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£320 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhh :evil: :evil: :twisted: :twisted:

I really want another one of these. That one has the wheels I want and the american style gear selector. It's also a nice colour. Pretty much perfect minus a leather interior.

Application is being sent first thing on Monday, I can't miss out on any more!
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You do know that is a Renault Espace, right? :shock:

Yes, those wheels (if it had centre caps) really suit the car and I do like the idea of that gearlever.
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I loved the column changes that were on the R16s I had in the distant past. :-)
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ragger wrote:I loved the column changes that were on the R16s I had in the distant past. :-)
Column changes rock :-D I'd love one again. Such a logical place to have it...

They're second only to the umbrella handle change on the R4, early R5s and I guess the 2CV family...

Both are distant seconds to the wonderful little gear lever on the fully hydraulic DS though. Now that was just brilliant 8-)
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CitroJim wrote:
They're second only to the umbrella handle change on the R4, early R5s and I guess the 2CV family...
I do love those, so simple and nice to use, it does tend to stump a few people at first though :lol:
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I've never had the pleasure of using the mentioned. They look pretty awkward though! Ah nothing can beat the manual gear change experience of the Citroen Xsara Picasso... especially one with about 120k on the clock :lol: :lol: :lol:

Chris - The Espace is such a car with the V6 in it! It's one of those lazy ones that's all about the noise. Mine did 11 MPG even with my old man driving :P

Well the Accent is gone. And I took a Part Exchange for £100. Pic to follow, it's awful, and going straight to scrap this week after I nab the wheels.
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No, the 2cv/R4 gearchange is superb, its as a gearchange should be, the conventional ones just seem primative after using one of those. I like where the gearlever is on a Xsara Pic but the change is nothing special :lol:

According to the specs you should see 24MPG average from an Espace V6, in that earlier shape :lol:

I have to say, this I would definitely have:
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... ?logcode=p" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Im surprised by the performance of this one, the 3.5, with 245bhp and 0-60 in 8 seconds - not bad at all for a full 7 seat MPV. Definitely the most cool looking MPV in my opinion. Pricey though.

Bit cheaper one:
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... ?logcode=p" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That it, just the two on autotrader, they are rare 8-)

Looking forward to the pictures of this part/ex'd car Luke, I can only think what someone might have traded in for an Hyundry Accident. :|
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Citroenmad wrote: Im surprised by the performance of this one, the 3.5, with 245bhp and 0-60 in 8 seconds - not bad at all for a full 7 seat MPV. Definitely the most cool looking MPV in my opinion. Pricey though.

Looking forward to the pictures of this part/ex'd car Luke, I can only think what someone might have traded in for an Hyundry Accident. :|
Exactly - that should give you some idea of how bad it is.

Oh yes, now you're talking, I'm ready for a 3.5 V6 Espace! They are definitely one of the best looking MPVs, when in the right spec. One of my friend's mum had a 3.5 V6 Espace when we were about 13/14. I can remember being in the third row of seats going to his house up the motorway and she touched 120 MPH... she's now driving a Q7 S Line, I must ask if they know where the Espace is.
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Is that where you liking for V6s came from? :lol:
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Citroenmad wrote: she's now driving a Q7 S Line
Her taste in cars has declined a bit then, its a diesel I bet!
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Citroenmad wrote:Is that where you liking for V6s came from? :lol:
Most likely :) Things we experienced in our early teens and late childhood tend to set us on a lifetime course... For better or for worse :evil:

Doesn't apply to me with cars though. Those I was mainly exposed to in my formative years were Morris Marinas, Poxhall Vivas, Morris Minors (arrrrgggh...), Fraud Concertinas and 'scort vans. The only effect they had on me was to avoid them at all costs :lol: :lol: :lol:

My dad nearly bought an Austin Allaggro once until mum put her foot down. Mind you I'll wager it would have been a better car than the hideous Marina he had at the time... I learned to drive in that bloody horrible heap of poo. Shame really as the Marina looked lovely but under that pretty dress it was a disaster of epic proportions.

I know where my Citroen love came from. In my mid teens I knew of someone who had a GS and I wanted one badly... Where the V6 adoration comes from though I can't explain... I also remember our GP having a DS when I was just a lad. It looked like a spaceship to my little eyes.

Speaking of the 'scort vans, it was in one of those, fitted first with an 8-track tape player and later an auto-revers cassette deck (very high-tech in 1972), that I developed my lifelong love of 70s music, especially things like the Floyd and prog-rock :-D

Luke sorry to hijack your blog with some childhood reminiscences :roll:
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Citroenmad wrote: Her taste in cars has declined a bit then, its a diesel I bet!
Glad you said it! Yes of course... 4.2 TDi. I should be impressed but I'm not!
Is that where you liking for V6s came from?
It sure is. That and my obsession with the Mark 1 Mondeo - oh the excitement of seeing "V6" written on the side! :mrgreen:

The one and only picture I've taken of the Scrapper! I'm sure you will know what it is.

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This little Clio Auto. would make a great runaround. I really am going to be dangerous and poor once this membership comes though - KP, you're to blame!! :-D
Luke sorry to hijack your blog with some childhood reminiscences
Don't apologise!! Love hearing tales like this. I wasn't the only kid impressed by the odd optional extra :)
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R9UKE wrote:I'm sure you will know what it is.
Some sort of Rover...? :lol:
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Bingo!
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100?
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R9UKE wrote:
Citroenmad wrote: Is that where you liking for V6s came from?
It sure is. That and my obsession with the Mark 1 Mondeo - oh the excitement of seeing "V6" written on the side! :mrgreen:
Im surprised you have not had a V6 Mondeo Luke, I guess they are not easy to find?

If there was an award for the most flimsy bumpers on a car, the Mk1 Mondeo would be the winner. You just so much as have to splat a fly and the things crack, leaving a yellow foam block showing through.

I have to confess, at the time they were almost current they were among my favourite cars :shock: In fact I didn't really like Citroens back then, I liked Fords mainly! I think it was me trying to rebel against every car my parents owned as I was brought up on mostly Citroens. Though it didn't work :lol:

Id very much like a Mondeo ST24, with those odd 4 spoke wheels, ideally in a saloon body.

That Clio Auto looks half decent, I bet they suit an auto box as they are quite a refined and comfortable car but with not an overly excellent manual gearbox change.

You know, I was wondering what would be worse than a Accent, a Metro instantly popped into my head. Either one of those or an old 200?