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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    I think I feel the same about "classic" cars as I do about wooden boats. They have a certain style and, in most cases should be preserved, but I would never own one until I'm rich enough to tell my man to take care of that bit of varnish/leaking carburettor.

    Yes, modern cars are boring, but I drove the best part of 1000 miles last week, including over 250 miles on the M25. Boredom with climate control has many advantages on a trip like that compared to the excitement of breakdowns, dodgy wipers and heaters in a "classic"
    Steve
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  2. #32
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post


    Not mine. Mine's even nicer. Dark blue with a cream roof.
    Beautiful old car. When I was a student we bought one of these for £300 at a car auction then drove it from Newcastle to Athens and my Greek friends drove it back again. The incredibly complex hydraulic suspension started to go wrong and nobody in Newcastle could fix it. Sadly it eventually bounced its way to the scrapyard.

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stemar View Post
    Yes, modern cars are boring, but I drove the best part of 1000 miles last week, including over 250 miles on the M25.
    Over the last two weeks in October I did IJmuiden - Nuremberg - Augsburg - Munich - Freiburg - Mulhouse (for the day) - Lucerne (for the day) - Utrecht - IJmuiden in the DS. Over 2,000 miles in total. I do now take it to a specialist for an annual check-over and titivation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Malo37 View Post
    Beautiful old car. When I was a student we bought one of these for £300 at a car auction then drove it from Newcastle to Athens and my Greek friends drove it back again. The incredibly complex hydraulic suspension started to go wrong and nobody in Newcastle could fix it. Sadly it eventually bounced its way to the scrapyard.
    If only you had known about Centreville Garage in Newcastle, the best hydraulic CitroŽn place in the UK ...
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  4. #34
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    My first 2 cars were the only ones that have not had to get towed in to a garage from the roadside. My first was a 1959 Morris Minor 1000 (948) with 250k on the clock when I bought her, and the second an old Vauxall Cavalier with 100k on the clock (mid 80's).

    Perhaps OP has the reliability analogy right after all?
    Last edited by Pye_End; 05-11-18 at 17:55.

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pye_End View Post
    My first 2 cars were the only ones that have not had to get towed in to a garage from the roadside. My first was a 199 Morris Minor 1000 (948) with 250k on the clock when I bought her, and the second an old Vauxall Cavalier with 100k on the clock (mid 80's).
    Perhaps OP has the reliability analogy right after all?
    I couldn't afford to have my first cars (Hillman Imps and variants) towed to a garage!

  6. #36
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pye_End View Post
    My first was a 199 Morris Minor 1000 (948) with 250k on the clock when I bought her, and the second an old Vauxall Cavalier with 100k on the clock (mid 80's).
    You must be a youngster then. I can remember cars that had to reverse up steep hills because it was the lowest gear ratio and others with spare cans of water for when they boiled - something not often seen these days.

  7. #37
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    My first car was a Ford Escort Mark 1, very reliable except if it was raining, then it would give up the ghost, but no car is perfect

  8. #38
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    My first car was a Ford Escort Mark 1, very reliable except if it was raining, then it would give up the ghost, but no car is perfect
    I was a regular passenger in a Mk 1 Escort whose headlights went out every time it went around a bend at speed, interesting experience...

  9. #39
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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdallas View Post
    Yeah but a car is a tool. Like a washing machine. A boat is a dream made solid. Like the missus
    Blimey! You're a brave bloke, describing your missus as solid.

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    Default Re: Anyone drive a MK2 Cortina?

    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    My first car was a Ford Escort Mark 1, very reliable except if it was raining, then it would give up the ghost, but no car is perfect
    My first car was a Mini 850 and also used to give up in the rain.

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