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  2. That's no bad thing provided that they're not arbitrarily legislated off the road in the guise of reducing emissions.
  3. We're just (ironically) coming into line with the rest of Europe. New car and nearly-new car sales in the UK have been artificially inflated by finance deals for a very long time (since the end of the big fleet market, at a guess). On the continent, people tend to have their cars for a lot longer and repair them instead. In all honesty, it's not that Europe has old cars, it's that we have unusually new ones and easier lines to credit.
  4. The Corsa feels like everyone who worked on it, from design to production, absolutely hated their life and hated their product.
  5. Very much so, especially things like classic cars.
  6. I reassembled the carburetor for now. Upon using the dimples created by the channels in the carb I aligned the gasket but nothing fit correctly. Nope, turns out some clever soul installed the gasket upside down and backwards. Half the idle circuit was open to atmosphere- that must have pissed fuel everywhere, hence the gallons of RTV. If it's too difficult, ask an adult
  7. This is not surprising, but the mileage is. And I like the beige.
  8. A Panther Rio. A very rare handbuilt re body of a Triumph Dolomite
  9. Wow! That’s great. Loving that it is proper colour, has the prettier front and also a lighter interior which is much nicer too. I see it is petrol too! That’ll be less trouble than the diesel and probably give the auto box an easier life too. With the two C6 petrols I’ve had, the boxes have been fine at a decent age and mileage but apparently the diesels always eat their boxes eventually— less torque thumping them about I suspect.
  10. Spotted next to where I was working today. A lovely Jap sports car and some beige, shite kit car.
  11. My last Vauxhall Corsa was just so unlovely and unlikable in every single way. It was a good car. But I just hated it. I suppose the worst condition one was my beige Mini 1000 auto. I knew the original owner and wanted it for years. He died, and I managed to acquire it from his daughter. It had only done 30,000 miles, and had been immaculately cared for, with no rust. I cherished it. I sold it to my brother in law for £100 because I was really, really skint one week. He wrecked it in one winter of commuting to Slough on the M4. He sold it back to me knackered a year later for £100. I've never quite forgiven him for it.
  12. When the mortgages have gone up £400 a month and the utilities are riding at £400 a month then I can see a lot of private sales coming up as the recession gets its teeth into people. I’d hang fire till November to buy a car.
  13. Not owned, but I had an '89 Escrot 1.3 Poverty Plus as a company car in 1990 (cheers Norwich Union). Good points: a nice flexible and surprisingly willing engine. Bad points: the main one is that it took every opportunity to try and kill me. On motorway cloverleafs the back was desperate to get there before the front. It generally felt cheap and mean, while the Maestro 1.3 Shitty X which preceded it felt like a proper car. Slower yes but no nasty handling surprises. Fabulous on snow too, as I recall.
  14. There's probably 2 ways of looking at this for me. 1 is the WORST car. Which is undoubtedly a Fiat Punto Mk2 HGT. 1.8 engine from a Barchetta in it. Sprint blue, lovely looking thing. It was an absolute fucking DOG. When it was working, it was quite enjoyable and that 1.8 in something that light was seriously quick... but it had all sorts of issues, Clutch slave cylinder was weak, gearshift was horrible, it'd run lumpy at random intervals, cut out at low speed then not be able to be restarted for half an hour, drank fuel, the suspension geometry was all over the place.... i ended up trading it, was totally honest as i could be to the guy with all the issues and he wasn't put off. He drove it all the way back to England, it managed to jam a brake on going home. Once he got back, he sent it into a specialist, spent about £800 on it replacing various sensors and it sorted loads of the issues on that side, got the suspension geometry sorted, then put it back into the specialist for the clutch issue.... They noted when looking around there was a small patch of rust needing addressed on the floor. Barely noticeable but would become an issue if left. Guy agreed to get that sorted properly. When they took the interior out and lifted the carpet to do the work, they quickly found the entire fucking floor was barely attached, was beyond any economic repair and scrapped. Felt genuinely bad for the guy who bought it. 2 is the least enjoyable car to own. And that for me is probably the Civic. It's so close to being a fucking brilliant car. Engine is a peach, mega practical, like how it looks, love the interior, i like the gearshift. And yet it's totally and utterly ruined by 2 or 3 things. The big one is the ride. Man, that ride. Jiggles everywhere. You get in any other car, drive down roads you thought were a mess and find it's as smooth as a snooker table. You then spend the next 2 weeks totally aware how shit it is. You get used to it, then get in another car again, and you're back to square 1. Unbearable. Then there's maintenance. It's just a horrid car to work on, too many parts unobtainium other than via Honda, where things like a headlight levelling sensor is more expensive than the same item for a Bugatti. Electrics are batshit on mine, undoubted water ingress somewhere means you never have confidence it'll start because it could have decided today was the day to empty the battery. (It's sat for a month now and started 1st time yesterday, showing how random and sudden the drain is). And i also don't quite like the seating position. It's already quite a wide car for something that size, but the seating position somehow makes car feels extra PHAT to drive... makes town driving quite unpleasant. If that car had a soft ride though, all the rest could be forgiven.
  15. I dont think i am ever going to properly get on this page as i just dont drive anywhere nower days, did have a Saab 900 turbo up to 190,000 miles. current family fleet is on i3, 45,000 c3 104,000 Fiesta 100,00 odd land rover 60,000km Maserati 45,000 sorry
  16. With used values being high at present, people may be more inclined to fix their current car instead of scrapping it as they can't afford to get a newer one. I was looking at possibly replacing my Octavia before COVID but what I was looking at then isn't affordable now!
