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  1. I did all my lessons in my instructor's 1999 Peugeot 106 1.1, between 2002 and 2003. I remember having to buy new trainers to drive in as my feet kept getting stuck under the pedals. My first car was a 1989 spec MK2 Jetta 1.3 with a 4 speed box.
  2. I tend to use Mann filters as they've got a good reputation, and they've been recommended to me by people wo I trust that have more experience building/maintaining cars than I do.I try and use decent oil too. I buy items when they're on offer and shop around so prices are what I'd class as reasonable. For example a Mann oil filter and 5 litres of Quantum Platinum VW OE spec synthetic oil cost me about £24 last week. 4 litres of Castrol fully synth 5/30 and a Mann filter cost about the same a few weeks ago. I could probably have saved £3 by using Tripple QX oil and a Crossland filter that both claim to be correct for the car, but for the price of a pint I'd rather just buy the slightly more expensive service items. I might be wasting money but I'd be annoyed at myself for saving a few £ if the car sounded like a bag of spanners after an oil change. I know people on here use cheaper stuff without any problems, but in previous experience cheap oil/filters have made my cars sound a little more rattly than Mann filters and branded oil like Castrol Magnatec or Shell Helix Ultra. This could be down to me driving really old and fairly worn out chod, but I'd rather spend a bit more and know that should my car grenade itself it's not due to me using the cheapest stuff I can find. I'm still not prepared to pay Mobil 1 money though.
  3. That cake looks fine to me. Good luck with the new motor.
  4. Does the photo lie or is the wheelbase of the bike almost the same as the wheelbase of the van?
  5. I'd agree with the sentiment of others here too. Buy something from Toyota or Nissan with as little to go wrong as possible and a decent length ticket. Check the MOT history of everything before you view it too. I've spent my entire motoring history (around 16 years) driving sub £500 cars and the most reliable have been Japanese. My gen 7 celica cost £460 and aside from brake pads, an auxilary belt + tensioner pulley and tyres gave over 30K of trouble free motoring. The Micra had a few issues that were fixed with cheap as chips scrapyard parts or new parts costing under £15 each from local motor factors. The Celica did leak water into the back, but never had any faults causing an FTP. My Mazda 6 needed loads of welding but mechanically it just worked. The euro chod I've owned has been older and to me more interesting, but has needed no end of brake, suspesnsion, coolant flange and sensor related replacements. It's all age related maitenance really and they've pretty much all been DIYable, but they've cost more money in parts and tools. In your position I'd be looking at Nissan Almeras/Primeras and the Toyotas already mentioned. The £100 you have to spend per month could be saved to buy an older more interesting toy at a later date. Or to build up a fund so that when your current car does break you're in a position to fix or replace it without the current stress you're under. Working on a project car every week can be rewarding. Working on your daily every week because it's broken again and you need it for work/family duties is just a massive pain in the arse. Don't give up, just try and buy with your head rather than your heart.
  6. Great buy that. I've always liked these but I've never found a cheap one that isn't well passed it for sensible money when I've wanted a small car.
  7. That's looking mighty fresh now. Nicely done.
  8. I like the van, as day vans I reckon they're great. We used one for family holidays as a kid, so I'm biased because of that but they're good at what they do. As for the VW/VAG thing, I've owned stuff from the mid 80's and early 90's that have been really good. My B3 Passat was bought with no MOT with 160K on the clock. It was destined for scrap. For the test it needed discs and pads, CV boots and a service and managed to go on for another 4 years and 50K miles before I eventually got rid if it due to the clutch release bearing giving up 160 miles from home when it's MOT was almost up. In that time it needed general servicing and some suspension bits but everything still worked on it, the interior was still in great condition and it hadn't started to rot. I also owned a 1994 Audi 80 TDI which had a serious case of laquer peel/exzema, but just kept on going. It'd done well over 250K miles before it died, and was killed by someone rear ending it rather than mechanical failure. The MK3 golf based stuff I've owned has been OK, not terrible but not amazing. The modern (to me) stuff impresses me less (even though I've just but a MK4 Golf based car), but in general if it's been looked after it'll last well enough. On the flip side the 9N Polo 1.2 that I had felt very disposable. You could tell that it was built with the intention if becoming a kitchen appliance within 10-12 years. I think all modern cars are going this way though, it's the way they're all built.
