Cars Can Be Nice

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by hotspanners » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:01 pm

picture no worky!

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:26 pm

hotspanners wrote:picture no worky!
Hmm. I'll try attaching some little ones then *crosses fingers*
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:30 pm

Wow... Hannah? That's yours?

It is lurvely.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by alexie » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:55 pm

schlump wrote:Image

this is the only car i have ever thought is cool. i want to get it because i'm pretty tall, and if i had one and climbed out of it, i'd be like that guy in the simpsons who nelson laughs at. "do you find something amusing about my choice of auto-mo-bile?"
Oh my god, my favourite car ever!! I saw a little Bambino parked outside a cafe near my work this afternoon, and rather than pay attention in a meeting, all I could do was gaze out the window and wish it was mine. I am very tempted to hunt one down and spend lots of money restoring it. Or I could just buy one of the new ones, because I think they're very very cute.

My second favourite car in the world is the Citroen 2CV, so Jono I am TOTALLY envious of your collection. My first car was a 1977 Citroen GS Pallas:

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She was lots of fun to drive around in, and the novelty of hydraulic suspension certainly impressed a lot of people. I ended up selling her and upgrading to a modern Little Honda. This is Coldplay, and I love her a whole lot!

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When I first bought her, I downloaded as many versions of "Little Honda" as I could find, and it didn't matter to me that the song's about a motorcycle. Coldplay is pretty much the love of my life.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:01 pm

Oh you jammy swine! I've always wanted a GS/GSA! There can't be many of them in Aus. I know they sold British built 2cvs there in the 1950s, but I don't know if they sold GSs there?
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:13 pm

alexie wrote: When I first bought her, I downloaded as many versions of "Little Honda" as I could find, and it didn't matter to me that the song's about a motorcycle. Coldplay is pretty much the love of my life.
heh, that's so cute! how many versions *did* you find, do you know? i think i only know the beach boys and the yo la tengo. the gs is nice too, i don't think i've seen one of those before: it's an interesting shape at the front, according to wikipedia when it first appeared in 1970 "the aerodynamics gave the best drag coefficient of any vehicle at the time"! hee.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:49 pm

wrapyrtroubles wrote:
alexie wrote: "the aerodynamics gave the best drag coefficient of any vehicle at the time"! hee.
And it inspired the shape of the mark II Vauxhall Astra/Opel Kadett!
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by bocken » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:44 am

I haven't seen a GS in ages (nor a Dyane. Even a CX is a rare sight these days). There's one of those C6s around the corner from my work, they look pretty nice.

Did I say I'd bought a car? It looks like this:

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And yesterday I paid £80 to a big scary bloke in Walthamstow to make a light on the dashboard go out. And I need at least one new tyre. I love Åke though, he's great.

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Post by alexie » Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:11 am

Jono Volpone wrote:Oh you jammy swine! I've always wanted a GS/GSA! There can't be many of them in Aus. I know they sold British built 2cvs there in the 1950s, but I don't know if they sold GSs there?
There's still a few around, although I haven't seen a GS in a while. I sometimes see the odd DS on the road and a 2CV on the rare occasion - a sighting is then normally accompanied by a loud squeal and a sigh of jealousy from me.
wrapyrtroubles wrote:heh, that's so cute! how many versions *did* you find, do you know? i think i only know the beach boys and the yo la tengo.
I ended up finding about three more - everything from Brazillian punks Expulsados to Beach Boys rip-offs The Hondells. What a great song.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by crystalball » Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:56 pm

I don't really like cars at all but the other day I was hanging out in Primrose Hill (as you do) and spotted this. Look, a pretty car!
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:19 pm

My Holy Grail has come up on eBay. Oh, what to do...

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:16 pm

Is she financially viable for you?

I spotted this beauty around the corner from Astrid's grandparents yesterday and thought I should take a picture for you.
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She's a 2CV6 apparently, and was on the school run when I spied her.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:45 am

Ooo, that's nice Jonny. It's a Charleston.

The yellow one's not really financially viable for me. I'm only supposed to buy another one if it's one I can do up and sell, but I wouldn't want to sell that one as I've always wanted a yellow one as my Dad had one when I was very young. Still, it's only at 99p at the moment so I could probably justify that!
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by alexie » Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:19 pm

Get it get it get it!! It's so lovely and sunny!
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by this clump of trees » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:15 pm

my first car was a peugeot 505 from 1980, like the one pictured below only mine was maroon. you could hear it coming from a mile away. when you turned the a/c on it would spray freon in your face. it was totaled in an accident four years ago. i still have dreams where i'm just driving it around :(

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by obo-bobolina » Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:37 pm

I got my new company car on Monday. Although I love TicToc to bits and really enjoy driving her, after 2 months I was so glad to be in a modern car again. One with power steering and sensitive brakes. One that goes like a racing car but does a whopping 60+mpg. Hee. I wuv my new car. It's dreamy.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:04 pm

So, hypothetically, were your car written off, and were you offered £915 from your insurance company - what would you replace said car* with?

Ideally, for the purposes of this question your answer should include at least a 1.4 engine for ease of motorway use, get good fuel economy, not be overly large, have a manual gearbox, and not have done a ridiculous number of miles as well.

I understand that contractually I am obliged to say that it should be able to carry things such as bass amps, drums and the like to The Rocky Nest gigs.

(*The now defunct car in question was a lovely VW Polo from 1996 with only 40,000 on the clock)

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Concrete » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:23 pm

The obvious answer is a Golf; you quite liked the Polo, and you want something bigger to carry all that stuff... My drumkit fits in my Corsa, incidentally, and you can fit a guitar amp in at the same time, but if you want to carry more than one amp you'll want something bigger. If a Golf hatchback isn't big enough, maybe a Golf estate. If you're used to a 1.4 Polo, you might find you need a 1.6 Golf.

Are you able to add a bit of your own money to the £915 you're getting?

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:41 pm

Well, if I add money then it'll be the bank's money and I'll have to pay it back. I have no real desire to pour money into a car, and so ideally that's a situation I'd like to avoid - but I'm not utterly convinced that I have a great deal of choice, I think unfortunately some money will need to be spent.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by tompony » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:09 pm

I got a Peugeot 306 saloon that had done less than 50,000 miles for £750, and it hasn't needed much work in the year-and-a-bit / 15,000 miles that I've done in it since. It's a 1.8 and a very nice drive. I wouldn't necessarily recommend a Peugeot 306 in particular, this is more just a message to say "if you're lucky then you can get something decent for that money"!
Golfs are lovely and I would very much like to own one, but it will be much harder to get a cheap one as they're particularly sought after. Probably because they're so nice... sigh.

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