That's a great resource.
Aye, it saddens me to see so many people who believe they follow a 'green' lifestyle - many who spend half their incomes on new cars and ignore the fact that with a little work they can obtain cars that will cost a fraction of the new ones and be just as economical. They'd then be far better off AND they'd contribute to slowing down the throw away society we have become. Today's infatuation with appearance and style is a complete and utter waste of time, effort and money methinks.
Still, that leaves more good older cars for us to choose from.
UPDATE ON WORK IN PROGRESS
1) SUSPENDERS: Avoided being ripped off by a national chain that fits shocks n springs by going to another small specialists who don't demand a banker's salary for doing two hours of work.
2) GEARBOX LEAK: Was initially advised by one BMW 'specialist' that I had a leak requiring dismantling and new set of seals. Again, went to someone else (Top Gear in Rutherglen) who REALLY specialises in auto boxes & transmissions. He hoisted the car up on the lift, inspected all and said there is no problem at all !
NETT RESULTS TO DATE
Saved a wallet full of cash AND found a couple of real specialists.
A) There are too many rogues and charlatans in the car business...old story, I know BUT be cynical about what some so-called 'professional' people say needs to be done to your car.
B) Get detailed quotes for 'required' work. In my experience the rogues resist quoting. They'll give you some spurious 'estimate' and hit you with a far bigger bill after they've dismantled your car. The better people usually have no problem at all in quoting and giving some form of warranty re parts and labour.
C) This is the downside of life today: Trust no-one until they have proven through their actions that they deserve to be trusted.
With more than a wee bit of trepidation I have decided to fix the surface rust on all four wheel arches myself. The existing paint job is BMW Boston Green Metallic. Was quoted/given an estimate (guesstimate) of UK£400 (nearly as much as the car cost me) by a body shop for this. My DIY job will be a first for me but I am a "form follows function" sort of guy and I don't need a perfect state limousine paint job, just one that's functional and reasonable. The standard of finish on my wheel arches does NOT improve or degrade my life so why should I care about it in the greater scheme of things?
So, it's up with a makeshift lean-to for the body work, out with the disc sander, various grades of wet & dry, 2 or three coats of acid etch primer, cataloy, 2 or 3 base coats, a good spray of Waxoyl to the inside of the wheel arches and a splendid finish with a couple of lacquer coats and a wax at the local brothel. Well, I THINK that's how it supposed to go!!! No doubt I'll learn a lesson or two in the process.
As the Oates quote goes, "I may be some time".