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20 minutes ago, Sham said:

I've never known anyone with car knowledge have such a poor run with car buying.

It's called hoovies garage and is extremely successful. Watching others misery is entertainment, that's how much of TV works and it still does with YT. You just need to know how to monetize it.

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14 minutes ago, Schaefft said:

It's called hoovies garage and is extremely successful. Watching others misery is entertainment, that's how much of TV works and it still does with YT. You just need to know how to monetize it.

He really has capitalised on failure. Every single car he's bought starts off with a video like "I've bought this and it's GREAT!", and then the next video has a thumbnail with him with his head in his hands and Car Wizard agog with the title "THIS CAR WAS A MISTAKE!"

 

Rinse and repeat and have a fast food chain on the side, and you have a very good chance of YouTube success

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25 minutes ago, Schaefft said:

It's called hoovies garage and is extremely successful. Watching others misery is entertainment, that's how much of TV works and it still does with YT. You just need to know how to monetize it.

Yes and no. I can't relate to Hoovie as he's obviously very wealthy. Plus to me there comes a point beyond which watching suffering like this just becomes a bit depressing. I actually worry about DW/Hubnut. I don't know how one man can live with so many non-runners in need of serious attention. I was up to twelve cars myself years ago and at least they were all runners but it became overwhelming trying to keep on top of them all. If I were DW (ok, I'm not) I'd have an urgent clear out for the sake of my sanity and keep the cars that matter and which give the most YouTube enjoyment namely Ellie and TWC , plus I guess Betty as he's gone to all the trouble of importing it and seems very fond of it.

I'm not sure of the logic behind buying the Camry which appears to do the same job as Betty. But if there's a need for a reliable family car that can withstand normal use I'd spend a bit more and buy something decent from a reputable dealer. Personally it would cheer me up to see DW/HN doing servicing jobs on something in better condition, rather than buying yet another dog that becomes too much in a short time and gets moved on.

Anyway I'm not HubNut nor do I have a YouTube channel to keep up so what do I know. Keep it up, Ian, we're all rooting for you and I hope you get the Camry sorted.

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1 hour ago, Sham said:

I've never known anyone with car knowledge have such a poor run with car buying.

Let's be totally fair here, It's not like he's usually going around buying up minters and finding they all have big problems.

This is probably the exception in as much as he has went and bought something rare, at a 'dealer', for fairly strong money. (Maybe the first time since the GSA?)

The rest of the time he's generally been buying low end of the market cars (read as disposal) with largely known issues...shock horror, they have those issues and a few more to boot.

This one probably 'hurts' most because of the cost, and the fact the warning signs were probably there to run for the hills, but haven't most of us all done something similar with a car at some stage? Especially when it's something you really want. Ultimately, it comes down to the seller/dealer.... the fact he turned up the heater on the test drive i think says it all.

Underneath it all, i think there's a cracking car there, so it's a shame. I don't know either how to proceed regarding getting involved with the seller, refunds partial, repairs or whatever, but i would say if fixing is on the agenda....do it properly.

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No.  If this does go through legal remedy, you absolutely don't mess around with the car.  You contact the seller, lay out your complaint and if necessary, indicate the solution you require.  They are the experts, you are a mere injured party.  Mess around with it and you will be blamed for wrecking a pristine item.

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Shame this one did not turn out as planned.  This is why I try and avoid traders at this end of the market, they seem to be almost exclusively shysters selling auction cars or part-exchanges that nobody else wants for more money than a private sale yet with no real recourse if it all goes wrong. 

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45 minutes ago, colino said:

No.  If this does go through legal remedy, you absolutely don't mess around with the car.  You contact the seller, lay out your complaint and if necessary, indicate the solution you require.  They are the experts, you are a mere injured party.  Mess around with it and you will be blamed for wrecking a pristine item.

I went through this when i bought a w210 300td from a  small time trader. Was chuffed when I got underneath it to find it wan't rusty, was less chuffed when it shat itself with OMGHGF symptoms 3 days later. Citizens advice said I had a case but that i had to jump through so many hoops to pursue a claim that it wasn't worth the hassle.

