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gonnabuildabuggy

Can't be bothered

So. The old saying is "if you don't know what to do, do nothing".

That sums up my fleet at the moment.

It's been a year nearly since I bought a car (well big little GBB bought his Focus) and the itch is terrible but the FRV sits on the drive most days and is perfect for family duties, Mrs GBB likes driving the Mini and it makes sense to keep it until little little GBB learns in 2 yrs time. The MX5 is great fun but not used enough as it sits around the corner in a lock up.

So basically I really fancy a change but there is no point whatsoever.
Nice Guy Eddie

So what are you driving at the moment?
JohnC

Are you looking for some persuasion that you're wrong or some confirmation that you should just keep the pension topped up?

In a strictly logical way, you are of course completely right. From a car perspective, life only throws you so many choices, so get that new toy bought!
gonnabuildabuggy

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
So what are you driving at the moment?


All of them!

Last week I walked to work for 4 days out of 5, walked yesterday, Mini today as I've got an appointment after work and it was at the back of the drive (our house is starting to resemble Wendy Craig's Butterflies for those who can remember that).

Out of choice then the MX5 if it's nice and I can be bothered to get it out (e.g, not worth it for one short trip), Mini otherwise, or the FRV if I need something bigger or Mrs. GBB has taken the Mini already.

JohnC wrote:
Are you looking for some persuasion that you're wrong or some confirmation that you should just keep the pension topped up?

In a strictly logical way, you are of course completely right. From a car perspective, life only throws you so many choices, so get that new toy bought!


If i thought I'd use a toy then I'd buy one, but given my office is 0.5 miles from home and I struggle to use the MX5 then I can't square it anyway. The only way I can is to do a bit more trading and I've not got time for that right now.
Roadsterstu

Just get the V8 Mustang. Don't tell the missus. Do it. For us.
Martin

Work is close, but don't you get out and about at weekends?  If so and assuming you don't need the 6 seats, then why not replace the FRV?  Mrs GBB will be happy with the MINI and you've still got the MX5 for nice days

I'd wait a couple of years before thinking about getting a Mustang.
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
Work is close, but don't you get out and about at weekends? If so and assuming you don't need the 6 seats, then why not replace the FRV? Mrs GBB will be happy with the MINI and you've still got the MX5 for nice days

I'd wait a couple of years before thinking about getting a Mustang.


We still need 6 seats (family of 4 plus 2 grandparents on occassion). On weekends we tend to use the Mini, which I'll confess I love driving, hence no real point swapping it out as the only "easy" swap would be the Mini for a TT when we don't need to ferry kids about.

The FRV is the obvious one to go but I really cant work out what to replace it with. As you might have spotted it's the perfect size to park outside my office whilst being a full sized family car (and massive inside).

If I kept something that height then it will be an SUV but nothing really grabs me (I'd like a V8 XC90 but the space kyboshes that).

Mustang is planned for a few years time.....
Martin

It does sound like you're better off sticking with what you have, but that's no fun!

I didn't really suffer from itchy V5 syndrome and have a full Autotrader garage, as I was locked into a company car for a fixed period.  It's very different now, despite how much I like both cars.  I'm not going to change either one, just enjoy the looking.
Tim

Roadsterstu wrote:
Just get the V8 Mustang. Don't tell the missus. Do it. For us.


+1

Then in a couple of years sell it to me  
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
It does sound like you're better off sticking with what you have, but that's no fun!

I didn't really suffer from itchy V5 syndrome and have a full Autotrader garage, as I was locked into a company car for a fixed period. It's very different now, despite how much I like both cars. I'm not going to change either one, just enjoy the looking.


There's the rub. I actually do like all the cars we have but just fancy a change for changes sake alone, which is not really a good reason.

Just wanted to get it off my chest perhaps!
gonnabuildabuggy

Tim wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Just get the V8 Mustang. Don't tell the missus. Do it. For us.


+1

Then in a couple of years sell it to me


How's the 370Z?

A 350Z is on the toy list but not family friendly at all.
Tim

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Tim wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Just get the V8 Mustang. Don't tell the missus. Do it. For us.


+1

Then in a couple of years sell it to me


How's the 370Z?

A 350Z is on the toy list but not family friendly at all.


It's great.
I should probably do a proper write up sometime but in summary:-
The engine is loud
The suspension is stiff
The view out is limited (huge door mirrors, nothing over-the-shoulder)
It's pretty impractical
It goes fast
It makes a great noise
It's supremely responsive
I can work the Bluetooth and voice control (!)
I love it.  
gonnabuildabuggy

Tim wrote:

It's great.
I should probably do a proper write up sometime but in summary:-
The engine is loud
The suspension is stiff
The view out is limited (huge door mirrors, nothing over-the-shoulder)
It's pretty impractical
It goes fast
It makes a great noise
It's supremely responsive
I can work the Bluetooth and voice control (!)
I love it.


