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What Post 2000 year cars do you fancy for 2 to 3000 quid?


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1 hour ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

Its all very electronic isn't it? Im having trouble coping with electric windows I switch the engine off and pull the key out then go to wind up the window. Only to have to activate all the seatbelt warning buzzers just to get the switch to work to wind them up. How you guys manage with these current big screen satnav things boggles the mind. Im infuriated just by the limited gadgets the new Focus has. Im close to flipping it just for some quiet key turns and some window winders!

Whats your daily then? ūü§Ē

Not sure if this will work on your car, but some key functions will close the windows when you get out by holding down the lock button.  This will lock the car and also close the windows.   Worth a try.

Have you got a heated front screen :-)

Have you tried switching the seat belt off yet with that video link?  Alternatively, look at this below:

Permanent deactivation: Before starting, make sure that:

The parking brake is set.

The car is in Park(automatic), Neutral(manual).

The ignition is OFF.

All doors are closed.

The driver's safety belt is un-buckled.

The parking and headlights are OFF.


1) Turn the ignition switch to ON, but DO NOT START.
2) Wait for the safety belt warning light to go OFF(1-2 minutes).
Steps 3-5 MUST be completed within 60 seconds!
3) Buckle, then un-buckle the driver's safety belt 3 times, ending with the belt un-buckled.
4) Turn on the headlights, turn off the headlights.
5) Buckle, then un-buckle the driver's safety belt 3 times, ending with the belt un-buckled.
After step 5, the Safety Belt Warning Light will be turned on for 3 seconds.
6) Within 7 seconds of the safety belt warning light turning OFF, buckle then un-buckle the safety belt. This will disable the Belt Minder if it is currently enabled, or enable the Belt Minder if it is currently disabled.

Confirmation of the disabling of the Belt Minder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light 4 times per seconds for 3 seconds. Confirmation of the enabling of the Belt Minder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light 4 times per seconds for 3 seconds, followed by 3 seconds with the safety belt light off, then followed by flashing the safety belt light 4 times per second for 3 seconds again. After confirmation, the deactivation/activation of the Belt Minder procedure is complete.

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6 hours ago, dt36 said:

Not sure if this will work on your car, but some key functions will close the windows when you get out by holding down the lock button.  This will lock the car and also close the windows.   Worth a try.

Have you got a heated front screen :-)

Have you tried switching the seat belt off yet with that video link?  Alternatively, look at this below:

Permanent deactivation: Before starting, make sure that:

The parking brake is set.

The car is in Park(automatic), Neutral(manual).

The ignition is OFF.

All doors are closed.

The driver's safety belt is un-buckled.

The parking and headlights are OFF.


1) Turn the ignition switch to ON, but DO NOT START.
2) Wait for the safety belt warning light to go OFF(1-2 minutes).
Steps 3-5 MUST be completed within 60 seconds!
3) Buckle, then un-buckle the driver's safety belt 3 times, ending with the belt un-buckled.
4) Turn on the headlights, turn off the headlights.
5) Buckle, then un-buckle the driver's safety belt 3 times, ending with the belt un-buckled.
After step 5, the Safety Belt Warning Light will be turned on for 3 seconds.
6) Within 7 seconds of the safety belt warning light turning OFF, buckle then un-buckle the safety belt. This will disable the Belt Minder if it is currently enabled, or enable the Belt Minder if it is currently disabled.

Confirmation of the disabling of the Belt Minder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light 4 times per seconds for 3 seconds. Confirmation of the enabling of the Belt Minder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light 4 times per seconds for 3 seconds, followed by 3 seconds with the safety belt light off, then followed by flashing the safety belt light 4 times per second for 3 seconds again. After confirmation, the deactivation/activation of the Belt Minder procedure is complete.

I did actually see that infor when I did a search about it just yesterday. I thought it sounded like someone was taking the piss buckling and unbuckling three time in 60 seconds LOL

I remember spilling coke in the Mk2 at the drive-in into the seat belt buckle and it was tacky for years after that. I was tempted to try that again and see what happened!

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50 minutes ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

I did actually see that infor when I did a search about it just yesterday. I thought it sounded like someone was taking the piss buckling and unbuckling three time in 60 seconds LOL

Give it a go.  No pressure, we're all waiting... :-)

 

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2 minutes ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

Here is a question for all you enthusiasts then, if you could buy a classic (More than 20 years) as your every day runaround  what would it be? Factoring in your own personal needs to carry family shopping work also affordability and availability of parts etc.

That's easy

 

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12 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

Here is a question for all you enthusiasts then, if you could buy a classic (More than 20 years) as your every day runaround  what would it be? Factoring in your own personal needs to carry family shopping work also affordability and availability of parts etc.

Staying with the muscular coupe theme, I'd have the V6 version of one of these quite happily too. Not quite in your 20 year bracket yet though

 

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4 hours ago, Vista said:

Staying with the muscular coupe theme, I'd have the V6 version of one of these quite happily too. Not quite in your 20 year bracket yet though

 

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What Alfa is that? As usual most of the good stuff isn't available here and I don't recognize that model. What age bracket are they? Looks more costly than the Corrado though.

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7 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

What Alfa is that? As usual most of the good stuff isn't available here and I don't recognize that model. What age bracket are they? Looks more costly than the Corrado though.

It's a Brera, manufactured 2005 - 2010 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Brera_and_Spider

Again, price dependent on age and mileage but you can have one for about the same money as the Corrado. The issue with the 6 cylinder versions here is they fall into a very high road tax bracket based on their CO2 output. £600 per year Vehicle Excise Duty is a painful price to pay.

 

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2 hours ago, dt36 said:

Landrover 90 for me.  Easy to work on and spares readily available.

Oh yes an old Land Rover fan myself. As you know 101 Forward Controls for me but yet again they were never sold here! Parts perpetually available so ideal in that department. Just some may find it a bit rough as their every day car for work, shops or retirement etc but thats the only drawback I think.

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Tried a Jimny for the first time today. Its been the only car built in the past ten years that even remotely made me feel at home. Thin doors, thin dash and thin A pillars, still a bit letter boxey in its view forward but at least the thin dash allows you closer to the screen than just about any other car made today. Love the look of a mini G wagon.  Best colour the army green version but the grey and beige were good too. Sold disks at the front and drums at the rear the salesman cited as a negative which made me laugh, this is a modern car that you could actually work on! Manual Window winders would be nice though and there are no switches for the electric windows on the doors, its in the centre. Main beef with this is that if you want the no gadget simplicity of the Jimny you don't want a Google/Apple centre screen thing so you opt for the Lite model that has a CD player instead. Trouble is your not allowed to buy the Lite version in Auto its manual only which I found odd. With an 8 month wait they didn't press hard for a deposit! Funniest part of the conversation is the salesman points at the Jimny and says you're here to talk about this but I (pointing at the Escort) want to talk about that! LOL

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Well I have had the drivers seat rebuilt in the Focus and its barely makes any difference. Spent 350 quid to get it done and have the leather cleaned and conditioned and it looks the same with the stains still there and feels just as hard. Something has to be a miss with both front seats as they simply are too firm. The back seat however is soft and comfortable. So something is amiss? Any suggestions? I don't mind driving the car as it drives reasonably well but i just hate sitting in it!

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