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  1. I'll get it posted up on the forum once it's had a clean and is ready to go, as I'd rather deal with the good folks here than the ferals on Marketplace and Scumtree. My best mate has a barn conversion holiday let thing at his cottage so if you did want to pay a visit to sunny Sussex on a long distance collection then I'm sure I could twist his arm into providing some accommodation for a night, and chauffeur services can be provided from local stations or Gatwick airport.
  2. Yes, my partner's 2007 Clio 1.2 that's been in my family from roughly 3 years old needs to go as she has outgrown it - I'm as far South as you can get without getting your feet wet though so might be a bit out of your way for collection 😅
  3. Sometime back I mentioned a cheap Rover 400, which sadly I missed out on and so could not get my shonky car purchasing fix as planned. Yesterday I came across a Mercedes W(S if you're being pedantic)210 320CDi estate for scrap money. 'Just needs a radiator M9'. Luckily I have a pile of Mercedes W210 radiators in the garage (don't ask, I don't know how it's happened either...). It's also definitely not* got collapsed spring perches. My partner has been asking after a replacement for the Clio, and the brief I've been given is as follows: Must have a big boot, able to consume a pram and two large dogs Must be fast. My partner defines fast as 'Like the Subaru', which is 0-60 in a blistering 9 seconds if some random specs website is to be believed. Must be fuel efficient. The Clio sets the bar at 40mpg mixed use currently. Must look good. Entirely subjective, but my E430 wagon has received 'good looking' approval from my partner. I reckon that's basically approval to buy this car. She has already approved the looks of the E430, so the E320CDi is logically the perfect vehicle as it will absolutely* do 40mpg on a very long run and should move itself along faster than the Subaru. The fact that it needs work is a minor technicality. I really, really, need to stop procrastinating and punt some shit as we are completely overrun with motors currently.
  4. Hopefully it's one of these instead:
  5. These Japanese vans are awesome. I really regret selling my V6 Granvia, would love a diesel Elgrand or Granvia again. If she drives nicely then you should be on to a winner once she's cleaned up!
  6. I don't want to jinx it but they're alright on my patch normally, but we use them (unavoidably) for some bits at work and they've been consistently awful in the places we regularly have shipments going to.
  7. Not a proper grump, more my lack of any patience whatsoever. I've ordered a throttle body for the Audi 100 after I spectacularly destroyed the original. The replacement is coming from Spain and whilst it has been shipped according to eBay, there is no tracking for the service and there is a huge spread on the estimated delivery dates given. It's somewhat frustrating not being able to see where it is or have an idea of exactly when I will receive it as now all I want to do is fit the throttle body and see if it solves the idle problem and gets the car running.
  8. Is there an idle switch on the throttle body? I was eyeballing the ICV on my Audi 100 when the revs were running away (it looks and operates in a similar way to yours from memory) but the best result I had (it has other problems that prevent it idling) was when I removed the plug to the micro switches on the throttle body and shorted the pins for the idle switch which then gave me the fast idle speed I was expecting. I couldn’t see in situ but the the arm on the end of the throttle spindle wasn’t compressing the microswitch when the throttle was closed.
  9. But they live on forever in our hearts 😅
  10. I think we had this topic already, and I'm fairly sure that we came to the conclusion that we are all going to die/it will be absolutely fine/it will destroy the economy/it will improve the economy. I think the cost saving line from the government is bullshit, if you have a three year old car then you probably have the means to afford £55 once a year. Even if you're a peasant like me then what difference is a £55 saving once every two years going to make. Probably the most notable issue in my opinion is the loss of revenue to MOT stations, the figures given in the paper aren't insignificant and it's not like it's already a brilliant landscape for SME's these days. Selfishly I wouldn't mind it going to 4 years for the first test with 2 year intervals, but realistically it's probably best left alone.
  11. Probably skint and trying to use a credit card or something
  12. I'm really sorry to hear about the wiring loom woes, but kudos for tackling the repair and going the extra distance to take all the rot out. If you get stuck for a loom or other bits then I know a bloke in Newhaven who breaks W210's to export the engines and race the shells, he's been handy for spares when I needed them on my mercs. Your local chap with an E300 is probably the best option in the meantime though by the sounds of it.
  13. The problem we have here is that 99% of the time the weather is really mild, and doesn't justify such tyres or chains. Even last night, the ice was only in certain areas where the road had previously flooded, everything else was dry asphalt still so I had to keep swapping between 2wd and 4wd on the Mitsubishi as it has no centre diff and does not like dry asphalt in 4wd. I think it would be a different story if we had prolonged periods where the road surfaces were consistently covered in snow and ice, people's attitudes and ability would be different.
  14. I went to see a friend this evening (not to brag, but I have 2). His house is located conveniently at the end of a country lane not far from my house. It’s the one that floods regularly and I enjoy driving my 4x4 through whilst laughing at submerged BMW’s. Anyway, with the flood waters partly receded we were treated to ice this evening. Skoda that didn’t like the ice: Fuel tank that is possibly from a Bini: Bini near the fuel tank that is possibly from a Bini: I did stop and check them both to make sure nobody was in them. The road was icy, but was slippery for a good distance before both of these cars so not sure what went on there. It was good fun in the 4wd though, we do like some adverse conditions to justify the use of it.
  15. The back garden is there to be driven on, partners definitely disapprove but don't let that stop you!
  16. Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 fitted with 6 part worn Michelin Energy Savers
  17. Did a slower limit on dual carriageways use to be a thing? I remember arguing with my parents about it a little while back, they were adamant NSL was 60 on a dual carriageway and the only 70 limit was on a motorway and that I must be confused as I hadn't been driving for as long as them so couldn't possibly be right 😅
  18. The idea of putting them on a bus/train/coach was floated when I mentioned the fuel cost to my mrs but I feel a little guilty as they would normally make the 45-60 minute drive to Vienna and back when we fly out to them, although as she pointed out there is only two of us and six of them! They don't speak any English either so there's the possibility of losing them if we send them out on their own - although some may say that's not such a bad thing when it comes to family visits 😅 I've had a quick look at the National Express and depending on timings it's about £200-240 for the 6 of them to go from Stansted Airport to Brighton which isn't far off fuel. Megabus is a lot cheaper but they'd get dropped off in London so we'd still have to drive up and collect them. It's mad really that it's so expensive to travel a relatively short distance in the most densely populated corner of the country. I suspect we will end up doing both journeys in the Clio and Mitsi despite wallet hammering fuel cost.
  19. I've had a couple of quotes for 8 seater vans from local private hire firms that do airport transfers, the cost per trip has been around £300!!
  20. We have 6 family members visiting from abroad on Saturday. We do not have any 7 seater cars, so we are having to drive two vehicles up to Stansted airport to collect them, and then again a few days later to drop them back. Out of the fleet, the only three vehicles up to the journey are the Clio, the Insight and the Shogun Sport. The Insight is only a 2 seater so that is ruled out straight off the bat. This means the Clio and Shogun Sport are the only two vehicles that can be used for the job. Stansted airport is about a 225 mile round trip for us. The Clio sips petrol, but the Shogun Sport is ruinous at about 20mpg if that. I reckon it'll be in for about £150 of petrol for those two journeys, then chuck in the days out that are planned and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up putting £200-250 into the Shogun over the course of their visit. I've just seen a Rover 416 auto locally for scrap money with two months ticket on. Apparently it runs and drives just fine... Surely* it's good financial sense to buy the Rover, run it for a few days, save money on petrol and then sell it? 🤔😅
  21. I should imagine they just do the conversion, and the onus to make sure the insurer or DVLA know about the conversion is on the owner. I would hazard a guess that the owners don't let the DVLA know, sleeping dogs and all that. Helpfully there's nothing in their FAQ's about it. The FAQ's were helpful though in so far as I thought electric conversions would be expensive, however it turns out I was wrong; As little as £30,000 you say?! I didn't realise you could get an electric conversion for pocket change.
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