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    406V6 reacted to Robin in My MK1 espace problem.   
    Hello. 
    I have a lot of Renault espaces. Consider this thread as an admission of guilt, but I also need your help. 
    I have a lot of these cars, but never enough. I'm on the hunt for a quadra especially but I'm actually just looking to save more in general more than anything. If you know of any owners, please put me in touch.
    I actually posted a hand written letter to a house I saw on street view with one on the drive last week, and even contacted a water company through Facebook to find the owner of one that someone else on Facebook spotted on their travels.
    It's a drug problème but I'm going with it and sticking with it. I've met some wonderful people whilst collecting these cars, parts, and breakers. Here are a few photos of mine. 
     

     
    My plea to you is to please put me in touch if you know owners who may be persuaded to sell, a quadra is next on the list be it from the UK or whether I just end up finding one in Europe later in the year.  I am absolutely serious about saving as many as I can both as a financial investment to myself but also as just excellent cars I know inside and out that are slowly becoming nonexistent. 
    Likewise I have a very very large stock of parts, almost three full MK1 facelift injection cars in bits, so if you know someone in need please point them in the direction of "musee de l'espace" (me barn) 
    My reward to you is a sunset photo of one that I sold. Then I bought it back because I'm *definitely okay. 
     

    *definitely not okay 
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    406V6 got a reaction from Skcat in SKcats fleet, Reykjavik Iceland.   
    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.

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    406V6 reacted to Slowsilver in Early Mondeo Saloon Saved From The Scrapman.   
    Can't believe that I haven't posted anything on this thread since August but the car has just been being exactly that, "an car". Have done a few minor jobs on it but has been 100% reliable. Amazed to discover that it has been on the road for nearly a year and was due for its next MoT at the beginning of August. Put in for test today and it passed with just a couple of advisories, one of which was for the rear brake hoses. These were mentioned last year and I bought new ones then, thinking I had plenty of time to get around to fitting them but, guess what, they are still on the shelf in the garage. Must replace them this year. We have covered about 900 miles in it in the last year, which is more than either of the other cars, and @quicksilver loves to drive it. He says it is the first car he has driven with a decent amount of power.
    I was intending to get an MoT on it then put it up for sale but it is comfortable, quiet and quick and we both like it a lot so have decided to tax and insure it for another year and keep it for a bit longer. Fingers crossed for continued trouble-free fun with it.
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    406V6 got a reaction from Back_For_More in Dilemma: Metro Turbo   
    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.

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    406V6 got a reaction from Toe in Dilemma: Metro Turbo   
    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.

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    406V6 got a reaction from New POD in Dilemma: Metro Turbo   
    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.

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    406V6 got a reaction from AnthonyG in Dilemma: Metro Turbo   
    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.

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    406V6 got a reaction from chadders in Dilemma: Metro Turbo   
    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.

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    406V6 reacted to sutty2006 in 1986 Vauxhall Carlton CDi, Cooling system overhaul.   
    No, people know me as a bit of a Carlton licker, and I can tell the suspense is KILLING people in here, so here it is, or was…. It’ll be on the M6 by now if thinks are going well. 


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    406V6 reacted to LightBulbFun in '93 Mondy thread - Why the tyre wear on the inside?   
    a probable  additional reason for the Mondeo's registered as Sierra's is because the DVLA did not have the computer setup for the Mondeo Model type yet
    see a vehicle's data in the DVLA computer is stored in coded form and then decoded back out via a lookup table, anytime someone asks for it (ie you use the DVLA lookup tool or they print off a V5c etc)
    this was done to save space back in October 1974 when the DVLA computer was first setup and has remained the same ever since
    so for example a Ford Mondeo LX is stored, as: M1 631 02
    Make Code: M1 (Ford)
    Model code: 631 (Mondeo LX)
    body type code: 02 (4 door saloon)
    and so forth, colour, wheel plan, taxation class and fuel type are other items all stored in coded form (which is why you NEVER see those items miss-spelt)
    notice how much space that saves over having to store all that in fully worded form
     
    now the DVLA computer does have provisions to enter a custom fully worded make, for where its something obscure and no pre-determined make code exists
    but there is no method to enter a custom *model* name after you have selected a pre-existing make code (like M1 for ford) or are entering a custom make,  this is also why more obscure vehicles, and vintage imports/re-registrations often will have the entire make and model, all in the vehicle make field
    like so

    so I imagine Ford just registered them as Sierra's as that was the closest thing available on the DVLA computer at the time (and I have noticed some where just simply registered without any Model code, those that show up as Ford Unknown in the MOT checker are such examples)
    vehicles being stored in coded format like this, is also why you will slight discrepancies between say what the 1st party checker says and the MOT checker says, or whats on your V5c, because its up to the the tool to decode the code however it likes according to its own lookup table provided by whoever (for example the MOT checker always decodes Model code 000 as "UNKNOWN" hence why you will always get "INVACAR UNKNOWN" on the MOT checker, but it does not say Unknown on the V5c)
    im pretty sure as you say they are all Mondeo's as they also all share very similar engine numbers (unless the Sierra also used the same engine as the first Mondeo's? I dont know enough about my fords so someone else will have to answer that!)
     
