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DaveyLC
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What in all hell is going on with car prices right now On the lookout for something comfy as I've messed my back up again. The 435 was comfy but used 435/440s are silly money, and I'd need to tune it again as otherwise would feel wrong. M4/GTR/Golf R are way too uncomfy, an x3/x4/x5 is 8/10k more than the x4 was I bought last year for the same age...There's a 7 year old x5 m50i for 30k ffs. World has gone mental.

Also, bought a KTM Duke a month back, which is surprisingly a much more comfy position than a car, but it's only a 125 till I can do my das so not the best for long journeys


Combination of Covid and Brexit.

The pandemic has seen lots of people have stop leasing and they are buying used cars.

Then Brexit has caused supply issues and introduced new VAT liabilities that have driven up the prices of the news which also then drives up the price of used cars.
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Jumped on the electric bandwagon and had a VW ID3 delivered last week; first impressions are quite good; range is decent enough and itís got a bit of poke.

Also bought a KTM 350 Freeride for green laning which is great fun although not overly comfy on road with full knobbly tires on.

[Edited on 04-08-2021 by RichR]
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Combination of Covid and Brexit.

The pandemic has seen lots of people have stop leasing and they are buying used cars.

Then Brexit has caused supply issues and introduced new VAT liabilities that have driven up the prices of the news which also then drives up the price of used cars.


It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, I was considering just binning the TT and hiring a decent car when I need one for long journeys/holidays but anything reasonable is at least 600 quid for a few days.

Anyway, TT has now gone, replaced with a 535i Hybrid. Greta Thunberg will be proud, although the electric range of 2 miles under 30 mph is quite hilarious
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Jumped on the electric bandwagon and had a VW ID3 delivered last week; first impressions are quite good; range is decent enough and itís got a bit of poke.



The id3 reminds me of the supersport gti from gran turismo


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Audi S3 8v and a VW caddy.

Still can't leave cars standard, I blame Corsa's from when I was younger.
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Been a while since I logged on. So many familiar names still going strong by the look of it!

Last on here with my Monaro, but a change of circumstance meant it needed to go. Took a couple of years of yawnmobiles and this year went to a Focus ST. Itís a couple of years old so gives me something to tinker with.

Wife continued with Abarth 595s for some time, totalling 4 of them in succession, from base trim up to Competizione - they are brilliant fun, would have another without quibble.
She then decided to try sensible options and got a new Ford Puma hybrid, but decided it didnít have the fun or excitement of the Abarth so has now just used the mad car market of 2021 to upgrade from the Ford to the newly released Hyundai i20N - which so far is bloody brilliant. I am a bit jelly.



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I was contemplating getting something tasty for early next year. However a browse of the used car market is making me re-consider. I literally cannot believe the price of things! E90 M3's, B8.5 RS5's even a 10 year old bog standard Golf Gti is priced ridiculously (imho). Leasing is out right now with the huge lead times on new cars and as a result not many deals out there.

did not fancy running the Mincer TT Roadster as a daily through the winter. I am sure we are in a housing/car bubble, could be painful if/when it pops in the near future.

i keep looking at old school Lexus GS430 for a bit of V8 wafty (hopefully reliable) winter daily.

[Edited on 29-09-2021 by SetH]
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Iíve got a T5 Transporter camper now. Sight impulse buy...


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Iíve got a T5 Transporter camper now. Sight impulse buy...


I bet that was 10k more then it would have been 18 months ago.
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Iíve got a T5 Transporter camper now. Sight impulse buy...


I bet that was 10k more then it would have been 18 months ago.


Prices are beyond a joke.. We sold ours last year during the peak of covid madness, owned it nearly 7 years and made money on it
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Iíve got a T5 Transporter camper now. Sight impulse buy...


I bet that was 10k more then it would have been 18 months ago.


Not that bad. It needs some work then might sell it on if prices carry on like this!


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I would, stocks, houses and cars will not go up forever. when they do drop, they will drop much more quickly than they went up. Stairs up = elevator down, happens again and again throughout history.
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I would, stocks, houses and cars will not go up forever. when they do drop, they will drop much more quickly than they went up. Stairs up = elevator down, happens again and again throughout history.


Soon we can go back to the good old days when we drove around in depreciating assets
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I've noticed prices seem to be tumbling and now it looks like the self-fulfilling prophecy of interest rate rises seems to be on the cards its only a matter of time before most people start selling their toys.
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I've noticed prices seem to be tumbling and now it looks like the self-fulfilling prophecy of interest rate rises seems to be on the cards its only a matter of time before most people start selling their toys.


Fingers crossed, rolling around in a 535i activehybrid, still lusting after a gtr or m car and waiting for the market to be flooded with them cheap



Its a funny car, in full waft se spec, electric up to about 35 and 0-60 in the 5's. Because of the torque hit low down, coming off roundabouts results I an electric slide and giggles.

Will hopefully by doing mod 1 soon and quite fancy an mv agusta brutale too

[Edited on 12-10-2021 by Neo]
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Fingers crossed, rolling around in a 535i activehybrid, still lusting after a gtr or m car and waiting for the market to be flooded with them cheap



IMHO you're already living in 2030 - Bio-fuelled hybrids are the future of motoring..
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IMHO you're already living in 2030 - Bio-fuelled hybrids are the future of motoring..


I'm averaging about 35 currently, which is particularly impressive as only about 50% of my driving has been motorway, most often just nipping to the shops and back. Think you're right, it's definately the way forward.

Also found a neat trick, if the battery is dead, standing on the brake and sitting at about 1600rpm in neutral recharges it in about 50 seconds from empty.

Back to the thread topic, passed mod 2 so picked up a Ninja 650



So currently have the active5, mr2, bmax and that.
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Still in the mincer TT I am afraid. Its only redeeming feature is the beautiful sounding and responsive VR6 engine. Makes you realise how dull the countless 4 pot 2.0 turbo's that comes in everything really are. Other then that its a bit of a shed.

Just can't bring myself to pay over inflated prices for any used performance cars. The everything bubble continues, although we are seeing some downside in stock markets and rate rises.

The wait times for anything new are still ridiculous so hanging fire. I am tempted to grab a classic impreza STi before they head to the land of cosworth prices. Then maybe lease a modest hot hatch as a daily.
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Company cars last few years for me.
Currently 2021 Focus 1.5 TDCI ST-Line. Spends most of its time in sport mode with heated seats and steering wheel lovely in this shite weather.
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Still in the mincer TT I am afraid. Its only redeeming feature is the beautiful sounding and responsive VR6 engine. Makes you realise how dull the countless 4 pot 2.0 turbo's that comes in everything really are. Other then that its a bit of a shed.

Just can't bring myself to pay over inflated prices for any used performance cars. The everything bubble continues, although we are seeing some downside in stock markets and rate rises.

The wait times for anything new are still ridiculous so hanging fire. I am tempted to grab a classic impreza STi before they head to the land of cosworth prices. Then maybe lease a modest hot hatch as a daily.


2.0 TFSI like in my Golf is nice but it's about as reliable as a C/Z20LET

I think since I talked about the GTI on here it's had a new turbo, it now needs a new N75 valve (got it just need to get it fitted) as goes into limp mode when boost kicks in hard yo, and now the fucking thing has a misfire from cold because it's a shitty direct injection engine and the injectors and inlet valves are likely coked up to fuck.

Also seems to suffer from that weak start that virtually all TFSI engines of that era have despite a new starter and battery etc.

German build quality...


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