The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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Oxford1971

100 posts

13 months

Thursday 21st May
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Mrtank said:
I've got nearly 20year old shed Toyota. Great, never had any problems. Only issue is I've got to drive across Europe during summer. Finding something more fresh seems really difficult with my budget (6k).. Car prices are going up!! Other option is drive the shed and if it breaks down just leave it on the side of the road??
I used to drive my 20 yr old Toyota across Europe. Never a problem, even the AC was ice cold

greenarrow

2,175 posts

71 months

Thursday 21st May
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egor110 said:
CJ1 said:
Just swapped a 2016 Golf R for a 2005 BMW 330i N52.

Unfortunately the shed life just isn’t for me! It spent its first week under my ownership having its climate control unit replaced as it decided the AC didn’t exist and all the Brakes were warped. Now all that is sorted it seems like a pretty solid car, but just doesn’t excite me... it’s a nice locally owned car, loads of paperwork including the original window sticker for £39000 and Supaguard ceramic coating booklet!

Already looking at leasing a new Megane R.S for £200 a month...
Make sure you let us know in here when it's up for sale wink
Is a N52 330i a true shed? I've never seen one for sale at less than £2,000, most are £3,000 upwards.

Joey Deacon

2,232 posts

130 months

Thursday 21st May
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vikingaero said:
tomble22 said:
I think shedding relies on the ability to cope with lower levels of excitement (married...children...joke etc) ....I get excited when I drive my Accord and the battery light only comes on a couple of times!!
The converse side is that you drive a Shed and get into a normal car and you truly revel in the lack of suspension knocks, no will it won't it thoughts, NVH that is several generations above the Shed, and the power, and the smoothness, and then you get to a stty car park and wish you were in the Shed. biggrin
Totally agree, whenever I drive a hire car no matter how rubbish it is I am amazed at the smoothness and the NVH. On every other level a shed wins, but there is something about driving a new car, plus I adore new car smell.

Jimmy Recard

16,592 posts

133 months

Thursday 21st May
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Oxford1971 said:
I used to drive my 20 yr old Toyota across Europe. Never a problem, even the AC was ice cold
I was thinking that. Nothing wrong with an old Toyota

LukeyP_

222 posts

8 months

Thursday 21st May
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matchmaker said:
My Octavia is now into shed territory - I've had it from new and it's now 16 years old with 186,000 miles on the clock. I'm rather attached to it, so think I'll hold on to it for now. The steering rack unfortunately decided to spring a leak last week and the hydraulic fluid consumption is therefore about 2 miles/litre!

A rebuilt rack (£130) arrived today but I can't get it into a garage until next week. At one time I'd have done it myself, but at 62 years old lying on my back in a lane under a car is now out of the question.
MK1? What engine?

Thick_Troll

11 posts

15 months

Thursday 21st May
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matchmaker said:
My Octavia is now into shed territory - I've had it from new and it's now 16 years old with 186,000 miles on the clock. I'm rather attached to it, so think I'll hold on to it for now. The steering rack unfortunately decided to spring a leak last week and the hydraulic fluid consumption is therefore about 2 miles/litre!

A rebuilt rack (£130) arrived today but I can't get it into a garage until next week. At one time I'd have done it myself, but at 62 years old lying on my back in a lane under a car is now out of the question.
I,m with you matchmaker. There are jobs I'll take on (@57) but I draw the line when it comes to major stuff, spending all day crawling in and out from under the car. The thing I notice most is how less able I am to crouch for long periods of time. When I straighten up I need a minute or so to just let my muscles reset!

STIfree

1,654 posts

113 months

Friday 22nd May
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Oxford1971 said:
Mrtank said:
I've got nearly 20year old shed Toyota. Great, never had any problems. Only issue is I've got to drive across Europe during summer. Finding something more fresh seems really difficult with my budget (6k).. Car prices are going up!! Other option is drive the shed and if it breaks down just leave it on the side of the road??
I used to drive my 20 yr old Toyota across Europe. Never a problem, even the AC was ice cold
I've taken a -

14 year old Saab, 21 year old Volvo, a 13 year old Volvo and a 12 year old Ford across Europe in the past 4 years. All of which were under £1k and 160,000miles+ with minimal service history.

