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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 16:44:16 »
Thoughts also:

540i
740/45
Jag XJ-R or XK
E500 Merc, bit of sleeper!


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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 16:39:19 »

To expensive for that V8 itch, if I would get one would still be doing car share. But only really want to burn few grand (sub £5k) - I do like them though, thing is, I guess I'm getting old. I would prefer an auto. :-[


Ha! I never picked up that the monaro was manual only! I just assumed that a big lazy v8 from the colonies would have an auto option...

Sub £5k v8 could be challenging!

Yeah Monaro's manual only, I would prefer the effortless "put it in D" type stuff where you don't need to fart around with gears, getting change just right. Just push that pedal harder to 'smoke' em.

Something we do in the M235i, is that, surprisingly can smoke nearly anything it comes up to.

It's surprising what V8 you can get, sub £5k:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201803054272205?onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&radius=1500&minimum-badge-engine-size=4.0&advertising-location=at_cars&postcode=tw89de&model=6%20SERIES&make=BMW&sort=price-asc&page=1

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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 16:22:07 »
Monaro Tunnie?

To expensive for that V8 itch, if I would get one would still be doing car share. But only really want to burn few grand (sub £5k) - I do like them though, thing is, I guess I'm getting old. I would prefer an auto.  :-[

So VXR8  :D - But for the cash to buy one of those, I'd probably get XJ like the fatty admin.

For me, nothing Saab came up with after the early 90s ever floated my boat. 

Don't get me wrong, if I could have landed a 9000 that hadn't been feasted on by the tin worm, I'd have gone for one of them years ago, but (I think) they're all at least 21yrs old now - so probably will never happen.  ::)

I quite like the Jaaaags of the early 2000's era, well XJ and s-type, not the x-type. In fact most things in the 220-300 bhp <£5-6k bracket will get a look in when I can get a change. Sadly 20-25k/yr (even after the move) rules out anything too exciting.

The Swede is mighty comfortable and is proving reliable, touch wood, but (to quote clarkson) its as dull and grey as sitting in Eyore's bottom. But 35-40k/yr rather forces my hand atm  ;D

Same, an XJ-R from this era still looks good. Effortless power as well, which is what I like.

Trouble is finding examples, some appear to be around ~3/5k or crazy 10k+  :-\ - Then who knows how to actually work on them.

I'll continue to run 3.2 for some time yet, as it ticks all my boxes for now. If I lost if for what ever reason, I've no idea to be honest what I'd get.

I'd like to scratch that V8 urge, given my current low miles. Maybe something like e39 5 Series 540i.

I was even looking at Astra GTC's other day on Autotrader, for the cash, they offer great value. That would be a head over heart decision though!

Hairdresser's car. :)

Way back in the eighties we knew a kid who drove a white XR3i cabriolet. He thought he looked cool. The girls liked the car but thought that all the drivers were benders.

I think there are decent enough cars, but for similar money can get facelifted previous shape Insignia. Be it diesel  :(

I like the diesel mum bus, we've been really, really pleased with it. Just not sure I could live with inline 4 pot diesel as my commuter. Not exactly smooth or effortless  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 14:28:40 »
Same, an XJ-R from this era still looks good. But smell of piss.
FTFY

Then who knows how to actually work on them.
Can't speak for the X350 or X358, but the X351 is well engineered, and seems easy enough to do most tasks. Due to time needed to remove trim/plastics, I reckon some tasks could be pricey if not DIY though.

Trouble is for X351, you need to be spending £15k. That gets you something with 100,000+ miles as well.  :(
I never said get a current one ;). It wouldn't suit you anyway. I agree, your 3.2 is your best choice for the foreseeable future :y

Yup, cheap as chips to run.

Needs it's annual service soon, getting a bit overdue. Got everything I need bar oil for it, might just shove ECP QX stuff oil in it.

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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 14:19:31 »
Same, an XJ-R from this era still looks good. But smell of piss.
FTFY

Then who knows how to actually work on them.
Can't speak for the X350 or X358, but the X351 is well engineered, and seems easy enough to do most tasks. Due to time needed to remove trim/plastics, I reckon some tasks could be pricey if not DIY though.

Trouble is for X351, you need to be spending £15k. That gets you something with 100,000+ miles as well.  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Replacing the Skoda..
« on: 15 June 2018, 14:00:55 »
For me, nothing Saab came up with after the early 90s ever floated my boat. 

