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    Talking Driving lessons.

    So wifey has now had her second lesson! Mega excited as it means that I'm not always Des, and her job options aren't so limited amongst a hundred other benefits.

    We have already decided that she won't drive the Roadster. Not because I'm overprotective but because she needs to keep her clutch and gear change skills for a while.

    So we're in the market for a banger.

    So long as it's not rotten, mechanics aren't an issue if reflected in the price.

    Her instructor has called her a natural (hope that was referring to her driving and not her cup size!) and imagines that she'll be ready for her test in the early part of 2012.

    Big, happy, smiley me.
    Last edited by perks; 22-11-2011 at 12:06 AM. Reason: spell
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    Top notch.

    A cracking starter car is the Hyundai Getz. Many are still under warranty and they're bulletproof. Not actually shocking to drive in 1.3 or bigger either.

    A quick look on Autotrader shows they're easily good for 100k and can be picked up for under a grand... Most were offered with 3 years servicing and all were fully warrantied for 5 years. Slickest 5 speed box in it's class too. Typically owned by older drivers so they're not thrashed. 1500ish will net you a very decent one it would seem.

    The 1600 Sport is disappointing - go for the 1.3...

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    Sadly these and other Hyundais (as well as Chevrolets and Kias using the same engines) are far from bulletproof. Main source of trouble with those is that the crank pulley isn't keyed, so after a while it starts to vibrate loose and then the timing sensors shuffle around the nose of the crank, so the thing won't run which isn't always a bad thing given how many of these cars need welding at their first or second MOT.
    "Official" (Main stealer) fix is a new short engine as they won't sell a crankshaft on its own, presumably in case some member of the potential buying public sees it and mistakes the thing for a toothpick.

    For the sake of an extra, say 42p per car at the build stage, this fault could be eliminated and the mechanical bits made less likely to fail. Just the quality of that nasty steel to address then, think of the stuff that Alfa used at the Sud plant and which was also sold to BL between 1976 and 1979 and you get the idea.
    Still, at least they're cheap, right? Well no, as it happens their prices aren't massively below those of much better built bits of kit from European factories.

    Buy a ten year old Focus, it'll last far longer. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by perks View Post
    So wifey has no ad her second lesson! Mega excited as it means that I'm not always Des
    I got the second bit but what does the second bit exactly mean ?
    Does she tend to call you Des for some reason?

    , and her job options aren't so limited amongst a hundred other benefits.
    Picking you up from the boozer ?
    You're so money supermarket and you don't even know it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPB View Post
    For the sake of an extra, say 42p per car at the build stage
    It's been found to be 43 pence actually
    You're so money supermarket and you don't even know it!

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    nissan micra - bomb proof, parts easy to get, cheap to buy so won't matter if it gets a few dings, great visibility, nice light clutch, enough mod cons to keep her happy

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    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...1501?logcode=p

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    You're letting a woman drive?? Next they'll be allowed to vote!

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    They'll only vote for "the nice guy" instead of party politics haha!

    Some women are good drivers......

    Erm.... Like..... Erm..... Erm..... Oh - that Sabine girl and .... Erm..... Nope! It's gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by problemchild1976 View Post
    nissan micra - bomb proof, parts easy to get, cheap to buy so won't matter if it gets a few dings, great visibility, nice light clutch, enough mod cons to keep her happy

    689

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...1501?logcode=p

    JJ

    Great find!

    Des means designated driver. It was coined a few years ago. A government subsidized scheme that saw reductions in the price of soft drinks. Sadly never got anywhere really.

    I personally love the Micra, particularly the older model as they were so damn easy to work on! A foot clearance in any direction is someting we can only dream of nowadays!
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    Quote Originally Posted by perks View Post
    Des means designated driver. It was coined a few years ago.
    Ah, thankyou, makes perfect sense now

    How about a very late old skool mini?

    Pretend you're in a smart engine bay without all the electronics and turbo shizzle
    You're so money supermarket and you don't even know it!

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