The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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Jazoli

7,825 posts

207 months

Friday 7th August
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bearman68 said:
Anyone is South East Wales area (inc Bristol) that wants to sell a good condition shed with either mechanical or electrical faults, I'm all ears. I tend not to buy the usual 3 from Germany and associated (especially Seat for some reason), but I love French stuff, and will take a gamble on most Ford stuff.
I'll pretty much guarantee to give you bottom dollar, but more than WBAC or scrap, and I'll collect with a trailer, when I say i will.

PM me - I don't like seeing decent cars going to the scrap.
Get yourself over to the Autoste forums, there's always decent cheap cars on there.

aaron_2000

3,953 posts

40 months

Friday 7th August
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I was overtaking 2 cars today on a long stretch of road I know very well, one of them pulls out as I'm alongside him so I have to edge the car into the dirt at 60+, car smacks into a small crevis in the dirt and goes sideways which I caught early. There was nowhere to pull over so I keep going until I get to the end of the lane and check it over, the front right wheel is smacked in and there's a sound of something loose under the car. Shocks don't feel ruined but I'll have the car checked over next week anyway. I would've just let him hit me if I wasn't in the Focus, it really isn't that hard to check before you pull out. It's a nice long straight bit of road so it's not like he had to rush past, if he'd bothered to look then he would've seen me going by and still had a good half mile to then pass as well. Luckily being a Ford it should be cheap enough to sort, although the wheel likely needs replacing which means I have to refurb another wheel.

bearman68

2,875 posts

89 months

Friday 7th August
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Jazoli said:
bearman68 said:
Anyone is South East Wales area (inc Bristol) that wants to sell a good condition shed with either mechanical or electrical faults, I'm all ears. I tend not to buy the usual 3 from Germany and associated (especially Seat for some reason), but I love French stuff, and will take a gamble on most Ford stuff.
I'll pretty much guarantee to give you bottom dollar, but more than WBAC or scrap, and I'll collect with a trailer, when I say i will.

PM me - I don't like seeing decent cars going to the scrap.
Get yourself over to the Autoste forums, there's always decent cheap cars on there.
Bloody hell, there's a thing. It kind of makes you feel old and grubby just by browsing the website, but at the same time, there's a weird kind of fascination. I have a friend with a shed and a field - occasionally I have a wander about - it's a cross between a scrap yard and a treasure trove. Just like Autoste.

magpie215

3,188 posts

146 months

Saturday 8th August
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Bumper rash level 10 achievement unlocked.

The joy of running a shed?.....IDGAF...biggrin

egor110

13,200 posts

160 months

Saturday 8th August
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magpie215 said:


Bumper rash level 10 achievement unlocked.

The joy of running a shed?.....IDGAF...biggrin
Exactly.

My mrs was t boned in her grand mini cooper.

Bit of a bummer but i just went out and got another grand car plus got 1500 back from insurance and hopefully another 300 from the other party for my excess i had to pay.

irish boy

2,636 posts

193 months

Sunday 9th August
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My 2001 avenues d4d has developed the dreaded duel mass flywheel rattle. Looks like a £600 plus bill. Everyone would automatically say I'm mad as it exceeds the cars value.

However the car is immaculate, everything works including a/c, its punchy, spacious, inconspicuous and does 55mpg everywhere. This is the first bill outside regular servicing in the 50k miles I've done in it, so you know what I think I'm going to fix it. I'd never find a car as good for 3 times the fix cost.

egor110

13,200 posts

160 months

Sunday 9th August
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irish boy said:
My 2001 avenues d4d has developed the dreaded duel mass flywheel rattle. Looks like a £600 plus bill. Everyone would automatically say I'm mad as it exceeds the cars value.

However the car is immaculate, everything works including a/c, its punchy, spacious, inconspicuous and does 55mpg everywhere. This is the first bill outside regular servicing in the 50k miles I've done in it, so you know what I think I'm going to fix it. I'd never find a car as good for 3 times the fix cost.
Is it actually a problem other than sounding nasty ?

Our work vans won't be fixed until they actually break so we've had dmf chattering away for years .

irish boy

2,636 posts

193 months

Sunday 9th August
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egor110 said:
irish boy said:
My 2001 avenues d4d has developed the dreaded duel mass flywheel rattle. Looks like a £600 plus bill. Everyone would automatically say I'm mad as it exceeds the cars value.

However the car is immaculate, everything works including a/c, its punchy, spacious, inconspicuous and does 55mpg everywhere. This is the first bill outside regular servicing in the 50k miles I've done in it, so you know what I think I'm going to fix it. I'd never find a car as good for 3 times the fix cost.
Is it actually a problem other than sounding nasty ?

Our work vans won't be fixed until they actually break so we've had dmf chattering away for years .
Good point, drives perfect just a rattle on idle. I just assumed it would explode at some point leaving me at the side of the road. I’ve a 600 mile trip at the end of the month and that wouldn’t be uncommon.

magpie215

3,188 posts

146 months

Sunday 9th August
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irish boy said:
egor110 said:
irish boy said:
My 2001 avenues d4d has developed the dreaded duel mass flywheel rattle. Looks like a £600 plus bill. Everyone would automatically say I'm mad as it exceeds the cars value.

However the car is immaculate, everything works including a/c, its punchy, spacious, inconspicuous and does 55mpg everywhere. This is the first bill outside regular servicing in the 50k miles I've done in it, so you know what I think I'm going to fix it. I'd never find a car as good for 3 times the fix cost.
Is it actually a problem other than sounding nasty ?

