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  1. 2 Baby Rollers

    No pics as was driving but saw two of the new small Rollers on the M1 just south of Luton @ morning rush hour on Wed, presumably doing some form of late shake down test. Was I impressed & would I buy - No and No. It just didn't look right (or have enough presence for the £150k? pricetag) - too much body, too little glasshouse and the ride height looked wrong. It looked like a Phantom that had been in the tumble dryer but not in a good way. If I wanted a Roller I'd be looking at a used Phantom but otherwise it'd be a big German and a toy.
  2. Nissan GTR

    They are pretty sizeable, aren't they. I must admit, it made me think a little - dunno whether to be impressed by the engineering prowess to make a veritable Hippo go that quickly, or be dismayed that they couldn't be rs'd to put the effort into making it light and fast (with all the advantages that brings).
  3. Cayman S or Focus RS

    Or blend into the background grey+++ Of the actual Focus RS colours, just avoid green seems to be the choice. However, I wouldn't go for the RS over the Cayman at all. If I really was going for a Focus, I'd get a year old ST, invest in Mountune and some Eibachs from the friendly Ford dealer at the same time and get 90% or more of the experience for 10k less and spend the rest on a weekend toy. If I was going for one car, it'd be Cayman - Boxster - Z4M Coupe or 911 (in ascending order). Some might not put the BM there but it has a certain something IMHO an is pretty rare.
  4. New Astra - more info

    Nobody will ever listen. Had a couple of very sturdy Vauxhalls as well, plus a current Ford that has been far more solid than most would have you believe but the badge and the perception of 10+ years ago will always win out:rolleyes:. As for that Astra, looks nice but a touch bland. However, they need to get better with the engines and parts of the interior. The ones I used to have as hire cars had manky seats and the most awful petrol engines - sounded worse than a lot of diesels (which given Vxs used to have really nice engines was a bit of a let down).
  5. Wayne Rooney's Merc up for grabs

    Apparently the auction price of the Merc was £125k a month ago, plus whatever premiums get added. What did they originally cost?
  6. Another corking ebay find!

    Some truly terrific lines in that ad: "More speakers than I can count" Why, do you get brain knack after 4? Mind you, seeing the thing, is that a shock that your brain cells are lonely & unloved? "This car has never been to a show or magazine featured, so you can do this yourself and no one will ever know it wasn’t you that put it together." So why is it being advertised as a show car if it's never seen the inside of one? So now that it's on ebay, this gaffe and possibly others, how would you get away with passing it off as own work? "The car could do with the smallest amount of finishing touches to make perfect. Something you could easily do in an afternoon" Yep, you should be able to find a local scrapper within an afternoon & you might just score enough for a good night out. "I am happy to trade up or down." That's a one way trip I'm afraid my man. "Invoice from Mynheer £13815.66" Corfu for Christmas! It really must take a special set of skills to compose an invoice like that without tears of laughter caressing one's cheeks. You simply can't beat a Barry+++
  7. Euro offerings for the US market

    Ah the Sterling! A wonderfully British attempt to show Toyota, Nissan & Honda exactly how they should launch a new premium brand.
  8. Speed Camera Vans on Motorway bridges

    Might even be a bit more than that, depending on which force it was. As already suggested, it could easily have been ANPR as well. I was in this position a few weeks ago but nothing came of it, even though I was reasonably convinced otherwise. I can only guess it was ANPR or the threshold was fairly high that day (which would have been surprising given where it was). I guess it's just a case of slightly squeaky bum time & get on with things - can't do anything to change it now.
  9. Euro offerings for the US market

    Not content with doing it once, they're at it again (or someone doesn't have enough cash for this week's coffee & biccies). I suppose they had to do something to make up for what are probably 'interesting' sales figures for the base motor:rolleyes:
  10. New Insignia VXR, it looks rather good

    I bet it could easily lunch an engine as well, unless it's serviced every other week or never sees light of day. At nigh on 200bhp/litre it simply has to be pushing the limits on the life and useability front.
  11. Focus RS - Quality Review

    I suspect that not many here are dithering over an RS purchase and I know I shouldn't, but just in case, here's a review that will really help make your mind up: YouTube - Ford Focus RS Just why did they bother?
  12. Windows Update flags

    Presumably you've fiddled with the auto update settings in control panel? Never had this (without requesting it) in XP or Vista.
  13. China GP Banter

    Possibly very costly as well? If my fish brain isn't too addled, IIRC at one time if a team scored at least one point they got their air fares/transportation costs (not inc driving the trucks around Europe) paid for the season. I guess that adds up to a pretty penny these days. Apart from that, it's still a bugger as I'd rather see a bunch of enthusiasts achieving something than yet another corporate procession.
  14. Standard Air Filter

    I would imagine your best bet is to get over to the CTR owners forum and see if anyone wants to do the reverse+++
  15. Candidate for most beautiful car...?

