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On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 09:45:03 +0200, Dimitris wrote:


Well, its dead. Although it is currently at Duxford Service Station near Cambridge being fixed.
We bought it in July from a UK car dealer and about a week after getting it we had some serious problems with the suspension (dead front activa ram is the main problem) and it has taken a few letters with one hinting at legal action to get it taken somewhere to be fixed.
I should hear today when I will get it back, I hope the stories of it taking 5 weeks to get an Activa ram are not true!
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On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 08:23:40 +0000, lizard wrote:

Well! that was a turnup for the books, the front Activa ram isn't dead! and the steering wheel angle sensor wasn't broken like the previous "specialist" i took it to told me!
The thing that was causing the problem (it was leaning down badly to the front left hand side) was, 9 dead spheres :) 2 front height correctors (these were replaced a couple of months ago, the system was hydraflushed and had new lhm at the same time) and today they found a problem with some kind of "thing that works a bit like scissors" arrangement in the activa system being seized up. The people fixing it reckon that the car had been left to stand for a while and they took the bit off cleaned it and lubricated it and apparently the car is fine :)
They also suspected that someone in the past had tried to fix the car who didn't know what they were doing, this was apparent after one garage found the wrong type of sphere fitted on part of the system.
The other broken bits were the alarm (new ultrasonic detectors) and a broken ABS sensor.
From what I can tell so far Duxford Service Station really rock, although I have yet to collect the car so i will say for certain on saturday....
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