walloped? A mere flesh wound..

No it was the nearside front, I took it off and you could barely see the dent; but it was mentioned as an advisory so it's now sorted. I'm having the offside rear blemish sorted next week - the one I kissed the island kerb with.
by davieb
Thu 31 Jul, 2014 11:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: Dash Cams

I've just bought a Transcend DrivePro 200 (front facing only), which was about £80 from Amazon. Well impressed with the quality, easy of operation etc. Easily removed out of sight as well.
by davieb
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 09:49
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Buckled wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Buckled wheel

Hi Many thanks for the comments. When I read the word 'buckled', I did panic a bit, but having dug further into it after your comments, I realise it might not be a big deal. For anyone else in the Devon area, I've been told that South West Wheel Repairs (http://www.southwestwheelrepairs.com/index.ht...
by davieb
Tue 22 Jul, 2014 09:36
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Buckled wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Buckled wheel

Just took the Z1 for its MOT and was told that there is an advisory for a 'slightly buckled wheel'. Clearly it didn't fail on it, so it should be reasonably safe. However, not knowing much about wheels I have to ask a couple of naïve questions: 1) Can it be regarded as safe? 2) Can it be repaired? 3...
by davieb
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 15:34
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot again
Replies: 0
Views: 261

Newton Abbot again

Spotted yesterday, a red zed, outside Gorman's scrapyard. Hopefully just visiting...
by davieb
Mon 19 May, 2014 14:03
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Saturday Devon - Red Z1 and a couple of Z3s
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Saturday Devon - Red Z1 and a couple of Z3s

Saturday morning, coming out of Newton Abbot headed for Teignmouth, a black Z1. Lunchtime, heading down Totnes bypass, another black Z3 waiting at the lights as I turned down the hill in the M Coupe. Then I passed a red Z1 as I headed out towards Dartington. Poor show on my part as I missed it - onl...
by davieb
Tue 18 Mar, 2014 09:06
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: First proper drive in the Z1
Replies: 12
Views: 1056

Re: First proper drive in the Z1

Hi Guys

Thanks for the comments.

I gave Jonny his plates back yesterday and will be getting some unimpressive H reg plates on it soon, then get the roof off and enjoy the sunshine. Ian - thanks for the offer, I'll probably take you up on that.

Dave
by davieb
Thu 13 Mar, 2014 17:36
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: First proper drive in the Z1
Replies: 12
Views: 1056

Re: First proper drive in the Z1

My wife loves the car, loves the look of it, and doesn't have a problem with old cars (or old-ish) (we've done 70k miles in the M Coupe). But she was getting severely paranoid about my middle of the road driving.
by davieb
Wed 12 Mar, 2014 16:45
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: First proper drive in the Z1
Replies: 12
Views: 1056

First proper drive in the Z1

Other than picking up the car from London and driving in horrendous rain back to Devon, today looked like a good day to take it out on Dartmoor, so here it is. For some reason, I kept getting told off by my other half, for driving in the middle of the road - I guess it takes time to get used to the ...
by davieb
Wed 12 Mar, 2014 16:34
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: 1998 BMW prices
Replies: 7
Views: 894

1998 BMW prices

Clearing out a wardrobe, I came across the following - a price list from 1998 for the entire BMW range. Someone might find it of interest:

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by davieb
Mon 03 Mar, 2014 15:08
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: On Google maps, north west of Taunton
Replies: 2
Views: 540

On Google maps, north west of Taunton

Just been looking at Google maps, on the A358 between Taunton and Bishops Lydeard. There's a junction on this road, with a turning for Cotford St Luke, and about 200/300 yds north of the Junction is a silver Z3. The plates are, of course obliterated.
by davieb
Thu 27 Feb, 2014 09:08
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough decision - selling Z1
Replies: 18
Views: 2576

Re: Tough decision - selling Z1

Yes, I am that man, picking it up on Sunday.

Thereafter, do I use the Z1, or do I use the M Coupe? Difficult choice - unless the sun's shining! Then no argument.
by davieb
Fri 21 Feb, 2014 09:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M Roadster Parts
Replies: 51
Views: 7496

Re: M Roadster Parts

Is the clock available? Edit: And does it work?
by davieb
Thu 09 Jan, 2014 11:19
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Hi Fi and record deck set up.
Replies: 15
Views: 1079

Re: Hi Fi and record deck set up.

