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#1 OFFLINE   garethj

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:48 PM

This car is difficult to pigeonhole.  It's incredibly rare - fewer than 600 were made for the UK and now there are only around 70 left, however it's value is less than other comparatively common cars.

It's a hot hatchback, made at a time when many manufacturers weren't bothering.  It's got a fairly simple, large capacity engine instead of a little screamer.  Having said that, its 1.8 also used in the Mazda MX5 has plenty of character and with 119bhp it has enough poke.

Perhaps the final contradiction is that it's got all the stuff you'd expect on a hot hatch: rear spoiler, Speedline alloy wheels, driving lights under the front bumper, figure hugging seats and even white dials.  Yet you could look at the front and have forgotten it by the time you've walked to the back.

Part of the problem is that Suzuki isn't really known as a manufacturer of speedy little cars and the rest of the Baleno range hadn't made an impression either.  All that was what Suzuki UK's marketing team had to battle against 18 years ago, but now?

There haven't been any road tests done so I'll give you a taste of the car today.  It's an old car so it doesn't have aircon, traction control or anything sophisticated or computer controlled.  It has ABS, fuel injection and two airbags which explains why it weighs 995kg, only 30kg more than a Saxo VTR.  The power steering is a nice weight, the clutch and gearchange are typical small Japanese car and the 1.8 litre engine pulls smoothly.

0-60 takes 8.8 seconds and maximum speed is about 120mph.  In terms of handling it's not smooth and cultivated like a 205 GTi, it's not mature like a Golf GTi.  It's more like an XR2 because Suzuki got the grip by mostly limiting the suspension travel and fitting wide tyres, this car is on 4 matching Toyos which has a great looking tread pattern and gradual breakaway.

It's got 5 seats, 5 seatbelts, the most welcoming looking sports seats in the front that even accommodate the slightly portly gentleman.  Brakes are discs on all 4 wheels and because it doesn't weigh much, the car stops quite nicely.  Electric mirrors on both sides (remember when that was a treat?) completes the luxury spec.

Final part - this particular car.  It has 12 months MoT, some very small bits of rust on each rear wheelarch and the passengers electric window doesn't work.  The fuel gauge works when it wants to, not when you need it to so I generally fill up after 300 miles.  The tank holds about 11 gallons so that's enough in reserve.

The paintwork is a bit dull in places, the lacquer on old silver paint never holds up well but the passenger door is the worst.  The engine bay still has whatever horrible gunge they used to protect the paint when it was new, it looks revolting but there's no rust there.  It's just gone past 90,000 miles and has been used as a car for daily commuting and the occasional longer trip since I bought it with 54,000.

It really does let you drive it like you're 18 again but it's also very easy to trickle along at low revs, the light controls make it feel like any little Japanese hatchback.  It doesn't leak water in, doesn't use any water or oil between changes and all the warning lights come on and go out properly.  Let's be honest, there aren't many.

Car is located in Bedfordshire, junction 12 or 13 of the M1.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

How much is it?

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:55 PM

I had a lesser 1.6 model from Vince70 and it was ace and did a million mpg


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:57 PM

Edited the title to show the price, although 'shiters discount is available.

 

This one does about 37mpg, it's a very different thing to the smaller ones.  Was it a 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6 they did?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:01 PM

I had no idea these came in anything except giffer spec.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:25 AM

This is amazing, and I really miss this engine - I had the same in my BG323f gti.

Whoever buys this will not regret it!

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:50 AM

Right. 'Fess up.

 

WHO PISSED IN THE BOOT?


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

Yeah, that's fit.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:07 AM

The boot stain isn’t piss, no gang members were captured, shoved in the boot and tortured with fingertip-light gearchange and a lovely smooth clutch until they literally pissed themselves with terror.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:43 AM

There is a green one of these in Podders scrapyard right now - Bank Hill, Woodborough, Nottingham.

I can get some photos on my way home if anyone needs them?


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:00 PM

I THOUGHT ALL OF THE GSR MODELS WERE SALOONS!


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:16 PM

GSR models were all hatchbacks, they did some special editions which were based on the saloons but they weren’t the 1.8

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:10 PM

Any chance of posting the photos again, I've already forgotten what it looks like.

 

GLWTGSRS It's time you got another car, you've had this one ages.


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 02:27 PM

Any interest in this? If not I’ll stick it on eBay tonight

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:00 PM

I can't afford this, but I am currently the highest bidder.

 

Edit: And if I win, both the 405 and the 206 are getting weighed in.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:04 PM

Hang on, Ill go and outbid you.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:06 PM

Well the reserve is higher than £444.42 so thats me out.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:07 PM

it worked!

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:08 PM

Wait, I tricked myself into outbidding you!

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:11 PM

First you threaten to crush my xmas present to myself (xmas 2074), then you start a gazumping war on an auction site?

You have ghasted my flabbers.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:16 PM

Thanks goodness I don't know what the fuck is going on :)


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:21 PM

Yesm but look at the bids on your auction.

And we're not even halfway to what it is worth!

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:23 PM

That remains to be seen.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:24 PM

Yeah, we may be well past what it’s worth
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:27 PM

Butnot the reserve!

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:35 PM

This is the bit where Richard Rawlings usually pulls the reserve, shout his catchphrases, then makes a massive loss. Thank god Garethj has more sense!
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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:13 AM

Shitpeas man, quit out bidding me!

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:17 AM

Its for your own good.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

There are 6 bidders, that’s you two and four normal people :)
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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:38 AM

But it's just us since £200!

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