Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TIMBONE, May 24, 2005.


    TIMBONE Active Member

    Following on from the Topgear thread. I find it really intersting when they have their special guest on, and he/she relates which cars he/she has owned. So, I will start it off by telling you my car history.

    Morris 1000
    Wolsley 1100
    Simca 501(with a steering column gearshift)
    Ford Anglia Estate
    Vauxall Viva Estate Mk1
    Vauxall Viva Estate MkII
    Talbot Horizon
    Renault 5
    another Renault 5
    Ford Escort
    Peugeot 309
    another Peugeot 309
    Rover ?
    Fiat Uno Diesel
    Ford Escort
    Citroen (the one with hydralic suspension,where the back end rises up when you start the engine)
    Ford Escort
    Fiat Punto
  2. Robin Norman

    Robin Norman Member

    Skoda Estelle (The one with the engine in the back - Orange - people used you call it my lifejacket)
    Skoda Favorit (Bergundy)
    Skoda Felicia Estate (Bergundy - my first car the tuba fitted in the boot of)
    Ford Mondeo Estate (Red)
    Ford Mondeo Estate - New Shape (Metallic Blue)
    Ford Galaxy (Silver - the Best car I have had to date by a long way):clap:
  3. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Reliant Regal (OMG!)
    Left-hand drive Citroen GS (cool car, lime green)
    Fiat 127
    Austin Maxi (like driving a tank)
    Lada Riva
    Hyundai Pony (gaaah!)
    Vauxhall Corsa
    Gorgeous Fiesta 1.1 MkI (was sad to see the back of that one)
    Hyundai Accent (total crap)
    Volvo 440Xi (has just fallen off its own subframe. Damn, need new wheels)

    Was quite taken with the new Venturi Fetish as featured on Fifth Gear last night. Very sexy looking but only has range of 200 miles and takes 3 hours to recharge. 105 mph not bad for electric car though.
    Have crush on Tiff Needell too. Something about petrolheads I guess.
  4. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    Vauxhall Cavalier MkII
    Austin Healey Sprite (still got)
    Peugeot 405
    Rover 3.5 litre P5B (still got)
    Cavalier MkIII
    Jaguar XJ6 SIII (still got)
    Toyota MR2 Mk1
    Volvo 850 (still got)
  5. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    :eek: Surely thats not what its called??? :eek:

    Does it come with a leather interior?? ;) :oops:

    Okies here's my list:

    VW Beetle. Fantasic 1970's "Clementine Orange". Far and away the most reliable car I've owned. Was made thress months before I was born and I stll see it around occasionally.
    Datsun 180B estate. Lasted 3 days before I parked it on it's side in a ditch - best thing for it. I still think it was such a miserable car it actually committed suicide.
    BMW 2002. Very entertaining on wet roads :wink: . Taught me that if you're going to run a classic as a day-to-day car you need to buy one that is very mechanically sound. I didn't :( .
    Alfa Romeo Alfasud. Had heavily tuned engine, brakes & supension with the intention of me taking it to sprint events - I never did as it cost so much to keep on the road I could't afford it...:redface:
    Peugeot 309 SRi. A bit of an old mans car but it had the 1.6 engine from the 205GTi in it and someone at Peugeot hadn't told the insurance companies - was old group 4 the 1.6 205GTi was group 6 (I think) :D .
    Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent 4. Rare 4 wheel drive version, just like a junior Lancia Delta or Audi Quattro.
    Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf. I loved this car. It was just like my Alfasud but without the useless reliablity record.
    Alfa Romeo (are you noticing a trend here?) 147 2.0. Has just been christaned "Darth" by somone at work. Metallic black with big alloys. Looks fantastic. Goes well. Not looking forward to the (rapidly upcoming) tyre replacement bill though...

    Apart from the Datsun and (maybe) the Peugeot I'm quite pleased about the lack of emabarrasing cars in my driving past. I put that down to working with fellow petorl heads when I was younger. Mind you, some of those "interesting" cars (namely the BMW, Alfasud and 33 P4 ) have cost me a fortune over the years though.
    Last edited: May 24, 2005
  6. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Ooh, what a good thread. :clap:

    Right, here's my list.

