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    Andy F reacted to Mrcento in What year was ‘peak car’?   
    I'd say 1999.
    It was pretty much the last sweet spot in the last era where cars were at the point of computerisation but nothing particularly complicated.
    Safety standards were improving, but not at the point where every car had to be the same shape for pedestrian protection.
    Manufacturers were still trying to do things differently to each other, Platform sharing was starting to be a more common thing, but everything tended to have its own flavour.
    Manufacturers had more or less nailed the mechanicals.
    The general selection of things on sale was insane.

    Ford were on a roll with the Focus, the Mk2 Mondeo was nearing replacement, The Puma and Ka were out. Vauxhall had a very different range, The Omega was still there in pre facelift flavour, The Vx220 had just been announced and would soon be here. The French were still uniquely French, Peugeot had a great range of sweet handling, nice riding cars,the Italians were still chucking out quirk and flair with various Alfas, Fiat Coupe, 5 pot Turbos, with the odd battshittery thing like the Multipla. BMW had just released the E46, the E38 7 series was still on sale, the E39 5 was king of the exec class, The Mercs still felt like Mercs before the cost cutting really took hold, VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda were all distinctly different brands and Nissan weren't Renault. Subarua and Mitsubishi were the rally kings.
    In Motorsport, the BTCC was still great, F1 was interesting, Rally was a great watch.
    A lot of the good sort of carried over into the early/mid 00's, i'd say 2005/6 was really where it started to go downhill and become an overcomputerised, over complicated beancounting  dreary mess.
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    Andy F reacted to Jack D in Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE.   
    This tale starts a long time ago, in 1998 to be precise.  Coming off the M1 in Northern Ireland a young lad sat in the back of a 1997 Ford Escort 1.8TD. A GLX in bright red, for you perverts.  Gazing out the side window my eye caught something, a shape which has stayed with me all these years.  It was a Range Rover towing a horse trailer accelerating laboriously uphill away from a roundabout, its rear end squatted right down.  There was something enchanting about it.  I heard the noise it made.  Low, warm and knackered.  I knew Range Rovers existed but were really quite rare in Northern Ireland in the 1990s.  I was up until that point only aware of the existance of the P38 yet this was clearly and unmistakably from the same bloodline.  It looked so decrepit and derelict by design.  Like a Range Rover that had melted a bit at the corners.  I knew at this point that it was the car for me.  Twenty two years has passed and that particular Range Rover is now almost certainly dead but here is the story of mine, it's spiritual successor. 
     

    The day started like this,  I took the obligatory flat cap and a banana to what I assumed would be another dissappontment.  I've looked at quite a few and there are many out there which dissapoint. 

    A couple of hours later I was in the furniture capital of Great Britain looking under an old Land Rover, and you know what?   It wasn't that bad.   It drove terribly but it was all there and appeared never to have done any rough work.

    The best part was in here.  Where they've all been knocked about, this one just hadn't. 
    I paid up and negotiated a set of three spoke wheels from the seller.  She's going back standard boys and here's the story. 
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    Andy F reacted to dollywobbler in What year was ‘peak car’?   
    It's about then. As an example, a late Xantia Hdi is a superb car, the replacement C5 more complex, uglier and struggling to deliver any real benefit over the car it replaced. Much as I liked ours, it just didn't seem to move the game onwards. I love GSAs and BXs, but the Xantia is more rounded than either as daily transport.
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    Andy F got a reaction from Rust Collector in Is there any such thing as 'overly modern' or 'overly old' when it comes to daily use?   
    I've been wondering the same recently. I currently use my Xantia estate hdi for around 12-15k per year. In fact, I've been using Xantias since they were nearly new and a common sight! I've tried moving away, but keep coming back to them. 
    I have been trying to justify a new or newer car in some on sort of lease, and got close. A Nissan leaf deal was posted, I think on @Kiltox thread and the sums added up to a negligible change of outgoings. Mainly due to the fact I would only ever be charging at home and the cost of diesel. With all things considered, I would be in roughly the same place financially with either a 20 year old diesel or a brand new electric car, but less worry of impending doom. I am tempted, but yet to make the leap 
    I would be much worse of with any thing probably 3-15 years old, which uses petrol/ diesel, always more complicated and expensive to fix and if you spend a lot buying a car, you've got to fix it. 
    The Xantias have only ever been a few hundred pounds, so although I would be sad to see it go, financially it wouldn't hurt. Luckily, beyond routine servicing and one clutch in 12 years I'm definitely up. I like driving them because they are comfy, 50+mpg and despite the age still very dependable. Even the saab 2.0T I had was cheap to buy and run, bit juicy maybe but it was fun. Sadly not big enough, so couldn't stay long term.
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    Andy F got a reaction from beko1987 in Is there any such thing as 'overly modern' or 'overly old' when it comes to daily use?   
    I've been wondering the same recently. I currently use my Xantia estate hdi for around 12-15k per year. In fact, I've been using Xantias since they were nearly new and a common sight! I've tried moving away, but keep coming back to them. 
    I have been trying to justify a new or newer car in some on sort of lease, and got close. A Nissan leaf deal was posted, I think on @Kiltox thread and the sums added up to a negligible change of outgoings. Mainly due to the fact I would only ever be charging at home and the cost of diesel. With all things considered, I would be in roughly the same place financially with either a 20 year old diesel or a brand new electric car, but less worry of impending doom. I am tempted, but yet to make the leap 
    I would be much worse of with any thing probably 3-15 years old, which uses petrol/ diesel, always more complicated and expensive to fix and if you spend a lot buying a car, you've got to fix it. 
    The Xantias have only ever been a few hundred pounds, so although I would be sad to see it go, financially it wouldn't hurt. Luckily, beyond routine servicing and one clutch in 12 years I'm definitely up. I like driving them because they are comfy, 50+mpg and despite the age still very dependable. Even the saab 2.0T I had was cheap to buy and run, bit juicy maybe but it was fun. Sadly not big enough, so couldn't stay long term.
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    Andy F reacted to Agila in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Come on lads can't you two read the adverts properly.
    Clearly selling a clio with rover 400 alloys on it. I'll give you £75 and take it off yer aaands. Doing you a favour like.
    Maybe come and pay for it Saturday, got to ask my Dad first though.
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    Andy F got a reaction from theorganist in Le-Organiste - Regie 5 and Maestro Update   
    Loving the increasing amount of Maestro/Montego content. Phwoar and moar please. We were a big Austin/ Rover family until I went French and everyone copied! 
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    Andy F reacted to Dick Longbridge in Austin Montego Poverty Estate - 100 miles without incident!   
    Someone has done almost 300k in a 1300 petrol Montego? I'm not sure who to congratulate - you or the previous owner! Intrigued to see the recommissioning on this one. 

