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Do many of you run 80s / 90s cars as regular drivers?

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On 27 April 2018 at 9:59 PM, The Flying Banana said:

an Orion 1600 injection...never had one but still want one ..needs to be red with the grey bottom half , the little fuel computer ..rear headrests ...what a car 

 

A previous girlfriend and I owned a mint condition Mk 2 (Escort Mk 4) Orion 1.6i Ghia in white with, as you say, the trip computer, rear headrests, electric windows, front and rear heated screens, heated seats as well as being great fun to throw around. It was the first well appointed car I ever owned and I've always thought about buying another, as well as a 2.0 Volvo 480ES, and my first car, an Opel Ascona B 2.0S.

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3 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Saab 900 turbo  that's an 80s car I'd run every day. 

 

My Brother has a 1990 three door in black as his only car. 300000km on it ( he lives in Germany) and going strong. 

 

Id like an early one in black, with red velours interior, and the Inca alloys please!

 

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You already have a 90's car that you can use everyday. It's only a 520i Auto so will never be worth a lot. Keep it clean and just use it, it'll be fine. Hire a car to go on holiday with. It's already had the bits that often wear out replaced

 

I use 20 year old BMW's every day but mine are high mileage cars that I gave peanuts for and they are one major problem away from the bridge. My 318i Touring owes me £1500 over four years including actually buying it, four new tyres, MOT's etc but excluding fuel. I do virtually all fixes myself which really, you have to be able to do. 

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16 hours ago, NWJW said:

  

 There's a quite tatty looking Sierra around this way that just happens to be a 1.6 converted to 2.9 twin turbo, I was behind the guy one day when he was waiting to turn right, he gave it a booting to get across the road and the car nearly swapped ends when the turbos came in. Awesome! 

 

 Don't suppose you have any photos of the V8 Saffy do you? I've had a few V6 Sierras but a V8 one was always a dream I had (still have!).

Only this pic, sold it to a pal and we pulled it apart and rebuilt it resprayed it, made it look genuine Cosworth then he sold it on

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I run an E36 325 fairly regularly and use it all the time in the winter. I’ve had it for 4 or 5 years and in that time it’s needed an ABS sensor, rear springs, discs & pads all round, all of which have been done by me for very little money. It starts on the button every time and has been no problem at all. It’s a bit tatty and the bottom of the front wings are a bit rusty but I’d have no problem running it as my only car. 

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I think driving older cars makes a better driver out of you, as you actually have to think about what you are doing, as they are less forgiving if you don't. 

 

Newer drives these days think they are a born driving gods, which leads to false illusions and careless mistakes, which in turn start to become more serious mistakes, as they underestimate there actually ability. 

 

Hence the reason why its must for everyone to have a dash cam these days. 

 

+1 for older cars from 90s and lates 80s - real cars for real people !

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52 minutes ago, Mr_530i said:

Newer drives these days think they are a born driving gods, which leads to false illusions and careless mistakes, which in turn start to become more serious mistakes, as they underestimate there actually ability. 

 

This is so true .. just look at the attitude some younger drivers have .. they dont give a sh1t who they cut up or dont give indication too .. driving as far up the outside lane to cut in at last minute too shows their impatience and it seems distance perception is a thing of the past .. whether its judging the speed of a vehicle before they pull out in front of it or driving as close to the car in front  ..they really do think they are born good drivers

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On 29/04/2018 at 12:30 PM, Calypso-E34 said:

 

My Brother has a 1990 three door in black as his only car. 300000km on it ( he lives in Germany) and going strong. 

 

Id like an early one in black, with red velours interior, and the Inca alloys please!

 

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Never had the 900 turbo but ran a 900 GLS for 8-9 years. Superbly built. The engines go on for ever, and I can still remember the sound the doors made when you closed them.

Went on to run a couple of 9000s including the 2.3lpt. The interior of the 9000 reminds me of the E39 in a way - more buttons than you can shake a stick at! :D

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On 4/27/2018 at 11:14 PM, RonB said:

Been using my 1996 E34 Touring as my daily driver for the last 18 years, everything works fine, just keep up with normal maintenance/ consumables...

 

And Wifey has had her R8 Rover 216sli 1600 (Honda engine) since 1998. 

It's up to 175k now, still nice to drive &  has been super reliable.

I recently did some welding on the sills and rear wheelarches, then a quick repray in cellulose, see no reason to replace it any time soon.

 

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  ^^^Very underrated cars IMO, shame there's not many left now. My mother had one for a while, it really surprised me with how well it drove, how comfy it was and how nippy the little 1.4 K series was. It didn't even have any head gasket issues but lack of maintenance meant it did suffer jumped teeth on the cambelt.....

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I ran this for 7 years as my daily 

Audi Quattro 2.8V6 Coupe

Great fun and never failed to put a smile on my face when I drove it B)

Ended up breaking it as I could not get the price I wanted at the time £2000

Now I look at the prices of them ! Doh ! 

 

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13 hours ago, NWJW said:

  ^^^Very underrated cars IMO, shame there's not many left now. My mother had one for a while, it really surprised me with how well it drove, how comfy it was and how nippy the little 1.4 K series was. It didn't even have any head gasket issues but lack of maintenance meant it did suffer jumped teeth on the cambelt.....

 

That's because it was a 1.6 Honda non-Vtec engine ;) 

 

The K series engine didn't come in the Rovers until they released the 200 IIRC

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55 minutes ago, Milo said:

I ran this for 7 years as my daily 

Audi Quattro 2.8V6 Coupe

Great fun and never failed to put a smile on my face when I drove it B)

Ended up breaking it as I could not get the price I wanted at the time £2000

Now I look at the prices of them ! Doh ! 

 

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The way it goes :roll:

 

I had an original EF8 CRX and an EG2 Del Sol, both imports. EF8 was written off for my by some muppet in a car park and my Del Sol, was immaculate and I sold it for around £3k back in 2006'ish... If I'd have kept it and in the condition it was, it'd fetch c£10k now due to it's rarity and lack of them over here in the UK now!

 

One car I do regret selling was my 22k mile Civic EK9... Now that was literally as new when I received it! :oops: 

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6 hours ago, Milo said:

I ran this for 7 years as my daily 

Audi Quattro 2.8V6 Coupe

Great fun and never failed to put a smile on my face when I drove it B)

Ended up breaking it as I could not get the price I wanted at the time £2000

Now I look at the prices of them ! Doh ! 

 

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When I lived in Poland I had a near identical spec car to this - except it was an Avant. Blackity-black all over with same deep airdam; everything worked perfectly and we had an epic road trip from Warsaw to the Loire Valley in it.

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I run an 89 525i as my daily driver, although it will be getting the sills done in a few weeks.

 

if I am not using that then I will be driving my kit car (started building in 99 on the road 2000), the bmw has done 200k or will have by the end of the week, the Tiger has done 48k ish (the mileage display in the speedo has failed and needs a repair).

 

I could replace them with newer cars but why? They still work, and have character.

 

I had to go to Wakefield for work last week in a new Astra, and was bored the whole journey, it just drones on and on.

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I'll keep rolling in 80/90's bmws for as long as I can.....

They were incredibly well built machines and as long as you keep on top of the maintenance, there's no reason why reliability should ever become and issue :)

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