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Best estate shite ever made?


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#1 OFFLINE   Nibblet

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:35 PM

The estate is a favourite of the giffer tradesman, the scurrilous antique dealer, the impecunious camper and the opportunist car booter. The estate is the shiteist of body styles. So which is the greatest of the estates? W124? Pug 406? Volvo 240...
I shall go for the Volvo, it's a part of the fabric of British society, almost on a par with red telephone boxes.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

For pure space it’s gotta be a 900 series ovlov or an omega I reckon . Saab 9-5 pretty close tho .
I rate the vectra b estate tho
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Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Vectra B 2.2 CDX estate 

 

 

 


#3 ONLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

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1987 Volvo 740 GLE


#4 OFFLINE   djimbob

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

Are we counting "estates" such as my Daughters Lexus rx300, and my Kia Sedona - some definitions have them as such, me, they are not, a 4x4 and a people carrier - but if so, then they are pretty darn useful in many respects.

 

I think my Ford Ultima 2.3 auto was pretty bloody good - full leather, auto, all the toys, cavernous boot :)

 

If you include people carriers, my Toyota Hiace import super custom, 3 litre turbo diesel auto was possibly the best all round vehicle I've ever owned, and used ones have a premium that reflects that I reckon!


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

^(Ghosty) WINNA!  Thread can now be closed, the 700-series Oblob is indeed the best Shite estate car in the known or unknown universe.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:43 PM

I'm going to go for the jasmine Allen
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:44 PM

Some one has watched too much “ The Bill”

Anyway - that droopy green cortina has to win this surely
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Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Vectra B 2.2 CDX estate 

 

 

 


#8 OFFLINE   Bren

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:48 PM

Granada. Xantia.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

 The 1940 Marmon-Herrington Ford 4WD hunting wagon gets my vote...I kid ye not...

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#10 OFFLINE   twosmoke300

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:56 PM

Granada. Xantia.


Ooo I’d love a granny 2.8 Ghia x estate .

I’m a big estate car fan and really hate people carriers
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Skoda Octavia 1.9tdi - the boring modern 

Fiat Ducato 2009 l3h2

Honda Crf250X

Suzuki TS50x

Kawasaki Ke175d

Prilla Pigsasshole 650

Saxo 1.5D

Land Rover 90 2.5 petrol

Vectra B 2.2 CDX estate 

 

 

 


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:58 PM

I'm going to go for the jasmine Allen


I had to look that up!
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:59 PM

ARRRRRHH JIM LAD!!

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:00 PM

I like a Pug 406, never owned one but I used to travel in a 2.2 pez estate a lot which was a very pleasant place to be.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:02 PM

These were well styled

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:09 PM

hhmm, I've not owned many estates, in fact only 2. For all round usefulness in my circumstances which generally doesn't involve driving too many miles I've usually gone for big 4wd's. Disco's and the like, the best being a Ford Explorer just for it's size, comfort and power but it really couldn't pass a pez station without a thirst. Although...

 

I had an ovlov 850 20v which was great for it's comfort, reliability and load lugging abilitiy but it was a bit dull when it came to driving experience. Great in the winter with heated everything! but still no wahey!

 

and I currently have the wbod BMW e39 530d

 

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Have to admit to liking this atm, cavernous boot with air suspension on the rear, comfy as a comfy thing and just shy of 200hp averaging 40mpg. That'll do me for now.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:16 PM

Volvo 100/200/700/900 estate, especially this one! 

 

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The very fact that I've owned my example for 15 years this year speaks volumes.


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Cars come and cars go, but The Volvo abides.

 

The Volvo - 1990 Volvo 740 SE 2.0 Dogmatic estate.

 

The Aero - 2000 Saab 9-5 Aero 2.3 HOT manual estate.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

Granada for style, Volvo for sheer durability.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:21 PM

I offer an Alfa 156 V6 Sports Wagon, a useful size and fun to drive!

