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Title: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:24:49
Seeing as there is a cycling thread I thought we could do with a petrolhead one.

I am looking to buy a couple of new tyres and have read good things about Vredestein Ultrac Vorti. Need them on a 225/40/18 but can't find them anywhere unless you have them delivered. Hoping someone can suggest a local fitter.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:41:50
What the hell are you driving to need tyres that wide and low?!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:44:24
4D being an accountant I am guessing at BMW, or at a push an Audi.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:44:53
Quite a normal size  ???
Same as my ST I had before.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:46:00
Never owned a beemer or audi  ;)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:48:27
 :car:

I miss my Audi A3 :(

Corking V6 engine!



Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:51:06
Never owned a beemer or audi  ;)
I thought a beemer was the car all accountants dreamt of :) I must admit I have 50 series 18 inch tyres on my Astra and they give too hard a ride for my liking can't imagine 40 profiles. Like elastic bands on a wheel.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 09:56:41
The ride is very firm!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 23:09:39
Mercedes were more common in the firms I worked at. I reckon it's a Saab though.

Guess the car 4D drives is more fun than obscure tyre reviews :)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 23:21:34
Austin Allegro Vanden Plas.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 08:22:35
Austin Allegro Vanden Plas.
With the square steering wheel, beige crushed velour seats and painted in hearing aid brown? classy little number.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suttonred on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 10:26:22
Very few left, you can get a fair few quid for a decent one nowadays.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 10:42:44
Mine's lowered and on 18" rims  ::)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: ronnie21 on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 11:50:04
Seeing as there is a cycling thread I thought we could do with a petrolhead one.

I am looking to buy a couple of new tyres and have read good things about Vredestein Ultrac Vorti. Need them on a 225/40/18 but can't find them anywhere unless you have them delivered. Hoping someone can suggest a local fitter.
Kall Fit on Kembrey Park will fit customers' tyres, they charged me £12 for fitting per tyre inc. balance.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:09:07
Ta


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 14:18:37
Kall Fit on Kembrey Park will fit customers' tyres, they charged me £12 for fitting per tyre inc. balance.

So nearly £50 to fit 4 tyres?

Just turn up on a Saturday afternoon and bung the fitter £20 in cash.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 16:32:39
Anyone tried BG44K before? Need to decoke the motor.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Barry Scott on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 18:40:24
Seeing as there is a cycling thread I thought we could do with a petrolhead one.

I am looking to buy a couple of new tyres and have read good things about Vredestein Ultrac Vorti. Need them on a 225/40/18 but can't find them anywhere unless you have them delivered. Hoping someone can suggest a local fitter.

I've got those tyres, lovely and grippy, better than the slippery Pirelli Cinturato I had before. Brought them on eBay then got them fitted by DiaLynx in Lydiard when I had some work done.

Edit: Doh, missed the date.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 19:07:41
Cheers Bazza   :)

Anyone got any tips for an engine decoke, much appreciated.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 20:14:15
What petrol do you use?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 22:17:00
Unleaded.
Would super unleaded help?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 22:36:36
What car is it.

Mine is recommended 98ron, so use vpower or momentum99, which helps. It will run on normal unleaded but the additives in super help the engine.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 22:39:11
Turbo MCS


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 14:21:48
Has anyone driven an Audi R8 or supercharged Ariel Atom? Looking to drive both soon  :nod:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Red Frog on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 14:25:52
Has anyone driven an Audi R8 or supercharged Ariel Atom? Looking to drive both soon  :nod:

The R8's a bit of a Wankpanzer isn't it?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Berniman on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 16:30:57
Has anyone driven an Audi R8 or supercharged Ariel Atom? Looking to drive both soon  :nod:

My son has.  I watched him in the Ariel Atom and it looked like it was great fun.  I would look forward to that rather than the R8.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 20:06:20
I have driven an R8 and a lambo gallardo (both the same underneath) and if i had the choice if either, it would be the R8. The gallardo was fast but a terrible drive.


Title: Re:
Post by: Honkytonk on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 21:37:14
Had a spin in the atom before. God but the thing is brilliant. Never felt anything like it. I've driven Caterhams as well and they have a similar 'feel' of it just being you and a pair of wheels.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 22:00:26
 :eek:  :D https://youtu.be/EJBPHDo29ao


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 22:26:38
I have driven an R8 and a lambo gallardo (both the same underneath) and if i had the choice if either, it would be the R8. The gallardo was fast but a terrible drive.

Both part of the VAG group


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Barry Scott on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 22:29:01
A mate drove a Supercharged Atom (amongst about 7 others) on some company thing at Palmer Motorsport and said it was fucking immense.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 23:32:37
Austin Allegro Vanden Plas.

https://youtu.be/73rKQXCRHeA


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Red and Proud on Friday, June 5, 2015, 06:41:33
A mate drove a Supercharged Atom (amongst about 7 others) on some company thing at Palmer Motorsport and said it was fucking immense.
he's not wrong.

I did the two seater & single seater caterham at Palmer sports a few years ago. I'm not a petrol head by any stretch but fuck me it was fun.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, June 5, 2015, 07:21:51
4D can be seen doing Donuts in the bug and spider car park...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Jamiesfuturewife on Friday, June 5, 2015, 08:20:40
Anyone know anyone that might be looking to buy a Kia Picanto??


Title: Re:
Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, June 5, 2015, 09:42:30
On the subject of buying cars, my mate's just bought himself an '88 TVR S2. In white. I nearly cried with laughter when he turned up in it the other day.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: @MacPhlea on Friday, June 5, 2015, 15:03:14
On the subject of buying cars, my mate's just bought himself an '88 TVR S2. In white. I nearly cried with laughter when he turned up in it the other day.

1) Now seen as a Modern classic... when it doesn't break down...

2) My mate was killed driving one...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: LucienSanchez on Friday, June 5, 2015, 15:38:40
Anyone know anyone that might be looking to buy a Kia Picanto??
No one ever?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bob's Orange on Friday, June 5, 2015, 18:25:14
No one ever?

haha. I was tempted to reply something similar but bit my tongue/finger


Title: Cars
Post by: Batch on Friday, June 5, 2015, 18:48:28
Quote
No one ever?
well clearly somebody did ;)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Jamiesfuturewife on Friday, June 5, 2015, 19:58:24
Come on surely someone's nan might need a new car??


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Friday, June 5, 2015, 19:59:37
Come on surely someone's nan might need a new car??

My nan wouldn't be seen dead in that.

Actually, yes she would, she is dead.


Title: Re: Re: Cars
Post by: Honkytonk on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 23:32:43
1) Now seen as a Modern classic... when it doesn't break down...

2) My mate was killed driving one...
1) I do actually really like the styling. One of those things that will get better with age unlike the post-russian ones that just became over-designed messes. In my eyes anyway. Engine/gearbox is a cracker too (quite literally - the sound on the overrun is exquisite)

2) I'm sorry to hear that. My mate has said it can be a bit of a handful and is very careful when driving it about. He's always been one with a digital right foot (on or off) but he is actually driving it carefully.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Peter Venkman on Sunday, June 7, 2015, 08:53:28
Lost out yesterday at a raffle at a fête in Hasselbury Plucknett by one number on the raffle for a tour of the (very small) Ariel factory and test drive of their 3.5R supercharged Atom. (They are made in Hasselbury just outside of Crewkerne).

