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Hmm. I've driven a few 172/182s n never got out of them and thought 'wow, I really need one of these' I enjoy the 206 gti for what it is, a shit French shopping trolley for a grand. Something I l jump out of my mundane 4 series, and think, shit this a laugh! I don't think personally I'd gain anything from spending twice as much on a clio, as you know I've had a couple of FN2 type Rs, they would be my 2-3k hot hatch choice every time. 

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13 minutes ago, jamiechod said:

Hmm. I've driven a few 172/182s n never got out of them and thought 'wow, I really need one of these' I enjoy the 206 gti for what it is, a shit French shopping trolley for a grand. Something I l jump out of my mundane 4 series, and think, shit this a laugh! I don't think personally I'd gain anything from spending twice as much on a clio, as you know I've had a couple of FN2 type Rs, they would be my 2-3k hot hatch choice every time. 

Then maybe the 1*2 just isn't for you. Everyone's tastes are different. 

They maybe twice the price but I say that they're still cheap. The different is probably, what, at least half a years depreciation on your 4-series?

I'm a BIG Honda fan. I've had the 7th gen as a 3dr diesel and plenty of them petrol 1.6 curtsy cars in both 3dr and 5dr flavours, but never a CTR. Likewise the 8th gen I've had as a 5dr diesel (which is what I'm getting back soon). Did seriously consider a CTR 8th gen but the 3dr aspect is annoying when it was a main car. I think I'll have to get one sometime before they're unaffordable too. Would be nice to have the pair together as well. As they're local runabout toys, it doesn't really matter about practicality. We have my wifes A4 Avant for that. 

The bigger problem with the 206 GTi is that there is even less about of them than the Clio. Especially as a 180bhp. I personally wouldn't entertain the more plentiful 138bhp example. Three 206 GTi on Autotrader and 6? on eBay. All 138bhps. 

Incidentally after having mine, I struggle to justify the 6k+ for a Trophy. It may be better handling, but they're still the same cheap shitty tin boxes at the end of the day. 

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Just now, SiC said:

Then maybe the 1*2 just isn't for you. 

They maybe twice the price but they're still cheap. The different is probably, what, at least half a years depreciation on your 4-series?

I'm a BIG Honda fan. I've had the 7th gen as a 3dr diesel and plenty of them petrol 1.6 curtsy cars in both 3dr and 5dr flavours, but never a CTR. Likewise the 8th gen I've had as a 5dr diesel (which is what I'm getting back soon). Did seriously consider a CTR 8th gen but the 3dr aspect is annoying when it was a main car. I think I'll have to get one sometime before they're unaffordable too. Would be nice to have the pair together as well. As they're local runabout toys, it doesn't really matter about practicality. We have my wifes A4 Avant for that. 

The bigger problem with the 206 GTi is that there is even less about of them than the Clio. Especially as a 180bhp. I personally wouldn't entertain the more plentiful 138bhp example. 

yeah probably, you should try a CTR FN2 at some point, both of ones i had were high mileage but really tight still! both of which were circa £2k 

have you driven a 138 gti? They arent as bad as you might think. 

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8 minutes ago, jamiechod said:

yeah probably, you should try a CTR FN2 at some point, both of ones i had were high mileage but really tight still! both of which were circa £2k 

have you driven a 138 gti? They arent as bad as you might think. 

I always felt it unfair the ribbing the 8th gen got. The boot and folding seats is way more practical and realistically there is no difference on the road with the suspension setup between it and the 7th gen. Even the lap times I believe were similar too. Interiors are a big step up too. Crucially they had useful stuff like Cruise and trip computers that the 7th gen didn't get at all. 

It was years ago when I drove a friends partners 138 and I owned a RX8 at the time, so that was my (unfair) baseline I would have compared it against. I'm sure they're decent cars and like I said, I really like the styling of the 206. But given the choice between the two and I had to pick one, it would be the Clio everytime. Even if it was slightly more expensive. 

