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MB_Avro_UK
10-13-2005, 02:33 PM
My diesel Rover (aged 7 years with 130,000 miles on the clock) blew up today. I think that the head gasket blew.

I was driving along when I noticed a cloud of smoke behind me in the rear view mirror (similar to IL2).

The revs went off the scale (similar to IL2).

I cut the ignition but the engine continued revving (similar to IL2).

I sought a place to park that was safe (similar to IL2).

I parked up but I was surrounded by black smoke and the engine was about to burst. I undid my harness and ran. (similar to IL2).

I watched from about 25 yards away as the engine continued in self destruct mode but could not see the vehicle for a mushroom cloud of black smoke. (similar to IL2).

But I did not lie on the ground with my hand over my head. (not similar to IL2).

Eventually, the engine died and north London could breath more easily.

A couple of minutes later the Fire Brigade arrived called by a nearby homeowner.They put some stuff on the muck that came out of the exhaust. (not similar to IL2).

I met a pal for a couple of beers afterwards and he had no sympathy but laughed. (similar to IL2 Squad mates).

And no points (similar to IL2).

Life and IL2 are similar at times http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Best Regards,
A walking MB_Avro

MB_Avro_UK
10-13-2005, 02:33 PM
My diesel Rover (aged 7 years with 130,000 miles on the clock) blew up today. I think that the head gasket blew.

I was driving along when I noticed a cloud of smoke behind me in the rear view mirror (similar to IL2).

The revs went off the scale (similar to IL2).

I cut the ignition but the engine continued revving (similar to IL2).

I sought a place to park that was safe (similar to IL2).

I parked up but I was surrounded by black smoke and the engine was about to burst. I undid my harness and ran. (similar to IL2).

I watched from about 25 yards away as the engine continued in self destruct mode but could not see the vehicle for a mushroom cloud of black smoke. (similar to IL2).

But I did not lie on the ground with my hand over my head. (not similar to IL2).

Eventually, the engine died and north London could breath more easily.

A couple of minutes later the Fire Brigade arrived called by a nearby homeowner.They put some stuff on the muck that came out of the exhaust. (not similar to IL2).

I met a pal for a couple of beers afterwards and he had no sympathy but laughed. (similar to IL2 Squad mates).

And no points (similar to IL2).

Life and IL2 are similar at times http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Best Regards,
A walking MB_Avro

danjama
10-13-2005, 02:38 PM
LOL thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

faustnik
10-13-2005, 02:39 PM
Glad to hear you are OK! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I parked up but I was surrounded by black smoke and the engine was about to burst. I undid my harness and ran. (similar to IL2). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Did you do the pilot dive into the ground?

NorrisMcWhirter
10-13-2005, 02:49 PM
where's the bit about some noob turning up and taking pot shots at you while you were 'finding a place to park that was safe..." only to have them rear end you moments after because they had a big lag spike?

Ta,
Norris

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
10-13-2005, 02:53 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Glad your ok mate and thanks for the chuckle http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Just traded in my old diesel for petrol and I can tell you its the first time I have noticed my fuel gage. Bloody thing drains like some one put a hole in my wing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif My wallet misses it already

F16_Neo
10-13-2005, 03:07 PM
We want .trk & screenshots! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
Hope you're insured!

Chuck_Older
10-13-2005, 03:32 PM
Head gasket failure usually results in dense white 'smoke' due to coolant getting into the combustion chambers. Sounds like fuel delivery problems to me, since it kept revving and wouldn't shut off.

getting out of the vehicle and not sticking around was very wise

If you had run away and put your hands over your head like in Il2, you might have gotten your picture in the paper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Amnio
10-13-2005, 03:39 PM
I've heard the same thing happening to an older model VW Golf diesel. Turned out that a crack caused the engine to start burning oil rather than petrol, which in turn caused the the whole thing to overrev uncontrollably like in your description. I believe he managed to strangle the engine though.

Did you ask your insurance company if you could "press refly"? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oh, and thanks for a good read and sorry about your car.

MB_Avro_UK
10-13-2005, 03:45 PM
Thanks for your replies guys.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

It's just that I got attached to the ol' girl and she has seen me through a few difficult times.Sad to see her go this way http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

File_404
10-13-2005, 04:54 PM
I know how you feel http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif
The same happened to my old beetle 5 years ago http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Taylortony
10-13-2005, 04:55 PM
An engine might not be that expensive, since Rover went to the wall http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif they were renowned for good engines, especially in the early Honda days...... price one, you might be suprised, even from a breakers, depends if you can bang it in yourself................ sorry to hear this happened to you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Oilburner_TAW
10-13-2005, 04:57 PM
Had this happen to me in an old truck before (only happens in diesels). If it's turbocharged and the bearing in the turbo goes out it will start pulling oil into the engine and burning it instead. Always good to keep a rag or something around to stop a runaway.

