As per the header. The neighbour has got a knackered car battery but he is
too nervous to just buy and fit a new one (he wants a main dealer to swap
I am getting a bit pissed off with having to keep jump starting the bloody
car - 5 times in the last two days.
When another neighbours car battery packed in this morning he just asked for
a lift to the motor factors for a new battery. £75 all done in 10 minutes
(apart from calling into the cafe for a full English on the way back from
If you can accept the guy is genuinely like that then I dont think you can
apply a number that is considered reasonable or otherwise.
You either help people in need or you dont.
What if you hurt your hand and needed help everytime a jar required
opening....what would be reasonable?
There is a line. It's between being in genuine need and taking advantage
of the generousity of others. ISTM the OPs neighbour has crossed this
line and is therefore not really "in need" he's taking the mick.
My personal view would be, help him once. If he comes knocking again
then jump him but only on the condition that he goes _directly_ to
the main dealer - with me driving behind (in case he breaks down en-
route). If he doesn't want to accept my terms, then it's "sorry: but
I've got all this stuff to get ready for christmas ...."
Tell him that each time you jump start it there is a small risk of corrupting
the firmware in the dash thus immobilising the vehicle.
I don't know if it's true, but that's what an AA patrol told me about a Honda
I looked in the wife's Mini the other day when topping up the screenwash
and realised that I don't actually know where the bloody battery
actually is! They've made everything else impossible/damn difficult to
DIY so I guess the battery was the last bastion of simplicity that
needed dealing with - bastards.
(I looked into it later and discovered apparantly you take the wide
plastic trim under the wipers off or something).
My VW is roughly where you'd expect to find a battery but even that
leaves some doubt about whether it would actually come out the box in
the clearance above it (ie it is half under the bulkhead).
So I can sort of understand it if the car is still newish...
Or when you have a big bloke in the back and they say "This seat is getting
warm". I forget for the moment what was causing the short, but it was a good
job the passenger was alert or it could have been very exciting.
I suspect that I wouldn't be able to find my way into a TVR since having
to knock on the door while holding one's nose and standing in a bucket
of salt water wouldn't be the first thing that would occur to me when I
couldn't find a door handle. And I don't think Bristol let riff-raff
like me past their doors.
Not as ugly as the Dodge Caliber. Stopped next to one at the lights the
other day. I'd not seen one before and was curious as to who had
unleashed such a monstrosity on British roads. Then I saw it's American,
which explained it all - the land of ugly cars.
I drove one as a hire car in Italy. One of the worst hire cars ever IMO.
The turbodiesel engine is sourced from VW so it's not bad. The
transmission is, however, some dreadful lashup and it has terrible
torque steer. General build quality as you would expect, rubbish.
Badly thought out interior, it pretends to be an SUV-lite but the
seating and luggage arrangements don't live up to the idea.
On Dec 26, 10:29 pm, % email@example.com (Steve Firth) wrote:
Not all American cars are bad. Some are rather good. But best suited
to their home market. And generally speaking, the Americans do bigger
cars better. Some of the worst cars I've had have been American. So
have some of the best.
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