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PostSubject: My Vege-Banger :)   Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:40 pm

This is my new Rover 220 SDi - with Cd player - 370 taxed till May, MOT till July so quite pleased, 121000 miles. 5 good tyres.

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The only (main) problem was the rusty drivers door - the paint was literally coming off as I washed the car lol

Other less important problems:
- Intermittant wiper setting doesn't work (it will wipe half the screen then stop)
- Rear wiper doesn't work
- Fan settings 1 and 2 don't work,
- and the engine light comes on sometimes when accellerating, but as soon as I stop accellerating it goes off again.

Changed the oil, oil filter, and air filter today - and waxed the boot - it's looking more red, and less orange now which is good. I've checked the coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, washer fluid topping up as necessary and all the tyres are at the correct level. (although the front ones look like they're not, I suspect it's because they're cheap tyres).

Any other DIY things I should do to keep it running smoothly?

I will be getting some vege-oil tomorrow from Bookers.

Some pics of the car after giving it a clean:

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PostSubject: 350!   Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:50 pm

Very good going, the driver's door looks awful but everything else superb and the best is burning the Booker oil. Great value and apart from fluids and filters service I can't think of anything else you should do unless Rovamota knows any better.
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:13 am

Cracking buy good cars these Rovers.

The Fan setting not working on 1 & 2 is a common problem and an easy fix also Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:36 pm

D7 wrote:
Cracking buy good cars these Rovers.

The Fan setting not working on 1 & 2 is a common problem and an easy fix also Smile

Thanks - I've bought a resister pack thing off ebay for 5 comes with instructions and all the bits.

I've checked prices for vegeoil but was a bit dissappointed with Booker:
15.49 for 20l @ booker 77p litre (apparently they should do 15 x 1 litre bottles for 830p - 55p a litre - although I couldn't find this Sad )

2.21 for 3l @ Tesco / Asda 73p litre - works out well if you have vouchers for Tesco or Asda

Apparently Sainsburys have 5l for 3.50 - 70p a litre

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And basically more at Morrisons (95p litre), Aldi / Netto (79p /80p litre)

I'll try Costco this week.
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PostSubject: Hard Times   Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:34 pm

In these hard times you have to shop around and I am so tempted to buy an old Merc and do the same.
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:25 pm

Yeah, that looks a real deal. Unusual for the door to rust like that, though. Probably a bodged repair at some stage in its sordid life!

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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:31 am

I went to the local scrapyard, which is literally 2 minutes away from me, and despite it only being a fairly small scrapyard, they had 2 Rover 200s in there! One purple and one black!

Hopefully one day they'll get a red one in and I can swap the door over.

Made me wonder - if people scrap cars so much these days - simply because the car parts cost more than the car is "worth" - maybe it'll be deisel bangers that survive - because people can see the benefit in mpg?
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PostSubject: Diesels   Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:27 am

You might well be right though it is very depressing that people seem prepared to junk perfectly good cars so early in their lives and that so many others are prepared to get into debt to buy an ordinary car...What you are doing is absolutely right...
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:58 pm

It's the throw away culture we live in though.

I've just bought an S reg Renault Clio 1.4 RT for the bargain price of 250. The lad has recently spent in the region of 550 getting it all serviced and through an MoT but the alternator belt has gone, the manifold gasket gone and a rear wheel bearing gone. It has 9 months MoT and taxed end of the month and due to him not wanting to pour anymore money into the car, he was gonna scrap it.

I snapped his hand off!

(Pic taken during cleaning, the dirty sills etc are now clean as I hadn't had chance to get the pressure washer out at this point!)

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Quite high spec also has fog lights, CD player, Steering wheel stereo controls etc....
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PostSubject: Renny   Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:22 pm

Never thought I would say this about a Renault, bootiful! Good luck with the spannering...
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:33 pm

It has receipts for a full service inc Cambelt, new clutch, new brakes all round and also other work for the MoT, within the last 6 months (5000 miles)

It's worth a grand of anybodies money, but my Dad is looking for a cheap runabout so I am going to fix it up and donate it to him. Then, when things do go wrong (it's undebatable, its French) I can sort them out for him, but he will just run it until it dies!

Bodywork virtually immaculate as well Cool
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:27 pm

Nice find on the Renault Smile

I went to Costco today 15.01 for 20litres,
Sainsburys were 2.21 for 3 litres just like Asda and Tesco.

Then went back to Booker and found the 15 x 1 litre bottles for 8.30 Very Happy (they were in a different bit! not with the other vegeoil, somewhere else)
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PostSubject: Budget   Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:51 pm

Well done, you can now beat the budget!
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:00 pm

Managed to fix the faulty fan settings with some resisters off ebay for a 5 - and some dodgy soldering by me Smile

Next is the intermittant wiper - but luckily this is another easy fix - there's a guide on mg-rover .org forums, and I just need to solder something apparently Very Happy
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PostSubject: Result   Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:16 pm

That is still a massive result considering what you spent...
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:22 am

These little 200 diesels are fantastically economical devices and still sought-after due to the veg oil capability. A friend of my wife got "stitched up" with one last year, paying well over the odds, then drove it into another car (by accident...possibly), so I was volunteered to get it back onto the road. A new wing (15 from eBay) plus a couple of cans of Halfords Flame Red (good match actually) and she looked good as new.

In the meantime my wife's friend took a shine to a Xsara 1.4 I was selling for an emigrating colleague, so I was then lumbered with selling the Rover...a new MOT (needing only a CV boot) and she sold to the first caller for 600, the phone was red-hot for days! Not bad for an R-reg 220DS 5 door (so non-intercooled) with 164k up. I quite liked the little bugger, although I couldn't really get on with the driving position!

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PostSubject: Vege stuff   Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:15 pm

Oddly I have been selling filter material for the bio fuel brigade, though I didn't realise that until a customer said that it worked especially as it was fibre glass an d easy to clean....
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PostSubject: Re: My Vege-Banger :)   Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:41 am

I sold my vege-banger on ebay for 370 as I didn't really need it anymore. But it ran pretty well - I was using about 70/30 vege/diesel mix - it wasn't too keen on cold days and would take a bit longer to start - but seemed fine apart from that Smile
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PostSubject: Sorry to hear   Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:00 pm

Sorry to hear that the Vegebanger has gone, I'm considering doing a part Hydrogen conversion on my old Saab which I am told works...it seems like a bit of a lash up, but I've got nothing to lose on the old bus....I'll keep you posted...J
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