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    2MB got a reaction from Talbot in Ford timelord   
    They sound like absolute arseholes. Artists in the truest sense of the word
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    2MB got a reaction from Amishtat in What was your first crash in?   
    1989 240GL, attempting to replicate a series of roundabout drifts that had gone so well with just me in the car resulted, somehow, in the offside front wheel twatting a curb at considerable speed. None of the rear seat passengers spilled their drinks, but the wheel was folded nearly in half. Fearing catastrophic suspension and steering damage I stuck the spare on and it was absolutely fine 
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    2MB reacted to Tamworthbay in What was your first crash in?   
    My first was a weird one, a woman in a colt went around my Capri through a bus lane and hit me. She claimed off my insurance, it ended up going to court where I lost (being 17 with a Capri was enough guilt for the middle aged female judge), she had also claimed for far more damage than had been caused. My insurance paid me for some reason and I had to pay her, which I did, she claimed she hadn’t been paid and I was threatened with court for fraud. You really couldn’t write this shit, thankfully the bank had details of the cheque and my insurance company went to town on her and I ended up back in court but as a witness. It turned out the meek mild middle aged woman was an insurance scammer and she got 6 months for several offences of a similar nature. That was 1989 and the term crash for cash didn’t exist as far as I am aware but people were up to that even then.
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    2MB got a reaction from Mr Bump in Decker Dave's Dreadful Services Blog   
    I once watched as a man pulled up in a 750i, opened the door and empty all the piss out of his catheter bag onto the floor at Tibshelf. Fantastic
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    2MB got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Rear engined cars   
    Indicators should be on the right stalk for rhd though. Keeps your gear changing hand free. Does take a bit of thinking about when you have 2 of each though
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    2MB got a reaction from Vince70 in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    My memory is skewed by childhood and nostalgia but the Dedra turbo my dad has in the mid 90s was sublime: comfy, fast and the best seats ever. Nobody was using alcantara apart from Lancia then and it’s everywhere now. And they look like an Italian Primera which has to be a good thing. Now they’re remembered as the last car Lancia sold in the UK, and so the model that killed the brand to the point where their current models have to be rebranded as a fuckin Chrysler to have any hope of selling any. 

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    2MB got a reaction from flat4alfa in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    My memory is skewed by childhood and nostalgia but the Dedra turbo my dad has in the mid 90s was sublime: comfy, fast and the best seats ever. Nobody was using alcantara apart from Lancia then and it’s everywhere now. And they look like an Italian Primera which has to be a good thing. Now they’re remembered as the last car Lancia sold in the UK, and so the model that killed the brand to the point where their current models have to be rebranded as a fuckin Chrysler to have any hope of selling any. 

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    2MB reacted to Datsuncog in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    Yeah, my understanding wasn't so much that the Camira was a bad car in and of itself (after all, GM's 'J-Car' notched up plenty of sales worldwide), but that the build quality of Holden's first locally assembled FWD car was pretty piss-poor, with angry customers coming back again and again for warranty work - not unlike the same issues that had beset Leyland Australia really, and (let's be honest) many Fords weren't brilliantly screwed together either - Falcon EA, anyone?

    But the JB series Camira seemed to burn through a lot of goodwill very quickly - the fuel crisis at the time made many Australians reconsider whether they really needed a big six-cylinder Falcon or Commodore, and the enthusiastic press response to the new FWD baby Holden sedan brought in to replace the old Torana (and voted 1982 Car of the Year by Wheels magazine, no less) must have encouraged many try their luck with a smaller, four-pot motor.
    Before long, quite a few buyers were fairly vocal that they'd sooner pay the fuel penalty for a large, lazy cruiser with plenty of low-down torque than drive around in this cramped 1.6 litre screamer that overheated when the aircon was switched on, and bits fell off when driving along unpaved roads. Especially once the price of fuel dropped again.
    It also gave Holden a massive headache when their market research showed that nearly every buyer of the Camira had done so in preference to their similar-looking, larger, and much more profitable VH Series Commodore (effectively a Vauxhall Carlton with the Senator front end grafted on).

    Frustratingly for Holden, they were carrying the cost of building two separate car lines to garner almost exactly the same number of sales they could have managed with a single model - while generating less profit per unit, to boot.
    In a final act of corporate self-sabotage, Holden stylists were given the unusual task of making the Camira look smaller and less attractive, while making the Commodore look bigger and more impressive. They succeeded admirably - on one project anyway.

    As taglines go, this 1984 ad for the JD Series Camira kind says it all. The new Camira now came with a marginally less frantic 1.8 litre unit, plus a front end that looked like an alien come to probe your arse.  And it appeared three years before the facelifted Ford Sierra, note you well.
    At the same time Holden modified their familiar Carlton/Rekord-based bodyshell for the Commo in-house, drawing heavily on the three-window European Senator to come up with the new Commodore VK - available with a somewhat meatier 3.3 straight six or 5.0 V8 donk.

    By the time the Camira was pensioned off in 1989, Australia had adopted the Button Plan and so Holden were obliged to look east for its replacement, rather than to Europe... enter the rather familiar-looking "Holden Apollo".

    Toyota had already developed a wagon version of their Camry, so that saved a lot of faffing at Holden's end - but this decision made on the other side of the world did perhaps keep the Mk3 Cavalier estate from becoming a fixture on Britain's suburban driveways in the early 1990s.

    Mind you, the Mk3 Cavalier might never have made it to Australian shores - but it got pretty close, selling in New Zealand as the Opel Vectra, and later badged as the Holden Vectra.

    The Aussie-built Camira had been just as much of a flop in NZ due to the same build quality concerns, so it was completely pulled and replaced with a badge-engineered Isuzu Aska - another J-car - but now with a choice of 1.8 or 2 litre engine. It also came with different front end styling again, which I believe were locally built using CKD kits shipped from Japan.

