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Car Histories
on: April 15, 2020, 13:55:15 PM
So we haven't done one of these in a decade or so I reckon ;D It's been fun going back through the forum posts to see when I bought each car, along with the apparent excitement and naivety :lol:

Let's hear and see your car histories as far as possible (including matt who has driven the same car for as long as I can remember, kudos). I might add pics later, we'll see.

2002/3 - '92 Renault Clio RN, then some more petrol Clios, then some more petrol Clios
This RN was a sack of sh*t, but as my first car it started my on/off Helsinki syndrome at the hands of Renault (beggars cannot be choosers after all). As a first car it was just right for scraping, crashing and ripping out the stereo to fit a Pioneer HU and bass box in the boot. The mechanicals though... each one had something grossly abnormal happen like the thottle cable jamming, or were holistically unreliable. I'm not sure why I kept buying them, better the devil you know perhaps?
Worst incident: Clutch cable snapping, leaving me unable to change gear properly; I limped it 5 miles home in traffic using first gear.
Best incident: scrapping it.

2007 - '89 Eunos Roadster 1.6
So began the love affair with the MX-5, I spent top money sprucing her up, fitted new lightweight alloys with decent tyres. Easily the most fun drive I've had, especially in the summer with the topdown, steering, alignment and weight distribution were perfect.
Worst incident: Park brake failing on a hill and it rolled back into a wall, needing a bumper respray. Luckily nothing else was behind it!
Best incident: Having a kid come up to me saying "wow, your car is so cool, how did you get that?" thinking it was a Ferrari or something :lol:

2008 - '00 Renault Clio 1.2
Another turd, this one a little more polished, but still an instant regret purchased solely in the pursuit of cheaper motoring. Moving swiftly on...

2008 - Audi A4 B5 1.9 TDI
This was a terrible decision :lol: Not because the A4 is inherently bad but because I bought one from a Euro-meathead who had lowered it, tinted the windows, fitted some bodykit and RS4 stickers and a new exhaust. The engine rattled like a bag of marbles. If was okay to drive when the turbo was working (leaks aplenty) but it wasn't long before I had to get shot. The guy I eventually sold it to emailed me about a month later to say that that the engine basically exploded, but he got it for half the price sold as seen and just said c'est la vie!

2009 ish? - knighty's BMW 325td
Loved this car, this is the car that first got me interested in BMWs, I bought it off knighty after he sold it to mr_roll and then bought it back again, then he very kindly helped me keep it going until it was doomed to badly fail its MOT. The right shape, the right drive, comfortable and an unbreakable engine. This thing took some abuse, especially after we modified it to run on veg oil with the help of knighty fitting a heater and wider fuel lines. I did many long runs in this car to visit knighty and Bacon, which always ended up being an adventure of something hilarious happening.
Worst incident(s): Standing outside in the freezing cold desperately trying to get it started because the veg oil had thickened in the pipes (a bit of petrol in the tank helps!).
Best incident(s): Clock'd 'n' Bacon's dodgy car repair services & towing Alan's dying van to bump start it, before watching him drive down the road with a thick white smog filling the entire road for a few hundred yards as he began his perilous trip back to Sunderland. :lol: You can read about it all in that thread.

2011 - Skoda Octavia 1.9 SDI
This was another POS, anyone that tells you Skoda aren't like they used to be is lying. Utter garbage build quality, no refinement. Close call between this and the numerous Clio's I've had. Ran it on the veg oil again for a bit, but it didn't last long. Sold it to another guy interested in doing the same.
Worst incident: Having to drive it.
Best incident: Selling it.

2012 - '90 MX-5 mk1 1.8
Idris was raw, but also didn't feel as balanced as my other MX-5s. A good and interesting stop gap for me until I could find a better one, which came up on a classified wall at Tesco of all places.

2013 - MX-5 mk1 Harvard 1.8
Continued the love affair with the MX-5s, grabbing this rarer one at < 50k miles with red leather interior. Possibly my favourite of all the MX-5s I owner other than my first Eunos Roadster that I spent a fortune on. I painted the rocker cover red to match the interior!

2015 - Golf mk4 diesel
A bad example of a Golf, it certainly wasn't as reliable as I was expecting but nothing major went wrong with the worst problem being the heater unit packing in. Not much else to say about it really, they are very boring cars.

