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  • A life in cars…
  • Premier Icon cynic-al
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    Here’s mine:

    One of these 1989 VW Polo 1.3s (bought from, yes, my mum! I was 33!) Bought ยฃ450, sold ยฃ200 in 2005, drove it around Europe for 2 months in the heat of 2003, didn’t skip a beat, I dread to think how much salt I sweated into the driver’s seat.

    [/url]Leaf life by sevensince1992, on Flickr

    One of these Amazon 222s (I think) estate, owned for a year. Lost a good few hundred on it, a lot of the bottom of it was rust. MC Moonter of this parish did a good bit of talking me into it but also helped me out big time with the MOT.

    1971 (I think) Lolvo P1800S, owned it for a year, lost only a few hundred on it. Beautiful to look at/sit in, a bit hard work to drive/use as an only car. Sold it to a poseur medical student who phoned me up 6 months later asking where the dipstick was ๐Ÿ˜ฎ in this photo it was soon getting a tow home, due to a light switch failure smoke came up the steering column and I ****ed myself.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/7Fx9pS]24022010120[/url] by alan cole, on Flickr

    Bought in 2007, still got it. Great fun, surprisingly practical and cheap to run.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/5JzpGe]R0010050[/url] by alan cole, on Flickr

    Let’s see yours?

    Premier Icon Swelper
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    Excellent topic. Good post liking where this will go

    Premier Icon sweaman2
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    No pictures and much less exciting…..

    nissan almera
    honda civic
    ford focus
    Mitsubishi outlander
    subaru imprezza

    Premier Icon jonah tonto
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    by the time i was 33 (uh, ๐Ÿ˜† now) i had owned 23 cars/vans all toatal bangers not inc the lovely sprinter i have not that looks like a fishing trawler, i have now hahaha. the scrappage scheme and high scrap prices took all the fun out of bangernomics
    edit:i just though of another 3….how could i forget the 200bhp, ยฃ100, rover 820? oh wait there were 2 of them ๐Ÿ˜€

    Premier Icon m0rk
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    First car (not this exact one) 1.0 K10 Micra

    1.4 SEAT Ibiza

    2.0 16v SEAT Cordoba

    1.6 SEAT Cordoba (laterly 2.0 16v)

    2.0 8v SEAT Ibiza

    1.6 MX5

    Clio 172 Cup

    SEAT Leon Cupra

    Ibiza Cupra

    Octavia vRS

    Ibiza Cupra

    Golf GTI

    SEAT Altea Freetrack

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Cortina
    Allegro
    Viva (borrowed)

    living the dream

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    Micra
    Pug 206
    Alfa 147
    Multipla
    Freelander 2

    All pretty boring, except for the Italians in the middle

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    All boring stuff, starting with the first car that was “mine” and not my missus’s..
    The swishest thing my first company car scheme would allow

    It seemed like a good idea at the time

    Really nice to drive actually.

    Went surprisingly quick and handled even better

    Guess when the family arrived?

    Another surprisingly good car.

    The most unreliable piece of junk. Ever.

    Fantastic. Every biker should have one.

    What I should have bought years ago

    PS – all photos from Google Images. I wouldn’t know where to start to look for photos of my actual cars.

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    Mk1 polo
    mk2 fiesta
    mk1 astra
    mk2 xr2
    Citroen ax
    fiat cinquecento sporting
    Citroen saxo vtr
    fiat seicento sporting
    vw scirocco gtII
    Renault Megane
    Nissan qashqai
    vw golf estate
    vw passat saloon

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    My first motor a 1972 marathon beetle.

    Next up was my 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2, thrashed the life out of this and like the vast majority of XR2’s it ended life on it’s roof.

    Then came the 1984 mitsubishi colt 1.5l 3 speed auto. It had been passed around by the family and never skipped a beat. Not mine in the picture but exactly the same.

