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#283375 - 21/06/2006 12:10 Re: The shed is dead [Re: Dignan]
andy
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Registered: 10/06/1999
Posts: 5746
Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
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My parents leased a Discovery about 8 years ago, and it was a great, sturdy vehicle. Really solidly built. They're still owned by BMW, right? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. It just felt like a really solid car. Have things changed so much since then?



BMW sold them to Ford, some time ago. The one I had a bad experience with was back in the BMW era.
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#283376 - 21/06/2006 12:31 Re: The shed is dead [Re: Dignan]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
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They're still owned by BMW, right?


Nope, Ford now.

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#283377 - 21/06/2006 12:35 Re: The shed is dead [Re: sein]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
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I like the idea of the Merc G-Wagen you mentioned earlier. Only small issue is that I'd imagine it is a bit hard trying to find a decent one.


Can't get a pick up, there was an unused RHD pickup demo built for the British Army that sold for about 10k in Germany last year. If you're buying civilian there's not a pickup. I did used to enjoy driving my G500, just couldn't stand averaging 13.6 mpg anymore, if I still had it now I'd be averaging 200 a week on fuel.

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#283378 - 21/06/2006 13:04 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
Anyway, I'm getting sucked in aren't I?

I must buy other more useful stuff first
I must buy other more useful stuff first
I must buy other more useful stuff first
I must buy other more useful stuff first
I must buy other more useful stuff first....

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#283379 - 21/06/2006 18:01 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
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Registered: 13/04/2001
Posts: 1742
Loc: The land of the pale blue peop...
What could be more useful then a huge 4 wheel drive truck that can tow over 3 tons
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#283380 - 22/06/2006 07:17 Re: The shed is dead [Re: thinfourth2]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
A small tractor with a mower attachment so we don't have to push one around the areas that we need to keep regularly trimmed?

Oh and there's the rotovating too, have you tried rotovating solid clay with a push along rotovator?

A 3 way tipping trailer to get composts etc to where they're supposed to go.

etc....

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#283381 - 22/06/2006 08:35 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
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Registered: 07/01/2005
Posts: 889
Loc: Sector ZZ9pZa
And I thought looking after my suburbia 30m garden was hard work!
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#283382 - 22/06/2006 08:44 Re: The shed is dead [Re: sein]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
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And I thought looking after my suburbia 30m garden was hard work!


30m, that bigger than our last garden. It can be easy peasy f you set it up right. Ours should be a lot easier too once we bring it into some kind of order, the first couple of years will be the hardest.

Grow any fruit or veg? There's a load of easy edibles you can grow.

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#283383 - 22/06/2006 10:29 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
thinfourth2
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Loc: The land of the pale blue peop...
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A small tractor with a mower attachment so we don't have to push one around the areas that we need to keep regularly trimmed?

Oh and there's the rotovating too, have you tried rotovating solid clay with a push along rotovator?

A 3 way tipping trailer to get composts etc to where they're supposed to go.

etc....


You want a unimog
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#283384 - 22/06/2006 10:31 Re: The shed is dead [Re: thinfourth2]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
You lot'll be the death of me, I've always wanted a flipping Unimog, or a Pinzgauer. Just stop it, I NEED A TRACTOR, I NEED A TRACTOR, I NEED A TRACTOR!!!!

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#283385 - 22/06/2006 10:36 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
tahir
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#283386 - 22/06/2006 11:51 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
thinfourth2
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Registered: 13/04/2001
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Loc: The land of the pale blue peop...
how about a nice sensible volvo http://www.volvoc303.co.uk/volvo_c303_6x6.htm
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#283387 - 22/06/2006 12:00 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
larry818
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Registered: 01/10/2002
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Loc: Fullerton, Calif.

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#283388 - 22/06/2006 12:14 Re: The shed is dead [Re: larry818]
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#283389 - 22/06/2006 12:16 Re: The shed is dead [Re: Schido]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
Thanks guys, all excellent options. :lol:

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#283390 - 22/06/2006 12:43 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
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Loc: Erie, CO
I want a Ford 8N.
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#283391 - 22/06/2006 12:55 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
sein
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Registered: 07/01/2005
Posts: 889
Loc: Sector ZZ9pZa
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30m, that bigger than our last garden. It can be easy peasy f you set it up right. Ours should be a lot easier too once we bring it into some kind of order, the first couple of years will be the hardest.

Grow any fruit or veg? There's a load of easy edibles you can grow.

