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    Dabooka reacted to KitKat in eBay tat volume 3.   
    V6 Renault 25. Dashboard looks immense. Atlantis or SG1? 

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    Dabooka reacted to MisterH in eBay tat volume 3.   
    And now I have only gone and bought it...
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    Dabooka reacted to brownnova in The wise men followed the (three pointed) star…   
    We have 64 miles of range on the MG… and we’re off to Rhyl.
    Off to collect the car which will take the brunt of the commuting to save the Pontiac and allows me to sell a couple of the others.
    Ive never owned something from this brand… so new territory for me! 
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    Dabooka reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    There should be protesters outside my house!
    Once again I have snuffled the best car for myself, in my defence this time it is not from an Autoshite member, but a friend of Mrs6C.
    For about a year a friend has been talking about selling his 1973 Saab 95 last on the road over 20 years ago. He said he had a massive amount of spares and the car and spares all had to go in one package. We were hoping the barn would be roofed this summer and the plan was to view the car and if it was saveable then we would have somewhere to put it.
    Last week we happened to visit the seller for another reason and got to see the Saab unprepared for sale and wedged in the garage so I could not get close. I was prepared for the 95 to be so rough that I would politely decline to buy it, but I was amassed at what I saw. Paint is a bit flat but the usual rust areas of the windscreen surround, front wing and under the rear wing had been repaired many years ago and are holding up well. Somehow it just looked a wonderful car to me and a deal was done then and there.
    The deal included not having to collect the car or spares until the spring so I am hoping next year I can drum up a posse to collect this car and round up the spares from Milton Keynes.




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    Dabooka reacted to alcyonecorporation in eBay tat volume 3.   
    No, they're not inherently unreliable cars - *if* the gearbox is made to behave. 

    Yes, the wheel bearings are bit under specified, as they're from an Impreza, and the rear brake discs are shits to find. Most parts books say that the rear takes 260mm solids; they don't - they're 290mm vented and NO-ONE has them, unless you buy parts from rally specialists (they were reused on 2004-2005 Impreza WRX STi 'gravel' rally cars). The engines are strong, they're pretty rust resistant and, the odd electrical gremlin aside, easily fixable by tame specialists (mine hasn't troubled Carnetix in Leicestershire - yet). 

    Having interviewed several senior SVX/Alycone staff, they were very patient with my terrible Japanese but all gave me more or less the same answer: the SVX ended up with the 4EAT because Subaru didn't have the staff to develop a manual strong enough (at the time) to deal with the torque. The EG33 isn't related to the EA27 in the XT6 or the EZ30/36 in the Legacy/Tribeca; it's basically an EG22 with two extra pots. Yes, it was the bubble economy era but Subaru had already chucked in to develop a unique floorpan, paid Giugiaro's undoubtedly hefty consultancy fees and developed a glass to metal bonding method that no-one had attempted before. It had no money left; instead, it upgraded the 4EAT (which was used to dealing with the EA82 in the L Series/Leone), knocked the power back and hoped for the best. They're also non-interference. 

    As for autoboxes: no, they're not unsafe,  you adjust your driving style to suit. I didn't drive an auto until I was 28; on most boxes, you can lock ratios out so that they don't upshift at the wrong moment. On the SVX's Jatco I can lock second, third or top out if I want. You're in control - it simply won't shift up or down as quickly as a manual. Volvos tend to be the most infuriating in this regard - you don't have control of the very bottom ratios on most A-W boxes. 

    Generally, in cars with enough torque, you don't have to move the lever out of D unless you know you can do a better job on a specific corner or you need engine braking (and if there's slippery surfaces to cope with).  In flightier, smaller capacity yokes like my 305 1.6, I drive it like a clutchless manual, because it wants to change into top at 23mph (and that tends to annoy adjacent traffic). I let the little OHC XU5 ping its tits off in third, then click it into top at 50 mph or so; it's not quick but I can at least get out of harm's way. It confused the living shite out of me upon purchase, as there was no 'D' on the detente: it simply read 1-2-3-4-P-R-N. There are other weird hybrids of the same age - many contemporaneous Japanese city cars did away with the clutch but expected you to shift the lever yourself; the G11 Welsh man self shifter (Daimatic) was such an example. 

