Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 13]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 13]

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SpeckledJim

16,190 posts

189 months

Thursday 6th December
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0a said:
The Ad says it has had a cheapo respray - they couldn't even be bothered to mask the handles off!
Sugar. OK, do not want.

Krikkit

13,523 posts

117 months

Thursday 6th December
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Crumbs.

Even so, I'm still tempted.

Blown2CV

20,957 posts

139 months

Thursday 6th December
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i think that respray would annoy me... probably fairly hard to put right, clearly not just a case of giving it another paint!!

W00DY

11,300 posts

162 months

Thursday 6th December
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I prefer it to having rusty wings or mismatched ones. It was clearly a conscious choice to paint the handles, but could likely be sorted fairly easily.

I'm tempted, but from the MOT history, it might not be so pretty underneath.


If it was a single windscreen washer car I'd have already bought it.

0a

20,320 posts

130 months

Thursday 6th December
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To be fair it is really cheap!
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SpeckledJim

16,190 posts

189 months

Thursday 6th December
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0a said:
To be fair it is really cheap!
This is true. But we want really cheap and really nice, dagnammit.

Mark-C

2,704 posts

141 months

Thursday 6th December
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SpeckledJim said:
0a said:
To be fair it is really cheap!
This is true. But we want really cheap and really nice, dagnammit.
And preferably without "DRIVERS DOOR HAS TO BE UNLOCKED FROM INSIDE" ... that would drive me potty but possibly an easy fix?

0a

20,320 posts

130 months

Thursday 6th December
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My The Man likes doing things with doors. Locks, window regulators, he’s a big fan and jumps right on it. He hates bushes though. Cars go in and out his garage and he finds anything else to work on other than a bush.

ATM

8,542 posts

155 months

Thursday 6th December
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nickod said:
User33678888 said:
nickod said:
Patrick Bateman said:
nickod said:
https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

I'm going to see this tomorrow morning - slightly out of thread budget ( at the moment) - it's strong money but I'm assuming( expecting) it to be rust free. I don't like the privacy glass but love everything else.
Still mind and have a good luck on the underside around the jacking points to be on the safe side.
Thanks - will do. The Schnitzer badge will have to go. However it is the most subtle kit I've seen from them I think. They are not known for understatement.
What's with the silver rims around the tachometer and speedometer? Are they Japanese market specific, or an AC Schnitzer addition, or am i just a terrible E39 nerd? They just look wrong - not unsightly - it's just not quite like the usual E39 dashboard or M5 version.
I'm no BMW expert. I've not owned one before but Japanese cars seem to have all sorts of differences. I don't mind the silver trims. It's supposed to be a Japanese 20 year anniversary car so it could possibly be to do with that.
I bought a jap import e39 a few years ago. Link below to the blog. They are absolutely rust free from Japan so I wouldn't worry about anything rust related. The engine on mine looked brand new as did all the fixings and screws and clips. The bad news is the sun damage. Mine had laquer peel. What you won't see in the pics was all the rubber seals looked perished from Sun damage. Mine had faded leather which had been re-dyed. The rear parcel tray was badly faded. It was a very high spec car with working electric steering column, zenons, electric rear blind and folding mirrors. I really liked the car and might get it back at some point as I gave it my cousin but he isn't using it any more.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...




Lowtimer

3,955 posts

104 months

Thursday 6th December
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E24man said:
Caruso said:
Gents, I have a slight crack in the plastic on the side part of the radiator in my E39 540. It leaks steam when the engine is warm. Any ideas how to fix it without replacing the radiator which is itself fine. I have an idea to melt the plastic to seal it.
Fix it by replacing the radiator; you don't to mess around with the integrity of an already compromised and fragile E39 cooling system - it will bite you hard if cheap it along.
Right answer

nickod

267 posts

96 months

Thursday 6th December
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ATM said:
nickod said:
User33678888 said:
nickod said:
Patrick Bateman said:
nickod said:
https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

