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#1 W123

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:26 PM

Hello, 

 

I've just bought and started to get used to my new VX220 n/a. Doing a search on the number plate it was actually owned by by someone on here back in 2009 who doesn't seem to be around anymore.

 

initial observations which are probably old news to seasoned owners on here: 

 

1) It's exactly what I wanted my old 911 to be. 

 

2) It feels very much like a collaboration between some great engineers and Blue Peter. The engineers created a clever chassis & running gear and then handed over to Blue Peter who finished things off in tupperware and sticky back plastic. maybe the odd self tapper if the christmas party was looming and they got carried away. I remember reviews of old Lotuses Eg Esprit & Elan saying similar things about loose trim.

 

3) Of all the things i've ever driven, it feels most like my old Morris Minor that had  similar power, 140bhp Lancia engine and many panels and doors replaced with fibreglass. probably lighter than the VX at 750kg. Right down to the cringe as the other half megas-slams a lightweight door and says, "oh yes i forgot". With the Minor I'd know when the back end is going to let go with the VX it feels more unpredictable But for general  acceleration and feel, very similar.

 

4) It seems to be something I can run within my budget. Eg, Nitron suspension for Vx -> £650, for a Cayman, one of the other contenders, £2500! Engine goes boom, pick up a replacement out of a repmobile for a few hundred, Porsche engine goes boom, £4-8000.

 

5) The Cybex child seat I use in my Merc W123 fits perfectly, doesn't impinge on gearstick or handbrake. 4 year old daughter loves the car. I'll find out the exact model and post that up somewhere else. I did read through all the child seat threads which left me a bit overwhelmed and in the end just stuck it in to see what it looked like.  

 

6) A lot of cars give me back-pain  issues, I feel I could drive halfway up the country in the VX and be fine. I might not be able to get out afterwards, but my back wouldn't be killing me. The crashing and banging over bumps is more noise than actual jolting through me. 

 

7) I test drove a different VX, a Turbo, which seems to still  be sticking with a  dealer of high end cars. Having been left with that car in their shed I went through all the paperwork and found a power map and invoices from Thorney's showing (from memory) 294bhp. They aren't advertising that car as stage 4 mega upgrade so that might be a bargain for someone. It was wet, I tried putting my foot down a bit in a straight line on an industrial estate road. At first nothing, then nothing with my dull brain telling me there was a wheel spinning sound then fishtailing and the feeling of impending death or a very large bill. for people with fast brains that would be an awesome car but the sense that the turbo kick would step in randomly when I wasn't expecting it put me off. From what I've read here the supercharger is more predictable, just like a larger 'normal' engine. 

 

8) Getting what I can comfortably afford now, I can save up for the supercharger conversion and still enjoy my VX for a year or two in the meantime. Kind of like getting supercar performance in installments. 

 

I'll start a new thread where I'll ask some questions - thanks in advance for the forum's existence, the information people have already provided me in old threads and answers to future questions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:38 PM

Seems a pretty accurate summary!

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:32 PM

Hello, 

 

 

 

7) I test drove a different VX, a Turbo, which seems to still  be sticking with a  dealer of high end cars. Having been left with that car in their shed I went through all the paperwork and found a power map and invoices from Thorney's showing (from memory) 294bhp. They aren't advertising that car as stage 4 mega upgrade so that might be a bargain for someone. It was wet, I tried putting my foot down a bit in a straight line on an industrial estate road. At first nothing, then nothing with my dull brain telling me there was a wheel spinning sound then fishtailing and the feeling of impending death or a very large bill. for people with fast brains that would be an awesome car but the sense that the turbo kick would step in randomly when I wasn't expecting it put me off. From what I've read here the supercharger is more predictable, just like a larger 'normal' engine. 

 

 

 

          

 

Hi there

 

Looking at getting my first VX shortly. Great to read your initial impressions.

