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    2MB got a reaction from Coprolalia in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Tren 1 of 3. Shite but comfy

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    2MB got a reaction from Supernaut in That'll buff out....Or maybe not. Post your wreckage.   
    The only thing more miraculous than your survival was that of the fuel filler neck
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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    And home. Set cruise at 77 and mpg seems decent considering one of the back brakes is dragging a bit

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    2MB got a reaction from Tickman in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Tren 1 of 3. Shite but comfy

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    2MB got a reaction from Carlosfandango in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    No pes station shot as it’s got plenty in. Drives lovely, only issue is the oil light flicks on, seller mentioned this to be fair and said it’s a sensor issue rather than oil pressure. More research needed into that one

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    2MB reacted to RoadworkUK in Reasons that you didn't buy a car.   
    Over a decade ago, in the summer of 2006, when I was significantly younger and less married, I had concluded my illustrious career as a BMW salesman and planned to spend the next six months burning through the cash I had earned. I decided that I wanted a small motorhome in which I could patrol the country at my leisure for the rest of the year.
    I figured I could justify about six grand and had dreams of glittering wheeled palaces. Pretty soon, I realised that I needed to aspire more towards Holdsworth-converted Talbots and Fiat Ducatos, and — depressingly — even these were tending to head rather North of my budget. Nevertheless, I scoured the various classifieds in the hope of spotting a hidden gem, perhaps something woefully undervalued by its vendor. In the pages of the Motorhome Auto Trader (or something like that), with a grainy black and white image, I finally found what I was looking for.
    It was a beauty. Coachbuilt class b Talbot Express with a substantial Rapido six-berth body. Description seemed promising apart from the bit about "needs TLC", but I figured that a man of my enterprise could manage some nominal tweaks and repairs. Just to be on the safe side, though, I phoned the vendor. He mentioned that some of the kitchen doors were loose on their hinges and that the roof ladder needed re-attaching, but the general vibe was that it was a fabulous beast that had never let him down. Plus, it was only £2,750.
    At that bargain price, it was pretty clear that I was going to buy it. On the journey down to (fucking) Poole (from the top of Essex) I was mentally planning the trips I'd be making, and deciding what stereo equipment to buy (I'd clearly be upgrading it) and what books to put in the cupboards. I was pleased that it was coming from Poole, too, because Poole is posh, and the kind of people who lived there would obviously take great pride in their motorhomes and look after them accordingly.
    So, I cruised the 9000 down the M3 and gradually homed in on the postcode using my TomTom. I passed a great many substantial houses towards the end of my journey, encouraging me greatly. But then the lane grew even more rural and when the nice girl announced that I had reached my destination, I was presented with a pair of black wrought iron gates that opened onto a blockpaved compound with a static caravan in one corner. In the centre of it there sat on a rickety chair a tanned, topless gentleman of advancing years, smoking a dog-end.
    Fuck. Somehow I hadn't accounted for the possibility of pikeys.
    But hey, equal opportunities, books and their covers and all that, a bargain is a bargain. I stepped out of the 9000 and locked it as hard as I could. I approached the man, walking the walk of a naive and enthusiastic cretin with three thousand quid's cash in his back pocket, and introduced myself. The chap was barely alive but acknowledged me, rose and shuffled with me towards my quarry.
    Turns out that the fuzzy monochrome image in the magazine had been quite kind to its subject. For starters, the pic was of the rear three quarters, and didn't betray that the bonnet was in an advanced state of decomposition. But hey, bonnets aren't structural, so no matter. What was structural, though, was the structure, and rather a lot of that was somewhat dicey.
    Of course, I had absolutely no experience in motorhomes and consequently no clue as to what I ought to be looking for, so it's probably a bit of luck that this thing was so monumentally fucked that its many, many defficiencies were patently obvious. The way the floor bowed alarmingly when I stepped through the front door, for example. The floorboards were spongier than a Victoria, and the aluminium was delaminating from all the facing panels. Inside, there was the tragic atmosphere you get somewhere that used to be magnificent but was about to be demolished, like a war hero checking into Digitas.
    Back outside, a cursory look beneath showed the chassis to be held together by the bodywork, its unintentionally articulated nature potentially giving superb ride characteristics until it snapped in half. The inner arches were absent, providing a clear view from wheel well through front grille, and when opened, the bonnet was only hinged on one side, the mount on the other side having parted from the bulkhead.
    I was more than a little cross. This was a 300 mile round trip, and there was substantially more than TLC required here. What this thing needed was reincarnation. Unfortunately, when I protested that "it's not worth anything like what you're asking for", he mistook it for haggling. The price went into freefall. Eventually he asked "how much will you give me"
    "No money at all. It's scrap. I'm sorry, but this isn't a saleable vehicle".
    I finally motioned that the conversation was over and made my way back to the Saab, but he followed, eager to tell me that his sister had another, far better motorhome for sale that would suit me far better. A Mercedes that needed much less work. And only £2,750... seemingly the official figure that fucked motorhomes changed hands for these days. Once I was on my way, the phone rang with an immediate price drop on that one.
    I drove away very quickly indeed, because I had three thousand quid in cash in my back pocket and hadn't bought anything. This is a terrible situation to be in, because it makes you prone to certain urges. Much in the way that when walking a cliff edge, part of you wonders what it would be like to jump off, I could sense myself turning the car around and going back to buy a shit old motorhome.
    Several weeks later, on suddenly realising that I ran a real risk of spending the rest of the year miserable in a Scottish layby being leaked on in a disintegrating Talbot, I booked a flight to Japan, where I had a very nice time indeed.
     
