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New car day...after a lengthy search!

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Old Jul 13th, 2018, 21:15   #1
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Default New car day...after a lengthy search!

I trekked off to Basildon yesterday to pick up my new 740 GL saloon...its a 1990 in silver, manual with the B200F motor. It was very dusty and cobwebbed when I arrived as the previous owner had lost his license two months previously and the car had been sat for a while, but it started on the button and is remarkably tidy inside, as it will be outside after a proper polish and touch up.

Its done 148,000 and has clearly been well maintained. The engine is more lively and sharp than either of my previous B200s and is even better after the basic oil/filters/plugs service I gave it this afternoon.

The bite point on the clutch is fairly high (I know they usually are) but is nice and sharp and doesnt slip at all. Ill throw a clutch at it in the next few months anyway as Im keen for it to be just so.

Im very happy with it-Ill upload pics soon. As mentioned in the Touring thread, I have a 600 mile journey to Carlisle and back to make tomorrow, which will be a great opportunity to get to know the old chap!
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Old Jul 14th, 2018, 11:49   #2
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Glad you found a nice one in the end, good luck on your "day trip"!

Looking forward to the pics!
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Glad you found a nice one in the end, good luck on your "day trip"!

Looking forward to the pics!
Thanks Dave! Im really enjoying the car, it got me to Carlisle (376 miles and another 376 home tomorrow) with no problems whatsoever, a great motorway cruiser as they all are.

Fully loaded (full PA system, amps, stands, spares, two guitars, luggage etc which all equates to the weight of three adults plus me driving) I was getting just under 30mpg on the way here, not too bad for a B200 I thought!
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Fully loaded (full PA system, amps, stands, spares, two guitars, luggage etc which all equates to the weight of three adults plus me driving)
In a saloon?

Hope they're paying you well for this gig, that's going to be 150+ in petrol at least!
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In a saloon?

Hope they're paying you well for this gig, that's going to be 150+ in petrol at least!
The boot is surprisingly large! Swallowed all the PA gear with no problems and the guitar amp and both guitars went on the back seat. Ive just arrived back in Dorset, the car was flawless both ways and a joy to drive...petrol came in at 145 all in which wasnt tooooo bad. Thankfully the gig did indeed pay a decent fee with travel costs and accommodation on top, so my Volvoing was all paid for!!
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Thanks Ross!
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