The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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CX53

2,370 posts

67 months

Thursday 9th July
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I have absolutely no need for it and my Mrs would absolutely hate it, but it's very local and cheap, it would make the ideal counterpart to an old MX5 or Saxo VTR/S or similar.... Hmm...

bearman68

2,874 posts

89 months

Thursday 9th July
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CX53 said:
I have absolutely no need for it and my Mrs would absolutely hate it, but it's very local and cheap, it would make the ideal counterpart to an old MX5 or Saxo VTR/S or similar.... Hmm...
RFL is the killer. Fuel consumption less so - low use leave it on petrol, or for more work, it could be converted to LPG. But I guess the tax is still £300 + pa.

Captain Answer

635 posts

144 months

Thursday 9th July
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bearman68 said:
RFL is the killer. Fuel consumption less so - low use leave it on petrol, or for more work, it could be converted to LPG. But I guess the tax is still £300 + pa.
£330 a year, same as my Chrysler.. bit steep for a daily chugger that, day to day mpg I guess will be low.

My chrysler is not a daily nor do I plan having it on more than 6 months a year. I'd probably still be tempted tho if it was a hatchback or estate, going to need something to replace my Saab in the next year or two

aaron_2000

3,949 posts

40 months

Thursday 9th July
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Recently helped my girlfriend buy a nice Focus 1.4 CL for £200. Low mile example, driving it made me remember just what a riot they are. Had the Merc parked up the last 3 days while I daily it myself taking it up into the Dales, pin sharp and still fresh because of the miles. Anyway, last night she ends up being hit in the side in a car park, other driver accepted full responsibility. Off to see a nice 1.6 Zetec 5 door today, 98k on the clock and a couple of cosmetics to do but for £200 it seems a steal. Made me disappointed to drive the Merc again when the Focus is so much more fun.

CX53

2,370 posts

67 months

Thursday 9th July
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bearman68 said:
RFL is the killer. Fuel consumption less so - low use leave it on petrol, or for more work, it could be converted to LPG. But I guess the tax is still £300 + pa.
True, that is steep...

It depends how you look at it I guess. If you ran it for a year even if it did only do 25mpg on a run and cost 30 quid a month in tax, it's still pretty cheap motoring, providing nothing breaks expensively.. At which point I suppose you might get a couple of hundred notes anyway so only 400 quid down

V6todayEVmanana

295 posts

101 months

Thursday 9th July
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aaron_2000 said:
Recently helped my girlfriend buy a nice Focus 1.4 CL for £200. Low mile example, driving it made me remember just what a riot they are. Had the Merc parked up the last 3 days while I daily it myself taking it up into the Dales, pin sharp and still fresh because of the miles. Anyway, last night she ends up being hit in the side in a car park, other driver accepted full responsibility. Off to see a nice 1.6 Zetec 5 door today, 98k on the clock and a couple of cosmetics to do but for £200 it seems a steal. Made me disappointed to drive the Merc again when the Focus is so much more fun.
How can a 98k miles petrol mk1 Focus be so cheap. Shocking.
It costs more to tax it smile

What happened to the damaged 1.4? Any parts worth salvaging?

How you find road/wind noise in the Focus versus the Merc?

largespiced

100 posts

94 months

Thursday 9th July
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After posting in car buying I purchased a £900 Mini Cooper S for some shedding fun. Took it to brands couple of weeks back and was wonderful not having something worth a fortune to worry about. Its faultless, works everyday and is a great laugh. Even with 170k on the clock it feels very tight, and the supercharger whine is addictive!


STIfree

1,753 posts

116 months

Thursday 9th July
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largespiced said:
After posting in car buying I purchased a £900 Mini Cooper S for some shedding fun. Took it to brands couple of weeks back and was wonderful not having something worth a fortune to worry about. Its faultless, works everyday and is a great laugh. Even with 170k on the clock it feels very tight, and the supercharger whine is addictive!

Keep us updated on this one. I'm very tempted by a cheap Cooper S in a months time but almost everyone I've spoken to has advised me against it.

Anything special you did when buying one that helped you get a good one, or just luck of the draw?

greenarrow

2,416 posts

74 months

Thursday 9th July
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aaron_2000 said:
Recently helped my girlfriend buy a nice Focus 1.4 CL for £200. Low mile example, driving it made me remember just what a riot they are. Had the Merc parked up the last 3 days while I daily it myself taking it up into the Dales, pin sharp and still fresh because of the miles. Anyway, last night she ends up being hit in the side in a car park, other driver accepted full responsibility. Off to see a nice 1.6 Zetec 5 door today, 98k on the clock and a couple of cosmetics to do but for £200 it seems a steal. Made me disappointed to drive the Merc again when the Focus is so much more fun.
I can relate to this. I've gone for more early morning country road "just for the hell of it" drives this year in my shed Focus Mk1 than for over 20 years since I owned my late 90s Cinquecento and Punto Sportings which were both brilliant fun on back roads.

