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General Car Chat / Re: Jaguar S-type V8 4.2 R
« on: 10 May 2017, 20:28:43 »
Wasn't Elite Pete running a V8 S type?

I think he still is :y

Yep :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Low Mileage Black Elite
« on: 22 April 2017, 09:07:51 »
Given that choice I would probably take a jag, either spending a little less (s-type) or a little more (XJ) than the 4K.
Though Jags have a reliability reputation, and the S type in particular seems unreliable. Mundano Jag has similar reputation as well.

But, yes, I would need a lot of convincing to buy that Omega. If it was A1 perfect with a proper engine, maybe. But a 14yr old Vauxhall aint ever going to be A1.

I really cant fault my V8 S-Type, mind you its only done 80000 miles and I look after it well :)

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General Car Chat / Re: My Unseen eBay Elite
« on: 29 January 2017, 11:48:17 »
So last night I went North to collect my impulse eBay purchase. The ad was brief. The car was described as a 2003 late Elite with Bose and all the toys. Last owner for 11 years, who was an old boy, who very sadly passed away a week ago, and the family wanted the car gone asap.

The car was being sold by "MW Performance" in Cheshire. This company started as a GM specialist garage, and then moved to performance stuff, still largely specialising in Vauxhalls.

The ad for this car stated that it was sold as spares/repairs with possible faults, on the basis they haven't checked the car over properly in their workshop.

I very, very nearly walked after exchanging some messages with the garage, didn't go through with the deal, because, my interpretation of them was such that the car had something wrong with it. For example I sent a message similar to "I know you can't offer any warranty and it's sold as seen, but can you just confirm if it starts and drives without any major faults, such as inability to change gears or serious engine knocks". The response to this was simply "you might be better off looking for something more local to you", which again just didn't fill me with any confidence.

I made the decision regardless, that, for 595, I wouldn't lose even if I were to break it. And I needed something to keep me mobile. So in light of there being not much else around, apart from a 3.0 Manual on ebay (which I suspect will be a rustbucket with dodgey brakes) I went for it.

The garage said on the phone there was a lot of interest (which I believed) and that the first person to pay secured it. For this reason I didn't wait a day, to potentially travel and find it had gone, so I paid in full over the phone.

Upon arrival at their very modern and presentable workshop my fears were soon put to rest. The Omega was outside, and whilst not valeted (I wouldn't expect this) it was clean inside and out and looked presentable. The owners of the garage Marc and Louise were extremely friendly and basically told me they had maintained this car for the last ten years. From what I could gather the ad was written as spares and repairs purely because the car is not in the same league as the modern cars they sell worth tens of thousands.

I needn't have worried, because they were clearly being very honest and just trying not to raise buyers expectations to not expect dealer service and warranties on an old motor.

The drive home was excellent. The 2.6 V6 has absolutely bags of power, possibly the swiftest and smoothest of the baby V6 range I've driven. It's recently had Eibach springs fitted all round, which makes it sit lower than I would ideally like at the front, but it handles much better than you would expect any second hand cheap Omega to - with brand new tyres on the front, and good ones on the back. Brakes pull up well, discs look perfectly serviceable and there is plenty of meat on the pads.

Couple of faults I noted on the way home

- Thermostat is goosed. Stuck open. The car is "overcooling". At 5 deg external temperature, the needle sits just below the 80, and, at 2deg external temp, at motorway speeds, it only just lifts off the bottom. When this happens the heat in the cabin reduces too.

- Warning on the screen for a bulb out. They seem OK, so might just be a false alarm.

- Sticky drivers door lock

Cosmetically the car is very good. As per the pics, there is some surface rust just starting on the rear arches, but they are by no means badly gone, and all of the metal is still solid, so this will be able to be nipped in the bud easily enough once the weather warms up.

Mechanically it's all fine as far as I can tell. All fault lights come on with the ignition and go off upon engine being started. There's no EML lit, not even the precat code issue.

Apologies for the quality of these pics. They are after 200 miles of salty road grime and drizzle, and it was also just starting to snow and poor light, so they don't do the car any justice at all, but will give you a general idea:










































Flintshire ::)

Good customers of mine. I would have happily had a look for you, I'm there a couple of times a week. They have a lovely Monza there but they wont sell it to me :(

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I do approx 1000 miles a week in my Transit and it hasn't broken down once........................ yet ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: rules on being able to sell car
« on: 14 January 2017, 18:35:57 »
I am a newbie who has been a member for over a year since I purchased an Omega Elite Estate.  It has now failed its MOT and I am going to have to scrap it due to the ruling that I cannot advertise my vehicle for sale since I have not posted more than 250 posts.  I do understand the reason for this rule but feel it is rather excessive.  Someone out there would have been able to give her a good home and do the work necessary welding work to get her through and end up with a beautiful car with lots of extras.
 >:( :(
Ever thought about Ebay, Gumtree or Preloved ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Never had that before at a dealers
« on: 03 November 2016, 18:28:57 »
Lets just hope the technician turns the camera off when he syphons the python ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Copart.
« on: 30 October 2016, 17:43:00 »
I've used it once and it was ok if not a little expensive but I've also seen them moving vehicles around the yard. When I bought my running 2.2 DTi off them it was delivered to the gates on a fork lift truck, forks under the front of the car :o :o




That's certainly how they move everything about at Sandwich.

I drove it home so stopped 100 metres up the road and popped it half on the kerb so I could look underneath and check for damage, I was lucky :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Copart.
« on: 27 October 2016, 17:22:43 »
I've used it once and it was ok if not a little expensive but I've also seen them moving vehicles around the yard. When I bought my running 2.2 DTi off them it was delivered to the gates on a fork lift truck, forks under the front of the car :o :o

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General Discussion Area / Re: Just been thretend what would you do.
« on: 27 October 2016, 17:19:11 »
So let me get this right. You were verbally abusing two 75 year olds over a space they were entitled to use and now someone has threatened to abuse you or your car you want to involve the Police. Maybe there's a lesson to be learnt that those 75 year olds will probably have family who like me would take offence at someone trying to bully them into moving their car. Ok I wouldn't have used a hammer but I bet next time it happens you'll consider parking across the road ;D ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: catching a bus
« on: 15 October 2016, 12:07:23 »
Had to catch a bus today, not used one in ages.

The bus driver was racing another bus, not ideal when they don't handle that well.


This is on top of being in a coach yesterday that made a mess of a fiat shitbox

Bus self-abuser
;D ;D ;D

Ah.....we have an Inbetweeners fan. ;)

 :y

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General Car Chat / Re: catching a bus
« on: 11 October 2016, 16:18:17 »
Had to catch a bus today, not used one in ages.

The bus driver was racing another bus, not ideal when they don't handle that well.


This is on top of being in a coach yesterday that made a mess of a fiat shitbox

Bus self-abuser ;D ;D ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: vauxhall vivaro
« on: 27 August 2016, 21:04:13 »
I used to have a new one every 6 months at work and it was FAF, now I have a shitty Transit every 6 months and it wouldn't pull a greased stick out of a dogs bum :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: RAF Cosford
« on: 21 August 2016, 18:33:36 »
Went last year and loved it :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Time for the motorbike to go...
« on: 11 August 2016, 18:41:36 »
I've just got back to riding on motorised 2 wheels after a break of about 15 years and I'm loving it. I use it most days but love the ride outs better, OK it's only an old Vespa but when there's 250 of you out for a ride on a Sunday, it's brilliant :)

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Always hankered after a TR6 and a V8 Esprit

I love the Triumphs and if I won the lottery would go for a TR5 :)

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