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nigel99
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2009 Porsche 997 Carrera 2S

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

plynchy wrote:
Slight change of direction after lusting after Volvos for the last week.

Discussed with the brains of the family and she suggested something small she can use for work when I want the bus for big stuff.

Tell me why I shouldn't buy a Mini Cooper? Thousands for sale and some decent looking examples around for not very much money, similar prices to the device I'm typing this on actually Question


Do it. That would have been my choice if I'd had a slightly larger budget at the time I decided to get a runaround. Lots of mini owners on this forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved my R53... Pimped within an inch of its life with coilovers, racing cylinder head (9krpm rev limit), BBK, intercooler, injectors, cam, straight thought decat exhaust, and tiny pulley. I also fitted some OEM GP seats as a compromise for daily driving and track use.

Never outwardly showy though (I prefer my cars to be sleepers):


But a little peak through the intercooler vent on the bonnet hints at whats going on:


With some Fed 595RSR tyres on it, it was had unrivalled handling:


And with its other mods and light weight it was incredibly quick to 100mph. Easily as quick as a 2.7 boxster/cayman, but once the aero came into play it had no chance.

Cracking little car... Ended up selling it to a european breaker who wanted the trick bits off it. One of the few cars I've modified and made my money back on.
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coullstar
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Location: Aberdeen/Torphins


PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a 55 plate Octavia VRS estate as a daily whilst the missus uses the T5. 2 kids and a chocloate lab kind of dictates that we have two cars that can take all them if need be. For me as well its good to have them as a so called winter car i.e. one that can handle the snow (being in the sticks up here) and one that you don't mind getting wrecked by all the stones/grit/salt flying about.

Funny what someone said above as well about having a family so spare time at weekends is next to nothing, I find that the same so used my last 996 more going back and forward to work than at the weekends. If my Audi wasn't becoming rarer to find bits for Id be tempted to daily it and sell the Skoda.

Bagner economics makes sense to me but only if theres a real need.
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MaxA
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of banger-nomics and I've followed Shed of the Week on Pistonheads for years (it might be the only good bit left), but I've not got a shed. My "garage" consists of the 2010 997, the modified 2006 R53 MINI Cooper S and my wife runs the 2016 GTI. If we really need some space, I borrow an LRD3 and my 76 year old father zooms around in the MINI with a big grin on his face! Bandit
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Stoo.c
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddly the car I use most tends to be the most uneconomical of all and makes no sense but I use the Skyline far more regularly. I don't really care about the mileage on it given I dont really intend to ever get rid of it however on a spirited drive it does return single figure mpg.

If I ever get round to fixing the Boxster, that could become an 'every day' car as its a little scruffy but I have this annoying habit of wanting to make every care I own immaculate regardless of what it is.

I first started this when I bough an '89 plate Accord Aerodeck for £300 as a 'banger' but grew to really like the little fella and kept it in really good condition.

I get the train to work anyway so dont need an 'every day' car - I just love buying things that are a bit 'different'.
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Marky911
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Mini, Rags! They are a hoot. Get one bought OP.
I've got a set of RSRs for my 996 next summer. Awesome tyres at any price but the fact they are only £390 per set is mind boggling.

Stoo, I'm like you. I get to personal and fussy even with daily workhorses. That's why I love my old Volvo. It's gets washed every now and again and maintenanced properly but not over the top. It has semi cured my OCD. Wink
 
  
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plynchy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First one viewed yesterday in deepest Lancashire.

Could be a goer pending owner getting a rather messy oil leak sorted.

Cracking run home across the A59 though, stunning scenery.
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Location: North East England


PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are several oil leaks on the R53. They're notorious for it but all of them are dead easy to fix.

There's a cracking mini indy in Teesside Industrial Estate too, great pair of lads who know all the half decent minis in the area Wink
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pontypool
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

commute to work in the Smart ForTwo

wife drops children off and does general running round in Smart ForFour

So cheap to run it's unbelievable and actually both have really fun handling (but obscenely slow!!!) .

When I first had the ForTwo I thought there was a faulty pump at the filling station as i could only get 25 litres in the tank but had done 300 miles.

The 996tt has had such little use lately that in the last 18 months I have done 800 miles, which makes it slightly pointless to own when I think about it.
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arry
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upgraded my banger to a 6 pot banger. Lexus IS300 Sportcross - 3 litre lump and a slush box. Everything works, and it's in relatively tidy condition.

Quite a bit under a bag o sand and came with the petrol tank nicely brimmed Laughing

Electric everything. Comfy. Even reasonably fast. I've had worse drives!
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Sundayjumper
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Location: Royal Berkshire

1999 Porsche 996 Carrera 2

PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Banger's an E46 320td. It cost me £1200 four years ago and I've done nearly 50k miles in it. It's on 198k miles now ! It's more comfortable than my other cars. It's totally reliable and has never done less than a genuine 55mpg on my mostly-motorway commute. It'll top 60mpg in the summer.

It passed its last MOT with only one advisory, for low oil, which was a mistake by the garage anyway. It was fine when I checked it at home later the same day.

I'm really quite fond of it.
 
  
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plynchy
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So after a lot of hassle and discussion, this got delivered today (the Mini, not the 996) to start my bangernomics journey. 75k miles, just had clutch, bushes etc, loads of history.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up a new daily steed this weekend a 2007 Renault Megane estate 100 k miles for the princely sum of £300 with a years ticket I must say it lovely drive ,it time for the old van to move on Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Banger collection, although just replacing the V series van for a much newer one, vans are cool!
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4b4
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Banger?

I've got the C4S for weekends, a tweaked 2.0 Golf Tdi for dailies, a tweaked Discovery D3 for 'comfortable' long trips, an old Land Rover 90 for 'other' weekend activities and a 2 x Seat Ibizas for the kids/other 'pops to the shops'.

Having written this, I realise I have far too many cars Surprised
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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plynchy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet that cost more than my Mini Floor
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pontypool, I too use a Smart for town driving......it really is the only satisfactory option in London. However, it is not really a car more a mechanised shopping basket. Speed.....not a concern when you are in a traffic jam. Comfort....great. Parking....unequalled except for a motor bike. 996 for the weekends and out of town motoring.
 
  
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pontypool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would describe the Smart as an appalling car, but a brilliant "thing" - if you see where I am coming from.

A stiffly sprung, go-kart handling, shopping basket! Smile
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2007 Porsche 997 Turbo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried this with an old Rav4 nicknamed the sh!tbox, as it cost more to run than the Porker!

So much for their reputation for being bomb proof...

2nd & will be the last Toyota I ever buy! Never again!
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