Terry In Newfoundland Canada
1956 Ford Consul*^ New
1958 Ford Zephyr*^ New
Also assigned a 1957 Land Rover for a period. New
1962 VW Bug* Used
1967 VW Bug* Used
1973 Plymouth Fury, used to over-heat towing caravan!
1976 Chev Impala (Caravan/trailer towing) Company vehicle. New
1976 Chev Bel Air ( " " " ) Ex Hertz rental
1978 VW Rabbit/Golf Diesel+ Slightly used.
1981 Toyota Diesel+ Used
1986 Toyota pickup+ Used
1991 Nissan pickup+ Well used (fourth owners, best vehicle we ever
owned). See note..
1995 Nissan pickup+ Used but only 30,000 when bought.
2002 Nissan pickup+ Self now retired and only 80,000 kms since new in
* On dirt and paved roads.
^ For professional business/occupation.
+ For small private family business
Note; 1991 well used Nissan pickup finally rusted out in 1996 at some
nearly 300,000 kms.
We estimated that the capital 'cost of that vehicle, including a
repaint job and new tyres etc. when we first acquired and then used
for over some 4.5 years was $80 (Can.) about 50 to 60 quid, per month.
Apart from the VWs it was one of the simplest vehicles and was utterly
reliable until it's cab floor in these salty and corrosive conditions
rusted out at nearly 300,000 kms. Similarly one of the VWs was
replaced when wife complained she could see the road in several places
as she drove along! Sold that one afterwards to the young feller who
is now our provincial government member, who turned it into a 'dune
buggy'! Found it years later still somewhat intact dumped in an old
quarry. Knew it was ours because had replaced the wiper switch stalk
with a toggle in the dash!
Mini Cooper (1980 to 1983)
Commer camper (1983)
3 Austin Minis (1984 to 1989)
Saab 99 (1990)
Citroen Visa (1991)
3 VW Scirrocos (1991 to 2004)
Citroen AX (1993 to 1995)
VW Golf mk3 (2004 to 2006)
Seat Leon (2006 to 2008)
VW Golf mk2 (2008)
Mazda 3 (2009 to current)
3 in 32 yrs
'78-83 Renault 5 (new)
'94-97 Mazda MX5 ('92)
'98-* Renault Twingo ('94)
[* got me to Italy and back in May (75% of its annual mileage so I will
keep it until at least until the next MOT in January]
6 in 23 years.
VW Derby (1987, 10yr old)
- ex driving school car, dual foot controls, booted version of Polo,
'stand on to stop' hydraulic brakes, stank of perfume from previous owner.
Vauxhall Cavalier MK2 1.6 GL saloon (1990, 3yr old)
- 'tap to stop' servo brakes, bought overclocked, engine eventually
rebuilt with larger piston rings after unceremoniously coughing out all
fluids. Various attempts at theft.
Fiat Punto (1996, new)
- Engine bay looked like inside of a washing machine. Excessive roll
VW Golf MkII Driver (1998, 13yr old)
- Sister's old car she got in 1987. White abd looked like a GTI but
standard engine. Nice road holder but everywhere I went was followed by
an illegal cloud of white smoke. Sold to the nice next door neighbour's
brother, who rebuilt it. It's still running and looking back I should
have kept it.
Renault Laguna 2.0L Hatchback (1999, 1yr old)
- Everything powered except aircon broke, and was found expensive to
fix. Fast and stupid drinker of fuel when loaded. Also experienced
summer periods of having to drive with heating full blast to cool the
engine (Fan thermostat broke).
Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDi Estate (2009, 5yr old)
- No problems so far. First diesel and automatic. Takes weight and
cruises at speed without complaint. It's really my updated Golf :-)
Living in London with its public transport system, I don't do many miles
a year. 7000/year is rarely reached.
It was a 'company car' from a firm owned by Indians. To uphold some sort
of corporate image, they ordered five of these in a garish metalic
yellow/gold and gave them as bonus encoragement to staff. I didn't
really get to thrash it on the spin cycle of long runs. Knickers....
I found the Punto was the very best small car to be had, for me,
performance wise, even better than a polo.
Don't ever touch a Yaris. noisy, gutless, handled like a drunken
dutchman..worst car we tried.
Polos were nice but a little too expensive. Corsas were plain dull.
Tried something else as well, but the Punto was a care I really liked,
if you had to have a cheap economical car.
On Tue, 6 Jul 2010 00:25:55 +0100, brass monkey wrote:
Oddly enough although I've not had a water hose go, one of the turbo hoses
on my Focus TDCI went a few weeks ago. It's just a simple albow, with
different sized ends and held with two clips similar to jubilees - will
Ford sell me the elbow ... only as a unit with a metal pipe attached and a
sensor in the metal pipe. There is no part number for the rubber hose
alone! So for now, it's had a rubber bandage attached and a couple of
jubilee clips over the top, 'til I get an aftermarket hose.
As to cars:
Parents' Fiat 131
Parents' Taunus MkV
Yugo 45 (emergency buy when starting work!)
Company Astra 1.6
Company Alfa-Romeo 146
Primera SE 2.2 TDCI
Focus 1.8 Sport TDCI
Wife's Almera 1.4Si
Kit-car: Robin-Hood Series III
10 in 48 years plus a few company cars in between. First was a 1936 Austin
10 (Cambridge) and current is a 1999 Peugeot 406.
Worst hose was the short one connecting the head and block on BMC A type
engines (A30/35, Morris 1000, Mini etc.). It fitted on tubes projecting
from head and block with only a half inch gap between the tube ends. You
could get very flexible after market hoses that were supposed to be fittable
without removing the head but I could never get the buggers to go on.
On 08/07/2010 08:47, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
The improvement in materials and design has been extraordinary. I
remember cracked flexible brake hoses and corroded rigid brake pipes at
3 years old. Exhausts and batteries that didn't last. Used to spend
evenings and weekends working on cars only a few years old. Cars that
corroded through in a little over 3 years.
After nothing but trouble with a Focus and associated Ford dealer our
last 3 cars have been Mazdas. Only thing to keep me entertained has been
topping up the washer bottles and replacing the occasional windscreen wiper.
Nearly forgot - several punctures and the need to add air to the tyres
as the temperature falls each autumn.
I haven't had a puncture in YEARS.
But I agree with you.
Cras post war were things rich middle class blokes had, in their
garages, that got properly serviced every 6 montsh/3000 miles, decoked
every 15,000 miles, and re bearinged every 30,000 miles, and te drims
skimmed at 60m000 miles, if they got that far, because they were only
taken out at weekends.
Then us impoverished students came along, and started beating the crap
out of them visiting our friends..doing 20,000 miles in a year (thats 6
services!!) leaving em parked in et streets and driving them (gasp!") in
e rain and the snow..which was now treated with salt.
The last time I had a BL car, I was commuting 140 miles aday..and I was
under it every month. Brakes, suspension bushes, bearings..you name it,
it needed servicing.
Then I saved up and got an Opel Manta. what joy! 10,000 mile service
intervals, electronic ignition, no points. Fuel injection. No carbs.
power steering and brakes. Cat exhaust that didn't go.Engine good for
120,000 miles with maybe just a cam belt change (or did it have a chain?)
I had joined the modern age!
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