Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 16]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 16]

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tomble22

411 posts

83 months

Tuesday 30th June
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nickod said:
I'm spending way too much time on that forum. It's too good. One of them is going to choke on a Werthers.
You can almost smell the Feu Orange through the screen!!

biggbn

5,035 posts

175 months

Tuesday 30th June
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M3DGE said:
Speed addicted said:
CharlesdeGaulle said:
Speckled Jim invariably speaks sense but in this case I fear he is wide of the mark. The Saab 9-5 estate is a very good car. Far less common than the e39, and driving one indicates evidence of good taste and possession of a roll-neck sweater.

But, it has nearly 200k on it, only 6 months MOT and it's old enough to have reached the age of consent, so don't expect a minter.

That said <PH mode> for the price of a decent dinner <PH mode> can you go wrong? Buy it.
It’s an £850 car before haggling, appears to work and doesn’t look horrendous. Get it bought!

SAAB have always had neat features that leave you wondering why others don’t do them, typically good seats too.
Downside is GM cost cutting, and for me torque steer because of reasonably grunty engines and front wheel drive.
In my GM days I also had a raft of Saabs. The 95 was the last 'non GM' product so didn't suffer too much from cost cutting, but was an old design when it was replaced, just before they went bust. (there are a handful of new models about, no idea if any good...) The seats are second to none, the night panel great, the cockpit position aligned to the driver brilliant but expensive to manufacture. The Aeros were seriously quick but you are absolutely right, crying out for 4 x 4 to get that power down. 9-3s were OK but not as solid, much more from the GM parts bin, but an Aero convertible in black still looks the dogs for small money.
9-5 had a lot of gm input. First and second versions.

deadtom

1,467 posts

120 months

Tuesday 30th June
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are any threadists after a ropey old X300?

wrong engine and gearbox (lord gears but the inferior mechanical gearbox that comes bolted to the 3.2 rather than the electronic controlled, mode selectable one that comes on the 4 litre 6), shabby bodywork, the wheels are from a later X308, and did it really leave the factory with that coach line? however the outside colour is a very respectable hue and the interior is a rare option for the X300, and looks in good condition. At the time of writing is below thread minimum:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JAGUAR-XJ6/224063156126...

ShyTallKnight

1,639 posts

168 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Weas said:
That really is a lovely looking thing.

Do people really re-map non turbo cars? Do you gain much?
I think I'd be a bit dubious about those power gains on the Merc. I have recently remapped my N/A 2011 US imported Mustang and should have gains of +36'ish BHP. Certainly feels like a decent increase from the drivers seat. However, my motor responds well to re-mapping for use with UK fuel as it's mapped from the factory for lower US grades typically 89 - 93 ron.

nickod

364 posts

115 months

Tuesday 30th June
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tomble22 said:
nickod said:
I'm spending way too much time on that forum. It's too good. One of them is going to choke on a Werthers.
You can almost smell the Feu Orange through the screen!!
He's not the Messiah he is MarinaBrian.

W00DY

12,313 posts

181 months

Tuesday 30th June
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1997-P-BMW-540I-4-4-V8-...


I'm hoping the price jumps on this and I can avoid bidding.

Bear-n

664 posts

37 months

Tuesday 30th June
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(Mini/not a barge, but a Turbo Volvo) Obscenely good condition, FSH, new brakes and premium tyres all around & I can't believe it went for £670?!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-S40-2-0T-Excelent...




Weas

23 posts

4 months

Tuesday 30th June
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ShyTallKnight said:
I have recently remapped my N/A 2011 US imported Mustang and should have gains of +36'ish BHP. Certainly feels like a decent increase from the drivers seat. However, my motor responds well to re-mapping for use with UK fuel as it's mapped from the factory for lower US grades typically 89 - 93 ron.
This makes sense to me, I thought remapping was to optimise an engine for the local conditions (fuel, temperature etc.) given that manufacturers apply a median approach. Of course I might be wrong.

Edited - I clearly can't use the formatting correctly

Re - Edit fixed it, never one to follow instruction

Edited by Weas on Tuesday 30th June 16:43

TyrannosauRoss Lex

24,779 posts

167 months

Tuesday 30th June
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nickod said:
tomble22 said:
nickod said:
I'm spending way too much time on that forum. It's too good. One of them is going to choke on a Werthers.
You can almost smell the Feu Orange through the screen!!
He's not the Messiah he is MarinaBrian.
biggrin

728 days later

287 posts

18 months

Tuesday 30th June
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W00DY said:



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1997-P-BMW-540I-4-4-V8-...


I'm hoping the price jumps on this and I can avoid bidding.
Style 32 wheels just look so right, even better in real life too wink nice comfort seats and the later 4.4 (did E39’s come with the earlier 4.0 or was that just the E38?)

