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    I have 2 older 5 series BMWs, ones a 2000 and the other 1999, both 2.5 straight 6s and love them. Personally, I would rather spend my money on something older that is larger and has more toys. I cant be doing with a small eurobox. Off to test drive an X5 4.4 V8 tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Just curious - when you say the joy of running old cars, how old are we talking here ?

    Does 2001 count or is that still new ?
    I have a 2003 and don't consider that old, I don't make that much that 10 years is old, more like 15 to 20. Could have got newer but would have been a rubbish spec level.

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    Well classic insurance tends to be 20-25 years old +

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    Personally, I would rather spend my money on something older that is larger and has more toys. I cant be doing with a small eurobox
    Yep me too,

    Always go for large high depreciation cars if I can and try and get the top spec on a model.

    My current car is a 2001 Jag S-Type 3.0 Sport. the 4.0 V8 SE would have been better spec but the SE had chrome trim and 16" ugly wheels LOL... had it since November and not at all board with it yet, love every drive. 4.2 S-Type R next though

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    I would rather spend my money on something older that is larger and has more toys. I cant be doing with a small eurobox.
    I know what you mean! In contradiction to the larger part tho my girlfriend is looking at selling her 02 fiesta for a MK1 MX5, main requirement is pop up roof and possibly hard top for the winter if we can find one, this one looks good! I've been looking at cars myself recently and its shocking what you can pick a 100k diesel 320d and 325d up for considering their original price.
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    I've got a 1969 BSA B25 motorbike if that counts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    I've got a 1969 BSA B25 motorbike if that counts!
    Lucky! I used to have a half share in a BSA Gold Star. I loved that bike

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    After a few cheap repairs, my Astra is now running with no problems (touch wood!). When it eventually gives up the ghost I will probably replace it for a small pickup. Add some business insurance on and I can use it to help run tools and crew down the Bluebell when we can't get a spare slot for the works train (I think you need business for volunteer work?)

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    Just had to spend a grand on my old Camry - but I reckon if it lasts another 3 years it'll have been money well spent. I do enjoy driving it - its so comfortable and quiet, and she can really pick up her skirts and shift when required - as some idiot in an Audi found out yesterday when he tried to burn me off and push in from the wrong lane ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Lucky! I used to have a half share in a BSA Gold Star. I loved that bike
    Between my dad and I we have:

    '77 Honda 750/4
    '76 Honda 400/4 x4
    '75 Honda 550/4
    '71 Triumph Tiger TR6R
    '69 BSA B25 Starfire
    '88 Honda Bros
    '92 Honda Revere

    I also have in my possession, but they don't actually belong to me:

    '03 Honda VFR 800
    '76 Honda 400/4
    '69 Honda cd175
    '80 Honda CB250N
    '77 Honda CB250T

    We went big with Honda... I'm what is known in motorcycle circles as a 'noted expert' in the Honda Bros and the 550/4!

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    Can't believe how many people have a post-2000 car, asking if that's old!

    I have a 1990 Ford Sierra 2.0. Apart from an attempt to set itself on fire earlier this year - twice - it's been faultlessly reliable. It still returns 35mpg around town / mid-40s on a run and doesn't cost me anything other than the parts and time to service it once a year.

    It's got character and is now relatively individual on the roads too - don't see many of them about at all.

    Not bad for a £100 punt 7 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCrust View Post
    Can't believe how many people have a post-2000 car, asking if that's old!

    I have a 1990 Ford Sierra 2.0. Apart from an attempt to set itself on fire earlier this year - twice - it's been faultlessly reliable. It still returns 35mpg around town / mid-40s on a run and doesn't cost me anything other than the parts and time to service it once a year.

    It's got character and is now relatively individual on the roads too - don't see many of them about at all.

    Not bad for a £100 punt 7 years ago.
    I know a guy who had a sierra, got frustrated with it one day and threw a hammer through one of the rear windows...


    LOL....

    I spent most of my day yesterday with the afformentioned Galaxy in bits after it refused to turn over at all. After spending all that time it transpired that my 9yr old had droped the keys on tuesday and the tiny transponder chip in the key had dropped out. It's the only key! By chance and somehow with some reasonable information on the location of the drop ( he's usualy fairly vauge on most things ) and at 8:20PM in the dark with my phone lamp, I found the tiny 9mmx3mmx2mm black plastic chip. Popped it back in and it fired up nicely. DOH!!! lucky escape there!

    Rob

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    Ive got a 1994 BMW 325 - it has its 20th birthday next January so I'm classing it as old.

    Since I've had it Ive had to spend quite a bit keeping it roadworthy, but although it is less than the repayments on a new car, its not very economical with fuel.

    Owning a European car over here is seen as a 'luxury' car and as such all the spare parts are priced as a premium; Ive found its cheaper to import them from the US/UK/EU and fit them myself (with the help of a mate who knows what he's doing)

    Its in pretty decent condition considering its age. 225k kms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    I have 2 older 5 series BMWs, ones a 2000 and the other 1999, both 2.5 straight 6s and love them. Personally, I would rather spend my money on something older that is larger and has more toys. I cant be doing with a small eurobox. Off to test drive an X5 4.4 V8 tomorrow
    Wish I could say the same although it would cost too much in fuel, insurance, road tax etc etc

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    I made the mistake of having a HP for 5 years (4 to go now, yay) on a 2009 Vauxhall Corsa. All I can is "Lesson Learnt." and never again! I'll be sticking to older cars next time, I wanted to do tinkering on cars to try and get into mechanics/learn a bit of DIY for it but when you need a degree in electronics to start anywhere with these new cars it's impossible.

    I'd bloody love a 1984-6 Pontiac Trans Am
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