ernieb

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ernieb last won the day on November 6 2018

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    XV SE 2.0i Premium Lineartronic 2018

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  1. Interesting, I’ve not had mine not open but have noticed a certain reluctance but put it down to cold hands rather than the car. From your posting it looks like there is an issue with the design as the UK temperatures are not the worst this car will see. Maybe the lubrication they are using is not cold weather tolerant? Thanks for posting.
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    Rear wheel bearings word of warning

    Interesting comments about potholes. We all can tell stories of potholes as most roads in the UK have them but the situation seems to be getting worse rather than better. Even worse now is the number of near misses I see where drivers try to avoid them swerving at the last second into traffic. I've just reported one outside our house that was repaired, badly, a few years ago but has very quickly reopened and is now 90 x 50cm and spits stones onto the drive. I've certainly seem cars with rims that have disintegrated as a result of potholes so the potential damage to the suspension and drive systems must be high. Anyway glad you got it sorted.
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    Bye bye folks

    Hope it all works for you with the new car it's always a shame when circumstances force a change that in your heart you really don't want. Ernie
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    Rear wheel bearings word of warning

    That looks to have been a real pain it the BTM!
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    Roofbox advice

    I don’t have a roof box but the wing bars are very good, super quiet. Happy Christmas and New Year to all.
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    Mud Guards Installed

    I had mine fitted as part of the deal, I usually throw that in at the end as a final sweetener! I see you have the CrossClimates fitted, very happy with mine.
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    A time to Step down :(

    @Dogconker good luck with the new car, I had an Isuzu Trooper 3.1D many years ago and that would tow my van up the side of the house if I asked it too. I’m sure this will e very similar, good luck with it.
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    Suspension rattle

    @Norrie, I hope you get the car fixed OK but it's a little worrying as the failures you'r experiencing should not be occurring at that milage. It's the kind of thing I'd have expected back in the 70's rather than with a modern car. It sounds potentially like a "batch" failure of the parts at the time your car was produced although that is little comfort to you.
  9. I've only done a few K on the Subaru but used them on the Skoda Yeti, there was still plenty of rubber after 34K when I sold the car so I've not run them to end of life. I think when I sold the car there was 5/6mm so should give many more miles. However, I bought the tyre in particular for it's wet and cold/wet performance which is what we seem to get most of the time in the UK. The SUV version of the CrossClimate is what I have fitted on the XV and I done about 2K and it shows no signs of any wear.
  10. On the Subaru I’ve fitted the CrossClimate SUV version of the tyre. I got mine from Costco when they offering £80 off a set of four. Just checked Costco are making the same offer till the 25th November, bought on line.
  11. I've used the CrossClimates on my previous car, Skoda Yeti, it proved to be very good in all kinds and types of weather. We travel from home to Derbyshire very frequently during the yea including the winter months. they have coped with quite heavy snow, 30cm, with no problems. They are "3 peaks" and retain there breaking and steering performance as the temperature drops below 7oC, unlike "summer tyres". They are made of a mixture or natural and synthetic "rubber" so retain there flexibility as compared to "summer" tyres which go hard as the temperature drops. The breaking performance is retained throughout the year. In the Subaru they feels well planted and I'm very happy with the ride and lower tyre noise as compared to the OEM tyres that were fitted. Before the CrossClimate tyres I used to do the summer/winter tyre change over, which meant storing one set of wheels/tyres when the alternate set were fitted as well as judging when to make the change? Check out some of the YouTube videos of tyre comparisons, its very convincing.
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    Windscreen Wipers for 2018 XV

    https://www.wiperblades.co.uk/xv-years-2011-to-2018-wiper-blades/bosch-sp26s-super-plus-spoiler-and-bosch-sp16-super-plus-twin-pack-wiper-blades Product Code: SP26S / SP16 This web site shows the "hook Arm" so should be correct.
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    Goodbye XV

    Great choice, the rear bumper protector works well on my XV.
  14. Thanks, looking good. I've just changed the OEM tyres to CrossClimates in anticipation!
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    Windscreen Wipers for 2018 XV

    I think the rear one 300mm is a Bosch H306