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The Vehicle thread .. All things Cars, Motorbikes etc .. ( Inc Electric, Hybrid etc )

Robutnua

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Rather than going OT on another thread I thought it a good idea to set up an ongoing Vehicle thread for IPO members and Petrol Heads :D

So ( my biased opinion ) - Best car on the road is MAZDA MX5 :D .. I am on my 4th one. Every day driver .. and when out in it it gives you a smile on your face :D .. Not fast, but with the 50/50 ratio its the closest to go carting on the road. I hate motorways, no fun, back twisty country roads is where its at with these .. And roof down today, bliss :D

@Truthisfree In answer to your Q over at the Living with Covid thread. NO havent tried MX3 or the BMW mini .. Im too wedded to my Softtop MX5s :D .. I have had 3 NBs ( MK2s ) and currently an NC ( NC after 2006 )

What do you Drive now?

What was your DADs / MUMs car back then :D

What was your FIRST Car?

And of course, looking forward .. What do ye think of these new fangled Electric Cars :D
 
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Franzoni

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Had two Mazda's over the years a 323 LX hatchback and 626 GLX saloon both great cars... if i have one criticism is the engines can be a bit soft as they get up in the miles and burn more oil than i've come across in other makes.............

Mrs F has a Toyota now ...looking at maybe a Skoda Fabia,Hyundai i20/30 or a Yaris to replace my own yoke .... i've been impressed with the spec of the Yaris Luna for a small car and the 1.0 will be lower on tax and insurance for the kids when they start driving ...the higher end model has a lot of internal features of the Avensis with the touch screen and the reversing cameras etc... .... it's hard to beat the Japs.......
 

Truthisfree

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Rather than going OT on another thread I thought it a good idea to set up an ongoing Vehicle thread for IPO members and Petrol Heads :D

So ( my biased opinion ) - Best car on the road is MAZDA MX5 :D .. I am on my 4th one. Every day driver .. and when out in it it gives you a smile on your face :D .. Not fast, but with the 50/50 ratio its the closest to go carting on the road. I hate motorways, no fun, back twisty country roads is where its at with these .. And roof down today, bliss :D

@Truthisfree In answer to your Q over at the Living with Covid thread. NO havent tried MX3 or the BMW mini .. Im too wedded to my Softtop MX5s :D .. I have had 3 NBs ( MK2s ) and currently an NC ( NC after 2006 )
NB’s ? NC as in Honda...
 
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Neighbour has a 2008 BMW Z4 Coupé and I covet it badly. But it is hard to find them, particularly hard to find one which hasn't been trashed and even more difficult for one in the colour/spec I'd like.
 

Franzoni

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My FIRST vehicle type & that colour too .. happy dayz :D


Yeah the 323 was my first car ... a hand me down from the future in-laws to get us going after we bought the house.......solid motor i actually miss that one and i'm not overly sentimental about cars or motorbikes.... .... .
 

Robutnua

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Yeah the 323 was my first car ... a hand me down from the future in-laws to get us going after we bought the house.......solid motor i actually miss that one and i'm not overly sentimental about cars or motorbikes.... .... .
Yes .. TBH all along I have been sort of Boy racerish :D liked my unusual cars. After the Escort I had 2 Honda CRXs then a CIVIC Hot Hatch gun metal grey ( gorgeous car ), then for a short period a Jap Import Toyota Corona ( early 90s ) that didnt last long just was not me :D .. Onto an import Mitsubishi EVO and then a Honda Integra and then my 4 MX5s .. so you see a trend evolving :D
 

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My First car that really belonged to me...



I had a plethora of company cars before that, mostly meh! But the one I enjoyed the most was when the Boss let me have his old car, Cortina MKIl estate, pale blue...weren’t they all? Had full front seat and column gear change.
 

Franzoni

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My mother had one of these:

Exact colour too. Bought new in 1980 it sat at home and was only used when my parents were home. They kept it for YEARS and still had it well into the 90s and had naff all mines on it. Would have been a fine car if it wasn't bloody green.

A frind of mine had one of these in Black.....i think this was the model before my one......

