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What was your most cost effective motor?

timbott

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I bought a 1.3L Mk1 Astra estate once, scruffy thing, metallic green with added rust bubbles, cost me £150. Drove it for 6 months, passed MOT for naff all (other than the cost of the test), carried on driving it and then an oil seal went on the cam shaft, cost me 40p for a new one (most miffed:D ) but after that it kept on truckin' along until next MOT time and then I decided the MOT money would be a waste so, after 18 months motoring, I parked it at work, advertised bits off it in the local free ads paper, sold over 200 quids worth of bits off it and then some travellers kindly took the shell away for me for free:)

Anyone else had a star bargain like that one:)

cheers, Tim
 
My clapped oot escort estate. I bought it about two and a half years ago from a shady dealer. Took it to my local garage..and they said it had been in a nasty accident at some point. But..it has still seen me up the north of Scotland down to England on many occassions Ive put over 35,000 miles on it..it always starts first time..all its cost me is two new tyres and I got a second hand window screen for £20 from the scrappies when a stone hit it. It sailed thru it's last MOT and although it's a bit of a rust bucket...its great for college..I just throw all my tools and furniture in the back..when I bought it it was quite smart looking it was £800...yet the Defender was £10,000 and it NEVER stopped costing me money from the day I bought it (still miss it though):(
 
Picked up a 90 Opel Veccy 1.8i hatch for about a grand in UK beercheques 6 years ago, it's my daily drive for the 60 mile round trip to work. Apart from a precautionary cambelt change it hasn't seen a spanner, it's now done 175000 miles, 75000 by me. Absolutely no rust, plenty of torque and out handles the riceburners in the twisty stuff, gets new oil and filter every 3000, can't kill the thing with a stick :D

Last year I paid 1200 beercheques for a 1995 D1 300tdi with 120000 miles on it, everything works like it says on the tin, touch of cancer (since cured) under the drivers floor about 25mm round and that's all, gotta luv these salt free roads in Kiwiland ;)
 
I bought a 1.3L Mk1 Astra estate once, scruffy thing, metallic green with added rust bubbles, cost me £150. Drove it for 6 months, passed MOT for naff all (other than the cost of the test), carried on driving it and then an oil seal went on the cam shaft, cost me 40p for a new one (most miffed:D ) but after that it kept on truckin' along until next MOT time and then I decided the MOT money would be a waste so, after 18 months motoring, I parked it at work, advertised bits off it in the local free ads paper, sold over 200 quids worth of bits off it and then some travellers kindly took the shell away for me for free:)

Anyone else had a star bargain like that one:)

cheers, Tim

many tim

i used to do over 100,000 miles a year for work and rather than bye a new motor and have the expense of maintaining it i used to go down the car auctions and bye the first thing that went through that was under £100 and had over 6 months MOT id use it abuse it and when it needed something majour just bin it and go get another.
best one i think was a ford sera that i got from the auction for £20 it had an oil leak at the top timing belt oil seal all i used to do was put half litre of oil in every 10,000 miles or when the light came on. it had 10 months MOT when i bought it. i scraped it at the end of its MOT and got £40 by then though I'd managed to twist its shell for it shifting fire wood

pete
 
Picked up a 90 Opel Veccy 1.8i hatch for about a grand in UK beercheques 6 years ago, it's my daily drive for the 60 mile round trip to work. Apart from a precautionary cambelt change it hasn't seen a spanner, it's now done 175000 miles, 75000 by me. Absolutely no rust, plenty of torque and out handles the riceburners in the twisty stuff, gets new oil and filter every 3000, can't kill the thing with a stick :D

Last year I paid 1200 beercheques for a 1995 D1 300tdi with 120000 miles on it, everything works like it says on the tin, touch of cancer (since cured) under the drivers floor about 25mm round and that's all, gotta luv these salt free roads in Kiwiland ;)

luky buuuuuuger round here they used that much salt on ocasion as a truck goes down the road in the dry the salt dust lifts in the air like a fog bank and coats every thing even your chocolate bar tasts salty as your trying to eat it and thats with the windows shut
 
Ford Orion Diesel, £425 with 11 months MOT and 12 months Tax. Six months later (and one tyre) sold it for £80 quid.

One guy I know brought a car (can't remember what - but run of the mill) with 12 months Tax and MOT, sold it 6 months later for 20 quid more than he brought it for..
 