Don't get me wrong, if I could have landed a 9000 that hadn't been feasted on by the tin worm, I'd have gone for one of them years ago, but (I think) they're all at least 21yrs old now - so probably will never happen.  ::)

I quite like the Jaaaags of the early 2000's era, well XJ and s-type, not the x-type. In fact most things in the 220-300 bhp <£5-6k bracket will get a look in when I can get a change. Sadly 20-25k/yr (even after the move) rules out anything too exciting.

The Swede is mighty comfortable and is proving reliable, touch wood, but (to quote clarkson) its as dull and grey as sitting in Eyore's bottom. But 35-40k/yr rather forces my hand atm  ;D

Same, an XJ-R from this era still looks good. Effortless power as well, which is what I like.

Trouble is finding examples, some appear to be around ~3/5k or crazy 10k+  :-\ - Then who knows how to actually work on them.

I'll continue to run 3.2 for some time yet, as it ticks all my boxes for now. If I lost if for what ever reason, I've no idea to be honest what I'd get.

I'd like to scratch that V8 urge, given my current low miles. Maybe something like e39 5 Series 540i.

I was even looking at Astra GTC's other day on Autotrader, for the cash, they offer great value. That would be a head over heart decision though!

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General Car Chat / Re: Just back from Serek's Garage.
« on: 14 June 2018, 14:11:40 »
Yup  :y

What did you have done?

Think if I got an XF/XJ I'd seriously consider driving to his for servicing needs. (that's if he works on them)  ;D
Have x351 today for  rear arms as bushes gone
2x arm and some bolts just over £500  :o

 :o

This puts me off the big Jags  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia 2.0cdti auto as tow car
« on: 14 June 2018, 00:28:45 »
It would pull it well enough, I have the 2.0 CDTi in the mum bus. Itís mid range punch is considerable, fully loaded up the bus still pulls 40-80mph easily.

To put into context the 2.0 CDTi has considerably more torque than 3.2 V6 Omega  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Just back from Serek's Garage.
« on: 13 June 2018, 17:33:32 »
Yup  :y

What did you have done?

Think if I got an XF/XJ I'd seriously consider driving to his for servicing needs. (that's if he works on them)  ;D

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General Discussion Area / Spotted at Heathrow....
« on: 13 June 2018, 16:56:10 »


Fake I know, but probably accurate  ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 June 2018, 12:15:45 »
Itís not case of bubble wrap, just basic safety.  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 June 2018, 11:27:44 »
Yes, defo 5 in the back of mine, 5 in back of bros. Saloon has more space. Generally each couple had a large suitcase, and one the next size down.  Racking brains what else we had, one year I recall a Note.

Easier now, with just 7 of us normally coming.

Why bother with a child seat, nobody else does in the euro places I've been lately.  A xfer coach won't have either ;)


Obviously, if you want to put barriers into the way, try Skegness, which you should be able to get for similar money.

Cause the child is only 6 months old, I would not be happy with 6 month old on a lap. Even if it was legal.

Doing Ireland next year, but driving the mum bus. Also doing New York, but leaving the kids here for that one.  :D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 June 2018, 11:13:38 »
Even official stats say 2 suitcases...

https://www.sixt.co.uk/ford-car-hire/ford-focus/

Which is optimistic in my view!

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 June 2018, 11:07:57 »
I love hiring a villa, own pool, own house, own rules  :y

Sadly it was easy peasy with just me and MrsT as we could hire any POS box with seats.

With the Little Miss T's it gets rather more expensive, due to car seats and thus larger car. Looking forward to doing these again when the girls are older.
If I can get 5 adults reasonably comfortably in the back of my bog standard hire car, I'm damn sure I can get 2 adults and 2 "little darlings" in.  I need to walk round the back of the car and find out what Fiat it is. When I CBA ;D

The biggest issue we have is transferring all cases from airport to villa and back again.  Not an issue this year, as only 7 of us across 2 cars, but always used to be 10 of us across 2 cars.  But you can (just) get 5 cases in the back of a Focus saloon, although hang luggage has to sit on laps/by feet.  In our case, here, the airport is about 40 mins away, so its not too much of a hardship for that short time.

If the desire to do something is there, then its usually possible with minimal fuss, despite what yummy mummies and snowflakes might think.

5 suitcases in Focus?  :o How! Must be tiny...

We had similar size car on our trip, we seriously struggled to fit our suitcase in. (2!)

Car seats mean back row seats are taken up by 2, due to width/size of them. Often car seat hire is more than actual cost of the car....

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 12 June 2018, 12:27:45 »
I love hiring a villa, own pool, own house, own rules  :y

Sadly it was easy peasy with just me and MrsT as we could hire any POS box with seats.

With the Little Miss T's it gets rather more expensive, due to car seats and thus larger car. Looking forward to doing these again when the girls are older.

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