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Postby Doive » 05 Feb 2005, 16:27

I'm in a bit of a quandry. Noticed a BeeEm exactly like this one....

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in my local scrappy this morning. Absolutely immaculate, had been driven in there 15 minutes before I saw it. 2 litre, six cylinder motor that started but refused to idle. Turns out it failed the MoT on a blown head gasket, I reckon I could throw a new one on for 150 quid or so (if you know who to speak to!). All depends on how much the scrap guy is willing to sell her for. I reckon, I'm only young once and its not often I get the chance to own a peach like this. Does anyone think I need psychiatric help? I just love the idea of cruising up to work in it.
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Postby Tortron » 06 Feb 2005, 00:56

ewww, its so 80's looking
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Postby Neilyman » 06 Feb 2005, 10:45

That could be `cos it is an 80`s car.......... :shock: :lol:
Very nice though....do it Doive !!!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 06 Feb 2005, 17:51

well the correct wheel;s make the car go forwards so why not! :P
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Postby hsr2.6 » 06 Feb 2005, 20:24

and the wheels will fit the shuvit :lol:
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Postby Doive » 06 Feb 2005, 22:44

Well, its crunch day tomorrow when I

1) Talk to the scrappy man about a reasonable price

2) Talk to a mechanic about a reasonable price

3) Talk to an insurance company about a reasonable price

All said and done, tomorrow could be the most expensive day I've had in a few years. Proabaly end up flogging the astra if it all comes together, but just thinking of cruising around edinburgh in that beast! Incidentally the alloys in the pic aren't on the car I'm looking at, it has the standard 520 SE wheels fitted.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 06 Feb 2005, 23:09

no loss. those wheels look foul IMO.

she'll go like poo off of a shiny shovel mate. just dont fall out of love with the chevette!!!
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Postby Doive » 06 Feb 2005, 23:15

TSW Stealths (I think) used to be the boy racers wheel of choice, then it moved to Venoms which look crap to me. If I do get it (has body in knots as everything possible is crossed) then I will keep it standard and show all the neds in their saxos a clean set of wheels with the merest flex of my right foot. Oh wait, I do that anyway in the chevette.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 12:11

You're right tortron it is very 80's looking but then we own chevettes so....
I think those wheels would look bloody awful on a chevette hsr2.6 so go and sit in the corner with the dunce's hat on!!!! :wink: Don't forget doive - old beemers are really expensive to get bits for and often annoying to work on so be warned (you need deep-ish pockets). Whatever happened to never selling your fist car?
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 12:26

I know, I know. But the deed is done. The Astra will linger about until I decide what I want to do with her. I could buy this, run it for a month and wince at the fuel bills, then sell it on. In MoT'd condition and with a years tax they are worth about a grand. Found out this morning its a 525i :lol: :lol: 8)

The guy at the scrappy only wanted 150 quid for it, but my local Beemer experts say repacing the head gasket is an absolute swine and they want 300 for the job. However, their entire street is filled with E30 3 series they are doing up for racing/track days, so I reckon they are the blokes to speak to.
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 12:35

Here is some pics of my new toy :D

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All I have to do now is sort out insurance :roll: thats gonna be fun.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 12:53

Nice one Doive - for my two pence worth I reckon thats 30 times better than the astra. Cant be bad for £150 and also you can have the plate off and sell it to someone high up in management or something at WH Smiths. Bonus!!!! :lol:
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Postby Neilyman » 07 Feb 2005, 12:53

Ooh! It`s got a towbar aswell, useful for trailering the Kadette to Knockhiill track days, if you ever get it finished ;)

Looks nice Doive. My mate well into old BM`s, We have a few Bee Em only breakers round here, so spares are not that expensive. The yards are owned by Asians though, so you send an Asian mate to get your bits for you `cos `white man` he pays more.....hehe!
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 12:58

Oh yeah you live right in BNP + rioting territory up in bratfud don't you neily. Having said that I reckon its the same everywhere vis-a-vis money off. My housemate gets loads of things cheap/free due to being asian, having a large extended family etc. He calls it Punjabi discount lol :lol:
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 13:03

I reckon the guys at the scrappy had a little 'fun' with her over the weekend. The front passenger side tyre is flat, and there are great piles of muck thrown up into the arches. B*****ds. They somehow managed to damage the drivers side door catch as well, it only closes once in three now. Not so good for the MoT methinks. I really want to drive this up to the flat and surprise my flatmates with, so it needs to be MoT'd - don't want to spend weeks changing this and that. Insurance best so far is 390 third party. I reckon I can do much better than that.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 13:05

Bargain!!!!!!
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 13:07

Thats a matter of perspective. When your wallet has been lightened to the tune of almost 500 quid in one day, another 400 doesn't sound too nice. However, if I cash in the astra insurance then I might be on to a winner. The overdraft isn't going to have a fun couple of days, but then thats what its there for! To be fair a 23 year old insuring a 525i I thought would have been extortionate, 400 isn't too bad really.
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Postby Neilyman » 07 Feb 2005, 13:07

£390 3rd party?.......EEK! :shock:
There again, I`m an `old fart`...thanks Milko! :twisted:
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 13:16

Who's the policy with so I can submit it to the old memory bank for future use? How many years no claims and stuff?
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 18:52

Its with Churchill, and I have saved the quote so they don't conveniently 'forget'. I have three years no claims on the astra which can be directly transferred across. After trawling through a multitude of insurance companies, it now appears that the car above is not a 525i at all, rather a much rarer 525e Lux Auto. Made for only one year and possibly one of not very many left (I know one bloke who has five of them!), I'm starting to feel less uneasy about what I've bought. 2693cc of straight six, german, unidling power. Apparently this was the 'economy' model, presumably for the sake of the americans.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 07 Feb 2005, 19:17

auto? as in automatic?

have you tried adrian flux or tesco? they've both been good for me in the past
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Postby hsr2.6 » 07 Feb 2005, 20:30

have you tried selling it back to him :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 21:27

I think to the scrappy a 5 series is a 5 series, regardless of how well specced it is. Full Lux check list:

Electric sunroof and windows *Tick*
Switchable auto box *Tick*
Funny wool-type seat fabric *Tick*
Rear head restraints *Tick*
Rubber boot spoiler (optional apparently) *404 not found*
Lower compression 2.7 engine for bags of effortless torque *Tick*
Front foglights *Tick*

I could conceivably take all these parts off the car and sell them on for much more than I paid, then sell the remains back to another scrappy for a hundred quid. Happy days. Two powerful back wheel drive saloons in the Doive garage.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 21:47

Gimme a bit more time to build some extra no claims and I'll be getting summat big and rwd too!!! To be honest for general cheapness I can see it being a sierra estate (got to be a wagon, they are just so effing useful). A beemer would be sweet tho.... *jealous
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Postby Neilyman » 07 Feb 2005, 23:48

Doive in an auto BM?, He`ll have to wear a trilby hat & smoke a pipe to drive it!! :) :lol:
I`d try Firebond insurance, I think their classic policy is for cars over 15 yrs old, so you`ll be ok with that.
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