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

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  1. In the early 70s I lived on a new build estate where you would have thought that the garages would be big enough to hold a typical car of the times. A neighbour owned a Mark III Zodiac which seemed a huge car to me at the time. If he put the car in the garage he couldn’t get out of it. He was a big man and worked around this by lining up the car outside the garage and pushing it in (and pulling it out, obviously). I still remember the car: dark green 56 BOO.
  2. Well done with the V5 and an interesting b/w pic. As someone who lived through those times the pic looks to me like it was taken late 70s / early 80s judging by the clothes and hairstyles. As the Escort has a deep crease quite high up above the front wheel I guess it was hit by something else, not the Invacar which has a lower bumper. The chap up the ladder in the background is wearing overalls and looks irrelevant to what's happening around him.
  3. Anyone who drove on motorways in the 90s will tell you these are the fastest vehicle on the road. Buy it.
  4. 406V6

    75 or 406?

    My vote goes to the 406 (obviously). The V6 is a honey of an engine and the car shifts very well. Only real downside is the need for an expensive cambelt change, now reckoned to be every 8 years.
  5. As I currently drive a 19 year old Peugeot the nearest equivalent in 1979 would be a 1960 Peugeot 404. What I'd really like to drive from 1979 is an FD or FE Ventora but I'd be concerned about rust problems. Alternatively a Renault 30 would do nicely.
  6. I drove a fair number of these when I lived in the US in the late 80s. By the standards of the time the upper level models were often quite good. 1985 Oldsmobile 98. Lovely. Quiet, smooth, very comfortable, large but not excessive size. From 1985 to the late 90s the Pontiac GrandAm, Oldsmobile Calais, Buick Somerset / Skylark were the standard mid-size US rental car so I drove many variants. Well sized, around the size of a Peugeot 406 so they were spacious without being excessively sized. With the optional V6 engines they went very well and the later 3300 was excellent. The four cylinder ones were adequate. At least the handling was average to good depending on model. I liked the V6 models enough that a Calais was second choice when I came to buy a car. 1988 Cadillac Seville. Got this one as a cheap rental upgrade. Lovely. Quiet smooth V8 (yes, front drive V8) with good handling and comfort. Would be very happy to have one again. Sorry Ford lovers but I thought the Tempo / Topaz was awful. A grim plastic interior with ride and handling like a pudding. The Chrysler equivalents were generally much better than their styling would suggest. Quite lively with adequate handling and a good ride. Mostly 4-cylinders though, so nowhere near as good as any V6.
  7. I watched part of one show where the punter wanted them to suggest a grand tourer car to take him and his wife to the south of France. Elo suggested a Morgan. <406V6 slaps forehead in disbelief>
  8. Now for sale. Yours for just £12350 https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1083266
  9. Watched an episode of Salvage Hunters recently where they were going nuts over an N reg Rover 2200. Now I remember these when they came out and both my father and his work colleague had one. The one on the programme was the least desirable version - an SC (Single Carb). They never showed the interior or dash but as far as I remember the SC dash had the strip speedo: a quirky period piece but not exactly desirable compared to the lovely set of instruments on the TC and 3500 - one of the finest dashboards on any popular car ever in my opinion. To cap it all they replaced the lovely cloth seats with leather and replaced the wheels with Rostyle examples. Drew Pritchard rants on and on about originality but I don't recall any SCs with these wheels or a leather interior as they were the poor mans Rover. I'll take a TC or 3500 any day but you can keep an SC, even a minter.
  10. A good modernshite example is the Infiniti QX30. Built in Sunderland using a lot of Mercedes parts and been on sale here for a couple of years. Just 200 are registered on our roads. That’s an even more epic failure than the Tagora was back in the day and a total disaster for a UK-built volume car. I can't think of any UK built car from a volume maker that has sold worse.
  11. Many cars worth £500 will be scrapped by the unwashed because of it needing £501 repair (werf more than the car innit bruv). Then spending £500 on another money pit so they are £500 down and the car probably needs more fixing. In my experience what will kill driving an old car is a daily is parts availability. Apart from service items most of the bits for my car are No Longer Available. Many will be available from a scrapper but then there's the time while the car's off the road and the hassle getting them. It's fine for those with several carrs in the house but this won't be the case for everyone.
  12. Impressive quiz. I thought I knew a bit about cars but I've struggled on all of them
  13. In my experience the coil packs first give trouble with heat, either when running or when restarting after standing with a hot engine. Never after a cold start. You need to read the fault code to find which cylinder gives the trouble. Regarding tyres, the fronts on mine with the same engine go 30k+ before needing replacement, providing the alignment is OK. Edge wear says an alignment check is needed.
  14. 406V6

    New Top Gear

    For a proper car programme take a look at Fifth Gear which has re-surfaced on the Quest Channel on Thursday evenings plus repeats.
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