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Old 27-04-2020, 05:40 PM   #1
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C16RKC's car ownership thread

I keep changing cars, and ending up with new threads... so from now on I have decided to consolidate all my existing thread into one big fat thread....

My last threads were these:

My BMW 7 series:

https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/for...ghlight=c16rkc

This has now been sold, covered in the thread...

My Daimler Super V8

https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/for...ghlight=c16rkc

I still own this one!

My Mercedes CL500

https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/for...ghlight=c16rkc

This one is also sold.... I'll cover that now...

2019 was a very strange year for us. But back in May 2019 we did have a great trip to Cumbria in the Daimler, which I have failed to report on to date... I'll cover that now.

One of my favourite forum friends, Alec, was kind enough to invite us to Cumbria, to have the Daimler on his stand on a large car show. We booked a nice simple hotel in Kendall (and learnt about the Mint cake).

Here's a shot of our little monkey enjoying the back seat to himself when we had a half-way dinner.



Then parked up snuggly at our hotel (Yes it's a Premier Inn thing).



We arrived with a full day to spare before the show, so we decided to explore the area. We took it up in the hills (mountains?) and she performed admirably! I got quite a few friendly waves from classic car drivers (which were of course returned!).







Had some dinner at a place we found. It was delicious!



The shortly after, Aston soiled my car with bits of his biscuit!!!



Daddy was not pleased...

We visited Wray castle. Car getting dusty and dirty!





Later that night, I managed to get the Daimler undercover, after taking it to the Kendall cheap-o hand car wash (to get most of the much off), then polishing it up myself. To my utter surprise, and delight, Lindsey even helped clean it with me while Aston slept inside!

So then the big day arrived, and the Daimler was on show!





We had a fantastic day, and the Daimler seemed to hold its own against some of the other cars. There were even people showing BMWs!? Weird...

...and that was our fan trip to Alec's turf... and I didn't see any dragons.

So then the 2nd half of the year went downhill fast....

First the Range Rover committed suicide. Here it is being recovered.



It was due to be in the garage the next day, to have the suspension pump looked at, but it could not wait one more night. Lindsey was actually driving it to the garage!

Turns out an oil pump came off its mount, and went through the CAM belt. This is a common failure on these, so if you have a 2.7TDi range rover... get the pump checked. Not all garages know to change the pump with CAM belt.

So this turned our loved Range Rover into a pile of scrap, the engine was dead. We were advised it was probably worth £1,500 for spares. I found somewhere online who would fit a used engine for £3,500 and decided to chance it. When they collected the Range Rover they advised that they did not actually need to fit a new engine, and could repair ours; I was initially really pleased...

Little Aston drove us to collect the Range Rover at what turned out to be a rather dodgy looking garage in Kent....



On the way the Mercedes threw up lots of warning messages, and at one point the dash lit up like a Christmas tree and the suspention went all spongey... with a prayer the Mercedes got us there, then got me back home...

So despite the Range Rover seeming fine initially, we noticed straight away that there was a lot of white smoke when you started the Range Rover in the morning. The garage advised this was normal, and that it would stop after a few hundred miles.

To our relief it did, but Lindsey had lost confidence in the car. I too was a bit nervous, and we decided to move it on. With the Mercedes being a pest (more on that later) Lindsey just wanted a reliable car she trusted, and we decided to change her car for something newer and more basic.

My conscience could not handle privately selling the car and hiding the engine repairs... but I imagined the car was worth significantly less if I mention them. So in the end we agreed to "we buy any car" it. So with a huge loss behind us we moved on...

(To be continued...)
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Old 27-04-2020, 05:48 PM   #2
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Loving the CLS but I'd probably be too nervous to own one. I'd be expecting to sell a kidney at some time to repair!
I bet the Daimler is a hell of a car for the money too.
Great write-up. Thanks and keep them coming.
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Loving the CLS but I'd probably be too nervous to own one. I'd be expecting to sell a kidney at some time to repair!
I bet the Daimler is a hell of a car for the money too.
Great write-up. Thanks and keep them coming.
It was actually a CL, basically a 2 door S class. Definately one of the best cars I've owned!

But it does come with the risk of big bills!

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Enjoyable write-up and subscribed for future updates!

Thanks for taking the time to document your experiences with your cars.

