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In message <9412031543.AA00933@borodin.sli> "Robert D. Houk" writes:
> Well, another alternative wholly in keeping with spending far FAR too much
> money (we are talking Audi, aren't we?) would be to investigate some air-
> craft instruments.
Now THAT's one I hadn't thought of. My father-in-law used to drive Nimrods for
the RAF, and one of his friends works for the Civil Aviation Authority. I'll
see if they've got any ideas.
On the subject of spending too much money - American Express has now presented
the final bill for my turbo disaster last month. GBP1600 (USD2500 at the
current rate). I'm not really THAT bothered - the alternative was buying a new
car on a lease. I'd budgeted GBP1000 a year for repairs. I run a spreadsheet
to give me a genuine "cost of operation" so that I can satify the taxman that
I'm not making a profit when I charge back my business miles. It's currently
costing me 52 pence (about 82 cents) a mile.
Tyres aren't cheap here, either. My quattro has the flared wheel arches and
wide rims - it takes 215/50VR15s at USD200 apiece. Someone stopped me in the
street the other day and sold me two spare rims and one good tyre for GBP50 -
now I've got a REAL spare and the motorbike wheel stays at home. It's not that
I don't trust it, but I don't relish the thought of having a puncture somewhere
in the wilds of Wales and having to drive 250+ miles home at 50mph!
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