I'm going to see this tomorrow morning - slightly out of thread budget ( at the moment) - it's strong money but I'm assuming( expecting) it to be rust free. I don't like the privacy glass but love everything else.
Still mind and have a good luck on the underside around the jacking points to be on the safe side.
Thanks - will do. The Schnitzer badge will have to go. However it is the most subtle kit I've seen from them I think. They are not known for understatement.
What's with the silver rims around the tachometer and speedometer? Are they Japanese market specific, or an AC Schnitzer addition, or am i just a terrible E39 nerd? They just look wrong - not unsightly - it's just not quite like the usual E39 dashboard or M5 version.
I'm no BMW expert. I've not owned one before but Japanese cars seem to have all sorts of differences. I don't mind the silver trims. It's supposed to be a Japanese 20 year anniversary car so it could possibly be to do with that.
I bought a jap import e39 a few years ago. Link below to the blog. They are absolutely rust free from Japan so I wouldn't worry about anything rust related. The engine on mine looked brand new as did all the fixings and screws and clips. The bad news is the sun damage. Mine had laquer peel. What you won't see in the pics was all the rubber seals looked perished from Sun damage. Mine had faded leather which had been re-dyed. The rear parcel tray was badly faded. It was a very high spec car with working electric steering column, zenons, electric rear blind and folding mirrors. I really liked the car and might get it back at some point as I gave it my cousin but he isn't using it any more.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...



Thanks - that is a good read. I saw it today and the bodywork is outstanding and it is very clean underneath. I'm very close to buying it.

I'd put 4 fresh tyres on it ( any recommendations? I was thinking Continental) and also the chrome window surrounds have a sort of water spot damage on them so I'd replace them. They will de-tint for me as I hate the rear tinted windows. Only thing I'm not sure about is the headlamps had condensation which the seller said was temporary from it being washed.


Croutons

2,669 posts

102 months

Thursday 6th December
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Really low mile E500. STILL has milky headlights! 52 plate saloon, a tickle over thread.

Car For Sale on Auto Trader
I just found a great car on Auto Trader.
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2018...

callahan

551 posts

142 months

Friday 7th December
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Croutons said:
Really low mile E500. STILL has milky headlights! 52 plate saloon, a tickle over thread.

Car For Sale on Auto Trader
I just found a great car on Auto Trader.
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2018...
That's rather lovely, if slightly boring colour scheme, but I like Mercs in silver. Is the rear suspension a bit low?


trooperiziz

9,073 posts

188 months

Friday 7th December
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nickod said:
Thanks - that is a good read. I saw it today and the bodywork is outstanding and it is very clean underneath. I'm very close to buying it.

I'd put 4 fresh tyres on it ( any recommendations? I was thinking Continental) and also the chrome window surrounds have a sort of water spot damage on them so I'd replace them. They will de-tint for me as I hate the rear tinted windows. Only thing I'm not sure about is the headlamps had condensation which the seller said was temporary from it being washed.
No such thing as temporary condensation, budget for a new set if that sort of thing bothers you.

BeirutTaxi

6,402 posts

150 months

Friday 7th December
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I may ruffle a few feathers saying this.. Is the current shape Skoda Octavia the modern day 190E? It is built very solidly, handles well (in TSI form with the light engine), is very quiet and comfortable.. All the objective traits of the 190E.

On the other hand you're all just about to banish me to the wilderness for heresy.

JOB2.5-16

49 posts

8 months

Friday 7th December
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BeirutTaxi said:
I may ruffle a few feathers saying this.. Is the current shape Skoda Octavia the modern day 190E? It is built very solidly, handles well (in TSI form with the light engine), is very quiet and comfortable.. All the objective traits of the 190E.

On the other hand you're all just about to banish me to the wilderness for heresy.
Quite right, and the Superb estate is the modern day S124. A pal of mine has one as his company car and by the time it goes back in March it’ll have done comfortably over 100k in three years. It’s required nothing other than servicing and tyres. It supposedly hasn’t even blown a bulb! They also do a Sport Line model, sound familiar?

