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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 14:29 
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Mr Chonks wrote:
I own mine outright now so it’s just VED, fuel and insurance. Going to see what happens this year if I reduce my mileage right down.

I’ve heard one insurer has given cash back to to policy owners doing less miles than they anticipated!

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 14:51 
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Zardoz wrote:
Mr Chonks wrote:
I own mine outright now so it’s just VED, fuel and insurance. Going to see what happens this year if I reduce my mileage right down.

I’ve heard one insurer has given cash back to to policy owners doing less miles than they anticipated!

Probably not mine. I always go for the absolute cheapest

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 15:13 
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Yeah, Admiral gave us £50, which was better than a kick in the balls.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 15:35 
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Was the kick in the balls an introductory offer?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 17:05 
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Zardoz wrote:
Was the kick in the balls an introductory offer?


It was, and it was delivered by the Admiral herself (that lady from the Scottish Widows advert has been enlisted to try and modernise Admiral's image)


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 13:15 
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Just changed the front brake pads on my car. £60 for parts, vs £130 at Kwik Fit vs £280 at Mini.

Man points earned, though I may die at the first corner where I need to slow down.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Ah the first run after changing your own pads/disks :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Ah the first run after changing your own pads/disks :D


I made it back in one piece. Smoother & stronger braking than on the worn OEM pads, and no excess heat from either side so I don't believe they are binding at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 15:48 
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Good stuff. Even with buying calliper winding kit, calliper hooks and top brand pads and disks you can save a fortune by doing them yourself.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Zardoz wrote:
Good stuff. Even with buying calliper winding kit, calliper hooks and top brand pads and disks you can save a fortune by doing them yourself.


Yep. I bought a "normal" caliper winding kit to do pads on one of my Octavias, then had to buy the opposite threaded one for the Fiat Bravo I had after which had different directions for the opposite side of the car.

I've used them about half a dozen times on a few cars so that's probably saved £1000


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 22:50 
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It's the MR2, as seen in other threads. It's got some pretty impressive rust at the backs of both sills which is why I picked it up cheap. It also suffered from no-starty-sometimes and coily-on-off-sparky-gone but I've sorted those problems already. Once the sills are done there's a fair bit of suspension donk-donk to sort and the AC doesn't work but I'll probably drive it for a bit then sell it.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:52 
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Yeah, that rust has taken really well! Always liked the shape of the Mk1 & 2's.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 20:56 
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Yeah, that rust has taken really well! Always liked the shape of the Mk1 & 2's.

It's got through 3 layers of sills and eaten half the wheel tub!
I had this exact model in black a while ago and I've always really missed it.


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Looking forward to seeing the progress! How’s the Scimitar?

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