2016 - Mazda 6 TR2
This poor car had been really badly abused by the previous owner, the wheel alignment was completely wrecked and couldn't be properly fixed without a lot of work doing, so this didn't hang around too long. Nice to drive generally though and performed well enough.
Worst incident: Garage improperly fitting new front brakes causing the lines to get caught and shredded. I had to brake using the handbrake coming off a motorway slip road :o The garage admitted full fault of course and fixed it.

2016/17 ? - BMW X3 3.0 M-Sport TDI
I really liked this car. Quite nice to drive, silly fast once I had the DPF removed and it remapped, and all round practical and comfortable, good trim level with built in satnav, etc. I only got rid of it because of the incoming diesel regs (wasn't going to bother refitting a DPF).

2018 - '05 BMW 735i
I loved this car, even though it has cost me dearly as I spent as much again on fixing it as I did buying it. The first iDrive 7 series as seen remote controlled in Tomorrow Never Dies. Utterly buttery smooth ride, gearbox and acceleration, all the creature comforts, simply amazing as a tourer. £99 maxing the pump wouldn't even fill the tank though (which would last 350 miles driving economically). I regret never giving Sport mode a proper go and not getting the 750 instead.
Worst incident: Parking. Anywhere.
Best incident: Driving. Anywhere.

2020 - '05 Toyota Prius 1.5 T4 CVT

So I decided now I'm WFH full time and wasn't driving the 735 that I should really consider something more sensible that is going to be sat on the drive, doing 20 miles a week tops. Enter the Prius. I went in expecting to really hate this car but actually its not as slow as I expected it would be, its nicer to drive than I thought it would be - the CVT is as smooth as the 7 series astonishingly - and I have a new game seeing how long I can keep it reading 99mpg when it switches to running on the traction battery :D I filled the tank when I bought it in February and it has lost a single block off the digital fuel guage in that time (though admittedly I haven't drive the car in weeks now with the virus lockdown. Still. so far it is proving simply fantastic in terms of the hybrid tech and excellent Toyota build quality throughout. Insanely, this costs me more to insure than the 735, which I can only put down to every taxi in the UK now being a Prius (especially in London).

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Re: Car Histories
Reply #1 on: April 15, 2020, 23:14:36 PM
That was a great read  ;D :thumbup: tbh when I see a colourful history of cars like that I feel I've missed out in a way, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side and all that.

2003 - 1998 rev5 MR2 Turbo.
I expected to keep it for a while, expecting it maybe to be "not economically viable" At some point in the future, but it's been so ridiculously reliable, and as time went on planned obsolescence crept more and more into vehicles, while shared platforms with manufacturers just made most choices more and more boring.

Worst incidents: Crashing more than once very early on (it can be brutal) Neglecting it a couple of winters, though it still came back for more. The back end melting (cosmetic only) As an arsonist set fire to the tree outside my parents house where I left it for a while (I'd moved to the other side of town and didn't need it much) Similarly whilst there my parents also opened their sh*tty base model merc door onto it repeatedly and damaged the paintwork on the driver side door, they can be astonishingly dim, as can I, I suppose, for leaving it on their drive, I'd have been better off parking it in an active war zone.
Best incident: Just driving it I suppose, a standard power toyota from 1998 (the actual engine spec is the same as a rev3 from 1994) Should be being left for dead on the roads in 2020, amusingly it's not the case.

I am looking at the plausibility of a new car next year (as well as, not getting rid) As it looks like the used car market might tank in the coming months, we shall see.

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Reply #2 on: April 16, 2020, 07:25:22 AM
tbh when I see a colourful history of cars like that I feel I've missed out in a way, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side and all that.

Honestly, it's been a lot more bad than good, you couldn't pay me to drive some of those sh*theaps again :lol: I'm quite envious that you've managed to keep a car that you genuinely love for so long, whereas some of my car marriages have ended in painful divorce!

If I had to have a keeper for as long as you have out of them all it would have to be either the 735i or - more impractically for a family man - the MX-5 Harvard, which I would eventually fit a supercharger to ;D

Given the choice of a dream car I'd like as a keeper though I can think of plenty of alternatives I would still like to give a go before petrol disappears, like a classic 986 Boxster S with the flat six engine (attainable) or a V10 BMW M5 (that's never going to happen realistically though). What I can see actually happening though, is I will end up keeping this Prius for a long time and eventually go full electric (or hydrogen cell!) when the time is actually right for one of them.

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Reply #3 on: April 16, 2020, 17:13:05 PM
I'll have a think about the dates later, but here's a potted history!