Disappointed.

They test drive each Atom they have built between the factory and Chard and then to Yeovil and back to the factory on the A30 usually about one every couple of weeks, saw 3 in one day last week though.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 16:47:17
Can anyone recommend a car valuation website that doesn't require your inside leg measurement?   ::)

Ta.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jimbob on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 16:50:38
Confused.com car valuation


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: JayBox325 on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 16:57:06
Confused.com car valuation

They had no information on my 1981 Mini. :P


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 17:58:18
It wants an email address. I'm after one that just pops the valuation up with all my details.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jimbob on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 18:05:58
You don't get badgered by putting in an email address


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:39:38
It wants an email address. I'm after one that just pops the valuation up with all my details.

You don't get stuff for free these days. Sign up, it doesn't cost money, just your email address.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suttonred on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:44:29
And a deluge of spam when they sell the address on....


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:45:15
Can anyone recommend a car valuation website that doesn't require your inside leg measurement?   ::)

Ta.

Parkers?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Jamiesfuturewife on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 20:02:51
I sold my Picanto today! Yay!
 :banana: :banana:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: kerry red on Saturday, June 27, 2015, 14:52:26
Just had the Vee Belt go on my BMW -  anyone got any idea on likely repair cost?

Cant find a garage open


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 13:23:43
Nice to see Ford has taken the crown of Best Hot Hatch away from VW.
http://www.topgear.com/car-news/big-reads/ford-focus-rs-vs-rivals
The past 5-10 years has seen Ford really take the car market by storm. They have always made decent cars but they really have upped their game of late
I love my ST and it would be a dream to upgrade it to the RS if i had the money.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 13:28:48
I'm seriously tempted to trade up to the RS when my lease is up later this year.

Although cars are a bit of a sore point right now, Allen Ford messed me about with my service and as a result offered a full valet. The driver picked the car up to take it for the valet today and scraped the front bumper on a kerb as he pulled away from my drive. He didn't even stop, so I don't know what the damage is yet!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 13:31:29
I'm seriously tempted to trade up to the RS when my lease is up later this year.

Although cars are a bit of a sore point right now, Allen Ford messed me about with my service and as a result offered a full valet. The driver picked the car up to take it for the valet today and scraped the front bumper on a kerb as he pulled away from my drive. He didn't even stop, so I don't know what the damage is yet!

My lease isn't up for another year but come the summer i might pop in and and see what they can offer me. If i can get an RS for around the same monthly payments of the ST i'll go for it. (if the wife agrees)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:23:46
Do you guys just get a private lease or do you do PCP from a garage ?

If you do a private lease what company did you use and how did you find it ?

Just asking as I've just upgraded the family bus and was considering my options.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:29:44
Mine's a personal lease, I used a broker called Tilsun.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:34:14
Mine's a personal lease, I used a broker called Tilsun.

Any problems/issues or has it all be quite straight forward ?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:44:17
No problems with the leasing side of things at all, that was very straightforward. The car was in stock and delivered within weeks.

Just had bad luck with (other people) pranging it.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:53:49
Cheers Sam

I've considered a lot of options recently and personal leasing seems to be a good way to go. Just need to get my head around "not owning" the car.  ;D


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:58:05
I went direct with ford, very straight forward, walked in to have a browse and walked out withing an hour or so buying a car. Its almost too easy.



Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 14:59:04
You'll always get people saying that buying a 3-5 year old car and running it into the ground is more cost effective.

I considered that, but would've still needed to finance it. For the same monthly outlay, I can drive a brand new car, no MOT or tax to pay for and haven't got to worry about mechanical problems because of the warranty. I even get free roadside assistance.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 15:19:15
I considered that, but would've still needed to finance it. For the same monthly outlay, I can drive a brand new car, no MOT or tax to pay for and haven't got to worry about mechanical problems because of the warranty.

This is what sold it to me - which means that hopefully you'll never get any big maintenance/repair bills.

As we have two cars we have just bought a new family car replacing the old CRV we've had for 10 years and hopefully we'll lease the other one.

PCP on used cars just doesn't add up as you are financing the whole finance part at a higher interest rate after putting down a more significant initial payment.  New car deals at garages seem to offer better terms.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 16:22:32
Dont get a ford. :-)
Sods law, i've been bigging up Ford recently and i've not had a problem with mine, until now, my wife just rang me at work saying the cars dead. I nip home and low and behold its dead as a dodo. Its not 2 years old yet.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 16:34:49
Dont get a ford. :-)
Sods law, i've been bigging up Ford recently and i've not had a problem with mine, until now, my wife just rang me at work saying the cars dead. I nip home and low and behold its dead as a dodo. Its not 2 years old yet.


My other car is a Focus and the build/paint quality is appalling in comparison to the Honda. I have mate in the car business who once told me that each individual layer of the paint Volvo use is thicker than all the coats of paint Ford put on. It shows.

However the Focus drives superbly, it is just let down in other areas.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 17:40:04
Fords are famous for their rust. Especially through the 80's and 90's. They always seem 'plasticy' to me.

All a matter of opinions...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 17:59:22
My old Ford Sierra was the best car I've ever owned.
Take as you find innit. See a lot of prestige cars on the hard shoulder. Big money beemers and mercs seem as likely to break down as a 6 grand dacia


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: theakston2k on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 18:05:24
I've driven two Fords, a Mondeo and a Focus and on both the alternator failed so not a fan. That said they were work pool cars so probably had a rough life, I'm not a fan of Fords in general though.

When I got my car I maxed the deposit on my RR (30% I think it was) and got a good deal on the finance that way including the servicing so other than the cost of the car and tyres I've spent nothing which has worked for me. Having the piece of mind that a warranty provides can't be understated.
That said I'm probably not the best to listen to for advice as I'm about to do something very stupid and upgrade to a Sport SVR as with the fuel prices at a reasonable level now seems as good a time for a petrol V8 as there ever will be.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 20:29:47
Pick up my spanking new 1 Series in 3 weeks! Lovely.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 21:01:20
Pick up my spanking new 1 Series in 3 weeks! Lovely.
Pick up my brand new Astra Elite Nav on Monday, can't wait.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Mother Brown on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 21:08:39
Fords are famous for their rust. Especially through the 80's and 90's. They always seem 'plasticy' to me.

All a matter of opinions...
Plastic doesn"t  rust,it falls off.
Did 90s Mondeos,come with a gratis roll of gaffa tape,to hold the rear bumper on ?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ginginho on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 23:22:34
My first car was a Ford Orion Ghia 1.6. I fucking loved it.
The engine and everything was sound, but it failed the MOT due to the state of the body work and sadly went to the big car park in the sky.



Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Friday, February 19, 2016, 00:43:28
I've owned about 9 Fords over the years, the 1.6 ghia orion was a good car. My Sierra was like this inside.......

http://youtu.be/2YN0QA_h9Tk


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 11:59:25
Put a deposit down on a 320i xDrive M Sport yesterday (pending a test drive). Only went to have a look to get an idea of size as the ST is just a bit too small with 2 boys in child-seats.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:37:28
Put a deposit down on a 320i xDrive M Sport yesterday (pending a test drive). Only went to have a look to get an idea of size as the ST is just a bit too small with 2 boys in child-seats.

Very nice... what plate is that on? Manual or Auto?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 13:06:31
It's 13 plate but only has 9000 miles on the clock, had no intention of buying but when he did the sums and it worked out we'd pay almost 50 quid a moth less than currently. It was a no brainier.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 13:11:11
It's 13 plate but only has 9000 miles on the clock, had no intention of buying but when he did the sums and it worked out we'd pay almost 50 quid a moth less than currently. It was a no brainier.

Yep. Nice one.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 21:39:31
*thread bump*

Considering dropping the boring family wagon Renault Grand Scenic for a Civic Type R. 3 doors with 2 boys aged 6 and 3? What could go wrong...  :nod: :no:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 21:40:16
No. Go for a vrs. Seriously.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: theakston2k on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 21:53:59
*thread bump*

Considering dropping the boring family wagon Renault Grand Scenic for a Civic Type R. 3 doors with 2 boys aged 6 and 3? What could go wrong...  :nod: :no:
As you've said 3 doors I'm guessing you're looking at the old EP3 that's a bit dated now or the FN2 that was disappointing, I wouldn't really bother. The new one on the other hand is nice bit of kit...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 21:54:56
Get an Ariel Atom.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 21:55:31
Or a Caterham 7..


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 22:04:09
EP3, low mileage, really well looked after. Tempted. Very, very tempted.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 22:17:42
*thread bump*

Considering dropping the boring family wagon Renault Grand Scenic for a Civic Type R. 3 doors with 2 boys aged 6 and 3? What could go wrong...  :nod: :no:

I swapped the mk4 golf gti for an ep3 a few months back and i have 2 boys aged 2 and 9 months. :-). It's rare i take the boys in it mind, its definitely not a family car.
Great car to drive once you get used to the harsh ride. Let me know if you have any questions.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 22:26:21
I swapped the mk4 golf gti for an ep3 a few months back and i have 2 boys aged 2 and 9 months. :-). It's rare i take the boys in it mind, its definitely not a family car.
Great car to drive once you get used to the harsh ride. Let me know if you have any questions.

Reckon you could use it as a daily with the boys? Eldest can strap himself in (he came on the test drive with me :D ) but Littlest will need to be strapped into his car seat, which would be on the passenger side rear seat which rolls forward a lot further. Other half not convinced by my proposal...  ::)

My fall back option is a 5 door mk4 Golf GTi, as it happens!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 09:18:07
Yeah you should be fine is the child seat is behind the passenger. The doors are huge with plenty of space once all the way forward.

Drive wise I'd go for a mk4 golf gti. But they have their issues once they start to hit 15 years and 100k plus miles. Happy to go though what to look for if you get one.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 09:33:48
I keep thinking about getting something a bit sporty for my next lease, maybe a Golf R or Focus RS.

But then I think about the steady 50+ mpg I can get from a sensible mid-size diesel.

Sigh, I'm getting old.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 09:37:04
Just a bit sporty then. I'd love either one of those.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suttonred on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:22:06
I keep thinking about getting something a bit sporty for my next lease, maybe a Golf R or Focus RS.

But then I think about the steady 50+ mpg I can get from a sensible mid-size diesel.

Sigh, I'm getting old.

There is something to be said about economy. I've gone from a BMW 2.0 that did a combined 68mpg, to an Audi 2.4 V6 that does about 23 mpg combined. I spend more time on the forecourt than I do in the car.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:08:04
I'm getting 30ish from my Grand Scenic, so it's not that big a drop to a CTR, as long as I behave myself for a bit of the time I'm in it, haha!

(and Thanks Seb, may pick your brain at some point!)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: theakston2k on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:43:19
I test drove a Range Rover Sport SVR the other, a ridiculous bit of kit. Nearly 3 tonnes of car that gets to 60 in 4.5 seconds. I'll probably end up getting the V6 diesel but I'm very tempted by the speed and noise of the SVR, the sub 20 mpg not so much.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:48:26
I test drove a Range Rover Sport SVR the other, a ridiculous bit of kit. Nearly 3 tonnes of car that gets to 60 in 4.5 seconds. I'll probably end up getting the V6 diesel but I'm very tempted by the speed and noise of the SVR, the sub 20 mpg not so much.
Ridiculous car, nothing that big should be that quick. Very comfortable.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 20:32:12
I know it says cars but I'm picking up my VW T5 Transporter soon. Can't fucking wait.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 20:50:06
I know it says cars but I'm picking up my VW T5 Transporter soon. Can't fucking wait.
We'll let you as, as VW T5 Transporters are ace


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 22:03:28
Indeedy, there's a very shiny spanking new one down the road from me, its looooovely.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: LucienSanchez on Monday, May 23, 2016, 09:55:20
I know it says cars but I'm picking up my VW T5 Transporter soon. Can't fucking wait.

Project or good to go? I'd love one of them


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Red Frog on Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:02:07
Sorry to interrupt the love-in boys, but this is what you're creaming yourselves over? This?

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqkqpRECbv4ugL5QOxj5Mc_0Gy9Ho2-YS885ePAwLFdn4uxZKZAg)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:38:34
Project or good to go? I'd love one of them

https://goo.gl/photos/fa2k8uHNfKd6GbKX7

First photo is what it looked like when I bought it, 2nd photo is what it looked like 5 weeks ago.

It's been in the shop since then and now has:

T5.1 facelift including mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Pop top roof with built in bed, colour matched on outside
Windows installed in middle third
Window in talegate
All rear windows blacked out
new clutch
new DMF
Timing belt
full service
Oil
Sound-proofing
Heat insulation
Full carpet in back

Just need to save up now to put the rear seats/bed and split charge system/solar panels, fridge, sink etc. Reckon it's going to cost another £4k or so but I'm moving soon so can bang the cost on the mortgage.

Can't fucking wait.



Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:53:28
That'll do pig, that'll do!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:59:32
A fair way to go but it's a decent start.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, May 23, 2016, 13:00:50
http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/camper-van-gives-illusion-of-freedom-2012061430501

FWIW I love the idea, but just cannot make the maths add up unless I was going to use it every weekend.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, May 23, 2016, 13:08:43
I do like the look of a well kitted out Transporter.

I quite fancy getting a double cab Hilux or similar, room for the kids and space to chuck the camping gear and bikes on the back.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Monday, May 23, 2016, 13:34:43
I don't get it. Drive to hotel. Unpack. Job done.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, May 23, 2016, 13:43:49
I don't get it. Drive to hotel. Unpack. Job done.

That's it, its a lovely idea but £10-15k (plus c.£500 a year maintaining it) buys a lot of nights in hotels/weeks in holiday cottages.

