Car appreciation... the aesthetics, the engineering, etc

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  • No, I’ve just got a set for the Outback. Haven’t decided on the mx5 yet. Probs gonna put some G60 steels on it eventually.

  • Can't give much advice apart from I used a v50 D when I was back visiting my folks at Christmas. It was a car my dad had bought cheap to use as a bit of a workhorse over the winter. It wasn't particularly tidy and was well over 100k miles but I was surprised by how well it had lasted, how tight it still felt and (a massive surprise) how quick it was.

  • There's a street near my house that has changed to having restricted hours you can drive through. I drove through several times in one day and have been issued with three fines as a result. Is there any advice for disputing this? Is it reasonable to request one single fine rather than three?

  • Think I just fell in love.

  • Is there visible signage? Did the change happen very recently? Did you know you shouldn't be driving through?

  • Are the petrol ones that bad?

    Still fancy one.

  • TFL or Local authoruty?

  • It's a local authority.
    I didnt know the signage had changed. I'm going to re visit and check if there is any advance warning signs, apparently there is supposed to be.
    There was no signage stating new road layout ahead that I saw. You turn into the restricted area so the sign is easily missed.
    Looking against the paperwork they actually let me off the first time as a warning, however I've driven through twice more the same day so didn't get the warning in time.

  • however I've driven through twice more the same day so didn't get the warning in time.

    Tell them.

    Islington Council kindly cancelled a series of tickets when I'd forgotten to renew my permit and was on holiday. I offered to pay the first, but they cancelled them all, and said not to do it again.

  • Are the petrol ones that bad?

    The 1.6 are, what shall we say, maintenance needy. The 1.4's are better, though you need the ability to ignore an EML. However, because of their age, this does not make an MOT failure, a nuisance all the same. Forum passim.
    Shall be getting mine back tomorrow from some TLC:- Cruise, BT connectivity, foglights and some integral wiring for DashCam and phone charging.
    It is still pleasing to have something odder than most things on the road.

  • My biggest gripe with the 159 so far has been the fairly abused and unpleasantly styled automatic gearknob, it's a real parts bin special in what is an otherwise lovely interior.

    I have found a solution.

    This doodad allows you to replace your automatic shifter with any normal manual gear knob and you simply push down on the knob to change position instead of pressing a button.

    Success and only $23 (with an unfortunate $22 shipping charge).

  • Exhaust manifold/gasket leak is fixed, hurrah. Just need to go and get the car now.

  • Good times! Hopefully one of the lesser expenses in the grander scheme of things then?

  • Vw polo 9n3 blue motion. We are about to sell ours, it's a later development of the 3L/100km motor in the a2. Can do exactly same economy as a 3l, my record to date is 85.5mpg brim to brim, and does an actual 70mpg whilst doing motorway work at normal speeds (70 to 85).
    The a2 tdi with the vnt turbo are starting to go up in value, the 3L are all gone or in collections by now I think.
    Honda insight (90s one) and BMW i3 are similar levels of madness to an a2.

    Will prob get an a2 at some pont in the future. They are an unusual beast, a physically small car, that's light, drives OK (no handling car!), very economic, but also a nice place to be, seats and interior fit and finish is excellent. Very practical with a deep square boot and back seats come out completely I think.

    Insurance is high on them I think because no one can repair them but tbh never tried as haven't owned one.

  • Will prob get an a2 at some pont in the future. They are an unusual beast, a physically small car, that's light, drives OK (no handling car!), very economic, but also a nice place to be, seats and interior fit and finish is excellent. Very practical with a deep square boot and back seats come out completely I think.

    Insurance is high on them I think because no one can repair them but tbh never tried as haven't owned one.

    Lots of stories of write offs, especially if rear or rear corners as straight in to structure. Front is not so bad as most is bolt on. The 4 seater has easily removable seats as two independent rears. The 5 seater is bench so a lot heavier and awkward to remove, they are not interchangable. As post ^^ above, got mine back with cruise, BT and MFSW been retro fitted, it has modernised the driving of the car a lot. It is the 20th anniversary this year of the A2 so treating mine. Next up is rear parking sensors and headlight washers, the more cars being broken helps with the supply of these sort of things. Silver lining...

  • the 3L are all gone or in collections by now I think.

    All l/h drive so rare in this country.

  • Not overly fond of the Polo interior tbh, but I'm gonna test drive a few to see.

    I'm really tempted on an A2 and have found a 1.4tdi in good nick. It has the s-line interior so extra nice seats, and it's currently owned by an enthusiast so well taken care of. My only worry is that it'll be another car that'll require a fair bit of repair and £££. On the other hand it's small so as all other costs are going down it could be fine financially.

    Checked insurance here in Sweden and it's not more than any other car. Don't think insurance companies are as evil over here tbh. I remember paying £1200 a year for a ratty polo when we lived in London, twice the car value every year...

  • Please tell me you got a sweet "sickspeed" sticker to put on your car

  • Of course, along with a "My other car's a tractor", "JTDM Inside" stickers and a Domo to hang from my tow eye. It's going to be bleedin' deadly.

  • Never knew that! Swear I've seen a few but might have been converted exterior panels to make it look like a 3L

  • Going to pick the 911 up tomorrow, the Bluebell Railway is running so I can catch a steam train to get there. Winning.

    If anyone fancies a ride on a steam train, then a drive back into London in a 911 let me know.

  • Sadly my 9yo son is busy tmrw ;)

  • The problem is aluminium repair, few places can do it.

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