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Local cab firm had loads of Bluebird diesels painted in a distinctive colour scheme. A new age limit was introduced and he had to replace the lot with whatever he could find.

Next year the age limit was dropped and he was left with a load of shite cars he had bought in a hurry while all over the county people were driving about in green and white bluebirds for years.

He was savage!

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I don't know if the 505 running out of Bournemouth Station is still working. I saw it last in about 2008 and the most recent reference to it anywhere online seems to be 2011, allegedly done half a million miles at that stage.

It had a really short reg as well , as in 2 or 3 letters and one number, of course I can't remember what it was!post-17414-0-39347100-1508400213_thumb.jpeg

Not my picture, but the only one I can find .

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Anyway, here's a few of the many I've had the pleasure of owning or driving over the last few years.

 

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This is the ex Leicestershire Police Focus I was forced to drive on my return. Lasted well beyond my useage and only died a few months ago.

 

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Ex Swansea Police. Comprehensively fucked. I weighed it in about six months ago.

 

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1.8 five speed. Not a bad car really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was a great car. Pity it was cursed with blowing turbo pipes and the local animal population was determined to commit suicide under its wheels.

 

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Vectra SRi 150. Surprisingly swift and super economical with the DPF removed and EGR blanked off. Smoked more than even I do though.

 

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Now this Passat was a fucking nightmare. Are you superstitious? Well it was plate number 1313 and totally shit it's gearbox is a way that it couldn't even be pushed with 13.0 miles on the trip meter. To add insult to injury it suffered HGF on the day of my mums funeral. 

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Although this has been off the road for a couple of years now you should note that it was a taxi for it's entire life and was never serviced once. Not even an oil change. 

 

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NOT MINE!!!

 

Get a load of this driveway ornament. Shat it's box early in life and was off the road for years. Probably scrapped now.

 

This got its first MOT in 3 and a half years, about 4 months before you posted this photo, and has mot until 20th June 2018

 

Im going to assume it had its gearbox failure in between its MOT in between its MOT in December 2013 and its next one due December 2014, where it had 74,747 miles, latest test in June 2017 it had done 114,014 miles, so assuming it wasnt on the road without an MOT at any point and also assuming this was the first time it shat its gearbox, 114k on a diesel Insignia gearbox before failing is actual pretty good going considering how bad a rep these have for box failure at much lower mileages. 

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Really enjoyed being put in two almost new E-Class Mercedes taxis last week to get past rail engineering works. There were meant to be three of us in the taxis but the other two weren't so I was conveyed like a king.

 

We're on the border of very regulated Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and almost no regulation Fenland, guess where all the local taxis are plated.

like all the  PHVs in the east midlands running  round on Gedling plates, though i think that;s ease of  'badging' the drivers rather than plating the cars ...

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lolz at gearbox failure. One would think that Vauxhall, a firm making cars for well over 100 years, would have had it licked by now. They seem to produce good models for a while and then revert to being incredibly shit.

 

With the Insignia I think they got the styling right, and the interiors are a nice place to be, feel quite well screwed together, its everything else thats the problem, theyre unreliable, poor to drive, the economy isnt great, not that cheap to run, the seats are despite looking good, very uncomfortable, they are poorly equipped compared to other cars in the class, the diesel engines are rough and coarse and performance isnt great despite them being 130 and 160 bhp. Then you have Vauxhall stinginess and cost cutting thrown into the mix, which makes them mediocre. 

 

A shame really because they couldve had a very good car on their hands if theyd done it right, because like I say I think they are well styled and the interiors are quite smart. 

 

The mk4 Mondeo is a far far superior car, hence most Insignias were sold very cheaply to companies, hire drive/daily rental and fleets, not that the Mondeos werent but you see far more of them in private hands, bought privately from new and less 2nd hand ones that were ex rental. So the Insignia falls into the same category as modern French stuff like 407/408, Citroen C5s, and the like, only these are much better to drive. 

 

Vectras werent great, but at least they were for the most part reliable and could handle big mileages if you chose the right engines like the 1.8 petrols and the 2.0 DTIs. 

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