I used to work in the trade years ago and it shocked me how much people would spend year on year maintaining the things, don't get me wrong my mate has a lovely T4 and we had a great weekend in Belgium watching the Tour of Flanders earlier this year (it was a little like Max and Paddy!) plus it was dead handy to move stuff when we moved house.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, May 23, 2016, 15:04:42
I don't get it. Drive to hotel. Unpack. Job done.

Different strokes for different folks. We (the wife and I) just like the idea of being able to pack up the car/van and decide to go somewhere for a weekend.

Although I am off for two weeks all inclusive from Thursday :)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Monday, May 23, 2016, 15:17:44
I was joking Sam, but it's fair to say family camping trips and scouts as kid put me off somewhat! maybe we'll do camping in the south of France sometime.

going anywhere nice? we are doing a week in Tenerife over half term, can't wait..


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suttonred on Monday, May 23, 2016, 15:44:56
I was joking Sam, but it's fair to say family camping trips and scouts as kid put me off somewhat! maybe we'll do camping in the south of France sometime.

going anywhere nice? we are doing a week in Tenerife over half term, can't wait..
There's nothing better than a decent French campsite, and there are 100's of them. I've recently bought a transit van, and fully intend chucking an airbed, sleeping bag, and calor grill in the back, and heading over there 3 or 4 times this year.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: RobertT on Monday, May 23, 2016, 17:02:59
I don't get it. Drive to hotel. Unpack. Job done.

I believe I have turned myself into a snob.  I can't stand the thought of a holiday involving me staying in facilities worse than my own home.  I even turn my nose up at B&B's without en-suite (in this day and age!), in fact, B&B's for a holiday repulse me now.  It even annoys me that 2 star is an option on expedia.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Monday, May 23, 2016, 17:25:04
I've got a very young child and I'm not one of those infuriating cunts that thinks it's ok to take a baby on a plane. I like camping, I like going mountain biking, I want a vehicle that I can fit my whole family and kit in and just piss off somewhere at a moment's notice.

On top of all that, the wish to own a camper van was one of the last coherent things my old man said to me before he died and I'm using some of the inheritance he left me to complete his dream and make new memories with my own son.

Soppy shit, maybe. But we all choose to honour the memories of our loved ones in our way, and this is one of mine.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, May 23, 2016, 17:37:37
Nothing wrong with taking a baby on a short haul flight.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Panda Paws on Monday, May 23, 2016, 19:37:51
Nothing wrong with taking a baby on a short haul flight.

Unless you're one of the other 150 passengers.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, May 23, 2016, 19:48:28
I've got a very young child and I'm not one of those infuriating cunts that thinks it's ok to take a baby on a plane. I like camping, I like going mountain biking, I want a vehicle that I can fit my whole family and kit in and just piss off somewhere at a moment's notice.

On top of all that, the wish to own a camper van was one of the last coherent things my old man said to me before he died and I'm using some of the inheritance he left me to complete his dream and make new memories with my own son.

Soppy shit, maybe. But we all choose to honour the memories of our loved ones in our way, and this is one of mine.

Nice one..


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:26:44
*thread bump*

Considering dropping the boring family wagon Renault Grand Scenic for a Civic Type R. 3 doors with 2 boys aged 6 and 3? What could go wrong...  :nod: :no:

 :nod:

Had ep3 and fn2. Fn2 better for family. Good to mod too  ;)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 13:21:40
Also bump, need a small car for the Mrs, probably £3K to £3.5K. Doesn't have to be exciting, just functional A->B stuff. Bare in mind she drives a knackered 2001 Hyundai Accent right now so most things will be an improvement!

On the list in no particular order: Kia C'eed, Suzuki Swift, Seat Ibiza, Fiesta, Mazda 2 (or 3), Toyota Yaris (or Auris), Honda Jazz. Maybe even a Focus or Astra.

Any others/avoids/recommended from that list.


Reckon we are looking at 2008/2009 for most of the low mileage example of those. Bit pot luck whether we get a good one or not I suppose (low owners/fsh and hope for best).


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Tails on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 13:32:47
My other half has a 2008 Suzuki Swift and its pretty decent tbf. Think it cost her about £3K at the end of last year.

Fiat Punto's are also not too bad if you're not going that far. You can get them with "City Mode" which makes the steering ridiculously light. In fact I think that comes as standard.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 13:34:27
I am not sure what sort of money they are but I had a Fiat Panda for a while in Italy and it was a hoot to drive?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 14:49:10
Thanks both!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 14:55:38
My wife had a Punto from new until it fell to bits after 10 years or so - she was well pleased with it.

Went for a Corsa after that which she adored.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 15:01:14
my sister picked up a 3 yr old micra with 9k miles for something like 6-7k. I know its above your budget but fwiw its a decent drive


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 15:13:18
my sister picked up a 3 yr old micra with 9k miles for something like 6-7k. I know its above your budget but fwiw its a decent drive

Dave got one even cheaper http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36359921


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 01:15:40
Check the mot history online for any advisories before you view the car


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 07:10:33
Thanks guys, forgot corsa from the list. Will take a look at micra/punto..

Check the mot history online for any advisories before you view the car

Thanks, have been - really useful that its online now! Will also pay for HPI/history check if we zoom in on a purchase.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10:43:17
Check the mot history online for any advisories before you view the car
this is a godsend when buying 2nd hand cars.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 11:59:14
the more I look at it the more the panda is making sense - of she can live with the size.

sure is fugly though


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 12:21:44
the more I look at it the more the panda is making sense - of she can live with the size.

sure is fugly though

I hope your missus doesn't read this forum Batch.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Foggy on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 12:50:23
Im going to trade up my Scirroco R line for a full on R later this year. 300 BHP baby !!   


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 12:56:21
the more I look at it the more the panda is making sense - of she can live with the size.

sure is fugly though

I had an old Panda back in the day and whilst it was funny to drive (it had tyres the width of motorbike tyres) and was sturdy (I got heavily rear-ended by a Sierra which completely caved in at the front, I just reattached the rubber bumper on the Panda and drove away!) it was a big of a comedy motor.

The new Panda we had for a fortnight in Italy was nippy and good to drive, I imagine they are cheap and if I wanted a little nip about I would be tempted.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 13:20:07
Im going to trade up my Scirroco R line for a full on R later this year. 300 BHP baby !!   
I hate you


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 13:21:46
I had an old Panda back in the day and whilst it was funny to drive (it had tyres the width of motorbike tyres) and was sturdy (I got heavily rear-ended by a Sierra which completely caved in at the front, I just reattached the rubber bumper on the Panda and drove away!) it was a big of a comedy motor.

The new Panda we had for a fortnight in Italy was nippy and good to drive, I imagine they are cheap and if I wanted a little nip about I would be tempted.

