The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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Captain Answer

647 posts

145 months

Saturday 4th July
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More fun on wife's Citroen... Sorted the crank case breather and took it for a drive to the shops.. pulling up back at home sounded like an old diesel not a modern petrol... Knew straight away there can belt tensioner had gone. New kit with water pump on way from GSF £100, was cheaper on eBay but wanted the security of ordering a branded one from gsf and will fit this week

Done a belt before but only one... Not something I really like to do myself but for the cost of the car I can't justify taking it to a garage and spending £300 on for a belt change

egor110

13,412 posts

161 months

Saturday 4th July
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So I've splashed out £30 on some engine oil for the £500 puma.

Was quite a wrench when I could of got the cheap stuff from ecp but the pumas got the nikasil engine lining so needs the ford formula f semi synthetic.

aaron_2000

4,003 posts

41 months

Saturday 4th July
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I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly. Still pretty faultless so far, done nearly 2k in it already without any real issues other than a slow puncture, I'll probably look to swap the wheels for some E Class AMG wheels eventually. I've abandoned my plan to sell it after a few months, I decided I'll likely just keep it a few years unless something tempts me heavily. Very happy so far, not bad for £850.





Majorslow

773 posts

87 months

Saturday 4th July
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some of the sums you guys are spending on your cars are incredible... smile

egor110

13,412 posts

161 months

Saturday 4th July
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Majorslow said:
some of the sums you guys are spending on your cars are incredible... smile
I know , £30 for some engine oil .

Captain Answer

647 posts

145 months

Saturday 4th July
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aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly. Still pretty faultless so far, done nearly 2k in it already without any real issues other than a slow puncture, I'll probably look to swap the wheels for some E Class AMG wheels eventually. I've abandoned my plan to sell it after a few months, I decided I'll likely just keep it a few years unless something tempts me heavily. Very happy so far, not bad for £850.




You aren't there first person I've seen complain about was screw bodged main dealer plate fix....

mercedeslimos

562 posts

127 months

Saturday 4th July
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aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly. Still pretty faultless so far, done nearly 2k in it already without any real issues other than a slow puncture, I'll probably look to swap the wheels for some E Class AMG wheels eventually. I've abandoned my plan to sell it after a few months, I decided I'll likely just keep it a few years unless something tempts me heavily. Very happy so far, not bad for £850.




Personally I'd have sent that back or had the cost of the plates taken off the bill. Couldn't hack that in any shape or form. There are 4 bolts on a Mercedes in exactly the same dimensions on every car. We fit new plates to new coaches all the time and we have a template to make sure that the holes in the plate for the bolts (not screws, proper bolts) line up absolutely perfect.

Can't unsee that now!

CX53

2,423 posts

68 months

Saturday 4th July
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Nice reg

NorthernSky

574 posts

75 months

Saturday 4th July
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giblet said:
M4cruiser said:
Just done the worst part of owning a shed - the Road Tax!!!!!! redface
This year it comes in at £305.
So tempting so get something with annual tax at £30 or less .... but then I look at the depreciation again, payback period is still 5 to 7 years, ..
so I stick with my current shed until it really won't go any more.
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Biggest downside for me with my 9-3 Aero. Over £500 in tax on a £2k car is annoying to say the least.

I’ve thought about selling it and replacing it with the lower tax version but it seems like a lot of hassle
£330 for my 2002 9-5 Aero, just saying ;D

I wrote off that 330 and considered it part of the purchase price of £950, so I got the whole car and a year of running it for, uh, what is that total, erm, £1280.

NorthernSky

574 posts

75 months

Saturday 4th July
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CX53 said:
Nice reg
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Outstanding coincidence.

giblet

7,745 posts

135 months

Saturday 4th July
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NorthernSky said:
£330 for my 2002 9-5 Aero, just saying ;D

I wrote off that 330 and considered it part of the purchase price of £950, so I got the whole car and a year of running it for, uh, what is that total, erm, £1280.
My 9-3 Aero SW was just under £2k and I’ve owned it for nearly 2 years now. Factor in a service from a local Saab specialist and the total outlay is around £3.5k excluding fuel.

I think I’ve done around 10k miles and averaged 25ish MPG which isn’t great but that’s on supermarket fuel and I was previously used to 20MPG on V Power in my ISF.

Really not sure what I could replace it with for £2k that would still have the practicality of an estate and the same mod cons of HID lights, heated seats, parking sensors etc

carinaman

15,801 posts

130 months

Sunday 5th July
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mercedeslimos said:
aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly. Still pretty faultless so far, done nearly 2k in it already without any real issues other than a slow puncture, I'll probably look to swap the wheels for some E Class AMG wheels eventually. I've abandoned my plan to sell it after a few months, I decided I'll likely just keep it a few years unless something tempts me heavily. Very happy so far, not bad for £850.

Personally I'd have sent that back or had the cost of the plates taken off the bill. Couldn't hack that in any shape or form. There are 4 bolts on a Mercedes in exactly the same dimensions on every car. We fit new plates to new coaches all the time and we have a template to make sure that the holes in the plate for the bolts (not screws, proper bolts) line up absolutely perfect.

Can't unsee that now!
I doubt the black Mercedes that will dominate in Austria later today has any woodscrews holding it together.

I associate woodscrews with bodged on Max Power type bodykits.

loskie

2,424 posts

78 months

Sunday 5th July
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I had the same with a brand new Volvo in 2009, a few years on it led to rust on the tailgate, of course due to the incompetent main dealer this was rightfully not covered under warranty.

It's just another example of garages (is it mainly franchised dealers?) treating their customers and their property with contempt. Whilst not all are like this it is sadly a majority.

Professionals? Pah!

PrinceRupert

8,987 posts

43 months

Sunday 5th July
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Oops...

At least the car only cost me £650!

Very annoying however...

200Plus Club

7,718 posts

236 months

Sunday 5th July
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PrinceRupert said:


Oops...

At least the car only cost me £650!

Very annoying however...
Most of that would T cut out. Not that anyone uses T cut now but you know what I mean!
Someone scraped door on mine opening their door in a car park midweek, a bit of spittle on a rag got most of their white paint off :-)

tight fart

1,636 posts

231 months

Sunday 5th July
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I’m stuck for wheels at the moment, stupidly sold my van and Range Rover the same day.
Anyway I’ve found a 2005 BMW 530d touring 165k on the clock at £1500.
It’s got issues with the tailgate wiring but apart from that it looks tidy.

Mexman

2,442 posts

42 months

Sunday 5th July
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That's easily fixed,
Just elongate the screw holes in the number plate with a drill bit worked back and forth in a sawing motion at an angle, so the holes are oval shaped.
Concentrating on elongating the one hole upwards, and the other downwards, and then reattach into the same holes on the plinth.
Coloured number plate screw caps will then cover any visible hole remaining, have to do it all the time where some monkey has previously attached plates wonky.

g3org3y

15,596 posts

149 months

Sunday 5th July
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aaron_2000 said:
Needs a couple of white caps.



PrinceRupert

8,987 posts

43 months

Sunday 5th July
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200Plus Club said:
Most of that would T cut out. Not that anyone uses T cut now but you know what I mean!
Someone scraped door on mine opening their door in a car park midweek, a bit of spittle on a rag got most of their white paint off :-)
Yes most of the black paint transfer I hope will polish out. Couple of gouges on the wheel arch won't, including a small bit down to bare metal. Needs some touch up paint.

Luckily the old wooden gate i rubbed it along was pretty soft!

Mexman

2,442 posts

42 months

Sunday 5th July
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One for the bad driving thread?