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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 15:21 
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Wasn't it built in Swindon, though?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Wasn't it built in Swindon, though?

Yep!

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 16:44 
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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.

Don't think it's possible to get two lines of 79mm high characters on to a motorcycle sized plate and retain legal spacing around the characters.

You'd have to be ludicrously unlucky to get pulled for it, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 17:08 
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All cars are expensive.


This, basically.

By the time I've had the brake pads and suspension bushes done on the S4, it'll have cost me about £1500 in two months.

In fact, quick tot up:

Tax - £330 (my own fault for getting a car in the 'planet fucking' category, although there are higher brackets than this)
Insurance - £380 (IIRC)
Service - £280
Battery - £220 (lol)
Brake pads and bushes - £300 (guesstimate, labour will be the arse on the bushes apparently)

And then it's about £50-£60 a week in petrol as well. (Again my own fault for using the flappy paddles far more than is necessary and howling the bollocks out of it.) Plus whatever it's depreciating by as well.

If you're driving anything other than a disposable junker then car ownership is basically one of the best ways to set fire to many thousands of pounds per year.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 21:36 
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GazChap wrote:
Lonewolves wrote:
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.

Don't think it's possible to get two lines of 79mm high characters on to a motorcycle sized plate and retain legal spacing around the characters.

You'd have to be ludicrously unlucky to get pulled for it, though.


SUVs often have squareish plates with full sized lettering.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 22:45 
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Yeah, those aren't Japanese-sized plates. Jap plates are the same size as those often found on motorcycles (although the SUV plates you mention are also often seen on motorbikes)

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:30 
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Mate of mine took delivery of this beauty at the end of last week.

88K on the clock but drives like a new car, you can't argue with Honda's bombproof mechanicals.

240bhp to the rear wheels and very little in the way of driver assists. Quite a spirited drive!

This is a 2009 model so it's got the traction control as standard (prior to that even that nod to good behaviour wasn't fitted so get it badly wrong and it will just launch you into a nearby field).

Have to say I have a massive soft spot for fast Hondas, (I've had a Jap import Prelude Type-S in the past, and of course the Type-R was my car before the S4, and a mate had an S2000 over a decade ago), and having had a blast in this S2000 I can well remember why.

This cost £9K, apparently values are on the rise for nice ones now.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 13:32 
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You seem to have forgotten about the Merc.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 15:26 
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Lonewolves wrote:
You seem to have forgotten about the Merc.


Oh yes, deleted from the memory banks already, apparently.

This is how I manage to function within something vaguely resembling normal parameters despite a lifetime of catastrophically self-destructive and expensive decisions in all aspects of my life - outright denial.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 0:15 
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That S2000 does look really nice. Are they OK for 'regular' driving though or is it the sort of car that has to be hooned?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Sir Taxalot wrote:
That S2000 does look really nice. Are they OK for 'regular' driving though or is it the sort of car that has to be hooned?


It's an old-school VTEC so up to 4000rpm it's very tame and a perfectly nice 'normal' car, 4000-6000rpm it starts getting interesting and then 6000-9000rpm it all goes a bit mental.

Peak torque is at 8500rpm.

So it's very much a case of how you drive it and what sort of mood you're in.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:

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Lonewolves wrote:
Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:


Excellent news.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:01 
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Lonewolves wrote:
Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:


Excellent news.

Harsh. Have you been tampering with his brakes?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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To celebrate I've bought a set of genuine remanufactured front calipers in red (£150), OEM Type R front and rear interior mats (£46) and a set of Bosch AeroTwin wiper blades (£15).

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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VTEC is more like 6k in the s2k. 9k redline means an up shift puts you back above it.

It's fine in normal driving before there though.

Just gotta drive it to your mood and not whinge about lack of overtaking 'low down'.


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Slightly more torque than my Civic - ie not much. Rev it high if you want power!

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Just had a sniff around and a shit in the new Nissan Micra at my local Nissan dealer.

Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

However, the new Micra does tick all the right boxes - with one potential exception - and would undoubtedly be more reliable and economical - but I'd basically just be renting it again.

(the exception is that it currently doesn't have an automatic gearbox, and with my current back/leg troubles I'm not sure I can stomach driving a manual day in day out - I'm OK normally but when my problems flare up it causes immense pain to use the clutch)

//edit: Spotted the typo, fuck it, I'm leaving it there :P

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 15:36 
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Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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markg wrote:
GazChap wrote:
Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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Rover 25. 12 months MoT. Some bodywork is a little less that pristine, and the blower doesn't work on settings one and two. £985

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 15:50 
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markg wrote:
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Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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I learnt to drive in one of those, badged as a Kia Pride. Then, a girlfriend (i think kov met her) had a 121. Happy days.

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My mate Matt had a brown Micra in college. It was shit and it clashed with his ginger hair really badly. And he really liked The Pet Shop Boys.

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DavPaz wrote:
My mate Matt had a brown Micra in college. It was shit and it clashed with his ginger hair really badly. And he really liked The Pet Shop Boys.

As you can tell, we were downing in pussy at college


I now have coffee coming from my nose, and over two phones and a laptop. Brilliant.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 16:01 
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Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.

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Lonewolves wrote:
Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.

I had a girlfriend with one of those, too. Never liked it.

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(and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver)


While you will, because you/we can't afford another car.

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Lonewolves wrote:
Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.


The potato shaped Micras were great little cars.


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markg wrote:
Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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Ohhhh yeah, my first car - in an odd yellow/orange colour (it was sunfaded down one side and part of the roof from where it'd been parked up and not used for a year or two by the previous owner (an elderly neighbour).

Great little car, ragged the absolute shit out of it. Fifty quid it cost me :metul:

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I've just serviced Mrs Zs RAV4. :metul:

Mucky job but saves a fair wad doing it yourself. Oil pan helped make things easier.

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