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1 hour ago, aldo135 said:

Loved having our Saab 9-5 the last year and a half but it’s badly failed it MOT, might be the end of the road... I knew about most of it but didn’t realize the rust was so bad. Waiting for the quote but not going to be cheap! In my constantly changing mind this was going to replace our Hyundai as the main car and put some money into it. Now I’m thinking I’d be better off starting with a more solid base. It’s a shame as it’s the first car I’ve bought my wife has been enthusiastic about, she loves it! 

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Fuck me, did you run over his dug on the road there?

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1 hour ago, blackboilersuit said:

It's a long list but tyres, brake pipes and lights are all just par for the course on an old car. My 9-5 failed on beam pattern last year and just needed the headlights polishing. My rear sills also needed welding but it was only a small 40mm square patch on the inner. Mirrors are easy to swap and should be readily available on ebay. 

Big ticket Items for me on that list will be the spring pan welding and the subframe bushes and they're not a certainty to be expensive. Could be worth saving yet. Fingers crossed for you.

 

Subframe bushes can be done without removing the subframe if you replace with poly. Basically drill and holesaw the old ones out and use a jack to push the poly mount in from below, can be done on axle stands although a two post lift would make it a lot more agreeable! I would however consider dropping the subframe and treating with rust converter and chassis paint, this also allows a load of otherwise inaccessible parts to be dealt with (alternator, power steering pipes, oil pressure switch, rear engine mount).

I wonder if the suspension fail is for the shock mount? If so they are £35 and easy to change 

https://www.partsforsaabs.com/product_info.php?products_id=5318

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55 minutes ago, Austat said:

Got some quality reading material in the mail today, will post some articles on the Shite Magazine Scans topic later:

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Is that an article within that discusses whether taking tests in order to get a license is a good idea or not, or am I getting the wrong end of the stick?

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Last night on the way home from Tesco in the Iveco I did a 0-60 run down the bypass.  I can't tell you the result because the van failed to reach 60mph before I ran out of road.  I'll try again next time I have an essential journey to do, but I'll start from further back next time.  I might start off in second gear as well, see if that helps.

My app tells me the van got from 0-40 in 8 seconds and 0-60 in 16.6 - which sounds quite impressive until you realise that's km/h...

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9 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Last night on the way home from Tesco in the Iveco I did a 0-60 run down the bypass.  I can't tell you the result because the van failed to reach 60mph before I ran out of road.  I'll try again next time I have an essential journey to do, but I'll start from further back next time.  I might start off in second gear as well, see if that helps.

My app tells me the van got from 0-40 in 8 seconds and 0-60 in 16.6 - which sounds quite impressive until you realise that's km/h...

You just* need some sticky tyres so you can put all the power down

 

Like this man demonstrating a 1760cc Perkins engined example of a mk1 transit

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First Update for the Peugeot 406 I bought before Xmas from a fellow shiter... 

 Until Monday it has been faultless, well by faultless I mean it had not let me down.  All my work tools fit into the boot and the heated seats stop me freezing to death. The vibration on acceleration is a bit irritating and it does not seem to have as much power as I would expect but I think that is the broken swirl flap actuator which I have not got round to fixing yet and the indicator stalk  is so floppy it often goes from right to left instead of off.  Anyway on Monday I jumped into it to go to work and there was a bit of a 'twang' followed by the right hand front of the car dropping by about 3 inches as I reversed up the drive. Hmm WTAF.  Looking underneath I found a coil of spring on the floor where the car was, well that was the twang then. 

 My mechanic came round and cut the spring out and replaced it with a couple of pieces of wood ziptied to the strut and drove it to his garage. Amazingly Peugeot in their wisdom designed the rising rate strut springs so that if the smaller bottom of the spring snaps the rest of the spring falls over the strut and destroys the ABS wiring bracket on the way down before coming to rest embedded  in the driveshaft CV joint boot. God only knows what the result would have been if it had happened at 70mph. 

Two new springs, a straightened ABS bracket, a new CV boot and much cleaning of the very rusty top mounts later and the car is back. First impressions are that the acceleration vibration has reduced and the steering is much lighter. The car sits a little higher and is a little less floppy around the front end. While he was underneath he noticed a slight oil leak from the crank seal which can be contained by filling the oil up as and when so can wait until I get round to replacing the timing belt and a very rusty oil filter which would suggest it has not had a proper service for a while. So a full service has gone to the top of the to do list.

All in all I am still very pleased with what I now remember is the second Peugeot I have owned the first was also an estate but was a 404 which I owned in the mid 80s.

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1 hour ago, doobietoo said:

the indicator stalk  is so floppy it often goes from right to left instead of off

Yeah, my diesel C2 does that as well.

Speaking of which, I've been using the thing for essential journeys all week, and so far it's behaving fine, mechanically at least.  It fires straight up, the lights and wipers work and the heater gets warm commendably quickly for a tiny diesel.  The computer is showing 64mpg average from just pottering around locally, which isn't bad.  It's more refined than the petrol C2, despite being a diesel with relatively little soundproofing - that's partly because it's much, much higher geared than the petrol car, with 70mph on the clock corresponding to around 2,400rpm in 5th, rather than 4,000 in the Code.  The ride is a lot better too, due to less sporty suspension and smaller wheels with non-rubber-band tyres, although it's a small car with a tiny wheelbase so it's never going to ride like a CX.  Turning circle is also better than the Code, although the seats aren't as comfy.  I can't compare the handling as none of my essential journeys has yet taken me down my favourite twisty B-roads, but C2s in general handle fairly well.

