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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:43 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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horrible is relative, i have a creamy BMW 6-pot to keep me entertained aurally.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:45 am 
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Mine is meaty, with a lovely turbo whistle and dump valve. I drive round town with the stereo off, and the windows open. Love it


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:09 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Location: Yateley, Hants.
Get the Jag if you can handle the running costs and looks, the acceleration is epic and they do handle well too, they are reliable and a nice place to sit.
On the Diesel thing the PD engine is the best sounding (same in my Fabia vRS) of the 4 pot dervs and they do go well for a Derv but what ever way you slice it they are not performance cars and I could guarantee my old Accord-R would simply walk away from my Fabia on a decent stretch of road.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:14 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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Location: Moomin Valley
I'm always swimming in the budget end of cars and found a T plate low mileage Audi A6 4.2 quattro estate for £1500 - that really had my mind a jiggle

Then theres an Audi S8

VW Passat W8

Old Merc V8s (pre 1993!)

Any old Audi with 'S' in the title - twin turbo V6's and so-on. They seem to know how to make a fast Q car.

I'd be searching for rust on your coupe by now, hell of a surprise to see it but they do rust quite badly. Engines are very fussy about oil - my neighbour had to have an engine rebuild (so he was told) due to the wrong oil - that was a Z4 3.0i and you say diesels are supposed to be fussy.

BMW 540 manual, Jag S-Type V8, Mercedes 560SEC (hairy chest wig supplied)

I like the old Mercs myself as they are simple to work on, and theres full spares back up from Merc themselves or pattern parts. If you can find a non rusty rear window SEC, they make great grand tourers.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:29 pm 
Windmilling for a Scotch Egg
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I'd keep it....but with a twist...

I read a letter in EVO magazine once where a bloke had a Jag XK8 (I think but it doesn't matter what car I suppose). He had gone into the Jag dealers to get a newer Jag but the money they'd give him for a trade in was pitiful.

As he loved the car anyway he got some advice from a Jag specialist on how to freshen it up a bit. He didn't "tart it up" as such, just improved it. New uprated suspension (no idea if lowered), better brakes, new tyres, full service and tune of the engine with a couple of extra performance bit (exhaust to improve airflow and to make a better engine note, filter/plugs etc). Add on a full pro valet with mopped and polished/waxed paintwork to make it look brand new.

He ended up with the car he really wanted - the one he already had but better - all at a fraction of what buying a newer model would have cost.

The other advantage is that you know your car's history, you're not taking a chance on another performance car which may well have been thrashed to bits or poorly maintained.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Rob Atkin wrote:
I'd keep it....but with a twist...

I read a letter in EVO magazine once where a bloke had a Jag XK8 (I think but it doesn't matter what car I suppose). He had gone into the Jag dealers to get a newer Jag but the money they'd give him for a trade in was pitiful.

As he loved the car anyway he got some advice from a Jag specialist on how to freshen it up a bit. He didn't "tart it up" as such, just improved it. New uprated suspension (no idea if lowered), better brakes, new tyres, full service and tune of the engine with a couple of extra performance bit (exhaust to improve airflow and to make a better engine note, filter/plugs etc). Add on a full pro valet with mopped and polished/waxed paintwork to make it look brand new.

He ended up with the car he really wanted - the one he already had but better - all at a fraction of what buying a newer model would have cost.

The other advantage is that you know your car's history, you're not taking a chance on another performance car which may well have been thrashed to bits or poorly maintained.


^^^^^^^^^^

Ive been doing this for years :wink:



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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Location: Bristle
mine's got great history and has always had the correct castrol fluids fed to it. only got 87k on the clock as well.

one part of me says to just spend a bit on sorting out the few cosmetic issues it has and drive it til the end of time. but i'm capricious at times.

my last car i did exactly the same, decide to make it really tidy and sound and keep it forever. i did all the work and promptly sold it.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:53 pm 
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Location: I don't know, the satnav's bust!
I guess I'm lucky that I've never had this "car thing" (except in my late teens/early 20s when, ironically, I couldn't afford decent cars). I can spend hours tinkering with bikes, but haven't looked under a car bonnet in years except to change oil/water.

Ever since I started to earn enough for decent cars I've had no interest in them except to get me from a-b comfortably, reliably and cheaply with room for a bike or two, and I hate the Top Gear attitude to motoring.

I probably do the worst thing financially, which is to change to a new car every 3/4 years, when the warranty runs out. I'm now even considering a Kia because of the 7 year warranty.

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See my user name


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King of the Skip Monkeys
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damn you! I've now been looking at sub £500 cars on autotrader...


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