Now you have a hint at how I got my callsign http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JG52_Manteo
10-13-2005, 05:13 PM
At least it happened while you were only taxiing. Srry bout your old girl. Glad you are OK.

fordfan25
10-13-2005, 05:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
My diesel Rover (aged 7 years with 130,000 miles on the clock) blew up today. I think that the head gasket blew.

I was driving along when I noticed a cloud of smoke behind me in the rear view mirror (similar to IL2).

The revs went off the scale (similar to IL2).

I cut the ignition but the engine continued revving (similar to IL2).

I sought a place to park that was safe (similar to IL2).

I parked up but I was surrounded by black smoke and the engine was about to burst. I undid my harness and ran. (similar to IL2).

I watched from about 25 yards away as the engine continued in self destruct mode but could not see the vehicle for a mushroom cloud of black smoke. (similar to IL2).

But I did not lie on the ground with my hand over my head. (not similar to IL2).

Eventually, the engine died and north London could breath more easily.

A couple of minutes later the Fire Brigade arrived called by a nearby homeowner.They put some stuff on the muck that came out of the exhaust. (not similar to IL2).

I met a pal for a couple of beers afterwards and he had no sympathy but laughed. (similar to IL2 Squad mates).

And no points (similar to IL2).

Life and IL2 are similar at times http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Best Regards,
A walking MB_Avro </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

shoulda bought a FORD. 220,000 HARD miles on my 92 f150's 5.0 and shes out running my friends new toyta with that new super v8 LMAO. but all jokeing aside sorry to hear about your prob. i would say i know how you feel but...well i always drove a FORD LOL http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif J/K

p1ngu666
10-13-2005, 06:08 PM
ford name there cars after dodgy pr0n mags http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

fordfan25
10-13-2005, 10:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by p1ngu666:
ford name there cars after dodgy pr0n mags http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

?? never heard that befor.

LEBillfish
10-13-2005, 10:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
I met a pal for a couple of beers afterwards and he had no sympathy but laughed. (similar to IL2 Squad mates) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

heh http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Hiriyu
10-13-2005, 10:56 PM
Sorry to hear about your trouble, Avro. I'd follow Taylortony's advice though, as it will be much cheaper than replacing the entire vehicle, and quite easy to do.

That said, I recently had an automotive experience which really had me thinking 'IL2'. I was driving a friend's ancient Toyota HiLux pickup on a quick Saturday morning delivery run from Los Angeles to San Diego and back. Thanks to the dodgy steering, brakes (vacuum boost was apparently non fuctional), and the heavy cargo load of a BMW engine in the bed behind me, I found that I needed to apply rather more opposite rudder than I would have ideally liked. Still, the trip southward was fairly unevenful.

On the trip back, about 25 miles from home, I encountered some heavy stop and go traffic and found myself using 1st and second gear exclusively. During one downshift to 1st while rolling slowly, I heard the funny and characteristic diminishing 'clink, clink, clink...' that a piece of hardware makes as it falls from your vehicle and bounces down the road behind you. I optimistically told myself that it was probably just part of an exhaust hanger or something equally inconsequential.

That delusion held for about 30 seconds or so, when traffic started moving forward more briskly, and I attempted to shift to second gear. I say attempted, because at that moment the shifter decided to depart the vehicle entirely and left me holding a naked gearlever inside the cabin, with nothing attached to its underside. It became immediately apparent to me that being the driver of a 30 year old Toyota which is stuck in first gear while on a Califonia freeway with traffic accelerating around you is not actually much fun at all.

I managed to limp the poor thing off of the freeway and found a vacant parking lot to see what I could do. Never say die, says I. Though I was still a ways off from home, I rationalized that my workshop was only about a 10 mile drive away from my present location via surface streets through relatively deserted industrial areas, and that I could probably make it there without much trouble or the hassle of a tow.

I managed to jimmy the gear selector shaft on the transmission to third gear as a happy medium between speed and torque (1st and second are really short on this vehicle). The actual trip back to my shop was to be an excercise in advance planning and maneuvering which was really quite similar to limping home a damaged Wildcat for a carrier landing in IL2.

Lose too much roadspeed, whammo, no torque to get me moving smoothly again without slipping the clutch to death. Lose too much engine speed, stall. And so on. It was actually a gas trying to apex some right-hand turns just right, so that I wouldn't have to lift or brake, and was no doubt of some amusement to my fellow motorists too - it's not everyday here that you see guys driving around in elderly HiLux pickups, taking the racing line flat through intersections =).

