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 November 2012 Newsletter ~ Issue No 44   
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 ABOUT US
The Figaro Owners Club was started in March 2009 to provide comprehensive advice and information to both present and future owners of the Nissan Figaro.

Today the club has over 1,800 members worldwide. Our aims are simply; To promote the preservation and use of the Nissan Figaro (Only 20,000 were produced from 1989 - 1991).

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> Share your love of your Figaro!
> Electronic Newsletter
> Personal Invitation to Figaro Events
> Special Offers
> Technical Support
> Access to our Forum
> Publish your Pictures & Stories
> Make new friends

PLUS...

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ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE

We've joined forces with Classic Line Insurance to offer you 15% Discount on your car insurance.
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SAVE 45%
ON AA BREAKDOWN COVER

The club is delighted to offer 45% Discount off at enrollment plus an ongoing 10% discount at renewal.
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SAVE 10%
ON YOUR FIGARO COVER

You've invested in your dream Figaro and now it's outside in all that rain!
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SAVE 10%
ON FIGARO MANUALS 
If you own a Figaro we highly recommend these manuals
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SAVE 100
ON RUST PROTECTION

If you drive your car in the rain we recommend this protection.
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Forum Unique Posts: 11,996
Forum Topics: 1,830
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Coverage: 43 Countries

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Disc Blake Replacement
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Roof Replacement  
Tyres and Selection
Wet Boot Advice
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Video on Switches & Controls 

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How to - Change Disc Brakes
How to - Change Cambelt Part 1
How to - Change Cambelt Part 2
How to - Change the Headlight Bulbs
How to - Change Rear Light Bulbs
How to - Change Front Indicator Bulbs
How to - Change Side Indicator Bulbs
How to - Change Reversing/Stop Bulbs
How to - Change Fuse Labels
How to - Sort out Starting Gear Issue
How to - Prepare for the Winter
How to - Check Tyre Pressure 

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Hi and welcome to our November Newsletter. This month we've launched our 2013 Figaro Wall Calendar and it's by far the best to date. Can we just say thanks to everyone who submitted pictures, we really do appreciate the time and effort that goes into everyone of them, but in the end there had to be a selected final 12. Hope you enjoy it Click here

Thanks also to everyone who took the time to complete our online Survey last month the information has proved so valuable. For instance we now have great feedback on where to hold rally's and events in the future!

Last month I posted a couple of questions on the forum which both got answered within 24 hours, most impressive! Our forum continues to grow with almost 2,000 Topics now. It is without doubt the definitive source for everything Figaro. The Q & A Ownership A-Z now has 750 Topics alone! Thanks to everyone who continues to help us run it (Caz what would I do without you) and the regular forum contributors (you know who you are).

Lastly Normandy continues to attract interest with 19 Cars now booked for the adventure. Continental Car Tours are working on the routes and we have our French helpers Pascal/Natalie & Phillipe/Edith looking into places to eat!

Catch you all next Month :)

PS - We urgently require stories and pictures of you and your car for our December Newsletter so if have any pop them over on an email  
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This is me polishing my shinny 'figgy' 

Kevin

Kevin Fagan  

Editor and General Tea Maker!  

Figaro Owners Club Founder 

figaroownersclub@o2.co.uk    

 

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calendar small 2013 WALL CALENDAR OUT NOW 
Priced from just 12.00 this will make the ideal present for the Figaro lover in your life. Packed full of figs each month features a photo of one of our member's cars in stunning locations around the world. Click here 

feedback SURVEY POLL RESULTS IN

Thanks to everyone who completed our online survey. The information will provide the club with essential feedback and demographic data which we will publish over the next few months. It makes very interesting reading we can assure you! 

NEW EVENT - Sunday April 28th 2013 Incarnation BRIGHTON

We have been contacted by Sarah at the Ace Cafe about the Incarnation Event which is held on the Brighton Seafront. We thought it would be a blast to meet somewhere on route and turn up together. The event has been added to our Events Page Click here    

 

2 BILLION WATCH FIGGY OWNER       

A few months ago 83 year old Henry Butt sent us a pack of information on his boat 'Jolly Brit' which he sailed in the Jubilee Flotilla. The pictures took me back to that amazing day (shame about all the rain). Yes we know its not really car related but as Henry is such a Figaro fan we just had to publish it...          

 
 

 




Got them all yet????  Scroll down to the bottom for the answers!

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EVENT NAME: Ace Cafe Meet

ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: APRIL 13th 2013

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club 

ABOUT: Our first event of the year kicks off at the superb Ace Cafe London. Last year we had over 70 cars attend. It' well worth the drive if you've never been to this venue. The Cafe has loads of memorabilia and pictures of times gone by. Read more 

 

EVENT NAME: 3rd Annual Incarnation Brighton 

ORGANISER: Ace Cafe 

DATE: APRIL 28th 2013

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club

ABOUT: Join us to convoy down to the event! We intend to meet up somewhere south of London and make our way down to the event in a long snake of Figgy's Read more  

 

EVENT NAME: Easter Tour to the New Forest  

ORGANISER: Continental Car Tours 

DATE: March 29th - 1st April 2013 

ENTRY COST: 219 per person (two sharing) 

ABOUT: Continental Car Tours Easter tour this year takes you to the beautiful New Forest. There is an enormous number of places to go and things to see, including the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Buckler's Hard 18th Century village, Hurst Castle, Breamore Elizabethan House and Country Museum, and the pretty towns of Lyndhurst and Lymington. We stay at a comfortable three star hotel, with evening meals included each evening.  

