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Post by pittstop on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 15:34

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Post by pittstop on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 15:52

Hi folks. Tried to enter text in New Post to no avail so tried initiating a thread & now I can respond to myself!!!!

Have a background of classic & fairly modern sports cars (3 Triumph TRs, 2 MGBs, Merc SLK, Alfa Spider V6, & more recently 2 MGTFs) which my good lady & I have used on many European touring holidays as well as being my everyday car.

We also have a sensible car: Renault Captur.

Coming back from South of France in 2015 the MGTF we finally realised that although we love sports cars it was all getting: too noisy; too hot (no aircon); & too uncomfortable. What to get instead?

Had never seen a Wind in the UK before but had seen them in Italy & France. OK: more of a roadster than a sports car but looked fun & had a boot big enough for golf gear & luggage which wasn't affected by lowering roof.

So: In July 2015 we were lucky enough to find a blue Wind GT Line 1.6 133 on a 61 plate with just 5500 miles on the clock for £6700 with a 6 mth dealer warranty.

OK it really isn't a sports car (the TF160 was 0-60 in 6.9 with a top speed of 136mph) but: it doesn't hang about; it seems to handle well; & it has all the refinements: auto air con, reversing sensors, heated seats, the list just goes on.

We must like it as it now has 9300 miles on it & we are planning two continental trips in 2016.

Was an active member of MGTF forum so hope to swap tips & pick other people's brains in the future.

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Post by Barbs on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 16:29

Hello and welcome Pittstop.  Always nice to see a new Owner.  Can i just say what great taste you have in cars.....

As you may notice I am the stalker so tell me what part of the Country do we normally find you in?


Great colour for your Wind too.   BLUE
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Post by colin565 on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 16:40

Looking at your previous stock of cars, good job you went for the 1.6 rather than the 1.2, as it has the sportier engine. I have the 1.6 as well Very Happy

There were only around 2200 Winds in the UK, the majority are Blue and Black, and there are only 32 Reds we believe. I have one of them Razz

The other rarer colours are White and Grey.

You will note we have a colour rivalry on here, but all of us are friendly.
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Post by Barbs on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 17:39

Blue has to be the best it was the Launch colour ....
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Post by LukeC on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 20:55

K Series engines are brilliant until the head goes ! I use the wind for long distances and it's not too bad well refined compared to a few of my past motors what engine did your SLK have in it?

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Post by Araf on Fri 18 Mar 2016 - 22:00

Well done with finding a car, and finding us. Smile

Now, how about a third trip in 2016 - as some of us are off to France in May, to join up with the French Winds to hve a look around some Chateaus. Smile

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Post by colin565 on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 0:36

Barbs wrote:Blue has to be the best it was the Launch colour ....

Standby for immediate launch  Very Happy

Thunderbirds are go  lol!
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Post by Barbs on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 6:09

colin565 wrote:
Barbs wrote:Blue has to be the best it was the Launch colour ....

Standby for immediate launch  Very Happy

Thunderbirds are go  lol!

I remember that well
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Post by pittstop on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 14:43

Thanks for responses. Obviously keen owners out there.

In answer to questions & comments:

Glad to hear the Wind is good on long runs.

The SLK was an X plate 2.3 supercharged.

Didn't have head gasket go on my TFs but one did have a cracked cylinder liner which gave the same symptoms!

I live in the South East.

Pity about Chateaux in May we already have a trip to Northumbria booked that month.

European trips planned are: Black Forest & Lake Annecy (France) in July & Italian Riviera in Sept.

That should put some mileage on the Wind.

Will study site to see what questions have already been asked & answered then may start with a few questions of my own!

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Post by Araf on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 16:10

Good, another SE Wind. Smile

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Post by colin565 on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 16:55

You will find the roof very fast in open operation compared to previous convertibles , and just as fast up if it rains.

You will need that when in Northumbria  Very Happy
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Post by Barbs on Sat 19 Mar 2016 - 17:04

colin565 wrote:You will find the roof very fast in open operation compared to previous convertibles , and just as fast up if it rains.

You will need that when in Northumbria  Very Happy
But when the sun shines in Northumbria there is no finer place in the world.  Out of interest (stalking again, before Araf says it LOL)  Pittstop what part of Northumberland are you going to?  We have had some great holidays up there.
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Post by colin565 on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 1:33

I have stood at 45 degrees in Seahouses on the coast, eating fish and chips and not fallen over, just take a second to visulise that tongue

(Thats the wind factor for you)
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Post by knebby on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 9:34

Not 45 degrees temperature then?
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Post by pittstop on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 12:22

Oh no. 45 degrees. Seahouses is where we are going!!!
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Post by colin565 on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 16:04

Don't worry, not all days are like that, and you can venture out to the Farne islands on the tourist boats.

Just watch if you go to the Holy island (Lindisfarne) by car, that you do not get cutoff by the tide, (the road causeway goes under water) been there done that, had to go to the pub till the tide turned, he he.


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Post by colin565 on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 16:04

knebby wrote:Not 45 degrees temperature then?
lol!
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Post by Barbs on Mon 21 Mar 2016 - 17:38

So many places I could recommend, spent many days out in that area when we were kids living in Durham City. Craster is a place we have stayed at a few times in a cottage on the harbour.
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