Used car buying advice
August 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm #10887ParticipantPlaneMan@planeman
Looking at a few cars tomorrow and was wondering if anyone had any advice?
I’ve not needed a car for years (more than 10) so I’m a bit rusty. I know the basics like checking the dipstick, tires, steering wheel, gear knob, wear to the interior and pedals.
It’s Skoda Citigo’s I’m looking at, all 3 years old, SE spec (all I need) and from a big car supermarket place near me.
I’m aware that the sales people at this place like to rush you and try and get you sign up for credit but I’ll be paying all in one go.
December 4, 2019 at 10:34 am #38684ParticipantLes.@oldlesForumite Points: 1,714
Bob, that is interesting about it being imported. A bit unusual. I stand corrected under these special circumstances.
You were lucky in more ways than one. My 200SS was what was referred to in the service manual as a “pre-modification” unit.I had a clutch casting BREAK off between centre and main part — Pre-mod. Sheared K/S gears, -pre-mod (though they were still bad later on. Wheels became “wonky” and had to be respoked with new rims — Ducati used thin spokes and alignment washers instead of thick ones, so with the VERY powerful brakes, they just got pulled seamrent. So many problems, but it sucked me in for life, and still got me!
Les.December 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm #38687ParticipantWheels-Of-Fire@grahamdearsleyForumite Points: 5,584
They went through a fair few mods with the Mini gearbox to get it right. Type A gears, Type B gears, Full synchro gears and finally the type fitted to the rod change box’s. You also had “Magic Wand”, Remote change and Rod change gear linkages. They had 3 goes at the inboard drive shaft coupling before they got it right too.December 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm #38688ParticipantWheels-Of-Fire@grahamdearsleyForumite Points: 5,584
They finally got it right for the launch of the 1275 GT in 1972 and they transferred that setup to the Metro where it stayed until they replaced the A series with a K series 😁December 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm #38693ParticipantBob Williams@bullstuff2Forumite Points: 12,995
Graham, you have the Mini story down, were you in the Trade? I lost count of the number of times I replaced a leaking Mini rod seal, where it enters the box. Eventually I tried just tapping another new seal on top of the old leaking one, with an old socket . I did this for free, providing the customer came back whenever she could, to let me check it. 2 years, 2 MOT’s and maybe 4 services* later, it was not leaking. I did that with every Mini we worked on after that. The only one which that did not work for, was an auto box. However, that customer was a widow who only had that car after starting to drive and passing her test at 71! She swapped it for an auto box Escort that I found for her, still driving that until 87, when she gave up.
I will always remember the Mini coming out: Summer 1959. I was on a school trip at Innsbruck, Austria and reading a full page advert in the Daily Express. “Austin 7” and “Morris Mini” iircc. A story all about Sir Alec Issigonis on the next page. Actually I preferred the Hillman Imp, but that’s another story, when I rallied a Chamois in later years as an amateur.
*That customer was a travelling sales rep for a UPVC company, drove many miles in that Mini, always had it serviced every 6,000 miles.
Les, no worries mate, I had to dredge my memory and unfortunately photos of my own Ducati were lost in Germany, along with photos and letters from my former family. Frau BitchMeister burned the lot. I should never had kept them anywhere but at my parents’, but you know how it goes: “Dad had one of these, kids!”
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I'm out.April 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm #42448ParticipantPlaneMan@planemanForumite Points: 6,678
Suzuki have ‘launched’ the hybrid Swift Sport.
And it’s heavier and slower than my 2018 version. Also not a proper hybrid.
IMO they’ve messed up badly, should have gone proper hybrid, maybe using the 1.0 Turbo from my SZ-T Swift and a decent motor and battery combo.
Done me a favour though, I have no desire to own the new version. Nothing else fits so well with my needs so I’m keeping my car for a good while.
Might also be worth some £££ in a few years, last of the petrol versions. Not counting on that, that’s daft.May 31, 2020 at 3:07 pm #43527ParticipantPlaneMan@planemanForumite Points: 6,678
There’s a new Suzuki dealership just opened.
Luckily it’s even closer to me than the old one was (3-5 minutes in the car, the old one was 5-10 minutes) and it’s now under the White Dove group which already have Seat and Skoda dealerships right next to each other. Suzuki backs onto the overflow car park of the Seat dealership.
That’s going to save me a 40+ minute round trip when I need servicing done.
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