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Great thread as always buddy.
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Interested to know what will come next! I love Range Rovers and I felt a bit of a fraud buying an SQ5 instead but I’m glad I did in a way as my cost of unexpected maintenance in the last 3 years has been £0. It has nearly 140,000 miles on it now and has dragged the caravan, child and 2 dogs around the country, gone to work, gone to the tip etc and not put a foot wrong. It looks a state, the rear bumper still has pebble dash scars on it (my fault), all 4 wheels are kerbed (not my fault) and there’s a good inch of dust over everything but meh, it works hard for a living. Do continue the updates and I continue to covet that Daimler
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Great to see you back on the forum Chris!

That was a great show day, last May. Sorry to hear about the car problems...

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Glad you're back on the forum. Whenever on duty in thetford I always look for your cars.
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So continuing with the Mercedes, I took it to a reputable Mercedes specialists, and for little money he replaced some sort of circuit board in the alternator - and that was fixed! I was very relieved.

For Lindsey, we looked at several different cars, people carriers etc. and eventually decided on this:



Lindsey took to it right away, and I confess it's a very refined car for the money. It's a hybrid, so its very cheap on the fuel, and has lots of luxuries I'd not expected on a French family car.

Sadly our little Aston was in and out of hospital throughout September to November, and despite the doctors saying there was nothing to worry about; we were. It seemed inconceivable that our son was getting so many nasty infections, and each one was taking weeks for him to recover from.



Then in December I got a phone call that will stay with me for the rest of my life... Lindsey phoned me in tears after being told Aston had Leukaemia.

The fighter in me refused to beleive this was the end, and some quick immediate research gave me confidence it was treatable. When I arrived at hospital and the doctors spoke to us they did make it sound bleak, and made it sound like we'd both lose our careers and everything, but they did seem optimistic Aston might have a chance.

So we spent December, through Christmas staying in Leicester hospital, and Lindsey and me now know a lot about type 'AL' Leukaemia. Further tests proved Aston was fully treatable, and early Chemo blasted most of the cancerous cells away. We came out of hospital in January with a 3 1/2 year treatment plan for Aston, but lots of positive feelings on the future.

This made me think seriously about all my cars. The doctors gave us the impression we'd have little spare time for a couple of years, so I thought the time might be here to sell the Mercedes and the Daimler, a harsh January and February saw me doing up to 800 miles per week, and our outgoings rising above our incoming wages... so I got serious about cutting costs.

The Mercedes went up for sale at a bargain price, and was gone within a couple of weeks.



I replaced the Mercedes with a painfully basic Audi A6 Avant. The Audi was an impulse/rush buy with a whopping 138K on the clock... but I did deliberately choose an estate car as I thought it might help if I was ever able to do the nice house extension I have been promising us.

But the Daimler needed an MOT, which had ran out the tail end of 2019. So I booked it in.

Sadly... it failed... this is what the MOT tester found:

The front spring pans were badly corroded:





There was rust on these sticky out parts underneath:





These rear subframe brackets were badly corroded:





I managed to find somewhere online to purchase refurbished brackets (these are no longer available new), and I had a conversation with J-Cat (Jaguar specialist) in Norwich. They said go ahead and order the brackets (one less thing for them to source/find) and agreed to do the work/welding.

The Daimler went on it's way on the 24th March, with the brackets boxed up in the boot.



Here it is when it arrived (the delivery driver sent me a picture):



It took a month for it to be finished, and they found more welding/repairs along the way (the drivers side jacking point needed repair too), but I finally received the car back today. The bill for everything to get it MOT'd was just shy of £1,500 and really she still needs a service (despite only covering a few hundred miles since the last service...). Here it is loaded up (picture sent to me by pickup driver):



...and here it is safe and sound at home!



Hopefully it will not be offended by its new German neighbour...



So that's the Daimler up to date. Of all places, someone from the Mercedes forum wants to buy it, but the price we discussed is a fraction of what this car owes me - it must be somewhere between £7K and £8K by now; sadly she's not worth that...

But things are not as bad for me and Lindsey as we thought they would be, I'm still working, and the hospital time has stopped being as tiring as it was. We are expecting some intense hospital visits throughout late May to early July, but that should then be the worst over for Aston's treatment. A large part of me wants to keep the Daimler now; and Lindsey has been encouraging me to keep it. As she keeps reminding me, it's the car I always wanted, in the colour I always wanted. Now it has had so much spent on it I will be hard pushed to find one in the condition. I have also been pushing ahead with plans for a house extension and new garage, and that might be a reality in early 2021... so perhaps the Daimler just has to survive another winter on the driveway!

...I'll be thinking it over!...

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Firstly and most importantly so sorry to hear about Aston but so pleased he is on the road to recovery.

Something like this must put everything into perspective and glad you are now active on here again
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