    Austin Maxi 1300 Chocolate brown, my first car at £300 and all my mates called it the flying t*rd. (all the seats fold down in to a double bed, so it had it's benefits!! ;) )
    Austin Maxi 1300 Red, and yes I did go out and buy another. cost me £150!
    Skoda Estelle 1600 Red, and a surprisingly good car if you like the tank like stearing.
    Ford Sierra Mk1 1600 White, and I still think this was my favourite car cos it was soooo much better than the ones I'd owned already.
    Ford Orion Mk2 1600 Midnight Blue, Utter pants. :mad:
    Ford Fiesta Mk1 1100 Midnight Blue, and a fab little car.
    Ford Escort Bonus Mk3 1300 White, not a bad runner but underpowered.
    Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 1600 Blue, kept letting me down when I needed it most. :mad:
    Ford Sierra Mk? 1800 (the last one before they abandoned Sierra's) Royal Blue, this was a lovely motor.
    Rover 418 SLDT Slate grey, bit of an old man's car but had a really good 1.9 Peugeot Turbo diesel engine in it!! God I hated the tacky wallnut veneer!!! :eek:
    Renault Laguna Mk1 1800 Midnight Blue, a lovely drive and quite nippy.
    Renault Scenic 1300 (not the latest model but the one before that) Silver, lovely car if only the engine wasn't so utterly ridiculously, annoyingly underpowered!!!

    I think that's them all but if I think of any more I'll edit them in!
  7. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    My vehicular history!

    1983-1996 -> Bicycle
    1996-2005-> Shares in Bus Éireann.
  8. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Yes indeed it is. And it looks unbelievably sexy. Frankly, I would...
  9. sterlingsop

    sterlingsop Member

    The first car I bought that was mine all mine was a Mini Clubman with a full length sunroof. Cost me £30 to buy and about £2000 to strip down, change engine (and rebore valves too), change transmission from auto to manual, refit, respray (in British racing green with a white roof) and get on the road. Was a fantastic car but was spectacularly unreliable in weather that was either remotely damp or cold, and on hills bigger than a gentle bump. No good living in Oldham! I used to park it up at home overnight with a tow rope attached ready for the morning where it got too exhausting pushing it every morning to start it. We got the whole get up/get out/get towed routine and the three-pedal ballet dance to keep the engine going whilst slowing down for Mumps roundabout down to a fine art in the end.

    Was very sad (not) to part ex it for a silver XR2.......magic, but a ringer so Mr Plod relieved me of that one.

    Got a bog standard Fiesta after that which got nicked one night from outside the bandroom in Whitworth, and was returned to the same spot a couple of nights later with an empty tank of petrol and a bent gearstick. No other damage and nothing stolen from inside either. Strange!

    Then came my all time egg-yolk yellow 1303 Beetle. Also removed the engine in that one weekend for a bit of fun. It stunk the house out and we fell in the snow on the cobbles trying to get it back in again, but what fun. I had to adopt an altogether different driving technique to survive the winters in my Beetle- windows down, ice scraper in hand for the INSIDE of the windscreen and more layers of clothing than an arctic explorer! I cried when that went though. Sigh....the memories!

    Didn't have a car for years (babies and stroppy husb etc!), but got a Mk II Astra in blue and a silver Rover 214si for a while. Horrid car....stunk of petrol and I felt like an old codger driving it.

    Got rid of that for my red Golf 1.6CL which I drive now.

    Out of all of them my faves are my Beetle and my Golf. Gimme proper German engineering any day!!
  10. Just Crazy

    Just Crazy Member

    Vauxhall Corsa 2003 - 2004
    Citroen Picasso 2004 - present

    Quite boring mine is.
  11. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    Mini 850cc (sort of yellowy-sandy-colour) - a real one, not the current over-priced BMW imitation. Was unreliable for a while, but a new battery sorted that out. Great fun to drive, and cheap to run as well. I had it re-sprayed, then wrote it off in an accident a few weeks later. It was the best-looking car on the scrapyard.

