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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 19:51 
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Also, remembered that BMW made the last generation of M3 in a four-door saloon model and now my wallet's itching again. 730d or M3? :P

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 20:02 
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Already looking, Gaz!

Was hard enough getting the one out of my Leon.

Maybe I should have started turning it the right way from the beginning. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 22:27 
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Treated myself to a 6l oil pan too.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 22:29 
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Insurance renewal again. How I hate it. My renewal quote beggared belief, up from £443 last year to £644. Got it down to £363 after an hour or two off faffing around on comparison sites. Yes, it's a reeeeeesult, but I didn't enjoy it very much.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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My car ran lovely this morning :luv:

Next job: Front brakes (slight wobble lately when light braking so I'm guessing I've warped my disks)

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I'm guessing I've warped my disks)


Ouch, get well soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 19:28 
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I was under no illusions when I bought the S4 that it was going to be an expensive fucker to run and maintain, so I'll just roll with the punches when it comes to nonsense like £220 batteries.


Each month a guy in the department forwards an email from a leasing company he uses.

It has various offers and deals on leasing cars.

This month there is an S4 Auto Quattro that appears to be well loaded (Sat Nav, heated seats, rear sensors phone system) for £288 a month with 10,000 PA on a 2-year deal.

A one-off payment of £3600 is also required, so that makes it around £430 a month, last time I looked at our work scheme you couldn't get a basic 320 BMW for that.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 19:46 
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Each month a guy in the department forwards an email from a leasing company he uses.

It has various offers and deals on leasing cars.

This month there is an S4 Auto Quattro that appears to be well loaded (Sat Nav, heated seats, rear sensors phone system) for £288 a month with 10,000 PA on a 2-year deal.

A one-off payment of £3600 is also required, so that makes it around £430 a month, last time I looked at our work scheme you couldn't get a basic 320 BMW for that.


That's not too bad, I assume it's not a brand new S4 though?

I have no idea how these leasing scheme things work we don't really have them over here, does the cost include servicing and maintenance, and fixing stuff if it breaks, or does that all come out of your own pocket?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 22:06 
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The point of leasing is you get a new car. Usually includes servicing, not always tyres.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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BikNorton wrote:
The point of leasing is you get a new car. Usually includes servicing, not always tyres.

Servicing is an option. And normally an overpriced one.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:46 
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Each month a guy in the department forwards an email from a leasing company he uses.

It has various offers and deals on leasing cars.

This month there is an S4 Auto Quattro that appears to be well loaded (Sat Nav, heated seats, rear sensors phone system) for £288 a month with 10,000 PA on a 2-year deal.

A one-off payment of £3600 is also required, so that makes it around £430 a month, last time I looked at our work scheme you couldn't get a basic 320 BMW for that.


That's not too bad, I assume it's not a brand new S4 though?

I have no idea how these leasing scheme things work we don't really have them over here, does the cost include servicing and maintenance, and fixing stuff if it breaks, or does that all come out of your own pocket?



Yes its brand new, I know the work lease scheme includes everything, so you can have them come to work and do tyres and the servicing is included even insurance I think.

With the S4 deal I think you just get the car, these sorts of deals are really popular as you can get cars that were normally well out of you league financially. One of my mates at work had been saving for years to get a good deposit on a an A3 (not sure of the model but its the same sort of car as the 300bhp golf) he now just accepts the fact he is setting aside £200-300 a month and leasing it.

The S4 is tempting as my own car allowance would cover it, but with a car paid for already and a 2nd child due anytime there is always something better to spend £400 a month on.

This is a snip of the S4 deal


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:32 
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12 months up front is fairly cheeky on a 24 month lease. I've only just one to terms with paying 6+36 next time out.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:10 
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EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

It's MoT day!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:21 
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MaliA wrote:
EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

It's MoT day!


Are you running on a book on what it'll fail on?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:30 
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Kern wrote:
MaliA wrote:
EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

It's MoT day!


Are you running on a book on what it'll fail on?


It'll pass, because God hates me.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:20 
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Good luck?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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MaliA wrote:
EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

It's MoT day!

Just picked mine up. Straight pass with no advisories. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Kern wrote:
MaliA wrote:
EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

It's MoT day!


Are you running on a book on what it'll fail on?


Battery insecure, new tyre needed, wiper blade, headlamp adjustment. £125.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:46 
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Have you tried talking to your battery? If that doesn't work there's always counselling.

Give it my best wishes.

