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Postby Doive » 20 Jan 2006, 00:07

Sigh. It always happens to me. Picked up this little beauty on ebay tonight. Hopefully I havent made a big mistake! She needs a few parts to be perfect, like a new windscreen, but conveniently I have a very good 525e parts car to rob bits from, plus a cracking good engine. Happy days.



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Postby Neilyman » 20 Jan 2006, 00:35

:lol: :lol: Nice one Matey :P :P
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 20 Jan 2006, 01:14

Bloody hell Doive, East Sussex??? Thats millions of miles away from you :shock:

Nice looking car though, have fun.
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Postby Harry Flatters » 20 Jan 2006, 08:05

What happened to 'I haven't got any money, I haven't got anywhere to put another car'! :lol:

The 525e benefits from a 2.7 litre straight six engine....


Is the seller an estate agent?

My father's just given up driving, which means we've got to do something with his tidy '88 520i. Don't quite know whether to 'bay it or what.
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Postby Doive » 20 Jan 2006, 14:42

Well, I haven't got any money and I definitely don't have any space to put another car. But, I'm selling the Astra to finance this one, and the other 525e is going for scrap, so I do have a bit of space now, and hopefully a bit of wedge too. From my calculations I should actually make a couple of hundred quid out of the Astra.

You should have told me you had a 520i to get rid of! Is it an E28 (like mine) or an E34 5 series?
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 20 Jan 2006, 15:31

nice one Doive. you driving down to pick it up? if so you can pick these doors up on the way past :)
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Postby Harry Flatters » 20 Jan 2006, 18:35

E28. E plater, navy blue. I'd like to run it myself, but I'm not sure I want to keep up with Beemer fuel consumption round town!
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Postby Doive » 20 Jan 2006, 19:11

Herbie_Flowers wrote:nice one Doive. you driving down to pick it up? if so you can pick these doors up on the way past :)

Well I was planning to fly to Gatwick, then drive up to Fishguard and across to Rosslare. Telford is way up at the north of Wales, but I may well have a job interview in Bath in the next couple of weeks. Besides, would I get four doors in an E28? The rear seats don't fold down.
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Postby Doive » 21 Jan 2006, 20:14

Well, all booked up and heading across on Tuesday. Plus I have a bloke coming to see the Astra on Sunday morning, with readies in hand. So that's looking hopeful. Apparently the used car market is crying out for sub-1600 hatchbacks at the moment, probably on account of the farcical rip-off insurance companies in Northern Ireland. Young lads can't get cover for love nor money, with a typical quote being in the 5 grand region. So a group 4 Astra starts to look a tempting prospect. I'm a little uneasy about some chav boy racer getting his hands on her, I've looked after her well for four years. I suppose I'm a bit sentimental, just got to let her go. :(
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 21 Jan 2006, 22:46

aye let her go Doive, it's only a repmobile at the end of the day.
my insurance policy excludes me from NI, Isle of Man and the channel islands without paying an extra horrendous premium.
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Postby Doive » 22 Jan 2006, 02:54

Why is NI so expensive? I've been driving here on and off for seven years, and not once have I been shot at or been blown up. That sort of thing doesn't happen any more. But it is perfectly covenient and very lucrative if the insurance companies pretend it does! As soon as you mention the postcode 'BT' to any call centre person, they suck through their teeth. Insurance for my Astra currently - 200 quid. Insurance for my dad on his Astra, 40 years my senior - 470 quid. Work that out if you can.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 22 Jan 2006, 17:53

Doive wrote:Why is NI so expensive? I've been driving here on and off for seven years, and not once have I been shot at or been blown up. That sort of thing doesn't happen any more.

it's going to take a very long period of non violence, 2 or more generations, before the premiums come down to a realistic level i reckon mate.
Doive wrote:Insurance for my Astra currently - 200 quid. Insurance for my dad on his Astra, 40 years my senior - 470 quid. Work that out if you can.

£470-£200=£270
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Postby Doive » 22 Jan 2006, 21:28

Very funny. Well, the Astra is now sold, the bloke came along and had a good look, and agreed a price on the spot. Excellent. So the BMW has been paid for, including all the travel, plus a few hundred left over for me to play with. Good-oh.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 26 Jan 2006, 00:57

nice one mate
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Postby Shoveitpusher » 26 Jan 2006, 11:36

Herbie_Flowers wrote:aye let her go Doive, it's only a repmobile at the end of the day.
my insurance policy excludes me from NI, Isle of Man and the channel islands without paying an extra horrendous premium.


not sure how they manage that since all insurance has to be valid in the EU let alone the UK

or do you mean the comprehensive bit?
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 26 Jan 2006, 16:21

shoveitpusher wrote:or do you mean the comprehensive bit?

yep. i'll only have third party insurance in those areas if i'm going there. i have heard of some companies charging for a green card which is against EU rules as well.
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Postby Doive » 27 Jan 2006, 00:44

Insurance companies are ********** (insert expletive(s) of your choosing)

Well, picked up the car on Tuesday in Brighton from the seller. Very genuine guy, he also has a 520i and a E23 732i as his daily driver. He also lives in the narrowest street I've ever seen, and has very understanding neighbours! Drove from Brighton over to Southampton, managing to get entirely lost in the city in the process. Eventually found Ralph's house more by luck than judgement, where I was presented with a cup of tea. Decent chap that Ralph. Nice Saab too.

