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  1. With the W8 it cost about $4k just to sort the front brakes (pads and rotors!) Guessing similar on its cousins from VAG
  2. Cars are not cheap in NZ typically a 2005 Corolla goes from$4500 to $9000 (about 2200 to 4300 quids to you M9) depending on mileage (at the lower end you are looking at a quarter of a million kms)
  3. I had the W8 Passat 4litre 4motion wagon, nice to drive but 16litres /100km (18mpg) and me doing 800km a week plus it wore out tyres like they were going out of fashion (basically a set every 2nd service) added to huge service and repair bills -- never again
  4. For those that can't be arsed to click on the link
  5. Bought one for the wife, she loves it 2.2l but 3.5 t towing capacity, humongous inside cheap to run, ours was the demonstrator so way cheaper than new but an older one would be in your budget (with the 2.7l lump)
  6. Ok today on the way home on the same stretch of road. I saw a lite blue mk2 escort estate, no pic unfortunately, thought i had one but camera had a brain fart It seems to be the gathering place of powder blue old Ford's
  7. Seen on the way home yesterday My dad had two of them (well technically one zephyr and one zodiac) This looked really small next to all the moderns
  8. Mine was cramped, horrible and kept snapping propshafts, most notably just outside Lockerbie when I was driving from Andover to Rosyth This was nicer
  9. Mine was xj6 based, the biggest issue i had was it had the little flyscreens instead of a proper windshield which made it really impractical
  10. I've had 3 kitcars (yes I'm a glutton for punishment), none of which appear to be mentioned in your book A Ginetta G26 an NCF Diamond (The factory demonstrator no less (was still shit)) and an Aristocat 120 will see if I can find photos later
  11. They bought one of those on American Pickers as a "company car" for Danielle https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g38077-d2272527-i84399155-Antique_Archeology-Le_Claire_Iowa.html
  12. Yes changing the heater is a huge pita so not going to happen, I just put a coat on. I have ordered one of those cigarette lighter plug in heaty things, it'll either work or be crap, will find out on Tuesday I guess
  13. The cube is OK, although the heater is blanked off as has a leak. Bit cold this week down to 5/6C overnight Its 50 k as the crow flies 80 k by road to work but all bar 15k is back roads really not a fan of cruise control had it on both mercs and the W8 Passat and never felt connected with it The cube of mightyness is a 7 seated (allegedly) though you would have to be Douglas Bader to use the third row, the Rexton is also 7 useable seats
  14. Aren't all cars by definition "people movers"? Any hoo welcome to the NZ chapter of autoshite. 20 mpg. 14 l/100km, had a few of them over the years. Finally bit the bullet and bought something a bit more economical as I do 800km (500 miles) a week just going to work. So have a Nissan cube cubic and a Ssangyong Rexton for the wife. Am about an hour north of Auckland
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