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Spotted / Was It You? / Grey R5 Essex
« on: 13:55, Mon 01 June 2009 »
Spotted you coming back Sunday 31st.  On the road that goes from Braintree to Tiptree.

Bonnet up on a drive.

Drove past in a silver BMW.

Looked nice!

General Chat / Car Collection Service
« on: 17:04, Tue 26 May 2009 »
Hi all,

Been looking at a car, ideally I would like to buy it.

Only problem - its miles away.

Any used/know a Car Collection Service?

I got a quote from Beeches Recovery but it was £335!

Its going to DE7 to CO2 (postcode)



Renault 5 GT Turbo / Campus Shocks
« on: 12:33, Thu 15 January 2009 »
My friends 5 campus (GTS) front shocks are leaking oil.

He wants to buy new ones, him and I both looked on the net and can only find GT ones, would these fit?

Links would help.



Renault 5 GT Turbo / Removal of Heater Fan
« on: 14:16, Fri 05 December 2008 »
Just got a new heat fan for the 5. (my old one made noises and I finally got fed up).

I looked in the Haynes book of lies and it doesn't really explain how its done.  :?

Obviously you remove the grill, then, is it just pull? Or left-hand thread?

Any help appreciated,


General Chat / Shotgun Rule
« on: 13:22, Thu 16 October 2008 »
This wasn't written by me, I got it from 'Speedy'  off the ZSOC forum.

Funny read though, enjoy;

Rules of Shotgun

1. The shotgunner must be in clear sight of the car, and shotgun can be called regardless of whether the driver is in sight of the car

2. If you are the first to be picked up on a journey you are automatically given shotgun. You retain this position for the entire journey, unless you violate rules 12, 17, 23 or any other rules stipulating the loss of shotgun.

3. You cannot declare shotgun if someone has previously declared shotgun for that journey.

4. When simultaneous shotgun is called, there is then a foot race to the passenger side door from all the people who called.

5. Shotgun cannot be called whilst inside a building (unless you are in a multi-storey or underground car park!)

6. Shotgun cannot be called in advance, only whilst on the way to the car for the journey.

7. Once shotgun has been called the driver has the option of a reload. The driver yells “reload” and this means that all previous calls of shotgun are void and the first person to call shotgun again gets the seat. This is helpful if the driver really doesn’t like the person who first called shotgun. It is often used when there is a simultaneous call and the driver is unsure of the outcome. Note that a shotgun has only 2 barrels so a reload can only be called once.

8. Ja rob rule...if he’s in the car shotgun now means back left, so he cant punch you every time a yellow car goes past.

9. Once shotgun has been called for the front seat then back left and back right can be called. This effectively leaves the slowest person to travel in the middle (of the “b**ch” seat).

10. Because everyone is created equal, men have the same right to the front seat of the car as women (ie women don't own the front seat!).

11. If the regular driver of the vehicle is drunk or otherwise unable to perform their duties as driver, then he/she is automatically given shotgun.

12. Once the journey has begun, the driver is the obvious controller of the tunes. However if they feel the road requires their full attention, or they simply cannot be arsed any more, duty is passed to the shotgunner. However putting on crap tunes or allowing for silence when the iPod finishes a song or ANY instances of TAKE THAT will result in demotion to b**ch seat.

13. Anyone calling shotgun must have his or her shoes on. This is to stop people running outside and calling shotgun, then having to go back inside to put their shoes on and slowing the journey. This is known as the Shoe Rule.

14. Shotgun overrules Dibs, Baggsies and other girly calls!

15. Despite the debate, shotgun CAN be used to shotgun things other than the front seat (eg back left, back right, women, not going to answer the door, etc).

16. When travelling with a couple, one of the couple MUST shotgun the front. No one wants to chauffer two of their mates whilst they are in the back all over each other.

17. If someone has successfully called shotgun, they have the right to the front seat. They do not have the right to correct the driver on their navigation skills ("take a left here you dickhead!") or driving ability ("I'd be in third gear if I was driving"). If the passenger does this, then they forfeit their position as shotgun holder.

18. If someone says, "what’s shotgun?" after it has been called then they have to walk.

19. If the shotgunner attempts to open the door just as the driver is unlocking it and jams the lock half open so that the driver needs to lock it and unlock it again, the shotgunner forfeits their position. This is known as shotgun suicide.