    And finally my trusted pug 306 estate. I have had it 10 years and put over 100,000 miles on the clock. Its has carried me on so many adventures I can’t remember half of them. I think I will cry when it finally gives up. This was it at the sart of a 2000 mile trip around France.

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    Age 17 1995 mk3 fiesta with 900 quid with 90 k on clock . Went to many a race 3 up 3 bikes on the back 1.8 diesel never noticed the weight. Rust killed it but it took a beating sold for 200

    Age 20 – mk5 escort. 1.6 petrol for 600 quid at 40k although more powerful struggled when loaded going to races

    22 my parents gave me their hyundai lantra 40k when i graduated. It was a saloon and struggled with weigt and had a spoiler . Was 100% uncompatible with bikes,

    Parked it up cycled round nz , came home and drove it for 3 months spent a small fortune on it before handing it back to them.

    Bought 2006 pug partner van with 38k for 3500 still got

    Bought 1987 land rover 90 on 128k for 1800. Still got( most of)

    Mes t-r came with a mazda 323 which sucked and died of scrap itus

    So we bought her a 1.4 golf for 1800 – it was shit gave it away with a blown engine within a year.

    Bought a frontera for 1000 with 92k ran for 2 years and sold with 94k- speedo rarely worked Solid motor till it was crashed into a bus bent chassis. Sold for 300 quid

    Bought a 2006 berlingo multispace 1.9 d for 1400 with 83k on clock. Still going ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I had one of those Polo breadvans. A cracking little car. Mine was a special edition job with extremely bold red and black striped upholstery and red quilted door panels like a smoking jacket. I kid you not. I don’t have any photos sadly.

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    Renault 5
    Renault 5 automatic
    Mini
    FSO Polonez
    Citroen BX 1.4
    Citroen AX 1.1
    Renault 21 2.0 turbo
    Ford Mondeo 2.0 Si
    Citroen Xantia estate
    Ford Sierra Sapphire
    Toyota Mr2 mk2
    Ford Galaxy
    Toyota MR2 turbo (still own)
    VW T5 lwb Transporter (still own)

    Not much of a list to show for 23 years of owning cars!

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    Metro
    Polo
    Yaris
    Focus
    MP412c
    Aventador
    P1

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    Mini pick up

    1932 Morris Major Six

    I’ve never been into flash cars. I had a couple of mk1 diesel VW Caddys, a Classic Saab 900, a Volvo Amazon estate like the OPs. A ’63 Series IIA SWB Land Rover

    Citroen XM

    Shogun, only bought as I couldn’t find a cheap Discovery, but it was an amazing workhorse.

    Discovery, I’ve had a couple, always bought cheaply and run into the ground.

    1950 something Grey Fergie with a MIL Loader

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Missing a few out, but this:

    to this:

    with a bit of this:

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    Ford Escort
    VW T25 2.0 petrol van cost ยฃ500
    V8 Ford Falcon (cost aus $300)
    Mk1 Golf Gti (cost Aus $50)..
    Mitsubishi L200 van (cost $1500)
    Renault crap shit thing
    VW Golf Gti Mk3
    VW Golf Gti Mk4
    Vauxhall Combo van
    Mercedes Vito Van 112

    Currently own
    VW T4 Camper
    Vw T5 Kombi

    Premier Icon monkeychild
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    Killed the Coupe on Snake Pass ๐Ÿ˜€

    Had the Octy 7 years now!!

    Premier Icon MrGrim
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    1991 Mazda 323 1.6
    1992 Renault 19 1.4 energy
    1995 Seat Ibiza 1.4
    1994 Renault 19 1.9 RT TD
    1991 Renault 19 16v
    2001 Renault Clio 1.2 16v
    2000 Vauxhall Astra 1.7 TD Estate
    2003 VW Passat 1.9 TDI
    2004 Mazda 6 2.0 Sport Estate
    2006 Vauxhall Combo 1.3 CDTI
    2007 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Estate
    2007 Ford Ranger Thunder Double cab 2.5 TDCi
    2009 Peugeot 207 1.4 HDI van (works)
    1998 Land Rover Discovery 300tdi
    2012 Peugeot 207 1.4 HDI van (works)
    2000 VW Transporter 2.5 TDI
    2013 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTI Vx-line tourer
    2011 Alfa Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 170

    Maybe missed a couple. A few for 13 years of motoring.