I got a few quid back from the trader by negotiating and pulled the head off it myself to find it'd gone porous.

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4 hours ago, Rod/b said:

Wouldn’t it be better to do a bit of diagnosis before tearing the heads off? 

Sniff test, compression test? There's plenty that could be tested without the need to completely strip the engine in case you want to return it. 

It may well be worth doing the head gasket(s), they're a rare car and someone seemed to have spent a lot of cash on it recently (mind you, you'd be only be repeating a lot of the work anyway). 

Wish you better luck next time @dollywobbler. I got stung the first Suzuki Jimny I bought, looked lovely outside, didn't do my homework and bought it in the dull light. Stuck my head underneath it the following morning and realised I'd effed up, the body was rotten. I'm sure we've all done it at some point.... 

 

 

 

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I think collectively, we might be being a little harsh!

I spent a lot of money on a Merc 190 from one of the most prominent Merc specialists for older Mercedes in the UK.  The blurb said that every car is throughly checked top to bottom, inside out blah blah blah 

When I went to pay for it, he wrote ‘Sold for Spares’ on the invoice.

Faults evident in the first few weeks:

Rear calipers seized

Hand brake only working on one side

NS Sill holed in two places

Heater Matrix leaking

Thermostat stuck open

Dash illumination incomplete

9 previous keepers (advertised as 4)

Ignition barrel failed

Wrong size tyres fitted

Electric aerial broken

Rear brake lines corroded to excess 

Boot leaking like a sieve 

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11 minutes ago, PrinceRupert said:

I mean have any of us not bought a crap car at some point?

Only one I knew was crap, with an obviously dodgy MOT. But I paid less than scrap and only needed it to survive less than 500 miles.

 

Otherwise, no, not really. I've been lucky/wary enough.

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44 minutes ago, MJK 24 said:

I think collectively, we might be being a little harsh!

I spent a lot of money on a Merc 190 from one of the most prominent Merc specialists for older Mercedes in the UK.  The blurb said that every car is throughly checked top to bottom, inside out blah blah blah 

When I went to pay for it, he wrote ‘Sold for Spares’ on the invoice.

Faults evident in the first few weeks:

Rear calipers seized

Hand brake only working on one side

NS Sill holed in two places

Heater Matrix leaking

Thermostat stuck open

Dash illumination incomplete

9 previous keepers (advertised as 4)

Ignition barrel failed

Wrong size tyres fitted

Electric aerial broken

Rear brake lines corroded to excess 

Boot leaking like a sieve 

who was it please because i might be about to buy car from one of the most prominent Merc specialists for older Mercedes in the UK.

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28 minutes ago, Yank Tank said:

I have had a good end to the year and work has been fiscally kind. If you want to cut your losses Dolly then I’m all ears 

Grand. £2k please. 😉

Not up for getting rid really. Seems a bit defeatist when this is a car I've genuinely always wanted, in the best colour with a soundtrack I adore. Was it a crap purchase? Yes. Do I regret it? No, not sure I do.

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Just now, dollywobbler said:

Grand. £2k please. 😉

Not up for getting rid really. Seems a bit defeatist when this is a car I've genuinely always wanted, in the best colour with a soundtrack I adore. Was it a crap purchase? Yes. Do I regret it? No, not sure I do.

wasn’t going to turn you over. there is a strange argument for buying broken and fixing - that way you know it’s done. for that reason I keep poring over zelandeths mercedes. 

im sure you will be keen to video the whole miserable process but if you bought it to have a working car then I’d cut my losses and give it to a proper jap specialist over xmas when all garages are quiet.  you would likely have it back by wk2 2022

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I mean, it's a 25 year old car.  It's going to go wrong, sometimes small things, sometimes major ball aches.  The shyster that sold it knew it was crapping out and is obviously a morally vacant shit.

But I really don't know why you don't buy something suitable to use daily?  Something under ten years old, cheap to run and (probably) dependable.  That way you can make a start on your projects and focus on those to keep the Ewechoob bizzzniz going in the right direction.

I can't imagine having to depend on old cars to get me and my family through a harsh winter.

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