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    Leics, UK
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    Mercedes E350 CDi Blutec Cabriolet
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    Lunar Freelander 640EW Twin Axle

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  1. Most electronic components are manufactured in the Far East, regardless of the brand you buy. Not just China but many are made in Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. Even the "silicon valley giants" such as Intel and Texas manufacture their components in Asia. We are not going for a machine with DVD player as DVDs are pretty much obsolete nowadays. The machine we are looking at has a usb port for an external drive anyway so we can store anything we need on a flash drive and play back from that, Much more flexible and reliable than DVD and it means we lose the weight of i) the drive unit and ii) all the DVDs. It may only be a kilo or two but it all adds up. With regard to voltage of TV's most use different voltages for different components so be careful if using anything but the original power supply, or 230v feed if that is what it's built for. An average display panel uses a number of different voltages between 4.3 and 48v, the tuner might use another voltage and the amplifier different again. The best quality machines have a shielded power supply connected to the input voltage to supply all of the different voltages needed whilst lesser makes and models will supply a single voltage to all components and then step up or down on each circuit board, or part of a board. Some machines even have a multi pin power supply which feeds several +ve voltages and a common negative. feeding the wrong voltage to the wrong component is almost always fatal. We've ordered the van a Cello for Christmas, our next trip away being Dorset over New Year. We've just been contemplating the rechargeable model but have decided the smart option will suit better. Sadly you can't have both on one model.
  2. Eric - priceless. Are any of those unnecessary tools any good at removing the tea I just spat all over my keyboard?
  3. Cello TV's are all manufactured in the UK. Of course, where the components come from is any bodies guess. I've come across Vestel before as our "Panasonic" is actually a Vestel. Anyone who reads that thread be aware there are a great number of inaccuracies in it as to how to identify a Vestel made TV. I think we are going to go for this TV, despite the excellent question Andy asks .. do we need 12vfor example? No, but it will be nice to have. The only time we are ever off grid is once a year when we visit a Beer festival and use the pub's camping field with no services. We rarely have time to watch TV on that weekend anyway! Actually, do we need a TV at all. We've never had one before and rarely watch TV at home but the ability to put something on for the kids to watch during their pre bedtime quiet time would be welcome. I also agree that full HD is hardly needed on small screen TV's, anything under 30" and your hardly going to notice it, added to which the media quality will more often be the limiting factor, not the panels spec.
  4. If it's any consolotation I would never suggest buying an XC90 instead, they are soooooooooo boring. Get your Landy, enjoy it and just accept that it will need a permanent space reserving for it in your local garage as time goes on. I would avoid Evoques, my step father in law builds them and even he says he wouldn't have one. Far too many horror stories. As above, avoid the ingenium engines. If it's not too old for you I'd be looking at a late model Freelander 2, but the newest of those is heading for five years old now. Get the 190 2.2SD4 which uses the Ford Duratorque engine, which is actually a Peugeot Diesel which Ford sent to Mazda under the Ford/PSA engine alliance and Mazda improved it immensely. Freelander was replaced by Discovery Sport of which early 2.2models used the duratorque before switching to all ingenium engines in 2016. You don't mention if this is to be a Tug only or if it's an everyday driver. If not an everyday driver than go the whole hog, get a proper Range Rover. At three years old your looking at the 4.4 diesel, another Ford unit or the Jag AJ-8 petrol. Both are good units but the AJ-8 in the LR is very thirsty. Don't believe JLR's 22mpg claim, you'll be lucky to average better than 12-15 unless you drive it like a granny........... ....... and only downhill
  5. We had the bigger version of this in the yard to move the catering trailers. The big one has a tow ball on and is rated in excess of 3500kg and would pull anything on any surface, but it was very slow. We used them for dragging trailers in and out of the depot so only about thirty to forty meters and it took an age. Easier than hitching them up though.
  6. Mine is a British built van with a supposed user payload of 454kg. (1246 MIRO against stock MTPLM of 1600kg up-plated to 1700) Our MIRO is supposedly 1246kg but after upgrading the battery and fitting the mover, microwave, adding pots and pans, kids games - basically everything we don't remove when we get home we took it to the weighbridge. It came in at 1361. The MTPLM is 1700kg so plenty of leeway. If big user payloads are important to you then buy a van which has one. It amazes me that people look at the colour of the curtains, the size of the fridge but often ignore the payload. If people keep buying vans with paltry payload allowances then manufacturers will keep building them.
  7. Does anyone have any experience of this TV? I've read a string of old threads bemoaning the picture quality of Cellos and how much better Avtex are but I can't justify spending three times as much on an Avtex that doesn't provide the functionality we need. While we were on holiday in Norfolk last week I had a look in Roys electrical department who had a number of Cello's on display, sadly not the one we are looking at, and the picture looked comparable to the main stream brands alongside.