But yes as I added to my previous post, I won't be wanting to spend £5k+ for a tired Clio 1*2 if they go the way of the 205 GTi. They're fun little boxes to blast around in, but they are still a bit crappy. Also why I struggle to justify replacing mine with a 182 right now (which I'd prefer) as, while mine is pretty much sorted, it is slightly scuffed+scratched and high miles. Because of that, I can bomb around backlanes and such without too much worry or guilt if I scratch it further. 

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On another point, I think I have to admit defeat, you said that last tt my wife had must have been fucked as I really didn't rate it to drive, begrudgingly I have to agree, as she has another almost identical one now which has 30 000 more miles and is like a different car to drive, very Golf gti like in its character. The greeny silver one was a bin 😂

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Had a father-son tool handover today. Not all of them, mostly stuff that he will almost certainly ever touch again. 
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A few highlights.

Some punches
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Rpm gauge. Not sure I'd want to put my hand close enough to a crank pulley to use it.
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Air flow gauge
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Dwell, rpm, etc gauge
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Apparently this was a lot of money back in the day. It's a rather large old meter.
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We may have missed the expiry for the MOT on the wife's commuter shite Ibiza. It was booked in for a general look over and service anyway, fortunately the garage said they can MOT it too...

So far they have said it's chewed through a set of rear calipers and started at the drums.

Fingers crossed for the rest being ok!

 

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Wonder if there’s any false jeopardy in the “saved from the Scrapheap” tagline.

Im sure whoever “found” them immediately thought more of selling them to the classic fraternity, and it cannot be a literal term as last time I looked you couldn’t weigh in ash / whatever wood makes up a body buck.

Good publicity, whatever the motivation and facts of the situation.

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Water sloshing around in the Bluebird rear wing cured by drilling a small hole underneath, at which point said manky water drained out. It's pretty much totally inaccessible I think, so I've just sprayed the inside with WD40 in the hope that'll dry out any remaining moisture... 

So naturally I came back to find that there's a bit I didn't cover in the sealing which seems to be letting in water. Round 2 begins soon... 

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Corsa D cam back from the garage. Bought a water pump, but it wasn't needed. Turned out it was the thermostat leaking, they're a big plasticky thing and known for cracking/breaking it seems.

 

Anyhow, collected it Wedes evening but not had the chance until today to test it properly, and it's been fine. 

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4 hours ago, SiC said:

Had a father-son tool handover today. Not all of them, mostly stuff that he will almost certainly ever touch again.

Some Kwality stuff there. Paint on the meter looks the same as a battery charger of similar age my dad had. It's actually still in use today, providing 12v to a door lock release for 11 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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2 hours ago, HMC said:

Wonder if there’s any false jeopardy in the “saved from the Scrapheap” tagline.

Im sure whoever “found” them immediately thought more of selling them to the classic fraternity, and it cannot be a literal term as last time I looked you couldn’t weigh in ash / whatever wood makes up a body buck.

Good publicity, whatever the motivation and facts of the situation.

Weren't they all part of the recent auction of Bristol gone bust stuff, if so hardly lost.

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Today the 205 got put back on its wheels for the first time in well over a year in preparation for getting shifted to my unit. The HDI plan is in the bin because various goings on this year have led to everything related to it being thrown into complete disarray, I'm sure it's still doable but I'm not the one to do it. The plan now is to put it back to standard-ish and get it as well sorted as I can while I have the time to work on it. There will still be turbots involved, but in a more factory intended manner.

MrsREB will be arriving in just over a month, we'll see how long her promise to keep me company at the unit lasts when she realises how bastarding cold it is up there!

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Been to see a friend who has the kind of stuff you'd all spaff over... Military stuff, modern and vintage fire engines, one of those yank streamlined buses, old mercs, jags, kit cars, Japanese stuff... 

These two were new. Signum is one of the 3.0 v6 diesels and is for sale. Very tempting. Jag has been driven through a tatfield by a previous owner. 

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4 hours ago, egg said:

Usual daily mAil rubbish. Just up the road from me at the old BOC / LINDE headquarters for a couple of years. Auctioned last month,

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4 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Usual daily mAil rubbish. Just up the road from me at the old BOC / LINDE headquarters for a couple of years. Auctioned last month,

Ah, were they actually part of the auction? I hadn't realised that.

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