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    (Original post by SyncMaster_770)
    £650-900 depending on where you sell it, and assuming it has T&T.
    i dunno what t&t means i gonna gues tax and something else, im not selling it i'm buying off a friend of my moms shes selling it for £600 so just wanted to see how that compared, thanks, looks like i'm getting a deal
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    (Original post by mtbab)
    i dunno what t&t means i gonna gues tax and something else, im not selling it i'm buying off a friend of my moms shes selling it for £600 so just wanted to see how that compared, thanks, looks like i'm getting a deal
    Yep, it mean tax and test (ie. MOT). Looks like a good deal to me (but obviously dependant on general condition). If it's not already been done, I recommend changing the cambelt - if it snaps, then your engine is buggered.
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    Trade Price (ie if you took it to a trader), you would be given £600 assuming average coniditon
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    Hows the logo coming along?
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    Yep the cam belt is not too much of a problem on the Ford TD engines but its still worth having it done, its the Zetecs which is crucial, it costs £160 to get done including the pulleys, if you don't have it done and its done more than 60k the chances are it will snap.

    Also is this the new oval clock one? If not I wouldn't pay £600 for it, the older models have heavy steering, poor sound insulation, and tend to be unreliable. In the 1995 Oval clock version much better sound insultation was added, plus a mondeo style interior, better engines, revised suspension, improved steering etc.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Yep the cam belt is not too much of a problem on the Ford TD engines but its still worth having it done, its the Zetecs which is crucial, it costs £160 to get done including the pulleys, if you don't have it done and its done more than 60k the chances are it will snap.

    Also is this the new oval clock one? If not I wouldn't pay £600 for it, the older models have heavy steering, poor sound insulation, and tend to be unreliable. In the 1995 Oval clock version much better sound insultation was added, plus a mondeo style interior, better engines, revised suspension, improved steering etc.
    I'd have thought 1995 is probably N or Late M so it should be mk6 escort which i agree is MUCH nicer.
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    i'll check it out and see, i'll be hyped if i get this car (albeit i wont be able to buy anything new for a yr,lol) but i cant drive it till november when i turn 17, so i've got time to fix out stuff and she put a new battery in in march so that should be ok too and its t&t'd till April 06.
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    That's exactly whay I did when I got my car. I bought it about 10 months early, so I had time to do it up, and in that time, i've learnt a lot - I can now do a basic service myself. You'll soon learn how to do basic maintenance like oil changes, etc - just make sure you get a Haynes manual.
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    ok i will, thanks for the info
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    We need a motoring forum

    BTW, anyone else going to Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. I might make a topic on it
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    omg the joy of roundabouts - i wanna join

    i dont have a car yet - might get a peugeot not sure
    favorite car - TVR Tuscan, BMW 5 series
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    (Original post by fernando)
    omg the joy of roundabouts - i wanna join

    i dont have a car yet - might get a peugeot not sure
    favorite car - TVR Tuscan, BMW 5 series
    BMW M5 I hope, mmm 200mph
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    TVR Tuscan
    When my PC is back i'll upload a pic of one, convertable, in flip paint I saw at Silverstone
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    (Original post by mtbab)
    hey how much would you guys value a 1995 M reg Navy blue ford escort 1.8 TD Diesel with 80K on the clock, FSH, Sunroof, front elec windows,power steering, abs? thanks, its go no dents or damages thanks
    I certainly wouldn't pay more than £500 for a 95 Ford.

    To be honest, I wouldn't buy a Ford at all at that age. If you're after an older car, buy Japanese. Anything else will cost you twice as much in maintenance and repairs.
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    (Original post by Hana_87)
    And the car i want (the mondeo st24)

    o0o0o the st200! *MELTS*
    I used to like those when I was little :p:
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    I was just thinking over my car history, and it's quite embarassing! A lot can change in six years

    My first car was a red H-reg Ford Fiesta 1.0 which my parents bought me for £600 just before my 17th - it had the XR2 body kit on and for some reason I thought that was cool. I drove like a tw*t in it though and it didn't last long.

    Next car I had to pay for myself at 17 and it was the best bit of business I've ever done It was a blue/green B-reg Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular Plus (that's right, popular plus!!! ) The fuel gauge didn't work, the was a hole in the floor of the boot so anything you put in, you left behind... and it destroyed any battery you put it in within a fortnight. But I paid £150 for it and sold it three months later for £250 :cool:

    Next up was a white L-reg Nissan Sunny 1.4 Chic. It could only have been more girly if it was pink, but it was cheap and surprisingly nippy. I embarassed several Nova-boys in the two years I had it! I paid £1,200 for it when I was 17 and sold it for £750 when I was 19.

    I'm into my fourth year with my current car. It's a jet black N-reg Nissan Primera Sri. I paid £1,000 for it and I think it's still worth about £600. It's getting on a bit now and is over 100,000 miles - I've done a hell of a lot of travelling in the last two years, but it's never once broken down on me. I've driven a lot of other people's cars, and company cars/work cars etc and I can honestly say it's the second nicest car to drive I've ever experienced. The suspension on the Sri models is stiffened and so finely balanced that it corners better than any family car should. (my job takes me to racing circuits, I'm not going loopy on public roads). The gearing is very high though so it can be rather sluggish accelerating at lower revs. The flip side of that is that it does 85mph at just 4,000rpm (using a lot less petrol). I really can't recommend them highly enough to anyone that can't afford new or fancy cars yet.

