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  1. I've only had two cars of my own and driven five total, so can't really give an informed opinion. The order was Seicento 1.1 Corsa C 1.2 SXI Micra k12 1.2 AX 1.0 (later 1.1) 106 1.5D And I also drove a few work vans in this time, a ropey old Transit 2.0td mostly, which gave me my first real world experience of turbo lag. Of all of them, the van was obviously the most practical but in terms of sheer 'do-ability' I'd have to vote our current 106. It's not fast but once up to speed it holds its own on nearly every road despite the plastic tyres it currently wears. It can carry a small van's worth with the seats out and we frequently carry significant amounts of clobber in it - 200kg of coal last week, along with a week's clothes and Christmas presents for the whole family. It does all this at 60+mpg and I don't get anywhere any slower than anyone else - it'll do 70mph all day long. In 10,000 miles since August, nothing has broken that stopped it moving and it feels unburstable. Bizarrely, coming from a historically Ford family (read: nobody in my family has EVER owned anything French) the 106 and AX have turned me into a bit of a PSA fan. Our next car will almost certainly be a Citroen, as the world in general seems to think they are worth buttons and they have some of the best diesel engines going.
  2. We were planning on painting the AX yellow so I was hoping for great things when it passed into your possession 😂 17 inch rimz and blue under-sill lights on the Swift then, yeah?
  3. Worked for me, which is unusual because embedded videos on here usually only reward me with a spinning wheel 5ever
  4. Agreed - prices of everything seem to be up everywhere apart from this small, beige corner of the Internet that is forever Autoshite. On the topic, I saw a 2003 Fabia diesel (an SDI, you didn't even get a turbo) in very average/poor nick for £2000 earlier, which I thought was mad. Everything seems pricey apart from knackered Vauxhalls and Xsara Picassos. There's certainly very little low-risk motoring around at the moment, for under £2k. Fixing the wonder-wagon (or getting it fixed) would probably be a lot less risk than cutting your losses and spending another similar amount on something else that might poo itself at an inopportune moment.
  5. True enough - first port of call should be this. I suspect threats of poor reviews don’t really work with this chap so nicey-nicey is probably the way to go!
  6. I’d like to add to my previous comment, now that I’ve watched the video - you clearly like the car, and looking into the dealer further, I doubt you’ll get anywhere in that direction. Fix, farm it out, have a fabulous, desirable and reliable car at the end of it, which you will enjoy for w good while to come.
  7. That makes a lot of sense. I’ve not actually used k-seal or similar yet so I wasn’t quite sure on the technology involved
  8. I’m struggling to work out how the old heater matrix was holding this system together - maybe it was releasing little blobs of k-seal every so often which were continually sealing up the HG? 😂
  9. I think I’d be heading back there in the company of my largest and most patient friend, to gain a refund. Tough luck - does imagining sending the car back make you happy (implying that you are glad to be rid because it had flaws you didn’t want to live with) or sad (implying that maybe you should push for them to repair it so you can keep it)?
  10. I'm just jealous, I can't even hide it from myself 😂
  11. Indeed, lucky I checked properly!
  12. My coolant tester didn't even register the presence of antifreeze with our last purchase.....needless to say the first thing I did before the frost came was to drain and refill with 75/25 pink stuff. Used car from anywhere but here=crap coolant and old oil in my experience.
  13. Walking over a zebra crossing on Sloane Square yesterday, two lanes of traffic coming from my left, black cab stopped in the lane nearest to me, I start crossing but have to pause halfway as an octogenerian in a mk1 Focus bombs straight through the crossing in the other lane. It was broad daylight, her view of me wasn't obstructed at any point and so I saw her coming from a way off and thought "not sure she's stopping" Worst thing - I had a 7 month old baby in a sling on my chest and at no point did she brake or even show any sign that she had seen me. Shivers....
  14. Did the coolant vomiting situation reveal its origins yet? It's a cracking looking motor - best of luck!
  15. Best of luck - plenty more fish in the sea if it's held together with baling twine and bathroom sealant!
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