  9. I've acquired a new car. It's not the first time I've done this since joining Autoshite, but I've never done a collection thread so thought I should do something to rectify that. I don't think I've quite got the hang of it though so I'll apologise now. I viewed and bought it Sunday, collected yesterday and am posting now. With very few pictures. Backstory After rattling through hopefully the most pressing jobs required on my daily 307 prior to the MOT next month I started thinking to myself that I was happy with the car. Then over the bank holiday weekend I headed down to Dorson Towers to visit my brother @DaveDorson for a car show and a BBQ at his. It was a hot bank holiday weekend, like really hot. And my lack of air con made the 160 mile journey less comfortable than it could have been. I parked up in town and headed to the car show. After browsing some cars, Dave, our cousin and I headed to my car which I'd parked in town with the plan of buying some last minute BBQ supplies then proceeding to Dave's place to prepare for the OMGBBQ! At this point the 307 decided it didn't much enjoy being a 5 door car and was refusing to unlock the rear doors. After I'd just spent the last few hours looking at some very cool and varied cars I was feeling that the little Pug ought to buck it's ideas up as working rear doors isn't asking too much of a 5 door car. Eventually we all got in and aside from the on board temp reading 46 degrees and the air con not working all was well. The following day on the return trip home I decided that I do actually like the 307, it's mostly reliable and generally does what a daily should whilst being cheap to run. And so like any sensible shiter I started browsing the cars for sale board 🙄 Steed Selection A car had already caught my attention, I'd been trying to ignore it as it was high miles and had some bodywork issues. However anyone that knows me knows that I'm not bothered by mileage so long as the engine has been serviced and runs well. The body issues do not yet require welding, so I should be able to sort those out without too much drama. So I messaged the seller to ask if the car was still avialable. It was so a viewing was arranged. The next step was to get an insurance quote for it. Our current cars are insured on a multicar policy so I logged in to see about sorting out a quote. My insurance didn't recognise the reg. Arse. Euro Car Parts and the MOT history worked with the reg so it was just a problem with my insurer. One phone call later and a quote was in place, they told me that they'd be able to swap cover by calling them up and mentioning this quote. The following afternoon my wife and I headed off to sunnny Bolton to view the car. The seller seemed sound and has a good reputation on here, the car was present, started and drove fine, although I requested to just be a passenger for the test ride as I hadn't yet swapped my insurance over. I had a cursory look under the bonnet but there wasn't really space to have a good look around the car so I agreed to buy it and transfer the funds with a view to collect the following evening. Collection I had a few things to do on collection day, some of those had fixed times and others were more flexible. The seller had offered to collect me from Bolton train station and take me to the car so that was the initial plan. However plans change. I felt bad for asking them to meet me as I'd already bought the car and the agreed time was close to when they had other things to be getting on with. I decided that if I picked the car up early afternoon I could do the rest of the stuff I'd planned for the day later on. I checked the public transport times and my options were a bus, two trains and a walk across what looked to be a field, or 3 busses I'd never used before. Both options came in at just under two hours assuming I didn't miss a connection somewhere. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly keen on this. So I considered option 3 My bike. 22 miles with around 1000 feet of elevation, that didn't seem too bad. Google suggested it would take just over 2 hours, but I wasn't tied to bus or train timetables so for me it was the option of choice. What could possibly go wrong? The photo above was taken a few miles into the journey, beside the Ribble and under the M6. Things were going well, I was making good time and I was coming to the end of the cycle path before using roads for the rest of the journey, so hopefully my progress would be a bit quicker. I got into the rhythm of cycling and was enjoying taking in the scenery along the route and looking forward to the drive home. Inevitably, this happened. That milky splatter up the back of the seat tube (ooh err) was sealant. Sealant that's