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  1. Bloody hell man, I love this, but what would I do with the other one? My wife says I'm not allowed to buy all of your old Merc vans. Oh... LEZ says no anyway. I'd say GLWTS, but really I'm hoping you'll still have it in a couple of months once I've moved west...
  2. I keep doing that too, quite embarrassing, Would help if I had decent tyres. Must sort them actually before I kill myself.
  3. I wouldn't know about that. Almost impossible not to thrash the living daylights out of mine.
  4. Nice, I got more than 40 out of the last tank in mine, but it was mostly motorway miles. I can't imagine cheaper, funner motoring. Same here on the "just driving and enjoying" - I really ought to lavish some TLC on mine but so far it's been no trouble at all. Just done a 300 mile round trip to the south coast and back, roof open all the way there, and a fair bit of fast lane Audi bothering. I was grinning all the way. They really fly along.
  5. Ha, I've been doing that today, too. Well sort of. I didn't actually hang around to watch. But I had the same thought.
  6. I want to sit in it. Looks nice to sit in. Is the Xantia up for sale then?
  7. That's funny. If you count Sciroccos and Jettas I've had at least 5 MK1s. I wouldn't know what they cost when new, all mine were bangers bought for £300 or less... Enjoyed them all but the convertible and the Scirocco were more fun because they had bigger engines and/or sporty upgrades - e.g. Weber carbs, wider wheels, suspension upgrades etc. The standard 1.5 and 1.6 cars I had weren't all that exciting to drive, but they were much more capable, refined, and better built than anything comparable from the same era. Cars that you can use to do everything and seriously go places in, even after years of abuse. My first Jetta was my second car, and replaced a 998cc Metro. It was a revelation to drive something that wasn't terrifying at 70, in fact it was comfortable at 80 plus. And unlike the Metro, it never broke down. It was rusty and had been around the clock but it never felt tired. Great engines, well built and cleverly designed cars which can go on for mega miles. The thing with the MK1 cabriolet, it's almost as fun as a proper sports car, but it's not going to stress you out too much if you need to drive 200 miles in the rain, at night, in a hurry. No, it's not as fun as the 205, but IMO there's not loads in it. I love old Minis too, had a couple, and now you come to mention it I do recognise the comparison with the 205. But if I had to chose a car to do a decent road trip in, (i.e. including motorways) the choice would rarely be a Mini. Great fun and surprisingly capable but the 205 is much better at making serious progress, and really much more modern - in a way I like to think of it as being as capable as, say, a MK2 Golf but with the grin factor of something like a Mini. Which makes sense really - 80s tech but small, light, and with a wheel at each corner. It's kind of grown-up and immature at the same time. I love the 1.4 engine in the 205 - smooth, perky, and great sounding. For me it's a very sweet power-weight balance - well thrashable but with plenty of go. I bet a 1.9 would be hilarious, but terrifying. If my imagination is anything to go by it's easy to see why they where such a hit. Although saying that I've never lusted after one, and still don't.
  8. Depends what you're used to I suppose. Golfs are pretty exceptional in that respect, and much easier to live with than many "premium" convertibles (e.g. BMW E30) from the same era. Mine was pretty quiet and refined at 80-90 which for a convertible designed in the late 70s is impressive. In the first place the MK1 is a very well thought out (and modern) car for its age, but additionally the Karmann conversion is done to a very high standard. They put loads of additional strength in the bodyshell and the hood is very well made and designed. It might be a bit heavier than the 205, but it's still a relatively light and nimble car and mine handled brilliantly. I do prefer the steering feel on the 205 though. Still, as much as I love the 205, it has made me realise what a brilliant car the Karmann Golf was... I suppose era-wise, the 205 really sits somewhere between the later MK2 Golf and Polo, and it's hugely better to drive and more stylish than either of them. They never made a MK2 (or Polo) convertible, but if they did, it wouldn't stand comparison to a 205. Of course partly it might just be that my hood is a bit fucked or poorly fitted... there is a bit of a gap in the trim at the front that the wind whistles through. OTOH, I suspect a Golf roof would be less prone to that sort of thing. Sorry...carry on.
  9. I oiled the joints, but it didn't make much difference. Similarly mine likes to be lifted up from the centre, but at the front it has the opposite problem - it's a little too tight so takes a strong pull to get it clipped down, especially if it's been open all day in the sun. Looks like it would be easy enough to adjust but I've been too lazy/busy recently. I've had a couple of other convertibles from a similar era and the hood on the Peugeot is probably the worst. Both the other two cars (a MK1 Golf and a Scimitar SS1) could be opened and closed one handed, quickly. The Peugeot hood is relatively fiddly, hard work, and also quite noisy when on the road, especially above 60mph. Still, the little Pug is charming in lots of ways that those two cars were not.
  10. Mine's OK with the roof up, but with the roof down the boot lid doesn't lift up quite as high, so it's supported fairly weakly, and occasionally drops it on your head. I'd like to replace the struts on the roof - I'm not sure they're doing anything much - but I couldn't find replacements anywhere.
  11. Cool, will keep and fix. Had a quick look on the bay of e and couldn't find quite the right thing but I'm sure I'll find something. Looks like Makitas use a cork pad. Is it a generic sort of thing? I may even replace the mains cable... It's a solid old tool. Probably better built than the 205, but then it could be older. I do actually fancy a late 80s/early 90s Peugeot mountain bike to match the 205. Would be fun slinging it in the back.
  12. I inherited this from my great uncle. It's worked bloody hard for me as I used it to sand the wooden floors in my current house... As you can see the mains lead is damaged, but also more recently the foam rubber pad which sits under the sandpaper started disintegrating making it useless as it sheds sticky crap over whatever you're trying to sand. Should I just bin it? Fix it? Give it away? It's a good old thing really.
  13. Such a nice motor. Good work man.
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