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    I am to embark upon a trip to the Basque region of Spain (border France/Spain) with a VW Crafter and a load of musical instruments (Pipe Band stuff) as well as other stuff (speakers, cables, mixer, laptops, inverter/genny and so on).

    I am picking up an army mate in England and we will proceed to the ferry port at Portsmouth.

    Never done Portsmouth before so any heads up would be good!

    I imagine the general MPG of the Crafter is in the region of 25mpg at 50mph. However, I would rather be driving at 70mph seeing as how we are driving overnight.

    I have Road Angel with European mapping and a Laser/Radar Snooper (works very well indeed ).

    I intend going A9/M73/M74/M6/A500/A5182/A53/A51/A53/A529/A51/A53/A5182/A519/A500/M6...............

    ..........But then, it seems, I must take the M6Toll/M42/M6Toll/M42 and onto the A34 Oxford then M3/M27/M275/A3 to Portsmouth.

    Seems a helluva carry on when I could surely forget the Toll road and carry on regardless?

    Any idea's on this one?

    We plan having a great week in the Basque Country before returning

    Anyway, the real reason for the thread was, I have a 2002 V6, 3.2 GSi with 134K. It was supposed to have a service history, but a certain garage in Inverurie needs a slap for lying

    I changed the plugs which looked like they had covered 80K, the oil looked like it had covered 30K and the rattle has gone, but the engine is a bit tappety (click, click, click) although it pulls well (does 152mph on the sat nav....probably ).

    I love the car, I really do. But I have already changed the clutch, stat, exhausts, plugs, oil, filters and stripped & rebuilt the inlet system (leaked air and the revs went up and down like Divine Browns knickers..... Hugh Grant's prossie friend ).

    Anyway, all fixed....but now I need to replace the strut top bearings, 2 rear springs and front pads

    So any advice about all of the above will be greatfully received

    I was a new member before, but I couldn't log on again! Seems the forum was hacked by some arse

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    You dont have to take the M6 Toll, you could just stay on the old M6, the M6 toll road is sometimes better to take during daytime (especially during rush hours) to avoid the heavy congestion and frequent hold ups you get on the old (free) M6. Its up to you really..

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    and its illegal to use or even transport a radar detector in your vehicle in france
    1000 euro fine or car impounded

    so best leave that at home

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    I guess it'll save me a few quid to do the old M6 seeing as how we are driving through the night then

    We are going on the ferry to Spain & missing out France.

    I know it is illegal to use a radar blocker, but mine only picks up the signal, it doesn't block anything.

    It's a six thousand euro fine in Spain to use a blocker

    I was wondering about the ferry port?

    I have done the Cal/Mac ferries to the hebrides from Ullapool, Oban and Skye, but they are a simple affair with very easy to understand lanes to guide you on.

    I'm after any info about "how to" in case they are more involved as well as what cargo I may have (diesel fuel in jerry cans, etc).

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