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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 8:15 pm 
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I know a bit about these, so any q's give me a try ;) Especially Granadas and Omegas :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 10:36 pm 
Why would anyone in their right mind buy an Omega?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:17 pm 
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Tom Thumb wrote:
Why would anyone in their right mind buy an Omega?


Been to Gatwick lately?

Hundreds of the things. :?

Alex


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 4:53 pm 
Tom Thumb wrote:
Why would anyone in their right mind buy an Omega?


Best car vauxhall ever made, good for the corperate client, good for the image.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:32 pm 
Alf Richardson wrote:
Tom Thumb wrote:
Why would anyone in their right mind buy an Omega?


Best car vauxhall ever made, good for the corperate client, good for the image.




whats up with spam?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:48 pm 
One day you will wake up Alf and see what is really good for the image.

I know the answer :wink:

Once brought seven Omegas, biggest pile of [edited by admin] ever seen. In the ten months we kept them I never ever had all of them on the road.

One caught fire one day and called for assistance, I said 'knock on the nearest door'

'And ask them to phone for the fire brigade' he responded.

'No, ask if they have any coal'.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:38 am 
Graham wrote:
I know a bit about these, so any q's give me a try ;) Especially Granadas and Omegas :roll:


We used to have grannies all over the place but their a bit long in the tooth now and theres not many on the secondo hand market but a few are still plodding along as taxis.

There are a few omegas and some of the owners have had one before, so someone likes them even if not mr thumb.

Canny Fifer


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 4:21 am 
Tom Thumb likes top class,
he carries folk that has plenty of brass,
he is built up to all our dream,
to carry just those that are the cream.

dont be put off by his text,
and dont let his postings make you vexed,
one day it should be our aim,
to be like him and avoid the blame.

if the cars you point out,
exite your customers to give you the shout,
get on and put them in your fleet.
for you nothing else will beat.

We just cannot be the same,
we must all pitch its the name of the game.
nice thought though carrying just the toffs
but we have to take joe to the buffs.

areas are different we must get,
that trade thats the better bet,
just hope that we dont finish taking the pitts.
and having cars that fall to bits.

Paddington Bill


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 7:09 am 
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Tom Thumb wrote:
Once brought seven Omegas, biggest pile of [edited by admin] ever seen. In the ten months we kept them I never ever had all of them on the road.



I've often thought about an Omega - so what's your idea of a good executive motor then Tom?

Dusty


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 8:59 am 
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A brand new Roller Dusty.

Go on, give one a go. :D :D :D :D


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 2:28 pm 
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What a steam one, or a paint one? :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 8:32 pm 
Dusty Bin wrote:
Tom Thumb wrote:
Once brought seven Omegas, biggest pile of [edited by admin] ever seen. In the ten months we kept them I never ever had all of them on the road.



I've often thought about an Omega - so what's your idea of a good executive motor then Tom?

Dusty


The question should be 'so what's your customers idea of a good executive vehicle then'.

Let me just say we ran Grannies for many years and they were great taxis. Reliable, spacious and cheap to keep on the road. It is totally amazing that Ford has been missing from that sector of the car market for so many years.

The answer you were looking for Dusty is of course E Class Mercedes. I spent many years thinking that I couldn't afford a Merc, wow was I wrong, I now know I can't afford not to.

Fabulous car, solid and reliable but the thing is 'customer perception'. They absolutely fall for the Merc image hook line and sinker. It has Quality stamped all over it.

The E220 has creditable performance and is a very very durable beast, have it with the Tex seating (plastic that looks like leather) and it will last and last.

If you want fantastic performance and ride quality find the extra 5K and have a 320. However it is a bit OTT for purely taxi based work. The 270 falls between the two.

The first of the last model E class we brought new as N reg for 22K. Sold it 5 years later with 320K on the clock and got 8K. Less than 3 K per year and less than 5p per mile.

The problem is you have to be in this game for the long term and willing to put your neck on the line for 5 years.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 4:59 pm 
:D :D :D had an OMEGA on for a year now an no probs at all where else do you get 57 inches across the back seat and more leg room than you could ever reguire and thats 4 up on a long run in total comfort. luv mine to bits


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 9:34 pm 
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Tom Thumb wrote:
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Let me just say we ran Grannies for many years and they were great taxis. Reliable, spacious and cheap to keep on the road. It is totally amazing that Ford has been missing from that sector of the car market for so many years.

The answer you were looking for Dusty is of course E Class Mercedes. I spent many years thinking that I couldn't afford a Merc, wow was I wrong, I now know I can't afford not to.



Yes, and the Scorpio was awful as well!!

Of the exec motors offered by Patons and suchlike, the only ones apart from the Omega seems to be the E-class and the Volvo S80.

What do you think of the S80??

Dusty


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2003 3:25 pm 
Had one on test.

look the part. Very very spacious.

Just I'm not old enough to a Volvoman :oops: Sorry Volvoman


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