I remember going to spain with the family 20 odd years ago and our hire car was a fiat panda. Me and my sister were piled with the luggage on our laps.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Foggy on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 13:47:16
I hate you

:-)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Red Frog on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 16:19:45
I hate u

Which is funny, cos I hate the next two letters in the alphabet.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 19:12:38
Emailed a guy about his Type R, full service history, 82k, all the usual good signs, asked him whether it'd had the 75k service and any advisories on the last MOT (There were a couple listed on the MOT history check, I wanted to test his honesty!) His reply? It had its 75k service at honda but they didn't stamp the log book and he doesn't have receipts, and no advisories either. Swiftly onto the next one...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 20:31:26
Emailed a guy about his Type R, full service history, 82k, all the usual good signs, asked him whether it'd had the 75k service and any advisories on the last MOT (There were a couple listed on the MOT history check, I wanted to test his honesty!) His reply? It had its 75k service at honda but they didn't stamp the log book and he doesn't have receipts, and no advisories either. Swiftly onto the next one...

whats your budget by the way? for the same price as my 54 plate CTR i could have had a 58 plate fiesta ST with less miles, i just kept missing out on them when they showed up.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:19:53
I think they're just a bit too small, the Civic is just that bit bigger... there's a few Focus ST's on Autotrader, but they're all 100k+.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:46:41
I think they're just a bit too small, the Civic is just that bit bigger... there's a few Focus ST's on Autotrader, but they're all 100k+.

They are not as small as you think, i was surprised. You can pick a 58 plate up with a lot less than 100k miles for around 4 grand.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 23:30:40
Still hits the issue of 3 door cars as the family hack unfortunately...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Boy About Town on Friday, June 3, 2016, 21:03:59
Just bought a Seat Leon Cupra R 03/04. 225bhp standard, mapped and running at 250bhp, nippy but sure drinks the petrol (25mpg in comparison to my diesel 1.5 Clio that gave me 47mpg).


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Friday, June 3, 2016, 21:16:18
Just bought a Seat Leon Cupra R 03/04. 225bhp standard, mapped and running at 250bhp, nippy but sure drinks the petrol (25mpg in comparison to my diesel 1.5 Clio that gave me 47mpg).
Great cars the cupra r


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Friday, June 3, 2016, 21:20:16
I'm picking up an Alfa Gt tomorrow. Already trying to budget for repairs etc


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Friday, June 3, 2016, 21:26:31
I'm picking up an Alfa Gt tomorrow. Already trying to budget for repairs etc
Alfa's are quite solid cars these days, what age is yours? I've has a drive in a Mito and Giulietta and though they were both great.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Friday, June 3, 2016, 21:31:10
Alfa's are quite solid cars these days, what age is yours? I've has a drive in a Mito and Giulietta and though they were both great.

2007 Blackline version. I'm hoping it lasts a couple of years really that's all


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Barry Scott on Friday, June 3, 2016, 22:13:08
I'm picking up an Alfa Gt tomorrow. Already trying to budget for repairs etc

They're gorgeous cars, when they first came out it was top of my potentially realistic dream car list.

I do have a bit of thing for Alfas. The 8C is still my favourite non-Ferrari of all time. And the new Giulia QV is a car I want more than a penis enlargement.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Monday, June 6, 2016, 07:08:53
Emailed a guy about his Type R, full service history, 82k, all the usual good signs, asked him whether it'd had the 75k service and any advisories on the last MOT (There were a couple listed on the MOT history check, I wanted to test his honesty!) His reply? It had its 75k service at honda but they didn't stamp the log book and he doesn't have receipts, and no advisories either. Swiftly onto the next one...

If you are looking at one above the 70k mileage mark, check whether the valve clearances have been done and the sparks changed. Great reliability btw.


Title: Cars
Post by: Batch on Monday, June 6, 2016, 08:04:28
Quote
I am not sure what sort of money they are but I had a Fiat Panda for a while in Italy and it was a hoot to drive?
Horlock, consider yourself off the Christmas card list, the Mrs got a 2011 panda. In beige.

The problem is that I found it hard to put a convincing argument against it, she rarely goes further than the occasional trip to Cirencester and mostly does town driving. 'unfortunately' we found the more economical base models were hard to find with luxuries like rear head rests - fairly important for the kids. so we ended up with a better spec with climate control.. and less mpg + higher tax..

fingers crossed it's not a turkey now... I'm useless with cars ... FSH, history of bills looks OK other than exhaust deteriorating (but not an mot  advisory in April). time will tell..

not overly impressed with Evans hawshall (was reg vardy) mind. they've gone all car supermarket with compulsary 'admin fee' and the like


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, June 6, 2016, 08:53:21
Notice there are some Alfa lovers on here, my mate has this for sale;

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/alfa-romeo/147/used-alfa-romeo-147-1-9-jtdm-16v-cloverleaf-ducati-corse-q2-5dr-sutton-fpa-201606054637516?atcido=soc-cars-fbk001


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, June 6, 2016, 08:54:51
Horlock, consider yourself off the Christmas card list, the Mrs got a 2011 panda. In beige.

The problem is that I found it hard to put a convincing argument against it, she rarely goes further than the occasional trip to Cirencester and mostly does town driving. 'unfortunately' we found the more economical base models were hard to find with luxuries like rear head rests - fairly important for the kids. so we ended up with a better spec with climate control.. and less mpg + higher tax..

fingers crossed it's not a turkey now... I'm useless with cars ... FSH, history of bills looks OK other than exhaust deteriorating (but not an mot  advisory in April). time will tell..

not overly impressed with Evans hawshall (was reg vardy) mind. they've gone all car supermarket with compulsary 'admin fee' and the like

All I can comment is that the one in Italy was good to zip around towns in, if we were looking for something like that it would be high on the list, happy motoring.

They don't call me honest Horlock for nothing!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Monday, June 6, 2016, 12:23:41
Who calls you that you lying prick?!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:12:48
 :-[

(http://i.imgur.com/oDaLYdK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/apScE9s.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/96zOkQk.jpg)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: sonicyouth on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:15:13
Links don't work jayo


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:16:35
Fixed (by not being a retard the second time I tried)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Flashheart on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 13:39:36
Nice.

What's the roof extension bit on top for?


Title: Re: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 14:01:07
Nice.

What's the roof extension bit on top for?
Roof terrace for drinks.....

Extra sleeping space I suspect really...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 14:44:11
Nice.

What's the roof extension bit on top for?

Built in bed to make it into 4 berth


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: suttonred on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 14:44:23
Yeah 2 berths up there.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: ron dodgers on Sunday, June 12, 2016, 16:07:58
mastabatorium


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Friday, June 17, 2016, 21:04:03
Got the Panda Sunday just gone. Drove it today and (I hate myself) am impressed. OK it wouldn't be my choice, but it does what it does and drives surprisingly nicely/smoothly. Did a bit on the motorway and it'll hold 70-80 without issue.

Not the best of starts though, totally soaked drivers side footwells the first time it rained. Found and sorted the issue ourselves very quickly - totally blocked up drainage holes in the water scuttle. Dry now, so next hot day out with the vax and shake n vac. Grrrr.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Sunday, June 19, 2016, 19:54:14
Appears the dealer has sold me a car with a lot of problems so trying to negotiate that they are looked at and fixed next week, else I am going to need have to take the dealer to court as he has flat out refused to refund me. Fun!