I parked the thing at my shop, and went home to fire up IL2.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
10-13-2005, 11:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
Head gasket failure usually results in dense white 'smoke' due to coolant getting into the combustion chambers. Sounds like fuel delivery problems to me, since it kept revving and wouldn't shut off.

getting out of the vehicle and not sticking around was very wise

If you had run away and put your hands over your head like in Il2, you might have gotten your picture in the paper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


This is common in standard fuel driven engines, Unleaded, super, etc. becuase they use a spark plug to ingnite the fuel mixture. Diesels are entirelly different, they dont use spark to ingite the fuel, it uses compression and heat, the diesel mixture is compressed and combined with the heat it explodes, this is why diesels can sometimes continue to run after you have shut the engine off(provides there is a fualt somewhere). An electical or mechanical failure can continue to feed fuel and as long as the engine rotates(and has fuel), so shall it continue to run.

Good to hear your ok and ran from the vehicle.

woofiedog
10-13-2005, 11:39 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Sorry to hear the passing of your faithful ride. Good story though! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Shadow1706
10-14-2005, 12:10 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by _VR_ScorpionWorm:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
Head gasket failure usually results in dense white 'smoke' due to coolant getting into the combustion chambers. Sounds like fuel delivery problems to me, since it kept revving and wouldn't shut off.

getting out of the vehicle and not sticking around was very wise

If you had run away and put your hands over your head like in Il2, you might have gotten your picture in the paper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


This is common in standard fuel driven engines, Unleaded, super, etc. becuase they use a spark plug to ingnite the fuel mixture. Diesels are entirelly different, they dont use spark to ingite the fuel, it uses compression and heat, the diesel mixture is compressed and combined with the heat it explodes, this is why diesels can sometimes continue to run after you have shut the engine off(provides there is a fualt somewhere). An electical or mechanical failure can continue to feed fuel and as long as the engine rotates(and has fuel), so shall it continue to run.

Good to hear your ok and ran from the vehicle. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And that is the reason why there usually is a fuel cut-off switch somewhere in the engine compartment. If that doesn't help clogging the air intake usually does the trick.

MB_Avro_UK
10-14-2005, 08:46 AM
Do you want the good news about my Rover??...there isn't any !!

Last week it was serviced and two days ago I filled the tank and also had a new battery fitted for the winter.

I've decided to scrap it and a kind scrapyard dealer has offered to dispose of it at no charge to me....

Skoda Octavia for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

tigertalon
10-14-2005, 08:59 AM
Glad you made it out unharmed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Yep, diesels can go crazy sometimes... you cannot cut electricity coz they have none, lol.

RAF23-Chainsaw
10-14-2005, 09:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
Do you want the good news about my Rover??...there isn't any !!

Last week it was serviced and two days ago I filled the tank and also had a new battery fitted for the winter.

I've decided to scrap it and a kind scrapyard dealer has offered to dispose of it at no charge to me....

Skoda Octavia for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good idea. probleby the best thing you have done...

F19_Ob
10-14-2005, 09:23 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
I'm glad u could bail before anything worse happened.
Hilarious comparison with il-2 though despite your loss.
Good show m8. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Slechtvalk
10-14-2005, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the good laugh! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

You didn't searched for the control E button while trying to get out I hope though..

Endrju
10-14-2005, 11:32 AM
Avro, just click refly button and there is no problem http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

MB_Avro_UK
10-14-2005, 03:05 PM
It was very spooky standing about 25 yards away and hearing the ol' girls engine screaming away at impossible revs yet not being able to see her through the mushroom cloud http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

I was waiting to see four pistons punching their way out like mortars!!

Maybe I should have gone for the cut out switch but with no refly option I decided to give it a miss!!

My clothes stank of diesel after this. Being almost trapped in the cockpit before I could stop was almost scary http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

Pirschjaeger
10-14-2005, 08:57 PM
I'm glad you were smart enough to stop your Rover. You know, a few guyz in here might have bailed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

You must have been driving solo and got jumped by a BMW. BnZ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Fritz

JR_Greenhorn
10-15-2005, 12:07 AM
In my neck of the woods, on our side of the pond, one always hears stories from diesel mechanics about runaway "Green Gernades" (Detroit Diesels), and how they can be stopped by slapping a ping pong paddle down over the air intake. In fact, I've even heard a story about a mechanic who, without a ping pong paddle at hand, stopped a runaway Green Gernade by dropping his trousers and firmly pressing his bum over the intake. Whether the story is true or not is debatable, but I wouldn't reccomend trying it.