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That reminds me, I need to book mine.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 15:47 
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Huh, someone on Facebook has taken umbridge to a photo of an unmarked pilice car in Shrewsbury (large white ford thing, VX17 CKV) being out up, because there's "less chance of creeping up on a burglar, now". Which is odd.

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Huh, someone on Facebook has taken umbridge to a photo of an unmarked pilice car in Shrewsbury (large white ford thing, VX17 CKV) being out up, because there's "less chance of creeping up on a burglar, now". Which is odd.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 20:55 
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Man gets presented with a $57,000 repair estimate from Mercedes to fix his R63. Decides to do it himself in his garage.

(The R63 was a very limited run of what is effectively a minivan with a 507HP 6.3L V8 in it.)

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture ... 00-repair/

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We all know how rare the R63 is. Less than 200 examples were ever built, making the V8-powered minivan a hard car to find. User "Mazdadeuce" over on the Grassroots Motorsports forums decided to pick up a white example with 94,000 miles on the clock from a Mercedes dealer without any kind of warranty. Sadly, 12,000 miles into ownership, one of the head bolts near the back of the engine failed, causing everything to go to hell.

So, Mazdadeuce took his ailing Merc to the local dealership to assess the damage. In the end, they came back with a staggering $57,515 repair estimate to rebuild the engine. Absurd? Yes. But that's the price of late-model German luxury.


There's a fantastically engrossing thread to read, it starts off with the guy researching the car and buying it, then on Page 7 disaster strikes (it starts smoking like crazy, and there's coolant in the oil).

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum ... 824/page7/

The thread's still running but he's basically managed to take it all to pieces, and put it back together again, doing a repair for a couple of thousand dollars in parts that Mercedes wanted over $57,000 for.

There are loads of pictures and it's a really good read.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Expensive month this month. Having remedial work done to the Celica by my trusty specialist, and also some cosmetic stuff too.

General servicing, including fixing various minor niggles - £450. This could have been worse, as the sunroof wasn't working and a local garage has diagnosed it as the mechanism being fucked, which would have meant cutting the roof out and welding it back in with a new mechanism - trusty mechanic just replaces the faulty switch ;)

Cutting out a growing patch of rust on my near side rear arch, then fabricating and welding in a replacement patch, including painting - £400.

Undersealing the car for rustproofing - £120.

Refurbishing all four wheels to repaint them in white and get rid of kerb marks - probably near £400.

Have now asked trusty mechanic to powder coat my brake calipers while he's got it, too.

Oh, and Jem's Fabia has had a massive coolant leak for months. Took it to be looked at while we were away - leak diagnosed as being in the water pump. Cam belt also looked like it was hanging on by its last thread so replaced that too. £253.

Hopefully all the remedial work will minimise future expenditure on the Celica though.

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Ouch. Old cars are expensive aren't they? Things I need/want doing:

Short term:
Wheels refurbed
Rear window privacy glass
New front and rear red H badges
New front wiper arms
New driver side wing mirror
Scratches and paint chips resprayed
Japanese shape registration plates

Longer term:
Mugen grille and front bumper lip
Full respray or vinyl wrap in championship white
Wheels refurbed in CW
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Careful with the number plates - you could get pulled by a particularly arsey plod - JDM sized plates (well, motorcycle plates) are technically only legal on imported vehicles that can't fit a standard UK plate.

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Ouch. Old cars are expensive aren't they?


All cars are expensive. My Octavia has needed nothing but scheduled services (4 so far, all free) and a pair of front tyres in the last 41k, but I've been paying a few hundred quid a month in depreciation.

In other car related news, I did the Morgan factory tour on Monday which I can highly recommend as it's a fascinating place. Only downside is I'm now trying to work out if I should buy a three wheeler :D


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GazChap wrote:
Careful with the number plates - you could get pulled by a particularly arsey plod - JDM sized plates (well, motorcycle plates) are technically only legal on imported vehicles that can't fit a standard UK plate.

Is that true? Hmmm.


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GazChap wrote:
Careful with the number plates - you could get pulled by a particularly arsey plod - JDM sized plates (well, motorcycle plates) are technically only legal on imported vehicles that can't fit a standard UK plate.

Is that true? Hmmm.

Yup.

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GazChap wrote:
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Careful with the number plates - you could get pulled by a particularly arsey plod - JDM sized plates (well, motorcycle plates) are technically only legal on imported vehicles that can't fit a standard UK plate.

Is that true? Hmmm.

Yup.

That's not clear. It seems to refer to having characters that are smaller than the UK legal size. I'd get UK legal size lettering just with a different shaped plate to match JDM.


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