Title: Cars
Post by: Batch on Sunday, June 19, 2016, 20:31:13
sorry to hear that. what a PITA. Are you prepared to name and shame so we can avoid? Guess you might want to wait until after resolving things..

I certainly won't go near Evans Halshaw again....


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Sunday, June 19, 2016, 22:13:53
I'll wait until it's sorted but it's a Bristol dealer which makes it even more of a pain.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Sunday, June 19, 2016, 22:47:16
Yeah, sensible. That is a pain indeed. Hope its sorted soon.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Friday, June 24, 2016, 17:58:50
So after a lot of twatting about on the phone back and forth and the dealer saying they would arrange this and that etc but didn't deliver on their promises, so
I just paid for a fresh MOT test and to check on non-mot items and got better news than expected.
One new exhaust section and a driveshaft gaiter later and it's through the MOT. I'll be asking the dealer to foot the bill but it'll probably be a small claims court job but clearly if it failed the MOT it wasn't roadworthy.

Don't buy a car from here if you want any sort of after sales service or to actually buy a car which is roadworthy
http://www.highburymotors.co.uk/


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Friday, June 24, 2016, 21:05:11
Spent a week on a farm in north Devon in the beemer. It took a hell of a beating down the pot hole ridden farm lanes, but it survived and came out unscathed. 4 wheel drive was a godsend after a few days rain.
I think I have found my favourite road in the UK. The a39 (Atlantic Highway). When clear of cars it is the most fun I have ever had driving. Again the 4WD was fantastic on the corners.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Boy About Town on Friday, June 24, 2016, 23:41:28
Got the Panda Sunday just gone. Drove it today and (I hate myself) am impressed. OK it wouldn't be my choice, but it does what it does and drives surprisingly nicely/smoothly. Did a bit on the motorway and it'll hold 70-80 without issue.

Not the best of starts though, totally soaked drivers side footwells the first time it rained. Found and sorted the issue ourselves very quickly - totally blocked up drainage holes in the water scuttle. Dry now, so next hot day out with the vax and shake n vac. Grrrr.

Who drives a Panda  :gay:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Honkytonk on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 13:16:49
Who drives a Panda  :gay:

Panda's are honest. Nowt wrong with them. The 4wd ones are a hoot. If I see a bloke anyone in a Fiat 500 I just sigh and go 'should have bought a Panda'.

As I got a new job recently I am looking at getting myself a new car over the next year or so to replace my 2001 Vectra, what I really want is a 2.4JTD Alfa 159 estate as I drove a couple a while back whilst looking for cars and fell in love with them. Anyone have any experience?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 14:42:02
Panda's are honest. Nowt wrong with them. The 4wd ones are a hoot. If I see a bloke anyone in a Fiat 500 I just sigh and go 'should have bought a Panda'.

As I got a new job recently I am looking at getting myself a new car over the next year or so to replace my 2001 Vectra, what I really want is a 2.4JTD Alfa 159 estate as I drove a couple a while back whilst looking for cars and fell in love with them. Anyone have any experience?

Have a read of this

http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/alfa_159_guide.shtml

I'd definitely recommend an independent inspection. Really wish I had with my GT.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 18:11:32
the panda is Mrs batch, I've been suggesting she go. :gay: for years, but no.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 23:10:23
If I see anyone driving a fiat 500 xl, I just look bemused.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 19:52:31
If I see anyone driving a fiat 500 xl, I just look bemused.

horrible cars, to look at and to drive.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 20:06:57
The Citroen C4 Cactus - what the fuck is that all about?

(http://media.citroen.co.uk/image/63/5/citroen-c4-cactus.9635.152.png)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, June 27, 2016, 14:18:03
On the subject of strange looking cars, i parked up next to one of these the other day
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Nissan_Cube_Z11_003.JPG)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Monday, June 27, 2016, 15:01:51
I like that.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, June 27, 2016, 16:10:01
I like that.

I just looks stupid.

They are very popular in Japan but you don't see many around on these shores.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, June 27, 2016, 16:26:13
I've seen a few out here. They look fucking ridiculous.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Monday, June 27, 2016, 18:38:02
The arse end of the C4 Cactus looks like a sloth. Horrid cars!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: donkey on Monday, June 27, 2016, 20:12:33
Who chooses a Fiat 500 in the colour of surgical stockings? Some do, no idea why.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Ginginho on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 21:47:12
Looking for a medium sized car as a second car, 5 doors, cheap to run (Just to occasionally get to work and back, picking up little lad from nursery, etc) Any reputable garages in Swindon where I might try?

Budget approx £1500


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Monday, March 13, 2017, 00:07:57
Get something like a 1.6 petrol focus.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: mystical_goat on Monday, March 13, 2017, 21:29:54
Love the Nissan Cube, great design.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Sunday, July 2, 2017, 13:31:26
Which tef-er drives a white Kia Sportage with a private 5TFC plate? Own up! :-)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: herthab on Sunday, July 2, 2017, 13:56:00
I've just bought a Kia Pro Ceed. Took it for a test drive this morning and pick it up on Thursday. It's not a prestige marque,  but it's a lovely little car with an impressive spec.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Sunday, July 2, 2017, 21:15:05
Which tef-er drives a white Kia Sportage with a private 5TFC plate? Own up! :-)

Only a total cunt would have that plate. My money is on Sippo


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Sunday, July 2, 2017, 21:49:48
This cunt drives a skoda


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, July 3, 2017, 08:36:43
Only a total cunt would have that plate. My money is on Sippo
My initial thought :-)

Not the cunt part though.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Super Hans on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 02:24:49
Got 5K to spend on a used family car...

Current options of examples I've found include:

2011 Octavia S 1.4ts
2010 Hyundai I30 1.6
2010 Kia Cee'd 1.6
2009 Focus 1.6 Zetec
2008 Mazda 3 1.6 Sport

All petrol with around 55k on the clock. Expected more options really, not a major car geek but felt there would be more choice somehow!

Opinions welcome on this most exciting selection of vehicles (or any other suggestions).





Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 08:25:52
I'm also looking for a family petrol car, slightly higher budget. Part of the issue seems to be the rise (and now fall) of the diesel. Loads of them around but the government have a hard on for them. The likely outcome of that outside London is unclear.

Mind you Oxford were wobbling on about possibly banning petrol cars as well from some roads from 2020!

Anyway started out at 6-7K budget before a PPI claim came in, I looked at the C'eed, seems OK but the engine is a bit weedy in torque terms.

Focus 1.6 seems reliable if not that frugal in MPG. Recently looking at the 2013/14 1.0 ecoboost engine but that has a tendency to ingest its coolant resulting in total engine replacement!

Octavia 1.4 - is that the twincharge? A few common faults on this (oil consumption) and the standard 1.4 (EA111) had a few cam chain failures. Google it.

Can't comment on the others.  And have no further suggestions (Civic, Mondeo and Auris were on my list, but Modeo petrol hard to find non eco-boost, Auris didn't seem as good as Mazda 3 (was looking at 2.0) and Civic still an option but not preferred).

