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  1. Hmm may have been the blue one I drove but definitely had a few passenger rides in the red one. I'm sure it was down at Clark's corner you had that wee off!!
  2. Just discovered this thread and following with much interest. Can't believe it's been 5 years since I got rid of my '5, I do miss it even though it was the soft and squidgy Mk2.5 - it was still great fun to thrash round Knockhill even though I was invariably the slowest thing on the track! (happy memories of being pulled out of the gravel in your red one too - GM was driving I hasten to add, I'd never have had the balls to go fast enough to be at risk of putting it in the gravel!) I'm very glad at the price you're selling yours at as it means I can in no way afford to be tempted although it will be worth every penny to someone.
  3. Curse you, this has lead me to go on ebay and find a 1:12 Citroen SM in green and it's my birthday tomorrow, must resist...
  4. Tartan58

    Shit Ideas

    I hated the idea of these with a passion however having had one for the last 4 months I love it, especially how it automatically apply the handbrake when stationary so you don't need to sit with your foot on the pedal. Find it a real faff driving cars with manual handbrakes now! Of course the thought of it going wrong still terrifies me! Despite being a modern VAG product our 2018 Skoda does have a dipstick which I am thankful for as I am a bit anal (or sensible) about checking the oil every week. However having automatic wipers instead of a variable intermittent wipe is incredibly annoying, it never seems to get it right and I find myself having to flick it on and off manually anyway.
  5. Would only have been there half a day back in August. Where do you work?
  6. It was tested at East Coast Tyres in SQ. The car was originally from Kirkcaldy then lived in Wigton before going back to dunfermline before I got it. (oh and I'm a Fifer by birth and like to keep the Kingdom close at hand!)
  7. How very dare you, are you accusing me of being a Fifer 😂 - its South Queensferry!
  8. No you're supposed to say it was a heap of shite so I don't feel even worse about missing my one time chance to drive one.
  9. For me too the Citroen SM has always been up there near the top of the list ever since my grandad gave me a brochure in the early 80s, being young (about 6) and foolish I butchered said brochure to stick the pictured on my wall - regret number one. Regret number 2 is I had the choice between and SM and a Mk2 Jag 4.2 for a long weekend hire after the E-type I had originally requested had gearbox issues, I picked the Mk2 as it was more likely to be able to do the miles we had planned (it is also on my dream car list and was fab to drive) but I'll probably never get a shot at an SM again.
  10. Yes the tester was very 'thorough' wasn't too fussed by that to be honest as I was glad of a comprehensive list to work through. They quoted my £400 to get it through the MOT, now I wish I'd just gone and got it done (might still be an option I guess but my hacking about has probably added a few quid to that bill - never start something you can't finish!). The snapped bolts were what did it for me not having the proper tools and with the house move coming up and renovations likely to take up all my time for the next year or so I'm throwing in the towel. The bolts are still very solidly in place (otherwise I'd have had them out and changed) , car still drives but I wouldn't be risking any thing further than down the road.
  11. Seriously, any offers considered - if you can take it away in the next week or so with minimal hassle to me then I'm open to anything. You will see from the thread in my sig that it cost me £350 to buy and I've spent about £400 on it getting the ABS pump sorted and buying the parts mentioned but obviously not expecting to recover anywhere near all that.