The only one that failed me was the Saab.


The way I see it, I could take a 5-10k car which is just as likely to break as a 1-2k car. Then if the expensive car breaks, I will have to pay the repair bill no matter what (Obivously it'll be inflated due to the speed it's required and you being a foriener).

Or, I take a 1k car that if it breaks instead of spending 2k on a repair bill I spend much less than that flying home/renting a car and dump/sell the car there.


The Saab mentioned, £650 to buy. Turbo went, was quoted 1500euro to repair. Managed to get it sold on a classifieds site (with a bit of help from Google translate) within 10 mintues of listing it for 300euro. Flight home was less than £100.


I'd also recomend some breakdown cover and check the fine print if you get one with a hire car as some don't give you a hire car if your car is over 10-20 years old (can't remember exactly).

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Friday 22nd May
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For some reason, it appears I have bought an Audi A2 diesel for £550 which is located about 200 miles away from me.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'll use the velominati cycling rule of n+1 for the timebeing!!

martin mrt

3,289 posts

155 months

Friday 22nd May
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tomble22 said:
For some reason, it appears I have bought an Audi A2 diesel for £550 which is located about 200 miles away from me.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'll use the velominati cycling rule of n+1 for the timebeing!!
If that runs and is motd then it’s a bargain at £550

TDIs are sought after

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Friday 22nd May
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martin mrt said:
tomble22 said:
For some reason, it appears I have bought an Audi A2 diesel for £550 which is located about 200 miles away from me.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'll use the velominati cycling rule of n+1 for the timebeing!!
If that runs and is motd then it’s a bargain at £550

TDIs are sought after
Runs and MOT'd until August. 150k on the clock and seems tidy enough. Clutch done last year but might be playing cambelt roulette.

The current owner is also having a new windscreen put in before collection as it's got a big crack in it at the moment.



Exboxster1

5 posts

7 months

Friday 22nd May
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tomble22 said:
Runs and MOT'd until August. 150k on the clock and seems tidy enough. Clutch done last year but might be playing cambelt roulette.

The current owner is also having a new windscreen put in before collection as it's got a big crack in it at the moment.
Love a high mile hero !
This is my 210k mile c30. D5. Very fond of it.


martin mrt

3,289 posts

155 months

Friday 22nd May
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tomble22 said:
martin mrt said:
tomble22 said:
For some reason, it appears I have bought an Audi A2 diesel for £550 which is located about 200 miles away from me.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'll use the velominati cycling rule of n+1 for the timebeing!!
If that runs and is motd then it’s a bargain at £550

TDIs are sought after
Runs and MOT'd until August. 150k on the clock and seems tidy enough. Clutch done last year but might be playing cambelt roulette.

The current owner is also having a new windscreen put in before collection as it's got a big crack in it at the moment.
For £550 you’d be mad to chance a belt, with that done it would be £850 all in factoring approx £300 from an independent

You could run that for a year and still be in profit

Khaki Suit

432 posts

118 months

Friday 22nd May
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tomble22 said:
I think shedding relies on the ability to cope with lower levels of excitement (married...children...joke etc) ....I get excited when I drive my Accord and the battery light only comes on a couple of times!!
There is a weird satisfaction to shedding when it all goes well.

TBH my shedding is alongside a better car for fun. Keeps the mileage down on the other, it works out cheaper, and also makes the better car more fun when I do use it.

matchmaker

6,948 posts

154 months

Friday 22nd May
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LukeyP_ said:
MK1? What engine?
1.8T VRS

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Friday 22nd May
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martin mrt said:
tomble22 said:
martin mrt said:
tomble22 said:
For some reason, it appears I have bought an Audi A2 diesel for £550 which is located about 200 miles away from me.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'll use the velominati cycling rule of n+1 for the timebeing!!
If that runs and is motd then it’s a bargain at £550

TDIs are sought after
Runs and MOT'd until August. 150k on the clock and seems tidy enough. Clutch done last year but might be playing cambelt roulette.

