1 bump renders it not working at all, another bump will make it work on your feet only, another on the dash only, then another miraculous bump makes the whole lot work. Yes, I know there is some sort of wiring issue going on. So long as the windows still go up & down I can cope. It's when the heating fails I get rather cranky.
True to his word, it arrived 13 days before Boxing Day. You might think this is an odd number of days & day to remember this by: reason being, on the 14th day, I broke the new car.
I had the family on board & we were in 1st gear slowly attempting to drive up my aunts driveway (they have a Pajero which fits). Our car has 6 gears. I was in first. It stalls in second if you go too slow. This hopefully gives you an idea of how slow I was going. On my right hand side is a low brick fence & a massive hedge going up the driveway. On the left, a garden bed & the letter box.
I can see the fence & hedge on my side, but all I can see is the top of the letter box on the passenger side. Slowly I inch up till I feel some resistance. Hang on I say to Dad, I think I'm in the garden bed on the left. Dad sticks his head out the window & says yes, you're hard up against it. I try to roll back, then reverse back but seem to be turning closer & closer towards the brick wall on my right. Everything feels wrong.
I stop & ask Dad to get out & have a look as the steering wheel feels like not matter which way I turn it, the wheels are not following. This in fact was true. The tie rod arm to the steering had snapped underneath the car & the left wheel was pointing one way, the right pointing the other (both outwards).
I just felt sick. How could this happen! Plumbing Boy is gonna KILL ME!!!!! First thing I do is call him. He's not a happy camper, but keeps his temper in check. We take photo's under the car of the damage (thanks Sis - my hands were too shaky to take clear pictures!) & email them to PB, who sends them on to the dealer who was actually open as they were having a boxing day sale.
I didn't realize but the car comes with road side assist for the warranty period. A tow truck arrived & with (far too much) help from all of us (traffic control & explaining to the driver he had to jack up the car & straighten up the busted wheel before attempting to winch it onto the tow truck) it was gone. 14 days.
2 weeks later we got it back. It was fixed under warranty. I'm still a little nervous about what else will break now & do not want to take it 4 wheel driving. We are slowly making friends. I've put on a few stickers on it & have started to make it feel like my car, you know, with all the assorted crap you usually have in your car, so hopefully it will kind to me from now on.
Now, you may be asking, where are the pictures!!!! You'll have to wait until Ute publishes them which I'd imagine will be sometime soon :0)
But I can show you the rock & the broken bit!!!
The broken bit above & the rock below
(it wasn't cemented in - my uncle has already taken out the front spoiler of his commodore on it)
Spoiler of car below. If you look carefully on the outer top of the tyre as it disappears into the shade, you can see the mark the rock made, turn the wheel back 100 - 110 degrees & that was the position that I nudged the rock with on the outside of my tyre - I guess you could say I side swiped it.
Now, I just need to take some decent photo's of it & email them to Ute!!!!