  12. Sorry - just realised this is in the wrong section, can a friendly mod please move it? This place isn't what it used to be with it's multiple sections 😄
  13. Before wasting anyone's time this car is not roadworthy, and just outside Edinburgh - it is however very cheap. If this sounds of interest then read on.... This is your chance to save my project Bini from the scrappy, or worse still, Facebook Marketplace. Kind of testing the water really (I hate when people say that in an advert!) but an impending house move and requiring the garage for other stuff during renovations of said new house plus general lack of time and enthusiasm means the sensible thing to do is get shot of it, and in so doing I am admitting failure that I've not been able to rescue this fine little car. This is roughly what it looks like: I say roughly because the stripes are gone and replaced with racing roundels on the bonnet and doors and a single stripe on the bonnet - which in my opinion looks awesome. Bodily it's in excellent condition with no rust or dings however have a look at the MOT fail sheet, scroll down if you can't be bothered looking it up - this all still needs doing however I do have new trackrod ends, ball joints, top mounts plus discs and pads which can be thrown in for a fair offer (cost me £200 from ECP) Now the catch is that the lower nearside suspension bolt has sheared in-situ and the lower ball joint nut is butchered in a failed attempt to remove, this is the primary reason for me throwing in the towel. As far as I can tell the engine is good as is the gearbox however I've only driven it 10miles since I bought it last April so absolutely no guarantees offered or implied - it has been garaged all that time and occasionally run up and down the drive. Comes with a good wad of history including receipts for recon gearbox and new PAS pump around 40k miles ago. The eagle-eyed among you will also spot a mileage discrepancy in the MOT history this is due to a change in speedo unit which has now been changed once more to one with roughly the correct mileage which is somewhere around 130k, of course no guarantees can be offered or implied. It starts, drives and stops but would obviously need trailered away. I'm just outside Edinburgh which I know limits my market on here for a non-roadworthy car but I'd rather it went to a good home and went back on the road than face the pain of trying to flog it elsewhere. If anyone is seriously interested in giving this poor little Bini a good home give me a shout, any offers of 'some money' will be considered to get it out of my way. Obviously I'd like to recover some of my 'investment' if possible but I also appreciate that MOT'd Binis are dirt cheap at the moment. Not sure if there is an appetite for Roffl-ing a non-roadworthy car but that may be an option if there is enough interest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date tested14 August 2019 FAIL View test certificate Mileage135,564 miles MOT test number5303 5053 5799 Test location View test location Do not drive until repaired (dangerous defects): Nearside Front Upper Macpherson strut mounting likely to fail top mount and bearing (5.3.3 (b) (ii)) -have parts Repair immediately (major defects): Nearside Front Headlamp aim too low (4.1.2 (a)) Offside Front Headlamp aim too high (4.1.2 (a)) Nearside Front Suspension arm ball joint excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i)) -have parts Offside Front Suspension arm ball joint excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i)) -have parts Nearside Front Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.1.3 (b) (i)) -have parts Offside Front Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.1.3 (b) (i)) -have parts Repair as soon as possible (minor defects): Front Suspension arm ball joint dust cover severely deteriorated o/s and n/s (5.3.4 (b) (i)) -have parts Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover damaged or deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt o/s and n/s (2.1.3 (g) (i)) -have parts Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories): Nearside Rear Tyre worn close to legal limit/worn on edge 175-65-15 (5.2.3 (e)) Front Coil spring corroded o/s and n/s (5.3.1 (b) (i)) Rear Coil spring corroded o/s and n/s (5.3.1 (b) (i)) Nearside Rear brake sticking slightly Rear exhaust rubbers slightly deteriorated Nearside Front drive shaft seal leaking sligfhtly Front Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement o/s and n/s positioned at rear of front arm (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Nearside Rear number plate lamp dull - done fuel cap seal slightly deteriorated- done clutch pedal rubber missing- done Front Suspension arm corroded but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (5.3.3 (b) (i)) Front Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) -have parts Rear Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) Front Sub-frame corroded but not seriously weakened (5.3.3 (b) (i)) Rear Sub-frame corroded but not seriously weakened (5.3.3 (b) (i)) signs of coolant leak around thermostat housing area -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths Oil leak, but not excessive (8.4.1 (a) (i)) -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths Power steering pipe/hose slightly corroded (2.1.5 (g) (i)) Power steering pipe/hose has slight seepage (2.1.5 (a)) -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths
  14. Would love to save that J-reg. But real question is how did they park that Hyundai? a) Push it in b) Climb out the boot c) Move the J-reg so they could open the door d) Their slowly decomposing body is still trapped in the Hyundai e) The space is not as tight as it looks
  15. Maybe I am asking the impossible here but does anyone in East Central Scotland (i.e. Edinburgh, Fife, Falkirk) have 1. space to store an unroadworthy car, 2. a means of transporting it for very little cost? The Bini has been off the road for 8 months now and an impending house move and general lack of time means that I'm not going to get it roadworthy anytime soon (but I don't want to give up on it just yet). If I can get it out of the way for a few months it will make the house move much easier! It is drivable and complete so moving it about under it's own steam is no problem however the lower front strut bolt has part sheared off (why I've temporarily given up on fixing it) so I would certainly not be driving it any distance or at any speed! Don't want to spend much on storage as I could weigh it in and pick up a MOT'd one and only be a few hundred quid out of pocket but pride and stupidity means I am determined to save it.