Hi Yes, I'm another old hippy who's got Tonto. Still have it on vinyl. but recently found it on CD. Can't remember where I got it from, but yes an epic LP/CD! I've also still got almost every bit of kit from that era as well. Original system was: Pioneer PL12D deck, Armstrong 626 tuner amp and Acous...
by davieb
Thu 22 Aug, 2013 17:19
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot (almost)
Replies: 0
Views: 415

Newton Abbot (almost)

Blue M Roadster spotted in Kingsteignton, reg SUE***

Nice to see these on the road.
by davieb
Fri 14 Jun, 2013 11:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Jetsons' Z3
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Jetsons' Z3

I spotted it at the NEC Classic show in November:

Image

Not sure if that's a better view or not.
by davieb
Tue 28 May, 2013 08:58
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Torquay/Newton Abbot Friday
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Torquay/Newton Abbot Friday

Bit dangerous when the sun shines..
by davieb
Mon 27 May, 2013 08:37
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Torquay/Newton Abbot Friday
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Torquay/Newton Abbot Friday

Three in the space of a couple of hours:

Black MR at the Penn Inn 925am

1.9 in Asda car park, Newton Rd Torquay about 1020am

And a blue one flew past me heading towards Exeter about 1150am
by davieb
Sun 21 Apr, 2013 13:28
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Newton Abbot - 4 in one day, yesterday!
Replies: 0
Views: 260

Newton Abbot - 4 in one day, yesterday!

And one day it'll be someone on here.

Looked like Estoril in the morning, and a lime green one a bit later, think it had a local numberplate (TOD?)

Later on in the day, two silver zeds, the second about 5pm - sorry, only just saw you, but I think you spotted my MC.
by davieb
Tue 16 Apr, 2013 11:03
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Red Z1 Glasgow last Tuesday
Replies: 0
Views: 270

Red Z1 Glasgow last Tuesday

Great Western Road going east, mid morning.
by davieb
Mon 25 Mar, 2013 09:25
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Who else is fed up of this blooming weather..
Replies: 35
Views: 2191

Re: Who else is fed up of this blooming weather..

Well, I'm heading up to the Highlands for a week's holiday in 2 weeks time, so I'm hoping it "returns to normal" soon. [What's normal?]
by davieb
Wed 20 Mar, 2013 12:19
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: TAM and JKO spotted in Devon
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: TAM and JKO spotted in Devon

Silver one this morning in Newton Abbot - "HDL" at the end.
by davieb
Sun 03 Mar, 2013 09:33
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: TAM and JKO spotted in Devon
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: TAM and JKO spotted in Devon

Highly likely the same one, as it was in the car wash opposite the hospital.
by davieb
Fri 01 Mar, 2013 17:13
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: THIS IS TEMPTING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1060

Re: THIS IS TEMPTING!

Oddly enough, it cost £10k, and I eventually sold it for £10k. So if there was the potential of a £10k bill leaping out at me, I would have been brave to ignore it. Call me sad if you want, but at the end of the day we all make decisions on the basis of the information available to us. Don't know if...
by davieb
Fri 01 Mar, 2013 14:11
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: TAM and JKO spotted in Devon
Replies: 7
Views: 484

TAM and JKO spotted in Devon

"TAM" yesterday in Newton Abbot, haven't seen that reg around here before. And S***JKO in Torquay this morning, M Roadster
by davieb
Fri 01 Mar, 2013 14:07
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: THIS IS TEMPTING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1060

Re: THIS IS TEMPTING!

I had an 850 about ten years ago, and loved every minute. Absolutely lovely motor and obviously distinctive - I'd get people asking me what it was, on a daily basis. Yes, it was my daily driver and I would usually get something like 17, 18 mpg each fill up. I went to Scotland a few times in it and g...
by davieb
Fri 01 Mar, 2013 13:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 bo

After watching the Watchdog programme in September, and aslo proud owner of '57 plate M3, I phoned BMW - an 0800 number for this purpose. I was slightly taken aback when they told me that it might take 8 weeks for the local dealer to contact me. So now, some 20 weeks later, no contact so I enquired ...
by davieb
Wed 06 Feb, 2013 10:32
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Other ride?
Replies: 42
Views: 2344

Re: Other ride?

'57 reg M3.