R9UKE's French Car Blog...

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R9UKE wrote: Thanks, looking forward to finally dragging it out of it's spot :)

To be honest, 28 isn't far off what I expected. 30 would have been spot on by my estimations. My 2.0 does 33 MPG, it's a bigger engine but doing less work, the revs also sit considerably lower as you can have it in 6th at 35 MPH comfortably. But then Mum's aim seems to be to get to the speed limit as quickly as possible - always has been! So I'm guessing it's about right. It's not unusual to see 1.4 owners getting 26 MPG :(

Drove the 540i a good 50 miles today and no warning. Didn't get a chance to check the coolant level afterwards as the tank has to be opened to check, and I didn't have time to stick around.

Chris, the Safrane just couldn't stick around for long I'm afraid. I had just bought the Beemer and literally had no room. It worked out very well though, can't ask better than for it going to a good friend who'll love and cherish it until they offer it back to you when they're bored! It's already had a set of new track rod ends!

I spotted this on ebay and am very tempted to sell the 540i and keep piling the miles onto this. Hitting 250k in a Vel Satis is bound to merit some sort of award?? :lol:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170769435407? ... _790wt_952" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Im obviously more of a frugal driver than I thought :lol: Just shows the bigger the engine, the better? :roll:

Well thats not bad then, if the Saf has gone to a Renault enthusiast and you might get the chance to get it back again.

That Velsatis looks tempting, probably go for very little money too. The 2.0T is a good one too, isn't it? Go buy it :-D

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Buy it! Break it, get another!

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I have a 3litre diesel and will never ever see it do more on average than 30mpg :D

Doing a long run today so will see if i can push past 25!!

Get shot of the thirsty BM and get a new toy, see if you can go through most models before your 30 :D

Your a bit like a young Mike Brewer aren't you wheelin n dealin lol, you just need an ed china :D

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KP wrote:you just need an ed china :D
Sure as hell I do! Any volunteers!?? The Clio Auto gave up last night! No idea what the problem is.

I think you're right about the 540i. Had my fun and a nice one to have had, but time to move on! I'll send it to auction next week, I'm fairly confident it'll make what I paid and I really can't be bothered with selling it privately, there's too many little niggles.

Next on my list is a Renault Scénic II. Don't ask why, but it's a modern Renault I haven't had. My aunt had a 2.0 Auto Grand Scénic. I don't want kids, but that car could have tempted me into it :) :) :)
see if you can go through most models before your 30
Challenge accepted :-D

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Not a Scenic!!! Please!

T-met for the Clio and the Rover! That will be a good boost to the finances!

Ohh, you could get that 2.0T Vel Satis!

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ScenicIIs are quite nice actually, I really enjoyed our 1.9DCi version. I drove it to the South of France and it was an excellent drive for an MPV. I had charge of it for the summer when I was 18, it was a little different from my 1.0 Seat at the time :lol:

My mum ripped the front off it by colliding with a rather unmoveable post shortly after and so I was reduced to driving around in a Kia Cerato 8-[ The term 'few cars drive like a hire car' is very true with a Cerato :lol:

Im guessing you will be on th elook out for a 2.0?

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Robert we're taking the Rover round to T Met in the morning! Then round the corner to Wilsons to bring home the Scénic I bought this evening! Only a 1999 model. Pure poverty spec - it's got the clock in place of the rev counter treatment!

The Cerato is one of those cars that just looks and feels like it was designed especially for Avis! Horrible.

Yes, a 2.0 VVT Auto Scénic II please. Although the auction always have loads, mostly 1.6s, that were traded in to main agents who then can't sell them because they're common as muck. Watched a 2004 1.6 Expression with 40k miles sell for £1150 tonight. Not bad at all, there was nothing wrong with it either!

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Excellent, I was at Clearway yesterday £170/tonne there. My "new" Xm might be back home tomorrow.

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£1150 for a decent ScenicII is serious value for money, what an excellent car, one of the safest in a crash, bags of room and interior ideas, comfortable etc etc. For a cheap family car, someone could do far worse.

I would guess the 2.0 auto would be a bit of a slow seller though. I think you should buy a bargain 1.9DCi and see how long it lasts, on second thoughts it'll porbably be in a ball of flames or drowning on its own oil within a week :lol:

Have you not had a Modus yet Luke? By no means a bad little car.

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What are you coming up here in, Robert?

Chris I know a guy who is scrapping his MOTd and taxed 1.9 dCi 04 Scénic tomorrow! It's been one thing after another and now it's gone the same way as this Vel Satis. He's just had enough. " onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He's in England, otherwise I'd give him scrap value and treat the car to a barrage of abuse before it commits suicide. HATEFUL engine.

The Modus has come down a lot in price! Plus there's an Initiale version. Hard to find, but I'll buy one if it lands at my feet! Not sure about the mainland, but they have a bit of a reputation here for being Granny's favourite car!

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I spotted this on ebay and am very tempted to sell the 540i and keep piling the miles onto this. Hitting 250k in a Vel Satis is bound to merit some sort of award??

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170769435407" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;? ... _790wt_952
If only this was on my doorstep I would be very keen.

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Probably UDZ. I was thinking of taking DEG, but with salt aplenty on the road, it would be unfair to not submit UDZ to a saline bath!

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That is a shame, though probably the best thing to do with it :|

There are not enough Modus' around here for them to gain a reputation. They are not bad cars, funky, can look nice in top spec trim levels with larger wheels and a good colour. They drive quite nicely and are making bargains now.

This looks like a good idea for a Vel Satis too:
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I don't think it took too kindly to running up and down the verge, the rear off side wheel alignment looks a little out by the end :lol: Its a wonder the airbags didnt deploy in some of those instances. The 309 looks quite and home :lol:

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ragger wrote:
If only this was on my doorstep I would be very keen.
At least you have that excuse! It's about half an hour from an empty garage I'm waiting to fill.... I need to resist.

Good idea Robert! You can test it's towing abilities too :lol: :lol:

Chris that video is already in my favourites lol! Couldn't believe the first time I watched it, the Vel's suspension can barely cope with British roads, let alone that!

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Ahh buying scrappers for a day or two of ragging then finally commiting them to their fate is always a good thing to do.

a good way to improve rally skills and as insurance is only £25 a day for such things its not a hard thing to do. Get it home on 3rd part and then book the finaly day for scrapping once you have the new v5c and then take it the scrappers after its day of abuse 5 minutes before they close :)

My local scrapper seems to give good money for scrap still as the last one i chopped into them was a 52plate 106 zest D that was well stuffed and bodged to hell(felt dodgey on its drive to its death, all over the place it was!) but still loved holding low gears at the rev limit all the way over there :D

Is it common for the engines as the youtube above shows to let go of their bearings as it sounds like a bottom end bearing has gone awol!!