Bangers chat

Discussion in 'transport' started by not-bono-ever, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Bangers are not always foolish are they? Get the right one and do basic maintenance and they're much cheaper than a new car to run.
     
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  2. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    My Focus is whining again. I have topped up the brake/clutch fluid like the nice man at the garage told me to last time, but it's still whining, albeit less so. I may top it up some more later. Whilst doing this, I noticed that the power steering lubrication reservoir is empty, so I've topped that up too.
    This is the most work I have done on the car in the 10 years I've had it. :thumbs:
     
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  3. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Yeah that whining was probably the power steering pump having a go at you.
     
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  4. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Even if I had loads of spare cash I don't think I'd buy a proper car. I've lived with bangers all my life, they've generally done me proud and taken me all over Europe for hardly anything. I just don't see much benefit from spunking loads of cash on a newer car that does the same as a banger. I generally tend to invest in (or swap out) the stereos though.
     
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  5. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I 100% feel this too. When I got given a fancy volvo as a courtesy car everyone said I'd get a taste for nice cars, but I didn't, I really hated it, and used to sigh wistfully when I saw little bangers on the road. Much more fun and being able to lift up the bonnet and fix minor things myself is really satisfying. I did loot the (quite nice after market) stereo from my old car too :D
     
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  6. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I got my 12 year old hand-me-down Laguna through an MOT with no advisories, so it got a new cambelt and a bunch of other stuff, totalling £950 :rolleyes:
     
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  7. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I had to have a company car for a couple of years. A quite nice A3. So I gave my 14 year old A4 to my girlfriend and hated every minute in the A3. With tax, loss of expenses mileage, tyre and damage excess, plus loss of a full ncd as I was on company insurance for over two years, this free "perk" ended up costing me far more than any car I ever bought :mad:
     
  8. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Ugh :mad: It's a racket. I was constantly stressed out by it too and even had to back out of the car wash really fast at the last minute because I couldn't figure out how to fold in the wing mirrors :D (I rubbed it down with floor wipes in the end at the side of the road, and swept all the crisps under the seats with my hands. Was fine)
     
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  9. co-op

    co-op Free the rhubarb crumble!

    I'm had 70,000 miles out of a Fiesta that's now 20 years old (a mere stripling of 13 when I got it for £1800). It has bimbled through every MOT with really bugger all work. I keep waiting for something big so I can chick it (don't really need it any more) but nothing happens.
     
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  10. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    My Astra G convertible has now crossed into banger territory. I've had it for 7 years I think. It has about 160000 on the clock. I've spent a lot on repairs and maintenance on it. Once a timing belt snapped after 40000 miles on a new belt. Had the head rebuilt and so far it's fine. I had the rear suspension rebuilt because of serious rust and cracked spring. I could have done it cheaper but put quality OEM parts on. I cracked the sump, my fault. It's cost me an average of about 500€ a year in repairs and maintenance. And that because of how expensive parts are here for a Bertone, because this spec wasn't ever sold here, many mechanical parts have to come from Germany. The upside is that the value of Bertones is beginning to climb.

    I really want to get rid, but what other four seater convertible would I replace it with?

    (Another SAAB or an M-B CLK?)
     
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  11. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    RR Evoque.:D
     
  12. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    You, sir, have cut me to the very quick. How dare you? Outside, now. We can settle this as gentlemen.
     
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  13. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Drive it til it dies, then sell it for parts in Spain. :thumbs:

    Something locally available and easily repairable would make sense though, right?
     
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  14. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Q high is why I bought my Astra Bertone in the first place.
     
  15. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    It depends on the budget. E93 3 series BMW maybe. That is a true four seater and even has reasonable luggage space. A 6 speed manual 318i would be the best if you can find one. Volvo C70 cabrio if you don't care that it steers like a garbage scow. SAABs are junk and the spares are drying up now. Dunno about the CLK, they are fucking tiny inside.
     
  16. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    I liked my SAAB and often wish I'd kept it. The rag top C70 is nice, and very rare here, as are dealers, so parts might be a big problem locally. I'll look at the BMW, it might be an option. The M-B in the right colour can look OK.

    I really don't know. None of them are what I really want but are closest to a what I want and need compromise.
     
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  17. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Banger bummer. Stone on the M25 cracked my windscreen. No windscreen coverage as I'm a cheap bastard. :rolleyes:

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  18. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Is it going to be expensive to replace?
     
  19. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Probably! First time I've lost a windscreen. The car is worth so little it's a bugger shelling out hundreds for it. But cheap cars come with fixed costs...
     
  20. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Renault Megane Cabrio might be ok. They always go for buttons when they come up at my local auction.
     
  21. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Because they're slow, ugly, and limited boot space. I really wouldn't want one. I can't think of anything positive about them.
     
  22. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    A 2.0Tce would be faster than your tyre shredding Astra and they are cheap af.
     
  23. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Still ugly though.
     
  24. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    And this is why I don't do car maintenance.......

    Checked the levels again this morning, think a bit more brake fluid might be needed to get the whining to stop completely.

    I hadn't put the lid back on the reservoir tank. :facepalm:

    By some miracle, it was still in the engine compartment, thank feck. Put it back on, whining stopped. :thumbs: I think I'll leave these things to the experts in future.
     
  25. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    They really do. 6000 revs is where the VVTI kicks in on my old Corolla. Sticks you in your seat!

    It does take a bit of getting used to though. Letting it carry on without changing up a gear does make you wonder if you're treating it really badly. 6000 rpm in 2nd gear can't be a good thing by and large but it's bloody good fun.
     
  26. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    If all of your rings, valve seats, bearings, clearances and oil pressure are fine then it's no problem. They are rarely all fine on old engines.
     
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  27. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    My garage bloke says the same. 'I can see you enjoy driving it.' :D Usually followed by something about 'a wolf in sheeps clothing.'
     
  28. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Coming up on 150,000 miles now, mine. I've had my money's worth really. I'd like another year out of it just because it's such good fun to drive though.
     
  29. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    so anyways the day has come to party with my trusty old y reg astra with the broken gear stick

    now seeming as my cheap ass insurance is only reply via email with a 48 hour window of replys

    24 hour CS my ass :D

    does any know if i can drive the old whip to a local scrappy (its still got tax and a bit of the mot left) if i have full cover on my newish car
    have i idea i can but don't want six points on my license

    :hmm:
     
  30. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    What are you asking?

    The registered keeper of a car commits an offence if at any time it's not either insured or SORN'd.

    Independently of that, you can drive a car if you are a policyholder on another car and that policy lets you drive other cars.
     
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