  8. It's also interesting if you compare the "official" index, which is very poor with the owners equivalent at the bottom, which is quite good . ....
  9. Having owned Range Rovers and Renaults in the past the reliability index is always quite important to me. If you've owned either you'll understand why. I always use the warranty industry's database rather than review sites as that is based on actual figures, not hearsay or (usually biased) opinion. From personal experience the cars I have owned have mostly been true to form. The Espace and RR both have poor ratings and both gave me huge trouble. Once upon a time you bought German because you knew it would be reliable, sadly that is not always the case nowadays. I wouldn't buy an A6 Allroad without looking here first. http://www. reliabilityindex. com/reliability/search/223
  10. I believe one relates to the tailgate gas struts, one to an oxygen sensor fault. The dealer I visited was indeed a main dealer, what made you think otherwise. The car I drove was a demonstrator soon to be for sale, just not to me. Quite a number of online reviews seem to question the interior build quality, but I suppose we all see things differently. I guess it may also depend on what we are comparing to.
  11. It's funny, but if you look at the specs on paper the figures for the CX5 vs the XC60, legroom, headroom, boot space etc are very similar however sit inside them and the Mazda seems much smaller. Perhaps it's because it's that little bit narrower or because the interior was dark, compared with the pale leather in the Volvo. What does rule the Mazda out for me is the weight. The Mazda is 200 - 400kg lighter at 1500 - 1700kg depending on variant, which is not great when I want to tow a caravan of 1800k
  12. I looked at a new model X-trail this morning, have to admit at being a bit confused about what Nissan are trying to do. They've turned it into a 7 seater a la the Mitsu Outlander but the rear seats are unusable, even older kids would struggle, and they've moved the middle row forward despite previous X trail models having quite poor rear legroom. The boot is very small as well. Build quality was far from what you expect from Nissan, the interior is very cheap plasticky and having looked at reviews this afternoon it appears they have already had two recalls. The one I test drove was 8 months old with 3. 5k on the clock and had two rattles on the dash board. Sorry Nissan, previous X trails have been half decent but this latest model is abysmal. The more I look the more my choice seems to be an XC60, I just don't like the interior design much. The dealer I visited had a Merc CLS Shooting Brake next to the Xtrail . ...... temped
  13. PMW

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  14. Have you considered a Ford Kuga? 15k should get you into a top of the range 2015 model with 50k or so miles. I know Ford are about as fashionable as Bognor Regis in February nowadays but it's a very smart choice
  15. I'm looking in exactly the same sector, but without any overwhelming desire for an auto box, budget £15k, 2. 0 - 2. 5 diesel midsize SUV. It needs to have the kerbweight and torque to pull an 1800k twin axle van comfortably yet return good MPG when used as the commuter mobile and daily driver. I looked at BMW X3, 20d. Test drove one, as was an early preference but ruled out as build quality was poor, reliability is terrible and boot was very small compared to the others I looked at. Like all BMW's it was good to drive on decent roads, but anything slightly rough the ride is hard to the point of uncomfortable. Pot holes are teeth jarring events. I think the "X" stands for x-tremely disappointing. Honda CR-v 2. 2 i-DTEC Manual. Seriously considered, not least because I have a CRv now which has been to the moon and back and never missed a beat and the CRv is easily the most reliable vehicle on my list, however the power / torque output isn't great compared to the others, kerbweight is a tad low, I would be towing at well over 100% and the unbraked towing weight of 600kg would not accommodate my boat trailer Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2. 2 SD4. This would be the hearts choice however with my budget I would be shopping at the very bottom of the market. I have no reliability data yet as the model hasn't been around long enough but already there are a number of reports of costly premature failures with clutches, injector pumps and electronics appearing on the web on vehicles only just over 3 years / 36000 miles. It would appear they suffer typical Range Rover reliability. Sadly ruled out. Mazda CX5 2. 2 SkyActive. Too small, rear legroom is seriously limited, boot is tiny (smaller than the X3 even), kerb weight too low for my needs. Volvo XC60 2. 4 D4 (181bhp), considered in Manual and Geartronic. The latter was ruled out as it carries a hefty penalty in terms of MPG, especially on the urban cycle and the gear shift is reported on most review sites as somewhat slow and hesitant, not what you need when towing. The manual was the clear winner for me. the 2. 4 engine offers plenty of Torque at 420nm so should comfortably tow in all terrains, boot is the biggest of all the cars (barring the Evoque). It's reliability score is not as good as the Honda, similar to the Mazda and better than the rest. MPG is decent enough, 53mpg advertised though a neighbour a couple of doors away has one and averages around 47. It's his seventh consecutive Volvo which he has owned for a combined 33 years, that's not a bad recommendation. My 15k budget will give me decent buying power with the ability to avoid higher mileage vehicles. I'm looking at a 2014 model with 47k miles on Saturday, currently offered at £15450
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