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11 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Great news on the Avensis. Certainly thinning out around these parts.

Sadly this SR in the same colour has been scrapped, its last MoT expired in 2017.

2000 Toyota Avensis 2.0SR

 

Yes, shame about that one - it's the only other Purple one I've actually "seen" (other than the brochure which, from memory, had one in it).

Interesting comment on Pistonheads about mine

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I used to work for Toyota in Derby building these, The SR was built at the factory in Derby and then transferred to Toyota GB who changed the badges, wheels and put a rather nice Sony stereo in I think?

I used to travel to the export ports for Toyota in the Uk and in Europe so had many (20?) of these as company cars qas we were only allowed to put 6000 miles on them before they went into the dealer network. Never let me down and have had 1 Toyota in the family ever since (which have never let me down either) 

I'm rather fond of it (as I think I've probably conveyed) and am looking forward to getting a bit of paint on it next year and generally improving things here and there.  If an SR came up I'd likely buy it for parts (I should have done this with one that was on Facebook in January for £500)

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If you’ve an old car of that age it’s always worth picking one up to break, you’d be amazed how handy it is having a spare starter motor or a spare alternator sat on the shelf at home as and if you need it.

That said I’ve a shed full of bits of Mk2 Mondeos and Focuses that have met their fate in my hands that I’ll not use now. 

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Isn't £500 for a whole car cheaper than the exhaust you need? 

The one in the fb ad looks like a shed though... You want one with damage or terminal issues somewhere so your not tempted to do another save... 

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7 minutes ago, beko1987 said:

Isn't £500 for a whole car cheaper than the exhaust you need? 

The one in the fb ad looks like a shed though... You want one with damage or terminal issues somewhere so your not tempted to do another save... 

One picture, bloke only wants calls, Bradford, I suspect he's the sort of person I find impossible to deal with.  It'd just be nice to have one with all the right coloured panels as well as the right bits.

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5 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Just read the advert. £1000 and no MOT? Are they having a laugh?

I think it's more "ambitious pricing" than any kind of stand up routine.  The catalytic converter will see him half of the asking though at the moment which is sometimes a problem.  Sometimes people are just bloody clueless though.

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20 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Just read the advert. £1000 and no MOT? Are they having a laugh?

Just spoke to him, a very nice chap in fairness.  He is being swarmed by exporters who have already offered him £750.  I dare say they pull the cat and send it to Africa - and fair play to them if that's how they put grub on the table.  What it does mean is I am, sadly, out.  Timing was shite anyway - but if it was £500 I'd have bought it, bought a new shed, and just pulled it apart over the course of a weekend.

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I’d say if they’ve offered him £750 tell him to take it. In actual fact they’ve probably offered him £300. He’ll be chancing in you falling in love with it and paying over the odds. Anyone who didn’t have mince for brains would snap someone’s hand off if they’d got £750 sheets in their hand. 

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6 minutes ago, sierraman said:

I’d say if they’ve offered him £750 tell him to take it. In actual fact they’ve probably offered him £300. He’ll be chancing in you falling in love with it and paying over the odds. Anyone who didn’t have mince for brains would snap someone’s hand off if they’d got £750 sheets in their hand. 

I would normally, regrettably, agree with you - but I've exported one of these myself.  They are phenomenally popular and always fetch good money.  

But I appreciate and respect your naturally cynical outlook.

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I am a cynic, you are right there but it’s born out of years of bangernomics. That said I’ve just ordered a load of clobber to preserve the underside of the wife’s 16 year old Focus, maybe I’m getting less right in old age. 

Old Toyotas have always gone to Africa, where in Nigeria it seems Mercedes is king, I don’t know how they get along with changing the pads on a Sensotronic, I suspect there are a lot of fingerless mechanics in Lagos now. 

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4 hours ago, sierraman said:

If you’ve an old car of that age it’s always worth picking one up to break, you’d be amazed how handy it is having a spare starter motor or a spare alternator sat on the shelf at home as and if you need it.

That said I’ve a shed full of bits of Mk2 Mondeos and Focuses that have met their fate in my hands that I’ll not use now. 

Parts acquisition does come in handy. I've built up a reasonable amount of Capri parts which can be very useful at times. Do I recall you were thinning out your Mk2 Mondeo spares collection? 

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2 minutes ago, N19 said:

Parts acquisition does come in handy. I've built up a reasonable amount of Capri parts which can be very useful at times. Do I recall you were thinning out your Mk2 Mondeo spares collection? 

I was wanting to get rid of them to whoever could come and pick them up, I’ve moved storage to another shed that’s bigger so I’m not in an urgent rush but I’ve moved on to the newer models now so it’s not much use to me. 

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