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  1. There was a guy that owned one where I used to work. A really nice black one with Zetec badges. No idea if it was actually a Zetec but he seemed to be daily driving it. I never met him but often thought he’d fit in here!
  2. I think you’ve absolutely nailed this question with a mk2 Cavalier. I can’t think of any other 40 year old car that behaves closer to something you could buy new today.
  3. Brilliant! I had an 85 ex police RR. 3.5 on carbs. It was absolutely knackered by the time I got it but very capable of towing trailers, off roading and taking me to work. Would 110% love a later model with an injected V8.
  4. I’ve never understood why Fiats have such a bad rep. I’ve now had 3 (admittedly all Pandas) from 94 to 07 and despite everything they’ve had thrown at them, they are great. I reckon they are well built too but because they were relatively cheap to buy, they attracted disinterested owners who never maintained them and threw them away when a minor bill came. Well bought, would love to try a Marea.
  5. Agreed. If you do ever have the appallingly bad luck of an accident, a 10p hole in your windscreen pillar will be the least of your worries.
  6. Absolutely brilliant. I know how much perseverance it takes to do these sort of projects. 11.5/10.
  7. When I was a lad, to me the Belmont CD and Cavalier CD were the classiest cars around, properly aspirational. I even had a picture of a Belmont GLSi on my bedroom wall (assuming I’d never quite get good enough school grades to ultimately buy a CD).
  8. Shit ain’t it….. After a lifetime of chronically knackered cars my wife declared we would be buying something that I didn’t need to work on all the time. That turned out to be a nightmare with slimy dealers, a warranty that wouldn’t pay out and the car continually returned with the fault I could have fixed myself (and did in the end) not fixed for reasons relating solely to them not wanting to pay for it. We’re back to shit cars now and all the happier for it. Glad you’re sticking with it! My advice would be to get the car back and sort it yourself, life is easier that way…..
  9. This being on the road is a massive win for humanity.
  10. Back to old faithful, the blue Panda. This car is a real trooper. I can’t imagine ever finding a car more suited to my needs. As mentioned on the grumpy thread, i am so tired of replacing newish shocks. Virtually every one of my fleet has needed replacements for shocks I’ve changed within a year of fitting. Bilsteins, Monroe and others have all proved worthless. I finally thought I’d solved it with Sachs shocks but after less than 5k, the passenger side rear on blue Panda is knocking its nuts off. At least they are super quick to change. As a result, I bought the cheapest shittiest shocks I could find. These are branded NAPA which is an American brand trying to get a foothold in the European market. The know it all’s on the internet suggest they are made by KYB which I have high* hopes for. £31 for a pair delivered and a 3 year warranty.
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    Stop smoke

    There’s a guy on YouTube called DIY Dave that has spent a fortune on magic potions to stop his otherwise sweetly running Corolla from consuming oil. Nothing worked even temporarily.
  12. I love these things. I’ve wanted a Ranger for years. Never been in the right place at the right time to buy one.
  13. Same thing happened to me last week. It’s very sobering to think how much worse it could have been. I got a bit stuck just outside my field of vision but a few mm in the wrong direction and…….
  14. I always enjoy an update on this thread. I just love mid mounted 6 cylinder turbo vehicles 😎
  15. I’m out. What a strange experience, not a pleasant one either but it’s out. They removed the piece of metal and then had to scrub the cornea to get rid of the rust! That’s right, my eye was rusting like a 70s Fiat. All I can say is, thank goodness for the NHS. What a bloody brilliant service that really is. The lady that dealt with me was fantastic, despite me telling her I am an idiot, she was super kind and professional. The wife has been driving the Panda this afternoon and when she collected me from hospital I noticed it’s now showing 67mpg!! She’s only been pottering round the houses in it!
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