 

What are the details on this VX Turbo you have mentioned?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:05 PM

 

Hello, 

 

 

 

7) I test drove a different VX, a Turbo, which seems to still  be sticking with a  dealer of high end cars. Having been left with that car in their shed I went through all the paperwork and found a power map and invoices from Thorney's showing (from memory) 294bhp. They aren't advertising that car as stage 4 mega upgrade so that might be a bargain for someone. It was wet, I tried putting my foot down a bit in a straight line on an industrial estate road. At first nothing, then nothing with my dull brain telling me there was a wheel spinning sound then fishtailing and the feeling of impending death or a very large bill. for people with fast brains that would be an awesome car but the sense that the turbo kick would step in randomly when I wasn't expecting it put me off. From what I've read here the supercharger is more predictable, just like a larger 'normal' engine. 

 

 

 

          

 

Hi there

 

Looking at getting my first VX shortly. Great to read your initial impressions.

 

What are the details on this VX Turbo you have mentioned?

 

http://www.essexpres...201705255823756

 

No connection to this car, it's just one of the ones I looked at that seemed good but not for me.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:37 PM

Hi .
Welcome to the forum .
I am in exactly the same situation .
Running my N/A for a while and saving up for the supercharger .

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:51 PM

Welcome to the club   



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

Thanks all



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:45 PM

Welcome and i looked at that one too but never got the pics of the engine they were meant to send so did not go any further with it lol Enjoy the VX :-)



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:52 PM


 


Hello, 
 
 
 
7) I test drove a different VX, a Turbo, which seems to still  be sticking with a  dealer of high end cars. Having been left with that car in their shed I went through all the paperwork and found a power map and invoices from Thorney's showing (from memory) 294bhp. They aren't advertising that car as stage 4 mega upgrade so that might be a bargain for someone. It was wet, I tried putting my foot down a bit in a straight line on an industrial estate road. At first nothing, then nothing with my dull brain telling me there was a wheel spinning sound then fishtailing and the feeling of impending death or a very large bill. for people with fast brains that would be an awesome car but the sense that the turbo kick would step in randomly when I wasn't expecting it put me off. From what I've read here the supercharger is more predictable, just like a larger 'normal' engine. 
 
 
 
          

 
Hi there
 
Looking at getting my first VX shortly. Great to read your initial impressions.
 
What are the details on this VX Turbo you have mentioned?
 
http://www.essexpres...201705255823756
 
No connection to this car, it's just one of the ones I looked at that seemed good but not for me.


I had a look at this on friday, having looked at a courtenay stage 4 in Worcester it was on the way home/to another I had arranged to look at.

As it's been up for sale at essex prestige since mid august i wasnt expecting much, and the fact its silver. However I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the look of it, even the big rear spoiler. Has a huge history file As Well.

Surprised now it's still there considering the price, some nice cars there As Well, especially the green lambo

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:10 PM

 

 

 

Hello, 
 
 
 
7) I test drove a different VX, a Turbo, which seems to still  be sticking with a  dealer of high end cars. Having been left with that car in their shed I went through all the paperwork and found a power map and invoices from Thorney's showing (from memory) 294bhp. They aren't advertising that car as stage 4 mega upgrade so that might be a bargain for someone. It was wet, I tried putting my foot down a bit in a straight line on an industrial estate road. At first nothing, then nothing with my dull brain telling me there was a wheel spinning sound then fishtailing and the feeling of impending death or a very large bill. for people with fast brains that would be an awesome car but the sense that the turbo kick would step in randomly when I wasn't expecting it put me off. From what I've read here the supercharger is more predictable, just like a larger 'normal' engine. 
 
 
 
          

 
Hi there
 
Looking at getting my first VX shortly. Great to read your initial impressions.
 
What are the details on this VX Turbo you have mentioned?
 
http://www.essexpres...201705255823756
 
No connection to this car, it's just one of the ones I looked at that seemed good but not for me.


I had a look at this on friday, having looked at a courtenay stage 4 in Worcester it was on the way home/to another I had arranged to look at.

As it's been up for sale at essex prestige since mid august i wasnt expecting much, and the fact its silver. However I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the look of it, even the big rear spoiler. Has a huge history file As Well.

Surprised now it's still there considering the price, some nice cars there As Well, especially the green lambo

 

Did you drive it, how did it compare to the Stage 4 or others you've looked at? 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:26 AM

I didn't drive this one, it was tucked away in a unit behind quite a few cars, I was told id have to make an appointment. This didn't bother me as it was only a spur of the moment view on my way to another one.

There is a few forum posts if u search
The reg.




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