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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Greetings!

I may have a blown head gasket on my 9000.

The problem is that the car is now stranded in a private school car park and when I rang my insurance company I discovered much to my horror that I somehow I managed to not organise any breakdown cover. So I am now trying to find the most cost effective way of getting the 9000 to my preferred garage (about 15 miles from where the car is).

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My wife's breakdown company want £150
The cheapest recovery company want £95

Any thoughts on the best way to transport would be gratefully received.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:48 pm 
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Find a mate with a landrover or similar and get them to tow you in exchange for beer? You'll need a rigid towing bar, rather than a tow rope though. Without the engine running, you'll have no servo on the brakes, which could lead to quite a few brown-trouser moments.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:50 pm 
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Do you know anybody who has personal cover on their breakdown cover?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:52 pm 
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Find a mate with a landrover or similar and get them to tow you in exchange for beer? You'll need a rigid towing bar, rather than a tow rope though. Without the engine running, you'll have no servo on the brakes, which could lead to quite a few brown-trouser moments.


That is my fear as my preferred garage is out in the sticks and there are quite a few tights corners etc on the route there which are bad enough with proper brakes!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:01 pm 
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What about joining one of the breakdown companies?. Autoaid ,Rac, Green Flag etc.Cheap without all the bells and whistles I'd have thought?.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:07 pm 
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As suggested by Gaz38 - if you know someone with personal cover who can go with you to the vehicle, it will be free recovery (apart from whatever 'thank you' passed on to friend or colleague).


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:15 pm 
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if the cars near sudbury this guy tends to be the cheapest as he runs and old truck no frills kinda guy

windam garage windHam road sudbury

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.04153 ... 312!8i6656
darren greens the tow truck owner dude
may be worth ringing before it closes even to get his mobile number
hes a charachter if you know what i mean but as cheap as your gonna get

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:39 pm 
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As suggested by Gaz38 - if you know someone with personal cover who can go with you to the vehicle, it will be free recovery (apart from whatever 'thank you' passed on to friend or colleague).

+1 For this. A friend managed to have a blown tyre on her way to her new job in the first week. Panic phone call to me.
I rolled up and she took my car to work and I rang the AA and sat with the car till he arrived. He managed to change the wheel there and I drove it straight to the tyre place and got her some new tyres. I volunteered no extra information as to how I was driving the car and he didn't ask. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one to do this though I wouldn't be doing it for all and sundry.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:32 pm 
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If I were closer id come out and call my breakdown cover. I have cover for any car I am travelling in.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:42 pm 
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Buzz wrote:
I volunteered no extra information as to how I was driving the car and he didn't ask. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one to do this though I wouldn't be doing it for all and sundry.


As far as I know you do not have to be driving, you can just be a passenger. Recently discussed this with my bank as I have RAC cover with the account. I asked if it could also cover her on her own. They said not but if I was in the car it would be covered.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:45 pm 
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Yes, there's nothing dishonest about using personal cover to get friends or families cars recovered
I suppose technically the person covered should probably be in the car when it broke down but if they don't ask.....

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:19 pm 
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If you're on Faceache go onto the market place and then search for local recovery, there are several one man bands with a transit, I've used 2 different transporters for 3 occasions


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:21 pm 
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You haven't said why you think you've blown the head gasket.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:28 pm 
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It's in another thread in Workshop

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:27 am 
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Gaz38 wrote:
It's in another thread in Workshop


The correct place for the tech side of this issue :wink:

This thread is about the best options for Mark to move the car as cheaply as possible.


Short of someone with a trailer offering to do it for free (being of short arms and deep pockets I suspect this is what Mark is looking for :wink: ). Your best options are as already suggested, find a kind soul who did not forget to renew their breakdown cover.


The cheapest recovery quote you have had at £95 is not too unreasonable, especially once you add it up. Probably an hours work recovering and dropping off, plus fuel on top.

I have local guy who charges £30 for movements within Lincoln and £70 for movements outside the city boundary but within a 30 mile radius, I suspect there may be simillar smaller local recovery guys in your area Mark.

Or if you have a towbar on another vehicle you can hire car transporter trailers on a daily basis, not sure on the going rate for those at the moment.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:14 am 
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Could the garage doing the work not recover it - possibly cheap if they are getting the job?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:19 pm 
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Find a mate with a landrover or similar and get them to tow you in exchange for beer? You'll need a rigid towing bar, rather than a tow rope though. Without the engine running, you'll have no servo on the brakes, which could lead to quite a few brown-trouser moments.


Is it an Aero? Is it not the case that a rearward force on the Aero’s screw-in tow ring can damage the subframe. A rigid, even sprung, tow bar would therefore seem unwise. The non-Aero towing eye carries no such risk.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:13 am 
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Does it run at all?

I driven several 30 + miles from Norwich to Swaffham with either very badly blown HG's, or no serpentine belts....

Just turn up the heater, and keep the revs up enough to balance the water in and water out and loose the misfire, without boost.

Never had any engine problems afterwards.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:59 am 
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Does it run at all?

I driven several 30 + miles from Norwich to Swaffham with either very badly blown HG's, or no serpentine belts....

Just turn up the heater, and keep the revs up enough to balance the water in and water out and loose the misfire, without boost.

Never had any engine problems afterwards.


I did once drive a B202i 9000 from Portsmouth to Norwich with a blown HG! No permanent damage, but it did need a skim on the head.

It was only an injection though, so doesn't run as hot as an Aero. Could always unplug the APC to make it an LPT for the journey.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:19 am 
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My Sister was on the way to the Airport for a holiday and their car broke down on the way.
This was a few years back now.
I took them to the airport and our Dad waited with the car to be recovered.
Then I got back to the broken down car and followed the low loader back to Sister's house.
Forgot exactly what was wrong with it now but it was an Automatic Shogun.
Have had AA breakdown cover since 1996, it says that on the card.

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