The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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v15ben

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14,431 posts

189 months

Monday 18th February
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Anyone else have share the perverse joy of running a car they don't care about?
As much as I love the supercars, rarities and classics often posted on PH, there is something to be said about an old shed.

I'm currently running a '10 Nissan Pixo, rarely washed and complete with a decent-sized car park scrape.
It's nice being able to park anywhere, not care if it gets a dent or scratch and generally not worry about it.

Anyone else find an odd feeling of freedom and joy driving a crap car or am I just a bit weird? hehe


Zoon

4,348 posts

69 months

Monday 18th February
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I know the feeling, when there is nothing to lose there is everything to gain!

Some Gump

11,145 posts

134 months

Monday 18th February
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Had a st car when the kids were young and kept spewing in the audi. It was class. Normal me: park far away, try to keep it clean, careful when parking.

Vectra me: park it in first available spot, come back to see damage, shrug. Near a kerb? Who cares? Alloys were like 50p's anyway.

Sadly it expired, but i really enjoyed owning it, in a perverse "it's got windy windows for gods sake" way.

Prohibiting

990 posts

66 months

Monday 18th February
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Yep, got a £1k 2006 3-door Ford Focus, 1.6L. Surprisingly good to commute in and costs minimal to run.

Monkeylegend

16,863 posts

179 months

Monday 18th February
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We have an '03 Scenic, used for tip runs, shopping, and anything else my other half want to do. This is the newest car she has ever had.

She does about 12k miles a year in it and has been totally reliable for the last 5 years. We are playing cambelt roulette and although it has just gone through the mot it will probably not be worth spending to get it through next year.

This is our 3rd Scenic over the last 12 years, buy cheap, oil service and mot once a year and run them into the ground without a care in the world, very liberating bounce

The search will be on for another one this time next year.

You can't beat a good bit of shed motoring.

mmm-five

7,316 posts

232 months

Monday 18th February
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I had a scraped, dented, scorched 2003 Alfa 147 JTD (105bhp 8v) for about 3 years and put about 60,000 miles on it.
Cost about £950 with 100,000 miles on it, and I spent about that again in consumables over the 3 years.
Didn't get rid until it needed a clutch, 2 tyres and a window switch all at the same time - although I'd claim Cadwell and the Ring shortened it's life a little.

Replaced it with another, but newer version (150bhp 16v JTDm), that only had 70,000 miles on it (but still only £1200), however everything works and it's in so good a condition that I don't want to bang it.

MrAverage

716 posts

75 months

Monday 18th February
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It is liberating having a shed BUT as an only car I'm starting to get disenfranchised.

We've had over 35 cars with 33 of those being under 2k. (2 new cars)

Me and OH have moved and changed jobs, we're now doing 20k miles each (minimum) and old sheds are annoying on the motorway.

Not saying you can't buy a barge but our current cars are both so loud on our daily commutes and are needing money spent on them and I don't know what to get next!

My normal train of thought is I want something nice... I realise I'm tight and buy something cheap... I doubt I'm the only one!


Edited by MrAverage on Monday 18th February 11:15

mmm-five

7,316 posts

232 months

Monday 18th February
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MrAverage said:
It is liberating having a shed BUT as an only car I'm starting to get disenfranchised.

We've had over 35 cars and most I've ever spent is £2100.

Me and OH have moved and changed jobs, we're now doing 20k miles each (minimum) and old sheds are annoying on the motorway.

Not saying you can't buy a barge but our current cars are both so loud on our daily commutes and are needing money spent on them and I don't know what to get next!

My normal train of thought is I want something nice... I realise I'm tight and buy something cheap... I doubt I'm the only one!
That's the downside of running/buying an old shed...you may get lucky and run a 750il with no bills except for fuel...or all the electrics could go kaput in the first month and leave you with a choice of a £4k bill or a scrap yard.

My latest Alfa 147 will happily cruise at 85mph and return 45mpg at the same time on it's commute between Liverpool and London. It's got leather, electric seats, air con, electric windows all round, it's not noisy (even though it's running Cross-Climates), and soaks up the bumps beautifully.

But, if some big bill comes along, it will be on ebay or the scrap truck within a week and I'll be looking for another.

I can always drive the Z4MC in the meantime, but that's got 160,000 miles on it and is not as comfortable as the Alfa.

crofty1984

13,511 posts

152 months

Monday 18th February
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I have an MGTF I bought for 500 quid. Going to spend a little money on it, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's new so I'm watching the coolant level like a hawk, then when I'm happy with it it'll be my go-to car.

AC43

7,382 posts

156 months

Monday 18th February
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I use an ancient but presentable Clio for short trips & general city abuse. Park and forget.

It helps keep the E Class in good nick for the distance stuff.


C&C

1,667 posts

169 months

Monday 18th February
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Yes - we currently have a 1998 1.4L Fiesta, bought for £600.

