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    Brake wear

    You might have the calipers stuck. My fronts are still great at 77,000 km in.
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    Fifty150's Truck

    Not everyone. Just LostInTransit/T0astervan or any of the gazillion identities he uses for picking fights in various fora. Or was it someone else?
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    These crazy Brits have dropped plenty of ST engines in the Connect, some have RS engines + AWD.
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    Hello from France

    Howdy. Your English is fine, don't worry about it.
  5. My colleague is looking to get the new Citroën Berlingo (5-seater). We have had a Berlingo panel van years ago (two generations back) and it was a shitshow. Going to see if the new one is any better. It’s significantly cheaper than the TC, about the same size. Costs about €24K fully loaded, incl. 20% VAT. It looks a bit like Honda Element and Pontiac Aztek had a baby. https://www.citroen.co.uk/new-cars-and-vans/citroen-range/new-citroen-berlingo
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    Citroën Berlingo

    The first 1500 miles on a freeway (tavelling in Germany at the moment) say that its a good purchase. Drives really nice at 90 mph (kills the fuel economy numbers tho), very stable and plenty of torque for such a tiny engine. Transmission shifts lightning fast with the paddles. Cabin space seems much bigger then in the TC. Seating position is good, the flat floor with no center console allows moving around in the cabin. The CC stalk is a bit weird to operate. TC CC tilt key is better.
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    That's not completely true. M-Sport is an actual racing company that builds Ford WRC and other race cars https://www.m-sport.co.uk/
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    Citroën Berlingo

    The car was delivered today.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    Seems like the rotary "shifter" is the new norm:
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    Citroën Berlingo

    The LWB door is the same, everything rearwards is longer:
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    Citroën Berlingo

    130 hp, 221 torques at 1750 rpm. Can be remapped to 160+ hp easily. 1322 lbs trailer w/o brakes, 2866 lbs trailer w/brakes. The cargo van is a bit different in numbers. I can't see myself buying one for myself today, but if it turns out to be great and I could get a loaded one with barn doors then why not.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    No I converted the liter figures to US gal. PSA and BMW are the forerunners in diesel technology. Real life figures will probably somewhat lower but we’ll see. The car will arrive in a few days. It’s a 1.5 liter engine and an 8 speed box.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    Oh yeah, forgot, fuel economy in the brochure: 57 mpg hwy, 51 mpg urban.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    Ordered one today. The barn doors are only available in the lowest trim level. I picked the middle one (no glass roof, HUD, backup camera, roof storage compartments). Other than that there’s pretty much everything including lane departure correction, adaptive cruise control incl. the speed limit camera, start-stop, Android Auto/Apple Carplay etc. Drives very nice, feels bigger than the TC even tho it’s about the same size. My only real concern is the weird gear selector. Come on, a regular shifter is just fine. FFS:
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    It should not run hotter at all if the torque converter lock works.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    No pneumatic suspension in this price range. He picked the regular hatch with an opening glass. It can be ordered with barn doors as well. I'll keep you posted.
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    Fitting a tddi in a newer model

    Sounds like a tensioner malfunction if the belt was good.
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    Manual swap

    Just noticed, there's no Grand Finale but I have seen immobilizer issues sorted out in other immo related problems.
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    Manual swap

    No point. I have not done it as mine was manual from the start but I have seen several reports in the internet. Here's one:
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    Manual swap

    Not me but yes. It’s a straightforward procedure.
  21. Our govt bought like 500 of these for our social workers. Everybody hates those, not suitable for cold climate.
  22. Haha, right. I was at the parking lot of a grocery store (15 minute drive away) when a Tommy Chong’s Leo looking dude approached me offering me money to take his new oven home. He obviously had tried fitting it in his Passat sedan to no avail. As he lived just up the street from me (never met him but I knew the house, very nice landscaping job) I was okay with taking his oven home for free. Or I wouldn’t have taken it at all, money or not.
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    Balance Shaft Delete?

    Probably a good idea if you also replace/balance and the pistons/connecting rods, make a manual conversion with a lightened flywheel and use a custom ECU to keep it running.
  24. Speakers and amps need to march eatch other as well. And at higher power levels the stock cables will be the bottlenecks. I recently made a rookie mistake buying a pair of good 2-way speakers rated at 80W of continuous power and paired them with a 2x55W amplifier. I left OEM cables in place. Turned out sounding worse than telephone. Really really bad. Then I noticed the writing on the magnets: "minimum imput power 40W". Which means that the low power amp + thin wires did not deliver the oomph needed for the drivers to move adequately. Reverted to original and it sounded great (full sound insulation done).