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    • By djoptix
      Well, here it is, lots of fun has been had in this brilliant car but time and HMRC are on my case, so it has to go. Get ready for summer/ideal project/etc etc etc!!!

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      1.8 VVC with 52mm throttle body for extra zooms* MOT until 24/03/2020 - registration is P69 FKN if you want to check up on it Red leather seats Decent hood and rear window Surprisingly dirt cheap to insure - about £160 a year for me limited to 3k miles and that's with no NCB and my 9 points declared... Loads of fun. Stuff that came up on the last MOT, and the action taken, was:
       
      Horn sound not in accordance with requirements (7.7 ©)
      This was because of my hilarious* klaxon horn. I've got two horns fitted, you can plug in whichever you feel like (or both). Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area excessively corroded significantly reducing structural strength outer sill (5.3.6 (a) (i))
      Now welded. Electronic power steering warning lamp indicates a system malfunction (2.6 (a))
      The tester says that the light came on on the test drive but I didn't believe him. It's never happened before and hasn't happened since. I cleaned the PAS fuse under the bonnet anyway. Offside Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover excessively damaged or deteriorated so that it no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (2.1.3 (g) (ii))
      Replaced the track rod end. Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm ball joint excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i))
      Replaced top and bottom balljoints on nearside. Exhaust carbon monoxide content after 2nd fast idle exceeds manufacturer's specified limits (8.2.1.2 (a)) Exhaust carbon monoxide content at idle exceeds manufacturer's specified limits (8.2.1.2 ( )
      Although it did pass on the next test, they note "vehicle struggled with emissions". This is probably because before the test it had been laid up for several months. Since then I've driven 400 miles to Blyton and back, as well as hammering it round all day at up to the redline, so I'm confident the emissions will be in significantly better shape now.  
      I bought this from here about 18 months ago I think. Since then it's been a second car and has been loads of fun, and a brilliant first track car.
       
      In daily use it's great to have the hood down, it starts first time every time, and is generally no trouble. On the current tyres it is bloody dangerous/loads of fun [delete as appropriate] on wet roundabouts. On track, in the dry on R888s, there are insane amounts of lateral grip and very little understeer/oversteer. The brakes are awesome, even though they are standard, though I did manage to get some fade within about 7-8 laps of really pushing at Blyton, which I guess is due to lack of heat dissipation; though on the day in question, the rear brakes really weren't working as well as they should, so it might just be that I was leaning on the fronts too hard.
       
      Since I've had it it has had regular maintenance - a couple of oil and filter changes, plugs, etc. The winner can have their choice of wheels, either the VVC 5-spokes or the TF 6-spokes, plus a spare set of standard 6-spokes for track use if they want them (I'm keeping the tyres though). I'll also supply the original 48mm TB. I think I can detect a bit of movement in the offside balljoints so I will change those as well before it goes. It had a new bottom-half-of-downpipe-and-flexi-hose shortly after I got it as well.
       
      Body wise, despite the welding required for the MOT, it looks pretty solid all round. There is some rust on the battery tray but otherwise it's pretty good; there's a spot on the bottom of the drivers' wing as well, shown in photos, but I have a spare wing to swap onto it so I'll try and do that before sale as well. All panels are straight with no significant dents or scrapes.
       
      Mechanically it seems sound and everything works. The gearshift will never be as slick as an MX5 because it's cable operated, but it's pretty good. There are various aftermarket bits available to get the shift better, but I honestly haven't found it an issue; when the box is cold it's sometimes just slightly harder than it should be to find third, but once warm, this goes away. The heater is extremely efficient; you won't be cold, even with the top down.
       
      Engine wise, I haven't had a K series before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I have no reason to think everything isn't OK, particularly since I've twice driven it to Blyton from Bristol (400 mile round trip) and done a track day and then driven home again. The coolant did get very hot on the track day last year, but it was an extremely hot day. The exhaust has a slightly "air cooled" note to it which might be a small blow at the manifold, but it's not a cause for concern, just pointing it out because it's there...

      Bad points: 
      Not completely watertight. There is a drip in the driver's footwell and a couple around the hood, over the engine cover. I've never tried to trace or fix them. No carpet - removed by urban_paranoia because they got wet and stank. I've replaced them with rubber mats which I like more anyway, and it gives it a more rough-and-ready feel when you sit in it... which I don't mind... As mentioned above, it can be GR8 4 DRIFTIN in the wet if you're not careful... Could probably do with the tracking doing since I changed the TRE.
        Will add more details as I think of them. Any interest at £10 a ticket?
       

       

       

       

       

    • By TheDoctor
      Right. 
      I need to sort my shit out. 
      So one roffle, £7 per ticket. 
      Choice of prizes. 
      Prize 1. 1998/9 Ford Galaxy 
      Prize 2. 1987 Mazda 323. I will get it running right, I hope. 
      Any takers? 

