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  1. I'm due a visit from Ceri next week, I'm already excited. He's sort of the Autoshite equivalent of Santa. Except he doesn't rely on indentured elves for labour, at least as not as far as I know.
  2. Emissions are always an issue too! But congrats, @brownnova!
  3. Just bought a 90s French car with galactic mileage and no mot. Completely blind. From 100 miles away. Sounds like sheer fucking stupidity a recipe for issues, but I spoke to the owner at length beforehand and got a good vibe. So I'm cautiously optimistic... hope my gut feeling is right! Guess we'll see when it arrives next week! I've bought two cars blind in the past, with a 50% success rate. Hoping to increase that to 66%... 😅
  4. The Rover went off to its new home today. Sold it to make way for something else I was interested in... although it didn't quite go to plan. Was meant to have gone last week but it developed a fault with the drivers side electric window, which I had to fix before I could sell. By the time I sorted it, the other thing I was interested in was no longer available. 😅 It's gone to a friend of mine who needed a cheap runabout, so I'll still see it sometimes. For a car I purchased on impulse I actually got remarkably attached to it - I'll definitely miss it. But, onwards and upwards...
  5. Bucking the trend a bit here perhaps, but my modern daily is probably my best all-rounder. 2017 Fabia TSi. it's the Colour Edition so it gets this natty two-tone paint with matching wheels plus a few extra goodies. It's easy to drive, easy to park, more than quick enough to overtake, quiet, comfortable and has a great spec for such a small car. It can "car" better than any other car I've had. Has its downsides though, lack of character and (non) ease of maintenance being chief among them. Probably wouldn't be able to fix it myself, but fortunately it hasn't given me cause to (yet). I think what separates it from my previous daily drivers, the Panda and Clio that came before it, is that I feel pride in owning it. I like cleaning it and look back at it when I park up. Never did that with the previous ones, they were just disposable transport. I'm not sure what it is about the car but I just really like it despite it being just another modern box. So yeah, much as I love my more characterful shite, this does the whole "being a car thing" the best by far.
  6. So, turns out the fan heater I use for drying my washing indoors has developed a fault. Unfortunately the first symptom of faultiness was giving me a fucking electric shock big enough to set off the trip switch and knock me onto my arse. Got a hell of an arm/shoulder ache now. Just glad the trip switch kicked in TBH. Aforementioned fan heater is now set to go in the bin, with the plug cut off and "DEFECTIVE" in sharpie on the front, so nobody "rescues" it from the bin and takes it home. I think I'll get one with a plastic outer casing next time...
  7. To each his own - personally, my Fabia is the best all-round car I've ever had. No, seriously, I really do like it - it's the Mk3 though, does that change anything?
  8. MX5s seem to draw as much ire as they do acclaim. So many social media posts about them seem to devolve into "Huurr, hairdresser car". Was once out in mine, had a pedestrian call out to me while I was stationary: "Oi! You look so gay, your name should be Gay McGay". This was a fully grown man, appeared to be in his 40s with a neck like a birthday cake and a slightly vacant look, hurling attempted insults with the finesse and vocabulary of a badly-raised 7 year old. All because of a car. Bizarre.
  9. The lacquer peel doesn't make this Mondeo lack appeal. The short MOT might though, especially given it's already got an advisory for sill grot. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1340957873014533
  10. Investigating why the Rover's driver side electric window has ceased functioning... happily turns out to be a broken connector inside the switch rather than anything awkward or expensive. Stripped the switch down, attempted a rather clumsy soldering repair... it sort of worked. Window now goes down when you press the switch down. And when you press the switch up it goes... down still. More investigation needed, or possibly just buy a replacement switch. Still, it's not an entirely failed venture - I restored 50% of the window's functionality...
  11. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202201061083232 Slightly frilly Cat N Allego 3. Still would.
  12. This should work: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1329838264168253 As for "any more details"... well, no, not really. Bit of a crappy ad.
  13. 1995 Rover 216. Just outside Market Bosworth, July 2021 1996 Mazda MX5, in exactly the same location as above but from a slightly different angle.
  14. Perhaps it's the inventor of viagra, the Ragin' Bone man?
  15. Ford Fiesta Mazda 121 with a b0rked ignition barrel. How on earth do you break an ignition barrel just by putting the wrong key in? Was the ignition made of cheese? Was the incorrect key inserted using a hammer? I dunno. It's £500 either way... https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/597318034664074
  16. Complete with comedy* 'V6' badging on the rear.
  17. Feeling like absolute fucking garbage after my booster yesterday. Everything aches, including the shoulder where it was done, I feel too nauseous to eat, and I feel simultaneously too hot and too cold. Had a horrible, restless night's sleep with exhausting fever dreams. Never had this with the first two.
  18. While I appreciate it's unusual to find one with such low mileage... four bags for the 90s automotive equivalent of dry toast? https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202111280022138 Also is it just a trick of the light or is there a serious paint mismatch on this passenger door?
  19. BLOCK CAPITALS ABOUND. Does look a pretty good buy though. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/638571820720061
  20. Another early 306, looking suitably grim. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/316441187151165 MOT til July next year, and actually nothing too horrendous on the history, barring a rust advisory on its most recent test. It's a rotten pile of scrap, probably with a hookie MOT - see below!
  21. Dodgy clutch, dodgy seller... but all that aside, it is a bASe 306 phase 1... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202112060261802
  22. When is a Wolseley not a Wolseley? When it's one of these: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/616466739702660 A bit of Google-fu reveals that this is actually a Mazda Carol underneath the chintz, and that on early Mitsuoka Rays the panel gaps were generally fucking shite and it's not just this one.
  23. Inflict one final indignity on family members you didn't like - send them to hell in a PT Cruiser.
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