supposed to remain inside the tyre and fix any small puctures as they occur. Unfortunately it was escaping. I was 9.5 miles in to the 22 mile ride so thought a road side repair with a plan to continue was the best course of action. I stopped by a bus stop to see how flat the tyre was and although it still had some air in it I'd lost a fair bit so thought I'd top it up. Once the tyre was inflated enough to commence riding I disconnected the pump, rotated the tyre and saw more sealant escaping under pressure. Bugger. I'd bought a tubeless repair kit with me and although I'd not used it before the principle is that it's a rubberised piece of sticky stringy material that you force into the hole in the tyre and it helps seal it. My first attempt did not go well. The sticky rubber strip did not want to fit in the applicator and ripped as I tried to shove it in the tyre. I pumped the tyre up and it help air so I thought I'd see if it work as a repair. Around 30 metres down the road the tyre was deflating, and much faster than before. Arse. Attempt number two was a little more successful. I was able to get more of the horrible rubber strip into the tyre and it felt like it was a snug fit. I reinflated the tyre again and gingerly rode down the road. This seemed to be working, although I could hear the repair strip hitting the road with each rotation of the wheel. I was hoping the loose section of the repair strip would wear down and break off, but was concerned it could get pulled out the tyre. Fortunately for me the repair held out, and I completed the journey in around 2.25 hours, 1 hour 53 moving time. Brown and sticky tyre repair. The car So, as you've probably already worked out I bought the high mileage Bora Highline that @jamiechod had for sale. I bought the car and the wing, as the original wing really needs replacing. Once collected the car drove home OK, but I've not had a chance to look over it properly yet as the puncture delayed me more than I had hoped and I had other stuff that needed doing. Today was my wife's birthday so we've been out doing birthday related things. I'll take a look at it tomorow. I didn't take any pictures of the car as I was covered in bike tubeless sealant and didn't want to cover my phone in it. I did manage to keep the car interior clean though ☺️ Here's a pic from Jamie's original ad
  10. If you're still looking keep an eye out for the 190bhp version. The lift bolts for the VVTLI need replacing but they're a much more reliable engine and don't suffer the oil consumption of the 140s. These Celicas drive well though and are surprisingly practical for a coupe. I managed to move a washing machine and an engine crane with mine.
  11. I ran a 2003 140bhp in silver until early this year. The alloys were knackered as they all go porous and the paint on mine was awful but it was otherwise a great daily. Mine still used a bit of oil, around a litre every 2k miles but it's common for 16v petrols of this era regardless of marque. Mine had leather and a sunroof and served me for 30k requiring only service items. It was around half your budget so you should be able to get a good tidy example for a grand.
  12. Ah yes, the cold start injector. That's a separate item to the warm up regulator, it operates on a thermo time switch. I think mine used to stay on too long as it would always start better with it unplugged. I never worked out why. Hopefully the cap and arm will sort it. On my Audi the rev limiter was built into the rotor arm, the centrifugal force of it rotating above a certain RPM broke the continuity across the arm. The cheap rotor arm I fitted didn't have this so there was effectively no rev limiter. They were fun times.
  13. I've not owned a K Jet car in at least 11 years so my memory is a little hazy but my old Audi 80 Sport had pretty much the same engine as this and I loved it. The warm up regulator adjusts the fuel enrichment I believe. From memory it has a bi metallic spring and enriches the mixture by allowing more fuel to flow through the metering head. As the bi metallic spring expands as the engine warms up it weakens the mixture. I'd read up on this as it might be gummed up with old fuel. Also are the injector seals good?
  14. I had a Skoda Favorit years ago that used to flash main beam when indicating. I managed to fix it by dousing the stalk in electrical contact cleaner.
  15. It's been on my to do list since it passed the MOT as there's some surface rust that could do with treating sooner rather than later. It's not been a priority as my wife is undecided as to whether to keep it or move it on and get something with a few more creature comforts such as central locking.
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