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    All the new things they can fine you for.

    In the aftermath of the latest set of new driving 'crimes' to be announced, I don't suppose many people would mind if they stepped up the penalty for hand-held phone users or tail-gaters. They both want shooting as far as I'm concerned. However, it's this 'hogging the middle lane' thing that...
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    Rear Wheel Noise - SEAT Leon

    Started getting a drumming from the rear when running on smooth surfaces (OK, yeah, how many of those are there?), which the pessimist in me assumed was a premature (26K) bearing failure. However, no wear was detectable when jacked up and the 'note' didn't changed when cornering either direction...
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    What's The Oddest Situation You've Driven In

    When I worked for BT, I was delivering some technical equipment at Heathrow to one of BA's Technical Blocks. When I enquired how I was supposed to get a hundredweight of gear up to the switchboard, the doorman pointed me to the lift and told me to drive my car into it. It was really weird...
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    Room 101 - "Ugly As A Bucket Of Frogs"

    Well, I thought, we've had "cars that are nearly perfect from the factory", so how about one that begs the question "What was the designer on at the time?" This'll give me somewhere to really put the Fiat Multipla - I realise that those who've got one probably thinks it's great, but...
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    Fitting odd shaped stuff in your car.

    Cue for a new thread? What's the most awkward load you ever got into your car? And I'm talking inanimate objects here - mothers-in-law and squabbling kids don't count. Stand back for a rash of "I got an entire boxing ring into my Marina estate once. When a copper pulled me over for overloading...
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    Rear parking sensors

    The only trouble with buying a new car from what's in stock, rather than wait 12 weeks for a specific order, is that you take what extras they've got. Mine came with a Bluetooth dashboard, which works just fine and dandy. However, I would like to fit rear parking sensors, and I see that...
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    New lamps for old

    Just got a brand new Leon, so I'm not thinking of anything too outlandish yet (just wait till the three years are up!) but I figure a few modest lighting upgrades can't hurt. I notice that according to the manual, the stop and tail light is a single filament bulb 'electronically controlled'. By...
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