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#1 OFFLINE   holbeck

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:02 PM

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I've always wanted a Safrane, so when the opportunity to purchase this forum bike came up, I couldn't say no.

 

I picked it up from Johnreno in surrey on Monday.

 

The trip back down the A303 was uneventful until I got close to home. I stopped to pop into the shops and found the car had turned itself into a dragster.

 

I pressed on the last few miles to get home.

 

This morning I took it down to my local independent garage for it to go up on the ramp for a proper look.

 

Johnreno had told me that the exhaust had been patched for the MOT, but the patch hasn't held and a new back and centre section is required.

 

As I am a skinflint, I've ordered genuine ebay parts at a fraction of the cost demanded by the OE supplier. It remains to be seen if this was a good idea.

 

Hopefully they should be here in a couple of days. 

 

(BTW. None of this is a complaint, I am happy with the car. The exhaust was blowing a little when I picked it up).

 

 


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#2 OFFLINE   SiC

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:08 PM

I'm surprised pattern parts are still available for them! Hopefully it'll fit.

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#3 OFFLINE   holbeck

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

I'm surprised pattern parts are still available for them! Hopefully it'll fit.

25v6turbo is your man for all Safrane knowledge.

 

Yup we've had a chat already. He's coming to have a look at the weekend.


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:31 PM

Odd, I remember seeing & sitting in a brand new Safrane about the week that they came out. I was struck only by its complete blandness.

Now however, I've recently begun to experience a warm feeling when faced with big old French barges.


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:57 PM

Odd, I remember seeing & sitting in a brand new Safrane about the week that they came out. I was struck only by its complete blandness.
Now however, I've recently begun to experience a warm feeling when faced with big old French barges.


Actually the series 1 in a dark colour does look very nice and a but unusual and even a bit stylish and unusual these days doesn't it?
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 03:20 PM

This car is absolutely beautiful. Wishing heartily this RN had come up for sale either six months ago, or in six months' time. But all the very best to Holbeck with his new chariot of desire! Hope the exhorst gets sorted quickly and easily; one of my Lagunas had recurring pipe issues but it all came good in the end.

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 03:31 PM

When I owned the silver one it needed a new centre and back box.  I went the skinflint route and got the lot for £80 or something, whereas a known decent brand was £150 for the rear section alone.  My mechanic found it a sod to fit but it worked.


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 03:50 PM

Thing is, this is how you run these cars isn't it... Pattern parts. Cars this age don't need OE parts.... Pattern will do. Especially when only paying not a lot for the car in the first place.

 

Its a fine looking thing, I have fond memories of a Savannah, that was a very comfy ride and a nice driving position. I think it was the 2.1 Diesel non turbo. 


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:41 PM

Glad it's stayed in the forum. Drives way better than the mileage would suggest.
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 08:13 PM

Looking forward to it,be nice to see another Safrane in the flesh and so close to me aswell....

Good luck with the exhaust,should be fine,but if its never had a centre section it will need a sleeve to join it to the cat section,same with the centre to rear but I would of thought its had one of those already.



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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:10 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing this moored up in the car park at work, can't remember the last time I saw a Safrane in the metal!
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:44 PM

I've grown quite fond of Safranes, I think it's the back end :D

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:52 PM

Top buyage! I was very seriously tempted myself in an attempt to repopulate the south west with safrani; they're extinct round my neck of the woods. Haven't seen one in years.
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:58 PM

Didn't these get some continental only Bi Turbo petrol option or did I imagine it.

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 10:03 PM

Yep 260BHP twin Turbo,in RXE or Baccara spec,there are at least 1 or 2 in the U.K.

The Phase 1 is a much more pretty car than the Phase 2 but less reliable.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

This looks like a lovely thing, top buyage to all that have owned it.

What it desperately needs is 4 black screw covers, because the screws in the front number plate go through letters, but have white caps!

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OCD OVERLOAD!
Who goes and puts those white covers on, steps back and thinks to themselves “yes, that is a job well done”.

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The rear doesn’t even have any covers!

Apologies, Rant over.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 01:08 PM

This looks like a lovely thing, top buyage to all that have owned it.

What it desperately needs is 4 black screw covers, because the screws in the front number plate go through letters, but have white caps!

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OCD OVERLOAD!
Who goes and puts those white covers on, steps back and thinks to themselves “yes, that is a job well done”.

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The rear doesn’t even have any covers!

Apologies, Rant over.

 

Damn you! I'm going to have to do that now.........goes and looks in shed.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 01:28 PM

If you need any I've got loads - yellow, white and black. Give me a shout and I can post some out FOC.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 01:45 PM

They do have a very attractive back end.



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 02:25 PM

Predictably I've only got white ones. I'll take you up on that offer thanks Stanky.



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 02:28 PM

PM Me your address and I'll whack some in the post for you tomorrow morning. What do you need? Yellow ones and black ones?


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 02:44 PM

Whoops, I nearly sneezed and said 'Espero' then

 

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:24 PM

Missed out on Holbecks Safrane?,then why not upgrade to a RT version....

https://www.ebay.co....tgAAOSwVNxaS6as



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Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:46 PM

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The Safrane now has a new exhaust. Courtesy of ebay.

 

I ended up tracking  the exhaust's delivery progress all round Europe for the last week. Poland to Germany and thence to somewhere in UK before arriving at my house yesterday.

 

Now fitted by a local friendly garage. It seems to have gone on without too much bother.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 09:57 PM

Safrane's are great. Had two mk1's. A 2.5td and a 2.2vi. Both brilliant cars and extremely comfortable. Good luck with yours.

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 07:09 AM

I just love the way Renault and Peugeot carried on making these lovely big cars when it was beyond forlorn.

 

A bit like the Morris Oxford still being made in 1971.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 07:47 AM

I have fond memories of a Savannah, that was a very comfy ride


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 05:29 PM

Was that a comfy ride too?
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 05:40 PM

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Big thanks to Mr Stanky for sending me the screw covers. It does look heaps better.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:52 PM

Phase 2 Safrane on eBay if anyone's interested:

 

https://www.ebay.co....CMAAOSwUwFaHx5t


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