Davie's french attraction.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by van ordinaire » 06 Mar 2019, 23:05

Sounds about right (although 1/2-hr seems a little optimistic to me - but, hey, what do I know?)

Sooooh, even allowing for the scuffs being polished out professionally costing about the same (or even a little more) just what value did the insurance company put on it?

Actually it reminds me of a colleague who, some years ago, had a minor shunt in his CX; can't remember the damage but seem to recall the only part that needed replacing was £10 s/h. Got a quote from his local CX specialist & sent it off to his insurance company (as was done back then) took the car home & repaired it. A couple of weeks later, got a phone call from his insurers to say they'd written it off.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by myglaren » 06 Mar 2019, 23:24

My youngest had her Fiesta written off a few weeks ago.
Got more than she paid for it and bought it off them for next to nothing.
Her mechanic bought it off her (she had bought it from him in the first place) and it was back on the road two days later.
She bought a Clio C+C with the insurance money.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by daviemck2006 » 07 Mar 2019, 00:51

Its like both my white c5 and the white leon, very minimal damage on both, in fact both were busted bumper and fog light, busted headlight, slight dent on bonnet, slight dent on wing with the leon both doors marked. The c5 was cat c the leon cat s. Both I had owned just months, and both I got more than I paid for them. This time i bought the red leon, a year newer, 30000 less miles and still had a grand left over which has bought the c1. I bought the c5 back for £150 and sold it for £300 a week later, it is now fixed and on the road, they wanted £750 to let me keep the leon. I did not keep it, but I saw it sold on the same site as I bought the red leon and the c1 for £970 + the auction fee. Some cars are written off for so little ipthey are bound to be bargains buying them and putting them back on the road much cheaper than buying one. And although my leon is cat s, which is the equivalent of the old cat c it is not recorded on the new v5. So unscrupulous people could then sell them on without mentioning the write off. When I bought a cat c 6 or 7 years ago, I had to get a mot, vic and when the v5 arrived it stated that the car had been damaged beyond its economical value to repair. I think its a backward step now.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 14 Apr 2019, 23:31

Well I have to report
Bigpug is perfect. I haven’t used it a lot but I love it. The head says sell it but I cant :)
Vals c1, she loves it, and hubby Dan who lost fingers is back to work, and got a promotion out of it into a more office based supervisory position.
Leon, it got a proper big valet, looks like new and returns phenomenal mpg
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The caddy blotted it’s copybook, guess who borrowed it, and broke it! Yes, my wayward son. It is currently in a garage after being towed there by the AA. The suspected diagnoses is DMF goosed. There was a slight clutch judder and noise from that area so it would probably have gone anyway, but he probably was rough on it. There’s one consolation that he has a brand new solid flywheel and upgraded clutch for a fabia 1.9 td vrs which should go in
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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by daviemck2006 » 08 May 2019, 02:40

The vw caddy is proving more difficult to sort out than thought. It smashed the diff which in turn smashed a hole in the gearbox casing, so the van requires a replacement gearbox. You wouldnt think this would be much of a problem to source since there are thousands of vag 1.9td motors at breaking stage. Not so. There are so many different engine and gearbox codes, it is unbelievable. The caddy 1.9 pd engine, which I have has a unique gearbox code and the gearbox is not interchangeable with anything else, eg golf, leon, octavia etc. This means caddy gearboxes are like hens teeth and consequently around £400 or more for a breaker one. I have been told a better option is a 6 speed box off a 1.9 130 a4 complete with driveshafts, gear selector and cables is a recogmised upgrade and will be a cheaper option. Bloody vehicles! A necessary evil.

Bigpug has only done 800 miles or so since her resurrection, needs a front brake freeing off, simply due to lack of use. This is the next job for me to tacke by myself in the next day or two.

Everything else is behaving itself at the moment, even my poor knackered back and legs are doing as they are told with minimal fuss. I suppose a day taking off wheels and servicing brakes will soon ruin that!

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by daviemck2006 » 14 May 2019, 00:53

I finally found a replacement gearbox for caddy and got it back with a new clutch and solid flywheel convwrsion fitted, as there was play in the dual mass and a conversion was vastly cheaper than another dual mass. Off I went for a run in it when bang, a loss of power and lots of smoke, thats from the van, accompanied by lots of swearing from me. Its blown the turbo. Think I have blown something too. The van is in the drive along with gabby, dont know what to do with either of them. I have lost interest.