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    Ford Sierra Sapphire at 18 years old (I was middle aged when I was born according to an Ex……..the smiley seems to have killed this post!

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    The car I started with is my father’s VW 1967 Beetle 1.3 litre. Still got it at home but need fixing. Well, I consider mine because after office hour I was the only one driving.

    My first car (paid using my own money in far east but was still paying the loan when I sold it) … a 1995 Perodua Kancil 665cc. Very reliable (less than one litre)

    Now my second car and in UK (I paid full and it’s totally mine) … Toyota 2005 Corolla auto gear 1.6 litre.

    I used to hang around all sort of boy racers back home and everyone was amused by my Beetle … ๐Ÿ˜†

    It looks like I only own ONE car in my entire life and that’s here in GeordieLand which I paid in full … ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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    Ford Sierra Sapphire at 18 years old (I was middle aged when I was born according to an Ex)
    Reanault 11 turbo that I swapped for the Sapphire.

    No car for about the next four years.
    I did own a Mini 1275 in this period, but only drove it a few times, in the end a man going past the house on his horse stopped and asked to buy it.

    Company cars for the next lot.

    BMW 318 touring (middle aged in my mid twenties).
    BMW 740.
    Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (993).
    How I kept my licence in this period I will never know.

    No car for the next couple of years, and now we get into the heaps of crap that I drove until they became scrap

    Bedford Astra estate (abandoned at RAF Cosford)
    Ford Fiesta (abandoned at RAF Lossiemouth…I think)
    Vauxhall Vectra (scrapped)
    VW Passat estate, the slowest car I have ever driven. (Scrapped)
    Ford Mondeo that drank fuel on my 120 mile commute (I actually managed to sell this one!!)
    Renault Kangoo 1.2 petrol that was still going at 200,000 miles when I traded it in. In the summer of 2012 I was doing 3500 miles a month in it!

    I’m now in a Seat Alhambra and I’m also middle aged.

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    Good grief I’ve had some boring cars compared to some on here!

    I don’t have ANY pics of my actual cars. I think you can see why. They were all the same models and colours though (apart from the escort which was yellow)

    First was probably the least boring. Supermirafiori no less.

    Bought one of these from the father in law to be.

    When it got stolen I paid the princely some of ยฃ175 for this (in yellow)

    This was in my market trading years

    But somebody set fire to it so I went back to the Sierra

    The finally got a decent job car

    The finally got a better job car

    The divorce car

    Yep. That really is purple

    The current one

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    Honda Mt50. Bought when about 16. Painfully slow, but yeah, independence! ๐Ÿ™‚

    RD125LC Hit aged 17, my mum spent loads of money getting it road worthy for me, I wrote it off stacking it into a hedge with a mate on the back a little under the influence ๐Ÿ™„

    RXS100 Boring, but reliable and had it for ages.

    KH250 It was knackered and I intended to restore it but never did. Couldn’t even ride it as hadn’t passed test.

    Z250 Ratted it, matt black, dropped saddle etc. Still hadn’t passed test.

    Mini (not mine pictured) Loved that car, had some amazing adventures in it. Eventually sold it and two weeks later saw it written off. Gutted.

    Another mini. Bright yellow and the woman i bought it off named it Rosie which was written on the back. I never did get around to removing it…

    Kz550. Brilliant bike. Customised it a lot with twin spots, matt black, T-bars etc.

    550 Katana. Wicked bike but mechanical nightmare. Put it into the back of a taxi in London, engine cracking and oil spilling poetically across the road.

