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>> No. 4253 Anonymous
18th February 2019
Monday 6:32 pm
4253 Car and bike official weekend thread but also weekdays
Okay might as well try and be polite and keep the oil out of the other megathreads.

Welcome to the motor one. In an attempt to actually get people to post in it, tell me about the car you really want and could feasibly afford. Right now I'm really thinking a lot about a big square 80s Merc as we've been talking about them. Even a Lada would be fun as fuck.
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>> No. 4378 Anonymous
2nd September 2019
Monday 6:33 pm
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7th generation Toyota Hilux.
I'm unsure if I'm {d,}evolving into a redneck or simply fancy how these cars tend to keep on the more conservative side of the automotive production, emphasising easy maintenance and ruggedness.
>> No. 4379 Anonymous
2nd September 2019
Monday 7:10 pm
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It's a really cheaply built Mk2 Astra, of course it's going to be shit.
>> No. 4380 Anonymous
2nd September 2019
Monday 7:24 pm
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It drives alright, compared to old Ladas, for example.
It's just way too fucking tight inside.
It feels way less restrictive on the back seat of an old Skoda Favorit hatch.
>> No. 4381 Anonymous
4th September 2019
Wednesday 8:56 pm
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These wheels.
>> No. 4382 Anonymous
5th September 2019
Thursday 7:06 pm
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I am the KGB.
Get into the car.
Lots of leg space in there, at least.
>> No. 4383 Anonymous
9th September 2019
Monday 10:04 am
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I need to sell my old car and get something that meets London's ULEZ standards before I have to start paying £12.50 just to drive in my neighbourhood in 2021. Essentially it just needs to be something newer than 2006 so it meets the Euro 4 emmissions standards.

What's the most reliable post-2006 car you can buy for under £2k? It'll probably be something Japanese, but what in particular? I'm not picky and my only requirement is that it needs to be an automatic with 4 four seats.
>> No. 4384 Anonymous
9th September 2019
Monday 3:07 pm
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A Suzuki Swift would do you, but old automatics can be a nightmare. Can't cook or won't cook?
>> No. 4385 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 9:35 pm
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A Yaris. Super reliable and utterly boring.
>> No. 4386 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 9:36 pm
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I am a precursor to a Leon.
Get in the car.
>> No. 4387 Anonymous
15th September 2019
Sunday 10:29 am
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Maybe try looking for either Citroen C1, Peugeot 106 or Toyota Aygo. They are all the same car, with minor cosmetic differences. Though the 4 door models are quite a bit rarer than the 2 doors.
>> No. 4388 Anonymous
16th September 2019
Monday 2:48 pm
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Jaguar XK150, the one mentioned in Forsyth's The ODESSA File.
A fancy sports car, even more so if it's in the after-war FRG.
I like Octavias (and not only Octavias, Rapid and Superb are alright too).
Then again, never driven one myself.
>> No. 4389 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 3:50 pm
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I didn't expect to be jammed into the seat when this little blue bugger took off.
One thing, I'm not driving one with an empty stomach, ever.
>> No. 4390 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 4:45 pm
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Shame all classic jags didn't come with a welder as part of the tool kit
>> No. 4391 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 11:18 am
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Saw this the other day on some sort of young-timer club gathering of sorts.
Its interior is somewhat odd, specifically the dashboard.
>> No. 4392 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 11:25 am
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It reminds me of Lancia Beta and VAZ-2108.
>> No. 4393 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 11:27 am
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And speaking of Lancias, Delta is handsome.
>> No. 4394 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 12:44 pm
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I've wanted to fuck that car since I was 11 years old.
>> No. 4395 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 12:59 pm
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I never liked it before a sudden re-evaluation recently. No idea why, it's irrational.
>> No. 4396 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 5:39 pm
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I think that's a Delta Integrale. One of my friends had one. Just an awesome car in its day and frighteningly quick.
>> No. 4397 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 6:13 pm
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I increasingly feel like the only option remaining to me is to buy a 70s Datsun and put a 90s engine in it so it can keep up with traffic. A Sunny with an RB20 or something.
>> No. 4398 Anonymous
2nd October 2019
Wednesday 11:48 am
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What's special about it?
>> No. 4399 Anonymous
2nd October 2019
Wednesday 3:45 pm
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Saw this badboy parked up at a carboot sale, datsun 100a. They're seemingly rare as hens teeth now, wouldn't mind dropping £2k on one
>> No. 4400 Anonymous
2nd October 2019
Wednesday 3:50 pm
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Rust magnets I've heard though.. Like the idea though. If only I had a garage. And an engine hoist... And a fucking clue about fixing cars
>> No. 4401 Anonymous
3rd October 2019
Thursday 12:11 am
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Just found this criminally under-watched car video on the S2000.
>> No. 4402 Anonymous
4th October 2019
Friday 3:43 pm
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I just passed my test at a ripe old age. Do many people actually use P plates in England? Would either of you pay any heed of them?

