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hidetheelephants

8,574 posts

81 months

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Andyjc86 said:
Same chap rang a few days later and asked that if I removed his air con would he get an extra 6 BHP, because his mates just done it.
Charge him an hour's labour to pull the fuse out? hehe

Fantuzzi

3,217 posts

34 months

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Andyjc86 said:
I had a customer ring for a quote on fitting an induction kit. Whilst on the phone he asked if it was worth him fitting 'one of those radiators for the air'. After a short while I figured he was talking about an intercooler - for his 1.2 Clio.

Same chap rang a few days later and asked that if I removed his air con would he get an extra 6 BHP, because his mates just done it.
Do you find these calls seem to occur more when there is a new Need for speed game out?


blearyeyedboy

3,068 posts

67 months

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^ I used to work in an exhaust place. I was staggered by the number of people who called asking for a "big bore exhaust" but didn't realise that what make, model and engine size their car had made a difference.

SR20

131 posts

26 months

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"My first car will be a fiesta for £99"
Goodluck getting one with an engine for that price!?

"What's the oldest car you've been in?" "Chevrolet"
FML...

colonel c

6,427 posts

127 months

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Talking to the guy running a Land Rover specialist. He was saying the previous customer had wanted a quote to have his land rover’s suspension lifted by 2 inches ‘to improve it’s handling’.
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Blue Oval84

2,512 posts

49 months

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NotDave said:
SAAB is on 96k, 6year old. Was discussing with another PH'er yesterday, and commented that it'll need a DMF & clutch sometime next year by 125k. But after that I'm aiming to keep it until 250,000 miles as I can't get anything as good looking, or well spec'd for anywhere near what I paid for that
My boss has a 93 TiD on less than 100K, he's spent £2,500 on repairs in the last few months including DMF.

Personally, some cars may make 150K+ without big expense, but more complex ones, particularly with a diesel are just not likely to do it. My E39 died on 158K and it was costing a fortune in it's dying months. Not for me thanks.

NotDave

20,951 posts

45 months

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Blue Oval84 said:
NotDave said:
SAAB is on 96k, 6year old. Was discussing with another PH'er yesterday, and commented that it'll need a DMF & clutch sometime next year by 125k. But after that I'm aiming to keep it until 250,000 miles as I can't get anything as good looking, or well spec'd for anywhere near what I paid for that
My boss has a 93 TiD on less than 100K, he's spent £2,500 on repairs in the last few months including DMF.

Personally, some cars may make 150K+ without big expense, but more complex ones, particularly with a diesel are just not likely to do it. My E39 died on 158K and it was costing a fortune in it's dying months. Not for me thanks.
Depends what it's used for I'd say..... Also on history. Full SAAB history, previous owner did 120miles a day motorway commute in it. I got it at 52k and since then it's done motorway commutes only.

My 9-3 does motorway trips, day in day out. 70mph, cruise control, sat in 6th.

Every now and then it'll go across town.

Then once in a couple of weeks it gets a "clear-out" run around the sticks.


EGR has been cleaned/altered twice.... £25.00 per time. It's had an alternator at £120 odd fitted.

Other than that the biggest expense is tyres at £600 a set, once a year.


No doubt if I used it around town, it'd quickly eat a DMF, the EGR would coke up no end, and suspect the alloys would be bent/warped due to pot-holes and bushes would be shot.

(the Snotter gets that treatment)

lowdrag

7,013 posts

101 months

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We've gone O/T, but I'm still on my second car since 1994, first a W124 230E and now a T202 220 diesel. I am not expecting to change within the next five years either. My favourite car-related story though is actually about a trailer. Mate put it in the local paper for £70. Bloke tried to beat him down and offered £60, saying "what's a tenner these days". My mate rubbed his chin, then agreed, saying "You're right - the price is now £80. After all, what's a tenner these days". And he wouldn't budge, so the buyer went away in a huff - then came back and paid the £80!

sparks_E39

8,456 posts

101 months

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Blue Oval84 said:
My boss has a 93 TiD on less than 100K, he's spent £2,500 on repairs in the last few months including DMF.

Personally, some cars may make 150K+ without big expense, but more complex ones, particularly with a diesel are just not likely to do it. My E39 died on 158K and it was costing a fortune in it's dying months. Not for me thanks.
When you say your E39 died, what happened to it? I've spent £2500ish in 4 years keeping my 150k E39 on the road, which I think is reasonable.

*Fletch*

244 posts

71 months

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jamoor said:
someone on my facebook, their car is due for replacement due to problems with her current car.

her - what car shall I get, £1,000 or so
me - micra, jazz, yaris, list a few more jap cars. Tell her to avoid anything french

Goes and buys a clio, breaks down a week later.
I'm doubly screwed then, just bought a clio thats done 205,000 miles! smile

Robb F

4,175 posts

59 months

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*Fletch* said:
I'm doubly screwed then, just bought a clio thats done 205,000 miles! smile
eek

john2443

2,694 posts

99 months

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Someone I worked with who considered herself to be a petrolhead had a Saab convertible and said that due to it being front wheel drive she couldn't do handbrake turns.