    Gpz 400 Didn’t have it long.

    1974 Z900 The mechanical love of my life. Gorgeous bike. Needed money so ended up letting it go.

    Vespa Pk50. Brilliant fun little toy I had when I lived in Brighton. Utterly slow to almost dangerous levels. Put a performance exhaust on it and blew a hole in the piston about a mile later riding to Rottingdean

    Citroen ZX. Started kayaking and motorbikes weren’t practical anymore.

    Ford Fiesta. Inherited when my gran gave up driving finally at 93. Ended up having a couple of these.

    Citroen Berlingo. Just the most awesome car ever. I can fit mates and bikes and kayaks in it, I can sleep in it, it’s popular with the ladies….ahem.

    Wow…. turns out I’ve had a lot of bikes/cars…. 8)

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    avenger, ยฃ60 – needed work, made a profit
    maxi ยฃ300 with yrs mot (you can get a dt175mx in the back),did 60 miles a day commuting to london, just kept topping oil, it got moved 1/4 mile by road tarmaccers – “they pushed it down there son”, and truly – pitch black, pissing, dashed out of work, unlocked, jumped in started it and went wtf – it had a furry steering wheel – mine was 2 cars up ……, blew up 2 days before mot due
    maxi ยฃ300 with yrs mot, just topped oil, made the year, sold for ยฃ30? to a scrappie, chains thru windows and off on a lorry, 6 months later as I mtbd thru very rural Berks – hoi, hoi HOOOY – it was him, he’d deglassed it, acropropped it, bangered it and raced it and won
    company vectras (at least you can get 7 surfboards on the roof)
    nissan urvan – sticking throttle
    company vectras
    company pug 405 estate
    pug 306 – loved it, fab car – but 2 bikes, camping stuff, gf and surfboad was tetris
    berlingo – no tetris and if it does another 50k trouble free I’ll love it too

    intertwined with
    c50 – truly the best thing ever,cb125J (written off on my 17th birthday as I somersaulted over a car pulling out of hospital where mum worked …),cb125j again, cb550f, dt175mx, xr200, rs250, xl250, dt175motoballer, dt125 farm bike[from dad], Z750, cf70, Seeley Honda, ktm 500, 600 hornet, gsxr750, crm250, dr350, kdx200air, kdx200water, xt225, beta alp, fantic trials

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    the only automobile I’ve actually ever owned, loved it to bits, our home for 5 months.

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    In the order purchased….

    1980 Land Rover SIII SWB 2.25 diesel
    1990 Astra Van Mk2 1.3 (stolen )
    1994 Escort Mk5 1.3 (worst car purchase I’ve ever made)
    1996 Astra estate Mk3 1.4 (longest car owned ~7yrs and 120k miles)
    1991 Land Rover 90 200tdi SW
    1964 Land Rover Hybrid 88″ 3.5 V8
    1993 Land Rover Discovery 200tdi auto
    1990 Land Rover 110 200tdi SW
    2003 Iveco Daily 35S12 MWB (bought as van converted to campervan)
    1986 Land Rover 90 4.2 V8 auto (built from pile of parts)
    1993 Yamaha Serrow 225
    1998 Peugeot 106 1.1
    2007 Polaris Scrambler 500
    2001 Ford Focus estate 1.8
    2007 VW T5 LWB 174 Kombi

    There was quite a bit of overlap, mainly with 1 or two landovers plus a car and then camper van, car and quad bike. Missus’ cars not counted.

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    Ford Fiesta 950 mk.1
    VW Golf 1.3 C mk.2
    VW Golf 1.4 C mk.3
    VW Golf GTI mk.4
    BMW 520
    Honda S2000
    Porsche Boxster S
    Mercedes C220

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    Bregante, I need to know how good the FR-V is. I’m tempted.

    Interesting too about the normal demise of sporty Fiestas. Mine ended it’s life inverted on the way to Jenkin Chapel from Goyt Valley.