    I genuinely enjoyed adding the new techniques to my repertoire. Manuals are a pain in the arse if you're stuck in traffic - but autos aren't the gammy leg you suspect on a B road if you know how to get the best out of them. 

    Another thread derailment. Soz. 
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    Dabooka reacted to MisterH in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Dabooka reacted to High Jetter in eBay tat volume 3.   
    EFA!
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/275033955854?hash=item40094d1e0e:g:2QUAAOSw2rlhl9HB
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    Dabooka reacted to alcyonecorporation in eBay tat volume 3.   
    There are ways to mitigate it - and they're cheaper than shoving an invariably knackered Legacy GT-B six-speed into an SVX after said Legacy has been pinged off the armco somewhere in the Peak District by some cretin who never serviced it. Either fit an ally rad with a stronger built-in oil cooler or bypass the factory unit altogether and go external. You're looking at a maximum of £1000 to sort it plus a few hundred more to find a chip tune that mitigates the shifts programmed originally. The box changes harder but it's not burning itself out to do so. 

    That said, it's not an impossible conversion to manual but I'd be very wary of the condition of the components needed to do it. 
    The US has a very (very) vocal SVX scene who like to fit 4.44 final drives to cars 'because it makes them faster'; they shout down anyone who wants to do things differently. 

    Cool, yeah, and you're doing 4000 rpm at 70 and the engine's screaming its tits off. 
    You know what's faster than an SVX you've bought and converted for several thousand pounds (after reconditioning the six-speed and not-readily-available-in-the-UK 4.44 rear diff)? A £1500 bone stock Impreza WRX. 

    The US members can't see past their own nose. Most of them want Skylines but can't afford them owing to the price gouging from importers cashing on 25 year rule eligibility. They never got hot GC/GF Imprezas (although they did get more two-doors than the UK) and can't understand that other English-speaking markets bought SVXs which have other, cheaper ways to go fast. 

    I have never understood why you'd want to make a 1700kg GT into a sports car. There are literally thousands of other options available unless you're wedded to the looks of the SVX so badly you have to have it with a manual. People simply don't understand what GTs are meant to do. 
    No-one's talking about fitting better, more efficient autos into SVXs.

    Maybe I should do that instead of arguing with everyone. An SVX with a modern eight or ten speed self shifter would give far better fuel consumption and be a damn sight quicker without compromising its nature. I do have a Subaru six-speed in the garage, but it's not going in the SVX. Long-term, I want a DCCD conversion on my GF8 WRX. That, to me, is worth the effort. 

    Sorry, I've derailed this thread again. 
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    Dabooka reacted to alcyonecorporation in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Pascha, sorry. 

    Try owning an SVX, and watch every po-faced cunt quote that fucking Jalopnik article. 

    Yes, dipshit, I have something that would take yards out of an SVX. It's called a fucking Impreza Sports Wagon and it cost me less than it would to convert an SVX to manual and completely ruin it. Next! 
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    Dabooka reacted to Isopon in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I respect the sheer dedication of the owner of this Chrysler because they've spent the best part of £2000 on an almost full respray (along with other unspecified work) only to be left with an almost completely undesirable, LHD, car with a fucked  gearbox.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/175027823138?hash=item28c078a222:g:dJAAAOSwPBNhlm7V
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    Dabooka reacted to barrett in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I know it's an auto, but are these still really this cheap?

    Sounds like it's had more than the asking price spent on it recently. It is an auto though, did I mention that?

    This is one of those cars which I wouldn't have looked twice at a few years ago, but the styling has really come into its own I think

    A fucking auto though ffs!! Everything else about it is wonderful, though, and it won't be long before we're all moaning into our pints about the glory days of cheap V8 Porsche ownership
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/175026906941
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
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    Dabooka reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    These are cool with a v6

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/393702374956
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    Dabooka reacted to Metal Guru in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    Audi are collaborating with Peugeot on a new van, to be called the Audi Partner, aimed at cowboy builders.
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    Dabooka reacted to warch in Land (Rover) Reclamation or (Land R)over the Hill!   
    Bollocks. Made it all of three miles up the road then I was struck by a low flying Rav4.