Land Rover Series 1 Trialler - This had the standard 2 litre petrol engine, two bucket seats and a roll cage, painted bright yellow and blue with house paint.  Used it off road at various Peak and Dukeries events as a boy.
Once went out with all the land rovers my dad and friends had to go pull people out of the snow, I remember two lashed together trying to pull a bus up a steep Sheffield road, and me being ordered to go and get mine to help.  Must have been about 10 years old as I was ragging this land rover up through the park and up to where my dad and friends were.
Sold it to fund a pushbike.

1988 Mini Mayfair - Painted black with a red roof.  More rot than metal, bought out of someones front garden for £350, spent a small fortune on it and sold it for £50.  Drove it everywhere although I didn't have a license.  :dunno:

1999 Ford Ka, Started life off as a standard looking Ka, with a MSD Factory option bodykit.  Looked a little different on 15" wheels.
Sank an inordinate amount of money into it, bought a crashed Ford Ka Group N rally car and transplanted over whatever would fit, engine was sent away at one point to have various works done to it.  When I was insuring it, it took three pages of A4 paper to declare all the modifications.  All performance ones, no cosmetics.  Got annoyed with how much it was costing to insure, so I sold it on to buy...

1995 Vauxhall Astra Sport, 1.8.  Left it stock.  Just drove it and fixed the cam sensor every few months.  Great car really.  Sold it on and bought...

1996 Fiat Cinqucento Sporting - Fitted a stupid stereo, blew up the coolant system and fried the head gasket. Ended up getting properly ropy and traded it in against -

2005 Honda Accord Estate, 2.2 Diesel.  Great car.  Went everywhere in it.  It was the wife's resposibility as she was doing vast miles.  Turned out she never serviced it over about 60k miles and the timing chain snapped.  Prior to this, some drunken bellend side swiped it and trashed one side of it.
After the timing belt snapped, we spent a fortune trying to fix it, but it was never meant to be.  The garage who were trying to fix it let me advertise it for sale from there, and even chucked a bucket of water over it for me.  Was a mistake, as the buyer was an arsehole who kept ringing the garage to bitch at them.

Same time as owning that, I went through several other cars as second cars.

Mitsubishi Delica L400.  The 2.8L Diesel.  Scary fuel consumption.  Scary fuel pump that didn't work properly first thing causing it to die about 100m after setting off and not start until you'd given it about 5 minutes of cranking.  Ended up selling it, and getting -

Renault Clio 1.2.  Bought it hung over.  Didn't test drive it.  Sold it while on holiday, left the key on the wheel and the documents in the boot.  Hated it.  Must have kept it for about 6 months.
Replaced it with a Subaru Legacy 2.2.  Slammed.  Nothing worked in it but it was fun.  A lowered subaru puts the back door in just the right place to hit you in the dick every time you open it.
Stored this car, didn't sell it for ages.

Toyota Soarer - 3.0L 2JZ-GE engine, basically a supra in a suit.  Got given this, drove it ages but I was mostly not working at this point, so the fuel consumption was scary.  Another car stashed.  Eventually, took the number plate off and sold it on to a specialist.  Didn't fit kids seats in very well. 

Volkswagen Bora -  1.6 Auto.  Utterly hateful.  Tried to set itself on fire once.  I was willing to let it.  Scrapped it.  Brought my firstborn home in this car.

Honda Civic Type R - EP3.  Bought this off a colleague, it was an insurance write off, he was reluctant as he didn't want any comeback if there were problems.  Explained that once he's handed the keys over, it's my problem.  Happy with this, I ended up fixing the clutch, bumper bar and headlights drove it for ages until eventually I sold it on and bought.

2004 Nissan Elgrand E51.  3.5L V6 Mini Van.  240ish HP is good enough for a laugh, but worse than Nige's 735 on Fuel.  Around £100 to fill, 250km's to the tank.  No-one work out the MPG, I'm happy in my blissful ignorance.  RWD, no traction control, skids.   :nana:

Will be getting sold in the pursuit of normalcy.  The wife is looking at an NHS Lease i3, I'll be inheriting her UP! as I only drive to work and back and its' about 5 miles each way.  Can't cycle as I may be needed on site.

Still so many cars I want to own.  I still want something with a Supercharger, Something with a Wankle, something with a V8 etc.  Probably not going to happen though.

