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expertad

Possibly the best car ever made.Have a 1998 528iSE,260,000 miles,still does 145MPH on the Autobahn.Worth about a grand according to 'we buy any car' or whatever.And faster,better made and much nicer to own than my company 2017 Audi A4 TDI. Read more

Compost Corner

One of the best cars I ever owned was a 1998 523i auto bought in 2001 with 30k on the clock. It was Biarritz Blue with black leather and was an absolute joy to own, until (with about 80k miles in 2006) the 'bakelite' coolant reservoir apparently cracked causing the engine to overheat and blow the head gasket. It seems this was a known problem - had the car serviced main dealer and specialist religiously and no one mentioned the reservoirs can age and crack. Put me off BMW a bit - beautiful car ruined for a piece of cheap plastic.

Ed china was what made this show so watchable he was so skilled not just a mouthpiece
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jimbob nelson

Mike Brewer negotiating for a car dont make me laugh.
All cars are sorted long befor Brewer gets to them.
They are looked at by a third party and price is negotiated before the cameras get to the car.All Brewer does is a front for the camera.I woudnt let him push my pram hes a front man nothing else

Mike Oxleigh-King

Having watched the new show I am so disappointed. No criticism of Ant who is a very able mechanic and a good presenter but
a) the cars so far are just awful. A car doesn't become a classic just because it is old or we would all be doing up Morris Itals;
b) the mechanical content has been dumbed down; and
c) Mike Brewer has just become a caricature of his already inflated ego. No-one cared about the fake money. Everyone thought they'd love to have Edd doing up their car for them and not charging for labour. Now it is just all about Mike and he obviously thinks that adding the 'hours spent' (would that have included spending a day driving to some remote place to get three spokes put in a wire wheel) gives it more authenticity. It doesn't and we don't mind. We are into the restorations not the two 'undred notes profit.
You have spoiled something great Mike.
Mike Oxleigh-King

John Doneghan

Absolutely spot on. I watch Wheeler Dealers for the mechanics,not Mike. If Velocity want to reduce the time showing the mechanics of the cars then I truly believe that this is the beginning of the end for Wheeler Dealers. People are'nt going to want to sit and watch Mike Brewer for the majority of the show. Hopefully when viewing figures start to drop,this is just to save money remember, maybe Velocity might change their minds,I doubt it.
Changing a winning formula usually means its not a good thing to do,but.......

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At0micandy

Oh well, another car sho that has been dumbed down and that I will no longer be watching. Shame. wIll keep an eye out in case Edd gets his own programme.

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Peter Morison

I am sorry to see Edd no longer in the show, As for Mike Brewer he has always been a waste of space, whom I find objectionable as a person. I feel that in the long run Edd will be better off without him.

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Supervan 2 was an absolute beauty. Read more

gazzag

I love the old style voices commentary. Loved the mk1 Carpi, Escort and Transit.

Gary.

gazzag

Well Top Gear did take a transit around the Nurburgring with Sabine Schmitz

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Kevin Sharman

Having been a mot tester myself (retired) and the owner of a 1976 Cortina I find the idea stupid.
The number of classic cars I have tested that outwardly look to be in mint condition,Highly polished, nice interior but mechanical deathtraps owing to the fact that the owner knows no better is limitless.
One example that I remember was being called to mot a lovely 1972 mk1 Capri with only 21000 miles on the clock from new. The owner had recently acquired the vehicle and driven 10 miles to us.
Upon inspection I found the steering rack so worn that the steering arm was about to come away from the rack.
My point is imagine the situation or similar of 40 yr plus vehicles being free of mot testing in the above situation ,who knows what could of happened.
E type jags full of filler Triumph Stags leaking petrol etc etc But all good to look at on the drive Memories Memories and all relatively recent
Not a good idea
My Cortina will still get its annual test and any faults found will be rectified.
I wonder if insurance companies would give a discount for vehicles that have a annual test in the future.


KGS
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Mark Beever

I have mixed feeling about this, as over the years the mot has changed and even younger cars cannot easily be modified to satisfy the standards, as pointed out by the Peugeot owner above. Older cars are even more affected.

I have what was considered the safest car on the road in 1960, but in the owners handbook it pointed out that the handbrake would not hold the Car on an incline and it relied on the car being in gear. I got the car in 2001 and it failed the mot on the hand brake failing. Having presented the handbook to the examiner he did not accept it and agreed to rebuild the brakes to work, on the basis I would pay if he got it to hold and he would pass it if he could not and not charge me. 3 cables later he passed the car free of charge. Every year since he has showed discretion on this, but what will happen when he retires?

Another car has a steering idiosyncrasy that is treated in the same manor.

I’m in favour of having the cars checked, but we live in an ever more litigious obsessive world and driverless cars will be the norm and mot stations will also be a thing of the past together with air bags.

Cars of a certain age are more often than not owned by people of a certain age - the majority of whom will apply plenty of TLC, however, I see that it is the selling or passing on of older vehicles,that may not be so well cared for, is where the problems lie. Maybe, a statement of roadworthyness could be implemented with a photograph record at the time of sale, or say every 5 years for cars that do very little mileage - at least there would be a way of policing them by specialist inspectors who consult with the relevant clubs.

STEPHEN YOUNG

As like many who have commented on this ridiculous change to the MOT regulations for cars 40 yrs of age or more, "I am totally against it", as it only serves to allow un-roadworthy vehicles knowingly or not to be used on the UK's roads but not to contradict myself, I see examples of dangerous modern cars being used in my daily work as a recovery truck driver and when you point out the defects to the owner the usual response is a "shrug of the shoulders" and they wonder why their car is being loaded onto my truck?.
In my opinion, most drivers know about the law regarding MOT's, "An MOT is only valid on the day of it being tested" and this is being exploited by the majority of car owners??.
Myself, I own a 1963 MK1 Humber Sceptre for which I fully restored and the MOT fell due Dec 2017 and I toyed with the idea of parking it up until May 2018 and then off I go saving the £35 mot fee but I relented and took it in and had the nail biting mot test done and although it passed the inspector pointed out 7 advisory problems which I had not noticed but have now been corrected for my own satisfaction. I for one will continue putting my car through the yearly mot if only for my own peace of mind.

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