    Citroen AX 1.1 (white) - one of the 3 best cars I have owned. After the Mini it was luxurious, went at warp factor 8, and unlike the mini I could get my trombone in the boot. It was totally reliable and never let me down once. I liked it so much I replaced it with

    Citroen AX 1.0 (blue) - again totally reliable, great to drive. I had thought that being petrol-injected would make up for the smaller engine size. I was wrong, but the difference was something I could live with.

    Ford Escort 1.3 (red) - Disaster! The biggest car I have ever owned, 5 doors so very practical, very large boot, big enough to accomodate both my own trombone and my Dads' trombone as well, and better for long journeys than my other cars. BUT with a 1.3 engine it was woefully underpowered (I could not overtake going uphill), it was no fun to drive, and, worst of all, it was totally unreliable. At one point something seemed to be going wrong once a month, and it was always letting me down (I even missed a band engagement once because it would not start). I got rid of it as soon as I could.

    Ford Ka 1.3 (silver). A very good car, 2nd in my estimation only to the Citroens because the boot is too small for my trombone and because it has let me down once (in the 5 years I have had it), great fun to drive, cheap to run, and, as it is a smaller car than the Escort, the 1.3 engine provides all the power you could want. The debacle with the Escort nearly put me off Fords, except that I kept being given a Ka as a courtesy car every time the Escort had to go into the garage. I was so impressed with them I didn't want to give them back!

    For my next car I fancy getting a big car (Mondeo? Passat?), but that will have to wait for a while.

    TIMBONE Active Member

    As this thread is taking off so well, (unlike the Citroen which I once had), I will add some little snippets of information to my car history.

    Morris 1000 - cost me £120. It overheated once on the M6, I added some "Radweld" and managed to drive about 40 miles with practically no water in the radiator. Got a 'new' radiator from a scrapyard, and got another year out of it.

    Wolsley 1100 - had twin carbs, sporty but a petrol guzzler. Thansverse engine, so if it was raining, needed lots of WD40.

    Simca 501(with a steering column gearshift) - knocked a hole in the sump in an unmarked pothole in Rochdale. Did a temporary repair. Forgot about it. Lent it to a friend to drive to London. Engine seized up!

    Ford Anglia Estate - cost £40. Had a 1500 engine in it. Pulled away in 2nd gear.

    Vauxall Viva Estate Mk1

    Vauxall Viva Estate MkII - gear box seized up.

    Talbot Horizon

    Renault 5

    another Renault 5 - back door fell off.

    Ford Escort

    Peugeot 309

    another Peugeot 309

    Rover ? - customised with spoiler. Engine mountings gave way on M62.

    Fiat Uno Diesel

    Ford Escort - someone ran into the back of me. I stayed calm, collected my £350 right-off and £1200 compensation. It's a shame that the person who bumped me was driving a three days old BMW!

    Citroen (the one with hydralic suspension,where the back end rises up when you start the engine)

    Ford Escort - what a 'belter'

    Fiat Punto - acceleration is fantastic, fabulous little car.
  13. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    OK then is mine...
    1. P reg 106
    2. imported clio from Ireland (re registered as 04) <Mummy's Kangoo in between times>
    Not very excting for you guys, but it was very exciting for me!
  14. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Ah the joys of Beetle motoring - I remember that. The heater is pants. I also remember that the window washer bottle (which uses compressed air to work so you "fill it up" like a tyre), is great for squirting passers by if you whack the pressure up to about 40psi and turn the washer nozzle sideways...:wink: (don't try this at home kids...)

    One other thing...its reckoned that most Beetles are vitually waterproof because the door and window seals are so good. I know that to shut the door on my Beetle I had to open the window slightly first (to let the air pressure out) - did anyone else have to do this?

    Now I'm writing this all the great memories of the Veedub shows I went to are coming back...I want another one now...:( (well actually I'd go for a Karmann Ghia I think...)
  15. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    More than I thought in this list.

    Lotus Elan
    Ferrari 246 Dino (sold it before the used Ferrari market exploded - damn)
    Corvette Stingray
    Pontiac TransAm (the 6.7 litre job like in Smokey and the Bandit)
    Opel Manta
    Capri 2.8
    Sierra 4x4
    Focus ST170
    Focus 1.4
    Focus 1.8

    Had plans to buy another sports model before the baby arrived so now looking at estate cars :( . As long as I have breath in my body I will never own a people carrier.
  16. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    What do you carry about now then?? Cattle?!?!? ;)
  17. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    You want motoring disasters? Try a 2CV. I learnt the following the hard way...

