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So I've recently come into a bit of money and the wife suggested i get a new car/truck! (Among her own list! Holiday, conservatory etc...)
I'm not so sure cos all ill do is buy another nav!
Its not enough to buy a np300 out right and I don't want any finance! so my options are, a newer D40 (probably v6) and part-ex mine,
a second car, either a work bus or a play car (a track/weekend toy) or a full refurbishment of my existing 140k 57plate D40! (Duplex chain, chassis plates, detail the paint, wheels/tires etc...)
I'm a bit stuck as what to do cos I know the gremlins in this truck and I'm in the position to evict them but bearing that in mind its already a 12 year old truck!
 

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A V6 Navara is great, but a track day car sounds more fun, especially if there is enough in the kitty to upgrade the Nav, buy a trailer and get a fun track car such as a Mini Cooper S
 

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If I go down the toy car route I was thinking more Caterham!
 

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That would work, just a bit pricey. Only reason I say Mini is that they are well priced, easy to look after and if you get into it there are Mini specific championships. I had John Cooper Works R53 and it was so much fun to drive!
 

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Caterhams are a little pricey to buy but they don't depreciate and are very cheap to run as a track car. They are also surprisingly cheap to crash. You can take the car to the original chassis manufacturer and they braze on a new front half (referred to as a 'long front') I may have already done this after stuffing mine into the barriers at a hill climb a few years ago. Almost any other car would have been a total loss.
 

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If I go down the toy car route I was thinking more Caterham!
Nice, I have seen quite a few on a track day, however be careful with track days as I've seen it to many times cars being written off on a track day more so than actually in a race, even on the siteing laps from Ferrari's to mini's and 9 times out of 10 the cause is people go out on the track and think they are an instant racing drivers, track days are for fun and not for racing, however saying that I do take the advantages of a track day to set the race car up before the race weekend, but do respect the novices.
 

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Oh yes I'm fully aware of my racing abilities which is basically zero!
I'm thinking road legal weekend thrasher, but pay per lap track able every now and then! rather than getting involved in specialised "race days"!
Looking on line a "cheep" Caterham can be had for 10k which is just about in budget ( allowing the wife to have her treats) there's a few lotus elise in the same price range which could be used as a daily too?
I'm still not 100% as I could easily put 2/3k into my truck to strengthen, stiffen and upgrade it and make it good for another 10 years, leaving more than enough change to buy a work bus which will be cheaper to run and keep unessesery miles off the truck!
 

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The Elise is a good machine, I know a couple of people who had them, but they never really got on with them.

Personally I wouldn't go chucking loads of money on a 12 year old Nav though.
 

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Oh yes I'm fully aware of my racing abilities which is basically zero!
I'm thinking road legal weekend thrasher, but pay per lap track able every now and then! rather than getting involved in specialised "race days"!
Looking on line a "cheep" Caterham can be had for 10k which is just about in budget ( allowing the wife to have her treats) there's a few lotus elise in the same price range which could be used as a daily too?
I'm still not 100% as I could easily put 2/3k into my truck to strengthen, stiffen and upgrade it and make it good for another 10 years, leaving more than enough change to buy a work bus which will be cheaper to run and keep unessesery miles off the truck!
Well which ever you decide and want to maybe do a track day give me a shout, not sure which end of the country you are, my track days are at Silverstone, Donington park, and Snetterton circuits, as for the truck if it's like mine I have to spend some money on it to keep it in reasonable Condition as it has to do alot of work during the race season towing a race car and tools and parts, however not much doing this year due go covid so I given the truck a good overhaul hopefully ready for next year.
 

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Thanks for your input guys but I think ive come to decision!
So the wife had her heart set on a conservatory and having someone round today to price one up we realised there a lot more expensive than either of us thought!
So when she said "it doesn't matter its your money so get your car" i could see she was disappointed!

So me been a soft touch I am, The builder starts Monday 3rd November!

I'll still have about £5/6k left so thinking fix the nav up (about a grand) and I can still have a toy car! Thinking an old school hot hatch or maybe build a "sleeper"! I've heard story's of 2 liter zetec moters having turbos strapped to them and been dropped into mk1 ford ka's! (Did i mention my daughters unused learner car is a 57 mk1 Ford ka?)
Stick some high performance brakes and suspension on that and it'll be a serious pocket rocket!
So if I'm working it out right it'll be £16k for the conservatory (happy wife)
£1k on the nav
And £2k on the ka (or another hot hatch)
Leaves £2/3k for a holiday ( very happy wife)
 

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Nice. Must be a big old conservatory for £16k! I wouldn't do too much holiday planning before 2022 though.
 

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Lol I hear you over the hoilday lol
Yea its a p shape conservatory which will extend the kitchen 3 meters out and give us a 5x5 meter extra room but most of the cost is knocking out/supporting existing walls!
Theyll be a 2.5 meter opening in the kitchen and a 4 meter opening in the living room
It should be nice but I didn't realise how much work was involved lol
 
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