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  1. Olympian with my Solo just peeking out next to it. This should be getting some period adverts early on in 2019.
  2. He says it is the head gasket when I asked about it so not entirely sure it's worth the risk of driving it all the way back north to Liverpool though it would have been nice to have one for a while that is working.
  3. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? It is really giving me the eye.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-rover-414-sli-GSi-lookalike/163394122308?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D8a4b0ffe3baf4a62980825b680eacfa6%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D163394122308%26itm%3D163394122308&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ac325eefc-f2b7-11e8-9ae9-74dbd180f0a9%7Cparentrq%3A5835a5ce1670a8606001ee3ffffe7da4%7Ciid%3A1
  4. Burnside, are they still available? I love my RX8s so would take them if so.
  5. I suppose its time to introduce my latest arrival, or half of it anyway. Long story but a close mate of mine went halves with someone else who needed buying out and it's an ideal fit for us at the moment anyway. It's a Leyland Olympian with Northern Counties bodywork, new to Countybus for service 103 but quickly passed to Grey Green who themselves became Arriva London and stayed down there until 2000. They all then moved up to Arriva North West, starting out at Manchester and eventually being split up, this particular one passed through Speke and Birkenhead depots staying there until 2009 when it was sold to GHA, Ruabon. Remained at GHA until they went under and was sold into preservation back down south where it was restored to its Countybus livery briefly before going into its current Grey Green livery. It now lives up on Merseyside (in my employers yard) and should just be staying as is, hopefully with some period adverts at some point. Anyway, two pics below of it, one with my other bus in shot.
  6. I am after some bits to be honest, some engine pipework and interior parts.
  7. I've joined the ranks of having my own bus now, bought my old Optare Solo off work earlier this week for not a lot of money. Always had a soft spot for it and couldn't turn down what I was offered.
  8. It's a Nissan EXA Canopy, I think they were based around Pulsars.
  9. Cars before 2006 weren't in the high tax bracket and that is when they sold the most of them, I think they were available through some company car schemes too. As for the reliability, Mazda changed their mind on the oil fairly early on and if you keep on top of oil changes and regularly thrash it to the red line it really goes a long way to help the life cycle of the engines. The Series 2 cars (only sold 800 in the UK) have a better engine design with a extra oil injection port which should help the engine too. There don't seem to be as many failed engines on these cars as the earlier ones, I have an R3 myself which is coming up to 82k on its original engine. The one I'm going to look at is an 08 plate Series 1 which needs a bit of bodywork on the front but if it runs and drives as I'm told is a steal really.
  10. Going to view another RX8 tomorrow, don't ask.
  11. Not guilty! I think I have seen that one though, was it a grey one? Mine is blue, worth posting a pic of the two of them together again: I am part of the owners club, it has some decent information and the like, though now it is mostly about what mods you have done etc. I just like them standard, I was averaging 200 miles to a tank which is awful, puts my MPG somewhere in the low teens I think and I use it every day for work so it certainly racks the miles up, its nearly on 80k now.
  12. I've had my R3 for 16 months now and has never given me any issues, my older 192 had it's share of issues but nothing that left me stranded. If you do your homework when you buy them then you should be ok, of course the R3s have a fair few issues ironed out but are rare in the UK (about 700 odd sold here I think). The only downside to me for my R3 is the tax (£50 a month, compared with £20 for those before 2006) and the frequent visits for fuel. That said I'd never consider anything else. I bought my red one at the lower end of the scale but the R3 cost me 5k...!
  13. The pre-2006/7? ones cost less to tax, my 2004 is £20 p/m vs £50 p/m for my 2009 one. Ouch!
  14. If you're really into them then a rebuild makes sense if you're getting it done from a well renowned specialist, I have my red one in at RotaryRevs at present but I wouldn't go anywhere else. That said, there are loads about, I almost bought one last week for £500 running just for some bits for my red one, you could have made it back and more just breaking it. If you do decide to go down that path let me know as there may be one or two bits I could use for my red one.
  15. I've only been involved in one crash, I was driving an Optare Solo at 25mph and a Vectra B came out a side street doing at least 30mph without even looking or stopping, I was thrown out the cab sideways from the impact and the bus ended up hitting a wall. I do wonder if having a seatbelt (I've driven a Solo with a seatbelt fitted) would have kept me in the cab and prevented the bus from hitting the wall. I walked away from it mind, he had to be cut out and was unconscious:
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