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    The joys of running old cars!

    Gahhh!

    Just been speaking to the garage where my MR2 is currently sat. Rear struts are in need of replacement to pass the MOT. Cost of struts = £350 + labour

    My daily car just cost £300 to get through an MOT. Month before, my other MR2 cost £300 to get through an MOT. Tax is due on two of them too. It's still cheaper than the depreciation on a new car, but

    Anyone else having similar joy with their transport?

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    I love running old cars currently got a 71 beetle has hundreds of problems which im still working through but id still prefer it anyday to a boring modern car tho it doesnt cost me much as I do all my own work, then ive got my love for lowriders which are so unreliable its a joke but I still will always own one as its worth it for the look on peoples faces as you roll by on 3 wheels hahaha

    £350 seems steep for some struts tho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Anyone else having similar joy with their transport?
    My clutch went on the way home last Friday. Had to cycle (15 miles - ouch) to work for most of this week, borrowed my brothers car today .

    The mechanic mumbled something about a 'flywheel' !?! and then £325-345+VAT. I wouldn't mind but I've just got a years back pay thanks to job re-evalutation. I was going to pay off a credit card.

    Still, cheaper than buying a replacement car. And it's Tax/MOT are up in June

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    i just brought a 2000 ford focus to replace the clio i wrote off and ive got a fair list of little things that need fixing over the weekend, fourtunatley its just passed an MOT so ive got nothing to worry about structure wise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_notts View Post
    I love running old cars currently got a 71 beetle has hundreds of problems which im still working through but id still prefer it anyday to a boring modern car tho it doesnt cost me much as I do all my own work, then ive got my love for lowriders which are so unreliable its a joke but I still will always own one as its worth it for the look on peoples faces as you roll by on 3 wheels hahaha

    £350 seems steep for some struts tho!
    I'm very jealous of your Beetle - without a doubt my dream car....one day :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain.Faulkner View Post
    I'm very jealous of your Beetle - without a doubt my dream car....one day :-)
    Got my son's 72 beetle sitting on the drive - needs some welding to get it through the MOT but usually once it is on the road it is fairly solid. He's at uni though and can't afford it - so it just sits
    Got the other son's 89 mini on the drive as well - that has an oil leak...
    The joys of old cars!

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    Well i put my car through it's MOT last weekend and to my surprise it passed. Everyone says i'm too fussy about how I like my cars, but this month i've had, MOT, tax, and insurance, and need 4 tyres in next month or two!! Glad to have a car back again instead of borrowing friends cars to get about.

    I wouldn't have a new car, couldn't get a car i'd like for a reasonably sum of money, would loose too much money on it and most importantly of all newer cars are a lot more restricted on what you can work on it yourself, need a computer to diagnose the ecu faults, where as mine will flash a light at you so many times to tell you what it is!!

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    Not necessarily an old car (2001) but expensive to repair, last month £650 for an alternator!

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    Well it's the price we pay.

    I have a 1984 XR3i convertible which is about to cost £200 for brake tensioners & hand brake cable along with some new shoes.
    My cousin, however, has a Ford Focus ST which cost the thick end of £14,000 second hand, then had a service which cost £740. (Almost what I paid for my car)

    I like my old banger and it only costs £140 to insure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain.Faulkner View Post
    I'm very jealous of your Beetle - without a doubt my dream car....one day :-)
    only cost me £330 to buy



    looks a little lore like this now though it needed abit of love lol the joys of cars



    heres me half way through thinking what the bloody hell did I start this for


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_notts View Post
    only cost me £330 to buy


    That is stunning! Off to buy Volksworld after work today now :-)

    My other half wants a Type 2 Bay Camper (not something I'm going to object to and will obviously support :-) ) but it just won't be the same as owning a Beetle.

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    I just bought myself an '02 reg Alfa Romeo 147, its currently going through a service and MOT before I take it off the dealer, lets hope there's no faults like Alfa are famed for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_notts View Post
    £350 seems steep for some struts tho!
    Bilsteins, as it's a GT-S The UK cars have rebuildable units, but these are just worn out - as to be expected on an 18 year old car! It's just the timing of it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Gahhh!

    Anyone else having similar joy with their transport?

    Oh yeah, I must go through about £60 worth of shoes every year from walking everywhere

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    I came home to find a massive dent in the side of my car and a note explaining to recycling lorry had done.

    I'm minded just not to bother doing anything about it. My car's a complete shed anyway.

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