    A bit too close to this? However, having said that, it is probably the nicest & coolest car you can buy at the moment, although personally I'd have an XKR with an aftermarket facelift & a few other tweaks. Interesting that some don't like Astons compared to the Maser as the fundamentals (and possibly more) are very similar, almost like comparing Anonimo to Panerai. If someone told me that Henrik Fisker had penned both I wouldn't be at all surprised, even though that's presumably not the case. As for most beautiful car - no way Jose. Too much glasshouse & possibly too much length and girth and so doesn't even compare to other Italian efforts, let alone anyone else's. Nice as it is, I can think of quite a few better looking cars.
  16. S3 Again?

    You aren't far away from an early Z4 3.0 at that kind of budget - a world away from the Z3. Not had either but have gone from hot Honda to a turbo motor. Like the other Honda's, the S2K is going to be a love/hate thing. Unless you are prepared to significantly change your approach to driving (and are likely to get enjoyment from this) then you will ultimately dislike the S2000. While it will be perfectly capable of trundling around without fuss, you simply have to learn to love revs/noise & learn what gear to be in and when for max performance - hard work but ultimately more involving, rewarding and aided & abetted by a fabulous gearbox and a BTCC soundtrack. Same goes for the handling as well by all accounts - hard work but worth it (if you want that). If you want a daily car then I would imagine that another S3 is the best bet but a Z4 or S2K will feel more special at the weekend, I suspect.
  17. Current shape 330i if you aren't tied to 4wd (and I'm not sure why you would be). You can get an SE within your budget (quite possibly with toys as well) and might pick an M-Sport with less than 50k on the clock for around your budget. Not an original choice but I guess it's the default one for good reason.
  18. The rarest car in the UK?

    Or a Brazillian pron star.
  19. Are Audi drivers worse...

    Try getting that through to a million & one (well, nearly:grin:) Passat TDi drivers.
  20. Are Audi drivers worse...

    Also interesting how often it's assumed that people are wholly incapable of independent & possibly rational thought and instead must have every posible opinion spoon-fed by ole pube 'ead. Reality, as always, is a little from column A and a little from B.
  21. New BMW M model SUV's!

    A nuclear bomb would upset the neighbours & tree huggers but that doesn't make it a good thing. To answer the questions - Thrice ney! I'd politely refuse and suggest the money went to charity (unless they offered a proper sporting equivalent as opposed to a racing truck). BMW - :nono: Going just as far wrong as your Japanese cousin, just in the opposite direction.
  22. AMAZING SLR that Mr Gallas owns!!!!!

    More likely a Mr S.Wonder!
  23. Car prices?!?

    Has worked for me on different machines. It is probably down to the BMW website being up & down more than the whore's knickers over the last few days. Probably doesn't really matter actually - It's an '07 bog std pre facelift 130iM with no options and average miles that has rocketed from £16.5k to £18.5k within the last week. From the pics, it even looks like it's been driven by Mr Sandpaper Hands. Leaving aside whether you like the looks etc or not, that's pretty awful value when you can get a 56 plate with nav, leather etc for £15k and when they couldn't sell it beforehand for £2k less - :confused:
  24. Car prices?!?

    I know the feeling - I'm looking at the moment and would buy the right thing at a sensible price at the drop of a hat but I'm really struggling to find anything that suits. On the prices front, how about this one: Approved Used BMW Just a week ago this car was £2k less and it wasn't getting people breaking down the door at the lower price - :confused:
  25. Vx or Ford.

    I've had 2 Vauxhalls and one Ford (current) and the old man has had at least 4 Vx's and always hated Fords. He doesn't feel that way now and rather likes the ST - Must be the old boy racer in him:grin: Of those, the Ford has been fine, as have at least a couple of the Vaux's (with one being a bit crappy and one being a complete pile of :dung:). My old Astra did 200k and was still in decent condition mechanically, including the original clutch, when it left this earth. Overall, I'd generally have either if I felt it was the right thing for me, although at the moment I'd veer abit towards the blue oval as I don't have overly fond memories of the various Astra hire cars I've had (common theme here:)), including a couple where I was the second driver ever (the first being the chap who delivered them). Some of the petrol engines sounded worse than diesels and I never liked the seats or door cards. I think the problem I have is not with one or t'other, but the common assumption that the 'premium' brands are always superior in every way, resulting in the summary dismissal of others, even if they have made great strides to improve. Sometimes they are but it just isn't always the case - see the depreciation stuff above, plus reliability isn't always any better (even if basic build quality is). You pays your money, makes your choice and lives with the consequences. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong, regardless of the little placcy badge on the front & back.