Mat's BX Blog

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by MULLEY » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:48 pm

I'm warming to the countryman, & you certainly don't notice the looks when you're sat inside. Wifey was wanting one, i said too expensive at the mo, wait until they are a few years old & then perhaps. There is quite a lot more room inside them than the other mini's & i do quite like the idea of a 4x4 for snow duties :)
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Post by Kitch » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:25 am

MULLEY wrote:I'm warming to the countryman, & you certainly don't notice the looks when you're sat inside. Wifey was wanting one, i said too expensive at the mo, wait until they are a few years old & then perhaps. There is quite a lot more room inside them than the other mini's & i do quite like the idea of a 4x4 for snow duties :)
Snow?! It snows like once every 5 years! :lol:

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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:10 pm

The Countryman is the most hideous car every produced. Such a horrible, bloated looking thing. I also ponder the wisdom in having the greater running costs of a 4x4 for the odd flake of snow. I sold my 4x4 just before last winter - a BX on winter tyres seemed entirely efficient. I had to go and help dig the 4x4 I sold out of a snowdrift on the other hand! (chap who bought it got a bit too ambitious!)

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Post by Thread Bear » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:15 pm

Be fair, Derbyshire has got more chance of snow than most of Britain. But I am afraid the Mini does little for me either. The ladies love them, though. So its a double whammy. Do not buy one and get stuck at home for sever nagging as to not buying a 4 x 4, or have one and escape as far as a snowdrift by the Wallabies Pouch real ale house, honest guv. drunk
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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:54 pm

I was fair! I live in the Welsh mountains. And not all women love them. My good lady absolutely hates anything with a Mini badge that isn't mini-sized.

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Post by Defender110 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:50 pm

Now that's a mini! /\
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:59 pm

I love the Mini love hate thing. I've only enjoyed the mini experience as it was the only modern car that i really wanted. Its great fun to drive which bought back the smile to driving once again & of course the performance is superb. Looks is clearly a personal choice, some would say the BX is an ugly looking machine ;)
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Thread Bear » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:57 pm

Its is, The BX Estate anyway!

A lady person who wants to live on a Welsh mountain about as far from a Marks and Sparks as you can get is a rare breed. Personally I think there should be Government grants and such like to encourage an increase, but sadly this is not policy, so you are in a privileged position. Next you will be telling my you have a M in L who warms your slippers, when your coming round for high tea.

Wales was designed to take the sting out of any bad weather that was coming towards central England. Bolted on round or near Offa's Dyke. You can see the plastic beading in some places where its exposed in a ditch like structure. That is one thing. Then the English discovered they could charge the Welsh to live there as well. Rotten bounders, the lot of them/us (part Welsh).
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:33 am

Sadly, my M-in-L died many years before I came onto the scene. Perhaps I got lucky again? Not sure though. She seemed a nice lady by all accounts. I do realise that my wife is one of a rare breed though. It's entirely marvellous being married to a woman who hates shopping as much as I do, and who regards visiting a hairdresser as about as desirable as visiting the dentist.

Is a BX ugly though? I've never thought so. Sure, it's more interesting than beautiful perhaps, but it's easily one of the most attractive cars of the 'designed with a ruler' era. Estates that are converted saloons can always end up a big gawky. The BX could be worse...

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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:04 am

With you on the Laguna, I thought the original hatch was quite a nice looking car and drove well but the estate was hideos!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:06 am

I actually quite like the Laguna :oops: But then again I prefer the BX estate to the hatchback looks wise, so best to ignore my opinion on matters of good taste...

I can't complain (well I can, but shouldn't really) in the marriage department. She's also an engineer, and bright so can do mechanical things. It's just that for some reason she thinks there are better things to do in life! :roll: :wink: Will be 8 years a week on Friday, and over 15 since we got together :shock:
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:46 pm

Scary how time flies. I've been with my good lady for 10 years now, married for seven.

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Post by Defender110 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:51 pm

Jaguar Avon Estate, was going to be a limited production run of 250 but fizzled out with less than 20 units being built, I wonder why :roll:
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Post by sdelasal » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:31 pm

Jaguar Avon Estate - looking at that picture, 'hearse' comes to mind.

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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:31 pm

Defender110 wrote:Jaguar Avon Estate, was going to be a limited production run of 250 but fizzled out with less than 20 units being built, I wonder why :roll:

I imagine quite a few of those met there maker around a banger track in birmingham the early 90s....the rarer the better seems to score points!
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