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    TT15S1, PLX1000
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    MP500, 2M Black
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    Pearl Lite CDP
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    Pearl Lite
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    PMC DB1
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    Sennheiser, Grado
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  1. Not trying to sell you on VW Insider, it will be your choice in the end dependent on the amount of travelling you envisage doing. The VW range at this age is a good secondhand purchase, dependant on service history, as they are very solid cars. They also did petrol variants so take a look at these too: 1.6 is good, as is the 2.0, but don't expect GTI performance out of either. SE is nice, Highline is nicer. Avoid the 1.8T. too many problems. Road tax will be more expensive on petrol versions. There's also the Polo but seeing you're a big bloke I'm only suggesting larger cars I've had two Bora's: 2.0SE on a 51 plate, bought at 6 years old, and my current TDI on a 54 plate, bought at 6 years old; both with around 50K on the clock. Other than consumables, tyres, batteries, exhausts, servicing etc., I've had very few really expensive problems with either car: rear suspension bushes, cambelt change, CV boots. One annoying fact is that VW guarantee their galvanised bodies for 12 years... excellent, apart from the fact that both the front wheel arches on my TDI have started rusting; seems to be a common problem across the entire range. There used to be a saying, if you want reliability then go for Jap or German, not sure if this still stands. No need to reply, you have more important things on your mind right now.
  2. I have to agree with PP, diesels are at their best on the open road. Short runs and stop/start driving is not a recipe for longevity, the engines are ok but the ancillaries start clogging up: EGR valves, DPF's and turbo's; these can be semi-expensive to fix if you have to rely on a garage. No car is economical at higher speeds, but diesel seems to return better mpg than petrol in this scenario. A guy at work has one of those fugly 1 series BMW's 1.6t petrol, if he drives like a cissy he can get close to my mpg. The original exhaust on my car lasted 10 years, the replacement fitted by kwiksh*t about 3 years ago will need replacing next year. A pukka VW exhaust would have been around the £900 mark, the kwiksh*t was £500... I guess you pays your money and take your choice.
  3. Agreed, to a point. City driving is a recipe for disaster for diesels, they like being hustled along an A or M road.
  4. You've got a comprehensive list of options from the members so far, but here's my 2p's worth: With only £1500 at your disposal and unsure about future mileage commitments I'd be looking at diesel, especially something from VW, (includes Skoda and Seat). The ones to go for are TDI's with the PD (pumpe duse) injection system, not the later common rail, and not the Golf V or any derivative with the later Piezo injectors. Golf IV ran to 2004, Bora ran to 2005. The TDI PD's engines are basically bomb-proof in the Golf MkIV and Bora and can run to massive mileages if cared for. Bora is cheaper on the secondhand market as the Brits like hatchbacks, it's just a Golf with a boot. Available in 100, 130 and 150hp, though avoid 150, 130 is the sweet spot but the 100 is also very capable. Main expensive items are timing belt and clutch, (£500 and £900 respectively). Service items are as cheap/expensive as any of the other manufacturers; VW sourced parts can be expensive but last a lot longer than pattern parts. The VW TDI PD engines need VW spec oil. All models seem to give around 50mpg, which I can concur as I get this mpg on a 50 mile round trip to work at about 75-80mph. I have the Bora 100hp model. Higline is the best spec to go for as it includes: leather, cruise control, rr parking sensor, rain sensing wipers, electric windows x4. Avoid automatics, they can't handle the torque and tend to break, manual boxes seem as bullet -proof as the engines.
  5. DougK

    final Marantz component purchase

    That sure does look stunning bigfish.
  6. DougK

    Hello - Any other WHF refugees out there?

    Hi Simon, haven't seen Gazzip on WHF forum for several months and EllisDJ for about two months, will be a shame to lose touch with them. They'll both get a surprise when they try to login to WHF forum after tomorrow. Hopefully they'll follow the paper trail we've left.
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    Speaker advice for Marantz set up

    I've got my Marantz partnered with PMC DB1 Gold and have never been left wanting for anything more. They don't have the presence of a floorstander but always surprise me at the amount of bass they generate. Audition if you can.
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    New member here, (WHF migrant), with a mediocre Marantz system. Six years ago had the PM/CD6004, upgraded to the Pearl Lite PM/SA amp and CD a year later, (wasn't astounded by the difference), have since added the NA7004 and TT15S1. Initially, partnered with MA speakers, (BX2, BX5, RX2), but the biggest upgrade was the move to the cheapest PMC speakers, (DB1 Gold). Love the sound and very impressed with the system as a whole; never had any issues with it whatsoever. I don't play loud, probably 75dB peak at the listening position. Have tried external phono amps for the turntable but the Marantz seems to have a decent phono stage so I've stuck with it. Thought about the upgrade route but as I'm a mainstream pop music lover guess there's not much point really.
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    final Marantz component purchase

    Excellent news Lee, you certainly seem to have been smitten by Marantz. You are the reason I've got the TT15S1 I'd love to join you in your upgrade path but as previously discussed on WHF my current hifi placement does not allow for anything larger than the dimensions of my current set-up, more's the pity. (I do like this site as it's nice to address people by their name)
  10. DougK

    Interesting and Unusual Facts

    This is a good read:
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    Heavy metal, thrash

  12. Yeah and we all know how much F1 tech costs, I don't have the money to run an F1 team These are probably great cars to own for 3 years then chop them in. When they get to 10 years old they'll be too expensive to repair for the regular punter and as such will be scrap. All this environmentally friendly talk by our respective governments is bull, they are in fact fuelling the needless waste of a throw away society.
  13. DougK

    Hello - Any other WHF refugees out there?

    I'm 'ere too, same user name as WHF. Good to see everyone, including the newly beamed over James T Kirk.
  14. DougK

    The Ultimate Motor Car?

    Adore the original Citroen DS for its sheer beauty, but can't believe no-one has mentioned the Bugatti Veyron as the ultimate car! It is the beloved Concorde on four wheels... an aircraft the likes of which will never be seen again, and neither will the car.
  15. I have no doubt they are good cars, Sabbath. Lets just see what these engines are like in 10 years time with 100K on the clock. You've basically got a turbo'd motorcycle engine powering a vehicle about four times the weight of a motorcycle... not a good mix. Cars are not built to last, they are consumable items. I reckon your Yammy amp will outlive your car Personally I drive a 14 year old Bora TDI (PD version) and I am in no rush to want to change it. It has never let me down, (fingers crossed), and I fully expect it to see me to at least 200K+ miles without problems. I am loathed to change it to anything current as cars are becoming more like damned computers than vehicles... you need a degree in IT to understand them if anything goes wrong, and any electrical fix costs a fortune. .