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Old 27-07-2021, 01:24 PM   #871
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That's looking good. The Sottozero's are great tyres. I've got a set for both the Impreza and the 335 and they're good all rounders for Scotland. I do think the latest Good Year Ultragrip Performance Plus are better (my dad's got them on his Evoque) but even in RFT on the BMW the Sottozero are still outstanding tyres, after all they were top of the field when they were launched 6 years ago. Mine were epic on the Impreza throughout the Beast from the East winter to the point where the entire bumper was a snowplough!

Wheels look good from the five yard mark too.
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Old 27-07-2021, 02:53 PM   #872
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Indeed - it’s completely irrational. The equivalent French or Italian car will have no end of issues over its lifetime, from my experience.

Every car has plastic and, by and large, it will all last perfectly fine and as long as the quality is there, some people get massively hung up on it being hard or soft - it’s all perception.

Last week, when on holiday in Southport, parked across from me was a Toyota Carina, 30 years old, and with a perfectly decent MOT history too.


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I think a lot of the anti-japanese sentiment came after the war. Certainly my Nan was always quite anti-japanese when purchasing stuff because her husband had fought against the Japanese in Burma. I also think some of the earlier Japanese cars were pretty poorly made with poor quality steel which helped to propagate this existing ill-feeling into the common attitude towards Japanese made goods. Now though (as it has been for the last forty plus years), the reality is that the Japanese make some fantastic cars, and electronics, albeit like German stuff I feel the heyday for all of it was the nineties when things were simpler and there was less flaky electronic technology in things! Now there is too much focus on stock value and dividend payments to shareholders which leads to poor design decisions, manufacturing things out of plastic which should be metal and inbuilt obsolescence. I actually reckon my recent Micra courtesy car was a nicer place to be than the X1 I've currently got, both in comfort and the 'feel' of things.
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Old 27-07-2021, 08:15 PM   #873
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Time to give the wheels and tyres a clean up - G101 first:



Looking better after a wash



When I picked the tyres, they were taped in pairs so took a bit of removing later, but mostly gone now - here is an example that needed scrubbed



Dynax’d a few of the arches



Looking decent after the wheels are sprayed with some Supagard Wheel Sealant I had then some Meguiars Ultimate Tyre dressing





Started cleaning up the old wheels and wheel trims - now drying ready to be stored.





The tread, after 26,000 miles on part worn GoodYear Winters is still at least at 4mm across the board.



Hopefully these tyres will last the pace too (and the wheels will hang on into next year until). I like the steels, the ride and comfort of them - and they handle well - so I may well end up with them back on


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Old 27-07-2021, 08:25 PM   #874
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Looking good with the tyres on now and the winters are holding up well
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Old 27-07-2021, 08:28 PM   #875
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That's looking good. The Sottozero's are great tyres. I've got a set for both the Impreza and the 335 and they're good all rounders for Scotland. I do think the latest Good Year Ultragrip Performance Plus are better (my dad's got them on his Evoque) but even in RFT on the BMW the Sottozero are still outstanding tyres, after all they were top of the field when they were launched 6 years ago. Mine were epic on the Impreza throughout the Beast from the East winter to the point where the entire bumper was a snowplough!

Wheels look good from the five yard mark too.

Hopefully get on well with them. The Goodyear’s on the car have been great so these have a bit to live up to.

Wheels look sh*t up close but will do until I get them done properly next year at some point - and they look better than scratched and batter Massey Ferguson Grey Tractor Paint!

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Looking good with the tyres on now and the winters are holding up well

Indeed. Winters on both sets of wheels (it’s all I run now - or all seasons - although the Lexus still has its factory Dunlop’s fitted as not wanting to spend another pile of ££ to swap out functional tyres as yet).


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Got the car booked in at 10am on Monday to get another full suspension check, and to recheck the wheel balance and the alignment on the car (never been done) too.




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Had the car in today to my trusted garage as there was a vibration at points as speed increased.

They did a check on suspension movement, steering and geometry, which was all fine.

They did find, when they checked front wheel balance, the wheels were miles out - one was 100g out and the other was 90g!!! Now sorted.

Going back in again soon for a full suspension check up, and some fault finding to look for anything needing doing.


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Suspension inspection and update will need to wait for a bit




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