My memory of this version is we were travelling back from a gig in the country must of been mid 1980's and the windscreen wiper motor or a fuse went on us on the way home........we ended up driving the rest of the way with bits of twine on the drivers wiper and hands out the side windows..... :D
 

Robutnua

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My First car that really belonged to me...



I had a plethora of company cars before that, mostly meh! But the one I enjoyed the most was when the Boss let me have his old car, Cortina MKIl estate, pale blue...weren’t they all? Had full front seat and column gear change.
Nice .. thats sort of Citroen Dyane-ish .. another Car I have a thing for :D
 

Robutnua

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A frind of mine had one of these in Black.....i think this was the model before my one......

My memory of this version is we were travelling back from a gig in the country must of been mid 1980's and the windscreen wiper motor or a fuse went on us on the way home........we ended up driving the rest of the way with bits of twine on the drivers wiper and hands out the side windows..... :D
:D .. had exact same experience. Our bass player was a FIAT nut. Tall chap but still had a FIAT 127. We were on way to gig the 2 of us in Skibbereen .. absolutely bucketing it down and the wipers went. He said it was a common thing happening to his car so he pulled out 2 lose wipers and both of us hands out the side windows wiping the front window manually :D
 

Seosamh

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Had two Mazda's over the years a 323 LX hatchback and 626 GLX saloon both great cars... if i have one criticism is the engines can be a bit soft as they get up in the miles and burn more oil than i've come across in other makes.............

Mrs F has a Toyota now ...looking at maybe a Skoda Fabia,Hyundai i20/30 or a Yaris to replace my own yoke .... i've been impressed with the spec of the Yaris Luna for a small car and the 1.0 will be lower on tax and insurance for the kids when they start driving ...the higher end model has a lot of internal features of the Avensis with the touch screen and the reversing cameras etc... .... it's hard to beat the Japs.......
Most reliable 2 cars I’ve owned were both Toyotas, a Carina E and an Auris...I’m fond of my current car, a Volvo, but it’s a petrol eater...
 

Franzoni

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When Cookie mentiond the lime green 323 i remembered i had one of these for a short while around 1991/2 before i headed off to Europe for a while same colour......

I bought it off a fella in a pub in Clondalkin village for £40 punts and bought him a couple of pints ...... in hindsight i think he got the better part of the deal.. :D......although the hydraulic suspension was fun when it worked......only car i ever had that came with a starting handle.....!





 

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by no means my first or last bike but the one that stole my heart, clocks vibrated as soon as you reached 140mph, there was a fair bit after that but I couldn’t see the clocks, passed a cop with a speed gun just on my way into a 30mph zone and I still remember him standing there looking at the gun, he didn’t even attempt to stop me 😄
 

Robutnua

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by no means my first or last bike but the one that stole my heart, clocks vibrated as soon as you reached 140mph, there was a fair bit after that but I couldn’t see the clocks, passed a cop with a speed gun just on my way into a 30mph zone and I still remember him standing there looking at the gun, he didn’t even attempt to stop me 😄
My first Honda CRX motor back in early 90s, I was driving out the western road in Cork City coming up on what at the time was the Dog track on the left. A bit of a turn there to left and low and behold a cop stop. I was speeding sort of and the cop hopped out waving his hands to slow me down, so obviously I stopped. He came over as i rolled the window down, poked his head in and said "Jaysus, what is she, lovely car" .. on went a car conversation for 5 mins and off with you, drive carefully :D

 

Franzoni

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My first Honda CRX motor back in early 90s, I was driving out the western road in Cork City coming up on what at the time was the Dog track on the left. A bit of a turn there to left and low and behold a cop stop. I was speeding sort of and the cop hopped out waving his hands to slow me down, so obviously I stopped. He came over as i rolled the window down, poked his head in and said "Jaysus, what is she, lovely car" .. on went a car conversation for 5 mins and off with you, drive carefully :D