I paid 200 quid for a 1980 mk1 VW Polo, 895cc 3-door, from a recently disqualified 17 year old (done for drink-driving on new year's eve). I ran it for 2 years, through 2 MOTs for another 200 quid in maintenance. It had an oil leak at the fuel pump which I evenyually got sorted bit usually I parked it up over an old baking tray and adde doil as required. At one point I was so sick of it I didn't even do that and ran it for about a month with the oil light on. It still didn't die. I sold it for 60 quid to a guy who, when picking up his wife with all the shopping, on the way home from getting a new MOT on his 1982 Vauxhall Carlton estate, had one of the front shock top mounts break off! The same MOT station had failed to put my little Polo back together properly after welding both my top mounts the previous year. They'd not put the flexible hoses back in their clips and so they rubbed on the tyres. Both lines burst simultaneously while I was driving through Earl Shilton town centre (known locally as 'the hollow') one Staurday morning. Luckily the guy driving the car in front that stopped me was very reasonable about it.
 
Probably going to be my toyota if things go right.. 12 months mot (no tax) £300 quid. Its now been deemed not worth repairing so the insurance firm will pay out (more than likely £300+) and let me keep the car, so thats £20 for a headlamp and its back on the road :)

This is asuming im not found to be at blame for being hit!
 
All the company cars I've had - apart from the tax :eek:

Most cost effective: 1964 Hillman Imp. Had it for 3 years, apart from tyres the water pump failed.

Least cost effective: 1968 Morris 1300. Too many things went wrong or fell off to list. I got so hacked off with it I deliberately drove it into a wall and sold it for spares.

Angela
 
few years ago had a vauxhaull chevette, tidy thing. paid £150 for it about a year later had to fit a new engine (1256) ran it another year some coloured freind decided to use it to stop him going across a roundabout. it was then wrote off. i bought it off the insurance company for £25 then repaired it with 1 s/hand rear light a bumper and the help of a gate post and a jack. insurance company gave me £225.then sold it to a mate for £250, he did know about the damage and was over pleased with the repair. i was well chuffed. alan....
 
Swopped a couple of concert tickets (worth about £13) for a Renault 5, gave it to my wife to be as she was at Poly in Wolverhampton. She used it as a runabout and to come home at weekends. We did camping holidays all over the UK in it and still managed to get £50 for it 2 yrs later.
 
1960 Austin Mini paid £100 sold number plates for £275 kept car for six months then sold it for £200
 
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Got to be the 1986 Astra I bought off my wifes ex-boss for £40 with a knackered engine, I bought another astra (accident damaged) for £20 for the engine, put that in then ran it for about 3 years with only cambelt change and oil and filter changes then sold it to a mate for £100.
About a year later he bought a newer car and said I could have the Astra back if I wanted, free, jumped at the chance, ran it for another year with nothing other than oil and filter changes and never missed a beat, finally scrapped it as was just too tatty for my wife.
Between putting the s/h engine in and being scrapped it had covered 160,000 miles, he'd been commuting all over the country in it! :eek:
 
1977 I bought a Triump 2000 for 8 :D quid..
Gearbox knackered and needed four tyres.
A gearbox turned up for anothe 7 quid. The Morris Oxford/A60 wheels and tyres fitted.
I ran that thing for over three years.

I ended up getting another for spares. That had an overdrive fitted.

Those wre the days.
 
Bangernomics its called. I practiced it for years and was rarely let down. Sometimes it was a bit depressing when the damned things kept passing MOTs, as I'd end up stuck with them for another year. Best of all was a Fiat Uno. Cheap to buy, cheap to run, impossible to kill and profitable to sell.
 
2006 Ford StreetKa I bought for Bee...

Bought new £10,200, I drove a hard bargain that day! ...traded in 6 months later for £10,500.
 
Havent had one yet......i worked out how much the landy has cost me in the last 2 years...i cried:( I might have been able to afford a decent 200tdi had i saved up lol

It doesnt make economic sense for me to sell it so im keeping it:) and buying a new sportier (post 2003) motor for long motorway journeys when im 21:) Can't wait:D
 
I had a morris marina given to me, welded a patch on one of the sill's for it's first mot and then drove it for twelve month's and put 2 second hand tyre's on for the next mot then it lost reverse gear which was a pretty common failure on them so i just ranit like that for ten month's being very careful where i parked until the mot ran out and then got £25 from the scrappie for it.

People don't half stare you know when you get out your car and push it into a parking space then get back in and turn the engine off:D :D :D
 
old fraud escort e reg paid £10
fitted a clutch £20 and a s/h battery ran it for 12 months put a test on it and sold it at the mart for £70 only got rid it of it cause one of the valves started to stick when the thing was hot! some mug bought it when it was cold!
 
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