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About 2007DBR9

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  1. 2007DBR9

    Some news!

    Congratulations! That is fantastic news, all the best to you and your new family
  2. Have you checked the oil level? My guess is the valve stem oil seals / piston rings are gone, so the car is burning oil, clogging your spark plugs. Well known problem on the mk4 Astra! Take the plugs out, have a look at them, and clean them if they need it. Make sure you keep an eye on the oil level too! Good luck
  3. I like the look of the second one better. I wouldn't move the fogs, I don't think it would look right on a modern Mustang. Lovely car though!
  4. Older European cars are generally fairly straightforward and cheap to maintain. It is important to keep on top of servicing, I get my A4 serviced every 8k and had no problems at all. Volvos in particular are known for their reliability. Parts are very cheap, and they are easy to work on.
  5. http://www.allpar.com/fix/codes.html Does that help you at all?
  6. Make sure you have a go in a Volvo 850 T5 - they are fantastic. Properly fast, best seats in the business, and very practical and reliable. Not much goes wrong on them at all - mainly the PCV breather system and occasionally turbos on cars that have been driven by idiots. An Audi would be good too, just make sure you avoid the automatic gearboxes as they throw up problems as they get older. Besides that the older A4 (B5 version) is known for its reliability if looked after properly. I actually have an A4 estate and it has been faultless in the 3 and a bit years I have owned it from new and 95k I have covered in it. Highly recommended, make sure you at least try one.
  7. What country are you in? An X5 would be good if you can get there newer one (2004 I think it came in?), but I would go for an XC90. Pretty gutless unless you get a V8 petrol, but then that is not the point of a family car. Quiet, comfortable, and reliable. If you are on a budget and looking at older diesels, be wary of turbos / clutches / injectors / flywheels etc going pop as that will leave you severely out of pocket. You may actually find that running a petrol one would be cheaper as the car costs less as does the fuel. Unless you are doing over 17k a year a diesel does not really make much sense.
  8. I have never really bothered with them - although I have my eye on one with "VXR" on it which I am seriously considering
  9. You would be silly to discount German brands, the E36 would suit your needs perfectly and is much better than everything suggested here. The IS200 is not bad, but totally gutless. You can get an IS300, but they are auto only.
  10. 2007DBR9

    Are We Back Up?

    Good to see you again
  11. These are brilliant, and with a remap you can be pushing out well over 300 bhp. Properly quick cars, the only thing that would put me off is that lack of manual transmission option. So much torque you can worry a lot of performance cars, while still returning over 40 mpg. Only issue is these turbos - they are expensive when they decide to go pop.
  12. They are supposed to be very good if you look after them, what engine are you looking at getting in it?
  13. Merry Christmas and happy new year to all! Looking forward to another year on CF
  14. Welcome, I am another UK member from way up in sunny Scotland I notice you have an Audi A5, what engine do you have in it?
  15. I have to say, I am with you on that one. The Vectra B was not that great, but the Vectra C that replaced it was very good. Would still take a Mondeo though
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