The Joy of Running an Old Shed (Vol 2)

The Joy of Running an Old Shed (Vol 2)

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The Rotrex Kid

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26,726 posts

137 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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v15ben

15,400 posts

218 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Here's to another 10,000 posts about old sheds on the happiest, most care-free thread on PH. thumbup

giblet

8,286 posts

154 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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v15ben said:
I've just passed 15,600 miles in my non-shed Berlingo since buying it in March!
52MPG average helps though.
My previous Micra Auto Shed did 37MPG over 26K miles.
That’s a lot of miles! I’m fortunate to have a very short commute. Working from home for a year and a bit also helped to reduce my mileage. I keep toying with changing the 9-3 wagon shed as VED and MPG annoy me but there is nothing else out there for the same money

bristolracer

5,121 posts

126 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Anybody know much about the C max? They seem to have dropped into shed territory.
I'm possibly after a roomy shed estate for commuting and they tick a lot of boxes.

ChocolateFrog

16,494 posts

150 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Having an expensive (for me) car has made me realise how much I miss sheds.

Just don't have the space on the drive at the moment.

Pistonheader101

1,852 posts

84 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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yeti shed is going soon, nothing wrong with it, just not used enough

Davie

4,206 posts

192 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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giblet said:
That’s a lot of miles! I’m fortunate to have a very short commute. Working from home for a year and a bit also helped to reduce my mileage. I keep toying with changing the 9-3 wagon shed as VED and MPG annoy me but there is nothing else out there for the same money
I'm also considering a change. Have the diesel V50 which has been great, just care free, hassle free motoring and also have an old V70 T5 that's in need of a lot of time and effort, which I don't have. Debated consolidating both into one "do it all" car and mulled over anything from an old Legacy to a newer vRS estate to an S4.

The opportunity to buy an old 2998 V70 diesel has presented itself and with it, brought up some serious mulling over. It's a very tidy thing and would be good as a cheap, simple yet retro cool second car but then again is it too clean to shed... and too old to act as a backup family tool. Plus I've had the V50 for years and for me, that speaks volumes about how good it does what I need it to do.

The old T5 I have isn't that tidy but has sentimental value so I bought it back with my rose tinted specs on but it's sat untouched for months, I simply don't have the time for a big project. Plus to use as a daily or a random blast tool, it's not that suited. It's the old head Vs heart thing as usual... and I'm sat on the fence, undecided. I love shed motoring and the freedom it brings but I sometimes miss having something to have a bit pride in too.

Decisions.

v15ben

15,400 posts

218 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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giblet said:
That’s a lot of miles! I’m fortunate to have a very short commute.
My best/worst was 24K miles in a year in a £1000 Pixo when my commute was 4 miles each way. hehe

Captain Answer

1,183 posts

164 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Pistonheader101 said:
yeti shed is going soon, nothing wrong with it, just not used enough
I quite fancy one of these as a shed

anonymous-user

31 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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bristolracer said:
Anybody know much about the C max? They seem to have dropped into shed territory.
I'm possibly after a roomy shed estate for commuting and they tick a lot of boxes.
1.8 petrol is a chain driven unit I believe - that would be my choice, they seem pretty solid.

sgtbash

618 posts

113 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Currently, in love with my Vauxhall Insignia biggrin

Costs me nothing to run, cost pretty much nothing in the first place, and I don't care about it being dinged in car parks or left in rough areas.

The boot is cavernous, it even has Bluetooth. What more could a man need laugh


Shabaza

40 posts

74 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Pistonheader101 said:
yeti shed is going soon, nothing wrong with it, just not used enough
Is it a diesel? and how much?

Drezza

1,186 posts

31 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Pistonheader101 said:
yeti shed is going soon, nothing wrong with it, just not used enough
Wouldn't mind getting one of these for my mum, got any details?

keo

1,251 posts

147 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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I keep thinking about my “shed” it’s a 2008 A3 2.0tdi Quattro I bought it over 5 years ago. It was fairly tidy then. I have done over 100k init and gets over 50mpg on a run. It is starting to look a bit tatty, I polished it for the first time in ages the other week and I thought this is getting a bit rough!

