None of reply is meant to come across anti-Mulley on this, Mulley. I'm just being blunt and telling it like I see it, as I think that's the best thing to do.....
MULLEY wrote:It was a consideration regarding getting cubed.
It wasn't, I'd have just given you the scrap value for it
This car had me really pissed off when Kitch informed that the head was going to have to come off as coolant was pissing out of the core plug at the back of the engine. I mentioned this with the seller (i wouldn't have paid top dollar, well actually over the odds) & would most likely have walked away, so surprise surprise no money was returned back to me
. So unfortunately with that needing to be done & the cambelt kit/waterpump needing replacing (that bit i did know about), thats pretty much the same price again that i paid for the car
That & a long list of issues that also need sorting on top of those items means this car is a potential money pit.
It's not the car's fault Mulley. At the end of the day it has been off the road since 2008 or something like that, and would have been taken off the road for a reason and probably put on the back-burner by the owner. He obviously never got round to it, and sold it to the guy you bought it from. I can only assume no body has since put any coolant in it, as if they had they'd know
(if they knew anything about cars) that the coolant leak is not just a water pump. The water pump is leaking, true, but nothing like the torrent coming from the other side. But it's a gamble, just like any 22 year old car that was original listed as spares or repair on eBay. And especially one that's been off the road since 2008. As I stated in the original thread, I felt the price was a bit strong and you paid over the odds for it (in my opinion, which might not stack up with other peoples) and so did Steve originall, as he told me he'd paid the same 18months previous. I'm genuinely stunned if you thought it would just need a water pump, cambelt and oil change to drive back to up-north-somewhere mate
MULLEY wrote:However, i've decided that once i can price up the majority of the bits that i need (i'm forgetting about the cosmetics at the mo tbh), then i think i'm going to try & get the car back on the road. I've even looked at selling some shares that i have, just incase i need to have funds available. The annoying thing is that quite a few jobs could be done for me at no cost, but its so bloody far away its just not worth going down to do it. So the plan is to just get it running & then i'll drive it back so that i can do the work etc...
We could always transport it back to you as it is Mulley. For the short-term, that would cost less.
MULLEY wrote:I must admit, one minute i get really keen with the idea, the next i just start thinking, don't spend another penny on this shed, so i keep changing my mind, damn annoying as i'm usually quite decisive when it comes to shit.
Well, you've never seen it so it's hard to get enthusiastic. If you had the car in front of you, you'd probably sit behind the wheel and start to get excited about it. It's not a shed, that's for sure. It might look like one, and the sorry tale so far might make it sound like one, but underneath it's got potential. In a world where BXs now rot quite badly, you have slim pickings on 16vs as so many fell by the wayside during the Pug205 years. It's almost a case of you buy one, and deal with it until it becomes the car you wanted. The values might be on the up, but any old car that needs a list of work (especially one that's been off the road since 2008) will probably never return you the money. Of all the BX models, the 16v is the most likely to, but it will still take a while yet. And another value to handle the value is, ok so you paid about £300 more than I would have done. But what's £300 in the grand scheme of things when playing old cars? £300 isn't a full days' labour at a garage (even at cheap rates!) At the end of the day, you HAVE a 16v. There are many who would love one, but can't for one reason or another. You've snared one, in a rare colour and with a (largely) solid shell....it's as good as BAH at any rate. It will need some love, it will suck some money up for a while, but when you're out in the sticks on a cold winter's day in it sometime soon, and you're blatting from corner to corner cycling up and down the gears and see-sawing at the wheel, you'll wonder what you ever doubted!
MULLEY wrote:Another ballache is the V5 has come through, & my surname has been mis-spelt, FFS!!! Also interestingly, it appears to have been registered in the owners wifes name & was only done on 10/07/2013. I'm sure i read somewhere that he'd owned it for 18mths, so what happened there then??
Never under-estimate the DVLA's incompetence