Plane, train and an au­to­mo­bile

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Editorial -

Our ex-project Toy­ota Prius was one car we kept for a long pe­riod af­ter it ap­peared in the mag­a­zine. We had bought it from BCA auc­tions in 2016 and I took it to the Isle of Man in Septem­ber that year, be­fore de­liv­er­ing it to Rob Hawkins in Leeds on my way back.

When Rob re­turned it, I no­ticed an odd noise when driv­ing above 50mph and tried to si­lence it by fit­ting four new tyres. That didn’t change the pitch of the noise, so I checked the wheel bear­ings and they got a clean bill of health. I could only as­sume the noise was com­ing from the trans­mis­sion.

That didn’t put off Roger Gor­don (above) from North­ern Ire­land, who bought the car. He caught a flight to East Mid­lands air­port, then a train to Peter­bor­ough, where I met him at CM HQ. Roger didn’t even bother with a test-drive, he just jumped in and drove to Scot­land to catch a ferry back to NI. He made it home in the early hours with­out prob­lems and re­ported the Prius re­turned a healthy 57mpg.

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