SpeckledJim

21,806 posts

208 months

Tuesday 30th June
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nickod said:
tomble22 said:
nickod said:
I'm spending way too much time on that forum. It's too good. One of them is going to choke on a Werthers.
You can almost smell the Feu Orange through the screen!!
He's not the Messiah he is MarinaBrian.
And so is his wife.

TyrannosauRoss Lex

24,779 posts

167 months

Tuesday 30th June
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728 days later said:
W00DY said:



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1997-P-BMW-540I-4-4-V8-...


I'm hoping the price jumps on this and I can avoid bidding.
Style 32 wheels just look so right, even better in real life too wink nice comfort seats and the later 4.4 (did E39’s come with the earlier 4.0 or was that just the E38?)
E39s didn't come with the earlier 4.0, just the 4.4.

728 days later

287 posts

18 months

Tuesday 30th June
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TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
728 days later said:
W00DY said:



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1997-P-BMW-540I-4-4-V8-...


I'm hoping the price jumps on this and I can avoid bidding.
Style 32 wheels just look so right, even better in real life too wink nice comfort seats and the later 4.4 (did E39’s come with the earlier 4.0 or was that just the E38?)
E39s didn't come with the earlier 4.0, just the 4.4.
Thanks, my stubble continues to grow smokin

W00DY

12,313 posts

181 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Being an early car oit will be non-Vanos though which appeals.

728 days later

287 posts

18 months

Tuesday 30th June
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W00DY said:
Being an early car oit will be non-Vanos though which appeals.
Single VANOS rather than dual I believe smile

Macron

4,957 posts

121 months

Tuesday 30th June
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728 days later said:
Style 32 wheels just look so right, even better in real life too wink nice comfort seats and the later 4.4 (did E39’s come with the earlier 4.0 or was that just the E38?)
Even an actual skip would look good on 32’s.

I reckon with 71k that one get bid to close to thread max. If the sale sticks however...

Emeye

8,308 posts

178 months

Tuesday 30th June
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PrinceRupert said:
stickleback123 said:
As someone who has chosen to put off a cambelt change on a cheap car and then had it snap and both strand me in a remote car park and write off the car, leaving me feeling like quite the fool, I'm now inclined to get it done on even cheap sheds. It's a bit of a sword of Damocles hanging over you every time you use the car otherwise, and I really do like to be as sure as I can be that a car won't let me down.

If your car is on the original belt the rubber is very old and far more likely to break than if the belt had done 55k miles in 2 years. Tensioners will be old too and time kills stuff more surely than mileage. I'd certainly take out a £5 bet that it'll snap in the next 15k miles.

ETA - what a bellend that marinabrian bloke is on the Rover forums, there was absolutely no need to be such a condescending arse!



Edited by stickleback123 on Tuesday 30th June 10:22
Yes there seems to be a very amusing running battle on the Rover forum between someone who claims a cambelt should be done on the button ever six years and another guy who claims the belts are indestructible and he is just wasting his money biglaugh

Would it be possible to inspect the belt to get an idea whether it is on the original belt or not? It seems I can get the parts for not too much - £139.99 - https://www.dmgrs.co.uk/collections/kv6-engine-par... - it's just about finding someone who knows what they're doing. If anyone has a suggestion for a time-served Rover mechanic in South-East London, I'm all ears.
A few year back (8 maybe) I bought an R-reg 65k mile Alfa 155TS for £401 off ebay with no history. It was flat green. I loved it and daily drove it. It was about £400 to have the tensioners and cambelt replaced. I didn't see the point - everyone said I was nuts - I had it for a couple of years, then my FIL had it, for £401, and it kept going fine. It was even on TV very briefly.

My FIL then swapped it with my BIL for a Merc W202. Eventually my BIL sold it to a friend who wrote it off.

It never did get a cambelt or tensioners.

In my defense, I also had a Freelander Mk1 1.8 at the same time - always have a backup, though that was seriously unreliable but great when running. I seriously hammered the automotive brave pills through that period in my life.

Biglips

820 posts

110 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Holiday checklist:

Confirmation we can go to France by Boris -no
Confirmation of annual leave by employer - no
Confirmation of holiday booking - no
One way train ticket - yes
Impending barge purchase - yes

Will update later......

Emeye

8,308 posts

178 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Biglips said:
Holiday checklist:

Confirmation we can go to France by Boris -no
Confirmation of annual leave by employer - no
Confirmation of holiday booking - no
One way train ticket - yes
Impending barge purchase - yes

Will update later......
Is it the E55 recently posted?

As is typical, that E55 is exactly what I want, and local. When I say is, is is now was (?), as I have agreed to buy my bro's old Caravelle off him. Oh well.

BlueMR2

7,915 posts

157 months

Tuesday 30th June
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This could potentially be a nice car.



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-SERIES-530i-M-SPO...