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Old 24-10-17, 10:17 AM   #1231
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Our 300 Tdi 90 is still going strong, it's 21 years old now, we've had it for 14 of those years. No welding for this MOT, but we've had a new rear cross member a couple of years ago, plus a new drivers footwell. Only one advisory this year, which was rear brake pipe corrosion.

Bosch injection turbo Diesel Engine is strong as ever, and never misses a beat. 110,000 miles now.

It seems you can keep them going for very little money, if you are happy to do a bit of welding now and then, we keep ours inside which helps, but make sure we let her dry out first. Cosmetically she has a few issues after we used to trial her, but now we have stopped doing that. Our mileage is pretty low, less than 5,000 per annum.
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Minimal parts costs, relatively simple to repair, if you are happy to weld where necessary, you can keep them going quite cheaply.

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Old 24-10-17, 10:28 AM   #1232
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Even the Rangie has been relatively cheap to get going, although we have a decent oil leak somewhere when running.

New key was pricey, 200 with VAT, but we have covered 2000miles already and it's great.

New Astra key was 150, so probably about right

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Old 24-10-17, 11:17 AM   #1233
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If there aint any under it, there aint any in it...

I would certainly agree, cheap to run but expensive once neglected. If I ever bought another, Id buy better in the first place. That said, I know my vehicle well enough to be confident with the maintenance. It will get cheaper once tax exempt if they keep that going. The insurance is very cheap too.

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Old 29-10-17, 10:12 PM   #1234
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Finished the SU install, thought there are a few details to tidy up - like a catch can for the crankcase breather.

It would have been finished Thursday, but the starter motor solenoid shorted to earth on the switch side. Slow to crank, followed by a burning smell.. the motor was less than three months old! I wasted a day sorting that and the damage to the wiring loom..

22730395_1613479985386311_3044464022389167297_n by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

The manifold heater pipework was finished today:

IMGA0410 by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

The entire exhaust has been replaced, it was all looking very flaky. The rear section is a free flow "silencer" and the pipe a large bore, I had to be a bit inventive to hang it correctly, leaving enough clearance between it and the spring - got it in the end using a mid section bracket where the pipework is the same diameter. I intend to fabricate a bracket with the split part at 90 degrees to where it is now, giving half an inch extra clearance.

IMGA0398 by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

IMGA0382 (2) by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

Running much better and sounding good too, though the exhaust noise is quite intrusive. If you've ever driven an MGB with the top down and a straight pipe, it's about the same..

I'll be interested to see how it is on the motorway going up to Oakley next weekend, will use ear plugs this time..

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Old 29-10-17, 10:37 PM   #1235
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Without reading through the entire thread I can't remember if you fitted sound deadening to the rear cabin Phill,but if you didn't you may find the new exhaust drums a bit.I had a similar issue with one of my landies,and it does get to you after the initial flare of a throaty exhaust wears off.

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Old 29-10-17, 10:46 PM   #1236
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Plenty up the front Phil, but could do with more in the back. I had been concidering a centre bulkhead anyway, mainly for warmth this winter.

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Plenty up the front Phil, but could do with more in the back. I had been concidering a centre bulkhead anyway, mainly for warmth this winter.

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Have you thought of fitting or making a fume curtain as a stop gap?

You may have problems getting a decent idle when the temp drops with that air cleaner.

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Old 29-10-17, 11:32 PM   #1238
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Yes, you can get a canvas fume curtain to go with the canvas tilt, I need to find someone who can measure one of the hoop sticks and see if said curtain could be easily altered to fit. My initial thoughts had been to get an old full height dog guard, cut out the mesh and infill the frame.

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