Yesterday I took to the road again, and after feeding the beast headed north into Wiltshire. Stopped at Stonehenge cos it was on the way, avoided all forms of built up areas by taking twisty A roads everywhere. Ended up eventually faintly lost on the Gloucester ring road. Finally found my way north west after a bit of trial and error navigation, pointed the nose towards Rhyader. Planned to stop for the night, but found myself keeping going all the way to Holyhead, where they refused to let me on the late ferry - swines.

So one very cold night in the car later (too late for B&B), I eventually got the ferry this afternoon. If you enjoy seeing roadsigns when navigating, never ever ever go to Dublin. I got hopelessly lost for an hour and a half in the outskirts, with not a single sign for the N2 to be found. Even at major juctions and roundabouts, there were no signs telling you where anything went. So again, a bout of good fortune brought me to the M50, and finally home 2 hours later. 560 miles, and the big BM never missed a beat. It did demolish 60 quid of petrol though, which I suppose wasn't too bad. I think the trip computer is broken though - it seems to have calculated average consumption of 13.7 litres per 100km, or 20mpg. I hope it's broken.
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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Jan 2006, 00:55

Here's a pic of Doive's Beemer....

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and if you'e interested a pic of my Saab (don't think I've posted one before):

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Postby Doive » 27 Jan 2006, 02:26

A good morning spent enjoying cars which weren't chevettes! Imagine it. Good photos as well Ralph.

A moody one of the BeeEm at Brighton seafront.

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And of course a point of interest on the return journey.

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Jan 2006, 17:07

Doive wrote:I think the trip computer is broken though - it seems to have calculated average consumption of 13.7 litres per 100km, or 20mpg. I hope it's broken.

that's not broken mate. i average 24mpg in my Omega and yours is an older, heavier, bigger engined car
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Postby Doive » 27 Jan 2006, 20:48

Herbie_Flowers wrote:that's not broken mate. i average 24mpg in my Omega and yours is an older, heavier, bigger engined car

Ah. Bugger. I know the 528i is notoriously thirsty when you give it some beans, but I had hoped mine would be a little more frugal, being the long stroke 2.7. When doing 70mph the engine is only spinning at 1750 rpm, which I hoped would contribute to the mpg. To be fair when you put the foot down you can hear the fuel swirling into the injectors.
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Postby Harry Flatters » 27 Jan 2006, 21:40

IME the 'e' model was never known for being very 'e' !

Did you never drive your parts car - I got the impression you bought this because you knew the cars?
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Postby Doive » 28 Jan 2006, 20:04

Yeah, I drove the 'parts' car all the way across from Dundee to near home before the accident, some 250 miles. I wasn't hanging around much, and still the fuel needle barely moved off the full mark. The car has a 60 litre tank, so assuming the gauge is lying a bit (as the new car does) and I used half a tank, 30 litres is about seven gallons which makes the mpg around 36 to the gallon. Not bad considering most of those miles were done on twisty little country roads. In the 'new' car 20 quid took me around 160 miles, which works out at 32ish mpg. That included getting very lost in Southampton, so I'm happy enough with that. If I wanted real economy, I'd have bought a diesel fiesta! What attracted me to the eta model was this ridiculous economy claim, plus the big lazy slow revving lump under the bonnet.

Spent most of today washing and cleaning the brute, plus many hours happily tracking down and fixing various electrical faults. Front and rear foglights now work through the original switch, which was filled with copper corrosion and had been bypassed with a cheap toggle switch.
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Postby Harry Flatters » 29 Jan 2006, 19:41

Here's some photos of that 520i. The haze on the paint is just condensation - it was a cold day when I took the piccies.

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Postby Doive » 29 Jan 2006, 20:10

Oooh, that's nice Harry. I reckon a 520i would be no better or worse than running something like a 2.0 Omega around the place. Big car, fairly small engine. That one has the 14" BBS rims as well, a nice period optional extra. Aside from that, the photos show her to be solid in the right areas (rear wheel arches, door bottoms), but have a good look at the rear floor pan and especially where the trailing arms mount for the rear suspension - E28s are known to go soft in those areas. Thankfully mine is ok. Go on, you know it makes sense! Take it for a test drive at least - you may be pleasantly surprised. My sister was when she drove mine this afternoon!
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