    1. They have a roll-down roof. If you fail to secure it properly it will come undone at 65mph and create enormous amounts of drag, nearly forcing you into the path of an Eddie Stobart wagon.
    2. The hot air vent comes straight off the engine with no filtering. If your exhaust blows you will have to drive with the roof off and the windows open in sub-zero temperatures in order to avoid asphyxiation.
    3. If you drive though floods at speed, cold water goes onto the hot engine, sending steam up the windscreen so you have to drive blind for the next 20 miles.
    4. The drivers door can fly open at speed, especially when being overtaken by police volvos on the A34. Thankfully he was in too much of a hurry to stop and tell me off.
    5. They are rot-boxes. The floors can fall out and you only notice when the rubber mat under the passenger takes off and threatens to envelope them.
    6. If you fail to replace the oil cap after filling up on oil, your passenger will ask in a worried tone, "Becky, I don't want to worry you, but should there really be smoke pouring out of the bulkhead?". Switch engine off before opening bonnet, as hot oil will fountain over you.
    7. The crank handle is there for a reason. use it. Then use your superior knowledge of it to impress and humiliate mechanics who have to ring you at work and ask "how the **** you get your poxy little motor started."
    8. Carry a spare truck battery in the winter. Also coats, hats, scarves, gloves, survival blankets, brandy etc. Yes it will get that cold.
    They can pull Ford Escorts out of mud-baths in camp sites in the Peak District, and they will go anywhere in the snow.:p
  18. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    I hate to tell you this but this can happen with any car and is the direct result of Automotive Thrombosis...A clot in the car. ;)
  19. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    C'm 'ere and say that again, 2MD....
    Somehow it's slightly more annoying when at least 3 of the above problems have already happened to you that weekend, and seems to be par for the course.
    Never done it since, mind:oops:
  20. manx_yessir

    manx_yessir Member

    Mini 850cc My first car which my parents bought for me for about £50. It was a kind of sandy biege colour but they resprayed it red with a black roof. Definately the most fun car to drive.

    Ford Escort XR3 My wages as an Apprentice Electrician went up from £35 to £65 a week, so I bought one of these as I thought I was loaded! :rolleyes: I kept it for about 2 months.

    Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia A lovely car. It was really comfy and had electric everything.

    Ford Fiesta 1.1 Festival Bit of a girlie car, but it was cheap to run and very relaible.

    Ford Escort XR3i Thought I'd have another go at being a boy racer!

    Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular Bought it cheap of a mate. Sold it after a year to another mate for same price I bought it for! :biggrin:

    Austin Allegro 1.5 Surprisingly comfy and fast. This car had a little party trick - I could stop, turn the ignition key to the off position, pull out the key, leave the car, and the engine would still be running!! The only way to switch off the engine was to stall it! :eek:

    Opel Manta GT/E Bought it as a non runner for £100 resprayed it to it's original glory and sold it on a few months later. The back end liked to slide out round corners so it made for some hairy drives!

    Ford Orion 1.6GL It got me from A to B, enough said!

    Suzuki Swift GTi For a 1300cc this car was quick! Brilliant fun to drive. I only got rid of it because I got a company car.

    Ford Escort 1.8 Diesel My first ever company car and what a shed! Utter cr*p!

    Honda Civic 1.4SE Company car. Always reliable and in the 2 years I had it I did 98,000 miles with hardly a hiccup. (A few burps though!)

    Ford Focus Estate 1.9 TD My first company car with my present job. Felt like a rocket after Civic. Only kept it a couple of months.

    Ford Focus 1.9 TDCi Zetec Another company car. This one is even faster! Lovely and comfy and a pleasure to drive, which is a good job considering the amount of miles I do!

    Citroen C2 SX Technically it's the girlfriend's car as she uses it most of the time but as I'm paying half for it, it's going down here! Only had it since Friday (brand new). Had my first drive of it on Sunday and seems like a nice fun car. Cheap to insure and cheap to run.

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