    But I've just started 'proper work' and am earning 'proper money' now, so I'm in the market for a new car. My dad used to have Mazda RX-7s when I was 15/16 and they are absolutely phenominal cars. Supercar performance at family car prices. I don't know why they're so cheap, but you can pick up a mid-90's 2.3 litre twin turbo for £5,000... which hopefully I will be doing soon. The only trouble is good ones are pretty rare, so you have wait for them.

    (None of the pics are of the exact cars, but they're all the same make & model.)
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    You've had a cool selection. RX 7's are very nice, only thing that puts me off is the rotary engineness

    I got the pics from when I went to Silverstone now (I've got tons of the GT and WTCC race, including tons of pics from inside the Alfa garage)

    TVR Tuscan in flip paint:
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    (Original post by OMGWTF)
    You've had a cool selection.
    You are kidding?

    RX 7's are very nice, only thing that puts me off is the rotary engineness
    :eek: They're the best part! What don't you like about them?
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    (Original post by OMGWTF)
    You've had a cool selection. RX 7's are very nice, only thing that puts me off is the rotary engineness

    I got the pics from when I went to Silverstone now (I've got tons of the GT and WTCC race, including tons of pics from inside the Alfa garage)

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    OMG dont skimp on the doodlemunch!!!!

    love the paint job on the TVR

    the ford gt looks alright too - paint job has a kill bill like theme
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    Finally, this thread is picking up .

    Alright, lets start with car history.

    First car was a '91 Ford Mustang GT, 5.0 litre V8. Bought for $2,900. Unfortunately this car was an automatic and had a very high final gear ratio, 2.73:1, which is pathetic for accerleration. But it did top out at about 145 mph. Let me tell, this was very scary in car like an old mustang. Balls of steel are a must . The car was not great, but was very clean, low mileage and had a lot of potential. But at 16, I was in no position to exploit its potential. This car was hit whilst I was driving in the rain, it totalled the car and I had no insurance at the time, really stupid. But, I was able to recover some by breaking the car. Got $750 for the V8 alone. $100 for the seats. $50 for the bonnet. $100 for the GT ground effects, and various other little parts. I had enough to get my next car.

    A '91 Mustang LX 2.3 litre 4-cylinder. This car was a POS!! Very slow, hugely innefficient (in performance and fuel). But I bought it for $1000 and sold it for $1700 . I then saved and worked and bought my third car.

    An '88 Mustang GT 5.0 V8, bought for $3000. In case you hadn't noticed, I have a thing for that generation of mustangs. I know, it's sad, but what can you do? You can't help who, or what you love. By this time, I was able to do a bit more in terms of modifications. This is America I'm talking about, so the standard measure of performance is of course the 1/4 mile drag race. I baselined the mustang and it ran a pretty quick 14.5sec @ 96 mph. Enough to lay waste to almost all of the little hondas buzzing around at the time. But not enough to dispose of some Supras. So, I worked and saved and did my own mods. First a cat-back exhaust. Then headers and the rest of the exhaust came. Then a range of little cheap bolt-ons that did help.

    The reason I like these cars so much is that there is so much available for them. They're the easiest cars to work on. And are VERY responsive to tuning and simple modifications. Just doing the little bolt-ons and exhaust brought my times down to 13.9 @ 100 mph, which is a huge difference. Several car links ahead of my previous times. After the car had all the little bolt-ons, it was time to move on to some more serious changes. I replaced the camshaft and port & polished the cylinder heads, throttle body and intake manifold. I took auto-mechanics in high school so I was able to most of these things myself at school in their shop. This really let the engine breathe and raised the redline from 6000rpm upto nearly 7000rpm, which is a big deal for a big V8. I also swapped the rear gear ratio from a 3.23:1 to a 4.11:1, along with some wider rear tyres. The gear and tryes were the biggest improvement IMO. This car RIPPED off the line and just pulled and pulled and pulled. The top speed and highway fuel economy did suffer. Top speed was now about 140, which is quite low considering the power, but the gearing prevented it from getting any higher. The fuel suffered now because instead of cruising at 70mph at 2000rpm, it was now at 3500 rpm. Very high for these cars. But the around town / city consumption did not suffer.

    With these modifications and on slicks, I was able to run a 12.5 at 108mph. This is pretty damn fast, let me assure you. Enough to beat most 'Vettes, M3's, M5's, some Ferrari's (the ONE that I raced anyway), and most Supra's. Most of these were limited to drag races of coures. I didn't stand a chance in a top speed test. Not with suspension used. I loved my car. It absolutely smashed almost any other car off of the line. By the time I hit 3rd gear, I was already doing about 80mph, and the other car was just WAY behind. Sadly, I had to sell my car when I came to the UK. Sold it for $3800. Lost money considering what I had in it.

    Came to the UK and got a '91 VW Polo Coupe 1.2/3 litre. It was depressing. It didn't even get that great fuel economy, so I thought, what was the point? Drove it for about a year. Then I moved back to the states for a couple of months and bought a little car called a Geo Storm. Built by Isuzu it had a 1.6 DOHC engine. The car was very small and the enging claimed to make 130bhp so it was really fun having become used to the Polo. I then moved back to the UK, sold the Polo and bought my current car, a mk3 VW Golf TD. I actually like this car, it's not fast at all, at can't handle for crap, but it gets nearly 50mpg!! Good enough for me. :tops: Still have the Isuzu Storm for when I visit the US, as in this summer .

    Really sorry for the long post, I hope no one gets a headace, though most will probably not even read it all .

    PS- I miss my '88
 
 
 
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