I have two pear trees and an apple tree. With the right water/sun ratio, we can get some wonderful fruit, a couple of years ago was particularly good, but lately it has been a bit dry. At the moment in London there is a bit of a hosepipe ban going on which doesn't help the fruit.

I suppose it is all down to time. If I mow the lawn more often maybe it wouldn't be such hard work. I don't really know what to do with the bushes, they tend to overgrow and then I have to get a gardener in to sort them out. Weeds, don't mention the weeds!

The other big issue would be the hayfever. I have actually made a tissue box holder for my lawn mower out of ducting tape a couple of times. But still, I have to stop halfway and go inside until I can see again through my swollen eyeballs.
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#283392 - 22/06/2006 12:57 Re: The shed is dead [Re: cushman]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
That's a helluva cool looking tractor. Never seen one over here. The "enthusiasts" tractor over here is the Fergie:

http://www.ferguson-museum.co.uk/52_ferguson.htm

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#283393 - 22/06/2006 13:02 Re: The shed is dead [Re: sein]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
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I have two pear trees and an apple tree. With the right water/sun ratio, we can get some wonderful fruit, a couple of years ago was particularly good, but lately it has been a bit dry. At the moment in London there is a bit of a hosepipe ban going on which doesn't help the fruit.



A good layer of mulch around the bases (chipped bark or similar) will help retain moisture and reduce weeds. In our old garden we lifted half the turf and replaced with bark to create a play area with trampoline, swings etc. Sooo much less lawn to mow. We also mulched all our borders, cuts down weeding time dramatically. Keep grass to a minimum I say.

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#283394 - 22/06/2006 13:31 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
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Edited by thinfourth2 (22/06/2006 13:43)
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#283395 - 22/06/2006 13:38 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
sein
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Registered: 07/01/2005
Posts: 889
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A good layer of mulch around the bases (chipped bark or similar) will help retain moisture and reduce weeds.

Thanks for that! It sounds like a good idea, we don't have any mulch at the moment, the garden is all grass and really is a pain.
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#283396 - 22/06/2006 13:39 Re: The shed is dead [Re: sein]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
There's a guy on eBay that sells bark really cheap.

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#283397 - 22/06/2006 13:41 Re: The shed is dead [Re: thinfourth2]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
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how about a flymow [img]http://youtube.com/watch?v=xj3DanTfRg8&search=flying%20mower[/img]


Excellent

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#283398 - 22/06/2006 13:42 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
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Registered: 21/01/2002
Posts: 1380
Loc: Erie, CO
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That's a helluva cool looking tractor. Never seen one over here.

They are very common in some parts of the States, you can pick one up (decent running condition) for $2k-$3k. They are on the small side so it makes for a good utility tractor (plowing snow, gardening, etc.). My dad has 2 tractors, a Massey-Harris and a Massey-Ferguson, still running well after over 50 years.
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#283399 - 22/06/2006 13:48 Re: The shed is dead [Re: cushman]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1734
Loc: London
The farmer next door's trying to sell me a 70s International, but my land's all hilly and when it's wet gets really boggy so I'm looking more for a 4WD, I like the idea of the Ferrari type tractors, compact, spread the load well and can take most attchments too.

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#283400 - 22/06/2006 14:54 Re: The shed is dead [Re: tahir]
frog51
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Registered: 09/08/2000
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Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland
Had fun the other day driving a landy with reversed steering, a new range rover up and down some very steep stuff, and a strange creation made out of two fronts of 4x4s - both with steering! So one person steers the front, one steers the rear, one does brake and accelerator and one does clutch and gears...

Blindfolded

Will get pics up here as soon as poss. It was quite mad!
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#283401 - 22/06/2006 15:17 Re: The shed is dead [Re: frog51]
tahir
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Loc: London
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Blindfolded


Sounds great.

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#283402 - 22/06/2006 16:54 Re: The shed is dead [Re: Dignan]
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
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How much "BMW-ness" does the Mini get? I test drove one and was suprised at how crappy the plastic was on all interior parts. The turn signal and wiper levers seemed especially chinsy, at least compared to my Honda or my fiancee's Toyota.

My wife has a Mini and, while it's not driven a lot, the plastics, which I'll admit look a little cheap, have held up very well. They still look brand new after a couple of years. The only problem I've had with anything along those lines is that it's a little easy to accidentally pull back the bright flash when setting the turn signal. But I've already adjusted to that and I don't drive it that much myself.
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