But I drove work init last night on the boring m6 and thought what would an expensive car do that this wouldn’t! I do fancy a Macan or 420/30d but I think it would be madness. Nice having a car I don’t really care about. It’s done nearly 170k now. Here is hoping to easily 200k+

Arnold Cunningham

2,375 posts

230 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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We looked at a C Max when we bought our Mazda 5.

They were next to each other on the forecourt. The C Max was 1K more, higher mileage, and in much worse nick. But had the identical engine 1.6 DV6C engine in. So my takeaway from that was that the ford held a bit of a premium for being a Ford C Max.

I'm not completely genned up on the engines in the fords, but I think If it's the 1.6 diesel, go with 2010 or newer. The earlier 1.6 diesel isn't great for reliability, but the later one is OK. It's a super common engine used across ford, volvo, peugeot, mazda, citroen, mini - pretty much, in the UK, if you drive a 1.6 diesel, it's probably one of these engines.

So you don't want the DV6 16 valve engine, but you do want the later DV6C 8 valve engine which is alright.
Seems counterintuitive doesn't it - they went from 16 valves down to 8.....

bristolracer said:
Anybody know much about the C max? They seem to have dropped into shed territory.
I'm possibly after a roomy shed estate for commuting and they tick a lot of boxes.

anonymous-user

31 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Arnold Cunningham said:
We looked at a C Max when we bought our Mazda 5.

They were next to each other on the forecourt. The C Max was 1K more, higher mileage, and in much worse nick. But had the identical engine 1.6 DV6C engine in. So my takeaway from that was that the ford held a bit of a premium for being a Ford C Max.

I'm not completely genned up on the engines in the fords, but I think If it's the 1.6 diesel, go with 2010 or newer. The earlier 1.6 diesel isn't great for reliability, but the later one is OK. It's a super common engine used across ford, volvo, peugeot, mazda, citroen, mini - pretty much, in the UK, if you drive a 1.6 diesel, it's probably one of these engines.

So you don't want the DV6 16 valve engine, but you do want the later DV6C 8 valve engine which is alright.
Seems counterintuitive doesn't it - they went from 16 valves down to 8.....

bristolracer said:
Anybody know much about the C max? They seem to have dropped into shed territory.
I'm possibly after a roomy shed estate for commuting and they tick a lot of boxes.
Thats got me wondering whether the MK3 Focus is 8v or 16v in 1.6 115bhp flavour - that seems much more refined and robust compared to the 1.6 110 in the MK2.

Eyersey1234

2,612 posts

56 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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As far as I know all the Mk3 Focus 1.6tdci have the later 8v engine

anonymous-user

31 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Eyersey1234 said:
As far as I know all the Mk3 Focus 1.6tdci have the later 8v engine
I did think so - excellent fuel economy too. The 1499cc TDCi unit that is still used now is also very good, though I'm not sure if it's just the 1560cc unit that has been fiddled with.

ghost83

4,877 posts

167 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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Update to the insignia saga

There is a metal vac pipe that runs to the actuator just behind the radiator, this has broken

He’s ordered a new part and will have it back to me tomorrow he glued it where the metal goes into the rubber and asked me to test it which I went round the block, this cured it but then popped off again so this proves the turbo and engine is fine!

Back to happy shedding tomorrow!


CinnamonFan

794 posts

173 months

Thursday 14th October 2021
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ghost83 said:
Update to the insignia saga

There is a metal vac pipe that runs to the actuator just behind the radiator, this has broken

He’s ordered a new part and will have it back to me tomorrow he glued it where the metal goes into the rubber and asked me to test it which I went round the block, this cured it but then popped off again so this proves the turbo and engine is fine!

Back to happy shedding tomorrow!
Good result!