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#61 OFFLINE   adw1977

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 11:09 AM

As the original basic interior has survived so well, it seems a shame to start changing it now.  Although that's easy for me to say as I don't have to live with it!


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:04 PM

That's awesome! Another jealous / interested party here.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:42 PM

Thanks for the interest all, but to be honest if I were to keep one of the fleet for good, the R18 would no doubt be it. It's a real hoot to tear up roads in it...at least I know what French cars I like now, diesel and mingebag ones!

 

The Saab will probably be available when it has another MOT put on it, but that will be the new year in my eyes. I have made myself utterly sick to the back teeth of buying cars, and I really just want to borrow/test drive stuff for the short term now, as owning a car for a fortnight isn't much different. 

 

I kind of fancy a 900 (NG) Turbo at some point, so if/when I do want to shift on the 900 classic, I may want one of those, for anyone wondering. 


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:10 PM

Wow that’s a find. There seems a disproportionate amount of Renault 18 diesels surviving, doesn’t look like it would want much work to make it really tidy.

What was the name of those metal nudge bar things you used to see fitted front and back on these?

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 02:20 PM

Wow that’s a find. There seems a disproportionate amount of Renault 18 diesels surviving, doesn’t look like it would want much work to make it really tidy.

What was the name of those metal nudge bar things you used to see fitted front and back on these?



I know of two others but haven't seen any for sale for a long time. Last 18 I saw in the wild was a wob laden monster down in Poole in 2012. Now dead.


Alright shiters, I love my current fleet and don't want to sell any yet. But what I'm missing is something faaaaaast. The Merc is surprisingly torquey and gets a reasonable move on but it's diesel so the performance is often marred with a clag cloud.

My only crux is that it has to be classic insurance friendly and within £500. And not shit. I hate wanted ads, but clearly I'm a hypocrite because here is one.
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:15 PM

I know of two others but haven't seen any for sale for a long time. Last 18 I saw in the wild was a wob laden monster down in Poole in 2012. Now dead.


Alright shiters, I love my current fleet and don't want to sell any yet. But what I'm missing is something faaaaaast. The Merc is surprisingly torquey and gets a reasonable move on but it's diesel so the performance is often marred with a clag cloud.

My only crux is that it has to be classic insurance friendly and within £500. And not shit. I hate wanted ads, but clearly I'm a hypocrite because here is one.

 

What about the 3.0 V6 S-Type on here? 240bhp, so it should shift. Not sure about classic policy though. 

 

The Saab 9-5 Aero I acquired is very fast indeed, an £80 remap takes them to 275bhp and 420NM. Again, not sure if they would qualify for a classic policy.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:20 PM

^ I think in FJ land over 15 year old Saab’s qualify
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:32 PM

^ I think in FJ land over 15 year old Saab’s qualify


Fingers crossed for the roffle then Bramz, the 9-5 is fairly quick although technically only 14 years old on a 54 plate...
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 05:10 PM

No luck with an X300 XJ6 so S type an obvious no.

Unsure regarding Saab. Everything on eBay is ridiculous and expensive as per.

By the way that's not me saying £500 plus is expensive, just some of the prices are a bit yikes now. £750 for a non running 480? It's not even a fancy one!
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 07:49 PM

Wow I think that genuinely is it. Even still has the red mount for the towbar, but that's now gone. And the V5 had the non transferable numberplate message on it, suggesting it did have a private issue in the past.

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Alright lads and ladies. I have to sell the R18 as I don't really like povo spec French dross anymore. It's a real blast to drive it around and hoon it round the local lanes, much to the bemusement of all the passers by, but it's not my bag and I fancy a 9000 quite badly. The 900 really has had a big effect on what I like, despite it's own little flaws.

 

Okay so, the R18 has a very long MOT. 

It drives well, the engine sounds fine, it doesn't make any weird noises that you wouldn't expect a 34 year old Renault to make. The tyres look fine. There is not really any exhaust smoke.

Interior is nice and tidy, but would no doubt benefit from a slight tidy up. Seats are all fine, but be aware there is no rear belts. 

It has done 129k.

 

As ever, old car so there is negatives.

Some rust around the bottom of the front arches and front of the sills. Nothing overly bad, but it will need tidying soon. Had new rear arches and a refurbished rear axle in the past year.

Drivers door lock doesn't seem to work, key spins.

Not sure on belt history.

Needs a couple of plug cycles to get started, but it's not that bad. Previous owner suggested it need new plugs but having had a few old diesels that needed the same, it's not got to that stage yet.

Stalks need a contact clean as the headlights sometimes go off if touched lightly. 

 

The fuel economy is good.

The engine fan has a switch on the dashboard as I assume the relay stopped working. The fan does work with use of the switch though. It doesn't run hot.

It doesn't have PAS or really anything assisted. It's like driving a small van, and it sounds like one too.

 

It's no speed machine, but it's got an old school diesel feel and sounds horrendous/marvellous. 

 

Paint is slightly flat but lacquer is fine, I think a good polish would lift it. No real dents on it either, amazingly. 

Has a nice retro Sharp radio. 

 

 

I want £950 or thereabouts please. I have it on C&C for a but more, but that's just me. I am in Basingstoke and can help deliver for transport costs.

 

I am open to a swap but really, it needs to be a 9000 or similar. I turned down FOADs Camry as I really want a Euro barge....

 

Also, Katie hates it. She much prefers the Saab.


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:33 PM

Saab 9000 are nice, don't forget about the lancia thema, or fiat croma. Same cars

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:35 PM

I would happily entertain either of those but decent Themas are usually more money, and Cromas just don't exist any more.

 

 

No 164s though. That shit one I had was enough for me. I still get reminded of it every time I see the buyers Hyundai Matrix outside.


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:43 PM

Bramz meme

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:50 PM

Non turbo themas are still cheapish. Turbo ones are going up. I agree about cromas, they don't come up for sale. Cool cars though

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:03 PM

There was a nice facelift Croma at FOTU this year.



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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:08 PM

Not that you can be picky but I personally prefer pre face lift ones.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:10 PM

There was also a CHT (the rubbish one) for sale on the Fiat Club page this year. They wanted a fair wedge for a car of questionable condition though. 


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:14 PM

CHT ones are basic inside and have a carb instead of injection. I bought one years ago, it was only 10years old and I only paid 250for it. It was rough though

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:39 PM

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:40 PM

Swap for a 406?
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:22 PM

Swap for a 406?


Yeah and £700?
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:32 PM

Ah, I'm out then!
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:34 PM

I'm worried by how much I'd like to lick this. Sadly, I'm very much playing the 'too many cars' game at the moment.


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:38 PM

I'm worried by how much I'd like to lick this. Sadly, I'm very much playing the 'too many cars' game at the moment.


No such thing.
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:42 PM

No such thing.

 

My wife and neighbours may disagree.


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:45 PM

... if I were to keep one of the fleet for good, the R18 would no doubt be it.


When I read that last week I wondered how long it would be before you changed your mind!
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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:54 PM

Unfortunately I make a habit of this. I won't change...despite my intentions. I've also got such an insatiable itch for a 9000.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:57 PM

I won't change


Good!
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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:39 AM

Did you see that one on the eBay thread? Lush!
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Posted 15 November 2018 - 08:26 AM

Have you driven a 9000 Bramz? They really don't do it for me. You can make a small-medium car handle and ride reasonably well with front MacPherson struts and a torsion beam rear but the 9000 is overwhelmed with that setup, the steering is naff too. Even the now panned Rover 800 is better to drive and a Volvo 850 is much nicer.
They are comfortable cruisers but that's about it.




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