Davie's french attraction.

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£1500 doesn't sound too bad to me given the low miles, glass roof & unworn drivers seat bolster. I just had my water pump & cam belt done came to about £300 (not sure on exact price as I had 2 Michelins at the same time & total was £500). Do you still have the 18" after market alloys you could fit? If you look on the MOT history for the car it shows advisories for 3 tyres near limit, but nothing on the exhaust so that may still be ok . I can't help feeling that there must be a reason that a VTS is going for only £450!

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I looked at the mot history and saw the advisories for 3 tyres and all discs pitted. That's near standard for discs unless they are new! I'm waiting for an answer from the guy with an offer 1/2 way between my opening cheeky offer and his asking price. If I do buy it it won't do many miles, it will be my toy and the 107 my daily.

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Well the guy wouldn't accept 1250 which was the highest I would go knowing it needs 3 tyres, discs and pads all round a cambelt and water pump And a possible clutch. The guy said he had had it for a year and a half and thought it had been well looked after. That's when I let on I was the previous owner! So no return to my vts ownership then.

My two baby pugs continue to do what they should do, the 107 being abused and not complaining, it did 115 miles tonight delivering food, I don't drive it too hard, but constant gear changing, three point turns, parking on pavements etc is abuse. It is only a work hack. I've decided I need to get better reverse lights, with tinted windows, horrid weather conditions and only a single poor reverse light it is not great. LED's in the bumper connected into the reverse light maybe? I will look and see what will do.

205 news, it needs a wheel balanced. Bloody cenrerless pug alloys! That's all to moan about!

So two cars, and the only moans are wheels needing balanced and a crap reverse light. Can't be bad then [emoji4] [emoji106]

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I'm sure if you keep looking another VTS will reveal itself and better than the one you were looking at Davie ;)

My poor little C1 must be feeling very unloved. Not moved in nearly a week due to going everywhere I need either on foot or by bike!

Activa is in the same position...

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I knew there was a reason why I didnt get my old c4vts back. Now the reason as you all know is the activa. No photos of it in my possession yet, but you all know the car. I was undecided if I was going to keep it off road for a couple of months, but after a run along my favourite windy hilly back road this morning I have kind of decided it has to stay taxed and insured. As I can't afford 3 insurances that means the 205 will be on a sorn, and it's insurance transferred onto the activa. What to do with the 205? I still actually love that little car and I don't really want to sell it. Considering it o ly cost me 100 quid, and another 300 to get it through a mot, and I have had 6 months enjoyment from it I am thinking about sticking it into Kerri 's lock up, and at some point in the future putting it on the road again.
I didn't get to try out the activas handling and roadholding due to the frost here after the massive rainfall last week. There are plenty of solid ice patches on the road, and I certainly don't want to stuff it into an off road excursion! I have came to the conclusion, sorry Chris, but the new Nexen nblue eco tyres that are on the front are absolutely crap for grip! I used to like Nexen tyres, but anything with eco I find rubbish. They won't last long, wheelspinning in 2nd and 3rd gear without being daft on the throttle. Chris gave me a spare set of wheels, which are shod with Michelins, they look about 1/2 worn without measuring them, I may put them on. It's interesting that 4 wheels have centers to allow balancing, and 4 haven't! The one thing which is going to annoy me, espically if I have to do deliveries with it, is the keypad immobiliser. Thoughts of a hammer and cold chisel comes to mind to "cure" it! However I have been told that it cannot be bypassed on an activa so I will have to live with it.

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I take it you're enjoying the Activa then Davie?

Thought you might!

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Yes, apart from the immobilizer and horrid front tyres. Think I will put the two best Michelin on for just now and use the nexens in summer. It has Pirelli on the back, they can stay there for now. It is almost the perfect car for me. Not for work, not a lot would beat the 107 for that. It's a hardy little buger of a thing!

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Please Davie don't do any deliveries in the activa :( . Keep it for nice dry days .

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bxzx16v wrote:Please Davie don't do any deliveries in the activa :( . Keep it for nice dry days .
I agree, the Activa is best appreciated and enjoyed when used as a recreational car...

Davie, you'll get used to the keypad...

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It will get used for deliveries over my dead body, and I suspect a few of you guys would stand in front of it too! I've not had a car that I treated as a baby since I sold the c4vts. I'm disappointed that I can't get it washed, it's probably muckier now than it ever has been in the last few years, it is too cold, although today was a nice bright day the frost never lifted and it is not a good idea washing the car in that temperatures. It is only insured until the 30th, but I'm going to transfer the 205 insurance on to it and put the 205 on sorn, in the lockup. I may well want it back on the road in the future, and it's not really worth much. When the weather improves I will get the front springs done, and the bumper and spoiler on to it, and do the back bumper to match. So it will be 107 for work, activa for play and 205 project. I expect when I take off the bumper I will find some rusty bits that will need some treatment. I just hope there isn't too much of it, and a wire brush, some rust remover, acid etch primer, and rattle can paint will fix it and I don't need a welder! Time will tell. It has never put a wheel wrong in the 6 months I have owned it, ok I have only done 2000 miles approx, but that is a better record than some new cars!

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Sometimes the older cars can prove more reliable than the newer stuff . My Zx16v never put a foot wrong in the time i had it , neither did the 406 coupe . If i had my choice I'd be having the 1.9td xantia that Tims selling , it sounds a real beauty .

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It does sound like a good one! Had I not bought the activa I would have been in a bit of a dilemma lol. Someone will get a good car there.

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aaargh . i so so so envy you guys the prices on cars .. 100 pounds for a 205 . .. another 300 to get it MOT worthy .. dang.
I must admit . i was very lucky on the price of my activa as i paid 500 pounds. To get it road worthy and thru MOT will be a
costly affair as the mot check alone cost 80 pounds. and if it fails its another 30 pounds for the recheck and ofc the bits and bobs .
And without stealing ur thread completly i must add there are now 150 check points on the control.

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The cost of an MOT in the UK is dependant on the garage Hans.. The Government stipulate a maximum fee, around £55 but most garages charge less.. Some as low as £20! The one I use has charged £35 for years now... The owner says he gets lost of custom that way and he makes his money on the repairs needed to get a pass... Entice the punters in with a cheap MOT and then charge them well for the work needed to pass is his motto and it works!

A re-test in case of a fail is free if the car is resubmitted within ten days...

Yours will pass first time Hans as you're doing some excellent work on it ;)

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The 205 I got for only £100 was cheap for several reasons. It's a 5 door which have not gone up in value as the 3 door has, especially the gti. Its a 1.1 petrol. It would need paint, due to small scrapes on each side and the bumpers faded. The location, in north east Scotland which is hundreds of miles away from civilization. It has good points. Inside is unmarked, low mileage at 65000 miles and some service history. Althouh it owes me £400 I don't think I will get that and as the car is sound that's why it will get stored for a while.

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