Thanks, that list also applies to the MX5 other than the fast and bluetooth/voice control :)

EDIT - and suspension is shot, not stiff
Frank Bullitt

I feel the same in many ways.

I've definitely got 'the itch' and not quite sure with what to scratch it - at the moment my short list is keeping the DS4 longer and getting a DS3 DSport THP or, perhaps, a 208GTi or swap the DS4 for a 308SW but as this would be mine and the main car, it would likely be diesel or the 1.2 Puretech (shame they don't do a GT 1.6THP SW).

Mrs FB is happy using the A2 on days she doesn't walk to work so the latter options is most realistic. I think the itch needs calming as I would really like to see what the next C4 and DS4 look like (what they have done with the Cactus and C3 is keeping me interested). I only realised the other day the current C4 has been in production as long as the last one (6 years), although that car looked much sharper.
Resident Spanner

You appear to still be short of a buggy....
gonnabuildabuggy

Resident Spanner wrote:
You appear to still be short of a buggy....


Funny you say that. After this thread yesterday, I was thinking that purchase of one would resolve my itch.

Now isn't the time to buy though. Best wait until November when temperatures drop and so do prices.

This could be a plan.....
Roadsterstu

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Tim wrote:

It's great.
I should probably do a proper write up sometime but in summary:-
The engine is loud
The suspension is stiff
The view out is limited (huge door mirrors, nothing over-the-shoulder)
It's pretty impractical
It goes fast
It makes a great noise
It's supremely responsive
I can work the Bluetooth and voice control (!)
I love it.


Thanks, that list also applies to the MX5 other than the fast and bluetooth/voice control :)

EDIT - and suspension is shot, not stiff


Sort the suspension and supercharge it. Job jobbed. Then keep everything until Mustang time.
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadsterstu wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Tim wrote:

It's great.
I should probably do a proper write up sometime but in summary:-
The engine is loud
The suspension is stiff
The view out is limited (huge door mirrors, nothing over-the-shoulder)
It's pretty impractical
It goes fast
It makes a great noise
It's supremely responsive
I can work the Bluetooth and voice control (!)
I love it.


Thanks, that list also applies to the MX5 other than the fast and bluetooth/voice control :)

EDIT - and suspension is shot, not stiff


Sort the suspension and supercharge it. Job jobbed. Then keep everything until Mustang time.


sorting suspension planned for winter, had planned to do it myself but recent experiences with rusty nuts (ooh err misses) means I've realised it needs a garage with an oxy torch or a grinder.

Supercharging not feasible whilst kids are learning in it. Little Little GBB did his first autotest last weekend so the process starts again.
Roadsterstu

Is that due to power, competition rules or insurance?

My dad's may need shocks over the winter. I shall be encouraging liwer springs and some decent shocks whilst he is at it...and dropping subliminal messages about suoerchargers and limited slip diffs (which will all be wasted, of course!)
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadsterstu wrote:
Is that due to power, competition rules or insurance?

My dad's may need shocks over the winter. I shall be encouraging liwer springs and some decent shocks whilst he is at it...and dropping subliminal messages about suoerchargers and limited slip diffs (which will all be wasted, of course!)


Power mainly. Letting a 15 yr old loose in a car with 115bhp is one thing, 160bhp is another.  Also with 150K miles on the engine I suspect it might need s rebuild/replacement before s/charging.

Insurance is something I'll need to look at, if the boys can drive it at 18-20yrs old ish without a hefty surcharge then I'll leave it stock for us all to be able to use.
PG

Change the MX-5 for a different roadster. Or a newer / different MX-5.

gonnabuildabuggy

PG wrote:
Change the MX-5 for a different roadster. Or a newer / different MX-5.



Also considered (S2000 or MK3). But...not sure if I like the idea of grass autotesting something newer and definitely not with a 15 yr old behind the wheel.

EDIT - or tracking it.

MX5 cost me 750 and if did bin it I'd be upset but not worrying about the cost.

Done Curborough and Blyton so far this year and booked another 2 more curborough outings.
Roadsterstu

Some minor bits might need upgrading but they are tough engines so I doubt it would be a problem. One of the mechanic magazines this month has a feature on supercharging the '5, using the supercharger from the Cooper S. Anyway, if it goes pop, buy another engine.

I'd argue that autotesting in the more powerful car could ultimately teach better car control. Go on, you know you want to...!

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