    Completely obliterated one wing, damaged the bonnet and bumper beyond repair and pushed the bulkhead back a centimetre on the left hand side. 
     
    At least no one was hurt.
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    Dabooka reacted to Faker in What cheap hot hatch? Tsport, Ignis, Panda etc   
    T-Sport Yaris is a good shout. But what about the second generation Yaris SR? I’ve an 1800 VVTi SR and it’s a hoot. Few nice ones on eBay around your budget.
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    Dabooka got a reaction from tom13 in What cheap hot hatch? Tsport, Ignis, Panda etc   
    My tuppence would by a Swift Sport. I had the 32 (facelift) which I doubt you'll get near for 2k but the previous version is reported to be more raw and all the better for it. Cheap to run, cheap bits and parts, great fun all round.  Bad points. Tiny boot, I think the Z31 was only five speed, have been popular with young 'uns.   
    The1.5 Swift is a canny little steer too although clearly on a different level.
    TBH I doubt you could go wrong with any of those listed and for the budget I'd look at whatever comes up from that list as condition is more important.
     
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    Dabooka reacted to Bamboocarman in What cheap hot hatch? Tsport, Ignis, Panda etc   
    Yes, condition is number one. Also, beware of too low a mileage: ‘dry’ components ready to crumble once used in anger 💨💨💨 Gan canny . . .
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    Dabooka got a reaction from Bamboocarman in What cheap hot hatch? Tsport, Ignis, Panda etc   
    My tuppence would by a Swift Sport. I had the 32 (facelift) which I doubt you'll get near for 2k but the previous version is reported to be more raw and all the better for it. Cheap to run, cheap bits and parts, great fun all round.  Bad points. Tiny boot, I think the Z31 was only five speed, have been popular with young 'uns.   
    The1.5 Swift is a canny little steer too although clearly on a different level.
    TBH I doubt you could go wrong with any of those listed and for the budget I'd look at whatever comes up from that list as condition is more important.
     
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    Dabooka reacted to wuvvum in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Look at this gorgeous early bASe Saab 9000.

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    Dabooka reacted to DodgyBastard in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I've only gone and won it for £180!
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    Dabooka reacted to brownnova in The grumpy thread   
    On Wednesday I was doing back gate duty at our school and someone turned up to pick up one of the kids in a bright orange Lamborghini, and parked it right outside the gates.
    He revved it totally unnecessarily to please the crowd of 13 year old boys who had gathered, and sped off at high speed through the crowds of kids walking... 
    My comment of "Well he must have a tiny knob to compensate for" were definitely heard by several pupils. 
    However my previous comment of "It's only a Lamborghini lads, there are hundreds of them.  I own a Yugo there are only 6 of those on the road in the whole of Britain" didn't seem to impress them or the owner of the Lambo! 😆😆
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    Dabooka reacted to timolloyd in Will the current climate affect your next purchase?   
    I’d love to see a Government policy that forces people to keep their cars for a minimum of 10 years or whatever. I firmly believe that protecting the environment is about reducing consumption.
    But I accept that’s fantasy. Vehicle manufacturing and sales is such a huge part of our economy.
    Plus, we do need people to buy electric cars now, to force the roll out of a better charging infrastructure.
    Our next family wagon will be electric, but only once the current XC90 implodes or throws up a monumental bill.
    I wouldn’t buy a brand new ICE daily now, because I’d always aim for a 5-10 year ownership cycle, and I’d worry about it becoming an expensive pain to run towards the end of that period.
    But I am definitely up for running lots of old, classic or interesting AS fodder alongside the daily, in the meantime.
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    Dabooka got a reaction from eddyramrod in Will the current climate affect your next purchase?   
    Bit of both here.
    We're looking at (probably) moving to one daily and that will likely be a new electric for tax reasons, via my wife's work and salary sacrifice.  However I'll be keeping the Cougar and still have an eye on an older petrol.  There's some cars / engines I just want to have owned, such as the Fozzie turbo, and these will hopefully happen regardless.
    Actually we're not moving to one daily at all are we, we'll be moving to one long term daily and hopefully lots of short term petrol goodness for me. Diesel can get in the bin, fuck that.
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