The current owner is also having a new windscreen put in before collection as it's got a big crack in it at the moment.
For £550 you’d be mad to chance a belt, with that done it would be £850 all in factoring approx £300 from an independent

You could run that for a year and still be in profit
Yeah, I'll see what the history is like when I get it and then go from there, if its pretty tidy otherwise then I'll probably get the belt done, or else give it a go myself, it's the next step up for me mechanically, I'm pretty handy with everything outside the engine!

Picture of the little A2 from the ad for you lovely shedders


W00DY

12,200 posts

180 months

Friday 22nd May
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tomble22 said:
Yeah, I'll see what the history is like when I get it and then go from there, if its pretty tidy otherwise then I'll probably get the belt done, or else give it a go myself, it's the next step up for me mechanically, I'm pretty handy with everything outside the engine!

Picture of the little A2 from the ad for you lovely shedders

A steal. I do like an A2.

Salmonofdoubt

776 posts

22 months

Friday 22nd May
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Any A2 will become a classic, definitely worth keeping it tip top because you will at least see your money back.

That said I'm definitely leaning towards better the car I know. I'm getting very tempted to fix the niggles on my shed, leak somewhere around the manifold, air-conditioning that hopefully just needs gas as it works just badly. The only other annoyances are one number plate light that needs rewiring/solder and the passenger window that's split from the runner.

I'm hoping that the leak of gases is a fairly simple fix. Then the other bits and a suspension refresh should see me take a car to 200k for the first time.

stickleback123

5,827 posts

143 months

Friday 22nd May
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I've decided to move my 53 plate XJ8 from "cherished barge" into "shed" and operate a policy of managed retreat with repairs. I feel liberated already hehe

V6todayEVmanana

189 posts

98 months

Friday 22nd May
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stickleback123 said:
I've decided to move my 53 plate XJ8 from "cherished barge" into "shed" and operate a policy of managed retreat with repairs. I feel liberated already hehe
The transition shed wink Hope it goes well. Will feel liberating but think it will be hard to break the sentimental connection that a shed shouldn’t have.

Will the XJ8 start appreciating? Could complicate things.



figtree

125 posts

49 months

Saturday 23rd May
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figtree said:



This is now mine after a painless haggle down from £995 to £650, was previously advertised for £1495. 1992 Toyota Carina II XL. 1587cc of 16 valve Japanese loveliness, MoT'd till May. Electrics all working, well the sunshine roof biggrin keep fit windows and no airbags.

Not perfect by any means, 45k, no history but MoTs add up. I'm the 3rd keeper. Will give it a service and hopefully lots of life left in it yet. It's had a scrape down the offside, pushed the headlight in a touch and a bit of paint/rust to sort on the wing. The glovebox is held closed with a tie wrap cos the latch has fallen off at some point, the original radio/tape player plays some sounds, what they are though who knows and the display is shot. Will pick up a cheapy for my commute.





Drives ok on 13" wheels, remember them?? The door cards appear to be a luxurious carpet in the same pattern as the comfy seats. The indicator stalk is on the wrong side, cue comedy wipers action for the first few junctions when picking it up, the same position as the drive selector on my other car...what could possibly go wrong...

Needs wipers all round, the rear washer nozzle de-clogging and a patch repair on the back box (or may treat it to a new one)

Other than that it's not a half bad 27 year old shed smile
DISASTER!!

It's now undriveable....well till Wednesday anyway when a new water inlet pipe arrives, £30 from Toyota. It's had a new backbox and last week was treated to a coolant flush and replace which it then promptly started emptying itself of through a pinhole in the above mentioned inlet pipe.

I managed to avail myself of one of ECP rare sales promotions and get 5l of oil, filter, air filter, sump plug and seal and (another) 5l of ready mixed coolant for £33.

Incidentally, the coolant from ECP is advertised at £16.49 but is actually £8.99 instore.

https://www.eurocarparts.com/p/triple-qx-red-ready...