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    Andy F reacted to Kiltox in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Get him told to get right to fuck, what an absolute fucking roaster 
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    Andy F reacted to sdkrc in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Tell him you might apologise tomorrow night
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    Andy F got a reaction from Ted Eggs in new shite collected,cheap for reason,,   
    I wish I had a big one. 
     I have gear selector envy
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    Andy F got a reaction from theshadow in new shite collected,cheap for reason,,   
    I wish I had a big one. 
     I have gear selector envy
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    Andy F got a reaction from ETCHY in new shite collected,cheap for reason,,   
    I wish I had a big one. 
     I have gear selector envy
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    Andy F reacted to dozeydustman in Dustman’s Smoll French Fancy - Noo radio.   
    Update
     
    is this and autoshite first? A husband and wife Woollard?
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    Andy F reacted to mk2_craig in Mitsuoka!   
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    Andy F got a reaction from mk2_craig in So, how did your first car die?   
    I bought my first car, an 1987 AX11RE for £50 in 2001 and another for £60 shortly after and made one good car between them before weighing the other one in.
     
    I used it for about 4 years, up and down to Swansea from Gloucester and Bath to visit my then girlfriend (now wife). It was brilliant, with the carb set up properly it was really lively and weighed nothing. On OHs last day at uni I went down to move her back into her mums place back in Gloucester. Loaded up to the rafters on a swelteringly hot day (not just for Wales) and drove everything home. Still running brilliantly, journey completed successfully.
     
    Next day, I set off for Bath from Gloucester to retrieve my belongings from uni and it made it 2 miles from home before the catastrophe light came on (no temperature gauge, just a light for when it's already too late) Oil everywhere, end of the road.
     
    Sad times, I then bought a 1993 Rover 218SLD Turbo, but regret not repairing the AX and still miss it.
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    Andy F reacted to Frogchod in Citroen C6 bought, low cost big liability ?   
    Today has not gone well... 


    Totally fucking fucked. 
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    Andy F reacted to richardmorris in 2003 Citroen C5 estate.....is actually alright   
    I see you’ve reached the basil fawlty stage of C5 ownership!
     
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    Andy F got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    Sounds like a fun game, is there a prize for the shiter who finds the advert? 
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    Andy F reacted to DodgyBastard in Most stupid message while flogging a shiter   
    To offset all of the wankers I've had to deal with lately I've put up a bogus bargain advert to wind people up.

    Sent from my moto g( power using Tapatalk


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    Andy F reacted to jakebullet in Genius improvements* guaranteed to add value   
    I give you: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133531596300
    For only £1500, you get a nice pile of fibreglass bits to turn that worthless old 2 door range rover into a 6 wheel pickup. (range rover not included)

    Any more genius improvements?
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    Andy F reacted to Erebus in Crap Camper Conversions   
    Is my new favourite phrase!
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    Andy F reacted to Dave_Q in Crap Camper Conversions   
    The best part is I had not seen that van at all until I went to look for one to post in the thread, I simply searched "LDV day van" on ebay and clicked the first result, boom, instant bong smelling murder shack.


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    Andy F reacted to eddyramrod in Double collection thread!   
    I'm a carnivore but even I don't eat leather!  You have to have a limit somewhere!
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    Andy F reacted to Alan_Green in Is this Apartheid Era Series 3 Land Rover Worth Big Bucks? 1984 S3 R6 Petrol. 109 LWB.   
    And I'll post this before anyone else does:
     
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