  17. I had that issue with my discovery. Various HDC and other faults until the alternator put 14v into the battery then they’d all go away. Battery off a sprinter van cured that 🤣
  18. Is this likely to see a reduction in prices down to more historically 'normal' levels do we think? I guess other than reducing sticker price, most car dealers don't have much else up their sleeve when it comes to making sales? And they've mostly got families to feed and clothe etc so will need to start shifting stock somehow... Maybe I'll hold out on buying a replacement car for a few more months and see what the used car market does as shit gets real into the autumn.
  19. It feels and smells like a new car! think I’ve stolen this one tbh absolute bargain
  20. 37k? damn thing must have the factory washer fluid
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  22. Some more pics Bloody hell this drives well 150 miles left to go
  23. Worst car I've owned was a toss up between a mk3 and a mk4 golf. Mainly caused they were so absolutely and utterly fucked that the £350 I paid was far too much. When you have a nice example and then step into a fucked one it makes a world of difference. I would definitely have another but only a nice example. Worst car I've ever driven was a 17 plate Mégane hire car. Worst car I've ever sat in was a 15 plate Corsa. Worst car I've ever looked at was that hire car Mégane again. Car that has exceeded expectations the most in every possible way is the Insight. I will marry that car.
  24. Services from Leeds to London cancelled, so diverting to Lincoln on a slow, packed commuter train. Fucksocks.
  25. Taken from an AR Online article I was reading. I thought I'd share it here too. Interesting to hear the contrast between BL and Volkswagen at the time: Former British Leyland man Michael Wattam recalls the process of the Austin Allegro’s productionisation… And the reaction from the firm’s South African outpost when presented with the option of building the ‘new driving force from Austin’. The original sketches (above) and clay for the Allegro looked pretty impressive, but things changed as the car made the transition from paper to production line. The production guys took a sharp intake of breath at every panel and slowly got the design modified so that it looked pretty awful, but possible (and cheaper) to make. For instance, door swages which were designed in and needed to add strength and cut panel vibration down, were eliminated and the extremely bulbous door panels productionised. The reason was that the press tools on which the doors were to be pressed, were fairly light and could only cope with simple bends and not deep, clearly defined 3D draws. The press dies themselves were made of a low-grade steel material which wore quite quickly and would have needed relatively frequent renewal. This applied throughout the car – all because there was no cash to buy heavy presses and quality, deep draw steel dies. There was a huge amount of manual selectivity and compromise ‘fitting’ required of panels on production, with manually-applied spot welds at the absolute minimum. At the same time, Volkswagen Group was investing heavily in cutting-edge automated whole-body production. The above and the inherent lack of torsional strength implied by a very lightly engineered and simplistic bodyshell design, led to all those problems with doors stuck when the car is jacked, and the terrible acoustics when driving, particularly with the most powerful E-Series motor. I remember getting into a 1750 Sport and being appalled by the poor drive quality, drumming and general thrash. What a disappointment… Finance Controller John Barber wasn’t that clever, either. Had he simply been a ‘car guy’ and not a fanatical bean-counter, he would have instantly cancelled the whole bloody thing and sat on his hands. I was unfortunate enough to take pictures and tech details to Leyland South Africa in 1973, pretending to be all positive about the new car. Clearly the first question we were going to ask them is, ‘will you take this car in sufficient numbers and at a unit contribution, which would make assembly there a worthwhile exercise?’ One look at the first pictures of prototype cars (perversely all photographed very nicely in a muddy quarry?) and their decision was already made, no need for any viability study. In about 15 minutes, said they would not build it. They were on good terms with Stokes so, when I got home, I was given a right royal rollicking by senior Longbridge management – anybody who knew Harold Musgrove would understand the expletives used! Other more ‘tied’ organisations such as BL Italia and BL France took a more pragmatic approach and asked for complete cars with unique low specs which they could sell in budget market niches, and when BL found getting cars registered in the UK profitably and in decent volume just wasn’t happening, acceded to their NSC requests for ‘specials’. Nobody really wanted to know whether making Allegros was ever profitable – the marketing and financial systems used at the time were aided by sticking a wet finger out of the nearest window.
  26. Boring answer. I've hardly owned any cars, and I've been pretty happy with the majority of them. Working in IT has made my expectations of anything working at all extremely low! Most cars I've bought for significantly less than they're actually worth and in fairly shit condition, so it's no surprise when they need stuff flung at them. When you see everything as a project it's easier to justify things breaking all the time. The only vehicle I've been extremely glad to see the back of was the 2016 Trafic I briefly owned to replace my 2004 one. I thought sinking a high 4 figure sum into a 2 year old van was going to provide an easy life. The thing was absolute dogshit and I missed my old van almost immediately. The plastics were crap and almost everything in the cab was loose or had already fallen off. The driver's seat squeaked constantly, the mirrors were crap, there was an endless array of electronic aids of the type that need to get in the sea, the driving position was awful, and the 1.6 twin turbo engine was thrashy, thirsty and just plain unpleasant. I had it 3 weeks before it shit its piston rings and I got my money back from the dealer, feeling like I'd escaped a sentence. A good life lesson that new stuff is never an easy way out.
  27. park a new yaris against and old one and see the difference also @Six-cylinder peugeot 504 conv car sosage at 6 on more 4 have to watch that cos wh**l*r d*al*rs have an invacar amphicar on so wont be watching that
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