So far (a couple of years) it's been reliable, and there's something nice about not caring if it picks up dings in the supermarket car park. It's also dead cheap to run and is actually quite practical for carrying stuff. It does get used mainly for local journeys though. Any longer runs and we'll take the other car, or even get the train.

I definitely think that when it does expire, we'll replace it with something similarly low cost and worry free.

Muncher

11,550 posts

197 months

Monday 18th February
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I used to have a MK3 diesel Golf that was very shabby, got it for free, ran it for 6 years, it expired in a no fault accident. Currently have a Mk3 Mondeo Ghia X 2.5 V6 with 180k on the clock which I have had for 7 years, costing the princely sum of £700 and having virtually nothing spent on it since other than a few cheap tyres. Primarily used as a car to take rubbish to the tip and also for short trips to football for me on a weekend.

Last weekend I reversed it into a telegraph pole, cracking the bumper (again) and smashing a rear light. 15 minutes later I had ordered a replacement from eBay for £14 delivered and I fitted it yesterday in about 30 seconds. I probably get as much enjoyment from the shed as I do from driving our other car, which is a Cayenne Turbo.

Jaguar steve

5,796 posts

158 months

Monday 18th February
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You absolutely cannot beat a Shed for the sense of freedom and liberation from all the petty concerns of owning a more needy car.

I'd never be without one - it's the ultimate form of car ownership and even if I had the desire to buy any car I choose I'd still keep one as a daily driver.

Dr Doofenshmirtz

12,035 posts

148 months

Monday 18th February
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I guess I'm doing it wrong...our family fleet ranges from £800 to £2000 but maintained impeccably (by me) and washed/hoovered most weekends (also by me).

JaredVannett

845 posts

91 months

Monday 18th February
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v15ben said:
Anyone else have share the perverse joy of running a car they don't care about?
As much as I love the supercars, rarities and classics often posted on PH, there is something to be said about an old shed.

I'm currently running a '10 Nissan Pixo, rarely washed and complete with a decent-sized car park scrape.
It's nice being able to park anywhere, not care if it gets a dent or scratch and generally not worry about it.

Anyone else find an odd feeling of freedom and joy driving a crap car or am I just a bit weird? hehe
Looks like I have found my people.

After several years of running performance cars, stressing where to park to avoid fat tracey and her kids in the SUV banging doors, running a shed does feel somewhat liberating.

There's also some joy when the car continues to run well despite having low expectations with regards to reliability (given age/miles etc).


MB140

1,910 posts

51 months

Monday 18th February
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Yep loved it.

Bought a fiesta from the auctions £400. Ran it for two years alongside the cayman weekend car.


Bloody brilliant. Had dents everywhere. Drove fine. Didn’t give a st about it. Never serviced it. Never used a drop of oil. Required a new clutch at about 190k miles bought with 150ishk miles on it. Sold it on 2 years later for what I paid for it.

Regret selling it to be honest.

Best part. When some tt in his high powered directors car tries to bully you in to giving way what it’s him who should give way. That look on his face when he relised I wasn’t going to stop as it was my right of way and my stty car didn’t matter but his brand new merc meant a lot to him.

Roger Irrelevant

1,377 posts

61 months

Monday 18th February
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I'm not sure what I'm currently doing counts as shedding as A) the car cost £4k (well above the currently accepted shed max of £1.5k), and B) I do actually make sure it's in good nick mechanically, carry out preventative maintenance etc. However I do not care whether it gets scratched/dinged (just as well as it gets used off-road quite regularly), cosmetically it's a bit of a mess (not that you can tell through its winter coat of grime), and as I've every intention of running it until it dies every receipt for servicing/maintenance goes straight in the bin.

captain_cynic

5,256 posts

43 months

Monday 18th February
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v15ben said:
Anyone else find an odd feeling of freedom and joy driving a crap car or am I just a bit weird? hehe
Back in Oz I had a beat up old Ford Econovan (Mazda Bongo rebadged). Even people in beat up old Corollas and Commodores avoided you. Bought it for A$950, insured it for A$150. Still didn't help against drivers on the phone, I owned it for just over a month when I was rear ended sitting at the lights. Their insurer coughed up A$1000.

Apart from that it was a really st car, I'd only bought it for work, the job was also crap and I left that too. Fortunately I still hadn't sold the 15 yr old Civic I owned before but that car was actually in pretty good shape, deffo not a shed.

Turbotechnic

589 posts

24 months

Monday 18th February
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I’ve got an old Peugeot 206 wreck and it’s the most liberating car I’ve owned. No fks given at all, just give it the bare minimum for the mot. Love it.

Challo

5,081 posts

103 months

Monday 18th February
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Picked up a £900 Volvo S60 in Oct which is about to go through an MOT in March. Will need some suspension work given the knocking noise over bumps, and it suffers from clutch drag which is a shame.

Enjoying the fact I dont care if its dirty, gets knocked in car parks.