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:28 PM

Estate cars are no longer intended as workhorses and for example, every 'big' Volvo since the 145 ( and identical 245 obvs) has been smaller than the one before. When you look at the size of a new V90 on the outside , it's unbelievable it has less space than my ph3 V70 which in turn is smaller than the ph2, ph1/850, 9/700. I suppose the XC90 took over for large loads in 2003.
In recent years I've had Volvo V70, BMW e61, Chrysler 300C estates and all were useless as load luggers, the Audi 100 Avant I had last year , even though it was the proto- lifestyle fastback estate would carry a lot more shite than any of them. People Carriers are the kings of space, once the seats are out, not surprising when some are just vans with windows- the Mk1 Ulysee was the best I've had.
What about 7 seat estates?
Can't remember the last time I saw a 406 or Laguna 7 seater, also now Volvo have knocked them on the head are Mercedes the only rear facing jump seats out there? Apart from the Model S Tesla of course, which isn't an estate.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:29 PM

Still shite in my opinion. Pretty mahoosive in the back, suspension might not like the weight so much though.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:30 PM

Estates I've owned have been a While plate escort,R plate e200,R plate xantia and 406,54 plate 307. The escort was surprisingly large but same as the 307 the boot curved in toward the roof so larger objects were a struggle. The e200 was bloody cavernous and had a upright door and square load area. The xantia and 406 don't seem massively smaller than the E class but the 406 seems slightly bigger than the xantia.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:31 PM

The Alfa 156 Sportwagon is surprisingly practical and useable, despite being the last car you'd consider being so... and I'm a confirmed Volvo 740 estate supporter... :-)


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:33 PM

Wish I’d appreciated these sooner

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:35 PM

The 7/9 series Volvos were able to take standard 6' 3" household doors and lots of em. Bloke I met who did pine stripping showed me his 940 loaded right up to the roof lining with 4 panel doors. It was on the bump stops but drove alright.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:37 PM

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Parents owned a 505 7-seater estate in beige when I was younger. A431NKJ was the reg. Dissolved a little bit more every time it rained but was a really dependable wagon everyone seemed to like. Really great load lugger as well, 'spesh with the seats down. Original Clutch finally went at 155,000 miles in 1995, so dad sold it to an African who exported it to (I think) Nigeria.

 

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Fleet History

1986 Talbot Samba S - 1984 Talbot Horizon - 1974 Simca 1100 - 1987 Pug 205 XS - 1977 Reliant Scimitar - 1976 Reliant Scimitar - 1997 Pug 306 DTurbo - 1999 Skoda Felicia - 1994 VW Golf - 2000 Ford Cougar V6 X - 2005 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportwagon 196k - 2003 Ford Focus Ghia 45k

 

Dream shite.

Chrysler/Talbot Sunbeam 1.6 with original engine & box - Chevette with original engine & box - Talbot Samba Cabrio - Triumph Dolly - Peugeot 205 - AEC Mammoth Major - Allegro


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:37 PM

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'77 FE wagon.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:37 PM

Gotta be an XM TD estate, for me. Its sheer load-swallowing space, driving comfort and capacity to astonish £99/month Corsa-piloting gimps at the traffic lights even when fully laden and pulling a trailer, means it's like nothing else.

 

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Normally I'd concur with the Volvo brigade, but I owned a 240 redblock directly after the XM, and it was nowhere near the car the Cit was. I mean, I liked it a lot, but even aside from the ride quality, the XM was amazingly frugal even in 2.5 guise whereas the Volvo emptied its tank so rapidly I was honestly checking the driveway for leaks...

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:39 PM

The Mercedes W124 estate deserves a mention. Six-Cylinder acquired this 200TE from someone of this parish in 2014 and three days after that it was my 'chariot of choice' for a camping & kayaking weekend away at the IWA National Trailboat Festival in Devon. There was a cloudburst that weekend and the campsite was awash, so I slept in the car in a canalside carpark instead. It was very comfortable.

 

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We still have it and it is still very comfortable.


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#29 OFFLINE   Nibblet

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:39 PM

I was looking at buying one of these a while ago, they've gone stratospheric now though. Strange that it took MB so long to get around to building their own wagon.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:40 PM

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'77 FE wagon.

 

I WANT


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Fleet History

1986 Talbot Samba S - 1984 Talbot Horizon - 1974 Simca 1100 - 1987 Pug 205 XS - 1977 Reliant Scimitar - 1976 Reliant Scimitar - 1997 Pug 306 DTurbo - 1999 Skoda Felicia - 1994 VW Golf - 2000 Ford Cougar V6 X - 2005 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportwagon 196k - 2003 Ford Focus Ghia 45k

 

Dream shite.

Chrysler/Talbot Sunbeam 1.6 with original engine & box - Chevette with original engine & box - Talbot Samba Cabrio - Triumph Dolly - Peugeot 205 - AEC Mammoth Major - Allegro





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