Cops were a bit of craic back then....i was stopped at a checkpoint on the coast road coming out of Howth on a 1982 Honda 250-N when i was a young fella and the Guard asked me if he could take it for a quick spin as he hadn't seen one as clean as it before..........Mental ...you wouldn't get it now..... :D
 
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70s, 80s Bemmers and Mercs with the leather couches :D .. Just love them
My first car was a 2.0L 1991 Mercedes W201. Blue exterior and blue interior. Friends had newer, smaller hatchbacks and such I was still faster even with it weighing twice what theirs did and with an automatic gearbox.
The lady I sold it to wrote it off years later, she went off the road, over a ditch, through a hedge and rolled it twice. Opened the driver's door with no problem and crawled out. The glass had all shattered but stayed intact too. The thing was built like a tank.
 

Robutnua

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My first car was a 2.0L 1991 Mercedes W201. Blue exterior and blue interior. Friends had newer, smaller hatchbacks and such I was still faster even with it weighing twice what theirs did and with an automatic gearbox.
The lady I sold it to wrote it off years later, she went off the road, over a ditch, through a hedge and rolled it twice. Opened the driver's door with no problem and crawled out. The glass had all shattered but stayed intact too. The thing was built like a tank.
Dont make em like they used to do they :D
 

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Mate of mine had one of these, an NSU Quickly, we modified it so it would run on Kerosene, had to be started on petrol and then when the condenser warmed up could switch to Kerosene. 😄

I just discovered in wiki that it was a 50cc bike, He always claimed it was 30cc and won prizes at rallies for travelling the longest distance on the smallest CC bike. 🤣
 
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Mate of mine had one of these, an NSU Quickly, we modified it so it would run on Kerosene, had to be started on petrol and then when the condenser warmed up could switch to Kerosene. 😄
And now it's stuff like this making a comeback........i've seen a good few bicycles coverted with two stroke engines doing the rounds over the last few years....
 

Truthisfree

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And now it's stuff like this making a comeback........i've seen a good few bicycles coverted with two stroke engines doing the rounds over the last few years....
That was made in Germany, ‘53-‘68 Over a million sold. I’ve ridden two converted bicycle, electric was a death trap, frame and brakes not at all up to the job, rode a petrol one and it was sweet and great fun. I’ve a friend who has lent me his electric stand on scooter, it can do over 60kph and the handling is superb. Helluva sensation doing that speed on something that small.
 

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Mate of mine had one of these, an NSU Quickly, we modified it so it would run on Kerosene, had to be started on petrol and then when the condenser warmed up could switch to Kerosene. 😄

I just discovered in wiki that it was a 50cc bike, He always claimed it was 30cc and won prizes at rallies for travelling the longest distance on the smallest CC bike. 🤣
My Da had one of those back in the ‘60’s, he got it in part payment for redecorating a neighbour’s house while they were on holiday, I think it had knee guards though...
 
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Rather than going OT on another thread I thought it a good idea to set up an ongoing Vehicle thread for IPO members and Petrol Heads :D

So ( my biased opinion ) - Best car on the road is MAZDA MX5 :D .. I am on my 4th one. Every day driver .. and when out in it it gives you a smile on your face :D .. Not fast, but with the 50/50 ratio its the closest to go carting on the road. I hate motorways, no fun, back twisty country roads is where its at with these .. And roof down today, bliss :D

@Truthisfree In answer to your Q over at the Living with Covid thread. NO havent tried MX3 or the BMW mini .. Im too wedded to my Softtop MX5s :D .. I have had 3 NBs ( MK2s ) and currently an NC ( NC after 2006 )

What do you Drive now?

What was your DADs / MUMs car back then :D

What was your FIRST Car?

And of course, looking forward .. What do ye think of these new fangled Electric Cars :D
Due to parent's weird but unreliable cars and witnessing their self destructing mechanicals , I have resorted to driving a posh Toyota. Largely because, despite being a petrol head, I value utter reliability, comfort and zero stress / effort when driving over all else. So I am also an Automatic convert. They are no longer crap.

I've driven some quick stuff, but can't be dealing with a car that is borderline anti-social /psychopathic and costs a grand for 4 tyres. Plus show me a powerful car that is not a wallet killer at the pumps or mechanics or in road tax. Middle age has killed that in me.

