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  1. Do you want me to start the thread for you, or are you about to do it? We'll need some post lockdown lunacy to balance the scales, and this sounds perfect. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  2. Just to add to the TADTS stories in this thread, in the year I owned the 2002 V70 it needed its handbrake doing twice and a front wheel bearing, and the S60 I had also needed its handbrake doing once and a reluctor ring. They literally eat these things for breakfast. An S80 is something I'd love to try. Preferably the ultra rare 2.9 (B6304) used in very early models (2000-2001), with a relatively recent bill for a new/reconditioned slushbox.
  3. There's a frankly wonderful Facebook group simply called 'Grim'. That deserves to be the fucking banner forever.
  4. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/202002077048627 BMW 114i. Before they got buzzy 1.5 three-pots...this is detuned 1.6 16v with a smidge over 100hp. I do not necessarily take umbridge with the targeting of the yoof market with insurance-friendly asthmatic models with wowzer colours and dark wheels. What I do distinctly take umbridge with is the fact it's available in Sport trim level. Just...no.
  5. Had these issues checked out today. The 'Check VSC' light is difficult for the friendly garage to read because of the age of the car (OBDII?). Basically it gives a number of codes but no live info, so very little data of any use. The error code could be thrown by a dodgy O2 sensor or something else entirely unrelated and unimportant. It may have come about because of works they did (or didn't do) during the exhaust being done. They've reset the warning and we'll see what happens. I'm just going to live with it. The brake judder is a more significant issue, and a potentially expensive one. The new discs have been unevenly worn, probably by the hubs (which are likely 185k old). So any new discs will get worn over time (in this case, six months), unless the hubs are replaced. Hubs cannot be sourced as aftermarket pieces (apparently) so it's Lexus main stealer or eBay. The latter suggests second-hand hubs for an LS400 of 1998 vintage can be bought for £50 a piece. The bearings would be replaced at the same time, at a similar amount per side for brand new OEM-spec aftermarket ones. £200. Then four hours of labour, so £240+VAT. £500ish, maybe a bit north, so the discs don't continue to wear unevenly and become unusable. Ach, well.
  6. Nicely done. Here's a Diplomat I photographed 10 years ago...also with grey leather. Best thing about this find? It's still on the road!
  7. A Diplomat with velour seats! That looks fantastic. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  8. You win... Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  9. When my parents moved to Milton Keynes from London (when I was 12 months old), they used some of the money from selling their London house to buy an 18 month old D-reg Passat estate (D177BRP, I think). 1.6 8v carb, so 70hp? Maybe 80. This was their very first car and, to them, it was amazing. However, a number of years down the line, I was joined by my sister, and suddenly it was four-up in the Passat, with luggage, and it became exceptionally slow. The Passat was able to swallow a ludicrous amount of luggage, after all. Anyway, for a brief period of time my dad worked for Lego, and was given a company car in the form of a brand new Vauxhall Carlton 1.8GLi. Compared to the Passat, he said, it was an absolute rocketship. His job with Lego didn't last long, but eventually he ended up buying a second car for the family (because my mum went back to work), which ended up being a 1982 Audi 100 2.3CD, which (from memory) had a five-pot and around 140hp.
  10. Ignoring most Yank cars from the 1970s and 1980s, can this thread also include cars that have engines which are seemingly strangled or just bad at producing power? I'm not talking about economy maps or detuned ECUs, just an engine which feels like it should have more power but doesn't? For example, at the same time Rover were getting 104hp from a 1.4 16v, VW seemed to be stuck at around 75hp from a similar unit. The newest Mazda 3 has a n/a 2.0 16v which produces 118hp or thereabouts and has virtually no torque. It's silly economical, but it's difficult finding positive things said about its performance. The Ford Probe could be specced with a 2.0 16v engine that only had 115hp. At the time it was released the going rate was more like 135-140hp. I'm sure there are more instances where the engine capacity of a car and its power output seem at odds with each other.
  11. Octavia Mk1 and Peugeot 405 both came with 1.4s. 1.3 diesel in the Astra. You can get a ridiculously large French van-turned-MPV thing with a 1.2 turbo. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  12. Volvo 480s came with a 2.0 lump. Suzuki Kizashi is a weird smoll saloon with a potent 2.4 married to a CVT. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  13. As fas as I can remember you could buy the Corsa C with the 120hp 1.8 16v from the Astra. Must have gone very well!
  14. The LS400 can make some cars look smoll...This photo was taken from a Lotus Elise. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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