The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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v15ben

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14,428 posts

189 months

Tuesday 19th November
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a.) Depends what it is, but in my case probably never.
b.) Definitely counts and a few on here have done this with cars owned 10 years plus.

Magpie - couldn't you just swap various doors between the two cars for extra shed points? wink

v15ben

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14,428 posts

189 months

Tuesday 19th November
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jet_noise said:
535 Jazz shed miles added in one day, no beats missed, 50+mpg. 110k miles approaches.
Beats my Jazz daily mileage record.
Once did 1097 miles in a day from MK to Sweden in a Yaris shed.

Jaguar steve

5,788 posts

158 months

Tuesday 19th November
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v15ben said:
jet_noise said:
535 Jazz shed miles added in one day, no beats missed, 50+mpg. 110k miles approaches.
Beats my Jazz daily mileage record.
Once did 1097 miles in a day from MK to Sweden in a Yaris shed.
My Jazz often returned 50+ too.

P/x'd it after just 18 months at a local cheap 'n cheerful car dealer at a little over 80k miles because the gearbox started eating its input shaft bearings on holiday in France and it was carrying six corrosion advisories on it's MOT record and two more for worn top mount bushes.

Very possibly the shortest lived and least cost effective Shed I've ever had.

LukeyP_

32 posts

2 months

Tuesday 19th November
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So I ended up spending a bit of money on my shed today!

I took to garage near where I was working for a service (just oil/filter) for peace of mind, asked them to do tracking whilst it was in. Ended up having new shocks fitted as they were fubared! That explains the back end skipping around!!

So that is only time I will pay garage to do bits...

Kolbenkopp

1,857 posts

99 months

Tuesday 19th November
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magpie215 said:


The full shed fleet.......think the Mrs Galaxy needs some cosmetic downgrades......... Burgundy drivers door???...
Would a rear door fit? That would add another charming note of miss-match with the tinted / non-tinted windows wink.

W00DY

11,766 posts

174 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Is anyone playing cambelt roulette and if so how much have you won/lost by?

Luckily my current shed has another year until it's scheduled, but interested to see whether the risk pays off.

magpie215

2,644 posts

137 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Kolbenkopp said:
magpie215 said:


The full shed fleet.......think the Mrs Galaxy needs some cosmetic downgrades......... Burgundy drivers door???...
Would a rear door fit? That would add another charming note of miss-match with the tinted / non-tinted windows wink.
If the opportunity presents itself....I have a full set of replacement glass some tinted.
Only happens if a pane gets broken........shed rules no unnecessary work.


MrGTI6

1,419 posts

78 months

Tuesday 19th November
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W00DY said:
Is anyone playing cambelt roulette and if so how much have you won/lost by?
Mine is long overdue! Planning to get it done in the new year, but I'm sure I said that last year. And the year before that...

Kolbenkopp

1,857 posts

99 months

Wednesday 20th November
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magpie215 said:
If the opportunity presents itself....I have a full set of replacement glass some tinted.
Only happens if a pane gets broken........shed rules no unnecessary work.
A master at work cool.

gman88667733

361 posts

15 months

Wednesday 20th November
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I've discussed getting shot of our aging Kia Sorento with my partner and she has agreed!
So after Christmas when her insurance renews we shall scrap it and get a cheap runaround.
The big question is... what? I don't really want to spend more than £1500 and even less would be great. I've currently thought of the mk6 fiesta, fiat panda, (potentially a toyota prius mk2 if I drove one and loved it). Not sure what else to look at. I just want something good on fuel and that won't break down every other week, I don't mind doing some bits to it, but it needs to be mostly reliable.

Anything else worth looking at? We currently spend £80 at least a week for our 300 miles of commuting + the extra we do at the weekends, it all adds up!

The more basic and hassle free the better. If it helps, I found the mk6 fiesta petrol great to drive, lovely gearbox and would be happy with one of them, my only worry with that would be rust. I'm not looking for anything particularly fast or interesting right now, I just want lower running costs.


Just as an after thought... My partner did mention that she quite fancied a van as we would love to be able to go for nights away without much prior thought. However, I can't see any van for £1500 being reliable and decent on fuel? Correct me if I am wrong?

Edited by gman88667733 on Wednesday 20th November 10:58


Edited by gman88667733 on Wednesday 20th November 10:58

A500leroy

761 posts

66 months

Wednesday 20th November
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gman88667733 said:
I've discussed getting shot of our aging Kia Sorento with my partner and she has agreed!
So after Christmas when her insurance renews we shall scrap it and get a cheap runaround.
The big question is... what? I don't really want to spend more than £1500 and even less would be great. I've currently thought of the mk6 fiesta, fiat panda, (potentially a toyota prius mk2 if I drove one and loved it). Not sure what else to look at. I just want something good on fuel and that won't break down every other week, I don't mind doing some bits to it, but it needs to be mostly reliable.

