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 Post subject: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:04 am 
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Location: Aldershot Hampshire
Car:: Xtrail
Model: Aventura
Year/Plate: 2008
Colour: Grey
Mods: None yet!
At the moment we have

Xtrail t31 aventura explorer extreme I think it is
2006 ford fiesta 1.25, slower than a sloth!
2006 transit, my work van. Slowly falling apart around me
2006 transit, the camper, currently half built

Past cars, it's quite a long list and I'll try to put them in order from most recent

Volvo v50
Vauxhall Astra
Mitsubishi shogun lwb 3.5 v6
Mitsubishi shogun lwb 2.8 td
Mk2 Fiesta XR2
Mk5 escort XR3i cabriolet
Mk3 Mondeo
Mk6 transit
Mg zr
Mk5 transit
Suzuki alto
Mk3 Mondeo
Focus st170
Suzuki alto
Ford galaxy
Mk6 escort estate
Mk5 transit
Peugeot expert van
Mk6 escort
Mk2 Renault espace
Mk1 Renault espace
Mk6 escort
Mk3 Fiesta
Peugeot 309 xsi
Mk1 Fiesta


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:09 am 
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Location: Aldershot Hampshire
Car:: Xtrail
Model: Aventura
Year/Plate: 2008
Colour: Grey
Mods: None yet!
The fiesta is the wife's runaround, bought it pre dented as she has a habit of reversing into things

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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:18 pm 
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Location: East Hertfordshire
Car:: Xtrail
Model: Aventura Explorer diesel auto.
Year/Plate: 2008
Colour: Blue
I've only got the X Trail at the moment, and I have had far too many to list them all. It would take several pages!

My previous one was a Hyundai Tucson, and before that I had a;
Volvo V70
Mazda Bongo 8 seater
Smart car and Toyota Space Cruiser, both at the same time
Mercedes 230 saloon
Triumph Dolomite 1850
Triumph 2000 saloon
Triumph 2500 estate.

My very first car, in 1965, was a Reliant Regal Mk2 from 1954, purely because you could drive a 3 wheeler at 16 then, and that's all I was. After that came a Ford 100E Anglia, a Consul, and a Zodiac. Getting bigger with each model. Then came dozens of others, with the weirdest probably being a pair of bubble-cars! I had those at the same time as the Zodiac, and I used to alternate them going to work as a bus driver. It must have looked strange to see someone climb out of a big double-decker and get in a bubble car! The bubble car wasn't much bigger than the cab of the bus.


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:50 pm 
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Nice few cars there bus man, always wanted a Volvo 850r or v70 t5 myself I would say no to a ford consul either, I'm a bit of a sucker for an old ford.

My uncle had one of those bubble cars that the whole front opened up to get out of it, it was quite a sight seeing a 6'3" guy emerge from such a small car :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:00 am 
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Nice few cars there bus man, always wanted a Volvo 850r or v70 t5 myself I would say no to a ford consul either, I'm a bit of a sucker for an old ford.

My uncle had one of those bubble cars that the whole front opened up to get out of it, it was quite a sight seeing a 6'3" guy emerge from such a small car :lol:

My Volvo V70 was a 5 cylinder diesel automatic, it was a great car and I see it is still taxed and MOTd to this day. It is now 21 years old and the current owner did over 30,000 miles with it last year, according to the MOT reports.

The Consul was a great car too, but the Zodiac I had was even better. First car with big leather individual reclining front seats I ever owned. There are many more cars I owned between the ones I listed. One of my favourites being a Mk2 Cortina which I had for 10 years along with several other vehicles.

The bubble cars I had were a Heinkel and an Isetta, both of which had opening fronts. The most visible difference between the two was that with the Isetta the steering column came out with the front door, but the one in the Heinkel didn't.


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:39 pm 
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Location: Naarfolk
Car:: Xtrail
Model: 2.0dCi Tekna 173
Year/Plate: 2011
Colour: Ebisu Black
Mods: Nice full size mat in boot to stop dog sliding...and Celtic Remap 221hp!
I've had loads of cars in the past including Lotus Cortina lol

We had Volvos for years ranging from 340GL, 360GLTi, 440GLTi, V40 1.8 and then first diesel as wifes car being excellent V50 2.0D - really like that car which then changed to current Golf 1.6 TDi. I had a Volvo V70 D5 which was lovely smooth ride but then I jumped back to the other Swedish mark Saab owning a 9000iCS, then 9000CS Turbo, 9000 2.3 Aero (Tuned), 9-5 2.3 SE Estate (tuned to 265), black 9-5 Aero auto Est (tuned to 350hp), then new shape 9-5 Aero Est (tuned to 340hp) and finally 9-3 Sportwagon TTiD 180 (twin turbo then tuned to 238hp) and now my 2011 T31 Facelift X Trail (tuned to 221hp)

As you can see most of my cars have been tuned and to date only one had an issue and that was my silver 9-5 Aero which blew a turbo while overtaking at 70mph!

My favourite being my black 9-5 Aero monster. Abbott tuned with Hirsch suspension and exhaust system. I did however like the look of my silver Aero. Huge boot I miss. With seats down you could fit a standard 6'-6" door with room to spare with no need to move front passenger seat. You could carry a single bed mattress in the back!!!! Sadly X Trail a little too short but then again Saab was a long car at 4.83m long compared to X Trail 4.63


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:12 pm 
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Colour: Blue
I often fancied a Saab. One of my friends drove one of the old ones with a 3 cylinder 2 stroke engine back in the late 70s. A neighbour had a later one, and the engine in that looked remarkably like the one in my 1850 Dolomite. Did they ever use Triumph engines in Saabs? These were both in Norfolk.
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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:26 pm 
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Location: Naarfolk
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Model: 2.0dCi Tekna 173
Year/Plate: 2011
Colour: Ebisu Black
Mods: Nice full size mat in boot to stop dog sliding...and Celtic Remap 221hp!
Could be because the block was Triumph but rest was heavily modified by Saab..................

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_B_engine


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:21 pm 
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Norfolk Jim wrote:
Could be because the block was Triumph but rest was heavily modified by Saab..................

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_B_engine

That would certainly explain it Jim. It also explains and confirms something that I thought I remembered, but wasn't sure about. The engine was reversed in the Saab engine bay.

The Triumph 1850 Dolomite was quite a quick little car in its day, and the Sprint was even quicker with its increased capacity and 16 valve head. The Sprint could be a little temperamental though. Insurance companies were not too keen on insuring under 25s on either the 1850 or the Sprint, fortunately though I was about 40 when I had mine.
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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:47 am 
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Mods: Nice full size mat in boot to stop dog sliding...and Celtic Remap 221hp!
I had an 1850 Dolly but it was a money pit!!!! I drove from Bury St Eds to Norwich to see my girlfriend (now wife) and a spark plug came out the head!! Cost a fortune to have it helicoiled. I tried a Sprint but in the end bought a race tuned Cooper S 1360 (was 1275) which made Dolly Sprint look like a Toledo! It had 200 hp with twin, twin choke webers etc.......................


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