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#16 Ben_O

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:04 PM

One from left field - as I still drive one - they're great.... and the brand has latterly undeserved reputation for unreliability - if all jobs are kept on top of and main dealers avoided like the plague (without exception utterly useless) they're distinctive , practical, economical, very well equipped  and exciting to drive....... - I'm talking one of these!......

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...eYAAOSw-jhUCiUB

 

 

No wasn't my first choice either - but have learned to absolutely love it - and will keep mine going for as long as I can while waiting on a 159 to replace it.....

 

 

 

Quick edit - Turbo diesel and manual being the only recommended option!!!!

I was looking at these not 2 hours ago thinking that i would like to get one!

 

Great looking cars



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:16 PM

Do a Shifty and get yourself the Rover 75 Connoisseur, caravan is optional :D

 

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:32 PM

 

One from left field - as I still drive one - they're great.... and the brand has latterly undeserved reputation for unreliability - if all jobs are kept on top of and main dealers avoided like the plague (without exception utterly useless) they're distinctive , practical, economical, very well equipped  and exciting to drive....... - I'm talking one of these!......

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...eYAAOSw-jhUCiUB

 

 

No wasn't my first choice either - but have learned to absolutely love it - and will keep mine going for as long as I can while waiting on a 159 to replace it.....

 

 

 

Quick edit - Turbo diesel and manual being the only recommended option!!!!

I was looking at these not 2 hours ago thinking that i would like to get one!

 

Great looking cars

 

Go for it! For a small estate with plenty of power that can be picked up for peanuts they're fantastic - I've done 60K in mine and it hasn't missed a beat and happily averages 50 mpg - goes through bulbs and front suspension droplinks readily..... that said engine is torquey and oil tight, parts readily available and reasonable too........ 

 

Unfortunately mine is turismo spec without the dead cow everywhere (the positive there is no massive alloys needing pricey tyres) but that aside love the old beast........ you just have to find one with a recent clutch change (dual mass jobbies - not cheap) and preferably a new cambelt / tensioners and water pump (although its really easy to do yourself)...

 

The best low price option is the 1.9JTD 8V ..... the 16V munches water pumps and cambelts, but the 2.4 is just lovely.... Personally I'd avoid the petrol engines (unless you're lucky enough to find a GTA ;-) ) and the stupid gearboxes cause endless problem s - manual all the way!!

 

Really dated now but still good looking IMHO..... the example I posted was jus that - an example - there are plenty of better ones about....



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 04:30 PM

Saab 900

 

For cheapness and reliability you can't go wrong with a 900! Luckily my Mrs loves ours, Bought it two years ago for £500 spent about £1000 on MOTs and bits since and it has never let me down in 16,000 miles, the full pressure turbo is quick enough to catch out a lot of modern cars and all at 30MPG! It even has electrically adjustable heated seats, electric windows, sunroof and air conditioning not bad for 1993. My 1991 mini in comparison is well behind the times!



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 08:42 AM

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 05:22 PM

I had a mitsubishi galant only the 2litre one years ago and i loved it, such a smooth drive and went pretty damn well, that front end is lovely aswell.

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#22 Ben_O

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 09:52 AM

I used to love a Cavalier.

 

Had 2 mk3's. Nice cars



#23 Vinay-RS

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 01:21 PM

What about an Alfa Romeo 159 estate or a Subaru Impreza Wagon (modify it like the one on MCM) :)  



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 12:06 PM

I used to love a Cavalier.

 

Had 2 mk3's. Nice cars

 

I had a Mk3 Cavalier GSi 2000 16V for a couple of years in the 1990's (not the 4WD) quick car but rust was becoming an MOT problem when I sold it......now seems to be a very rare car!

 


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:18 AM

That's the best colour too in that pic :P what colour you got?

Mine is Concord Metallic Blue, like the one in the pic. It's a nice colour but i'm having trouble finding paint that matches for a few repairs I need to do! 

Tempted to do black bumpers, sills and door bottoms like the pic just so I don't have to match the colour! 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

I like the BMW E30 idea but there's a lot out there still. It's an option though.

Although we can't afford two cars at the moment the missus might be back to work in September. At that point I might split the Honda in 2; get a Mk1 Focus as the familycar and a nice retro runaround for me. I'm liking that idea a lot.

 

So the situation has moved on a bit. Still loving the Civic, but the Mrs is looking at getting her license sorted (she can drive, but not in the UK!).

 

This leaves us potentially looking at 2 cars, but it will depend. I have also told her that in a few years time (after a house), I want something fast - I never did it when I was younger because the insurance was always ridiculous. 

 

So I am thinking I have two options now. Firstly, just stick with the Honda for now, make one car work between us, and buy something fast for maybe 5-10k in a few years time. Or, I can source a second car now but look for something that has some serious tuning potential. The SAAB 900 at the start of the thread is making me think though, I have to be honest! If I went for the second option, the car would have to cost no more than £1000 really. In the long run, I'd be looking at a new engine, brakes, suspension etc. and would use the 5k budget for a fast car for it instead. 



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:44 AM

E36 Touring gets my vote.  Cool, still enough of them around to be able to find a solid one, and if you get a 323 or a 325 they're actually not that sluggish.



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:57 PM

Yeah I do like the E36. I had a 328 a few years back (Ring Crash??) and it was a decent little car. Something like that is seriously tempting. But I kind of like the idea of going Jap as well after the Honda.

Oh and the E36 further up is flipping lovely.

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:38 PM

MG ZT-T V6.




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