Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 18]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 18]

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Derventio

445 posts

62 months

Thursday 8th April
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Bonefish Blues said:
Derventio said:
Captain_Morgan said:
legendracer said:
Well its not the normal we see here

I can speak from personal experience on this one. I actually owned a 2006 1.6 Eleganza version. Here it is playing in the snow in the Peak District a few years ago.

Agreed not the usual fodder for this thread, as it is clearly more dinghy than barge and is lacking in the cylinder count/displacement category.

It's basically a Suzuki SX4 in a much sharper Italian suit. They make a very good case for being "The Other Car" in a bargists garage.

It was economical, totally reliable and pretty good fun to drive. It could have done with another 20hp, though.The engine needs plenty of revs to proceed with any gusto. It has the same engine as the Suzuki Swift Sport, I believe, though not 100% sure. My Suzuki beard is barely stubble. The switchable four wheel drive system works very well, especially when coupled with some proper M+S tyres. It surprised a number of "proper" 4x4 drivers as it ploughed through foot deep snow with nary a stammer in forward progress. Interior build quality is ok. On a par with any other budget car from this era. Mine was the Eleganza model so it got leccy windows all around, steering wheel controls, fuel computer and alloys. On proper summer tyres, the sharp turn in and cornering body control is surprisingly good for a car of this type.

It took my self, Mrs Derventio and Master Derventio, replete with luggage, all over the country, in relative comfort.....

As long as I took regular breaks.

There is one fly in the ointment, which was the reason I eventually sold it to my sister, who still has it: If you are over 6 foot, as I am, the drivers seat does not quite go back far enough. This results in you feet sitting at an odd, acute angle on the pedals which induced severe pain after about an hour or so.

People tend not to know exactly what it is. One fellow even asked if it was a new Fiat Panda 4x4 prototype!

Oh and by the way, DO NOT BUY A DIESEL! It's that awful 1.9 Vauxhall/Fiat lump with all of the attendant cambelt and water pump shenanigans. It is also fitted with a particularly recalcitrant 6 speed gearbox, whereas the 1.6 petrol has a 5 speeder with quite a nice light action.

Edited by Derventio on Thursday 8th April 09:10
Who'da thunk it, two ex Sedici owners on thread smile

...and even more, that they are in complete agreement re the car. I ran mine on Nokian Winters all year.

Here was the sad moment:
https://www.flyfishing.co.uk/threads/2006-fiat-sed...

It sold to an author from Norfolk, I recall, who was specifically seeking one.
And, from what I can gather, both in the same vicinity within the country, I believe. Should I now buy a Nissan President?


Edited by Derventio on Thursday 8th April 10:29

lemansky

1,063 posts

69 months

Thursday 8th April
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bolidemichael said:
Apols, I meant with regards to borkage, specifically. I'd consider one too if my wife didn't vehemently disapprove of the image. Also, no estates.
Ha! No apols necessary - when I said "some of us" I was thinking more of the barge philosophy which pervades the thread, rather than Lexus owners specifically.

Derventio

445 posts

62 months

Thursday 8th April
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Well what do you know! Turns out a Nissan President can be bought for under thread budget:


https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1201854

21st Century Man

35,293 posts

212 months

Thursday 8th April
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Prinny said:
21st Century Man said:
Isofix? Pah!
Battles were frequently fought between my sister & I to have the honour of sitting above the engine in dad’s VW camper van when young.
Mum's car was a 76 Corvette. I would sit on the handbrake housing between the seats and my brother and sister would sit in the passenger seat, we'd have the T top off in good weather and I'd have my head stuck out.

21st Century Man

35,293 posts

212 months

Thursday 8th April
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Derventio said:
Should I now buy a Nissan President?
Or a 4th gen Caprice, it's not like you can tell the difference?


rejn

1,793 posts

186 months

Thursday 8th April
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Sorry to take thread off on a tangent... but I’m struggling to find a replacement fuel tank for my W124 300TD. Any ideas where I could find one?

plasticpig

12,283 posts

189 months

Thursday 8th April
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rejn said:
Sorry to take thread off on a tangent... but I’m struggling to find a replacement fuel tank for my W124 300TD. Any ideas where I could find one?
Try: https://www.fraubenz.com/

tobinen

7,558 posts

109 months

Thursday 8th April
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Is she single?

plasticpig

12,283 posts

189 months

Thursday 8th April
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No idea. Got given her contact details when I was looking at 124s and 126s so I could get an idea of pricing if buying a slightly scruffy one. Comes highly recommended from a serial 124 owner though.

W00DY

13,341 posts

190 months

Thursday 8th April
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Beautiful Avantime for sale on Autoste. £8.5k, but a great colour and a full refresh in December at a cost of £6.5k



rejn

1,793 posts

186 months

Thursday 8th April
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plasticpig said:
rejn said:
Sorry to take thread off on a tangent... but I’m struggling to find a replacement fuel tank for my W124 300TD. Any ideas where I could find one?
Try: https://www.fraubenz.com/
thumbup thanks will do

Dapster

5,043 posts

144 months

Thursday 8th April
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Proper engine, decent spec, minor tidying needed



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERCEDES-320-CE-1995-ST...

Bork ahoy with an in thread S600!



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-S600-LONG-WHEE...

d_a_n1979

2,601 posts

36 months

Thursday 8th April
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E38 728i Sport here

Needs some TLC but looks overall a good example:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-e38-728i-2001/19401...

Price is a bit high though IMO, like £1500 too high!

tobinen

7,558 posts

109 months

Thursday 8th April
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I like that CE. Cruise 'n' climate too.

ferrisbueller

26,307 posts

191 months

Thursday 8th April
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Derventio said:
Oh and by the way, DO NOT BUY A DIESEL! It's that awful 1.9 Vauxhall/Fiat lump with all of the attendant cambelt and water pump shenanigans. It is also fitted with a particularly recalcitrant 6 speed gearbox, whereas the 1.6 petrol has a 5 speeder with quite a nice light action.
Assuming the water pump/cambelt is changed to schedule, what are the other issues with that engine?

Macron

6,095 posts

130 months

Thursday 8th April
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ferrisbueller said:
Assuming the water pump/cambelt is changed to schedule, what are the other issues with that engine?
It's a diesel. HTH.



http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/2020091035...

Anyone feeling as brave as Ian? It's 2/3 what others want...


bolidemichael

4,747 posts

165 months

Thursday 8th April
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r129sl said:
tog said:
bolidemichael said:
Here's a later image smile

Snap! Firstborn in my 300SE.

My first born's first ride was in the back of a 126, as well. Boy two had to make do with the 124. A later image taken in between those two momentous events.

beer

BigBen

10,560 posts

194 months

Thursday 8th April
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tobinen said:
I like that CE. Cruise 'n' climate too.
Yes the CE looks like a decent buy.

The S600 in the same post is an early non turbo 600 so offers a poor bork to performance trade off.

W00DY

13,341 posts

190 months

Thursday 8th April
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Macron said:
It's a diesel. HTH.



http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/2020091035...

Anyone feeling as brave as Ian? It's 2/3 what others want...

That one appears to have none of its original bodykit left.

2strokebroke

27 posts

1 month

Thursday 8th April
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W00DY said:
Beautiful Avantime for sale on Autoste. £8.5k, but a great colour and a full refresh in December at a cost of £6.5k


Got a link?