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  1. In 1987 , just married I bought my brother's Mini 1000,in Citron , YWP323M for £30 needing an MoT. It looked fairly scruffy, the tester said it looked like it had been attacked by moths and crocodiles. He also said it was a much better car than it looked and passed it. Everyone loves classic Minis, but I couldn't wait to get something else. It was noisy, slow, and felt very unsafe. After 6 months I replaced it with a 1500HL Dolomite. The Mini sold for £170 to a workmate of my brothers who was later convicted of molesting his nieces. Among his lesser crimes was brush painting the Mini bright yellow and screwing on plastic wheel spats while leaving the original 145 section tyres on. I'm not sure what became of it, as my brother didn't have anything to do with him once his other activities were revealed.
  2. It's just been in the news that cars taking the NCT (Irish Most) are going to be plugged into OBD shortly, covering the engine and safety systems. At the start any codes found will be an advisory item, but sometime next year will become an outright fail. I presume the next stage will be to check that the egr or dpf haven't been mapped out, and maybe to check that the car is still running on the factory map. It's going to be awkward for owners of PSA 1.6 HDis. Every one of them has a code for a glow plug fault. And changing the glow plugs is a horrible job. I'd say it will result in a lot of them being scrapped. Edit:- I just went to the NCT site. Engine codes are not part of the test so far. They will check the VIN, odometer mileage, ABS and EBS. HDi owners can breathe again. But I'd say checking for egr and dpf operability will be the next stage.
  3. I really didn't know much about the later VWs as I didn't do any motor trade work from 2015 to 2019, although even older ones weren't great. But I've looked at and worked on a few Golf 6s since, and they are overcomplicated in some areas, such as the fuel system. So of course, more likely to go wrong. And even changing the fuel filter needs a computer.
  4. €6000 on a 4year old Mègane Estate in 2017, which I think was an ex Chubb UK service engineer's vehicle.It had 188k km on the clock and the EML on. The owner told me the light was caused by the glow plug relay not working, which I knew was unlikely to be true. However, it ran so well and was so cheap it was worth a punt . It turned out to have a faulty exhaust air flap. What's that?, you may ask. It's a throttle body in the exhaust which when closed still allows some gases through, but helps the cat to warm up. It stays fully open most of the time the car is running. I got the relevant exhaust part from a low mileage car for €120 and turned the light out. It's done over 80k Kms since and all that's been replaced, apart from routine items, is front shocks, one top mount and the rear number plate lights.It does 1000-1100 kms to a tank and has turned out a good buy, which is a relief,as it cost nearly twice the previous car, and four time the one before that.
  5. Some do last. A friend's B2 Passat did about 250000 miles. Although it was drinking 20/50 oil for the last year or two. And once he stopped on an Autobahn service area in the depths of winter, and when they came back to the car after ½ an hour it didn't have enough compression to start. It only went when a passing auto club man gave them a quick free 24v jump start.
  6. I didn't have any more time this week, so the owner got it towed to a friend's house, who has a T25 stored. They are going to borrow the engine from that, which is a 75hp 1.9td, and search around for another engine at leisure. Hopefully he can get hold of a 1.9, which is a durable engine. The 1.6 TD isn't particularly. Once anything goes wrong they have a total nervous breakdown and need completely rebuilding, probably with a new head. Even the non-turbo 1.6s aren't very strong mechanically, especially the head gasket. The 1.9 has a much stronger metal gasket.
  7. Oh good, on the way home it popped its head gasket.
  8. The T25 that had a timing belt change on Monday decided to expire with a failed fuel pump on Wednesday. Luckily a spare was available, but why it had to wait until after Monday can only be put down to natural perversity.
  9. Look under the scuttle grille and make sure there's not a few pints of water sloshing about.
  10. This came over for a timing belt change yesterday.
  11. Probably one of the height corrector linkages is sticky.
  12. I'm not condoning the behaviour in any way. But back in the 80s the trend was for cars to have grey plastic numbers and large grey plastic mouldings on the doors. So minor bumps and scrapes hardly mattered. Then the marketing men and stylists decided to paint bumpers and rubbing strips. So now tiny scrapes can cost several hundred to put right. Cars should be able to be able to stand up to minor scrapes, they are meant to be used, not saved.
  13. I think the E Type is a lovely car, but I'd prefer an XK150. Preferably with body colour wheels.
  14. I think everyone is too hard on the MGB. In 1961 it was a good car. It should have been replaced in 1970. If it was Italian and there were only 7 left in the UK we would all be raving over it.
  15. I can imagine it if it's a Ka. My mother's friend was married to a doctor, they always bought new cars and looked after them, but by 1983 her 1970 Clubman was fairly well worn. Her husband had a new Bluebird estate in 1975 in tangerine yellow, with blue tinted windows and fake woodgrain on the sides. I had to visit them in 1990, and by some miracle that car was immaculate, and completely rust free.
  16. The thing that puts me off the Frogeye is that it was slow for a sports car in 1959. A Nissan Figaro would blow it into the weeds.
  17. Is there any way of reporting the dodgy test to the Dutch equivalent of Vosa?
  18. Check the egr. Unplugging the MAF may have force closed it. Now the MAF is plugged in the ECU may be trying to drive an egr that has problems.
  19. Yep. On Done Deal ( the Irish sales website ) lately there was a gorgeous 1925 Delage tourer for €30k and on the next page a pastiche bubble arch MK1 Escort for €40k.
  20. The rubber bumpers ruined the original styling, which was quite pretty, they raised the ride height and made the handling worse, and the mechanical bits are not inspiring.
  21. MGBs, maybe. Especially rubber bumper cars.
  22. I don't know, but the Republic is stuffed with them. We like our saloons down here.
  23. Or anything else about them.
  24. On the old Car Review site there was a 2.0d Omega that had done a million Kms in Holland. As far as I remember the engine was original but the interior had been swopped for low mileage ones a couple of times.
  25. It's just as well Japanese cars are reliable, if you put one together from dealer parts it would probably cost £150000. At least side glasses are usually available at specialist breakers, and not in very high demand.
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