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Age : 29
Location : Middlesbrough
Registration date : 2008-01-20

PostSubject: Car history?   Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:07 pm

So come on then, how many vehicles have we all owned, best bargains, absolute lemons etc?

I've had about 20 odd, they are in no particular order...

1) 1992 (K) BMW 520i - 700
2) 1997 (R) Seat Cordoba 1.4 SE - 700
3) 1997 (R) Honda Accord 2.0iS - 400
4) 1998 (R) Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX TD - 700
5) 1995 (M) Ford Mondeo 1.8 GLX TD 70 !!
6) 1993 (L) Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 LS - 110
7) 1996 (P) Ford Fiesta 1.3 LX - 100
Cool 1996 (N) Rover 420 SD - 275
9) 1998 (R) Ford Escort 1.6 Si - 200 - it was knackered though and lasted about a week !
10) 1998 (S) Renault Clio 1.4 Si - 250 so cheap as "it just kept conking out" according to the vendor. On inspection I noticed there was no bolt on the tensioner on the alternator, hence he was jump starting it no problem but once the charge ran out of the battery it cut out. Pennies sorted it out and I sold it for over a 1000 once i'd got my use out of it!
11) 1992 (K) BMW 316i - 50 believe it or not, to save it from being scrapped !
12) 1998 (R) Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 LS - 400
13) 1998 (R) Citroen Saxo 1.6 VTR - 500
14) 1998 (R) Rover 420 GSDi - 600, low mileage and immaculate
15) 1997 (P) Rover 620 Si - 150 and only sold on Saturday!
16) 1994 (L) Volvo 460 1.6i - 250
17) 1994 (L) Vauxhall Calibra 2.5 V6 - 650
18) 1999 (T) Rover 214 SEi - 700 shame it was the 8v engine and not the 16v!
19) 2002 (02) Skoda Octavia 1.6i Classic - 170k ex fleet car, got it from a mate who works at Ford as it had been traded in, paid 500 for it, ran it for 3 months, it conked out, sold it to 2 polish lads
20) 2002 (52) Ford Mondeo 1.8 Zetec - 1450 - had been imported from Ireland and re-registered over here, great car and tbh I regret selling it
21) 1996 (P) Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v GLS - 150 taxed and tested, not immaculate by any means, ended up in Scotland with another Polish bloke I think
22) 1999 (T) Vauxhall Vectra SRi 140 - FREE - I got this off a close friend, it had been stood for a while - good clean up, service and it was ready to go. I didn't keep it long ...
23) 1996 (N) Volvo 440 1.6i - 100 off a mate, tbh should never have got rid of it!
24) 2004 (54) Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Ghia X - 2995, top spec model with all the toys, fantastic car but - unreliable...
25) 2007 (56) Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 VVT Exclusiv - 5495, absolutely loved this car and tbh I woud have kept it until it conked out on me...

26) 1998 (R) Vauxhall Astra 1.6i Club - 500, bought for my missus to use but i've been using it a fair bit recently...
27) 1998 (S) Rover 620 Si - 550, own this at the moment and its one of the cleanest 600's i've seen in a while...
28) 1998 (S) Volvo S40 1.6i - 800, current main runabout which i'm aiming to keep until it flops - thats the plan anyway but if I get bored...who knows?

The worst cars of the lot; probably the P reg Fiesta - 100 banger but it had many issues and I put a replacement engine in as it was knackered. The R reg Escort was knackered too and turned over at a quick profit.

Value for money wise - my old M reg Mondeo. I picked it up for 70 (this was after buyers premiums had been added by the auction house too!) had 2 months MoT on and the last owner had had it since nearly new. It flew through another MoT and soldiered on, my mate then bought it off me, it got returned to me a few months later and I ended up selling it for the second time at a second profit Shocked

The L reg, 2 owner Cavalier with 69k on the clock was a bargain 110 too with loads of test on it, I taxed it and ran it for ages and the old Vx engine just kept on going Cool

So, whats your stories? Any cars you really regret selling? I've got LOADS out of my list above that I should have held on to...
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PostSubject: Re: Car history?   Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:08 pm

we are at the end of a country lane , often covered in cow poo, usually end up getting shot of cars to the scrap man must be 15 years since i sold one to a punter.... he was a total plonker we even took it to the local ats for him to look at the muddy bits.on the ramp...week later he was on the phone wanting me to buy it back cos his wife didnt like the colour.. ive got a talbot expess and a ldv 400 out the back both died through rust but are cheap sheds. my main car now is an 89 discovery.... they are prone to rust but everything else is easy to fix...no electronics is a major plus in my view.
the wife is driving a 98 megane one of the remote keyfobs has stopped working so we only have one to work the immobiliser. do i spend 100 plus at the main stealer for another key or chop it in for something else.... could only be a bad soldered joint in the fob... or do i just bypass the immobiliser... it only seems to cut the diesel to the injection pump so ought to be easy .
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PostSubject: Re: Car history?   Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:40 pm