Pirschjaeger
10-15-2005, 02:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JR_Greenhorn:
In my neck of the woods, on our side of the pond, one always hears stories from diesel mechanics about runaway "Green Gernades" (Detroit Diesels), and how they can be stopped by slapping a ping pong paddle down over the air intake. In fact, I've even heard a story about a mechanic who, without a ping pong paddle at hand, stopped a runaway Green Gernade by dropping his trousers and firmly pressing his bum over the intake. Whether the story is true or not is debatable, but I wouldn't reccomend trying it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

C'mon Greenhorn, admit it, you were caught sitting on the job and your boss didn't accept that excuse either. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

You did invent the human siren though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Fritz

Trollisboy
10-15-2005, 01:03 PM
1, Sorry for your car http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

2, Great simulation betwin real life and IL-2 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

MvH Anders "Trollis" Bernhardsson

Grue_
10-15-2005, 04:11 PM
A Rover 100 (Metro) went past me at 110 on the A21 last week. "That's not something you see every day" I thought to myself.

He got about two hundred yards in front of me and his engine let go in a cloud of steam and oil smoke http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Sorry to hear about your 'forced landing' Avro! You weren't on the North Circular were you? My mate broke down in the outside lane in the rush hour a few weeks ago. Everyone offered him useful advice as they squeezed past. Mostly unrepeatable on the forum of course.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
10-15-2005, 09:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Shadow1706:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by _VR_ScorpionWorm:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
Head gasket failure usually results in dense white 'smoke' due to coolant getting into the combustion chambers. Sounds like fuel delivery problems to me, since it kept revving and wouldn't shut off.

getting out of the vehicle and not sticking around was very wise

If you had run away and put your hands over your head like in Il2, you might have gotten your picture in the paper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


This is common in standard fuel driven engines, Unleaded, super, etc. becuase they use a spark plug to ingnite the fuel mixture. Diesels are entirelly different, they dont use spark to ingite the fuel, it uses compression and heat, the diesel mixture is compressed and combined with the heat it explodes, this is why diesels can sometimes continue to run after you have shut the engine off(provides there is a fualt somewhere). An electical or mechanical failure can continue to feed fuel and as long as the engine rotates(and has fuel), so shall it continue to run.

Good to hear your ok and ran from the vehicle. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And that is the reason why there usually is a fuel cut-off switch somewhere in the engine compartment. If that doesn't help clogging the air intake usually does the trick. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I dont know about where you live, but this isnt available in the States, there are Fuel Inertia/cutoff switches, but those activate when impact is applied(read: auto wreck). There are also Fuel relays you can pull if your fast enough to avoid the smoke. Would seem kinda strange to put a fuel cutoff switch in any vehicle(for such cases), if there is an emergency you dont want to be caught scrambling around for the switch.

Cutting off the oxygen rich air flow does do the trick though.

Looking into a new vehicle from the Refinance menu? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Vipez-
10-16-2005, 09:12 AM
got track?

MB_Avro_UK
10-16-2005, 01:36 PM
hey Vipez !!

The track is in my brain and I will remember it forever http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

GreyFox5
10-16-2005, 10:24 PM
Glad your Ok M8 - I bet your glad you bailed. I hope you can find a replacement engine and get her back on the road. Now you have a good story for your friends! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Capt.LoneRanger
10-17-2005, 03:58 AM
ROFLOL

To bad to hear about your car being wrecked, but the way you told it, we all can imagine what it looked like http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I had a real life IL2-Situation, too, lately. I was driving on the Autobahn (guess I don't have to translate that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ), when I noticed some kind of smoketrail. As I drove on the trail grew thicker and thicker and then I saw a car in front of me with thick cloulds dark smoke coming out from beneath the car. (It really looked as silly as the smoke popping up under the planes in IL2 - I never thought it looked like this in reality until then)
It smelled like car-death and my first reaction was "Boy, you better RTB quickly."
I drove next to him to check where the smoke was coming from, just like in IL2 to check the damage and OMG, it really sounded like a critical engine hit in IL2!!!
I even stayed with him, left the Autobahn and watched him safely stop on the runway, er, exit, as I passed by him slowly.

nakamura_kenji
10-17-2005, 04:59 AM
not keep high gear hit brake with no clutch so engine stall and stop, engine braking think called do it bike stop quick only clutch end so no stop engine stall, no clutch engine rpm drop much and engine just stop. or you lazy have automatic ^_^?

uncle car fuel cut off switch i turn off sometime anoy him ^_^

Philipscdrw
10-17-2005, 08:58 AM
Ahh, Rovers...