Our work vans won't be fixed until they actually break so we've had dmf chattering away for years .
Good point, drives perfect just a rattle on idle. I just assumed it would explode at some point leaving me at the side of the road. I’ve a 600 mile trip at the end of the month and that wouldn’t be uncommon.
Noisy=continue
Borked=fix or scrap

I always feel a big spend means your kind of tied in. In so much that you could do a big spend only to find it either opens up a can of worms of further work required or you get another big bill a short time later.

Jimmy Recard

17,047 posts

136 months

Sunday 9th August
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I think I'd fix. Replacing it with another car for the cost of the repair would probably leave you with a worse car

egor110

13,200 posts

160 months

Sunday 9th August
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Jimmy Recard said:
I think I'd fix. Replacing it with another car for the cost of the repair would probably leave you with a worse car
Its just a noisy dmf , carry on using it.

If you repairing it all of a sudden your financially tied into when the opposite is the aim .

Jimmy Recard

17,047 posts

136 months

Sunday 9th August
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egor110 said:
Its just a noisy dmf , carry on using it.

If you repairing it all of a sudden your financially tied into when the opposite is the aim .
I agree to use it for now but I'd rather fix it than scrap the car

STIfree

1,753 posts

116 months

Sunday 9th August
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Well I got back to the UK earlier in the week in the Lexus LS430 after a faultless trip to Munich.

Decided it's time to let the Mondeo shed go as I've not used it myself in the past 3 months of owning the Lexus. It's been online half an hour and I've already had a bit of interest with someone wanting to put a deposit down over the phone. Double edged sword, did I price it too cheap? Or should I be glad it goes so quickly?

Anyway, last snap of it after a quick wash



rich12

3,213 posts

111 months

Sunday 9th August
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Just got back from my 300 mile trip.
530d was perfect. Used just under half a tank of fuel and was comfy for both 2 and half hour legs.

Fully loaded and driving slightly above 70 at every chance, it averaged 37.x mpg.

Thank god the air con works too.

Thick_Troll

26 posts

18 months

Monday 10th August
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irish boy said:
My 2001 avenues d4d has developed the dreaded duel mass flywheel rattle. Looks like a £600 plus bill. Everyone would automatically say I'm mad as it exceeds the cars value.

However the car is immaculate, everything works including a/c, its punchy, spacious, inconspicuous and does 55mpg everywhere. This is the first bill outside regular servicing in the 50k miles I've done in it, so you know what I think I'm going to fix it. I'd never find a car as good for 3 times the fix cost.
I biefly had the same dilemma with my Megane shed irish boy. I bought it from the first-and-a-half owner and it really is well looked after. When the clutch slave started going I shopped around for a kit and found a local specialist to do the job. It cost me over half what the car did but I just couldn't see myself getting a better car for the $1300 it cost me for the clutch. Sounds like your shed may be in the same fix not scrap category.

Best of luck :-)

200Plus Club

7,534 posts

235 months

Monday 10th August
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Our shed 1 is the 2001 petrol auto Toyota Corrolla which refuses to die and just trundles on. Wife only did 2k miles in it, flew thro mot again today. Coming up for 4yrs and 40k miles for £400 odd quid we paid. No real rot or rust, underside solid. Pretty sure it's had one exhaust in 18yrs. Emissions pretty perfect too for an old vvti petrol. No dmf/egr/turbo hassles to worry about. Perfect shedding.

rich12

3,213 posts

111 months

Monday 10th August
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Quick question for the more knowledgeable when it comes to sheds.
I bought the 530D 5 days ago, don't want to keep it as having a diesel does nothing for me as apart from the odd 300 mile journey, my usual drive to the shops or train station is no more than 5 miles each way.

Do I just sell it and say that I literally bought it to do one trip or does that just sound like bull st?

Car is spot on apart from the leak on that fuel pipe but even that is tiny.

TeamBigfoot

102 posts

30 months

Monday 10th August
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£325 Scenic shed has taken us on two 170 mile round trips to the beach in the last 2 weeks - the Air Con even works!

We are now using it for all family duties with the other cars left on the drive. My mrs however doesn't like driving it as it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (drivers aids) that her 15 reg golf GT TDI estate does, "snobbery" I call it!

Its now my daily smile

STIfree

1,753 posts

116 months

Monday 10th August
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rich12 said:
Quick question for the more knowledgeable when it comes to sheds.
I bought the 530D 5 days ago, don't want to keep it as having a diesel does nothing for me as apart from the odd 300 mile journey, my usual drive to the shops or train station is no more than 5 miles each way.

Do I just sell it and say that I literally bought it to do one trip or does that just sound like bull st?

Car is spot on apart from the leak on that fuel pipe but even that is tiny.
If it were me, I'd advertise it and not mention in the ad why you're selling it. If anyone asks just say your commute has just changed and you no longer need a diesel. As long as you've got the V5 back then shouldn't be an issue.

Toaster Pilot

12,998 posts

115 months

Monday 10th August
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TeamBigfoot said:
£325 Scenic shed has taken us on two 170 mile round trips to the beach in the last 2 weeks - the Air Con even works!

We are now using it for all family duties with the other cars left on the drive. My mrs however doesn't like driving it as it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (drivers aids) that her 15 reg golf GT TDI estate does, "snobbery" I call it!

Its now my daily smile
Is it a Scenic II? I had one for a while - 165k up and the supposedly problematic auto box. Was utterly excellent.