It has its idiosyncrasies though.  The central locking still doesn't work - the remote doesn't do anything, and pressing the lock button on the centre console results in some solenoid-type noises but nothing else (other than the time when it did - it locked the driver's door and wouldn't unlock it again, so I had to climb out of the window and go and get the other key).  The stereo works but beeps constantly.  Starting the engine results in the tailgate unlatching itself, although it doesn't swing open.  Opening the tailgate using the button works fine, but causes the rear wiper to operate for several seconds - the wiper then stops randomly halfway up the screen, although it works normally when operated from the wiper stalk.  Also the car doesn't always detect that the driver's door has been opened - normally on a C2 the dashboard wakes up when you open the door, this does it sometimes but other times it just sits there until I turn the ignition on, at which point it has an "oh shit!" moment and jumps into life.

I think it's going to need a severe talking to with Lexia, when I can get that sorted (I bought a cheapo downloadable copy off eBay but the installation keeps falling over).  My Delphi software reckons it can talk to the BSI, so I'm going to plug that in at the weekend and see what it comes up with, but I doubt it'll be able to do as much as Lexia would.

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Mondeo is somehow losing coolant slowly again. I really don't understand. The rest of the car is absolutely fine and has given zero issues, but for some reason the cooling system is incapable of not leaking from somewhere at any given point. Frustratingly, it's usually only small leaks and thus very difficult to locate. 

I'll get on top of it one day, or so I keep telling myself...! 

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7 hours ago, N19 said:

Mondeo is somehow losing coolant slowly again. I really don't understand. The rest of the car is absolutely fine and has given zero issues, but for some reason the cooling system is incapable of not leaking from somewhere at any given point. Frustratingly, it's usually only small leaks and thus very difficult to locate. 

I'll get on top of it one day, or so I keep telling myself...! 

Which Mondeo is it?

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The Laguna I bought off SiC  last September has just passed it's MOT. Now it has a new ticket I'll put a couple of new tyres on the rear as they are down to 2.5mm. It's been fairly painless so far with just a few minor problems over the 5000 miles I've done in it. The sensor on the windscreen washer keeps telling me it is low so  I must have a look some time but it's hard to reach and I can't be arsed in this weather. The gearbox has been dropping into limp mode a few times lately, around 5 minutes after leaving home. Stopping and restarting have cleared it each time and I did finally get an error code P0715 which points to a sensor playing up rather than anything mechanical. A replacement sensor is only £20 or so and I'll live with it for the time being until the weather picks up or it decides to fail altogether. I'll buy the sensor and keep it in the boot just in case. The only thing I find annoying about it is the lack of a controllable intermittent wipe. The auto sensor intermittent wipe doesn't react quick enough when getting spray overtaking lorries.

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21 minutes ago, Soundwave said:

Waiting in a Teams lobby for my speed awareness course. Just done the admin stuff, waiting for the course to start at 13:05. Not sure what to expect.

Watch a video of 'skidmarks, after a fatality' and be told [often] "20s Plenty!" &or "30 is a limit, not a target!"

*also.... "Hog in 4th, you will find most moderns will drift you over 30 in 5th"

You'll do fine..... ;)

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Well, I've repaid my debt to society, been fully rehabilitated and am ready to give up my life of crime now. Was quite boring actually, the most exciting bit was when one of the participants got kicked out after ten minutes for acting the cunt (why would you do that?! Now he's probably going to get the points... guess the course being online makes it easier to be a keyboard warrior).

But, I smiled, nodded and held my tongue in all the right places so I get to keep my license clean. :) I did find the stuff about the effects of extra speed on braking distance quite interesting - like doing 80 in a 70 means that in an emergency stop, you'll still be doing 39mph at the point where you'd have stopped if you were doing 70. That's about it.

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Who needs two floppytop Saabs in the depths of Scottish winter? That would be me.  Had been on the lookout for one for a while, the red one has been pinched by the wife as her daily. Local shiter and general badass @Unclefesteroffered it to me in exchange for the Tigra,  I couldn't say no. Few wee odd jobs to sort, but it's in pretty fine condition for its 21st year.  This is the 3rd 9-3 I've had now, love them. 

Only took 15 days for the first incoming vehicle of the year 😂

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11 hours ago, SRi05 said:

Who needs two floppytop Saabs in the depths of Scottish winter? That would be me.  Had been on the lookout for one for a while, the red one has been pinched by the wife as her daily. Local shiter and general badass @Unclefesteroffered it to me in exchange for the Tigra,  I couldn't say no. Few wee odd jobs to sort, but it's in pretty fine condition for its 21st year.  This is the 3rd 9-3 I've had now, love them. 

Only took 15 days for the first incoming vehicle of the year 😂

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bloody good swap

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19 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

Who needs two floppytop Saabs in the depths of Scottish winter? That would be me.  Had been on the lookout for one for a while, the red one has been pinched by the wife as her daily. Local shiter and general badass @Unclefesteroffered it to me in exchange for the Tigra,  I couldn't say no. Few wee odd jobs to sort, but it's in pretty fine condition for its 21st year.  This is the 3rd 9-3 I've had now, love them. 

Only took 15 days for the first incoming vehicle of the year 😂

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12 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

Indeed. The Tigra will be used by his Mrs, she didn't like the Saab ! I bought it in the hope of getting mine back but the manual box was a nogo. So a happy swap for all

Yes the Saab was a lovely machine and is in the right hands to make it perfect my wife just didn't like it I loved it though lol but hey Ho the tigra dots the bill and always a pleasure to deal with sri05 a true shitter who like myself is open and honest and you know what your getting from the start 

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1 hour ago, Fabergé Greggs said:

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Soz if this is a repost. Bears repeating nevertheless

 


I saw a documentary years ago about VIZ ,

the guys behind the comic were into their cars,  I remember one had a couple of very early mini coopers that he’d restored and another one was into old commercial vehicles he had a very old AEC bus among other things 

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