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1 hour ago, Split_Pin said:

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Its been for sale for a while and already reduced, its local (I also happened to grow up there) and looks pretty clean and well cared for. I've been after one for a while but it would mean the 75 would have to go as I wouldn't want 2 large saloons on fleet. 

The latter part is the trouble as I don't want to sell the 75.

Also GR8 PL8 M8.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how ruinous are these (if they aren't rusty).

great mota GiB..

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8 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

It’s easy to get taken in by the looks and the leather, and they are very temptingly affordable to buy. Red works well on them too.

I have just watched a video on common rust traps on these. They are lovely cars but they seem to still be from the 1960s underneath - very old fashioned-looking rust traps. Up top seems to be the same, stuff like rotten screen surrounds, something I have never seen a 75 do.

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2 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I have just watched a video on common rust traps on these. They are lovely cars but they seem to still be from the 1960s underneath - very old fashioned-looking rust traps. Up top seems to be the same, stuff like rotten screen surrounds, something I have never seen a 75 do.

They're cheap enough to not worry about it too much though? I'd probably not get a Scottish one though. 

Personally I found the red forum one (MFV) to be a big disappointment. I was seriously thinking of a XJ8 or XK8 after giving the XJ6 a go but it put me off. Okay the 3.6 isn't exactly the power house but it was a big slow barge. Didn't handle particularly well and not engaging to drive. Massively long that made it a pain to park - invariably stuck out from the front of a parking bay despite fully back. Auto box was mechanical not computer driven, so lockup was about 55mph. Highly irritating when you are stuck behind a 50-60 mph dawdler that can't keep to a constant speed. 

I know they have their enthusiasts but I reckon there are much better cars out there for the money. 

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Cleaned the Boxster tonight as going to a wedding on Friday in it and after that I'll be putting an advert up to sell it. Naturally it rained as I finished. 

Also polished some of the scuffs it's gained. Got most of them out. If the weather plays ball at the weekend, I'll give the whole car a good polish. 

Took it out as it hasn't had a run for a good few weeks and it reminds me how far better a drive it is over the TT. Steering is light, responsive and so much more feel. Gear change is slick and precise. That 6pot engine is silky smooth and I do prefer the instant responsiveness of a naturally aspirated lump over most turbo cars any day.

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I know I'll wonder why I am selling it after driving it on Friday but needs must.

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Stripped down the spare wheel carrier of the dad wagon, started drilling out the rivets , it was taking ages...  so cracked out the grinder, and punch, pretty simple, they recommended too go ott with grease, kit came with 8 bolts and a machined cog that breaks in to bits, only casualty was I was grinding away turned around to do otherwise and it started too fall of the table, so stupid me i grabbed it and cooked my thumb a bit...

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No photies but - dead chuffed with our 2004 Suzuki quad - it has had a weeping front diff seal for ages (years) now and I finally (got nagged) into sorting it.
Every single nut and bolt came off/out without any struggles - it's kind of like a miniature 4x4 in the front end complete with disc brakes etc etc and I was expecting rust, heat, snake oil, grinder, drills - nope, off it all came and then back on it all went. No blood, some sweat, no tears.

Good engineering.
 

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My serial-Jag-bothering neighbour pulled up earlier in a late metallic red X-Type.  Which surprised me as the last time I saw him he was driving a metallic brown 3-litre diesel XF, which he'd paid quite a lot of money for.  Turns out he'd got so pissed off with the XF going wrong and having to spend money on it that he'd decided to cut his losses and stuck it in the auction.  Moral of the story is, if you're going to buy a modern Jag buy a cheap one, as you'll lose less money when it inevitably sharts itself.

The X-Type is rather nice to be fair, as X-Types go.  2.2 diesel auto and looked to be top of the range, with touch screen sat nav etc.

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9 hours ago, wuvvum said:

My serial-Jag-bothering neighbour pulled up earlier in a late metallic red X-Type.  Which surprised me as the last time I saw him he was driving a metallic brown 3-litre diesel XF, which he'd paid quite a lot of money for.  Turns out he'd got so pissed off with the XF going wrong and having to spend money on it that he'd decided to cut his losses and stuck it in the auction.  Moral of the story is, if you're going to buy a modern Jag buy a cheap one, as you'll lose less money when it inevitably sharts itself.

The X-Type is rather nice to be fair, as X-Types go.  2.2 diesel auto and looked to be top of the range, with touch screen sat nav etc.

Thats exactly the same as my brother in law's example. They only made that combo for the last year of production. 

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1 hour ago, sdkrc said:

Bought some Biltong after reading @grizz's blog post about making the stuff at home. Ended up buying 1kg of the stuff and it's utterly fucking superb. Great blog as well

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You bought from Mark? 


I bought some biltong from him, and his droee works (dried sausage) is extremely good as well, completely different to biltong, and not everyone likes it, most do though. 
 

And even though I make my own, and prefer it to any other guys’ product, it is a lot easier ordering from Mark, and I drive past his place in Shropshire when I visit my mate Craig.

 

I have been in his production facility, and like the way he  operates. 
 

PS. I have slacked on the blog recently, loads of stuff to do, and also some work stress which may be  reduced at 4.00pm today, we have a “meeting”

 

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A couple of charity shop finds. I got these because they look in good condition. No doubt they’ll hang around for a while in the living room before disappearing into the loft and living with the other million Haynes manuals I own. The Saab manual had this deposit book inside, last used in 1985! 

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For the first (and no doubt last) time in my life I can genuinely say I've been to Mercedes to pick my car up.

 

Expectations

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Vs reality

 

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It's been in for one recall that turned out to be three: Cruise control (they've been known to stick on), front seat belt clips and some sort of pipe brackety thing.

 

Disappointingly, it's not the worst they've seen ('far from it') and they didn't give me a full tank of petrol or £85,000 off a new AMG. They had some absolutely MEGA motors in the showroom: hate new cars all you like, but if I had the spondulicks I'd be in Merc's showroom first. 

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Wife and I are going to that London for the weekend to play tourist guides to her best friend and her husband (who come from Crooked House Pub part of the world). Highlights* to include Battersea Power Station shopping mall centre (I may be looking more at the architecture and other delights), Westminster Cathedral, a performance of 'The Jersey Boys' (I keep imagining Frankie Valli in a sweater) and the Buckingham House State Rooms & Gardens. I doubt much chod will be in the vicinity but will pap whatever I can.

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23 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

For the first (and no doubt last) time in my life I can genuinely say I've been to Mercedes to pick my car up.

 

Expectations

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Vs reality

 

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It's been in for one recall that turned out to be three: Cruise control (they've been known to stick on), front seat belt clips and some sort of pipe brackety thing.

 

Disappointingly, it's not the worst they've seen ('far from it') and they didn't give me a full tank of petrol or £85,000 off a new AMG. They had some absolutely MEGA motors in the showroom: hate new cars all you like, but if I had the spondulicks I'd be in Merc's showroom first. 

Glad it's still serving you well. It is a comfy old barge.

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Parked next to this today. Can’t remember the last time I saw a MK2 Avensis saloon. Look how reserved and moderate it is. Magic. 

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Amazingly it’s never had an advisory. Two fails for trivial things, but no advisories and clean passes for nearly a decade. I knew I should have left a bloody note on it. What a cracker. 

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