Davie's french attraction.

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Need two new front to back brake pipes, the other side spring and droplink. So that's a fail then. Retest booked for next Monday. The factors I had the droplinks from sent the wrong items so correct ones and another spring ordered. Also new front springs ordered for the 205 to see if that sorts out the lean a bit. I wasn't going to but I have ordered 25mm lowered for it as it looks nose up too. If that doesn't square it up then the culprit will have to be the rear beam. Hopefully the front springs will sort it out I don't fancy doing a rear beam outside, I don't think it would be too difficult but would babe a heavy job.

I am very happy though that I am coping with this part time job I am doing, and managing to do the jobs on the cars. Not too long ago I would never of attempted to do jacking up cars regularly and taking struts on and off. I still wouldn't call myself able bodied, but am better than I was. Perhaps the decent weather we have had of late has helped, we were apparently warmer than the med last week!
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Davie, shame about the car but excellent news on the job front and health-wise generally :D

Who cares about an MOT fail when the important things in life are looking up. I'm truly delighted to hear it =D> :-D 8-)
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Wot 'e said! ^^
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The mot fail is nothing really. I knew it would fail, putting it in missing a drop link but thought might as well, see what else needs doing. Can't really complain. about two brake pipes and two front springs broken on a 10 year old car. That's effectively it, not counting the drop links, the tester said if he is ever doing a front spring he orders a droplink along with it. Recons it's more cost effective a grinder through it and get the job done much quicker for the sake of a 10 quid droplink. They are a sacrificial item! They are doing the brake pipes next Monday, I shall do the spring. As it's the pipes going to the back the brake fluid will get changed completely, oil and filters done, maybe just oil filter, all filters and plugs were changed 7000 miles ago. It's had rear shocks recently so it has been looked after mechanically and is a decent motor.
I am more concerned about me really and really am happy that I might scrape a mot pass myself [emoji2]
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I was nearly arranging to swap the renault for a pug 407 hdi 2.0 16v earlier today, then came to my senses. I would rather keep the renault than have a 407. I do want to change the renault though, but in no hurry. I've decided an auto for all the town driving I do now, and a diesel that runs on veggie, and something comfy. Sounds like I'm looking for a xantia 1.9td auto, or an xm auto! Knowing me this is thinking out loud lol
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I have experience of the 407 Davie, in particular the 2.0 HDi

A very under-rated car indeed. I think you could be very happy with one...

Mind you, a Xantia or XM would be a lot of fun for you ;) An XM can be high-maintenance though... V6 auto is very nice :)
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I think if I ever was to buy a xantia it would be a V6 auto to love and cherish and occasional use. The 205 is sound enough for daily use, but the lack of power steering would bet wearing after a while of non stop town use at work. Apart from the renault I do know of something small, reliable, cheap to run, nippy in town etc that would be ideal for work. I've had one before, there's one in the family and you have a sister Jim [emoji4]
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daviemck2006 wrote: I've had one before, there's one in the family and you have a sister Jim [emoji4]
Ahh! so you like a Nissan Pixo too then.. :rofl2: :rofl2:

Been running Sian's Pixo all this week now... It's good but it's no C1...

Seriously, I think the C1/107/Aygo is hard to beat, a fantastic little car. :-D
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That's the meggy got a new mot. The tester recons it's a good car, been well looked after mechanically, but had one or two paintwork repairs. Both quarter panels and passenger door been painted. The driver's side repair is ok, the passenger side a very poor, possibly amateur repair with filler and rattle cans. But hey ho it's a 10 year old megane that drives really well so who cares? Not me! Now I need to decide whether it stays or goes. That depends very much on what turns up locally for sale.

The other megane, raffle prize I have not set eyes on yet. It will only be about 15 miles or so away but I can't get in contact with the vendor. I think it was a scam, but at least it was only £2.50 so not the end of the world. However if I can't contact soon, vendor will be named and shamed locally on Facebook where the raffle took place.
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Excellent result on the MOT Davie =D> Delighted :-D
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No advisories. This was the retest. The price for the test, replacing the brake pipes, 3 of only two were a fail but a third was a bit iffy so got done also, replacing the brake fluid entirely, replacing the front spring, was £140.40. Only £62 for labour and £12 for pipes fittings and fluid and that was approx 3 hours labour. That's at my trusted mot station I have used for years. That, in my opinion is as good service, and as good a price that you could get, ever. It's maybe 25 miles away, but that's where the cars are going to go to if it's something I can't do myself from now on.
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Well the latest thought about cars is that I would like something a bit more economical round the doors. Tonight I did 63 miles, and it cost me just under £10 of fuel. A pug 107 or a cit c1 would be much cheaper than the meggy. Shaun is niw wanting to change his 107 for a Skoda Fabia VRS tdi for his commuting, he has saved up enough to get a decent one, and now his points have gone and he is over 21 and he has some ncd he can insure one at a reasonable price. So I may take over his 107. It still has finance on it, and I would leave it registered in his name and me pay the finance for him. I can afford that now I have a bit more money, and it would be better for his credit history if he kept paying it off until the end. Anyone want to buy a megane?
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To take on the 107 would seem a fine and sensible move to me Davie...

Mine is so frugal that often when I fill it with petrol spiders have built webs across the filler cap!!!

They are silly cheap to run in all ways..
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All being well my £2.50 megane will be with me tomorrow. Apparently it darts and drives ok and the body is ok. I may sell as it is, I already have a buyer, or if it is sound enough then a big clean and mot. I don't know yet. A quick £50 profit for nothing sounds ok to me lol
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A whole Meggie for £2.50 Davie? A bargain!!!

How did that all come about then? Seem to have missed something here...