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Old 06 March 2006, 14:29   #21
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You're still better off with the Skoda which, as a re-badged Passat, enjoys the benefits of VW engineering and reliability but in a much better value package - cheaper parts, servicing etc. etc. Those affected by brand image continue of course to avoid Skodas like the plague, thereby ensuring they remain an even greater bargain for the less self-conscious members of society. As a self-assured and intelligent chap, Rich, I'm sure your only problem will be convincing Tracy of that fact
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Old 06 March 2006, 14:45   #22
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You're still better off with the Skoda which, as a re-badged Passat, enjoys the benefits of VW engineering and reliability but in a much better value package - cheaper parts, servicing etc. etc. Those affected by brand image continue of course to avoid Skodas like the plague, thereby ensuring they remain an even greater bargain for the less self-conscious members of society. As a self-assured and intelligent chap, Rich, I'm sure your only problem will be convincing Tracy of that fact
The same comment when wanting a Tornado only to settle for a Humber!Now there's contentious
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Old 06 March 2006, 14:54   #23
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Need to get yourself off to auction,"02 52" Passat 130 tdi se spec est. 65000 miles and one company owner with full history made 5000 and nothing comes near 'em for reliability and 'cred.50 mpg too!

DO NOT BUY A ROVER(unless you want to watch your resale disappear off the planet)
You could say the same about Audi - 65,000 to 5,000 in 5 years is quite a bit!!!

The whole point of buying a Rover now is that they are so cheap!!!
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You're still better off with the Skoda which, as a re-badged Passat, enjoys the benefits of VW engineering and reliability but in a much better value package - cheaper parts, servicing etc. etc. Those affected by brand image continue of course to avoid Skodas like the plague, thereby ensuring they remain an even greater bargain for the less self-conscious members of society. As a self-assured and intelligent chap, Rich, I'm sure your only problem will be convincing Tracy of that fact
Swapped the Rangey in for a Skoda then Phil?
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New Fords are pretty good cars - reliable and cheap to run. Depending on exactly how much you want to tow you could pick up a pretty good Ford Focus or Mondeo for about that money

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A few mates of mine have got Fords of a similar age - rusted to hell and all sorts of electrical troubles.
My dads old Mondeo had a tiny bit of rust when we got rid of it a year ago, had done 120k ish, but it was old - bought it when I was in primary school.

My 5 year old Focus was rust free and going strong when I sold it before Christmas. Towed my 4.7m Tornado perfectly and was fine on most slips, including a very sandy one in North Wales - I did get it stuck in the Thames mud on a flood tide once though

My new focus is capable of towing a 5.85 Ribcraft and gets 45mpg when driving normally - and its fun to drive.
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Swapped the Rangey in for a Skoda then Phil?
If I have any more warranty claims I may well do
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Swapped the Rangey in for a Skoda then Phil?

He didn't say HE is self assured and intelligent.

ps How easy is it to swap the badges??
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If I have any more warranty claims I may well do
A statistic that sticks in my mind from my sojourn at Gaydon was that for the previous model RR there was a 48% chance that an owner would call out the breakdown service within the first 3 years!

You want one of those nice BMW X5 pimpmobile drug dealer wagons, wiv da'wicked tints and seriously blinged up alloy spinners. I mean you do live in Essex after all........
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New Fords are pretty good cars - reliable and cheap to run. Depending on exactly how much you want to tow you could pick up a pretty good Ford Focus or Mondeo for about that money



My dads old Mondeo had a tiny bit of rust when we got rid of it a year ago, had done 120k ish, but it was old - bought it when I was in primary school.

My 5 year old Focus was rust free and going strong when I sold it before Christmas. Towed my 4.7m Tornado perfectly and was fine on most slips, including a very sandy one in North Wales - I did get it stuck in the Thames mud on a flood tide once though

My new focus is capable of towing a 5.85 Ribcraft and gets 45mpg when driving normally - and its fun to drive.

I DID say Mondeos and Focuses were better than the older Ford designs like the Escort and Fiesta!!!
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I DID say Mondeos and Focuses were better than the older Ford designs like the Escort and Fiesta!!!
is it me or do fords always smell different to other cars, new ones that is

they tend to have a different plastic type smell, noticed it a lot of times
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