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    Bregante, I need to know how good the FR-V is. I’m tempted.

    Well I’ve had mine for 9 years and in that time I’ve had to replace the following.

    Wiper blades
    Brake pads
    Tyres
    A battery

    And that’s it. Never had to replace so much as a lightbulb and sailed through every MOT.
    A phenomenal car. Not the most exciting to drive but absolutely bombproof and very practical.
    I’ve looked around at other cars but I just cant justify it as this one is still going strong and drives like its less than half its age. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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    My mate bought himself a Fiesta SuperSport for his 18th birthday. It was on its roof within 10 hours ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1500cc Beetle
    1600cc MkII Passat (couple of weeks with a 1100cc Fiesta while the Passat had a new gearbox or something – awful car that Fiasco)
    1300cc Beetle
    (The same) MkII Passat
    2l 5 cylinder Santana (on loan – DRANK petrol)
    1600cc MkII Scirocco
    1800cc MkII Golf (fantastic car)
    1800cc MkII Scirocco
    1800cc MkII Scirocco
    1800cc Passat – 1998 – not sure which Mk
    3l Audi A4 Cabrio and loving it

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    1993 Clio 1.1
    1997 Clio 1.4 RT
    1994 Cavalier 1.7D
    1988 5 Gt Turbo
    1995 Rover Coupe Turbo
    1994 Rover 3ds Gsi Turbo
    1997 Rover Coupe Turbo modded 330bhp
    1999 Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 TD
    1999 Nissan 200SX modded 265bhp
    2004 Volkswagen Bora 130 Tdi
    2006 BMW 330d Estate
    2013 Seat Leon 2.0 Tdi FR

    Short history. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ford Cortina 2.0 GLS (1982)
    Ford Escort XR3i (1984) – fun until it rusted
    VW Golf GTi Mk2 (1986) – loved this car
    BMW 325i SE (1989)
    Alfa Romeo 155 (1995)
    Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera (1977) – first Porsche 911!
    Porsche 911 (964) RS (1992) – should have kept this as an investment
    BMW 330 Ci (2001) – first brand new car (excluding company hacks)
    Porsche 911 2.4S (1973) – should have kept this one too!
    Ford Focus TdCi (2004)
    Volvo V50 2.0D (2005)
    Porsche 911 3.0 SC (1983) – current weekend classic
    Porsche 911 (997) Carrera 4S (2009) – current weapon of choice
    Nissan Qashqai 1.5D (2014) – current family wagon

    Also had a shit load of company cars in tow

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    Fiat 126
    Mini
    Fiat Mirafiori
    Vauxhall Cavalier
    MG metro
    Nissan Cherry
    Renault 11
    Mitsubishi Gallant
    Renault 5
    Rover 216 sli
    Kangoo
    Berlingo still got
    Ford Puma
    Alfa Romeo 147 jtd still got

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    1978 VW Derby (1988)
    1982 Volvo 343 (1991 easily the worst car ever owned!)
    1971 Mini Clubman estate – hand painted, had bits of fridge welded to the floor (1992 bought when the volvo blew up)
    1972 VW Camper (1993 paid ยฃ100 quid lots of welding and an exhaust to get it on the road)
    here beginneth several years of mini craziness in no particular order:
    2 more Mini Clubman estates
    2 Standard 1970/80s Minis
    1 1970s Clubman
    1963 Mini – totally restored 1310cc alloys etc
    1969 Clubman saloon 1275GT spec
    1972 Australian spec Mini Moke
    3 Mini Marcos including:

    1996 VW polo (2000 very boring)
    2001 BMW Mini Cooper (2001 lovely car – impractical once you have kids and bikes…)
    (2003 – bought a bicycle, first since 1985)
    2006 Citroen C4 (2006 till now, itโ€™s only done 60k miles)
    made up for lack of cars with bikes in the last 8 years…

