Cars Can Be Nice

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jun 05, 2008 17:22

miss deepfreeze wrote:i would like a nissan figaro. i know they're not properly old, but they look swellegant!
yes, i think they are cute! i remember when they first appeared; i approved ( i think i was about 10 when i first saw it).

i've never understood why, once we'd learned how to design really beautiful cars by around, let's say, 1970 ish, people then decided to make cars as repulsive as they are today. so proper retro stylings are a good thing in my book.

your beloved voiture does not have to be old though! the thread isn't just for classic cars. post any car you love!

ps i saw someone driving around in a soft top triumph spitfire today, with the hood down, in the sunshine, the bastards.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by islandhopper » Thu Jun 05, 2008 18:02

Since there seems to be a few fans of classic French design you'll obviously be wanting to see my Clio. It's from the vintage crop of '98 and has special features such as frosting up inside as well as out and a CD player that won't play when the temperature is below 8C (to be fair it may be covered in ice at some of these times).
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jun 05, 2008 18:50

aw! it looks friendly. where was the picture taken?

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by islandhopper » Thu Jun 05, 2008 19:07

wrapyrtroubles wrote:aw! it looks friendly. where was the picture taken?
It's a friendly enough wee thing although it is now in enough of a mood not to let you open the rear door on the drivers side. The picture was taken on a (deceptively) desolate stretch of road back in the rolling homelands of the Isle of Skye.

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Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jun 05, 2008 19:13

islandhopper wrote:It's a friendly enough wee thing although it is now in enough of a mood not to let you open the rear door on the drivers side. The picture was taken on a (deceptively) desolate stretch of road back in the rolling homelands of the Isle of Skye.
oh dear. perhaps when it finds out it's being admired on anorak it might be persuaded to let you start using that door again. the landscape is rather lovely!

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Post by islandhopper » Thu Jun 05, 2008 19:18

wrapyrtroubles wrote: oh dear. perhaps when it finds out it's being admired on anorak it might be persuaded to let you start using that door again. the landscape is rather lovely!
It did try to make up for it at one point by not letting you close the door on the other side but I didn't really think that was much of a compromise!

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Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jun 05, 2008 19:26

islandhopper wrote:
wrapyrtroubles wrote: It did try to make up for it at one point by not letting you close the door on the other side but I didn't really think that was much of a compromise!
Hah. Well, Cars Can Be Blue. Maybe it's just depressed?

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Post by islandhopper » Thu Jun 05, 2008 19:40

wrapyrtroubles wrote:
Hah. Well, Cars Can Be Blue. Maybe it's just depressed?
It doesn't get much variance in its route right enough. I'll have to try taking the scenic road to work and giving it a bit more exercise.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Fri Jun 06, 2008 00:34

a layer of chips wrote:Well, apart from the one my Dad gave me when I ended up putting his manky old __________ in a __________ bottom.
I always liked the 'fill in the blanks' round on Have I Got News For You best.
As wrong as it was to do,
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Jun 08, 2008 16:02

I think we need to know what the guest publication is to help us fill in the blanks.

I've taken a spray can to my car today... She had a nasty gash down the side, and I was spraying the primer on... tomorrow I'll be putting on the top coat.

All the kids on the street were really interested in what I was doing, they were full of questions about why I didn't just buy a new car, leading on to why weddings are so expensive, did I have a girl to marry yet, that girls are rubbish, but if you dated a boy you'd be gay, unless you're a girl.

Good to know.

They've asked me if I'll wait until they're out of school tomorrow before I put the top coat on.

Here's my car covered in newspaper and primer paint.

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Post by obo-bobolina » Tue Jun 10, 2008 15:00

miss deepfreeze wrote:if i were ever going to learn to drive, which is probably pretty unlikely at this point*, i would like a nissan figaro. i know they're not properly old, but they look swellegant! and, considering my uselessness at things, i like the idea that if it breaks it's just a nissan micra with fancy clothes on and won't need any specialist knowledge or hard-to-find spares to fix it.
I used to have a figaro. Mine was the green colour (emerald). He was such a little cutie. So easy to drive and adorable looking, obviously. But they don't do over 65mph really and the fuel tank is tiny (250 miles max if I remember) so it really didn't suit the mileage/types of journeys I do. Especially with only 34k miles ont he clock! In the end, I got a company car anyway and she sat in the garage unused for over a year because if I wanted to have a play day I took the camper van out instead of Figgie and that seemed like a big waste. He went to a good home though. If you do decide to get one, there are certain things to look out for such as the fit of the roof and if the CD player has been rejigged by Clarion and whether the leather is sun damaged. There's little cost difference between the gooduns and the badduns these days so it is well worth shopping around. Aww. Figgies still make me grin nostalgially.
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Post by hotspanners » Tue Jun 10, 2008 16:53

hi obo-bobolina, it's Neil from indietracks last year here :)

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Post by obo-bobolina » Tue Jun 10, 2008 17:46

hotspanners wrote:hi obo-bobolina, it's Neil from indietracks last year here :)
Meep! Hello back. Gosh. *remembers that night and cringes* I'm going to be sober all weekend this year so I wont be spoiling Indietracks. Well not for many people, anyway I hope. I am taking TicToc (the pink & white 1970 VW camper) again but only because she is acting as my car for the next couple of months. I'm not sleeping in her this time. Or failing to sleep in her because I'm drunk and disorderly, more accurately. Ahem.
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Post by Concrete » Tue Jun 10, 2008 19:04

obo-bobolina wrote:But they don't do over 65mph really
I remember you saying that once on another forum, then a few weeks later one overtook me on the M25, when I was doing about 90. They do go faster; perhaps they make a horrid noise when they do though...