    Confusingly though, despite the negative connotations, Holden NZ contined to call this new car the Camira (now referred to by dealers as the JJ Series) - while at the same time importing the similar-but-different-again Australian JD Series Camira in wagon format.
    So yeah. The Camira could have been the car to make Australians realise that they didn't need to squeeze 5 litre engines into small Euroboxes in order for them to function as transport - but, for want of a horseshoe nail (or maybe just better glue), Holden stuffed it up. Definitely a tragic near-miss if ever there was one.
    Full disclosure: I nearly bought a last of the line JE series Camira back in 2005, but ultimately decided I just couldn't live with that pursed, lemon-sucking front end (or indeed the red crushed velour interior) and went for a Toyota Corona instead...

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    2MB got a reaction from timolloyd in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    My memory is skewed by childhood and nostalgia but the Dedra turbo my dad has in the mid 90s was sublime: comfy, fast and the best seats ever. Nobody was using alcantara apart from Lancia then and it’s everywhere now. And they look like an Italian Primera which has to be a good thing. Now they’re remembered as the last car Lancia sold in the UK, and so the model that killed the brand to the point where their current models have to be rebranded as a fuckin Chrysler to have any hope of selling any. 

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    2MB got a reaction from comfysofa in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    My memory is skewed by childhood and nostalgia but the Dedra turbo my dad has in the mid 90s was sublime: comfy, fast and the best seats ever. Nobody was using alcantara apart from Lancia then and it’s everywhere now. And they look like an Italian Primera which has to be a good thing. Now they’re remembered as the last car Lancia sold in the UK, and so the model that killed the brand to the point where their current models have to be rebranded as a fuckin Chrysler to have any hope of selling any. 

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    2MB reacted to DavidB in Bodge Jobs   
    I used my own piss to replace coolant when a pipe blew on my car in London at 11.30pm on New Year's Eve.
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    2MB got a reaction from Nibblet in Saabotage- crash :(   
    Best window winders ever. There’s something delightfully classy about a non-sporty, worn-in 900
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    2MB reacted to Kowalski in 2019, if it wasn't for AS...   
    If I hadn't discovered this place towards the end of the year I would have assumed I was all alone in my bizarre crap car fetish, now I have to hide it no longer.  There are others out there.
    You are all enablers. 
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    2MB got a reaction from chaseracer in Car chases   
    Would imagine you’ve got to give a 406 a fair booting to keep up with an M5
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    2MB got a reaction from greengartside in Car chases   
    Would imagine you’ve got to give a 406 a fair booting to keep up with an M5
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    2MB got a reaction from loserone in Peugeot 306 Cabriolet the doctor wins, perodua kelisa for sale   
    Paid now sorry for the delay
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    2MB got a reaction from dome in Recommend me something fun for track days sub £750   
    Such thoughts rattle around in me head all the time. The obvious choices are so for a reason but there aren’t any rules really. A couple of ideas I’ve seen/though of:
    Toyota MR2 mk3. Cheap, mid engined, not a backwards facing metro
    BMW 330d E46. There was one on slicks at the last track day I went to and it was brutal
    Pug 206 gti 180. Seen as the poor relation but will keep up with the clios
    Citroen Xsara VTS. Great if you can find one
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    2MB got a reaction from Vince70 in Recommend me something fun for track days sub £750   
    The idea of running a proper track car on red diesel is both sensible and hilarious
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    2MB got a reaction from cobblers in Recommend me something fun for track days sub £750   
    The idea of running a proper track car on red diesel is both sensible and hilarious
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    2MB got a reaction from loserone in Recommend me something fun for track days sub £750   
    There was a fully track prepared Xsara VTS with a naff WRC paint job sold on eBay for about £800 earlier this year. They are few & far between though, and the pretty version of them is starting to be worth a bit now
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    2MB got a reaction from loserone in Recommend me something fun for track days sub £750   
    Such thoughts rattle around in me head all the time. The obvious choices are so for a reason but there aren’t any rules really. A couple of ideas I’ve seen/though of:
    Toyota MR2 mk3. Cheap, mid engined, not a backwards facing metro
    BMW 330d E46. There was one on slicks at the last track day I went to and it was brutal
    Pug 206 gti 180. Seen as the poor relation but will keep up with the clios
    Citroen Xsara VTS. Great if you can find one
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    2MB got a reaction from Eddie Honda in Peugeot 306 Cabriolet the doctor wins, perodua kelisa for sale   
    Could I have number 11 please?
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    2MB got a reaction from loserone in Peugeot 306 Cabriolet the doctor wins, perodua kelisa for sale   
    Could I have number 11 please?
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    2MB reacted to Jim Bell in Travelling for shite   
    Travel anyway, even if it's to buy a shit example of a terrible car. 
    Travel broadens the mind and you only really learn things from making terrible terrible mistakes. 
    Go as far as you can to be disappointed and then you'll know not to next time. 
     
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    2MB reacted to chancer in Proton Persona Diesel!   
    Got to say that i love this....i bought one to use as my first private hire cab in Glasgow in 2001. R204BHT..same colour as yours. It was a 1.6 petrol and oh how they guys on the rank with their diesel vectras and 406's laughed. I was using more fuel....it wouldnt last the pace they said....well the wee car seen out at least 2 change of vehicles for these guys. Yes i may have spent slightly more on fuel...but it NEVER broke down! I had it until late in 2005 at which time it had done over 300k...had more hits than the Beatles but it still functioned perfectly as an car. I replaced it with a couple of Impians after that before moving on to drive hateful black hacks. I have a big soft spot for Proton cars...much jealousy for your new arrival. Enjoy!!
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