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    Planet destroying V6s (or anything that drinks ridiculous amounts), preferably in a French saloon. Old BL tat, 80s American rubbish.


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  1. Apologies for the American-themed post but I know you all love something a bit different. I'm currently in The States and doing a bit of research on the whole GM brand and all the sub-divisions that were dissolved throughout the consolidation of the company in the 90s/00s. One victim of the cull was the Oldsmobile brand, founded in 1897. Towards the end of their final demise in 2004, they were making some typically American comfy, albeit rather soulless, barges. To mark the end, each model left in the lineup was given the runout treatment badged as the "Final 500". 500 of each model that came in this stunning cherry red colour, with lashings of beige leather and wood, plus badges that harked back to the very first Oldsmobile emblem. The Silhouette, which is the "minivan" in the pictures below actually only made it to 360, because of lack of demand and pressure by GM on the production line for the Chevrolet version of it. The Aurora would be my choice, it came with a silky 4 litre V8 and would look right at home in a retirement village with "I Support Trump" campaign stickers on it. A sad end to a brand with such a rich history.
  2. It's been too long, shiters. Pursuing the dream of building a moderately successful car sales business (why would anyone in their right mind even want to?) has taken up a lot of life recently. But I'm currently on holiday in The States visiting family for Thanksgiving and what better way to fill my gift of time than trawling almost a year of missed posts on here. Also..... my daily for the past few months has a been a 2006 Nissan Murano 3.5 V6 on LPG. I have PLENTY to write about on that front so I'll get to it soon. In the mean time, take a look at what I'm coming home to next week. NU DAILY ALERT! A 2003 Vel Shatis, in poverty spec. It's a 2.0 Turbo Expression, with a manual gearbox and 99k miles. Old chap bought it with 12miles on the clock, yes twelve miles. Renault had it on their forecourt at the list price of just over £22k. He offered them £12,500 and they bit his arm off. It now has 99k miles, MOT until February of next year and I paid £200. Should be plenty of "character" to keep me entertained over the Christmas break. Nice to check-in again, look forward to catching up. Luke
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    eBay tat volume 3.

    This is a charming old thing. Black bumpers FTW https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAAB-900-2-3-AUTO-5-dr-HATCH-MOT-330/113688681529?hash=item1a785f9c39:g:-GwAAOSwBG9cjXop
  4. I'm currently on the mainland and in that beautiful position of having to find something interesting to drive back to Belfast after delivering a Mercedes CLK to my aunt in Walsall. I had a Renault Megane auto lined up, a potential next car for my grandmother, but the ebay auction was pulled early. Having not won the Buick roffle..... I'm seriously struggling for something to buy. The last two times I have done this, it was a 2006 Laguna V6 Initiale and a 2005 Cadillac CTS (formally of this parish), both of which I still have. But didn't mean to keep. I just ended up liking them that much. Must be petrol, preferably auto, preferably a ridiculous engine size and wafting points are always welcome. The closer to Birmingham the better. Should be capable of doing 300 miles up to Cairnryan in comfort. Around £1000 would be nice. Even more points if it's cheap enough to flog back in Belfast for enough profit to make it a free trip home! Been looking at Saab convertibles, big Volvos..... There's a Pug 407 SW V6 Exec in Manchester for £995 which might end up being the back up plan. It's bloody typical. Usually I'm sat on the other side of the Irish Sea salivating at what is out of reach. Anything you happen to come across, I'd be happy of the link. Thanks chaps.
  5. I'm surprised this didn't sell out in minutes. The look on my neighbours face if I was to park this next to his immaculate Tiguan is worth a tenner alone (plus the £300 I need to set aside to get it back to Northern Ireland). Winging my wonga imminently.
  6. Number 11 please. I've almost bought this thing a few times and winning a roffle would be an undeniable sign that I need to finally own a Buick.
  7. They're spectacular. Mine is due MOT next week. Need to get the headlight washers working
  8. RML2345 - Thank you massively, the emissions light is on so I'll have a fiddle with that later. Much appreciated. As for the mats - Scrap of Axminster (which matched their hallway), sitting on top of a Lidl universal car mat, sitting on top of the big Volvo heavy duty scoop mat, underneath that there's the totally unmarked blue carpet. Thanks for the comments, always so much more enjoyable looking after something like this with the support of you lot.