I think I've got to drive a Citroen C4 tomorrow, as I'm going to Loughborough for a conference. I've not been told officially, but there was one in the car park when I left work, looking suspiciously like a hire car. Do Citroens still have weirdy-beardy suspension, or will I be able to drive it without reading the manual?

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Post by Jono Volpone » Tue Jun 10, 2008 21:14

Concrete wrote:
I think I've got to drive a Citroen C4 tomorrow, as I'm going to Loughborough for a conference. I've not been told officially, but there was one in the car park when I left work, looking suspiciously like a hire car. Do Citroens still have weirdy-beardy suspension, or will I be able to drive it without reading the manual?
I really like the 3-door C4. Many Citroens from the introduction of the DS in 1955 have had hydro-pneumatic suspension. However, these days its use is confined to the top of the range model, the C6 (and possibly the C5, though I'm not certain about that). C4s just use normal springs I believe. It's not like the good old days when DSs, CXs, GSs, BXs etc. used to 'sit down' when you turned the engine off!

Talking of that - a friend borrowed a CX once (lucky boy). He parked it up outside his home at night and went to bed. A while later he was woken up by a wailing, like a car alarm. 'Funny', he though, as the CX didn't have an alarm on it. The wailing continued, so he went out to check. The noise was coming from the car somewhere, but he couldn't figure out where. Eventually he decided to start the engine, and as it rose back up on its suspension a cat rushed out from under the car, and the wailing stopped. Yes, the poor moggy had been sitting under the car when the suspension had sat down and had got trapped under it! Luckily the cat was unharmed though:-).
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Concrete » Tue Jun 10, 2008 22:00

Jono Volpone wrote:I really like the 3-door C4. Many Citroens from the introduction of the DS in 1955 have had hydro-pneumatic suspension. However, these days its use is confined to the top of the range model, the C6 (and possibly the C5, though I'm not certain about that).
I know the Xantia had it, and there were various different settings for it. An old colleague of mine had one and I found it all very confusing when he explained it to me. What is "hydro-pneumatic", exactly? Is it more like the air/oil suspension I've got on my bike than the spring/oil suspension I've probably got on my car?
Luckily the cat was unharmed though:-).
Hooray! I like a happy ending.

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Post by obo-bobolina » Tue Jun 10, 2008 22:11

Concrete wrote:I remember you saying that once on another forum, then a few weeks later one overtook me on the M25, when I was doing about 90. They do go faster; perhaps they make a horrid noise when they do though...
Heh. They go like stink for short periods so you can overtake niftily and that, but they really aren't designed to be driven fast for long periods at all. So yeah, I guess you could thrash one to buggery but I didn't ever feel the urge to. It's only a little baby 1 litre engine, afterall, albeit supercharged.
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Post by Jono Volpone » Tue Jun 10, 2008 22:23

Concrete wrote:
Jono Volpone wrote:I really like the 3-door C4. Many Citroens from the introduction of the DS in 1955 have had hydro-pneumatic suspension. However, these days its use is confined to the top of the range model, the C6 (and possibly the C5, though I'm not certain about that).
I know the Xantia had it, and there were various different settings for it. An old colleague of mine had one and I found it all very confusing when he explained it to me. What is "hydro-pneumatic", exactly? Is it more like the air/oil suspension I've got on my bike than the spring/oil suspension I've probably got on my car?
Luckily the cat was unharmed though:-).
Hooray! I like a happy ending.
Yep, Xantias definitely had hydro-pnuematic and hydractive suspenion. You're basically right about what it consists of: -

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Post by hotspanners » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:17

hi obo-boblina!

I still shudder when I think of that fateful night and the mrs reminds me of it constantly. I'm on best behavior this year! I'm still going to drink lots of ale though. This is CAMPING!

I didn't know you had a camper van last year. Speaking of which, I'm now married, we got engaged on a trip to Wales in a hired VW and we hired the same one again for our wedding! It's one of the 'new' ones built in Brazil, it's called Rockall and it's ace. I'm saving to buy one of our own (hopefully an early bay like yours) but I reckon I need about 10 grand, plus loads more to 'pimp' it so it won't be for a while yet.

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Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:41

Hee. That's ace. I bought my girl for £4500 about 6 years ago and immediately spent a further £4000 having her done up. Since then the value of campers (particularly the older ones) has rocketed apparently but I still haven't gotten around to having her valued properly. She's a gem though. My dad did all the electrical gubbins for me and I did the interior myself. She's a pretty basic conversion (no pop top, jigsaw type bed not a modern rock and roll version) but I absolutely love her and I don't think I will ever be able to part with her. Here's she is:

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