Thankfully in no rush so may leave until Jan Feb time. My current favorite is the 138 BHP Octavia 1.4 tsi , but that's why I'm saving-its unlikely to be giving much change out of 10K so well outside budget :(


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Simon Pieman on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 09:28:14
Yep avoid the ecoboost focus Batch, my mates car died due to that fault. The engine was replaced but he got shot of it soon after


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 09:30:51
Golf 1.4TSI 2008


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:09:40
Yep avoid the ecoboost focus Batch, my mates car died due to that fault. The engine was replaced but he got shot of it soon after

Yup! There is a facebook group with about 300 people on it with mostly 30-50K engines, 2013/14 plates. Fords "service" has been disgusting.

I'm sure you knew all this..


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Super Hans on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 19:48:01
I'm also looking for a family petrol car, slightly higher budget. Part of the issue seems to be the rise (and now fall) of the diesel. Loads of them around but the government have a hard on for them. The likely outcome of that outside London is unclear.

Mind you Oxford were wobbling on about possibly banning petrol cars as well from some roads from 2020!

Anyway started out at 6-7K budget before a PPI claim came in, I looked at the C'eed, seems OK but the engine is a bit weedy in torque terms.

Focus 1.6 seems reliable if not that frugal in MPG. Recently looking at the 2013/14 1.0 ecoboost engine but that has a tendency to ingest its coolant resulting in total engine replacement!

Octavia 1.4 - is that the twincharge? A few common faults on this (oil consumption) and the standard 1.4 (EA111) had a few cam chain failures. Google it.

Can't comment on the others.  And have no further suggestions (Civic, Mondeo and Auris were on my list, but Modeo petrol hard to find non eco-boost, Auris didn't seem as good as Mazda 3 (was looking at 2.0) and Civic still an option but not preferred).

Thankfully in no rush so may leave until Jan Feb time. My current favorite is the 138 BHP Octavia 1.4 tsi , but that's why I'm saving-its unlikely to be giving much change out of 10K so well outside budget :(
Cheers Batch...silly question but how would I know if the Octavia is Twincharged?  Doesnt say so in the engine spec...

http://www.motors.co.uk/car-45576843/?i=5&m=srs

Edit; just read the dodgy twincharged version is 158 BHP? If so this one isn't!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 20:30:37
Supercharged and turbocharged


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 23:07:03
Edit; just read the dodgy twincharged version is 158 BHP? If so this one isn't!

I think it is the 158. I moved on to the newer engine so didn't do too much research.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 09:49:23
Ask here https://www.briskoda.net/forums/


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 14:06:25
Not sure of that particular model but quite a few of my colleagues drive Skoda's. These fellas know their cars and they are the most popular brand in our car park by quite a margin. Make of that what you will.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 17:28:03
Not sure of that particular model but quite a few of my colleagues drive Skoda's. These fellas know their cars and they are the most popular brand in our car park by quite a margin. Make of that what you will.

Truckers have shit taste in cars?

;)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 08:21:44
Truckers have shit taste in cars?

;)

Shit, I'm in the wrong job. Gone for a Skoda Octavia. Not the top spec I really wanted. On the mileage limit I set (40K) and with a scuff on the rear bumper.

But full dealer history, otherwise well looked after and at 7.5k its 2-3.5k cheaper than the top spec garage prices.

Er, not actually seen it yet, sent the AA to kick the tires :)

Pick it up Sunday.

Not the most interesting post in the world, but my first "new" car in just over 9 years so I'm excited :)

Just need to get shot of Avensis. 10.5 years old, a few things up with it now and 155K on the clock. Think I'm flogging it to WBAC.com. Will get virtually nothing (may pay for £115 tax on Octavia) but I'd rather do that to shift it quickly.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:17:49
Er, not actually seen it yet, sent the AA to kick the tires :)

 :no:

 I expect better from you Batch.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:53:17
What's under the hood Batch?  :)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:55:57
What's under the hood Batch?  :)

A trunk  :hmmm:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Private Fraser on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:02:26
What's under the hood Batch?  :)

(http://media.tenor.co/images/5a04381cda2c3efe2773a6328dc88772/raw)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:00:57
:no:

 I expect better from you Batch.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm not a morning person. I'm far too tyred.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:09:04
Shit, I'm in the wrong job. Gone for a Skoda Octavia. Not the top spec I really wanted. On the mileage limit I set (40K) and with a scuff on the rear bumper.

But full dealer history, otherwise well looked after and at 7.5k its 2-3.5k cheaper than the top spec garage prices.

Er, not actually seen it yet, sent the AA to kick the tires :)

Pick it up Sunday.

Not the most interesting post in the world, but my first "new" car in just over 9 years so I'm excited :)

Just need to get shot of Avensis. 10.5 years old, a few things up with it now and 155K on the clock. Think I'm flogging it to WBAC.com. Will get virtually nothing (may pay for £115 tax on Octavia) but I'd rather do that to shift it quickly.

Best of luck with it. The estate version will be on my shortlist when I replace my current motor. Everyone I know who owns one, rates the Octavia.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:10:47
If anyone wants to buy one, they can buy mine.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:24:53
If anyone wants to buy one, they can buy mine.
You had issues with it?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:29:47
Nope. None whatsoever. I have a 2006 model. Hatchback. Want to upgrade to probably an Octavia Estate or the Kodiaq.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:36:15
Best of luck with it. The estate version will be on my shortlist when I replace my current motor. Everyone I know who owns one, rates the Octavia.

Ta. Most complaints (other than the odd fault here and there) I've found found are:
  - the base level speakers are a bit shit.
  - the headlights are a bit shit (saying that, unless they are two candles in a jam jar its hard to see how they can be worse than the Avensis).

Time will tell!


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 13:48:55
Nope. None whatsoever. I have a 2006 model. Hatchback. Want to upgrade to probably an Octavia Estate or the Kodiaq.
I see. Fair play


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 14:09:46
Ta. Most complaints (other than the odd fault here and there) I've found found are:
  - the base level speakers are a bit shit.
  - the headlights are a bit shit (saying that, unless they are two candles in a jam jar its hard to see how they can be worse than the Avensis).

Time will tell!

There are plenty of options for headlights...


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 16:20:17
Swapped in my Mazda 2 for a new CX3 today - don't seem the most popular cars but never had an issue with the 2 and the CX3 is the perfect size and spec for the money.


Title: Cars
Post by: Batch on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 16:33:50
Maybe would have gone for a Mazda 3, but bit size was a bit small.

sounds good Panda. Popular is overrated


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 16:42:26
Popular is overrated

I certainly preferred the original Popular...