This lost interest also has been put into me by a visit to the orpathedic surgeon today. My days of holding any spanners are rapidly coming to an end. I have to have an operation on both hands to remove bone between hand and thumb. This will make my grip almost non existent, but its getting that way already due to pain. My thumbs will basically only be connected to my hands by the muscles and cartilages. Im really not very happy right now

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Post by daviemck2006 » 15 May 2019, 16:11

A year and a half after shaun destroying the engine of his 107 and losing his job, and 8 months affer me throwing him out to fend for himself he has realised his faults, and told me where the 107 was and told me to do what I want with it. If you remember it had a replacement 15000 mile old engine fitted along with a new clutch but we couldnt get it going. Well last week I towed it to a local garage to see if they could get it going. I dont know yet what the problem was but they got it going in 1/2 an hour. It has now been in for the MOT, and has come out with a pass with just a few minor tweaks! So im now onto a n other plan number 6582.The caddy shall get a scrapyard turbo and sold. The xantia, I really should scrap it but cant so it can sit where it is for a while longer. Bigpug, well I live that car so as long as I can afford to keep a toy, it stays. Ive only done appros 1000 miles since early January when it was fixed. The Leon will stay for my everyday car, the 107 back onto delivery duties for it. When, or if Shaun gets another job and can afford a car then he can insure it himself and get it back.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by Fake Concern » 18 May 2019, 21:50

Looks like things are starting sort themselves out now (cars at least!) so that's got to be good!
I can't help but think you suffer from being sentimental about cars as I do as well!

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Post by van ordinaire » 19 May 2019, 00:15

You are not alone, I suspect that most of us for whom a car isn't just a means of getting from A - B, let their hearts rule their heads.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 19 May 2019, 02:08

The xantia I really should get rid of, it has far too much needing fixed for me to do it myself, and will cost many hundreds for me to pay someone to do. I very much doubt if it will ever see the road again. I personally have never scrapped a car before a d I just cant bring myself to do it. The caddy van is going to get fixed next week and the surface rust on the sills sorted then it is getting advertised.That will cut me down to a more manageable 3 runners. And when shaun finds bainful employment and can afford insurance he will get.the 107 back and I will be down to two. That should then do me, the leon 1.6 for a daily, and the 407 for when I need a pampering. I did have thoughts about converting the van to a mini camper, but thats a pipe dream and probably will never happen so thats why its going to go.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 25 Jun 2019, 13:01

My wee fleet is changing again. Shaun has his 107 back. Xantia still sitting doing nothing. Seat Leon keeps doing what it is told. Vw caddy is the most unreliable piece of rubbish I have ever owned, alart from a fiesta van or a c2 sensodrive I owned a few years ago. It has had a replacement gearbox, clutch, turbo and last week snapped a driveshaft. I have no faith in it even getting to the end of the street so it is getting put up for sale, once my friend has used it for week or so doing a house clearance. Big pug is sold awating pick up, i have only done just over 1000 miles in it in 6 months.I have enjoyed every mile I have driven in it, but it is impractical for me and my health now, I struggle to get in and out of it. Theres a new arrival in the wings, I will own a workimg Citroen again, a 16 plate, exactly 3 years old c1 with only 5400 miles covered. This will become a workhorse doimg the pizza runs, at which it will excell, and the Leon stays as the auto when my left leg doesnt want to work, and the family car when takimg the grandkids about. I like havimg two cars so I have varation, and these two should provide total reliability so I domt need to be sortimg cars all the time.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by myglaren » 25 Jun 2019, 13:10

All change again Davie.

I thought you might be looking for an amphibious option.

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Re: Davie's french attraction.

Post by daviemck2006 » 25 Jun 2019, 13:20

myglaren wrote:
25 Jun 2019, 13:10
All change again Davie.

I thought you might be looking for an amphibious option.


Did you see the 407 zdvertised on autoshite yesterday Steve? Sod within 1/2 an hour, I had massive interest. I actually thought I would struggle to sell it with it being a £550 road tax, even though I offered it at trade in price. Well the trade in price on the c1 I am buying, from the peugeot garage I have bought from 3 times previously. There was one vauxhall dealer told me on Sunday they would keep a car for me, and they had a promotion of 3 grand over the trade in value, which they quoted on the phone as 750, against any pre reg vauxhall in the place. Once O got there on Monday the trade in offer was £50! Off was the second word and the 4 letter worg before it you can guess! Probably just as well really, I dont really want a viva ir basic corsa.

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Post by myglaren » 25 Jun 2019, 14:09

No, the only thing I saw was Scotland submerged.
Shame the 407 is gone but perhaps for the best.
Can you get in and out of a C1 OK? I have been in my granddaughter's but didn't pay much attention to it, too busy yakking to my daughter who was driving it.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 25 Jun 2019, 20:21

A c1/107 are as about as easy a car for me to use as long as they are 2 door ones. A 4 door one has shorter doors and a bit more awkward. Cant get any better for my work. Not very good for long distance though, but my Leon will be for that.