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I'm Andy, I'm a 24 year old East Anglian guy. My dream is to be a writer, so I hope you like my reviews. I have a penchant for cars, especially "bangers" so generally this is what I review! Enjoy!

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since 24/01/2004

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Peugeot 306 2.0 HDi 19/10/2010

The First Kiss...... Redux

Peugeot 306 2.0 HDi **I write entertaining broad reviews, Google will advise you on boot capacity, turning circle and dimensions. This review is knowingly in the wrong section, as I reviewed the old model so can not write another review in the DTURBO section.** Lest we forget. The French have done some novel and original things in the automotive world, first production front wheel drive car, hyrdo-pneumatic suspension, first car with disc brakes, first car with swivelling headlamps. I’m not saying they’ve always been well executed, helpful, reliable or desirable, but let’s hand it to the French for a moment; they’ve come up with more automotive innovations than most. Sometime during 1993, I can imagine a design meeting in Paris, the new jewel in Peugeots crown is in the final stages of it’s premature labour (the 309 could never be classed as innovative), amongst cigarette smoke and glasses of vintage Bordeaux. **Suspend disbelief that this conversation took place in English...** “Gentlemen, that sums up the model line of the 306, oh the sporty models.....” “The XSi, offered with a staggeringly average 1.8 engine.” “Oui” “Oh, and a diesel variant,” “Ah, entry level?” “No, as the sports model....” I can imagine much guffawing, then a pause, a tug on a Gauloise, and knowing glances around the table. “Innovateur!!!” Unashamed, and brazenly Peugeot released a hot hatch in diesel form. Now there are those who will argue this wasn’t innovative, and the accolade goes to ...

Nissan Primera 1.6 20/03/2010

Nissan Primera, a locking and unlocking champion, and cage figher

Ford Mondeo 2.0i Hatchback 07/10/2009

I maybe have damaged this by likening it to Tony Blair.....

Ford Mondeo 2.0i Hatchback Tony Blair made a remark in 1996, allegedly he once watched a man polishing his shiny new Ford Mondeo, and saw him as a potential Tory voter. He was in his mid-thirties, had a middling income and owned his own house. He had a family saloon, a wife and two children. “Mondeo Man” was the moniker Tony Blair attached to this group of middle-Englanders, and these where the people who ultimately moved him to ‘Number 10’. I think this is backwards, the mk2 Ford Mondeo is a product of New Labour rather than ‘Mondeo Man’ a product of New Labour. I know, I know.... but run with me here. New labour looked good in 1997, it was new and shiny, it was fashionable, and lots of people voted for it. It was fundamentally flawed however, and rapidly became a byword for mediocrity, shattered illusions, the political equivalent of wallpaper; however it has remained bizarrely popular, and still many will stand to proclaim its many benefits, and maintain it is still all the things it was in 1997, even if it now looks a bit shabby. Do you see my train of thought now? I made a mistake with my choices in 1997, but did I make a mistake in 2009, I’ll tell you. Let me introduce the car I’m basing my reviews on. I own a 1999 Mondeo 2.0 Ghia-X, it has covered a staggering 156,000 miles with me at the wheel for around 14,000 of them. It cost a staggering £600 with a completely shagged out Escort thrown in as a part-ex. To look at, the Mondeo clearly comes from the same school of design as ...

Ford Escort 1.6 Hatchback 28/12/2008

So, I was eating chocolate......

Ford Escort 1.6 Si 07/05/2008

Dagenham Dustbin, Hairdressing Wagon... I love it

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk III 18/03/2008

1.7TD LS Cavalier

Peugeot 106 1.1 19/07/2006

Fathers 'iddle 106.

Peugeot 306 D Turbo 25/05/2006

The car that started the "diesel revolution?"

Fiat Punto 1.2 8v 06/02/2006

Rivals Leave It Well Behind.

Ford Fiesta 1.1 14/01/2006

The Best Out Of Every Fiesta, In My Own Opinion!

Ford Fiesta 1.8 D 13/01/2006

An Oldie, But A Goodie

Ford Fiesta 1.4i 16v 12/01/2006

Surpising Little Fiesta!

Compaq Armada 100S 08/03/2005

When it says "Designed for Win 98" It means it!

IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 08/03/2005

The king of bargain laptops!

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