(http://motorbase.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2008/03/11/fs_popular_008.jpg)

to the later version

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/Ford_Popular_1959_photo_2008_Castle_Hedingham.JPG/280px-Ford_Popular_1959_photo_2008_Castle_Hedingham.JPG)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12:48:50
If anyone wants to buy a 2006 Skoda Octavia let me know. 240bhp. Black. 105000 miles. Petrol. FSH. Just past MOT with no advisories.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 15:45:46
Currently looking for a small van if any one can help.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: pauld on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 13:50:11
Currently looking for a small van if any one can help.
This one's quite small:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-AUSTIN-MINI-POST-OFFICE-TELEPHONES-GREEN-VAN-/292404625257

No, don't thank me :)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 20:15:23
This one's quite small:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-AUSTIN-MINI-POST-OFFICE-TELEPHONES-GREEN-VAN-/292404625257

No, don't thank me :)
I won’t.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:50:18
https://www.gumtree.com/p/skoda/skoda-octavia-2.0-t-fsi-vrs-5dr/1283567722


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:36:07
That number plate is tragic


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 13:18:32
https://www.gumtree.com/p/skoda/skoda-octavia-2.0-t-fsi-vrs-5dr/1283567722

£2.5k for a 12 year old 100k mileage Skoda , bloody hell the market is changing.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 14:07:01
That number plate is tragic

I would actually agree.

£2.5k for a 12 year old 100k mileage Skoda , bloody hell the market is changing.

And that is cheap. Go for £3k at traders. Good reliable cars though.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Monday, January 22, 2018, 07:50:23
Sold it within 24 hours. Got £2200 for it. Not bad considering in needed cambelt change and major service. Now buying an A4 avant.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: skiptotheLouMacari on Monday, January 22, 2018, 19:52:04
Sold it within 24 hours. Got £2200 for it. Not bad considering in needed cambelt change and major service. Now buying an A4 avant.

I have an A6 avant, wonderful car, very quick and comfortable. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Barry Scott on Monday, January 22, 2018, 21:51:38
Sold it within 24 hours. Got £2200 for it. Not bad considering in needed cambelt change and major service. Now buying an A4 avant.

Wow. Good going. I’ve just had a major service and a cam belt change on my car prior to sale. What a mug I am!

Do you mind telling me where you sold it please? PistonHeads has always been good to me, but may need to spread my sale across more places.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 09:20:15
Of all places - Gumtree. I genuinely couldn't believe it. Wasn't expecting to sell it so quickly and easily would have taken £2000.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:18:44
Sold it within 24 hours. Got £2200 for it. Not bad considering in needed cambelt change and major service. Now buying an A4 avant.
I recently sold my 54 plate civic type r with minimal service history, 100k miles, broken aircon and a few other issues for 2 grand.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:45:08
Was it a black one with white wheels?  :sherlock:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11:43:33
Nope...It was grey.

To be honest, i hated it. Yes it was quick, but my word was it a hard ride. It was loud, clunky, bumpy.

Would have my MK4 GTI back over that any day.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:23:24
well Sippo, they didn't get you on this then..

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15890531.Police_warning_after_Gumtree_gang_target_BMW_owner/?ref=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:36:16
Nope...It was grey.

To be honest, i hated it. Yes it was quick, but my word was it a hard ride. It was loud, clunky, bumpy.

Would have my MK4 GTI back over that any day.

Great cars, I've had two and the later FN2 model. The FN2 was an even harder ride, the ep3 is perfect for a hot hatch  ;)


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 21:13:03
well Sippo, they didn't get you on this then..

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15890531.Police_warning_after_Gumtree_gang_target_BMW_owner/?ref=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

What idiot let's someone look at their car at 1am?! I had someone ask to see it at 7pm, and told them no as it was dark and was pointless.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 21:47:21
I know, don't care how plausible their 'delay' excuses were screw that.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 23:02:06
And stuck in traffic at that time of night?! I'm sorry but the seller has to take some responsibility. You have a set limit with anything you are trying to sell. If it doesn't meet that amount you don't sell. Simples.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:05:57
Great cars, I've had two and the later FN2 model. The FN2 was an even harder ride, the ep3 is perfect for a hot hatch  ;)

I was gonna say, having driven an EP3 before I got my FN2, the ride was much smoother in the EP! FN2 made more sense as a family car though (as much as a hot hatch can, ha!) but now if I do end up getting a sensible mileage muncher as a second car, I could go a little sillier on my now not-so-family car... >:D


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 23:04:30
Anyone used Dingmasters to get an alloy repaired?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Leggett on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 23:31:18
Anyone used Dingmasters to get an alloy repaired?

Broke the new car already? :P


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Friday, January 26, 2018, 00:31:50
Do they do wheels?


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Sippo on Friday, January 26, 2018, 06:53:26
Broke the new car already? :P

No, just some of the wheels need a refurb.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 18:06:01
I'm on the lookout for a new (second hand) car. Currently have a Zafira but it's destined for the scrapheap.

What you do recommend for:

7 seats (5+2 is ok)
Room for 2 dogs and 2 kids
Cheap to run
Somewhat reliable
Up to £5k

Been looking at an S-Max or Galaxy. Also the Espace/Grand Espace. Probably as reliable as a chocolate teapot but there's just something about them I like.

Alternatively, a crew van but most in that budget have sky high mileage and have seen better days.

:shrug:


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: swindonmaniac on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 18:23:21
Find the vw passat 2.0l diesel estate excellent value for money, + still only £30 a year to tax.  Should be able to get one 8-9 years old for that sort of money (possibly later if you're lucky).
Probably find most have a fair bit of mileage on them, but as long as they have been serviced and maintained correctly should be ok.
I was lucky,  managed to get one just 3 years old, which meant it had been dealer maintained from new, and they don't fuck about,  if it needs doing, it's done regardless of cost. Managed to get all paperwork with mine so I know exactly what has been done.   Was able to then contact previous owner who confirmed vehicle was trouble free and he didn't really want to get rid of it but it was company policy as warranty was about to run out and the company always released vehicls once they got to that age.   And before you ask,  have now had it 18 months and only put a cambelt and water pump on,  mileage today is 140k and still drives and looks like new. Only 5 seats though,  but still room for 2 dogs in the boot. Put 2 golden retrievers in mine comfortably.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: 4D on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 18:49:17
I'm on the lookout for a new (second hand) car. Currently have a Zafira but it's destined for the scrapheap.

What you do recommend for:

7 seats (5+2 is ok)
Room for 2 dogs and 2 kids
Cheap to run
Somewhat reliable
Up to £5k

Been looking at an S-Max or Galaxy. Also the Espace/Grand Espace. Probably as reliable as a chocolate teapot but there's just something about them I like.

Alternatively, a crew van but most in that budget have sky high mileage and have seen better days.

:shrug:

Galaxy or S Max is a good choice. Scenic will be as cheap as chips but the electrics look like a common issue.


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: cdakev on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 19:57:24
I would go for a S Max or a Peugeot 5008


Title: Re: Cars
Post by: Chubbs on Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:55:01
Decided to give the BMW back as it was costing too much and it was due a major service and needed 2 new run flats which is money i didnt want to spend.

With the help of bank of mum i picked up a MK5 VW Golf GT TDI. For a 10 year old car it has been looked after well. A few stone chips on the body work but the interior is immaculate.

Driving it back from Newbury yesterday it was so smooth and reminded me why i loved my MK4 GTI so much.