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Not really VAG related but thought I would start a new long term thread.

 

Don't see many of these anymore pretty cool with the Zender Kit and SEC bonnet and the monoblock alloys. Are we in agreement this is becoming a cheap cool classic ?

 

What a fantastic engine bay to work in with all that space !

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-190E-2-0-Zender-kit/143208080782

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190s are on the rise - and very solid cars too. I always have a hankering for a W124 7 seat estate, 280/320 or 300D. For fun. an Audi 80/90 or Coupe Quattro with the I5 engine. And for real retro charm a Volvo 340 or Saab 900 would be nice.

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I’m trying to buy a Volvo brick- 240 Estate to replace my 2010 Octavia

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190s are on the rise - and very solid cars too. I always have a hankering for a W124 7 seat estate, 280/320 or 300D. For fun. an Audi 80/90 or Coupe Quattro with the I5 engine. And for real retro charm a Volvo 340 or Saab 900 would be nice.

 

The old Saab 900 is one hell of a cool car , really retro interior to . I think with the ulez now live there might be a few bargains to be snapped up in London .

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Well as per my signature I've been enjoying BMW E39 5 series ownership for the last couple of years. There's plenty around, can get your foot in the door for

 

They're absolutely brilliant cars. Not without their share of common problems (probably just as many as a Corrado, if not more) so don't for a minute think they're bomb proof.. but happy to give some tips and what to look out for, for anyone considering one :)

 

My 1999 523i saloon below:

 

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Cost me the princely sum of £1,300 with 119k on the clock and a service history so thick it filled a large lever arch file.

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I think I remember these were reckoned to be probably the best all round saloon car available at the time in terms of reliability, build quality and driving experience - well wear.

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What no sunroof and it’s a storm...

 

Maybe the roofs been reskinned, that would explain the shocking paint? I bet the gutters could tell a tale?

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The only storm about this car is the hale of ****e it will give the next owner .

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That's one hell of a nasty spray job.

 

There is no way that is original paint - I've never seen that happen on factory paint unless you throw acid at it. The sunroof thing is extremely suspicious. Storms would have all come with a standard spec inc. sunroof from the factory, then were rebadged in the UK - so a re-skin seems likely here if indeed the paperwork proving it's a Storm is genuine.

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That's one hell of a nasty spray job.

 

There is no way that is original paint - I've never seen that happen on factory paint unless you throw acid at it. The sunroof thing is extremely suspicious. Storms would have all come with a standard spec inc. sunroof from the factory, then were rebadged in the UK - so a re-skin seems likely here if indeed the paperwork proving it's a Storm is genuine.

 

I wouldn't even buy this car for £1k to be honest unless I was in the braking game which I'm not.

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The number plate on that Storm is extremely familiar to me. Was that Judith's (Butterfly) first Storm? I'm sure she's had two... and the first one was a non-sunroof one too...

 

*edit*

 

http://the-corrado.net/showthread.php?19246-Do-All-Corrados-have-Sunroof

 

Post #6 from me here, from 14 years (!!!!) ago saying as much. It must be her old car.

 

I guess Judith will confirm after the marathon today.... good luck to both of you....

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This VR is looking great @ 318k

 

https://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/volkswagen/corrado/288832?fbclid=iwar0rqfhlnbf0ygffjal0vgrqg5behcatg23_jcr44gf2aeolcnjyy9bywbi

 

Lots of work must have gone into it but I bet that mileage will put most off sadly. I doubt there are any parts on that car that have actually done 318k without replacement or refurb.

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This VR is looking great @ 318k

 

https://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/volkswagen/corrado/288832?fbclid=iwar0rqfhlnbf0ygffjal0vgrqg5behcatg23_jcr44gf2aeolcnjyy9bywbi

 

Lots of work must have gone into it but I bet that mileage will put most off sadly. I doubt there are any parts on that car that have actually done 318k without replacement or refurb.

 

This is so true people are so obsessed with mileage in this country, modern classics are very usable so one should expect high mileage and purchase a car on history, maintenance, chassis and body condition. Some of the worst cars to buy are garage queens but I suppose if you spend the money on them you should get it back but you have to pay a high premium in the first instance.

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Indeed, my own drives much nicer with regular use! That said I've not used it for 2-3 weeks and now the battery is flat though :(

 

Must find that draw at somepoint - dies after a week of being left.

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+1 for Merc 190D's So so cheap, always liked the look of them.

 

Keep looking at Sierra XR4i's, or 4x4 my mates mum had one, always thought it was cool. Bit weary of the ford classic scene though:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/H-1990-Classic-Ford-Sierra-2-9-EFi-XR4x4-XR-4x4i-Grey-3995/264044157168?hash=item3d7a4218f0:g:eHcAAOSwdzhb7--4

 

Also tempted by a older Jag XJ. Mid 90's with the square headlight:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1990-Jaguar-XJ40-Sovereign-4-0-Auto/153457377923?hash=item23bac5c283:g:nOAAAOSwddVcuesB

 

 

Jim, your 5 series looks like a good buy, been looking at 330 E46's. But a 5 series seems like its a similar price!

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I sometimes have a leftfield taste in cars, aside from a lot VW's, Audi's and Merc's mentioned from the era I also like:

 

Vauxhall Carlton (Dad had a couple and always liked that era of Vauxhall's headlight design, dislike modern 1990s+ Vauxhalls tho)

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vauxhall-Carlton-2-0-CDI-Automatic-Estate-992-Only-64500-Miles/223497640840?hash=item34097f5b88:g:EgIAAOSwF1hcxdE~

 

or the Senator

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-1992-vauxhall-senator-cd-3l-24v-history-99p-no-reserve/202661784918?hash=item2f2f956d56:g:PB0AAOSwj4hcwZ7u

 

BMW E34 and E30 (like the E39's too - Dad had a 530d and 525i "individual")

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-525i-SE-E34-1995-Auto-great-condition/163642923970?hash=item2619e0dbc2:g:-LIAAOSw619crafn

 

 

I watch HubNut on youtube for reviews of "rubbish" old cars. Oddly these cars are more interesting than the sea of PCP/leased modern cars around today.

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