    some of those with no taxation details are interesting like K780FVX which despite not having any MOT history (so off the road since before 2006) and having NO keeper changes (so still registered to ford?) was marked scrapped in 2012, indicating it managed to survive somewhere (with ford?) for quite a while before being sadly scrapped (Last V5c for it was issued 21-12-1992)
    and K952FVX has no markers against it but is DVLA hidden, as if someone tried to apply for its logbook with the VIN number from a different car (which will cause the DVLA to hide the record from the 1st party tool, but it will remain visible to 3rd party checkers) its either that or it was sent over to NI at some point but managed to retain its english mark (computerised NI vehicles that fell out of use before the 2014 merge, dont show up on the DVLA 1st party site but will do on 3rd party sites)
     
     
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    406V6 got a reaction from richbraith in Someone left a Cavalier outside my house...   
    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.
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    406V6 got a reaction from 808 Estate in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from mk2_craig in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from lesapandre in Eye-catching black and whites   
    Window shape and curved front bonnet look to me like a Vauxhall Victor FD. Hard to tell on this obscured view.
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    406V6 got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in What has 36 years of car development bought?   
    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  
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    406V6 got a reaction from Twiggy in Dicky’s Disastrous Debris - The End   
    What a lovely old car. Regarding the indicators I can remember riding in the back of a car when I was very young – about 3 years old – and my parents pointing out the semaphore indicator arms popping out and lighting up. Memories. 




    You’ve mentioned removing the (normal) flashing indicators on this so presumably leaving just the semaphores. From a safety point of view I’d politely question the wisdom of this. Nobody on today’s roads will be looking for a semaphore and I’d hate this lovely old car to get hit by an impatient Audi or BMW driver when you’re about to attempt a manoevure. Then there’s you, the driver, without a seat belt liable to be thrown all over the place if the car gets hit. On Autoshite we care.
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    406V6 got a reaction from djim in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 reacted to High Jetter in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards, Chips got! :)   
    I think @Six-cylinder and @Mrs6C should be overwhelmingly thanked for their generosity of time, as well as knowledge. Let's get this party Invacar started!
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    406V6 got a reaction from BlankFrank in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from timolloyd in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from MJK 24 in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)   
    Any news on the Horsebollox ?
    Meanwhile here's a recent roadside spot from Princes Risborough.
     

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    406V6 got a reaction from Stevebrookman in Triple V - Vauxhall Vectra V6   
    Lovely engine in these. I had an SRi V6 back when P reg was current. Powerful, smooth and pretty economical unless you're very heavy with the right foot. Engine built in the Ellesmere Port factory too.
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    406V6 got a reaction from w00dy in Triple V - Vauxhall Vectra V6   
    Lovely engine in these. I had an SRi V6 back when P reg was current. Powerful, smooth and pretty economical unless you're very heavy with the right foot. Engine built in the Ellesmere Port factory too.
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    406V6 got a reaction from brownnova in What year was ‘peak car’?   
    For me it’s late 90s to early 2000s.
    By then the rampant rusting of the 70s had been tamed.
    Engines ran so much better with fuel injection and computer control. No more faffing with a choke and worrying if the car would start. It did. On the nose. Every time (*).
    Most cars had ABS and airbags to improve safety.
    Reasonable quality FM radios across the board.
    Crash worthiness was much improved but cars weren’t all 2m wide (exaggeration but close).
    Later cars (early 2000s on) have better diagnostics via OBD port
    Before the ridiculous fad for leather seats. Who wants to sit on what feels like a sheet of plastic that gets baking hot in summer, cold in winter and makes farting noises as you move around.
    Before the stupid fad for big wheels and tyres as thick as a sheet of paper.
    Before ride comfort on mainstream cars degenerated (better handling innit).
    When the windscreen pillars weren’t 6 inches thick and a danger to seeing other cars.
    When 6 cylinder cars weren’t crucified by tax structures and could still deliver decent MPG.
     
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