RE: ?100K Garage: Roman Goroshko

RE: ?100K Garage: Roman Goroshko

Wednesday 26th April 2017

£100K Garage: Roman Goroshko

More spent on the USA than Germany and a lot more on Europe than Japan - over to Roman to explain!



Name: Roman Goroshko
Previously owned: Numerous bicycles
Currently owned: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi (first car!)
On the shortlist: Something for everyday, something with a Toyota 1JZ engine and an E46 BMW M3

UK: Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Cost: £38,995
Balance: £61,005
Why I chose it: "This would be my daily driver and what better than a 'Jaaaaag' with a supercharged V8 that sounds frighteningly powerful?! I chose this particular example over the others due to the fact it's a Sportbrake. It looks fantastic to my eyes and is a little different from all the German machinery on the roads."


Germany: BMW M3 (E46)
Cost: £9,750
Balance: £51,225
Why I chose it: "Everyone (on PH, anyway) wants a car they can just take for a drive, not worry about a destination, just enjoy the thrill of driving. This is what I would have; the E46 M3, commonly regarded as one of the last proper M cars. As soon as I heard the howling inline-six on numerous YouTube videos I have yearned to own one! This one stood out for me because of three things: the matte paint, CSL alloys and the manual gearbox."

USA: Chevrolet El Camino
Cost: £14,950
Balance: £36,275
Why I chose it: "I'm a keen cyclist and what better to chuck bikes in the back that a ute? I think utes (especially with a V8) are possibly one of the coolest car niches ever, it's a real shame we don't have more in the UK. In an ideal world I would love to have an HSV Maloo with a huge whining supercharger but sadly they are rather dear; this El Camino really caught my eye, mainly because it's a rare RHD example. I live in Dorset and would love to see the look on all the OAP's faces as I drive through the little quaint new forest villages with my bike in the back and a smile on my face."


Rest of Europe: Maserati Spyder
Cost
: £18,995
Balance: £17,280
Why I chose it: "This is the bit I found hardest - the rest of Europe. Living on the south coast I knew it had to be Italian and roof-less. I wanted something to enjoy the most of the English summer (the best day of the year) and this Maserati's gorgeous red interior seems like a good place to sit and watch the Dorset countryside go by. The mileage is a little higher than most examples so maybe I'll save some of the remaining balance in case of surprise repair bills. "

Japan: Nissan Skyline GT
Cost: £6,500
Balance: £10,780
Why I chose it: "I have friends who are very much into their drifting and being a passenger I've wanted a drift car of my own. My dream skid machine would be a 1JZ powered Toyota JZX100 Chaser but sadly I couldn't find any on PH. This is the next best thing, a rare four-door R34 and it's manual. I would probably sink the remaining balance on the import duties and make this a track-ready skid machine! The RB25 sounds almost as good as Toyota's 1JZ, just as much tuning potential and with four doors I can turn my mates pants brown whilst going sideways. " [Sadly Roman's chosen Skyline is no longer available - browse the rest of the non-GTR Skylines here - MB]

 

 

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Resolutionary

Original Poster:

728 posts

102 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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That M3 seems a bit off to me. Repainted with no reason as to why, 3000 miles in two years, aftermarket exhaust photographed but not mentioned, dodgy number plates, and according to the MOT checker it's currently SORN'd.

On the basis that the seller has no idea how to punctuate I'd discard that example altogether, let alone on the finer details listed above.

MrBennStep

20 posts

106 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Resolutionary said:
That M3 seems a bit off to me. Repainted with no reason as to why, 3000 miles in two years, aftermarket exhaust photographed but not mentioned, dodgy number plates, and according to the MOT checker it's currently SORN'd.

On the basis that the seller has no idea how to punctuate I'd discard that example altogether, let alone on the finer details listed above.
Also no mention of the key selling points for an E46 - VANOS, boot floor, brakes. I'd avoid that one (speaking from bitter heartbreaking and expensive experience).

Love the Jaaaaag though.

Resolutionary

Original Poster:

728 posts

102 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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MrBennStep said:
Also no mention of the key selling points for an E46 - VANOS, boot floor, brakes. I'd avoid that one (speaking from bitter heartbreaking and expensive experience).

Love the Jaaaaag though.
I didn't even want to go there with this one - chances are it's being shifted for precisely those reasons! Good luck to the poor sod who chances it on a poorly advertised, Derry based, matte grey M3.

Adz The Rat

9,148 posts

140 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Resolutionary said:
I didn't even want to go there with this one - chances are it's being shifted for precisely those reasons! Good luck to the poor sod who chances it on a poorly advertised, Derry based, matte grey M3.
Barge pole springs to mind.

dollyboy

110 posts

105 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Resolutionary said:
That M3 seems a bit off to me. Repainted with no reason as to why, 3000 miles in two years, aftermarket exhaust photographed but not mentioned, dodgy number plates, and according to the MOT checker it's currently SORN'd.

On the basis that the seller has no idea how to punctuate I'd discard that example altogether, let alone on the finer details listed above.
Rule number one of buying used cars, never buy a car from someone who doesn't punctuate correctly.

Stick by that one rule and you'll never go wrong. Another invaluable tip from PH's forum.
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corcoran

408 posts

205 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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That El Camino is an inspired choice.

Resolutionary

Original Poster:

728 posts

102 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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dollyboy said:
Rule number one of buying used cars, never buy a car from someone who doesn't punctuate correctly.

