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

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  • For that money you could pay Group4 to guard it for you!

  • I used to live in Oxfordshire, near to Soho Farmhouse, and there were obviously a whole lot of souped up Defenders round there. Heard about one with a system on that would lock the whole thing up if anyone tried to steal it. Someone did, and it did, and they ended up trying to drag it down the road before abandoning it!

  • What does a Defender with £85,000 spent on it look like? I can’t even imagine that.

    Custom roll cage, custom hard top, entire interior re-trimmed to match the interior of the hardtop, new bumpers, new lights, new paint on all of the above (apart from the lights).

    It was back in to have a (custom) soft top.

  • I'm looking at £40k sticker price aiming for low 30s...

  • Well the reason I recommended Schroth harnesses is because they tend to work best with HANS devices, which would also help stop the driver getting a Glasgow kiss from the steering wheel. But then a HANS device is utterly pointless without a helmet, which might be considered overkill for the airport run.

  • Amazing. It wouldn’t have been my idea of a car for customisations but each to their own I suppose.

  • Well the reason I recommended Schroth harnesses is because they tend to work best with HANS devices, which would also help stop the driver getting a Glasgow kiss from the steering wheel. But then a HANS device is utterly pointless without a helmet, which might be considered overkill for the airport run.

    I freely admit that it's silly to take the airbag wheel out of a car that comes so equipped, but my view is that it's still safer than rattling around in an MGB.

  • I hope you're not intimating that MGBs don't go round corners, stop, or have functional headlights? Or that the driver is the crumple zone. Luckily, a standard MGB isn't fast enough to inconvenience a geriatric badger.

    *None of the above applies to forum MGBs.

    Your seat cost more than the last MGB I bought, it was a long time ago though.

  • My first car cost £250, my second £2,000, third £9,500 and fourth £11,800 (I've still got 3 and 4).

    I suspect I've spent less on cars than a lot of people my age, although I'm sure I've also spent a lot more than many others.

    It's a nice comfy seat, which is important as you feel around your ankles for your teeth.

  • Blimey, I have killed more cars than you have owned! Disclaimer: I am old.

    I can recommend an excellent dental practice in Northiam, the downside is the savage receptionist (Mrs B).

  • 1,000 miles in and I have a screw straight through the front passenger tyre and my tyre pressure warning system is lit up. Screw is a Philips and looks to be about an M6 size, so the fact that it's a screw and not a nail means it's not going to form a decent seal and will now always leak air, and that size means if it comes out the hole isn't huge but definitely isn't small.

    New tyre time for the Volvo V60:

    • Pirelli P Zero PZ4 245/35 R20

    On the Pirelli site I couldn't look up the V60 Polestar, but a V60 T6 claims to be this tyre: https://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-gb/car/­catalogue/product/p-zero/245_35-r20?ipco­de=2490400

    • 245/35ZR20 (95Y) XL

    When faced with minor variations in the OE tyres... does it matter to match them with the existing?

    https://www.tyreleader.co.uk/compare-car­-tyres/?elem[]=1037587&elem[]=953627&ele­m[]=953098&elem[]=1074598

    There are 4 that match, with features like extra load carrying, noise reducing and reinforced sides... not helpful.

    This is what the tyre shows (also not helpful as I couldn't match any of this to the standard tyre info):


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  • You should have no problem getting a garage to plug that. Much cheaper than a new tyre.

  • Yep, just get it repaired. If you do replace it then get exactly what’s on the other wheels- otherwise you’ll have (potentially) different grip levels between and across axles.

  • As long as the hole is on tread not the side wall they will plug.

  • These wheels look ace. Nice one.

  • I reckon that looks great. Also gear lever, is that new? Really nice. The whole thing just says "drivers car". I'm guessing they gave you the bill after you'd nestled into the seat?

  • ... and strapped in

  • I didn't used to think there was much difference but I've recently found out that there's actually quite a bit of difference. Eg on Michelin Cup 2 tyres, there can be a difference of 2-3mm tread depth between the generic model and the manufacturer/model specific version.

  • Yeah I think that's more my budget too.

  • I had exactly the same issue with a screw this week. £10 to fix in a local tyre shop - plug and play! Lol

  • New tyre and fitting is £200.

    Checked Kwik Fit and a local place near Brixton and both looked at where the screw was (edge of sidewall and the flat) and said that they couldn't patch it because of the location and that it would be a new tyre.

    Kwik Fit is £20 more expensive but would acquire it and fit it on Monday... the local garage was fine with me ordering it online and them fitting it but would charge £40 to fit if I ordered it, but were more expensive if I ordered it from them.

    Have booked in with Kwik Fit as it wasn't terribly overpriced and the local place being willing to install if I ordered was enough to convince me neither was selling a tyre unneeded.

    Sucks though... £200 less than 3 weeks in. London road debris is bad.

  • Boom. First car acquired. In my 30s. That’s what living in London will do to you.

    Golf estate, gt Edition (which actually means “oh shit we have all this upgrade stock left over from mk7, let’s throw it on everything that leaves the factory”). It fits plenty of bikes and bouldering mats and maybe some room for the baby so we should be good for a minute. I’ve now become strangely obsessed with estates. Is that normal?

  • Yeh, estates are the best

  • SUVs next. 😎

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