Anything else worth looking at? We currently spend £80 at least a week for our 300 miles of commuting + the extra we do at the weekends, it all adds up!

The more basic and hassle free the better. If it helps, I found the mk6 fiesta petrol great to drive, lovely gearbox and would be happy with one of them, my only worry with that would be rust. I'm not looking for anything particularly fast or interesting right now, I just want lower running costs.


Just as an after thought... My partner did mention that she quite fancied a van as we would love to be able to go for nights away without much prior thought. However, I can't see any van for £1500 being reliable and decent on fuel? Correct me if I am wrong?

Edited by gman88667733 on Wednesday 20th November 10:58


Edited by gman88667733 on Wednesday 20th November 10:58
Berlingo multispace.puggy partner teepee ( van with windows) if your ok with an aging diesel, should pick one up around 2004 year.

gman88667733

361 posts

15 months

Wednesday 20th November
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A500leroy said:
Berlingo multispace.puggy partner teepee ( van with windows) if your ok with an aging diesel, should pick one up around 2004 year.
I think she means a larger van, like a transit style... I am not convinced that'll fit what I want from our next vehicle!

I think I am best off with something simple and petrol, low risk stuff. I just don't know what to consider

Digby

7,105 posts

194 months

Wednesday 20th November
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gman88667733 said:
I think she means a larger van, like a transit style... I am not convinced that'll fit what I want from our next vehicle!

I think I am best off with something simple and petrol, low risk stuff. I just don't know what to consider
You may find insurance more expensive on a van, too.

A500leroy

761 posts

66 months

Wednesday 20th November
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/peugeot-expert-tepee-wa...

Along the lines of?


Or if your after a car, just get a yaris/jazz and be done with it.

gman88667733

361 posts

15 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Digby said:
You may find insurance more expensive on a van, too.
I expect you are right, so I am probably going to throw that idea out of the window...
I'd love to pay less than £1k for a car and run it without much hassle for a year, that'd be fine for me.

What draws me to the mk6 fiesta is that there are so many of them around, they can't be that bad, surely?

I drove a mk2 focus and much preferred the Fiesta, the Focus was a bit crap (at least the one I had as a loaner was)

W00DY

11,766 posts

174 months

Wednesday 20th November
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gman88667733 said:
I expect you are right, so I am probably going to throw that idea out of the window...
I'd love to pay less than £1k for a car and run it without much hassle for a year, that'd be fine for me.

What draws me to the mk6 fiesta is that there are so many of them around, they can't be that bad, surely?

I drove a mk2 focus and much preferred the Fiesta, the Focus was a bit crap (at least the one I had as a loaner was)
If you find a good Fiesta (non-rusty with a good service history) then it's a solid bet. My girlfriend's Jazz has been never let us down and has only had a wheel-bearing as the only non-service item needed. It also does 50mpg everywhere, has a crazy amount of space inside and has a chain rather than a belt which is nice in a small car. The ride and seats are both harder than I'd like though.

gman88667733

361 posts

15 months

Wednesday 20th November
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W00DY said:
If you find a good Fiesta (non-rusty with a good service history) then it's a solid bet. My girlfriend's Jazz has been never let us down and has only had a wheel-bearing as the only non-service item needed. It also does 50mpg everywhere, has a crazy amount of space inside and has a chain rather than a belt which is nice in a small car. The ride and seats are both harder than I'd like though.
I assume the Jazz is a petrol?
The mk6 Fiesta's are only supposed to do 38mpg in petrol form, so if a Jazz could do 50mpg, that'd be a big factor.
How much should I expect to pay for a decent Jazz?

A500leroy

761 posts

66 months

Wednesday 20th November
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gman88667733 said:
I assume the Jazz is a petrol?
The mk6 Fiesta's are only supposed to do 38mpg in petrol form, so if a Jazz could do 50mpg, that'd be a big factor.
How much should I expect to pay for a decent Jazz?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2007-Honda-Jazz-1-4-i-DSI-SE-Hatchback-5dr-Petrol-Manual-137-g-km-82-bhp/223755354013?hash=item3418dbbf9d:g:63EAAOSwOzdd0jHb

magpie215

2,644 posts

137 months

Wednesday 20th November
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MrGTI6 said:
W00DY said:
Is anyone playing cambelt roulette and if so how much have you won/lost by?
Mine is long overdue! Planning to get it done in the new year, but I'm sure I said that last year. And the year before that...
2 years overdue by time....no idea on milage on my car.....info from sticker in engine bay.

Mrs car.......no idea.



LukeyP_

32 posts

2 months

Wednesday 20th November
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W00DY said:
Is anyone playing cambelt roulette and if so how much have you won/lost by?

Luckily my current shed has another year until it's scheduled, but interested to see whether the risk pays off.
I think I am now, no proof it has been done - I believe it was done in 2013 @ 90k.

It's now on 169k and no evidence when i bought it had been done.

Dunno if it's worth spending the £350 for it doing or do I risk it? Although I am coming quite fond of the car.