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    Ex-GPO Commer Van
    Golf LS (mk 1)
    Cavalier 1.6
    Alfa 33 Cloverleaf
    Alfa 33 1.7ie
    Citroen ZX 1.9tdi
    Renault Laguna Estate
    Peugeot 406 estate
    Renault Laguna Estate (mk 2)
    Audi A6 Avant 2.5tdi
    Audi A6 Avant 2.7tdi
    Volvo V60 D3

    And a few bikes
    Honda CB125J
    Triumph Tiger 750
    Suzuki GT250
    Suzuki GS400
    Suzuki GS425
    Honda XL500S
    Suzuki Katana 1100 – this is the one I wish I’d never sold
    Suzuki GS1100EF
    Kawasaki ZZR600
    BMW K100RS
    Moto Guzzi Le Mans II
    BMW R1150GS

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    I am so dull ๐Ÿ™

    First car, bought at 32 years old:

    Uncharismatic as it was, I loved this car- immense boot, tons of ground clearance for parking in ditches, it made no power but it delivered it beautifully… Just simple, sensible motoring. It popped its clutch slave cylinder which wasn’t really economic to repair considering I was planning to sell anyway, so I sold it on for about ยฃ200 less than I bought it for, 30000 miles on. Not bad Focus, not bad.

    Second car

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/io9wXo]IMAG0286[/url] by Northwindlowlander, on Flickr

    It’s now at least 3 months since I started a STW thread that went “My mondeo’s broken down” so that’s good. They say Fords don’t have personality, this one does, it’s an orrible ****. But when it goes, it’s ace- massive, quicker than it looks, economic, and didn’t cost me much. \And it didn’t die when I filled it with loch, which was good. I don’t love it but we get on

    Oh well since that’s really dull let’s have not a car- first love:

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    1976 Mk1VWGolf 1600GLS
    1976 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior
    1982 Mk 1 VW Golf GTi 1800
    1984 Mk 2 VW Golf GTi 1800 8v
    1986 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
    1984 Fiat Uno 1.4 SX
    1988 Mk2 VW Jetta GTi 16v
    1989 Peugeot 309 1600 XS
    1989 Fiat Tipo 1.6DGT
    1991 Fiat Tipo 1.9 Tds
    1994 Citroen ZX 1.9 Td Aura
    1988 Mk 2 VW Jetta 1.6 Gl
    1992 Citroen BX GTi 1.9 16v
    1994 Citroen 1.9 Td Avantage
    1994 Honda Civic 1.6 Vti Saloon
    1998 Honda Civic 1.8 Vti hatch
    1999 Seat Toledo 1.9 Tdi 110. (Went seriously wrong, so after one month, on dealer exchange scheme bought:)
    2000 Seat Toledo 1.9 Tdi 110
    2002 Mk 4 VW Golf Gt Tdi 110
    2002 Audi A4 2.5 Tdi 180 Quattro saloon
    2004 Audi 3.0 Tdi Quattro 204 saloon
    2005 BMW 330d Touring
    2006 Audi A3 2.0 TDi 170 Quattro Sportback
    2007 Audi A4 3.0 Tdi 230 Quattro Avant
    2009 Audi A4 3.0 Tdi 240 Quattro Avant
    2013 Skoda Superb Estate Tdi 170 4×4

    Also as second cars in 1980’s and 90’s
    1973 Alfa Romeo 1600 Gt Junior
    1976 Alfa Romeo 1600GT Junior

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    1981 Pontiac Lemans
    1972 MGB
    1986 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
    1986 VW Jetta
    1996 Mazda 323
    1988 Volvo 740 GLE
    1988 VW Fox
    1990 BMW 320 Estate
    1981 Mini Mayfair
    1991 VW Golf
    1990 Volvo 740 GLE
    2000 VW Caravelle
    2000 VW Caravelle (LWB)
    2004 VW Polo
    2003 Peugeot Boxer Minibus

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