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I've discovered a Vel satis 3 litre diesel automatic for sale locally me at 699. How quick would this bankrupt me? It's done 88k from new. What, other than the autobox obviously should I be looking for as problems? It's got a full mot. I should I see if bramz still has his Volvo estate for sale?

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Bottom corner of imps Jag wing has made a bid for freedom.

 

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Also, nicked a battery charger off my dad and got the Galaxy fired up again to collect a double bed for the sprogs room.

 

Woman complimented me on the Galaxy ‘Can’t go wrong with a Galaxy, we loved ours, etc’.

 

She was oblivious to the whiff coming from the driver’s rear brake as that side seems to be binding a bit.

 

Much heat in the wheel but too we tot poke about again today.

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I've discovered a Vel satis 3 litre diesel automatic for sale locally me at 699. How quick would this bankrupt me? It's done 88k from new. What, other than the autobox obviously should I be looking for as problems? It's got a full mot. I should I see if bramz still has his Volvo estate for sale?

Same engine as used shortly in the Saab 9-5 and Vectra C. Pretty spectacular how many problems they can have. No one will want to work on it either.

 

If it's working and at a throw away price you can afford, it'd be a worth a laugh.

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That 3-litre V6 diesel engine is thunderously shit.  Gearboxes can poo themselves but aren't as bad as Renault's in-house efforts, however the rest of the electrics can and do go haywire on a regular basis.

 

If you have a masochistic streak and can afford to lose £699, then by all means go for it.

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Romania gets another metre of motorway! :-)

 

It was ruled illegal though as it didn't have a construction permit...

 

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I can't say I'm vastly surprised to learn the roads are dangerous. They all drive like maniacs and make the M25 look like a gentle amble in the park. That said, I think the closest we came to actually dying on the Romania trip was in Serbia...

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Twice within a couple of KMs just before the Bosnian border.

 

I think the first was a Iveco van overtaking a lorry on a bend then shortly afterwards a Renault 4 had broken down on another bend and we had a scary 3 cars on 2 lanes moment when an oncoming car didn't see it until the last moment.

 

Closest I came to dying was that layby in Romania with the abandoned aeroplanes.  It was really peaceful and quiet and I stepped away from the car as Ian was filming and was very nearly hit by a black 4x4 full of heavies that had entered the layby at about 70mph.  They were rather unhappy so we made a sharp exit.

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The very same I think. Bit of a crossover of the new body but the most gutless of the pre- cdi generation emgines

 

Bullet proof/reliable/totally gutless.

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Tackled the rusty rear arches on the Audi today. Thankfully it was all surface rust only.

 

Offside:

 

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Nearside:

 

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Got my trusty bandfile out

 

 

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Down to bare metal:

 

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Vactan on and wait for it to dry:

 

 

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Ten quid ebay touch up bottle is a good match. I'll add another coat when I come back later today.

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Still a ten footer but looks better than the rust.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Nice job there. I need to do the same with the Accord. Wish me luck matching silver as well as you have with the blue.

Ha.. Good Luck! You might as well use bright green if you are trying to match silver.

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Irritated the weather gods by attempting to fettle the fleet today.  Something is definately wrong with the Rover as it struggles to turn over with a fully charged battery and the jump leads hooked up to the Focus (bonnet down and resting on plastic case to prevent it latching this time).  I tried using the leads to give it a better earth without joy.  I'll borrow the better leads from work and try again.

 

With spirits low I tried the Dacia,  it churned over but didn't catch.  An idea formed and I hooked a wire between the coil and the +ve jump lead and tried again.  Great success, she fired straight up and took me and the smallest child for a lap round the block once the brakes had freed off.  A session with a multimeter a few months ago seemed to disprove this being the fault so I imagine a connection somewhere isn't behaving.  For the time being some wire and a switch can hopefully make her reliable for this summer.  Once I've got a garage to work in the better dashboard can be fitted and the electrical gremlins chased out.  Perhaps a new loom would be the best approach here.

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First day on the road for the Astra following minor post purchase repairs. Nothing major or unexpected just things you'd expect on a car with such a low price tag. New handbrake cables, new O/S wishbone, new alternator belt, one part worn tyre and new wiper blades were the only parts required. Bonnet catch adjusted, tuning box removed (fear of causing damage with excessive rail pressure), locking wheel nuts binned and replaced with regular ones.  Brakes checked, fluids topped off, wheels scrubbed and moss scrubbed out of window seals. CRV kept on drive (now uninsured) as emergency backup. Will take to WBAC in 2 weeks just as the tax runs out using temp insurance as long as the Astra behaves. 

Fuel tank straps and sump are both very crispy and not long for this world so have ordered good used straps and new sump pan for £cheap off the bay for fitting at my leisure. I'm at work for the next 10 days so that's plenty of time for a shakedown.

 

In lieu of a petrol station shot have a pic from Aldi's car park.

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Playing with 'joy', couldnt decide if too flyeye headlamps or tint film them, so did headlamps and foglamps flyeye, wanted a low key spoiler for bootlid but wasnt gonna pay £55/£75 quid, so ordered £10 jobbie off ebay, also saw another car body stripe used on edge of wind deflectors so had a go at this, and finally decided to tint the rear lights i won off ebag for £3.60, reasonably happy with results, but not fitted them yet

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I've discovered a Vel satis 3 litre diesel automatic for sale locally me at 699. How quick would this bankrupt me? It's done 88k from new. What, other than the autobox obviously should I be looking for as problems? It's got a full mot. I should I see if bramz still has his Volvo estate for sale?

Isuzu engine is shit - not that powerful 42 mpg if your lucky. Expensive parts, nobody will do any work on them.

Head gaskets and suction control valves an issue. Go for it.

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Quite a car-filled weekend for me. Jumpingjehovahs came to visit yesterday so we could compare moderns and he had a play with some of my old rubbish.

 

Most important job today was fitting the ex-Semi-C LS400 alloys I picked up from him the other night:

 

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1993 Toyota Camry 2.2 Estate by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

Tyres and wheels are all in very good condition and it genuinely seems to have a quieter, smoother ride than on the aged Toyos on V6 alloys it was previously wearing. Hopefully they'll do a better job of holding air too, so I don't have to pump them up every weekend. Celebrated by cleaning it. Really not sure what issues MoT time will bring at the end of April, but with these good tyres that's one less potential thing to consider.

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I second Supernaut’s appraisal, dead chuffed they’re doing you a turn.

 

Took my LS on a meandering tour of East Anglia today, most of the North Norfolk coast was devoured, including a gull feeding stop in Cromer and a subsequent wander-thon in Walcott.

 

The sky was beginning to bruise as Mrs -C and I returned from our stone skimming class, even a brisk saunter wasn’t enough to spare us a dousing of the rain and hail variety, all set against a background of sunshine, magic.

 

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Mother_sterling asked me to look at some "loud rattling" coming from the exhaust area of the roffle Micra which she was worried about. I took it for a spin and knew exactly what was up:

 

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So thats next Saturday booked up then....

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Quite a few of us seem to have taken our cars out for spins just for the sake of it today, myself included. After having taken the 75 to Belgium it was only fair that the MV6 got a trip out to to stretch its legs, including a cheeky traffic light GP with a Maserati Ghibli in Ipswich (one of the new ones, not one of the pornographic beasts from the 70s) and back road cruise around mid-Suffolk. The opportunity to get a photograph at a quality dining establishment couldn't be missed either. 

 

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I also got to see a particular favourite of mine in the Asda car park in Stowmarket earlier in the day, in the shape of this 75 V8.

 

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