 

Note: This event is not organised by us but you may wish to attend - Read more     

Forum Link to chat to other members if you interested in attending - Click here  

 

EVENT NAME: Normandy Figaro Rally 

ORGANISER: Continental Car Tours / Figaro Owners Club

DATE: June 10th - 14th 2013 

ENTRY COST: 349 per person (two sharing) 

ABOUT: Following on from our successful Jersey Figaro Rally 2012 the Figaro Owners Club has joined forces with Continental Car Tours to bring you the Normandy Figaro Rally 2013. The Rally will take place during the 10th -14th June 2013 in the beautiful and ancient port of Honfleur providing an excellent base for exploring the delights of Normandy. Read more  

 

EVENT NAME: Surrey Classic Vehicle Meet  

ORGANISER: Surrey Classic Vehicle Club 

DATE: September15th 2013 

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club 

ABOUT: A Fantastic day out for classic car enthusiasts loads to do for children & all the family Bring your own picnic , or visit the Cafe Read more   

 

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS DIARY FOR MORE EVENTS TO BE ADDED  

 

 VIDEO GUIDES

With winter coming we thought short video to walk you through using all of the controls for the heating systems inside your Figgy. Also the video covers the air conditioning just in case the sun comes out one day!

The Figaro Shop - Heater controls and air conditioning in detail 
The Figaro Shop - Heater controls and air conditioning in detail

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Video is provided by The Figaro Shop 

 

 HOW TO...  JACK & TOW YOUR FIGARO  

Legal Notice This Information is Copyright Protected and Published under agreement granted by JPNZ International to the Figaro Owners Club.  

 

This is an extract from Page 2/3 of the Maintenance and Workshop available from JPNZ International (To order your copy see advert and link below) 

 

 

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WHAT SHOULD A DEALER WARRANTY?      
STARTING PROBLEMS   
Has I wonder if anyone can help me.The rear of my Betty seems to skid and steering becomes light whenever i drive over an uneven road surface (like a manhole) and i don't feel i have control for a few seconds. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
 
Manholes are notorious for causing problems - just ask anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle, however they should not cause the problems you are experiencing. Are there any strange knocking or clanking noises coming from the suspension? You may have a number of issues which could include a combination of leaking/ failed shock absorbers to worn out ball joints and/or suspension bushes and mountings. Figs aren't that great in the handling department, particularly compared to modern cars but they certainly are not dangerous. You also need to get the steering and front suspension checked. As a first step which you can do at home I'd simply check all the tyre pressures are correct and that the tyres are not damaged ("eggs" in the sidewalls etc) and have plenty of tread. If they are ok then try bouncing each corner of the car to check the shocks - press down on each corner to compress the suspension and release - if the car keeps bouncing then the shocks need replacing. You may also hear some noises if you do this which will give you a clue. Next step is to take the car to a decent local garage (probably not Kwik Fit or similar in my experience) and ask them to put it up on the ramp. They can then carry out a thorough check on all the suspension bushings and ball joints and steering as well as checking for leaks from the shocks etc. If they say that things needs replacing ask them to show you exactly why. I hope this is useful. 
 I have been offered a 3 months warranty with a Fig from a general used car dealer, I know this is a legal requirement but I would like to know what I expect to have included.  

Hi. The hA warranty is not a legal requirement- the legal side states that the item should be fit for its purpose -ie get you from A to B in an acceptable manner. Warranty's vary in cover & price-if you are a distance from the trader you may have problems getting the car back- I would suggest you consider asking them to put an independent warranty on the car from one of the many companies on the Internet-they tend to have a network of repairers, the one i use authorizes kwick fit branches for repairs- slightly more copper bottomed than a sole trader & possibly less likely to disappear or talk a problem away- 100 as an average cover. 

Hi there,Hope someone can help me. My car always starts first time, even after not being used for a couple of weeks. But recently, after I have taken a short trip and turned the engine off, when I get back in to start the car all the dashboard lights come on but the engine doesn't start! It sometimes works if I manually shift the gear into drive, but no idea why. Also, my CD player has suddenly stopped working too! I had the garage replace the bush at its last service, but still happens! Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

 

I'd say it is almost the "won't start in park" bush, I'd suspect it probably was replaced or done properly by your garage, take a look yourself, or get a friend who is into cars to look, it'll be obvious to anyone who knows just the basics about cars. Where are you located? Regarding the CD, is it the original factory player you have in your car? Does the radio part still work? 

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About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
MY CARMy son Daniel had always wanted a Figaro and after saving for years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he brought an Emerald Green one in May 2008. That was it - I was hooked too! Even now we spend many a happy weekend polishing her in the garage.

We just love all that chrome... After buying the car we started searching the internet for ownership help and advice and although a forum existed there was no real club so in December 2008 we started designing and building the web site which took around 4 Months. The club was formed in February 2009 and launched on 1st March 2009

Warmest Regards

 

Kevin Fagan

Figaro Owners Club Founder

Email: figaroownersclub@o2.co.uk  

 

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