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Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 17:47:09 PM
Good to see an equal amount of hatred for the Clio  :D

That's such a diverse list, makes mine look very dull really. I'm guessing out of those your favourites were the Hondas (maybe the Soarer)?

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Reply #5 on: April 16, 2020, 22:28:12 PM
Yeah, I'd say the Soarer, civic and elgrand. Love my elgrand, but it's just so thirsty, and people expect you to help them move stuff. They don't understand that it has car like suspension, so you can't load it up like a van.
When I decided I'd had enough of the Clio, Lynz was in bed with the flu. She knew I was going to look at a car, next thing she heard was typical subaru noises.
She was not impressed.

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Reply #6 on: April 17, 2020, 20:52:17 PM
Nice thread, I like things like this.

I've had a few skodas including 2 octavias and love them. Built like tanks. Ive always had powerful TDI ones. That old SDI engine could ruin the experience of any car.

I'll try and figure out mine later, although its nothing exciting unfortunately.

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Reply #7 on: April 17, 2020, 22:43:51 PM
2003-2004 = '89 Austin Metro
My 1st car, I loved it although it was rot box and hard to drive, I ruined it with miss guided modifications (I was 17) and the engine blew in the end. I still remember it being clawed away by the scrap man, sad times.

2004-2006 = '95 Rover 214
I became abit of an MG Rover fan boy for some reason, still have a soft spot for them. So this was my next car. Silky smooth and bouncy and comfy, one of my favourite cars I owned. Sold it and ended up buying it back a couple of years later once.

2006-2008 = 2005 MG ZS TD
This car was beautiful imo, shame about the diesel engine that dated back to the 80's and the build quality that came from a company that was about to go bankrupt. It had so many niggles and creeks and groans but wow could it get thrown around corners. I part ex'd it about a year later.

2007 = '94 Rover Metro 1.1
Bought cheap off cheap, I think really cheap, like sub £100 because it needed some welding. Was a great little run around 2nd car for a while, sold it on and made a bit of money.

2008-2011 = '00 Audi A4 2.5TDI
This car was awesome, so comfy and quick and built like a tank. I put over 100k miles on it, the fuel pump failed on it and I couldnt justify the £900 repair bill so it got sold as spares or repair on ebay.

2008 = '86 Rover SD1 2600
Another one of my silly ebay purchases, got it cheap and the only time I drove it was from where I picked it up in Blackburn to home as I got it MOT's and it was 90% rust.

2008-2009 = '94 Rover 100 GTA with a 160Bhp VVC engine fitted.
This was a little beast, it had its 75hp engine removed and a 160bhp engine from an MG TF fitted. it was sooo much fun and shocked many cars on the road. I sold it and the bloke who bought it messaged me a few weeks later saying he had crashed it :-(

2010 = '00 Rover 75 2.5 v6
Another cheap ebay purchase, it was a lovely silky smooth drive although I discovered the engine was using a lot of water. Head gasket had gone, a big job on these engines, I bit the bullet and spent £1100 on fixing it and it didnt work, the block was porus so was scrap. I stripped it and sold it for parts and actually got my money back as it was a top of the range model.

2010-2012 = '00 Renault Megane 1.9DCi
This was the best value car I've ever had. I bought it off ebay for £50, the owner had listed it as needing a new turbo. I went to pick it up re-attached the turbo hose that had popped off and drove it home  8) had it for a while and had no issues with it, it was a lovely pearlescent silver colour. Traded it in for an estate car when my wife got pregnant with our first child.

2012 - 2016 = 2005 Skoda Fabia estate 1.9TDI
We got this car when we found out we where having a baby, it was totally reliable a perfect size and we put over 100k mile on it and toured all over europe in it, great little car. Part ex'd it in for our next main car another Skoda.

2014 - '03 Rover 75 1.8
We got this car as a cheap tow car when we got into caravaning, we didnt think the Fabia was upto it, in hindsight it really was as we soon got rid of this and just used the Fabia.
Although it was a lovely car to drive, lots of gadgets and a comfy smooth drive. This was the last Rover I owned although I might do something stupid again soon.  :heehaw:

2016 - present = '08 Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI
We got this car not long after we had our 2nd child and found the fabia abit small. We bought it on 60k miles and its still sat outisde the house on 120k miles not needing anything other than normal service items. I use it as my workhorse car now as we got an new main car last year.

