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BS: I need a new (old) car

15 Mar 10 - 04:36 PM (#2864739)
Subject: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Paul Burke

The ancient and battered Clio has gone to meet its Breaker. I'd like to do without a car altogether, but the distances, hills, and heavy traffic make cycling an unattractive option in this area, and the weather makes a motorbike a summer- only option. So a car it is.

Well, I have thought about alternatives- what I'd REALLY like is a big red fire engine, but they are a bit expensive to run. And the same is true for ancient cars like Ford V8 Pilots, although the idea of hurtling over the Cat and Fiddle road with its winding bends and sheer precipices, in a hugely powerful, massively heavy car without power steering or brakes could be exciting.

But let's keep our feet on the ground. Specification: cheap, reliable, economic, capable of carrying a reasonable quantity of camping gear, wood or breeze blocks. Right- hand drive of course.

What would you suggest?


15 Mar 10 - 04:44 PM (#2864745)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: kendall

How about a 1948 Chevrolet? It's old and like new at the same time.


15 Mar 10 - 05:18 PM (#2864761)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: akenaton

Cant beat Astra Estate indestructible


15 Mar 10 - 05:31 PM (#2864770)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: The Villan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngDbt_PFyzU


15 Mar 10 - 08:18 PM (#2864872)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Richard Bridge

Volvo, 2 or 7 series. No contest. They even have street cred too.

And the turbos and 16Vs can be made to go like shit off a shovel.

If you want MPG there are diesels - no acceleration but still 110/115 at the top end.


16 Mar 10 - 12:16 AM (#2864973)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Gurney

1. Toyota.
2. Something with no rust, not smoking, not making funny noises.


16 Mar 10 - 02:03 AM (#2865014)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: GUEST,leeneia

Do you really live near winding bends and sheer precipices? Then I suggest a Suburu Forester.

Recently we had snow and ice, and I had to pick up the pianist for church service. She was worried about the steep hill on her street, a hill that had caused problems for many. The Suburu glanced at it, said "What hill?" and surged right up.

Yes, cheap is nice, but you have only one life...


16 Mar 10 - 07:47 AM (#2865140)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: GUEST,Jon Dudley

I suggest the 1960s Volvo Amazon or 120 series as it's known over here. We had several in the family and they were wonderful. Virtually indestructable, they are available in good nick for around £4grand...I would recommend an inspection though as even with their legendary anti-corrosive qualities they can rust. All spares are easily available and they have a loyal following worldwide. Sweden's answer to the Morris Minor - just as much character, more powerful, bigger and with no half-timbering to replace!


16 Mar 10 - 11:57 AM (#2865310)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Mr Happy

Paul,

Check out this site http://www.buysell.co.uk/vehicles/


16 Mar 10 - 05:26 PM (#2865561)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: kendall

No rust, no smoking no funny noises, sounds like my ex wife.


16 Mar 10 - 10:24 PM (#2865726)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

Do they still make Volvos? Haven't seen one for a long time.


16 Mar 10 - 11:11 PM (#2865752)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Richard Bridge

The brand is now owned by FOrd


17 Mar 10 - 04:46 AM (#2865825)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: theleveller

There's a lot to be said for a Ford Mondeo Estate - loads of room, very comfy, plenty around, reasonably cheap and a lot of engine options.


17 Mar 10 - 06:02 AM (#2865857)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Wolfhound person

A 2nd vote for a Subaru Forester (if you can find one).
Winter conditions? No problem......
Trailer? No problem!
Dogs?   No problem.....

Only snag we've found is they're seemingly built for the desert and ours at least has occasional damp start issues if its been left several days in the rain. There again, you might have space in a garage....our garage is full of....oh don't go there.

Paws


17 Mar 10 - 06:05 AM (#2865858)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Richard Bridge

The early Foresters and the Legends rusted like wossname. The 2 litre engine is turboed to hell and back to give Scoobies their performance, and IMHO they are unlikely to outlast the redblock volvo which is widely assumed often to do 300,000 miles before needing a major rebuild.


17 Mar 10 - 06:09 AM (#2865859)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Mr Happy

Volvo estate?


17 Mar 10 - 10:11 AM (#2866013)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Richard Bridge

Precisely. I have three.


17 Mar 10 - 03:14 PM (#2866231)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Gurney

There you go, Paul! Richard has a couple of spares.....


17 Mar 10 - 03:30 PM (#2866245)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Paul Burke

Volvo's probably a bit too thirsty for me, though built like the proverbial masonry convenience. I enjoyed the Saab 9000 I had ten years ago, though, but you can't get them any more, and the quality of newer models has reputedly fallen drastically.

I'm looking for more like 40mpg (UK) mixed. So forget performance.


17 Mar 10 - 03:39 PM (#2866253)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Richard Bridge

Volvo 9 series diesel estate.


17 Mar 10 - 05:34 PM (#2866335)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: 3refs

You pay for the shipping and I'll give you a Mazda 626 Cronos that's just sitting in my back yard. I was going to build a "4 banger" stock-car out of it, but I'm going to use a Toyota I have instead. I figure if I have a car where the gas peddle sticks to the floor and the brakes don't work should give me the checkered flag more often!


17 Mar 10 - 06:49 PM (#2866394)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: EBarnacle

Get a Toyota. They are going cheap right now.


17 Mar 10 - 07:20 PM (#2866425)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: GUEST,Scorpio

Do they still make Volvos? Who cares, buy an old one. But forget economy. A 120, 140 or 240 will last longer than you, and drink more too.


18 Mar 10 - 08:20 AM (#2866752)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: GUEST,Jon Dudley

"A 120, 140 or 240 will last longer than you, and drink more too."

You could convert it to LPG...there's a 120 estate for sale on the net at the moment thus equipped...in Holland...fun drive back though.


18 Mar 10 - 05:31 PM (#2867145)
Subject: RE: BS: I need a new (old) car
From: Gurney

How about a van? Something like my Mitzi Delica parks in a car space, has visibility like a bus, and is extra practical and economical enough in town, stays with the traffic, tows like a truck. You get respect from 4WDs.
Simple commercial mechanics, no fancy electrics, every garage fixes them, spares are comparatively cheap. Sleep indoors at festivals, too.

Disadvantages. 'Sleeping Policemen' loosen your teeth, not so economical at speed, and worrying in front-end accidents. Friends want to borrow it.