There's really nothing like a Mk1 Focus!

largespiced

100 posts

94 months

Thursday 9th July
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STIfree said:
Keep us updated on this one. I'm very tempted by a cheap Cooper S in a months time but almost everyone I've spoken to has advised me against it.

Anything special you did when buying one that helped you get a good one, or just luck of the draw?
My brother bought it locally for a cheap toy. He then liked it so much he went and bought a "better" one with less miles etc. As he had run it for a short while I knew it should be okay.

I have changed the rear pads on it, and also the cooling fan set up. They are 2 speed and the first speed should kick in as the car reaches 105c. If that fails it gets to 110c and the second fan kicks in. Not a massive problem, but the air con works better with the first speed fan working correctly otherwise it relies on the second fast speed part.

Other than that its been brilliant so far. I am being cautious not to spend too much and be realistic with the costs. Round brands hatch it was great. I have done it several times and this one was by far the best!

aaron_2000

3,949 posts

40 months

Thursday 9th July
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V6todayEVmanana said:
aaron_2000 said:
Recently helped my girlfriend buy a nice Focus 1.4 CL for £200. Low mile example, driving it made me remember just what a riot they are. Had the Merc parked up the last 3 days while I daily it myself taking it up into the Dales, pin sharp and still fresh because of the miles. Anyway, last night she ends up being hit in the side in a car park, other driver accepted full responsibility. Off to see a nice 1.6 Zetec 5 door today, 98k on the clock and a couple of cosmetics to do but for £200 it seems a steal. Made me disappointed to drive the Merc again when the Focus is so much more fun.
How can a 98k miles petrol mk1 Focus be so cheap. Shocking.
It costs more to tax it smile

What happened to the damaged 1.4? Any parts worth salvaging?

How you find road/wind noise in the Focus versus the Merc?
I won it, £205. Very happy, went to see it before I won the auction and it drives great. Regarding the 1.4, the damage wasn't really notable so she and the other driver agreed not to bother with insurance, he gave her £100. I would've probably gone through insurance but the premium spike wouldn't have been worth it for her. The car really only needed a buff but she was shaken up and didn't really want to drive it after that so I sold it to a mate of mine for £400. The Focus around town is a really refined car, even at 60 it's a smooth car to drive. I find it's a more planted car to drive but quite a bit noisier, but it's just so much more fun to drive. The Merc is off the road in desperate need of a valve block so I'll be using the Focus for the next week or so

STIfree

1,753 posts

116 months

Friday 10th July
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Another shed of mine completed a drive to Germany.

Brimmed both the petrol and the LPG tank.

Overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, I woke up in the morning to see that I'd been joined by another barge.



No issues apart from half way a message came up on the dash for "Brake Wear" assume it relates to the rear pads that I changed last month but I didn't notice anything to reset the trip. To be honest, I don't even know what the sensor looks like as I've never had a car with this system fitted.



I did, however, run out of LPG after about 220 miles but was surprised to see a lot of LPG stations. Issue is that its a different connector to what we have in the UK. I didn't know about this before so I've got an adaptor on order from Amazon for £13 that'll solve that. Cost of LPG here is about £0.51 vs £1.10 for petrol.




Last blast of autobahn between Stuttgart and Munich is some of the best. Plenty of long de-restricted sections, which was welcome after the Netherlands which now have a 100km/h limit during the day on all their motorways.

Pipped a GPS indicated 138mph before having to slow for traffic. But sat for prolonged periods between 110-120mph comfortably. Was able to continue relaxed conversations inside the car even at that speed, thanks double glazing!



Finished the journey at 680 miles. Averaged 25.6mpg which I'm very happy about (I'm pretty sure now the car does more MPG on petrol than LPG).

I also didn't need to refuel, the 1 tank of LPG & 1 tank of petrol got me the whole way with about 70 miles of range still remaining.


I had a quick check online at prices of LS430's in Germany and they range from 5000-10,000 Euros. So at £1000 spent on mine, even if it goes tits up during the time I'm here, I'm sure I'd be able to sell it as a parts car for more than I paid for it!

