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Blarno

The Flying Postbox - a 3 year report

Well, not much of a report - nothing much to add from last year's end of term report - 204k on the clock now, still pulling as well as ever (Even better since I cleaned the injectors out), still clonking from the suspension (but oddly not as much as it used to...), still needing a bearing....somewhere.

Still refusing to rust anywhere except the tiny patch on the driver's door, still not fading to pink despite my flat refusal to take care of the paintwork in any way, shape or form. Still no wear whatsoever on the seats. Still held together with zip ties and good luck (Front bumper). Still refusing to die.

A replacement is planned, hopefully for the end of the year when the MOT is due, because I genuinely don't think it will pass. It has an ABS light on and the RH handbrake cable doesn't work at all. Minor fixes, granted, but that's before anything else rears its ugly head. I've had an unsurpassable amount of value from this car, so I think I can grant it a dignified end. I want it to go out screaming, with at least 6 hours MOT remaining.

Hail the Shed.


Roadsterstu

It certainly owes you nothing!
Nice Guy Eddie

Great stuff, did anything ever happen with that unique bodied MX5 thing you were looking at or was that someone else?
Stuntman

All hail to the shed.  Perhaps you can use the trampoline to give it a good sendoff when it meets its end?
Blarno

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Great stuff, did anything ever happen with that unique bodied MX5 thing you were looking at or was that someone else?

I still have it, not much has gone on since last December when we chopped the remainder of the body off. It's currently under a tarpaulin in Trafford.
Blarno

In a dramatic turn of events, I have just been offered 275 for the Postbox as a cash sale from my boss' mate. He wants it ASAP.

Given that I was going to scrap it, I think I may take them up on that offer.

This is on the basis that I replace the faulty bearing and extinguish the ABS light - a pair of front bearings is 80 and 3 hour's work, reckon I can deal with that.

I just need to line up a suitable replacement now, and quickly!
Andy C

Time to get that torque monster Saab wagon bought
Giant

Blarno wrote:
In a dramatic turn of events, I have just been offered 275 for the Postbox as a cash sale from my boss' mate. He wants it ASAP.

Given that I was going to scrap it, I think I may take them up on that offer.

This is on the basis that I replace the faulty bearing and extinguish the ABS light - a pair of front bearings is 80 and 3 hour's work, reckon I can deal with that.

I just need to line up a suitable replacement now, and quickly!


So 195- 3 hours graft. At very best gets you 150. To lose the car now instead of a potential 4months motoring? With no replacement lined up and an ASAP deadline?

Nope, makes absolutely no sense to me!
Blarno

I was going to get scrap value for it at best, which would have been less than 100.

And I don't pay myself for the work I do, so I don't lose any money there!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Quick - you might get a blue 5-series saloon that just needs a bit of work and TLC......

or, depending on budget, how about a V70 D5 auto, approx 12 years old with under 30k on the clock but in need of a new front N/Swing where it got ravaged at Sainsburys by an errant parker........
Resident Spanner

Where does this V70 lie.....I need something for the dogs...
Blarno

It's a done deal, funds are in place for the replacement, I just need to go shopping/test driving.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Resident Spanner wrote:
Where does this V70 lie.....I need something for the dogs...

A mile or two from where Humph lives.......
Blarno

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-...n-5dr-matlock-fpa-201607206029844

Hopefully going to view this early next week.
PG

Blarno wrote:
It's a done deal, funds are in place for the replacement, I just need to go shopping/test driving.


Now you have decided to sell it, let's hope the postbox does not blow up spectacularly to get back at you.  
Blarno

Black SAAB is sold, just spoke to the owner. But I just found this and it has more turbos!

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-...4173065814?atcido=soc-cars-fbk001
Martin

Is having more turbos a good thing in a car that's done well over 100,000 miles or the opportunity for more cost?
Blarno

100k is not the barrier it used to be. 128k on an 8 year old diesel is about 16k a year, which is bang on the money. And a full service history helps.

Mileage doesn't scare me, I bought the Postbox with 150k on and no service history!
Martin

I get that, but turbos do have a habit of letting go at that sort of mileage
Blarno

Well, my turbo is still going at 205k. I think the biggest fear with modern diesels is the DPF going south, but I will be having it *ahem* removed if it has one.

Regular oil changes are the key. Healthy oil = healthy turbo(s)
Michael

I wouldn't be removing a DPF. The authorities are wise to this and the wheels are in motion to clamp down on it.
There is also the reason they are there, removing extremely hazardous emissions, something like a 5x reduction. Given the likely performance increase I would have thought you'd be invalidating your insurance, too.
Blarno

Short of them stopping and pulling apart every diesel car, the can't tell. MOT testers can only report if they think it isn't present or sounds hollow, they're not allowed to take cars apart to check. Most DPF removal involves leaving the outer in place and removing or sleeving the inner, then writing it out in the software. It's not necessarily a performance gain, more an insurance policy against premature failure. The SAAB may not have one, it's too early a car to have to have one by law.

May all be moot anyway, as my commute regularly involve heavy throttle overtakes and high speed, a DPFs best friend.
Michael

I suspect it will have a DPF on account of being a Saab - they probably put them in for fun.
The 56 plate Alpina had one and it kicked in on my old commute. You could tell as the car stank when you got out and the economy took a nose dive. They regenerate best when driven at a constant speed and I think mine must have been in fine order when I moved it on at 115k.
I'd still rather have one than the shit that comes out of cars without them.
gooner

Looks good, just be prepared to be disappointed by the boot space compared to the postbox!

Similar money gets you an early Insignia tourer with the 160bhp diesel. Could be a usefully sized alternative.
Blarno

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607045542464
Roadsterstu

There's always D5...
Blarno

I've looked at V50s, most of which are 1.6 or 2.0d and they are usually older and leggier in my price bracket.

I have also looked at the Mazda6 and the Honda Accord and the above also applies.
Roadsterstu

V70, I meant.
Blarno

Bit too thirsty unfortunately.
gooner

It's a bit more than you're looking at spending but a Superb estate could be a good alternative. Early ones are about 5k though, but they are absolutely huge.

Alternately this:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201608016392403

Or even better if you don't mind silver:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607316364203

They're good cars for someone who wants lots of room, a reliable family car and a bit of performance on the side. My dad gets 50mpg out of his most of the time when doing longer runs.

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