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Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Jul 2020

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    Or sending intimidating photos of himself to anyone that calls out his bullying. He's one of the reasons I stayed off here for so long.

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    Back in the day air con compressors sucked so much power from the engine that you could hear the revs drop when you pushed that button. You've got to remember that even a 'fast' car like a Golf GTi knocked out about 118bhp because cars didn't weigh anything, and the drag of a compressor took a lot off that, especially as most were huge things designed for American V8s. On a modern car (Mk7 Golf has 229bhp) with smaller kit it's not really an issue.

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    You know you want an XJ-S. Just do it, or you never will.

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    Interesting to hear what @bq says about them. I’m not expecting small/ new car efficiency, but rather something to be able to lug some stuff around.

    Done some research into things to look out for but any info/ knowledge would be great if I go see this one

    I had a 300TE-24. I bought it for £800 and sold it for a little less. In the two years I had it, however, it swallowed over £6000 in maintenance and repairs. At least £2 grand was spent on a suspension refurb because the 24 valve model didn't have the cheap replaceable balljoints, so needed complete new control arms each side. Then another grand when it snapped a driveshaft clean in two, and I spent a lots of money chasing an idling problem that never did get fixed before I sold it.

    It did drink a lot, but I don't care about fuel economy. (except the time when the one of the fuel pipes fell off and dumped a whole tank of petrol all over my driveway)

    The thing was a money pit, but when it worked it was fantastic and I loved it. It was super comfortable. I could fit a fridge-freezer in the back, and even the headrests were electrically adjustable. I'd have another but I would not buy the 'fast' one (not very fast by modern standards) and I would go in with my eyes wide open.

    As this one is an E200 and not the earlier 200TE it will have the biodegradeable wiring loom under the bonnet which will cause issues. Check if it's been replaced; if not I think they are no longer available from Mercedes UK, so you will need to have one made up or maybe you can get one direct from Germany.
    Looking at the pattern on the 7th seat this one looks like it has MB-Tex seats - i.e. vinyl. This was actually an extra cost option over the standard cloth, and is very hard wearing. The real leather seats are pretty vinyl-ish anyway.
    Check everything works electrically, especially the remote central locking. The actual locking system is vacuum operated but the remote fobs are basically an aftermarket alarm immobiliser, and fail after 20 years or so.
    They like to rust, so check under the jacking point covers and the wheel arches. Genuine front wings are very pricey these days.
    The estates have Citroen-style self levelling suspension at the back. If it feels like its riding on solid wooden blocks then that will need fixing. It should be uber-comfortable.

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    Thanks.

    Odd choice, rather than someone from the local area, or even London in general.

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    Nah, that was just the clue. Welcome to Best Hampstead though.

    For 20 years or so a guy named Spider (what were his parents thinking?) or John Henderson had been semi-living on the bridge, and the path leading to the Thameslink entrance, and selling second-hand books accompanied by his 3 legged dog, Sugar.

    John made a lot of friends over the years. He wasn't actually homeless, but he had drink and drug issues, and seemed to prefer being on the street to going home. Almost exactly a year ago he died of a drug overdose, and a small memorial was placed on the bridge. A year later this mural has been painted as a memorial to him (and apparently to highlight homelessness, which many people think a bit crass as John wasn't homeless). It doesn't actually look much like Spider or Sugar (the bit in my photo) and nobody has any idea who the other person as seen in @Ruserius photo is meant to be.

    I thought I would bike tag it before the fine young citizens of Kilburn cover it with their tags, or the upstanding burghers of West Pramstead have it painted over and replaced with advertising for estate agents. The side I tagged has to be altered or covered up as the council have decided it is unauthorised advertising. http://camdennewjournal.com/article/west­-hampsteads-new-art-mural-to-be-edited-a­fter-planning-dispute

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    Incidentally, I found Bruce's tag by opening the picture in a new tab and reading the words on the flyer attached to the gate, which led me here: https://www.kenningtongardencafe.com/

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    What, this one?

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    I’m not sure that’s going to need any clues.

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