  9. This is a heart-warming tale, if I do say so myself. So about six years ago, I had a Rover 820i Fastback. It was stunning. Beautiful metallic red, J plate and in superb condition all round. A chap around the corner from me took a real interest in it, an elderly gent, in his 70s. Before this I had known him purely as "Volvo man". Anyway, his name was Brian and he had a real passion for older stuff. He told me he had a lockup with quite a few things in it and would I like to take a look. He had bizarre stuff with no correlation as to his shite fetishes. At one end there was a Rover SD1, at the other there was Citroen ZX Aura petrol automatic. In between, from memory, there were numerous Volvo 240s, a Ford Cortina and a D reg BMW 635CSi. We would see each other the odd time, he'd be walking the dogs and take an interest in my latest turd. Anyway, about two years ago, I randomly realised it had been quite a while since I'd seen him, so I called at the house. He usually had the driveway stuffed with cars that he'd bring round from the lockup, presumably to give them a run and freshen them up, then bring a few different ones around the week after. All that was in the driveway this time was the 940 Estate he and the wife used daily. I was invited in by his wife and told that Brian had had a stroke. It didn't look good and he had instructed the lockup and driveway to be cleared so that she didn't have to deal with it after his death. That was three months previous to my calling. Brian was there, he was really pleased to see me but when I mentioned the cars he got very emotional. Because of the stroke his license was revoked and he basically called in a contact to clear everything. I don't know where these cars ended up but he was regretful that he didn't contact me, but quite obviously it was a very bad time for him and his main concern was his wife not being left with all of that to deal with. Anyway.... Mr Hancock (Brian) has made an excellent improvement, and despite never being fit to drive again, happily gets ferried around in the 940 At the weekend I was driving home and glanced into the driveway on my way past to admire the Volvo, as I always did. But there was a Toyota Yaris sat there, with the Volvo in front of it under the car port. Quick reg check and sure enough the MOT expired on the Volvo on February 1st. Oh dear. Time to call again! Yesterday I knocked the door. Was invited in by both of them with the warmest of welcomes as usual. Yes, the Volvo had been replaced with an automatic Yaris after failing it's MOT on emissions - providing the perfect opportunity for Jennifer, his wife, to modernise and downsize. I could tell Brian wasn't happy. "What's the plan for the Volvo then?". "Oh we will be having it lifted by the local scrap merchants on Friday". "Eh.... name your price and I will buy it!". I knew that this car had wanted for nothing over the years. This was met by shock from both of them - It was at this point that I realised I had never actually expressed an interest in their daily driver, because we were always discussing each other's hobby cars. They looked absolutely delighted, and in fact welled up at the hope that it may be saved. His wife kept saying "are you sure? You know it has no MOT and has failed on emissions? I really don't want to be passing on problems". Just that older generation logic. Anyway, I left, having reassured them it has a home with me and to call me with a price the next day. So today I got a call from the wife. "We were both so happy that you want to take the car on, you have turned a difficult situation into something so happy for my husband - we want you to have the car." "Price?". "The knowledge that it is in good hands is all we wanted, and that's what we've got". As of 3pm, I had the honour of taking on someone's pride and joy. I have been beaming with pride all day, driving this masterpiece. It has been so loved and I hope I can continue to do that. And I'm really looking forward to calling by with a new MOT certificate and taking Brian for another spin. The temperature gauge is not rising at all and the emissions light is on. The smell of fuel from it would knock you out. I wouldn't say this car has been above 25mph in the last three years. But it is running absolutely beautifully and even has working heated seats. Below is an invoice from last month. The history is totally comprehensive, including numerous belt changes and a religious annual service. The manual pack contains much "homework" Will get to work on what may be causing the emissions to be absolutely off the chart. After that, there is nothing to do but enjoy this old girl, and continue to love it the way I have promised to do so. I feel really privileged to have been entrusted with something that has had so much love over the years by a man who can no longer enjoy his passion. But I hope swinging by with it occasionally will make him smile as much as I have today while driving it.
  10. I second this hahaha. Congrats, I hope this car gets the love it deserves
  11. Yeh you're right, engine parts etc shouldn't be a problem. Mine has the air suspension which gives me a shiver up my spine every time I open the boot compartment to reveal the ECU, compressor and all the wires for it that look like they were intricately positioned by Jean-Claude on his Vendredi overtime back in Dieppe in 1992. I dread to think what even one shock absorber would take (time wise) to source. They are unreal wafters though, yours really does look lovely.
  12. 'Tis indeed sir. Had it four years now. I dread the day I need parts for it
  13. I already have one, but it doesn't have a car phone, so naturally I'd like this one too. ONE RANDOM PLZ
  14. Mechanic nearby has had an Alfa 166 sat at the side of his place for a good while now, I noticed a nice hole in the rear sill and suspected it's death warrant had been signed. Called in, sure enough, owner gave up on it and never came back, been sat there a year and a half. After a positive reception I called back with a fresh battery, a few litres of fuel and some £20 notes. I then drove it home It's a 2000 3.0 V6 Super. And is mostly broken. I'm not going lie, it's probably not going to see the road again, but it's been a pleasure just for the engine note. The sills are shot. The exhaust is blowing. The nav/climate screen isn't working. The bodywork is shoddy. The engine is smokey when cold. But it's an Alfa. A devastatingly sexy Alfa. And I'm glad to have been able to step in to save it from immediate bridging. Hopefully it'll at least help another live on. Here it is power-hosed and looking much better than it actually is. The truth......
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