  16. For my 30th my wife treated me to a weekend classic car hire, I opted for an early E-type roadster but unfortunately the gearbox went a few days prior to me getting it. Was given the choice of a Mk2 Jag or Citroen SM instead. Opted for the Jag which was a lovely thing to cruise about in and being the 3.8 had some poke, surprised a few 3-series numptys! I do slightly regret not trying the SM though, it's definitely still on my bucket list. Other than that, something pre-war would be interesting. Also I've never ridden a motorbike and am intrigued to give one a go, not something I'd kill myself on but and old Triumph or Norton with an open face helmet would be a blast I'm sure. Nothing new really takes my fancy much for normal road driving.
  17. When I was growing up my mum and dad had 420EOF and A20EOF as a matching pair.
  18. I first had mine on a Mondeo Ghia X TDCi, it's since been on an MX5, two Skoda Octavias and now a Karoq, at £80 a time transfer fee I've spent about the same as the plate cost me shifting it about but I don't care because like it (even though everyone has to ask me what it it supposed to mean) and I don't care what anyone else thinks of me because of it! I mean for one I drive a Skoda so everyone else on the road has to get past me no matter what and secondly it's a diesel SUV so socially I'm slightly worse than a serial killer - I doubt having a private reg makes much odds either way. Anyway back to topic....I have nothing to contribute in that regard...
  19. Going further back to 2000 I had a 1962 Mini Super Deluxe as my only car. Since then 15 cars, none of which are particularly noteworthy have come and gone and the current fleet consists of three. When I put it like that it seems like I've wasted a lot of money on boring cars that could have been put to better use on fewer more interesting cars. My goal for 2030 is to be back in a classic Mini, either that or be at the point where the Bini is a highly valuable classic...
  20. Wowzer, I remember paying £3k to insure my first car a 1991 R8 214SLi, this was in 1999. Makes me happy that now we pay £500 a year combined for both mine and my wifes car on a multi-car policy - one of the few joys of getting old. Not looking forward to when the twins hit 17 as I imagine that will be crippling shelling out for two at the same time, still they're only 5 just now so cars will probably be impossible to crash by then and insurance will no longer be required*
  21. Interesting, to me Skoda currently seem to be a step above Seat in terms of quality and spec . Seat seem to aim for the younger market with sportier trim levels and certainly the base spec Seats are less well equipped and cheaper than the equivalent Skoda product in the current range. Ok so I'm a bit of a Skoda fanboi now being on our third on the trot for family duties but it saddens me that they might be going down market. Over the last few years I've felt that Skoda is kind of like the new Saab (don't shoot me) by that I mean it's the thinking man's choice rather than following the crowd and getting an Audi or VW.
  22. These car specific registrations do intrigue me, fair enough for something like that Jag there will always be a market but I find it amusing when you see a JAG plate on a BMW or vice versa. I wonder where all the S4XO? number plates are these days, they used to be everywhere on the old boy racer's favourite.
  23. Man after my own heart but it's been a while since I've had mine down from the loft (I'm talking about my tax disc collection not my Mrs!). My interest was sparked off in the early 90s when my grandfather gave me a box with all the ones from his old cars going back to the early 50s, to which I added ones from my Dad's cars then mine up until 2014 or whenever it was they stoped. I had hoped to have a complete collection of one from every year but there's still a few gaps mainly in the 70s and 80s - I remember putting an ad in the local paper (days before the internet) asking people to send me theirs, don't think I got a single response! I must get them down then get myself onto ebay! I like the sound of your game although unfortunately as all the discs in my collection are from cars my family used to own I don't think there's any still on the road from pre 2000s.
  24. Happy to take some close ups next time I'm there if there is anything particular you want to see! It's less than an hour from me and we're probably due a visit with the kids again soon.
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