2018-2019 = 03 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI
Bought cheap off gumtree as a 2nd car run around, it was low miles and spotless on the surface, underneath it has been neglected and i think lived by the sea for while looking at the rust and it took a bit of work to get up to speed. Was a lovely drive though and top spec so all the gadgets. Sold it for a profit on facebook iirc.

2019 - Present = 2010 Ford S Max
Again we had to upsize on the arrive of another child, up to 3 now.
This is the most gadget filled car we've ever had and is lovely to drive with plenty of power, although with all those gadgets makes it complicated and its had it fair share of niggles.
It has a french engine which im not a fan of but Ive worked through and it issue free atm, touch wood.

Had a few motorbikes and vans along with all that aswell.

Next = Either a circa 2015 Merc E class estate or a Tesla Model X if I come into money from some unknown source  :cheers:
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Reply #8 on: April 18, 2020, 06:49:34 AM
You really wern't kidding about Rovers! This has convinced me to go back and start adding photos now. :thumbup:

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Reply #9 on: April 20, 2020, 00:08:24 AM
I keep coming back to post here but then get distracted!   I'll deffo. be back!

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Reply #10 on: April 24, 2020, 20:14:04 PM
Well I cant remember the dates I bought and sold but here they are, I'll try to add some pictures and details later on.

1) 1984 Nissan Micra 1.0L 3 door silver
First car cost £75 bought off a mate, 4 speed felt like it was coming apart over 50mph, part ex'd
2) 1992 Vauxhall Astra 1.4i 5 door black
IMG_0090 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Boy racer phase, installed massive speakers, 18" wheels, induction kit, blue lights and stickers, this got rear ended by some old duffer on a roundabout and written off

3) 1994 Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 2.0 Turbo (project car) black
IMG_0933 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Rusted MOT fail, spent years fixing it and finally got it back on the road before someone drove into the back of it, written off

4) 1998 Vauxhall Vectra 1.8, 5 door red
IMG_0384 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Just a car but I did fit speakers and stereo stuff in it, sold

5) 1993 Vauxhall Astra 1.7 TDI 5 door blue
IMG_0477 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Cheap and nasty, bought with the drivers door stoved in, sold

6) 1991 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 8v (project car) silver
IMG_0688 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
MOT fail, bought to get it back on the road, ended up stripping it

7) 1996 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 16v silver
IMG_0732 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Span off a dual carriageway at speed, written off and lucky I wasn't seriously injured, written off
IMG_0739 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr

8) 1989 Mazda 323F 1.5 5 door blue
My mums old car

9) 1995 Vauxhall Omega 2.5 V6 silver
IMG_0807 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Just a car, sold

10) 1996 Vauxhall Calibra 2.0 16v silver
IMG_0879 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Swapped the omega for this, shouldn't have it was a wreck, sold

11) 1995 Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 2.0 Turbo black
IMG_0050 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Excellent, chipped to 245bhp, swapped for Astra, shouldn't have.

12) 1998 Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 5 door grey
IMG_0248 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Not 100% sure on the story here, bought it, some clown in a golf crossed over the centre line and hit the side of it, repaired it and sold. I did have it in storage for a while and forgot I owned it!

13) 1999 Vauxhall Astra SRI 3 door silver
IMG_0318 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Swapped the last calibre turbo for this.. massive mistake wasn't a bad car but was a bad trade, sold

14) 1995 Range Rover HSE 4.6 v8 black
IMG_0392 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Gas guzzling beast! Land Rover reliability, sold

15) 1996 Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 2.0 Turbo blue (Project car)
IMG_2063 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Mates old car, totally rebuilt an modified to 400+ bhp, never finished it, sold in the end

16) 2000 VW Passat 2.5 v6 TDI saloon black
IMG_0539 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
3 days into ownership lorry hit the back, repaired. Later diesel injection pump failed and cost a fortune to fix, was in the garage when I bought my next car, sold

17) 2002 Range Rover HSE 3.0 TDI grey
IMG_0651 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Loved this thing, was a pain to park where I worked though, sold

18) 2002 Mercedes C200 Kompressor touring grey
IMG_1979 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Engine trouble, sold

19) 1996 Porsche Boxster 2.5 silver
IMG_2079 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Massive mistake, bought and had a radiator leak immediately followed by needing a new clutch, cost nearly half what I paid for it. Sold

20) 2001 Subaru Outback H6 3.0 estate blue
IMG_2142 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Smelled of wet dog, was a good car though, sold

