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Being geen is going to cost MORE
April 25, 2016

Joined: May 12, 2014
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Being geen is going to cost MORE

April 25, 2016

I well remember your Audi in Sennelager John, lovely car, I am unsurprised that you got £1000 for it many years later because I also remember how well you looked after your cars.. Can you imagine being stranded mid Rockies with a puncture and no way to get to the spare, doesn't even bear thinking about really!! Re the price you paid for the Audi, seems faintly ridiculous now doesn't it but I bought a brand new Peugeot 405 in Herford (72 (?)) and it cost me £870 and we were really concerned about spending that amount of money on a car at the time.  My Beemer has no spare!! It has run flat tyres though which are (we are told) good for 50/60 miles at a max 60mph. Veronika's  Kia Picanto also has no spare it has one of those inflator/sealant devices. Truth be told I am wary of anything other than the good old trusty spare but we are covered on both cars by roadside assistance so I would just ring for help if the occasion arose!! Apropos the USA, we hired a  Jeep Grand Cherokee when we were in Florida to do the Everglades et al, we hired it because we have owned 3 of them ourselves in the past  first gas stop we couldn't get the petrol flap to open so I had to prise it open with a screwdriver. We had a bit of a bust up with the hire company when we returned it  I can tell you but I refused to pay anything for doing so as the guy who took the car off us at the airport confided in us that it had happened before. Hey ho, cars.......if I had all the money in the bank I have spent on cars over the years we would be very wealthy I can tell you!!

April 25, 2016

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1205
Being geen is going to cost MORE

April 25, 2016

Looking back at the best or should I say fondest memory of my earliest chariot when in BAOR has to be my very first "new" car a Renault 4 . Ok stop laughing we were Munster getting ready for Herford my VW fastback had died ,money was scarce (2kids) only a full screw wages ,toss up a mini or the Renault,Stan Collingwood had a mini checked it out no room for a buggy , also it was £410 new (no heater that was an extra £20) the R4 was £390 with. Heater . Biggish boot seats that could removed or fixed for carrying buggy only trouble it was a LHD but hey hoo it went for ever on 20 litres of Benz ,moved to Herford but married pad in GMH some 60 ks away and having to work weird hours in MT couldn't use the military bus ,so 120 ks a day 6 days a week soon got the R4 doing some serious miles. By the way Paul Hulse had a R4 too but his was RHD and cost what then was a lot more dmarks, I digress then amalgamation I was posted with Alwyn Evans to 7 Reg AAC in Netheravon in the middle of nowhere Wiltshire ,again lots of motoring miles a) to Birkenhead ,b) Salisbury shopping....so the end of 73 returning to the Reg in Osnabruck had to get new motor ,did the rounds and ended up with a ( spit spit) Ford Cortina estate,( that's another story ) ,I part ext my R4 for the Ford (£ 950) and got £400 ,you say hey what about all those miles on the clock ,an old soldier told me to disconnect the speedo cable  in Herford thus stop recording all those ks , I still changed the oil etc every couple of months or so connecting it back on sale. Funny thing I was posted to the 14/20 KH in Warminster after Dunganon and spotted my old R4 still going 4 or so years later in Salisbury . Since those days of youth we have had 11 new cars and 2 motor homes plus a postman pat ( second hand post van) none of them have had the character of the R4 ,now it's a soulless Hyundai i20 diesel but great mpg ,needs to be as we live 10 miles from nearest shopping (Lidl/Aldi)or 40 odd from Cork city ,the only thing about modern cars you don't have to be under the bonnet checking things  as with cars of old ,I suppose that's progress


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