got totally side tracked with the above
1, 1960 mini van 60 notes
2 66 mk 1 cortina
3 couple of company owned escort mk 2 vans
4 76 mk2 escort 1100 estate... kept that a few years
5 mk 4 1600 cortina estate company car only new car ive ever used.
6 mk 1 escort estate swapped the 1600 pinto engine out into the mk 2 and flogged on the mk1
7 transit mk1 flatbed
8 fiat 1600 estate
9 mk4 cortina 1600 estate caught fire whilst i was driving it
10/11 couple of mk2 dransit dropsides
12 84 astra diesel van what i saved in fuel in a year using it instead of a cortina or transit paid for the tax and insurance of running a third vehicle.
13 astra mki diesel estate
14 bedford midi van... cambelt went
15 bedford cf petrol minibus that was probably one i shouldnt have bought
16 talbot horizon diesel
17 talbot express probably the best of the large vans still out the back ... home to a few bags of sand, cement, mixer etc
18 75 renault 19 diesel plus another for spares
19 m reg ldv 400 van ... still out the back ... home to all the ladders and step ladders and the workmate... rooffacks, ramps etc... still got no room in the garage though.
20 k reg transit rust heap bought to keep me mobile whilst replacing engine in the ldv... still out the back .. guess youve got the picture by now.
21 f reg fortrak currently the reserve car
22 h reg disco 200 tdi current work horse will carry most of what the vans could and doubles as the family car of choice,for long trips ...
23 r reg renault megane diesel , the wife's run about though she is happy driving the fourtrak aswell

ive missed out a couple of jcbs , two combine harvesters and a string of old tractors... currently 3 checoslovalian zetors all mid 70's vintage (the skodas of the tractor world)
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PostSubject: Re: Car history?   Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:58 am

just noticed i missed a mk5 cortina estate after the mk4 that caught fire.

just done a deal down the road to swap the 140k megane that will need cills welding an a couple of months for a s reg pug 306 diesel, got ps but thats about all, only 60k and solid underneath, more than i wanted to pay but its getting a full service, belt and new rear shocks, hopefully will last a few years without spending too much and shouldnt be too horendous to insure when our teenagers come of age.
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PostSubject: Re: Car history?   Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:16 pm

Hi all, my first post, I didnt know this forum existed or I'd have been sooner!
Since passing my test in 1991 I've had approx 60 cars, I used to get bored quickly and swap them on a monthly/sometimes weekly basis.
I'm not going to list them all -too boring, but...
My favourites from a personal view were:
Rover sd1- I had 6. they used to give these things away, that V8 engine is a gem
Ford sierra 2.3D again, so cheap as to be almost free...very slow but 45 mpg and they never break down. I sold it after 2 years for the same price I paid.
Practicality and sheer value for money- has to be volvo, either 240 or 740. Built to a standard not down to a price, they were built to have a 20 year working life, which means that you can buy one for 300 that will still have years of life left in it- one of the few cars you can quite safely buy with 250k on the clock.
Worst car? Lada riva, nothing reinforces the idiom that "you get what you pay for" like this does. exactly as bad as everyone said it was. poor handling, performance, brakes, poor economy, poor rust protection; it was reliable enough but that wasnt enough to absolve it all the other faults it had. I sold it after 2 weeks.
I wasn't impressed with a fiesta mk2 1.1 popular plus either. horrible tin can with engine like a tumble dryer full of spanners. a shame as I loved the Mk2 festa 1.6 diesel I owned before. in such a light car it used to pull really well.
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PostSubject: Re: Car history?   Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:28 pm

I know what you mean about having cars one minuite and getting rid of them the next misterspivvy! I was born in 1980, have always loved cars from a early age (despite my parents not owning a car) passed my test in 1998, and the problem was that a lot of the cars i loved as a 80's kid, were there to be picked over from 100-500, i'd just started working, had spare cash, and instead of partying, it all went on cars, they'd be with me one week and gone the next, it's still a bit like that now...

I've had 32 cars so far, the very best was a 1994 Peugeot 405 Style Diesel, paid 325 for it, looked like a total shed, (with a free gravel collection in the boot) spent a summer weekend cleaning it down and it looked almost new, it would chug along all day with no complaints, excellent MPG and road manners, i only sold it because i was deperately hard up at the time. It's the only car i ever regret selling Sad

Second best was a 175 1989 Cavalier 1.6L, oily, rusty, worn out, it shouldn't have been a contender, but it had bags of character and surprisingly good MPG, then the cambelt snapped...

Third best was a 500 Volvo 440 1.8, a forgotten gem of a car.

Fourth best was a 275 1987 Renault 5 campus 1.1, seats like a comfy duvet, would cruise at 60 all day and you could easily tinker with it yourself :-)

My worst car was a 1993 Proton 1.5 MPi. Overgeared power steering and jelly suspension, i had to put sandbags in the boot to stop it losing traction on roundabouts, that went as soon as i got the V5 through...

Second worst was a 90 1988 Fiat Uno, as soon as you hit the brakes, it died, the heater would only work on the screen and the handbrake snapped. Well it was 90 i guess... Laughing
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