Davie's french attraction.

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I hope you don't get so many clowns contacting you as i had. I was fed up of them offering 1/2 the asking g price or less. Then them hassling me via email when I refused to budge until they viewed it. And this from guys like within 20 miles or so.
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That kind of thing makes one very reluctant to consider a car sale except on here...

I know the old adage 'if you don't ask you don't get' is applicable here there are limits and I consider asking half and then hassling you about it is definitely not applicable :twisted:

It's bad manners if nothing else :evil:
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I say to you that is a pain in the ass to sell a car in UK for this reason. To sell by classified advertise on eBay is best way now. I am find that Autotrader magazine bring the highest number of idiots.

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CitroJim wrote:
I know the old adage 'if you don't ask you don't get' is applicable here there are limits and I consider asking half and then hassling you about it is definitely not applicable :twisted:

It's bad manners if nothing else :evil:
I think your cars must be really good Citrojim. Please sell on here to me. I offer you more than half price :-)

One month ago I sell cell phone on ebay. One of these people offer me bad price. I say no, is worth 50 pounds more. He send me nasty reply.. saying is a new model out and I am a stupid if I think anyone buy for more than he offer. I block and report to eBay.

I sell phone 60 pounds more than he offer.



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I actually did have one (-expletive removed-) came to see it and told me it needed a lit of money spent on it because the exhaust was burst (I knew this and a complete system with cat can be bought for less than £100 off the bay) he said front tyres needed replacing (I got my gauge and measured them at 5.5 mm in front of him) there are two chips on the bonnet (probably more than 2) a big scrape on the side (was at least 2inches) and there was more but by that time I couldn't be bothered and when he offered £1000 for it when I had already reduced it by £300 to allow for an exhaust I told him I wouldn't sell to him at any price. My neighbour across the road, also a car buff was in his garden said he had never heard so much crap in his life.

Didn't think tuuat was a swear word lolol
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daviemck2006 wrote: Didn't think tuuat was a swear word lolol
The forum word censor is quite puritanical Davie :-D
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I was at the auction last night. I'm looking for a small van (berlingo etc) or estate car. Nothing suitable. Closest was a Picasso, 1.6 hdi 2006 93000 miles with reasonable mot and need g a good clean. It sold for 650. I should have bought it could have doubled money. I just don't want to take a chance with a turbo on a 1.6. Never mind. I am now looking at a berlingo multi space on ebay reg 160000 miles, 2.0 HDi with long mot and tax. Only 580 just now finished tomorrow. Slightly smoky possible injector problem. How aer these for doing injectors?
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I don't know about the engine Davie but I love the Berlingo and would have one myself in a heartbeat if I had to replace all my X series...

They must be excellent as it is (as far as I know) the only car Northern Mike ever kept for more than a few days, sorry, weeks. As far as I know he still has his after several years and loves it to bits..

His is a 2.0 HDi. If only he was still on here he might be able to advise :(
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I have used the Peugeot Partner (equivalent to the Berlingo) vans for over 3 years now (company van). They have proved reliable (but the ones I had used the 1.6HDi engine). Good fuel economy for the engine size (I would imagine the 2.0l HDI would do better, if Gracie is anything to go by), and good performance.

You did get to drive Gracie last year, so you might have an idea of what the engine was like. Although hers is a 90HP engine, it has good economy and performance, and (without taking the mickey) it is an engine that you would be able to service yourself without much difficulty. As you know, the forum rather likes this engine design.
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I would have no fears of it having done 160000 miles. I've driven taxis with these engines but mostly the 110, one in particular, an 806 over 500000 miles. I owned one myself to 240000. It's only that the owner of this one says the injectors are slack , it is over fuelling and smoking a bit at idle but ok once revving. I would think the hdi90 would be the best engine e in a berlingo. I have done many miles in a 52 reg 1.9 non turbo one and it had enough go when empty, but when loaded was short of go. I've bid on it and if I get it, it's a cheap motor
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These are great cars Davie. As Jim says, I love mine. It has it's faults - check all the stalks work if you are looking at one. Apart from that, as long as the windows work, there's not a lot else to go wrong on them. They're all the 90HDi, which you might find a bit down on power - they are ok up to the legal limit though, then they run out of puff, but will, given enough time just top 100. A tuning box makes some difference. Most are Siemens injection. You can have them remapped up to about 120bhp and a load of torque for about £200 by reputable places. They do have a bit of an appetite for drop links. The driving position is great, though you might want a cushion for lower back support - it's obvious it's a van turned into a car, but they are fun to drive, and the sliding doors are brilliant. With the seats down they are huge inside. If all the modutop is still there, that's a massive bonus - there's random power sockets hidden in the upper bins too.

I think we've had ours since Nov 2011 now, apart from a broken spring and top mount, and the weird comms 2000 problem, it's been faultless over the 40,000 miles we've done in it. It does around 46-48mpg with me driving it, less with the missus. I generally set the cruise to 65 on the motorway (retrofit cruise) and it does 50mpg. Cane it , and I worked out it's more economical to do 90mph in the V6 Xantia than the Berlingo... tax is £170 a year on the 2.0HDI which may be something you want to take into account, but.. really.. does £100 or whatever a year really put people off a car?

The modutop will likely have the odd rattle and creak. They all do that sir.
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Hello Mike. Nice to see you back. I kind of have decided I'm going for a bertie lol. The plan is, I could be doing with a van for a few weeks, got lots of stuff at the side of the house which needs skipping, then I want to try to make a mini one man camper in it and go for a tour around the country for a month or so in the "summer" Nothing keeping me here all the time, there are some parts of the country I haven't been in and I feel like an adventure. At 168000 miles the one I am bidding on is just run in really!
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Welcome back Mike :-D The place has not been the same without you!
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That one went too rich for me taking into account the travel costs to get it home and possible injector problems. Next!
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That was actually rather cheap - they usually seem to hold their value more than Picassos of similar age. Try and get one with A/C if you can though. I suspect there was bog-all wrong with the injectors, mine was always crap in cold weather starts with a bit of blue smoke until I changed the starter motor. Seems to be a fault of the Siemens injection and/or dying heater plugs.

Oh, and I didn't notice "tailgate needs adjusting". No, it doesn't. It needs a new mechanism because the s**t job it has in originally has fallen apart inside the tailgate. You don't need to ask how I know this.. the part itself is not dear, about £28+vat, a bit of a fiddle to fit. I used a piece of petrol pipe and two long screws instead, but...