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Car trouble – just when I needed it (of course)

Last night’s skyline from the country: It’s not often I have to be urgently somewhere in the car, but it was the case yesterday. “Don’t be late!” I’d been (lightheartedly) told. It’s not a trip that is completely impossible by public transport, but with only three trains a day, and the first of the morning […]

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Servicing a car that barely gets used

Somewhat to my surprise, I’ve now had my car for almost three years. This means the dealer warranty that came with it is just about to run out, which in turn means I don’t have to keep driving it across town to Alan Mance to keep it current. Good. I’ve only made use of that […]

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How to replace a 2000 Astra car key battery

My car key remote went flat. This is a major pain when one is used to the joys of remote key locking. Having to go to the door with the keyhole every time and fumble to get the key into it — bleuch. I assumed that like most things in the world of cars, I’d […]

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dreams driving

Dream machine

The other week, in one night, I had a trio of ridiculous dreams. So ridiculous that you half know it’s a dream, and it’s a ridiculous situation, but you keep on dreaming it anyway. I’ve forgotten the first. In the second, someone was knocking at my front door and trying to look through the frosted […]

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The Astra

I’m getting used to the “new” car. You know how it is when you switch, especially between manual cars, and you have to learn the feel of the accelerator and clutch for the new vehicle? Otherwise you either take off too fast, or stall it. Things I’ve noticed about the Astra which are different from […]

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Consumerism driving

Vroom

I just bought a car. Well, subject to a mechanic giving it a going-over. Holden Astra CD TS, 2000 hatchback “Olympic edition”. Which means it’s from two Olympics ago, and that it has a few little extras like fog lights. Silver, electric windows, airbags, ABS, CD player, alloy wheels (like I care), remote locking. Perhaps […]

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Cars again

The solar hot water upgrade meant I postponed the car upgrade for a few weeks. But I’ve been looking at what I might get. My current car, the aging and increasingly unreliable ’93 Magna, has a theoretical City consumption of 10 litres per 100km. Although I don’t drive much, downsizing should reduce consumption a little […]