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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

Luke. I bought a 1.6l 02 focus as a run around / skip whilst I do some property up.£ 470. 1 yr mot, 55000 miles. Unfortunantly it's brilliant. 45 mpg even when driving quickly and I've done 8500 miles in 5 months. I love to hate it but it doesn't deserve that, so I can recommend one as a cheap and cheerful winter hack..

TBF I had a 1.6l montego back in the day that did 240000 miles
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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by efi_sprintgte » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

Obviously you bought it as a donor car so the lump and seats etc can be fitted to a small sports :)


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by mikerf » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:20 am

My opinion is coloured by the 3 disastrous BL/Rover cars I owned in the past.

Some say I might have learned my lesson after the first one :( :( :(



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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by Terry H » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:35 am

I had a Rover 800 Vitesse back in 2002 and loved it until the turbo developed a leaking oil seal. I also had a Rover 632GSI two years ago, which was badged as a 600, that's the Honda engine, great to see off boy racers in their VW GTI' s at the lights.
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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by ScimmyMike » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:01 am

Quality purchase there young man :hurrah:
Next up, pipe and slippers along with tartan travel rug and matching thermos, flat cap and string back driving gloves then start practicing the nasally Kenneth Williams style 'well back in my days' whilst driving to a lay-by have a brew watch nothing then driving home at 30mph in a NSL area obviously whilst speeding up when any overtaking opportunity arises for those stuck behind you :w :w :w

Thought you'd had 'orders' to reduce your fleet of crap cars collection of British exotica :lol: :lol:
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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by Corky » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:27 am

I can sort of see where you're coming from Luke. There are 100's of low mileage older cars out there that look too good for the money. Greeny's X-Type for example, not to mention all those MGFs, XJs, XK's, E36 etc. Etc.

Those Rovers were ok back in the day. Much better made than the Escorts and Orions they were up against imho.


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by scim_rebel » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:00 am

Good buy, I'd say; they're a decent car.


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by tanuki » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:06 am

Excellent Luke !
That could very well be the type of car that I could also buy ... adding an extra curiosity to my fleet (...)

I have never had any Rover myself, just heard all sorts of stories about them, so I cannot judge :?
but when I was a kid I fancied the Rover 2000 TC, and a few years back I was tempted by an SD1/Vitesse (a 3500 it was)
I resisted though as it was a bit too 'special' to be registered in France ... it was a car from the Grampian police dpt as far as I remember :lol:

I like Mike's description for those types of cars: British Exotica ... brilliant :mrgreen:

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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by French Coupé » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:49 am

Nice one! In the family we've had a 220 coupe and a 216 GTI of the same era, both were great cars. The 216 did have quite an appetite for half-shafts though... :lol:


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by petermisy » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:05 pm

At least you buy decent ones Luke

I buy rusty ones!!

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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by Will Anderson » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:22 pm

tanuki wrote: it was a car from the Grampian police dpt as far as I remember :lol:
Not this one here?


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:55 pm

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 1594508123

I've got a set of these on order too!


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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by tanuki » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:32 pm

Will Anderson wrote:
tanuki wrote: it was a car from the Grampian police dpt as far as I remember :lol:
Not this one here?
It could very well be this one ... there could not be that many for sale from the same police dpt. :lol:
As far as I remember it was for sale around 4K at the time, but needed some work :oops:
I'll see if I can find some old snapshots on my PC ...
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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by manny » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:47 pm

Ha...wicked!!...i was looking at a 827 sterling !!...not so long a ago...lovely cars IMHO..old cars are quite addictive!...then i spotted a 400 touring..but stopped myself..just yesterday i was offered a S430 Merc for £600!!! with just 93K on the clock....i have no space left :( ( five cars and growing no doubt!)



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Re: Not sure why I keep doing this to myself....

Post by greeny » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:46 pm

Or whip the engine out and stick it in an ss1!!


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