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Should they stay or should they go...
« on: August 28, 2017, 22:49:33 PM »
Hi all
Been a follower of this site for a while but never joined. Have to say it's been a great help when you are stumped with a problem, the majority of my visits were to find answers :).

So my first say hi post is more of a request for advice.

I purchased my first Calibra in 2004 (1995 2.0 16v) and have absolutely loved it. Managed to store it off the road during a house purchase to avoid having to use it for trips to b&q, and then got going again once house was sorted. I then purchased another in 2011 (1996 2.0 16v), seemed like a good idea at the time but it ended up in storage and is now in parts.

So fast forward to today and being a dad I've got no time or space to enjoy my Calibra time.

I've got my beloved first purchase currently sat on my drive and not being used, and the other mostly taken apart and in storage. So the advice is really what to do next,  I'm considering selling everything, or possibly splitting stuff up as storage and work space has become an issue.

Any thoughts as to what to do or how much it's all worth? (rough ideas welcome)
I've looked around and checked eBay a few times, but end up scratching my head. I also got burned on an E30 which ended up going to a bad home, so being a bit cautious this time and seeking advice from the right people.

Many thanks in advance :)

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 13:15:21 PM »
You need to bin the kids off, LOL!!! :D
Lewis Hamilton said that winning his first race felt better than having sex. Kimi's reply to that was, Maybe he never had sex.

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 15:31:55 PM »
Hi and a big welcome  :)

I loved reading your welcome intro.....and your Calibra journey so far. I have made my diagnosis of your problem and I am convinced you are suffering from......Calibraitis and we are all aware of the symptoms  ;D Lol.

To have purchased two of these great cars is admirable......also the juggling act of a new house......new family etc....Congratulations.

I feel for you and the heart wrenching choices you are now facing..........I think all members of CC inclhuding myself would find this a dilemma  ???
Do they stay or do they go......the cars that is will be your descision......but I urge you to think long and hard about your next step.

You have come to the right place for advice.......we are talking about a rare iconic car and there are lots of people out there who will bite your hand off for your cars .....whole or in parts.

Send in some pictures so members can suggest a fair price so you are not robbed......there is a member on here called..."Bad Kid"..... he is good with price estimates for cars and parts so I hope he can offer you help. :)

At the end of the day....it's going to be ruled by....Head.....or Heart......my heart would be on keeping the running one....enjoy it and see where that takes you.......then if you decide to part with it you can at least say you had fun driving it. :)

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.........Club members would I'm sure offer you a good price if you decide to sell........unlike other car clubs you don't have to be a fully fledged member to use the Cars and parts sale section.

Sorry to have rambled on a bit but all members will sympathise with the position you are in.

Best wishes and keep us informed.......and chin up.


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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 09:26:13 AM »
You need to bin the kids off, LOL!!! :D

lol thanks, - they are a massive time stealer but also very cute, tough call ;)

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 10:03:55 AM »
Hi and a big welcome  :)

I loved reading your welcome intro.....and your Calibra journey so far. I have made my diagnosis of your problem and I am convinced you are suffering from......Calibraitis and we are all aware of the symptoms  ;D Lol.

To have purchased two of these great cars is admirable......also the juggling act of a new house......new family etc....Congratulations.

I feel for you and the heart wrenching choices you are now facing..........I think all members of CC inclhuding myself would find this a dilemma  ???
Do they stay or do they go......the cars that is will be your descision......but I urge you to think long and hard about your next step.

You have come to the right place for advice.......we are talking about a rare iconic car and there are lots of people out there who will bite your hand off for your cars .....whole or in parts.

Send in some pictures so members can suggest a fair price so you are not robbed......there is a member on here called..."Bad Kid"..... he is good with price estimates for cars and parts so I hope he can offer you help. :)

At the end of the day....it's going to be ruled by....Head.....or Heart......my heart would be on keeping the running one....enjoy it and see where that takes you.......then if you decide to part with it you can at least say you had fun driving it. :)

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.........Club members would I'm sure offer you a good price if you decide to sell........unlike other car clubs you don't have to be a fully fledged member to use the Cars and parts sale section.

Sorry to have rambled on a bit but all members will sympathise with the position you are in.

Best wishes and keep us informed.......and chin up.

Thanks for the diagnosis :) - it's definitely linked to being away from the driving seat, even my comfy as* groove in the seat needs attention!

And thanks for the advice and sympathy, it's given me lots to ponder before jumping into a decision and some potential follow up actions, so it's very much appreciated.

It will defo be a heavy heart decision, the car has plenty of sentimental value (not to be confused with hoarding :)). It was the car I wanted for a long time and it took a few years to get out of debt and save up on a low wage to buy it. Plus all the great memories as you say, and the fact I rarely see them (only spotted 2 on the road in the last 5 years). It's like spotting the red arrows, you rarely see them unless there's a planned event!.

I've managed to keep it mould free which is a miracle with our weather, and as clean as possible so the love's not lost on it.

I just need to find a new house with a double garage going for peanuts, problem solved :)
 

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 10:54:01 AM »
Hi :)

Do I detect a possible new Club Calibra member signing up..............and maybe an iconic Calibra wearing a ....www.club Calibra.com vinyl sticker

perhaps. 8)..........As members we often go through all sorts of emotions.......and high's and lows but once we climb in........insert the key and floor it we are reminded of our good fortune of owning a Calibra.

I have lost count of the good comments and praises from all sorts of people.......you can feel the envy Lol ;D

Keep taking the medicine.........things will soon get better 8)

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 23:47:01 PM »
I was without a calibra for just over a year....I was like a bear with a sore head most of the time....my SE6 ha  been off the road for two years at least....many ppl have sold there's and regretted it.....yes they do need looking after but the thought of driving a car that you don't see much and is a head Turner is worth it.....I have not time to work on my calibra much...to be honest I've not seen it for 3 weeks !!

So in a nutshell....keeping if you can...!!!

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Re: Should they stay or should they go...
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 12:47:36 PM »
Hi Sealysonic  :)

I remember your post's well mate.........I could feel the pain in your words :-\

It certainly weighs you down but you kept faith and most of all kept your Cali.......As we all know they are getting more rare by the day so I would say to any member who is pondering that dreaded question.............ple ase try all avenues to hang on to your car if at all possible.

It is better to have a poorly Cali on the drive way or garage.......than to get rid of your dream where you may not get the chance again ever to call one of these icons your own. ???

Lol I was on the drive doing engine jobs with a couple of neighbours .....heads buried in the engine bay.......when the gate opened and a young teenager piped up and said

"Wow I've seen an old fart driving one of these around town".................after nutting myself on the fooookin bonnet I said grumpily................ ....." Would'nt be this old fart would it" :(

Well his face went Flame Red.........matched my car perfect Lol..........I finished off by saying .....Close the gate after you.....tw*t. ;D ;D ;D