Given that I'm (trying to become) a British mechanical engineer, I would like to have some pride in the last stand of our motor industry, but to be honest, if someone gave me a Rover, I'd sell it as soon as politely possible...

Land Rovers, on the other hand, are great. The older ones even come with a handy fuel cut-off control (which I mistook for a choke the first time I tried to drive one) which works, apparently, with a length of mechanical cable. No electrickery involved - if the engine needs to stop just pull the cut-off control, it's too simple to break!

And Fordfan - Jeremy Clarkson (Britain's leading motoring journalist) reviewed the F150 pickup-truck. His comment was something like "The worst vehicle I've ever driven was a Russian jeep in Hanoi. Emphasis on the word, 'was'..." and then he started ranting about interior panelling and the fact the F150 is the size of a small aircraft-carrier.

Lerxster
10-17-2005, 09:51 AM
Live to drive another day m8!

Glad you made it out alive http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cars suck...bought a diesel polo for 780 cost me 780 in repairs :P

Crack open that bottle of spitfire to salve your woes!

DxyFlyr
10-17-2005, 12:47 PM
Well, any landing you can walk away from...

SnapdLikeAMutha
10-17-2005, 03:00 PM
Rover engine damage is overmodelled!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Sorry to hear that but glad you're OK.

Rovers seem to like failing catastrophically don't they? My brother's Metro lasted until it was about 10 years old, then the whole suspension on one side basically just collapsed, was very funny cos we were in the car driving home at the time, all of a sudden *thump* I'm about 6" lower than my bro.

'Something's wrong' said I

'Definitely' said he

FWIW apparently if a car is in good nick you can make the engine stall by covering up the end of the exhaust pipe. I guess the gasses back up and stall the engine. Don't know if that's true or not but...I read it somewhere...

c172pilot
10-17-2005, 09:54 PM
My Saturn of 5 yrs cracked the head last week, now I cant get to my work that is 40 miles away. Im F**** and she only had 111,000 miles on her.

wayno7777
10-17-2005, 10:27 PM
I know where ya'll are coming from....

fordfan25
10-18-2005, 12:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Philipscdrw:
Ahh, Rovers...

Given that I'm (trying to become) a British mechanical engineer, I would like to have some pride in the last stand of our motor industry, but to be honest, if someone gave me a Rover, I'd sell it as soon as politely possible...

Land Rovers, on the other hand, are great. The older ones even come with a handy fuel cut-off control (which I mistook for a choke the first time I tried to drive one) which works, apparently, with a length of mechanical cable. No electrickery involved - if the engine needs to stop just pull the cut-off control, it's too simple to break!

And Fordfan - Jeremy Clarkson (Britain's leading motoring journalist) reviewed the F150 pickup-truck. His comment was something like "The worst vehicle I've ever driven was a Russian jeep in Hanoi. Emphasis on the word, 'was'..." and then he started ranting about interior panelling and the fact the F150 is the size of a small aircraft-carrier. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ah but there you go. BRITAINS leading motoring journalist. that would make him a decent 7/11 mens room attendent over hear LMAO http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. if im going to by a full sized truck i want it to be big. to big,whaaaa the panneling sux whaaa sounds like a sissy who should be driveing a pathfinder to take his kidds to soccer practice not pulling a 20,000 pound trailer. full of tools and equipment

when the new f150's hit thay were truck of the year in alot of mags like moter trend truck trend, im not a fan of the new styleing and even though the 4.6/5.4 motors are starting to not suck for HP i still dont think thay messure up to the old 5.0/5.8 push rods. overhead cam motors IMO dont belong in a truck. weak low end power IMO compared to push rods. also the body supsions are great. i will agree with any one who says ford has gone down hill the past 5 or so years in some respects. my step dads bronco with a 5.8HO had over 500,000 miles befor the oil pump went out and fried the gaskets. how ever 8 months after he can still walk out side turn the key and it start better than my new car :P.

chevys are prone to piston slap right off the floor "my 05 monte carlo is proof http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif " and dodge's trannies just plain suck goat %$!!& as do there electrical systems. toyotas are from my exp over hyped. iv seen plenty of those that are suposed to never break crack blocks. thay are IMO not a working mans class truck. there for ladys and yankee's. good for hauln light duty stuff. nissan last i knew made tough trucks. i dont know about now though. IMHO you cant beat a ford ranger for long lasting. there ugly plain jane's but thay keep on goin. so tell mister big shot over there when he wants to try it to bring over his fansy little BMW suv and we will chainm up and see who's frame comes loose first.... that is if BMW's not useing a uni http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif