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    2000 Peugeot 406 V6 Auto saloon. 210 bhp of smooth, quiet power.

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  1. This is fantastic work navigating your way through all the bodgery. If you’re not already familiar with the work of DiagnoseDan on Youtube, it should be right up your street although I don’t think he’s worked on any Jags.
  2. Have to disagree on this one. My 406 has an oil temp gauge and the oil takes a long time to warm up – at least 15 miles – while the water is warm within a couple of miles. Once up to temp it’s close to the water temperature. A couple of years ago I made the mistake of taking it to its MOT before it was properly warmed up and it struggled with the emissions part of the test. Now I give it a 10-15 mile run before the test (checked on the oil temp gauge) and it gets through the emissions test without difficulty.
  3. Impressive. Unfortunately the early images are not available – suspect there is some sort of timer on the output space and the images are deleted within a few hours
  4. On mine this was a simple fix - new speed sensor (replaced by me garage, not me) These are good cars - would be a shame to scrap it for minor problems.
  5. Back in around 1994 on holiday in the USA I had a Dynasty as a hire car. Previously I’d mostly had GM hire cars such as the Pontiac Grand Am which always drove fairly well. The styling of the Dodge sets the scene for something that ought to handle like a battleship but actually I thought it drove very well. The (4-cylinder in this case) engine was refined and torquey while the handling was fine on US roads.
  6. I had a new non-turbo MG Metro back in the day and it was great fun to drive on any road apart from the motorway where an Astra 1.3 beat the pants off it. As already said, those bad-mouthing the Metro either haven’t driven one in good shape or have no sense of fun. Despite all this, £7k for a car needing engine work and paint is far too much. If you really really want it, then it’s your money, spend it. I would have thought £3k tops.
  7. Velour for me instead of leather every day of the week. I used to examine the company car list like a hawk, and at the time of this car I’m pretty sure that leather was standard on the CD but you could get it deleted for a £1000 credit. This would probably have helped company car taxation based on the list price, although I can't recall 30 years on whether the taxation at this time was based on engine size or list price.
  8. The black car is a Tatra T613: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_613#/media/File:1976TatraT-613-rear.jpg The beigecar appears to be an NSU Prinz 1000 like this one: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NSU_Prinz_1000_at_Schaffen-Diest_2018_-_Copy.jpg
  9. Window shape and curved front bonnet look to me like a Vauxhall Victor FD. Hard to tell on this obscured view.
  10. Interesting topic. I can’t think of any ways in which a current car is noticeably better than my 22 year-old 406. While built-in satnav is very good, a phone with nav app is almost as good. Comparing the 406 to a car 20 years older there are so many ways that it’s better: fuel injection. Driveability in all weathers transformed ABS. climate control. No more overheating of the driver and the ability to clear a steamed-up car in the winter Air bags if the worst happens Power steering (which a modest car would not have had in 1980) Autobox has 4-speeds with lockup. These only really appeared in the mid/late 80s. Good fuel economy given the performance on offer
  11. Regarding the CF problem, I don’t know much about C6s. CF cards and similar are more my area. As the C6 is ancient in IT terms the hard drive or CF-equivalent replacement will need to bear that in mind and use similarly old technology. Keep the size of the CF card to be around the same as the old hard drive and also use the same file system. I’m going to guess the next bit – that the hard drive is less than 2 GB in size and uses FAT16 file format - whereas if you were putting in a CF card today it would be much larger and therefore use FAT32. I could be wrong on this but it’s worth checking if you have the tools. The Wikipedia page on CF cards is worth reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CompactFlash Good luck. Love reading about your adventures with this fine French machine.
  12. Any news on the Horsebollox ? Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
  13. For me Astra Mark 1 1300. The engines on these were so far ahead of the competition that it was the dawn of a new era. Possibly an Allegro as the road behaviour on these was pretty good although the engines were slow. Wildcard would be a Vauxhall FE Ventora – always wanted to drive one of these with the 3.3 L six. On the Vauxhalls rust would be a major potential problem.
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