General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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AAA
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10013 posts since 15/12/02

29 Apr 2010 11:23
Turns out the guy is of stable mind so they are arresting him
Ineff
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9855 posts since 7/4/04

29 Apr 2010 11:26
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1269697/Merecedes-smashes-wall-7-storeys-Oklahoma-car-park.html

Laughing out loud
Jesus
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6098 posts since 7/10/08

30 Apr 2010 09:13
so, after the engine fire my insurance company have wrote it off, and told me the market value was £X - which i think is low, and after deducting the excess will leave me with fuck all,

can i reject this market value? what would happen then?
aitch
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8925 posts since 19/8/07

30 Apr 2010 09:23
I was in the same situation a few years ago where my car was written off and they offered me a value which was far less than expected. You can appeal against it by supplying evidence that your car is worth more, but they have to be from publications, not the internet. For example, auto trader advertisements, etc. Was worth the extra hassle.

If they don't offer you more then you can just accept the original offer.
Jesus
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6098 posts since 7/10/08

30 Apr 2010 09:36
ill do that, market value is + 700 quid i reckon
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

3 May 2010 16:16
Looking at getting a new car soon,

thoughts on a poor mans Porsche? (boxster)

Also though about an Elise but my mates got an Exiege so may be biting his steez too much, though he might be getting rid in the next 6months..

Ideally want a two seater convertible..

Mates already have z4, TT, S2000, so they're ruled out..

any other options?
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

3 May 2010 16:18
PHiL wrote: Looking at getting a new car soon,

thoughts on a poor mans Porsche? (boxster)

Also though about an Elise but my mates got an Exiege so may be biting his steez too much, though he might be getting rid in the next 6months..

Ideally want a two seater convertible..

Mates already have z4, TT, S2000, so they're ruled out..

any other options?

what's the budget, Chief?
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

3 May 2010 16:20
n/m
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

3 May 2010 16:23
probs 10 to 15, seen some smart Boxsters for around the 12-13 mark.

Only thing that worrys me about the Porsche is running costs (especially bills when shit goes wrong) Petrol hopefully wont be too bad as my current car is 32MPG and I probably get a lot less than that and the Boxster is around 28.

Any fukers had a Boxster? They reliable? Fun to drive?
AAA
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10013 posts since 15/12/02

3 May 2010 16:53
Boxster will be about 20 mpg, I reckon that 28 is taken from motorway driving to make it sound better.

Should be able to get a decent one in your budget, only downside is the running costs like you say, get a hardtop though
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

3 May 2010 16:58
Yeah probably right, this is smart but would prefer a black I think:-
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Porsche-Boxster-S-3-2-/180496216588?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=Automobiles_UK&hash;=item2a0669b20c
AAA
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10013 posts since 15/12/02

3 May 2010 17:02
Might be better to buy private aswell, will get more for your money if you do. AA do a check over for about £50 I think if you want someone to look over a car thats being sold private.

Check out the porsche forums, they have a classifieds and the majority of cars that come up on there are in good condition because the people are usually porsche enthusiasts and take a lot of pride in their car.
Guido
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12884 posts since 20/4/05

3 May 2010 17:08
Phil's been working for a month and already thinking about buying a Porsche Smiling

Why cant you get a car your mates have? Seems a bit daft to me ruling out a good car because of that.
Strummer
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2181 posts since 24/7/04

3 May 2010 17:13
I have had a Boxster. It was bloody fantastic, a great sports car. Anyone that knows anything about cars beyond the 'poor man's 911' comments will confirm.

Avoid the 2.5 and if you can stretch, go for an 'S'. Will be a 986 in that price bracket. Maybe save a while and pick up an early 987 non 'S' (2.7) for £18-19k? They look a lot more modern.

If you're only getting 20 mpg out of it then either it or you are doing something wrong. 25-26 mpg will be pretty easily achievable.

Difficult to tell on running costs. Mine was under OPC warranty so I didn't have to worry about unforeseen bills.

Depending on the age and history of the one you go for, an aftermarket warranty will put your mind at ease. Hartech are considered pretty good and a lot cheaper than OPC.

Servicing won't break the bank (use an indy rather than OPC on an older car). The only risk is that something serious goes pop and it becomes barely economical to repair.
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

3 May 2010 17:16
if you're thinking of buying a porsche, the last thing you should be worrying abt is mpg.
what you need to research, as you correctly say, is whether you can afford to service it. given your budget, you will be abe to avoid going to main dealers and should locate a local independent and get some examples of service costs. he may even give you some leads on local cars for sale.

i've only heard good things about boxters.

http://www.911virgin.com/porscheforsale/96/986BoxsterS/

i would seriously consider the elise.

being an old man, with your budget, i'd probably take this as it's the best all rounder.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201018358103322/sort/priceasc/usedcars/price-from/10000/model/sl_class/make/mercedes-benz/page/7/radius/1500/postcode/sw156sx?logcode=p

Strummer
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2181 posts since 24/7/04

3 May 2010 17:20
^ SL nice but a potential money pit.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

3 May 2010 17:32
Guido wrote: Phil's been working for a month and already thinking about buying a Porsche Smiling

Why cant you get a car your mates have? Seems a bit daft to me ruling out a good car because of that.


Laughing out loud Thats how I roll.. nah just been after one for a while and might as well now Im working. You say 'Porsche' but at that money its the same as buying a brand new Renault or something..

Its not that I cant buy the same as my mates, just I'd feel like a bit of a tit if I did.. We are all early 20's so going through the first 'decent' car stage and you dont really want to hunt down your pride and joy for your best mate to buy the same a couple of months later..

Cheers Strummer for the info, gunna do a lot of reading up, but its deffinetly top of my list now. Agree with the newer one looking a lot better but need to have a cut of point and think 15k has to be it, if I lookin at 18k and I'll see something even beter for 20k I want.. Its only my second car and probably wont keep it too long..

Ive always loved the Lotus Evers and Im always in my mates and know how much fun they are, but I'll probably have to drive it to work everyday so thinking the interor/comfort/build of the Boxster would be more practical..

Cant believe how cheap you can pick up an SL for! Although that one has high miles, still think I like the porsche/Elise over it though.

Cheers for the input fuks.

EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

3 May 2010 17:36
Strummer wrote: ^ SL nice but a potential money pit.

????

you could say that about any performance car. the fact that it's a merc and has FMBSH is fairly positive imo..

if you want a proper money pit, buy an old 911, a Caterham or a TVR.

Guido
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12884 posts since 20/4/05

3 May 2010 17:37
My actual advice would be buy something to trundle around in for about 5k and put the rest towards a place of your own. Cars are money pits.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

3 May 2010 17:47
Guido wrote: My actual advice would be buy something to trundle around in for about 5k and put the rest towards a place of your own. Cars are money pits.

yeah see what your saying and thought about it, but the way I see it is Im in no rush to move out, have no debt and 0 outgoings at the minute so might as well get the enjoyment of having a sporty car for a year or so whilst Im young and in a postion to, If I then decide I need a cheaper car and want to save for a house I can sell it probs loose a few grand but got to be worth it?