My exciting life history means that I've grown up in the two british isles jurisdictions that mandate R plates so going without seems strange and liberating.
>> No. 4403 Anonymous
4th October 2019
Friday 4:24 pm
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I like the fat old volvos sure but I've very infrequently seen Volvo C30s around and the weird rear end on them really catches my attention. I think they look great with some of the later tweaks to the body, much more interesting than most of the Volvo fleet at the moment.
>> No. 4404 Anonymous
4th October 2019
Friday 4:37 pm
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>>4402 I only rage internally when someone's a dithering fuckwit, so you'd not notice I rage a bit less when the ditherer's showing a P-plate.
Please do indicate when you're coming off a roundabout, though. Cunts round here don't bother, and if I'm towing, a sequence of them mean I sit there like a twat as they turn off in front of me - plenty of gap but I can't use it because of their idle cuntery.
So yeah, use P plates, can't see why not.
>> No. 4405 Anonymous
5th October 2019
Saturday 1:08 am
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Nobody indicates off roundabouts anywhere in my experience, it's equally as frustrating as a pedestrian playing the "Will I die or not?" game.
>> No. 4406 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 3:17 pm
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Cogratulations on that lad.
I got my licence when I was 18. Ironically enough, never driven anything since. Feels slightly weird, being able to drive legally yet at the same time not so much due to lack of experience.
I like cars though.
>> No. 4407 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 3:01 pm
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I was too tired to fully appreciate this thing. Let's just say, almost every car that allows me to position myself on the backseat comfortably is a decent car.
It's quite high in it too yet it doesn't cause any grief getting in and out.
It is, you are right.
>> No. 4408 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 6:35 pm
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Personally I dislike most cars with needlessly large light clusters like that. That huge lump of red plastic isn't particularly elegant.
And don't get me started on that Geordi La Forge thing on the old Honda civic.
>> No. 4409 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 5:26 pm
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Did about 200 km long round-trip in this car with a workmate yesterday's night, sort of emergency situation.
The average speed was about 90-100 km/h and it didn't really register, even on the local shite roads.
The downside is that now the roof of most sedan cars feels too low, even when there's more than enough space between it and my head. Same for the size of the windscreen.
>> No. 4410 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 9:12 pm
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Where are you from, lad? Giving distances in km, talking about "sedans", but also using the term "windscreen".
>> No. 4411 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 10:30 pm
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Also having an 'emergency situation' that requires them to speed around in an unmarked white van - very Bydlo.
>> No. 4412 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 11:03 am
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Some third-world der Arshloch der Welt as our teuton invaders duly noted once, mate.
My English is fucked, yes.
It wasn't unmarked sadly, otherwise we'd fly 120-130 km/h.
>> No. 4413 Anonymous
24th October 2019
Thursday 4:41 pm
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Somebody from the neighbourhood bought a Challenger recently. Never seen it blazing down the street, never heard any kind of characteristic roar either.
I'm unsure how I feel about it.
>> No. 4414 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 9:40 am
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Well the power steering packed in on my way to work this morning. I know because of the little steering wheel on the dashboard, and suddenly having to wrestle the fucking thing around even the slightest bend.

Doesn't feel very safe anyway. How likely is it gonna cost me a fortune to get fixed?
>> No. 4415 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 10:37 am
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What car do you have?
>> No. 4416 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 12:07 pm
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Might just be a belt snapped.
>> No. 4417 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 12:45 pm
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2010 Fox.