21) 1997 Land Rover Discovery ES 4.0 v8 green
IMG_6654 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Horrible PoS, leaking steering and duff LPG, sold

22) 1999 Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 estate silver
IMG_0052 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Just a car, sold when my mates car came up for sale

23) 2000 Audi A6 Avant 4.2 v8 quattro blue
IMG_2012 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
My mates car, loved it! LPG, 300bhp v8, 4WD.. awesome.. crashed it sadly, written off

24) 2000 VW Passat 1.8 saloon blue
IMG_2779 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Stop gap, complete PoS, think it must have been jumped or crashed none of the windows fit properly. Sold on ebay for hardly anything

25) 2002 BMW M3 Cabriolet silver
IMG_5099 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Great for a bit then trouble started, leaking power steering to start, sold

26) 2004 BMW 530d touring blue
IMG_0099 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Enjoyed this, was on 163k miles at the end and basically falling to bits, part ex for the next car

27) 2005 Mercedes CLS500 silver
IMG_0082 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Lovely car, loads of grunt heck of a thirst, sold when my commute became 100 miles a day

28) 2015 BMW 420d M sport coupe blue
430d by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Leased new, msport was great until my back went and couldn't drive it

29) 2010 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI silver
20170401_163716 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Better for my back, sold

30) 2018 BMW X5 40e M sport hybrid grey
2020-04-26_09-51-23 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Leased new, even better for my back and environment heh

31) 2010 Range Rover Autobiography 5.0 SuperCharged black
20200202_163238 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
YOLO 500bhp

I know its cars but!

1) 2006 Honda CBR125R
IMG_2087 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Learning on this, sold

2) 1996 Honda CBR600F
IMG_2171 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
First big bike, sold

3) 2003 Honda CBR600F
IMG_2636 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
This was great, lovely step up as it was injected and being the sports tourer it was so easy to ride, probably miss this one the most, sold

4) 1989 Yamaha FZR600 (Project)
IMG_6924 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Bought as a non runner, stripped and got it running never finished, sold

5) 2005 Honda CBR1000RR
IMG_0430 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
My dream bike, still have it

6) BMW F800ST
f800st by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Bought to commute, crashed on day 4, written off

7) 2005 Honda CBR600RR
2020-04-26_09-52-55 by Adam Woodford, on Flickr
Still own it, bought because I hadn't ridden for ages and wanted to get my confidence back on something easier then my fireblade, lockdown has kinda stopped that. it is easier than the 1000 though
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Reply #11 on: April 26, 2020, 08:54:49 AM
You clearly like bigger cars, why so many Vauxhalls though? You don't seem to be singing the praises of them particularly. Sounds like you were really unlucky with the Boxter too!

Would love to see some photos of the CLS500.  8)

What's the performance/hybrid like on the X5 40e?

Re: Car Histories
Reply #12 on: April 26, 2020, 12:27:17 PM
You clearly like bigger cars, why so many Vauxhalls though? You don't seem to be singing the praises of them particularly. Sounds like you were really unlucky with the Boxter too!

Would love to see some photos of the CLS500.  8)

What's the performance/hybrid like on the X5 40e?

Vauxhalls as I didn't like fords, and I knew my way around them, servicing, cambelt changes etc. Went through quite a few in the first few years of driving when I couldn't really insure anything "good".

I do like a sporty coupe but when I slipped a disc in my back a few years back I couldn't even sit in one. Has improved greatly and I was looking at a 997 Turbo but got the Range Rover as the wife has an injury meaning she couldn't get in one, hopefully will have surgery to fix and then I can get my sports car (997 turbo or a v8 vantage).

I'll try to add some photos soon.

The x5 40e was good performance wise, economy was.. terrible 18mile electric only range (PHEV) and I was getting around 30mpg with my commute from memory which at the time was 100 miles a day mostly motorway, around town and short trips would have been much better I'm sure.
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Reply #13 on: April 26, 2020, 13:15:43 PM
Vauxalls are not too bad, then it is often a choice in business between them and Fords. Neither were that brilliant when I was actually allowed to drive.

Then we have the BL Allegro that remarkably had very little vroom and early Fiat that vanished into a pile of rust. Admittedly I sold the Fiat for more than it cost.

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Reply #14 on: April 26, 2020, 16:38:19 PM
I drove an Insignia once as a rental and it was fabulous, but I also understand that that is the top end of their range and probably not representative of living with a lesser model Vauxhall day to day.

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