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Old 12th August 2009, 11:54 PM
les g les g is offline
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right guys some help/advice/sensible input needed.......please
it looks likely that work will be restricting the use of our company vans at weekends (yes its the recession and cost saving BLAH.BLAH.BLAH )
so i will need something for the weekend sir.............
option 1.
doggy escort diesel /diesel van that can sit around all week rotting for its one drive out on a weekend when she is goin shops i,m doin something else
option 2.
aging 3 series bmw or 2.0 hyundai coupe type thing thats got a bit of zip for the occasional chuckle that can sit there all week etc.
option 3. your thoughts please ......................................
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Old 13th August 2009, 03:11 PM
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any takers
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Old 13th August 2009, 03:31 PM
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Cant go too far wrong with a french diesel, summat like a 206 van.
Friend of mine picked one up for 300 W-reg 100k miles
Easy enough to work on...
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Old 13th August 2009, 04:18 PM
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XR4i...... very carefully thrashed at every given opportunity especially in the rain, taxed mot'd and was even serviced about a 1000 miles ago.

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Old 13th August 2009, 06:33 PM
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Get an old Volvo, one of the rear wheel drive ones. 240, 740, 760, 940, 960. The bigger the engine the cheaper they are, I bought my 3ltr 960 for 575. It's towed plenty of cars for many miles, I use it every day, I've had it 18 months now, only thing I've had to do is change the radiator.
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Old 13th August 2009, 06:39 PM
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Go for the oil burner Escort van,put engine in Roadster,IVA with oil burner and then, the cunning part of the plan. Fit something nasty !
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Old 13th August 2009, 10:23 PM
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interesting thoughts guys
99% of the time i dont need a car our family car is a honda , replaced every third year
and work are muting thoughts of 60 miles in the van at weekends
which covers most things
except for outings etc
i,m just sick that i,ll have a car rotting in the street all week goin nowhere
i would mind puttin fuel in the van actually if we can strike a compromise....

as for an XR4I thats a thought i,d love to drive around and smell of resin lol
i,ll take it mister....

oil burner van sounds good as i work on plant if know what i mean wink wink
and the volvo sounds like thats worth a looking into could take the dogs as well in either the van or volvo
cheers off to get a yellow paper in the morning then
cheers les g

ps .. oil burner in a roadster is soooo wrong .......i,ve got a nasty zetec with trick cams ,megajolt and zx12 carbs on a bogg bros manifold ......isn,t that nasty enough????????????
mind you if you speak to missus she just says you know you,re gonna fit a cossie in it in the end ......you just as well own up to it and do it
huffs and walks away
and i,ve never ever mentioned it ............women bah !!!! they think they can read you like a book ..

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Old 13th August 2009, 10:47 PM
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Read between the lines Les,oil burner no cat, no lambda, no problem.
Just thought of problem,change of fuel later may give bother and re-IVA, Ignore Me.....

You can get 200bhp from oil burner.........
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Old 13th August 2009, 11:02 PM
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mate i,ve worked on really powerful oil burners in the past
and still cant fancy one in my roadster
see one of my old posts of one of my builds/pictures turbo and intercooler it just wont fit
it was bigger than a roadster
he he
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Old 14th August 2009, 09:30 AM
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I needed a 2nd car about 3 years ago. It was to be used for the odd day when my wife needed 'our' car. I bought a cinquecento sporting for about 100, spent about 50 getting it MOT'ed. Its been my daily driver every day since, only once did it refuse to start. Great little car, as economical as an old oil burner if driven carefully, and will see off Zee German Uber Wagon that insist he must get infront of you as your car is smaller than his. Very nippy due to the lightness. And (IMHO) they look good with it too. I have joined the owners club, improved my car to make it go and stop even better and as its Italian I often go along to AutoItalia club events. Oh how the Ferrari owners look down at the Fiat drivers

So, yes I am biased, but you can't go far wrong with a little chinky sporting.
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