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    2MB got a reaction from Cavcraft in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Worth the 500 mile round trip I’m sure you’ll agree. I love it already 


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    2MB got a reaction from Cavcraft in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Something had to give, I don’t think I can run this one on veg
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    2MB got a reaction from Tickman in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    And home. Set cruise at 77 and mpg seems decent considering one of the back brakes is dragging a bit

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    2MB got a reaction from Jenson Velcro in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Scran that I can’t have because mask. 
    Just realised I’ve made it sound like I’m out for a jolly during a national lockdown. I do actually have a need for a car that’s road legal and fits all 5 of us in it. Also had no intention of having the winning bid on eBay 

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    2MB got a reaction from privatewire in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    And home. Set cruise at 77 and mpg seems decent considering one of the back brakes is dragging a bit

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    2MB got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    No pes station shot as it’s got plenty in. Drives lovely, only issue is the oil light flicks on, seller mentioned this to be fair and said it’s a sensor issue rather than oil pressure. More research needed into that one

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    2MB got a reaction from stonedagain in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Was supposed to get an early night due to being on newborn night feed duty the last 2 nights, but 33% of my kids have so far managed to shit and piss themselves in new and interesting ways tonight.
    poo count: 2, one of which was spread across the bathroom floor as I opened the door. Only way is up from here
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    2MB got a reaction from Jim Bell in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Scran that I can’t have because mask. 
    Just realised I’ve made it sound like I’m out for a jolly during a national lockdown. I do actually have a need for a car that’s road legal and fits all 5 of us in it. Also had no intention of having the winning bid on eBay 

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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    With a scooter needlessly added to the fleet of mostly unrequited vehicles there’s only one logical next step. I’m hoping this one will make it home under its own steam so the journey starts on foot to the station, so have a picture of my local church 

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    2MB got a reaction from Jim Bell in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Tren 1 of 3. Shite but comfy

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    2MB got a reaction from strangeangel in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Worth the 500 mile round trip I’m sure you’ll agree. I love it already 


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    2MB got a reaction from bunglebus in Ghostly Goings On - over the moon   
    This made me chuckle. Unsure of the purpose of it apart from reminding you that you have a Sony head unit
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    2MB reacted to Conan in Volvo 850: A Block of Butter.   
    I believe the album was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the Bb out of Abba. Yes I am a massive nerd as hairnet would attest.
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    2MB got a reaction from RayMK in People scare me.   
    Same experience here. Worked in engineering since my first proper job and have probably known a handful of people that really knew their way round their cars. I’d have thought that people who design, repair and maintain machines  For a living might have some inclination to attempt work on their cars but the vast majority aren’t interested
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    2MB got a reaction from Three Speed in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Wish I was getting this

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    2MB got a reaction from spartacus in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    It does, for a minute or so but dies, seemingly of fuel starvation
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    2MB got a reaction from Sir Chocolate Teapot in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Worth the 500 mile round trip I’m sure you’ll agree. I love it already 


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    2MB got a reaction from Six-cylinder in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Worth the 500 mile round trip I’m sure you’ll agree. I love it already 


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    2MB reacted to barefoot in 2 Hondas don’t make it right   
    Did you not ride it back then?
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