Regarding electric cars, currently in a hybrid, and around town they will beat a diesel in short runs, stuck in traffic. Plus, it's a brainless ownership experience and you don't have to deal with diesel particulate filters clogging or spilling Ad Blue on your shoes.

Full electric? Not Tesla, it's a cult and there is an arrogance in their design and human/machine interface that gets me. Plus apparently build quality is a bit sh1t.

I'll give it a few more years, largely because herself will kill me if I change cars in the next 3 years. Longest car relationship? 3 series BMW. loved the drive, but eventually* you get tired of going sideways everywhere.

*It took 8 years
 
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Had an s40 with one of their flex engines, a pile of shyte of an engine , other than that a nice car.
Ah, ethanol... the greens other gift to the motor industry from that coalition.

To be fair, the CO2 road tax was deadly. Happened just as diesels were getting quick..
 
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When Cookie mentiond the lime green 323 i remembered i had one of these for a short while around 1991/2 before i headed off to Europe for a while same colour......

I bought it off a fella in a pub in Clondalkin village for £40 punts and bought him a couple of pints ...... in hindsight i think he got the better part of the deal.. :D......although the hydraulic suspension was fun when it worked......only car i ever had that came with a starting handle.....!





Car goes up, car goes down, car goes up...

Always amazed me how they rode. And the seats, oh god, the seats...

Citroën, solutions to problems that don't exist... Bonkers, in every way.
 
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My mother had one of these:

Exact colour too. Bought new in 1980 it sat at home and was only used when my parents were home. They kept it for YEARS and still had it well into the 90s and had naff all mines on it. Would have been a fine car if it wasn't bloody green.
The green is awesome. Beats the hell out of black-grey-silver blandness that manufacturers inflict on us now.
 

Truthisfree

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The green is awesome. Beats the hell out of black-grey-silver blandness that manufacturers inflict on us now.
Totally agree, the colours have become so boring with the exception of the Mini which has been copied by a lot of manufacturer with their wanna-be-minis. I saw a car yesterday, one half was black, other white, left and right, wasn’t commercial, about an hour later I saw a girl with right side of hair Black, Left side white...I wonder...?
 

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Due to parent's weird but unreliable cars and witnessing their self destructing mechanicals , I have resorted to driving a posh Toyota. Largely because, despite being a petrol head, I value utter reliability, comfort and zero stress / effort when driving over all else. So I am also an Automatic convert. They are no longer crap.

I've driven some quick stuff, but can't be dealing with a car that is borderline anti-social /psychopathic and costs a grand for 4 tyres. Plus show me a powerful car that is not a wallet killer at the pumps or mechanics or in road tax. Middle age has killed that in me.

Regarding electric cars, currently in a hybrid, and around town they will beat a diesel in short runs, stuck in traffic. Plus, it's a brainless ownership experience and you don't have to deal with diesel particulate filters clogging or spilling Ad Blue on your shoes.

Full electric? Not Tesla, it's a cult and there is an arrogance in their design and human/machine interface that gets me. Plus apparently build quality is a bit sh1t.

I'll give it a few more years, largely because herself will kill me if I change cars in the next 3 years. Longest car relationship? 3 series BMW. loved the drive, but eventually* you get tired of going sideways everywhere.

*It took 8 years
With a CVT transmission you don't feel it changing gear.
 
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With a CVT transmission you don't feel it changing gear.
4 wheeled valium... which is exactly what you want when you are in gridlock.

Have to accept it is a bit boring on a twisty backroad. That has happened once in the past 4 years.

I appreciate handling, balance and driver engagement, but it irrelevant 99% of the time. Which is depressing.
 

milipod

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4 wheeled valium... which is exactly what you want when you are in gridlock.

Have to accept it is a bit boring on a twisty backroad. That has happened once in the past 4 years.

I appreciate handling, balance and driver engagement, but it irrelevant 99% of the time. Which is depressing.
I always had motorbike I look at a car as a appliance.
 
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