It works for a bit when I first start the engine, then dies when I start actually steering. Electronic problem maybe?
>> No. 4418 Anonymous
25th October 2019
Friday 9:22 pm
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looks like it's electric

Taking the bumper off to get to it sounds like a bunch of no fun...
Still, £300 or so for a new pump is hopefully not a showstopper if jiggling the connectors doesn't fix it
>> No. 4422 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 7:47 pm
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I think I'm going to order a Cybertruck.
>> No. 4423 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 7:54 pm
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If you plan on having someone chuck a brick at the window I'd give it a miss. Also remember that, as with any other Tesla, everyone else will know you're a massive bellend.
>> No. 4424 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 7:59 pm
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I don't think my current car would withstand a brick to the glass either so I'm not missing out. And I think most people already know I'm a massive bellend, I used to drive an Audi.
>> No. 4425 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 10:01 pm
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Audis are fine, everyone knows that BMWs are for bellends.
>> No. 4426 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 11:08 pm
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Audis are for people who think they're better than BMW drivers. They're the same people though, really.

The only way to avoid judgement is to drive a Nissan Micra.
>> No. 4427 Anonymous
26th November 2019
Tuesday 2:44 am
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>> No. 4428 Anonymous
29th December 2019
Sunday 9:05 pm
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I don't think I've talked about it here, as I think most people aren't a fan of them, but I've been having a lot of fun with my R53 Mini. A little supercharged nugget that handles much like a proper Mini, it really sticks to the road, and as hot hatches go, is pretty excellent. Drives like a mental 90s hatch, but has nice, modern BMW sourced amenities like stability control and heated seats.

Not too horrific to work on, everything is quite tight and stacked on top of each other in the engine bay but that's to be expected - it's not poor design as much as it is just not having the room to do otherwise.

Anyway, I bought it in March after selling my silly expensive car, with the goal being to run and enjoy a relatively cheap car while saving for the dream, a new GT-R. I've changed careers since then so that won't be happening for a while now I'm on entry level money again, so I'm happy that I've put the hours and the money into the Mini to make it run as well as it possibly can. Upgraded some bits and get 220bhp out of it.

The only real gripes with it are usual weird german things, like the decision to weld many of the underside bolts in to the car, which in 15 years in Britain, most have rusted to fuck and snap off when you try to remove the nuts, and the cabin plastics get a bit rattley. I'd be furious with this stuff if I'd bought it new, but I got it for a grand on ebay so I'm not that bothered that I have to weld new bolt threads on or pop rivet. The paint is knackered, but that's a good thing - life is too short to park at the far end of the car park for fear of dings and scratches.

The one major problem is that it's not a proper Mini, and every time I drive it I wish it was. My grandma had one, and actually loves my BMW mini, but despite having similar handling and a big speedo in the centre of the dash it's hardly the same.

Not sure why I felt the need to post this, have just been driving it a lot this week around twisty Yorkshire roads, and I've had a great time doing it. It's just a shame it looks the way it looks.
>> No. 4429 Anonymous
30th December 2019
Monday 2:49 pm
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> it's not a proper Mini

Yer, I dunno. I hear what you're saying about the BMW taxes that get added onto the car/servicing bills, but on balance I think I'd rather have a German mini than an original one.
>> No. 4430 Anonymous
30th December 2019
Monday 11:45 pm
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>on balance I think I'd rather have a German mini than an original one.

You're probably right, and the only reasons I pine after the classic minis are because I've never owned one, and I'm a car bore who likes old vehicles. They're not exactly practical daily drivers though.

As for the BMW Minis, they're absolutely smashing little cars and I think they only really get flak because of the Mini badge. If they'd have called it a BMW 160S or something, I doubt there'd have been as many people complaining about them back in the day when they were released. They've kept the handling of a mini which is the most important thing, it really is like driving a go kart.

I'm only really talking about the first generation of Binis, though, it seems every time they refresh the lineup the cars get bigger, and presumably drive a lot less excitingly.

I don't think I'd recommend one, not an older one, to anyone who is unwilling or unable or unequipped to do the majority of work on it themselves - nothing is 'difficult' on the car, but there's quite a lot of little tweaks needed to keep them (the S models at least) going and it's just all squished in there, meaning that many of the parts need an hour or two of labour just to access, let alone service or replace, and it's the labour that can rack up a hefty bill at the mechanics.

To illustrate my point, here is what BMW call "front end service mode", which must be German for "whole front of the fucking car off mode". These cars were definitely designed to only ever be serviced by manufacturer, but I suppose that's true of just about every modern car.

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