Just got home from work (picked up new wheels but more on that tomorrow when i get them fitted) Decided to be a bit of a hooligan as it was friday. Sitting at t junction turning left to join main carriage way. 3k rpm let go of clutch progressively and then 5.5k rpm change to second. Wide open throttle it to 5.5k rpm again and as i push in the clutch to go for 3rd i hear this massive bang from front and left of me!! Well it seemed to the front of the gearstick and to the left of the gearstick but i know from experience i am not the best at directional sound - mispent youth in rock bands!! First i thought i had hit a pothole and smashed a wheel but no pot hole even if its back road and not very smooth Second thought it was a blow out but i soon realised it wasn't that. Third thought - was that the engine rocking and something being hit? Fourth thought (not being mechanically minded i am guessing here) was that a cv joint or something like that to do with the front left wheel/drive? Fifth thought - was this the ESP doing something very dramatic because of the loose surface. Anybody else had this? Anybody else got any ideas what it was or could have been. Almost crapped myself when i heard it!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif But car seems fine (touch wood) and nothing obvious without getting under car.