20. The holder of shotgun assumes the responsibility for all gate opening, off license nipping into, takeaway ordering and question asking. He/she is in essence the copilot and therefore the enforcer of behavior in the vehicle and exacter of slaps/punches/water spraying/bag throwing at the passengers in the back.

21. Automatic "couple's rights act 1997". This law states that, if the driver is the boyfriend/girlfriend of a passenger in the car, this person has the right to the seat of their choice.

22. If one of the potential occupants of the vehicle is dressed (convincingly) as a pirate then they are given automatic shotgun. In the event of more than one pirate being present, a sword fight shall determine the successful shotgunner. This is known as The Pirate Rule.

23. When driving past a woman walking a dog, everyone in the car must shout out the window, "who's walking who?” It is the shotgunner’s responsibility and failure to spot potential heckling, results in demotion to the b**ch seat!

24. When riding in a 2 or 3 door car, it is the responsibility of the shotgunner to allow rear passengers in and out of the back of the car, NOT THE DRIVERS!! Regardless of the weather conditions.

25. Obviously the previous rule on the subject didn’t clarify things completely with everyone coming up with a new rule that over rules shotgun. NOTHING overrules shotgun. Shotgun is final and cannot be overruled!!!!

26. It is the successful shotgunners responsibility to be on the look out for any police and/or speed cameras. if the shotgunner doesn't spot a speed camera and this results in a speeding ticket it is immediately their fault and not the drivers.

General Chat / My MOT
« on: 12:21, Thu 31 July 2008 »
Took my car in yesterday, was worried as it has been sitting in a garage for the past 6 years!

Asked them to phone me if they needed to any repairs, didnt get nothing all day. (At work all day, not much time to call them)

The girlfriends dad popped in there around 4pm yesterday and basically;

- Rear lights failed as they dont have any reflectors.

- Idles too high

- Too low at the back, when they did the brakes test the rear tyres hit the body.

So, I went down there after work, bearing in mind its 10 miles away.

Changed the rear lights to the standard ones and hopefully they are re-testing today.

When it passes, its on the condition that I make the back higher, in all fairness I was going to do that anyway.

But, for a car sitting in a garage for the past 6 years and spending about £100 on before hand, it didnt do too badly!

Thought i'd share this.


Renault 5 GT Turbo / Carbon Build Up
« on: 13:31, Thu 24 July 2008 »
Have done a search, but found nothing on this.

My car, I reckon, has a build up of carbon.

Question; how to cure this?

Can you buy something that goes into the fuel tank that will clean it? And do they actually work?

Then that leads me onto, if I have got a a carbon build up, does that mean its running rich?  

Any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

General Chat / What's your job?
« on: 13:12, Tue 15 July 2008 »
What is everyones job?
Be interesting to see what background you come from!

I am a Projects Officer and work at the University of Essex.

Ice / A Quckie
« on: 11:12, Thu 03 July 2008 »
'ISO Aerial to DIN Radio Adaptor' - is that what I need for my R5?


Your cars / My R5
« on: 13:20, Fri 27 June 2008 »
My Renault 5, its a GTS, not a turbo.

Although, I do have a complete turbo engine, unsure whether to fit or not.

Brought it for £180.

Has been sitting in my garage for the past 6 years.

Its a G reg with 88K miles on it.

What it was like when I got it;

Haven't done much to it.

Spent all in all and about £100 on it.

Lowered front by 20mm.
Rear by 20 or 30mm - cant remember

Gaz Shocks on the rear - I think, at work and cant remember off the top my head!

Alloys, had for awhile, so stuck them on - 15" Dotz.

Wanting a R5 turbo, but still haven't found one in a good condition!

What do you think?

Renault 5 GT Turbo / Long wheel bolts?
« on: 10:12, Thu 26 June 2008 »
Hi there,

I've fitted 15" alloys onto my R5.

I've had to space the rear 10mm and the front 15mm.

Now, obviously, I need longer wheel bolts.

Does anyone know the size which would be needed?

I measured the rear wheel, spacer and into the hub and got about 55mm.

Does this sound right?

Any help appreciated!

Renault 5 GT Turbo / Rack limiters?
« on: 14:23, Wed 11 June 2008 »

I am needing some rack limiters for my Renault, the wheels are too big, so i've spaced them but rub when on full lock.

Does anyone know where I can get these from?



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