       
      1. Jim Bell
      2. TrabbieRonnie 
      3. Supernaut
      4. Flat4alfa 
      5. dozeydustman
      6. egg
      7. Cavcraft
      8. loserone
      9. Ohdearme
      10. Flat4alfa
      11. garellikatia 
      12. mrdelmonti
      13. Jim Bell
      14. Ohdearme 
      15. snagglepuss 
      16. Flat4
      17. 500tops
      18. loserone
      19. sporty-shite 
      20. snagglepuss (c/o NorthernMonkey)
      21. snagglepuss 
      22. RobT
      23. mrdelmonti
      24. TrabbieRonnie 
      25. 500tops
      26. Keith777
      27. snagglepuss 
      28. Flat4
      29. jumpingjehovahs
      30. Aldo135
      31. Cavcraft
      32. sporty-shite
      33. Iamgroot
      34. Iamgroot
      35. Jim Bell
      36. Flat4
      37. TrabbieRonnie
      38. jumpingjehovahs
      39. Craig Cheetham
      40. Ohdearme 
      41. rainagain
      42. loserone
      43. 500tops
      44. snagglepuss 
      45. Jim Bell
      46. mitsisigma01 
      47. Cavcraft
      48. Cavcraft
      49. Keith777
      50. Iamgroot
      51. sporty-shite
      52. snagglepuss (c/o NorthernMonkey)
      53. Cavcraft
      54. mitsisigma01 
      55. snagglepuss
      56. Iamgroot
      57. Keith777
      58. snagglepuss (c/o NorthernMonkey)
      59. snagglepuss 
    • By JohnK
      1998 Mercedes C200 Elegance
      126k miles, MOT August.
      I picked this up from AndyW201 about a fortnight ago as a daily to replace the Cavalier whilst I take it off the road, I've done about 1000 miles in it, drives absolutely spot on and Andy has definitely undersold it in his description.
      However, due to buying the A8 from sims and another potential purchase I'm in negotiations with on here, I really need to free up some space - my storage is absolutely maxed with stuff and I now have 4 cars at home annoying the neighbours, I need to make some movement.
      Scrubs up fairly well, it has had some odd touch ups around the body but nothing that overly stands out, decent tyres all round, all electric work, has cruise control so is ideal on A roads/Motorways etc.
      £350 or will roffle at £6 a ticket. Delivery possible.






    • By flat4alfa
      £8 a ticket, or two for £15
      Proper funny-face Multipla
      My wife's car for last 8 years
      ELX spec, so has the twin sunroofs
      8v turbo diesel that plods on and on.  And on and on.  Did the 20 mile commute today, outside lane of M1 for a lot of it.
      Dependable to go anywhere. More reliable that was ever in the blueprint !
      Clutch 2016
      Cambelt 2017
      180k and everything still works including the folding mirrors, air con, both sunroofs, all windows, etc
      Some war wounds, well what do you expect, some interior sticky scratchy plastics but nothing broken - all functional


      Some noisy front clonking to deal with -  was told it's the inner ARB bushings despite MOT man being happy.  Just been turning up the stereo
       
      UPDATE
      Now has a Cat-C marker because of this.  Grrr.  The upshot is the insurer valued it at £1k.  Stitched together with cable ties for now.   

      MOT all the way to October
      ROFFLING AT £8 a ticket, or two for £15 - it really is that reliable and I don't want it gone but wife is in ear about it.  Taxed and insured until end of the month, see
      We moved white goods with it last week and a whole fixed panels front end from a classic Mini (Riley Elf ectually) the week before.  So VAN status is achievable as the seats just lift out

      Where is it? Well, you can smell the gunsmoke of Luton from here. M1 jns 9, 10, 11 will get you near. Or use the A5 and don't venture near that seething metropolis.
      01. -Daviemck2006
      02. -gadgetgricey, touted by snagglepuss
      03. -aldo135
      04. -Aston Martin
      05. -Tayne
      06. -garethj
      07. -purblebargeken
      08. -Ohdearme
      09. -TheDoctor
      10. -JohnK
      11. -Aston Martin
      12. -Iamgroot
      13. -aldo135
      14. -dollywobbler
      15. -Aston Martin
      16. -gadgetgricey, touted by snagglepuss
      17. -Cavcraft
      18. -Kringle
      19. -Aston Martin
      20. -snagglepuss
      21. -missus northern monkey, on the snagglepuss account
      22. -Ohdearme
      23. - Nyphur, BACK IN THE GAME !
      24. -Pauldoubleyoo
      25. -Iamgroot
      26. -loserone
      27. -JohnK
      28. -Kringle
      29. -95 quid Peugeot
      30. -aldo135
      31. -backache
      32. -Aston Martin
      33. -Cavcraft
      34. -dollywobbler
      35. -gm's randy random
      36. -Aston Martin
      37. -bangernomics, in at the last moment
      38. -Dollywobbler
      39. -Fabergé Greggs
      40. -barefoot
      41. -95 quid Peugeot
      42. -Kringle
      43. -Aston Martin
      44. -Angle
      45. -Kringle
      46. -Daviemck2006
      47. -Aston Martin
      48. -backache
      49. -Dollywobbly
      50. -FatHarris's guaranteed winning random
      51. -aldo135
      52. -tonedepear
      53. -New POD ticket swapped to Bangernomics
      54. -TheDoctor
      55. -Bucketeer, on the snagglepuss account
      56. -Aston Martin
      57. -Fabergé Greggs
      58. -tonedepear, on the loserone account
      59. -brownnova
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