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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: H_R] #1623595
04/08/2018 22:54
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Fines for not carrying a breathalyser kit postponed indefinitely .....in France that is.

Not required in Italy


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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623596
05/08/2018 03:31
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I thought I heard on the radio only a few days ago that breathaliser rule was never enforced. Although we won't be travelling through France.


Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623601
05/08/2018 06:35
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Never knew that!
We brought some as we go quite frequently, it was almost a token gesture because you will never really use them, so was a stupid rule
But you know what they can be like for on the spot fines so we didnt risk it, good to know they are not required though!

Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623607
05/08/2018 10:12
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HI viz vests in the car not the boot. Spare bulb set also. Carry all car paperwork. Insurance,log book,mot cert.



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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623611
05/08/2018 10:50
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Good call on the crank sensor and other parts, but also think about what you'd need if you needed to fit any of those parts yourself, ie: portable trolley or bottle jack, 2x axle stands and the required allen key or bit required to do the crank sensor. Plus a selection of spanners and/or 1/4" socket set, including 19mm socket plus short extension for wheel bolts. Other allen keys/bits eg: to remove cam covers and coil packs. Spark plug socket maybe and spare spark plugs?

As well as oil, bring some anti-freeze/water mix, and as well as hose clips, bring a selection of spare coolant hoses, eg: thermostat to rad, CHOD, etc. Consider a spare set of front brake pads if tackling any alpine passes or race tracks en route (plus tools including a suitable drift for the pad retaining pins). And a torque wrench will come in handy for checking wheel bolts etc.

And if you have a fault code reader, bring that too.


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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623614
05/08/2018 14:30
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A trailer


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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623624
05/08/2018 17:55
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Get a decent euro recovery policy and save the spares space for wine to bring back. (Other souvenirs are available).

Seriously - remember Joe and I rebuilt the car a couple of years ago and then I did four and a half thousand miles round Norway? No spares (except a couple of fuses that happened to be in the glove box). Twentieth anniversary trip? Fortnight overseas and a similar lack of spares. Just give it a service before you go, make sure your tyres are ok, and that you've got all the legal stuff mentioned above.



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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: barnacle] #1623748
08/08/2018 19:07
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Looking for tow bar and trailer now rofl but seriously space will be at a premium with 2 dogs and luggage for 2 weeks. So I expect a small tool box and some spares in it.

Now with decent recovery policy in place. I think I just got a little worried about going in the coupe but then thinking about some of the euro plate cars I've seen over the summer in and around the Scottish highlands... the coupe should do it in its stride.

Like your thinking Neil although I'm trying to think what I can substitute the wine for?


Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623756
09/08/2018 07:02
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Don’t worry about going in your Coupe. If you maintain it well you will already have a sense of it’s reliability, just take the aforementioned steps to cope with the unexpected. I’ve just returned from doing a 2500 mile round euro trip including the Alps and she performed faultlessly


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Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623809
11/08/2018 03:39
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Pete I have been following your trip daily and really impressed by it all.... loved the updates on facebook with your trip progress.

Currently sorting out a couple if niggles on the coupe. It's had new brakes all round for gotthard and stelvio. New rainsports for those afternoon italian showers. And servicing before we go.

Yesterday's aircon recharge has went better than I'd expected after it stopped working 3 years ago so should have some cool passengers including the dogs.


Re: Scotland to Northern Italy driving trip 2018 [Re: Rosso] #1623810
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Sounds like you are pretty much set up for a memorable journey of your own then. The lack of aircon in Doris was the only thing that would have made the journey better- early spring or late autumn southern European road trips for me in future!


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