Bonefish Blues

16,044 posts

180 months

Friday 10th July
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Yes, cars always do better on the more energy-dense petrol than LPG - 10% is the usually-quoted difference.

STIfree

1,753 posts

116 months

Friday 10th July
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Bonefish Blues said:
Yes, cars always do better on the more energy-dense petrol than LPG - 10% is the usually-quoted difference.
I'd say that sounds about right. I did a motorway journey last month on LPG the whole way and averaged about 23mpg.

Still, at half the price of petrol it's worth it. (although I'm glad I'm not the one who paid £1200 2 years ago to get the system fitted!)

Majorslow

767 posts

86 months

Friday 10th July
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STIfree said:
Another shed of mine completed a drive to Germany.

Brimmed both the petrol and the LPG tank.

Overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, I woke up in the morning to see that I'd been joined by another barge.


No issues apart from half way a message came up on the dash for "Brake Wear" assume it relates to the rear pads that I changed last month but I didn't notice anything to reset the trip. To be honest, I don't even know what the sensor looks like as I've never had a car with this system fitted.



I did, however, run out of LPG after about 220 miles but was surprised to see a lot of LPG stations. Issue is that its a different connector to what we have in the UK. I didn't know about this before so I've got an adaptor on order from Amazon for £13 that'll solve that. Cost of LPG here is about £0.51 vs £1.10 for petrol.



Last blast of autobahn between Stuttgart and Munich is some of the best. Plenty of long de-restricted sections, which was welcome after the Netherlands which now have a 100km/h limit during the day on all their motorways.

Pipped a GPS indicated 138mph before having to slow for traffic. But sat for prolonged periods between 110-120mph comfortably. Was able to continue relaxed conversations inside the car even at that speed, thanks double glazing!


Finished the journey at 680 miles. Averaged 25.6mpg which I'm very happy about (I'm pretty sure now the car does more MPG on petrol than LPG).

I also didn't need to refuel, the 1 tank of LPG & 1 tank of petrol got me the whole way with about 70 miles of range still remaining.


I had a quick check online at prices of LS430's in Germany and they range from 5000-10,000 Euros. So at £1000 spent on mine, even if it goes tits up during the time I'm here, I'm sure I'd be able to sell it as a parts car for more than I paid for it!
I have family in Stuttgart, and managed down there from Hampshire on one tank in my V70... 3 adults, 2 kids and full boot, was on fumes i think smile

The run from Stuttgart to Munich is a great run, glad you enjoyed it. Nice car to "waft" along in ... no cob webs on it now

so called

7,715 posts

166 months

Friday 10th July
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Back in 1995 I took a job near Braunschweig, northern Germany.
I had a Rover 820i to take over, nice and big and comfortable, Fitted new tyres and exhaust for the trip.
Went out on a Sunday for two weeks, heading home the Friday of the second week for a long weekend.
On the way out again the Monday after, I ended up in the middle of a 30 car pile up on the M25. Car written off.

Headed home in an AA rental and the next day bought a Mazda 626 with only 30k miles on it.
Set off again on the Wednesday and what a god awful drive.
The car was all over the road, tracking? shocks?
I don't know but when I got home again 2 weeks later it was straight back to the dealer and swapped it for a fairly high mileage Vauxhall Senator.

What a great car, lovely 3lt straight 6 engine giving 37 mpg.
Adjustable suspension etc., etc.
Did 1000's of miles back and to England/Germany England for several years.
It developed a few faults such as front passenger window had a mind of its own and would decide to open or close itself without my permission.
The heater packed up which meant in the winter there would still be ice on the inside of the rear screen when I reached Calais.

Jamaica

209 posts

11 months

Friday 10th July
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Bonefish Blues said:
There's much to like, and a predictable set of checks to run to make sure that you get as decent a one as possible. My wife loves hers.
Whsts the mpg like

Bonefish Blues

16,044 posts

180 months

Friday 10th July
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Which engine was I talking about? Our E3 D5 was about 32-33 on her journey profile, but way better on a decent trip, when it would be high 30s, perhaps 40.

JDB96

625 posts

52 months

Friday 10th July
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This was my Euro 3 V70 D5, mostly motorway and with what I think was a boost leak. Often wonder how the new owner is getting on.


Poisson96

1,678 posts

88 months

Saturday 11th July
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Metro shed keeps rolling, had a small amount of welding done in preparation for the MOT, new cambelt and then it broke it's fuel gauge so got that thrown in too. Also stripped one rear arch to confirm it's just filler (it is, no rust). Keeps rolling, I'm happy smile