It crosses my mind that the handbrake could be on the front wheels but that wasn't the reason she gave.

OT, a friend who had a 2CV tried to do a hb turn on a deserted road in the snow. It didn't work biggrin - (hand brake was on front wheels)

Dracoro

7,176 posts

133 months

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Robb F said:
*Fletch* said:
I'm doubly screwed then, just bought a clio thats done 205,000 miles! smile
eek
I suppose (assuming it's not a real heap) that if it's got to that mileage, it must be one of the good ones? biggrin

Robb F

4,175 posts

59 months

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Dracoro said:
I suppose (assuming it's not a real heap) that if it's got to that mileage, it must be one of the good ones? biggrin
He's a braver man than I.

AlfaDogvan

1,465 posts

42 months

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Dracoro said:
Robb F said:
*Fletch* said:
I'm doubly screwed then, just bought a clio thats done 205,000 miles! smile
eek
I suppose (assuming it's not a real heap) that if it's got to that mileage, it must be one of the good ones? biggrin
Triggers broom spring's to mind.

ADV

*Fletch*

244 posts

71 months

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AlfaDogvan said:
Triggers broom spring's to mind.

ADV
I hope thats the case!

Bought blind on ebay for £690 to use as a snotter. Mostly motorway miles, 182 cup suspension, alloys and brakes. Recent clutch, cambelt and good service history. £20 a year tax, insurance next to nothing.

Figured it was worth a punt as it was worth more in parts. Trip computer got up to an astonishing 81mpg on long motorway trip home 60mpg more than my current daily driver!

I'm actually amazed at the general condition of the bodywork, interior etc. Only thing i've found wrong is the drivers seat doesn't fold forward and a bulb has gone behind the heater controls.

The Crack Fox

10,141 posts

80 months

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*Fletch* said:
I hope thats the case!

Bought blind on ebay for £690 to use as a snotter. Mostly motorway miles, 182 cup suspension, alloys and brakes. Recent clutch, cambelt and good service history. £20 a year tax, insurance next to nothing.

Figured it was worth a punt as it was worth more in parts. Trip computer got up to an astonishing 81mpg on long motorway trip home 60mpg more than my current daily driver!

I'm actually amazed at the general condition of the bodywork, interior etc. Only thing i've found wrong is the drivers seat doesn't fold forward and a bulb has gone behind the heater controls.
Pah, typical unreliable French rubbish !

wink

robsa

1,245 posts

72 months

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ryanMIL said:
Girlfirend: "I'll be glad when your new car gets delivered, this one has been completely unreliable since you got it"
Me: "I can't think of anything that's gone wrong with it in the 8 months that I've owned it"
Her: "Well, there was that puncture and you had to take it to the garage twice (once for a service, once for an MOT - which it passed with no advisories)"

Woman at work: "Why have you ordered a SKODA Superb for your company car"
Me: "More interesting than the other choices and better VFM"
Her: "But it's a SKODA! It'll keep breaking down"
Me: "Yeah, that's true - the components used to build your Audi A3 are of far higher quality!"

Not a misogynist or anything, but these sorts of comments do usually seem to come from women.
My good lady said of my Alfa 147 very similar comments - "Glad to see the back of it, been so unreliable, cost a fortune etc."

Me: "Nothing has ever gone wrong in it, ever. Do you mean getting the cam belt replaced? Or getting it serviced?"

Her: "Exactly. Always spending money on it..."

I tried to make her understand that cars need service parts but she wouldn't have it.

Kids are the same - they have this odd idea that a new car is much better because it's newer. I have got a little Seat Ibiza 1.2 TS FR, and whilst it is a cracking little car, it is not as nice as my Alfa, not as well built, less gadgets, but nevertheless the kids all believe it is better because its only a couple of months old!

mat205125

14,779 posts

101 months

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The Crack Fox said:
*Fletch* said:
I hope thats the case!

Bought blind on ebay for £690 to use as a snotter. Mostly motorway miles, 182 cup suspension, alloys and brakes. Recent clutch, cambelt and good service history. £20 a year tax, insurance next to nothing.

Figured it was worth a punt as it was worth more in parts. Trip computer got up to an astonishing 81mpg on long motorway trip home 60mpg more than my current daily driver!

I'm actually amazed at the general condition of the bodywork, interior etc. Only thing i've found wrong is the drivers seat doesn't fold forward and a bulb has gone behind the heater controls.
Pah, typical unreliable French rubbish !

wink
Absolutely!

Should have "bought" an Audi A1 on finance hehe

blueg33

13,974 posts

112 months

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Work christmas do last night

sexy office floozy "why do you need 5 cars?"
me "5? I only have 4"
floozy "oh that's ok then"
me "here, have another (forget the name) cocktail"
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