Davie's french attraction.

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I doubt whether Lidl will do snow chains that small. The ones I saw are there from kit 70 to kit 100, and these off e-bay are kit 40 (but are the right size for the 107);

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/9mm-Car-Tyre- ... 35cd257b55" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

You will need to select the correct tyre size, but they are 4th or 5th on the drop down list. I have used ones of this design, and they are simple to fit (just make sure they are not twisted when fitted, otherwise they might pop off again) and provide a lot of grip.

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daviemck2006 wrote:Well my insurance payout is in my bank. I have decided not to buy the silver c4 as it is a 1600 petrol. They are too big for economy and too small for either fun or comfort. I decided this years ago, 1600 hatchbacks are a compromise car. I would rather go for another diesel c5 sized car or even bigger for comfort, or a little car aka 107 c1 c2 for total economy. Or if I'm not caring about economy or running costs something with a v6 or v8 under the bonnet. Car auction at thainstone for me on Monday night methinks. The chances are I will buy something, what it will be is another matter. Probably something I can sell on in a few months and do it again.

Shauns 107 is driving faultlessly. He has done 5000 miles in 2 months! He sure needs the economy! However it now has a little damage, he skidded on ice and walloped a really high kerb and damaged the front bumper. Only the plastics so he's going to leave it as it is until the warmer weather or when we see an undamaged one the right colour. Every one for sale just now needs painting, and not much better than the one that is on.
You certainly do keep us guessing! I have to say I wondered about you getting a Coupe as they are hard to get in & out off & have huge doors. What about the red C5 that was for sale on this forum?

BTW the links to your old VTS don't work for me.

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I like the red c5 but I would have kept my own one if I had wanted one. If I have another c5 it will be an exclusive with leather. I'm fed up looking at adverts and not seeing anything that is saying buy me, but seem to be drawn to alfa romeo somehow. I think i have an itch that needs scratched there. At least that's character and not a boring german box!

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daviemck2006 wrote:I like the red c5 but I would have kept my own one if I had wanted one. If I have another c5 it will be an exclusive with leather. I'm fed up looking at adverts and not seeing anything that is saying buy me, but seem to be drawn to alfa romeo somehow. I think i have an itch that needs scratched there. At least that's character and not a boring german box!

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I can relate to that, before I bought a VTS, I toyed with a 159 estate, they are nice looking & get a good write up on Pistonheads.

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I think i at least need to find one and test drive. Has to be red [emoji2]

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daviemck2006 wrote:I think i at least need to find one and test drive. Has to be red [emoji2]

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Fake concern don't bother with an Alfa 159, I wanted one really badly so took one for a test drive the 150bhp diesel. I didn't rate it one little bit next to my wife's Renault laguna 3 at the time, the Alfa just felt so heavy and numb compared to the Renault, needless to say I got the Laguna when my wife changed cars. Also a clutch/flywheel replacement is circa £1000. Sadly I parted with it a few months ago so I could get a berlingo van but I really do miss the power as it was the 175bhp 2.0Dci it never gave any trouble in over two years and I would seriously consider a laguna coupe but that would involve getting rid of the berlingo and the 406 V6 coupe which will never happen as their quite a good combo.

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Is this any good?;

http://www.gumtree.com/p/kia/alfa-romeo ... 1065490161" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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bxzx16v wrote:Fake concern don't bother with an Alfa 159, I wanted one really badly so took one for a test drive the 150bhp diesel. I didn't rate it one little bit next to my wife's Renault laguna 3 at the time, the Alfa just felt so heavy and numb compared to the Renault, needless to say I got the Laguna when my wife changed cars. Also a clutch/flywheel replacement is circa £1000. Sadly I parted with it a few months ago so I could get a berlingo van but I really do miss the power as it was the 175bhp 2.0Dci it never gave any trouble in over two years and I would seriously consider a laguna coupe but that would involve getting rid of the berlingo and the 406 V6 coupe which will never happen as their quite a good combo.

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That's a shame as they look good, but I don't plan on changing my trusty C4 VTS anytime soon.

What about the 156?
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I'd keep the C4 Vts over the Alfa any day of the week. The 156 must be lighter and a bit more nimble than the 159.

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I'm keeping my eye on one or two 156's on ebay. Must be red with black leather if I do do it. Saloon or sportwagon and i would consider a salespeed,,,,,,,NOT!!!!!!!!!

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How about the 156 I linked to in my previous post? It is red, and with black leather, and (reasonably) local to you.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:How about the 156 I linked to in my previous post? It is red, and with black leather, and (reasonably) local to you.
It's a nice looking car but i would rather have a diesel. Knowing me I will change my mind about a million times yet before I buy something [emoji1]

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I had a trip to the auction tonight and managed to come with a motor. It's partially french, it has a french engine. It's a sensible choice, maybe not the most comfortable thing in the world, but I don't do longer journeys than about 25 miles very often so thats ok. So I have a question. Does anyone know if and when the 1.4 hdi needs a timing belt. its done 82000 miles and is just under 9 years old being early 2006. So what is it? An absolutely unmarked fiesta 1.4 tdci van. Insured and taxed online before I left the auction, drove the 30 miles home perfectly. Comfier than shauns 1.4 zetec was, but I have 14" wheels, he had 16" rubberbands which looked good. As se still have his zetec I think I will cannibalise the back seats and seat belts, electric window motors and gubbins and then I have a car. Or I maybe wont, I rarely, if ever have anyone in the car with me so a wee van is fine. Knowing me I shall have something else before the summer, I should manage to sell this for more than I paid for it in a few months. I was very close to buying the peugeot 205 diesel that was for sale on this forum just before xmas. Had my insurance been through I would have. At least I have been sensibleish and no Alfa :lol:

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daviemck2006 wrote:I had a trip to the auction tonight and managed to come with a motor. It's partially french, it has a french engine. It's a sensible choice, maybe not the most comfortable thing in the world, but I don't do longer journeys than about 25 miles very often so thats ok. So I have a question. Does anyone know if and when the 1.4 hdi needs a timing belt. its done 82000 miles and is just under 9 years old being early 2006. So what is it? An absolutely unmarked fiesta 1.4 tdci van. Insured and taxed online before I left the auction, drove the 30 miles home perfectly. Comfier than shauns 1.4 zetec was, but I have 14" wheels, he had 16" rubberbands which looked good. As se still have his zetec I think I will cannibalise the back seats and seat belts, electric window motors and gubbins and then I have a car. Or I maybe wont, I rarely, if ever have anyone in the car with me so a wee van is fine. Knowing me I shall have something else before the summer, I should manage to sell this for more than I paid for it in a few months. I was very close to buying the peugeot 205 diesel that was for sale on this forum just before xmas. Had my insurance been through I would have. At least I have been sensibleish and no Alfa :lol:
Well I have to say I'm disappointed after the various options you were thinking about before this! Still as you say a sensible choice.