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  1. Thought that I would update this thread......


    Remember the urge for a focus ST?.....Well.....as a cheaper alternative.....I have since purchased.....A..........


    Volvo....S60 T5, 2.4 Engine & it is Manual & it is not an ex plod car either.


    I know it is nothing like a focus st, but... the vast majority of ST's that I looked at, had either had the utter shit ragged out of them, with no service history at all & had been messed about with, or were recorded as CAT C or D...Plus, quite a few of them had several previous owners, including one with x9 previous owners!!!.


    Fuck that for a game of soldiers. 


    So....The Volvo popped up, right spec, manual & priced so much cheaper than a focus st. Covered 143,000 odd miles, with decent service history, x3 previous owners.


    Collection & pictures will be forthcoming during the coming week....


    As for the Mercedes, Well......Because the Volvo was a saving money wise, compared to a focus, I am going to get the ball rolling on that as well, so watch this space. :-D

  2. Happy New Year To Everyone.


    This is the first time since I posted, that I have been able to get on. 


    First off, thank you to everyone for their input on what they think should be done, I appreciate it. 


    In answer to some points made, This is not my first child that is due, It is the first (& only it must be added) with Mrs OC, but not my first by any means.

    I also forgot to say originally, that the Mercedes, once sorted out, will not be used as a Daily runabout as such, more weekend/holiday/good dry summer day use.


    I am also aware that the Mercedes is not practical for a baby & buggy & associated items.


    I have also been looking at Volvo T5's...The S40/V50 & V70's...but...as nice as they are.....It is a Focus ST Itch I have.



    Some good points have been made about leave the Mercedes for longer & scratch the Focus ST itch.


    Also, as pointed out, Focus ST's are at the bottom of their depreciation curve at the moment, So it would make sense to get one now before they are unaffordable to buy, Like 3 door sierra cosworths are now.... :shock:


    I am still in two minds at the moment.


    But anyway, as an update,


    Today, I decided to go see if the Mercedes would wake up from it's 2 year hibernation.


    I sacked off my broken W203 c220 cdi a few weeks ago now, but before I did, I took the Genuine Mercedes heavy duty Battery out of it. This proved a very good idea,


    Took the battery up to the CLK, Dropped it in, connected it up & jumped in........Key in ignition, turned it &............It burst into life!!!  Well chuffed  :-D  ABS/BAS light on, but that doesn't worry me. It has stood for x2 years.


    The deep sound of that V8 :-D ....  & Also surprisingly, all the tyres have stayed inflated, not even soft.


    I then decided to see if it would move, put it into D & it did indeed move, no stuck on brakes.


    I also took some pictures of it, please keep in mind, it has sat for 2 years, it is covered in dust/dirt & has some marks from things in the garage being put against it etc. & the bonnet is not shut right in the pictures.





  3. Hi All,  Apologies, This may ramble on a-bit. & no, i have not been drinking.


    As most people who are regulars of this parish will know, I am a serial three pointed star licker. 

    Now, as with most things like Life, family, work etc,  I am like most, pushed for getting the time to actually get around to doing things that I want to do with my stored cars. 


    I currently have tucked away, a very nice old 2003 Rover 75 CDTi, Which has a borked alternator & has had since it was put away in 2015,


    I very nearly got this sorted earlier this year, then something else came up & sorting it out never happened, 

    So it currently still sits in the garage awaiting to see daylight again.


    But, this is not what I want to get off my chest, What I would like is, advice on what I should do regarding My 2001 CLK 430.


    It has, like the Rover, been stored up since 2015, & I always, always planned to get it properly sorted out, mechanically &



    It is a lovely looking old thing, with genuine factory fitted AMG front/rear bumpers/side skirts & the staggered AMG alloy wheels. & the sound of that V8.....Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about it. & it is NOT hanging with rust as most W208 CLKS are now.


    However, in the preceding 2 years since, I find myself still no further forward with the car/s, Yet my life has changed a-lot, Mrs OC is currently due our son in March 2018, & life in general is good.


    But, I have this mad,mad itch to scratch with a MK2 Focus ST 2.5T. But if I do that..the Mercedes will sit for longer, as I cannot go buy an ST & also restore the Mercedes.


    One or the other I am afraid.


    So....What would you do if this was you?


    Sort/spend the money on the Mercedes, Or Buy an ST Focus.


    I NEED to do one of these come January.  My Heart say's Mercedes, My Head say's ST Focus...



    As an aside Listen to this.... :shock:  :-D


  4. Just had a look at your ebay ad, You have not put that it is MOT'd until SEPT 2018 in the description, I would.


    Also, Look at this...Albeit Manual....




    GLWTS. If I had seen this sooner I would have been into the both of them.


    If the Winning bidder turns out to be an Ebay time wasting arsehole, Put me down as interested in them both.

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