BeirutTaxi

6,402 posts

150 months

Friday 7th December
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JOB2.5-16 said:
BeirutTaxi said:
I may ruffle a few feathers saying this.. Is the current shape Skoda Octavia the modern day 190E? It is built very solidly, handles well (in TSI form with the light engine), is very quiet and comfortable.. All the objective traits of the 190E.

On the other hand you're all just about to banish me to the wilderness for heresy.
Quite right, and the Superb estate is the modern day S124. A pal of mine has one as his company car and by the time it goes back in March it’ll have done comfortably over 100k in three years. It’s required nothing other than servicing and tyres. It supposedly hasn’t even blown a bulb! They also do a Sport Line model, sound familiar?
The Superb is a fantastic car.

I am traveling often on business these days and have the luxury of being chauffeured in various saloons/estates. I have been surprised at how firm a modern E Class is. Skoda and Volvo on the other hand have it nailed.

Croutons

2,669 posts

102 months

Friday 7th December
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Didn't a thread regular have a neighbour/ acquaintance with a new Skoda needing an infotainment thing at £3k?

Obvs you could live with a big black panel obscuring your vision, and appreciate its likely to affect a lot of modern cars, but still, painful either way

SpeckledJim

16,190 posts

189 months

Friday 7th December
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BeirutTaxi said:
JOB2.5-16 said:
BeirutTaxi said:
I may ruffle a few feathers saying this.. Is the current shape Skoda Octavia the modern day 190E? It is built very solidly, handles well (in TSI form with the light engine), is very quiet and comfortable.. All the objective traits of the 190E.

On the other hand you're all just about to banish me to the wilderness for heresy.
Quite right, and the Superb estate is the modern day S124. A pal of mine has one as his company car and by the time it goes back in March it’ll have done comfortably over 100k in three years. It’s required nothing other than servicing and tyres. It supposedly hasn’t even blown a bulb! They also do a Sport Line model, sound familiar?
The Superb is a fantastic car.

I am traveling often on business these days and have the luxury of being chauffeured in various saloons/estates. I have been surprised at how firm a modern E Class is. Skoda and Volvo on the other hand have it nailed.
What spoils the Superb for me is the amount of road noise in the back. The cabin is huge and very comfortable, but god it's noisy back there (this was a 'sporty' one with big wheels).

ATM

8,542 posts

155 months

Friday 7th December
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trooperiziz said:
nickod said:
Thanks - that is a good read. I saw it today and the bodywork is outstanding and it is very clean underneath. I'm very close to buying it.

I'd put 4 fresh tyres on it ( any recommendations? I was thinking Continental) and also the chrome window surrounds have a sort of water spot damage on them so I'd replace them. They will de-tint for me as I hate the rear tinted windows. Only thing I'm not sure about is the headlamps had condensation which the seller said was temporary from it being washed.
No such thing as temporary condensation, budget for a new set if that sort of thing bothers you.
Yes mine looked brand new underneath too.

The chrome window surrounds were destroyed on mine as well. This is probably Sun damage or dry heat damage too.

My e39 headlamps were milky from Sun damage but I agree with trooper they shouldn't have condensation. A decent set of zenons will not be cheap. You may be able to split them apart as people do nowadays and then reseal everything with gunk. If the lights are projectors then the external cover is just that. But the other gubbins inside may be fine.

Also the radio will need changing as they use a different frequency range in Japan unless they have done this already. And the Speedo should be in kph from Japan again that needs changing.

The tyres on mine were strange Dunlop - can't remember. I suspect specific to the hotter climates and designed to work in the hotter heat range. Useless here in cold damp weather.

I'd be thinking about a 4 season type tyre or treat her to specific winter and summer. I guess it depends where you are but BMW autos are useless on icy or snow covered roads and love to spin a wheel and go nowhere.

I know the subject of winter tyres in this country is something which can really divide car guys so I'll just say I've been using them religiously on my cars since the bad winter of 2008/9 (can't remember) where my 330d was rendered useless for 6 weeks and stranded outside the house.