Stick by that one rule and you'll never go wrong. Another invaluable tip from PH's forum.
It's worked perfectly for me so far and I'm 8 used cars deep now. Anyone able to string a sentence together eloquently is probably also able to maintain a vehicle with similar care and attention.

romangoroshko

7 posts

59 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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As everyone has probably guessed I don't have ANY experience in buying used cars! Worthy advice though! smile

tomglibbery

95 posts

64 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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corcoran said:
That El Camino is an inspired choice.
Agreed! That car is one of the best £100k garage choices for a long time.

And just to jump on the bandwagon, that M3 listing is ringing so many alarm bells it's given me tinitus!

shalmaneser

3,408 posts

126 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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MrBennStep said:
Resolutionary said:
That M3 seems a bit off to me. Repainted with no reason as to why, 3000 miles in two years, aftermarket exhaust photographed but not mentioned, dodgy number plates, and according to the MOT checker it's currently SORN'd.

On the basis that the seller has no idea how to punctuate I'd discard that example altogether, let alone on the finer details listed above.
Also no mention of the key selling points for an E46 - VANOS, boot floor, brakes. I'd avoid that one (speaking from bitter heartbreaking and expensive experience).

Love the Jaaaaag though.
Nothing wrong with the e46 brakes!

Plus, if they're knackered you can pop on some Porsche bits.

johnwilliams77

4,297 posts

34 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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shalmaneser said:
Nothing wrong with the e46 brakes!

Plus, if they're knackered you can pop on some Porsche bits.
Except on track

ChemicalChaos

8,758 posts

91 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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tomglibbery said:
corcoran said:
That El Camino is an inspired choice.
Agreed! That car is one of the best £100k garage choices for a long time.
It's brilliant, and if I had the money I'd buy it - but it really wants a proper set of period alloys and high-profile white-lettered donut tyres on it. All those tacky modern wheels do is show off how tiny the brakes are.....

Gus265

123 posts

64 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Wow - the M3 used to be white - check the engine bay. I thought when it said repaint I thought at least a proper job! But as everyone else said - everything about that car is wrong. Choose a better M3 and great garage!

samoht

730 posts

77 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Japan: Nissan Skyline GT... The RB25 sounds almost as good as Toyota's 1JZ, just as much tuning potential

It does, unfortunately based on the model name this car probably doesn't have an RB25. The Skyline range generally starts with something pretty feeble, moves up to the lukewarm normally aspirated sixes, then the punchy single-turbo model, and finally the twin-turbo GTR.

A 'Skyline GT' of the R34 variety means the entry-level, with a naturally-aspirated 2.0l six making 153hp; think of a Nissan equivalent to the Lexus IS200. It could drift with a lot of commitment, but not exactly a monster nor high on tuning potential, being non-turbo.

Anyway.. like the choices, the El Camino is inspired as a cheap, practical, OTT V8, and the Maserati looks fun too, lots of good value drivers' cars there.

dollyboy

110 posts

105 months

Thursday 27th April 2017
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Resolutionary said:
It's worked perfectly for me so far and I'm 8 used cars deep now. Anyone able to string a sentence together eloquently is probably also able to maintain a vehicle with similar care and attention.
roflroflroflroflrofl

I really hope that's a joke. I certainly can't string a sentence together eloquently, but I like to think I'm rather good at my profession as a commissoning engineer. I've always found mechanics to be quite different to English language, I'm sure there's some very talented mechanics who are illiterate.

Resolutionary

Original Poster:

728 posts

102 months

Thursday 27th April 2017
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dollyboy said:
roflroflroflroflrofl

I really hope that's a joke. I certainly can't string a sentence together eloquently, but I like to think I'm rather good at my profession as a commissoning engineer. I've always found mechanics to be quite different to English language, I'm sure there's some very talented mechanics who are illiterate.
It depends entirely on the contents of the advert. Look at all 5 car ads posted in this £100k garage and tell me that the M3 is being presented to a comparably thorough degree?

I'm not saying I'd outright discount someone for making a few spelling mistakes or missing a couple of commas but there is no way I'd part with anything close to £10k on something advertised like the M3 posted here - there are many more sellers out there who present their adverts in a way that helps you to get an understanding of a cars history without you even having to pick up the phone. As I say, my (somewhat odd, perhaps) approach to used car purchasing has steered me towards some absolute gems so far, and some genuinely lovely people to boot.

P.s. you clearly can put a coherent sentence together - and I'd happily buy a car off you smile

Vroom101

801 posts

64 months

Thursday 27th April 2017
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ChemicalChaos said:
tomglibbery said:
corcoran said:
That El Camino is an inspired choice.
Agreed! That car is one of the best £100k garage choices for a long time.
It's brilliant, and if I had the money I'd buy it - but it really wants a proper set of period alloys and high-profile white-lettered donut tyres on it. All those tacky modern wheels do is show off how tiny the brakes are.....
Yep, that car is the pick of the bunch for me. Full of character, practical and right-hand-drive as an added bonus! A workmate has an older example and his is used as the goods wagon on the annual LeMans trip.

Guvernator

8,322 posts

96 months

Friday 28th April 2017
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Loving the Spyder and the El Camino is an inspired choice but blowing 40% of the budget on the sensible estate car, just why?

As others have stated I wouldn't touch that M3 with a barge pole and a non Turbo Skyline, no thanks!

Mattjevans

90 posts

23 months

Friday 28th April 2017
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There shouldn't be any surprise repair bills on the Maserati.