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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2023 1:21 am 
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Browsing through the recent issue of PHTM and looked at the vehicle finance advertisements in the pages.

https://content.yudu.com/web/43sy4/0A43 ... gin=reader

How does a 1 litre petrol Skoda with finance total £26,000 + including a £1000 deposit?

This is disgusting. How can normal taxi drivers make a living with these kind of costs on top of the council madness?

Have been out of the trade for 3 years now so might be out of touch but my earnings back then could not justify those ridiculous prices for a 1 litre hatchback.

World has gone fu^^k!** mad!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2023 8:06 pm 
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Skoda prices have gone through the roof.

Thirty grand for a Superb is just ridiculous.

Loads of the lads are getting Kia's and Hyundai for less than £20,000.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2023 9:46 pm 
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how much cash?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2023 11:33 am 
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Rebel-Taxi-Driver wrote:
Browsing through the recent issue of PHTM and looked at the vehicle finance advertisements in the pages.

https://content.yudu.com/web/43sy4/0A43 ... gin=reader

How does a 1 litre petrol Skoda with finance total £26,000 + including a £1000 deposit?

This is disgusting. How can normal taxi drivers make a living with these kind of costs on top of the council madness?

Have been out of the trade for 3 years now so might be out of touch but my earnings back then could not justify those ridiculous prices for a 1 litre hatchback.

World has gone fu^^k!** mad!!!!

I doubt our council would license a 1.0 litre car.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2023 9:42 pm 
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I doubt our council would license a 1.0 litre car.

Then they are daft.

The efficiencies of engines nowadays are a million miles better, from even 10 years ago.

The first car I drove as a taxi/PH was a 2.6 litre Sierra, and the 1 litre car I drive now is no different in terms of performance, but a shed load more efficient when it comes to MPG and emissions.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2023 9:36 pm 
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Which reminds me, saved this in my drafts a few weeks ago, but had more to add to it, but never got round to it. Will maybe do the two other points over the weekend...



Three main points to make, but can't be bothered doing it all at once, so will split it up :P

Anyway, RTD makes it sound like a 1.0 litre engine is tiny. Well, of course, in traditional terms it is. But these ultra-modern turbo-charged engines are designed more with economy and emissions stuff in mind, etc, and in fact a 1.0 litre lump is probably equivalent to a 1.6 in an early petrol Mondeo, say, or even a 2.0 litre :-o

My first taxi was a 1995 1.6 petrol Mondeo, which produced 115 bhp, as I recall it.

Which, I think, is the same as the 1.0 litre Octavia in the PHTM advert...

In fact, one article I found via Google earlier suggested that a petrol engine of that size is roughly equivalent to one double the size only ten years ago :shock:

I suspect that's a slight exaggeration (as maybe the figures from my Mondeo nearly thirty years ago demonstrate), but the Octavia in the advert isn't the same as what would have been a 1.0 litre car twenty years ago - ie a two-door 'town car', supermini, or similar.

In fact, on the standard Octavias I think the biggest petrol engine available is the 1.5 litre...


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2023 4:21 pm 
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In the year 2023 I'm frankly amazed any council has an engine restriction.

I get the interior size for punter comfort, and safety measures as proper requirements, but engine size is irrelevant.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2023 9:02 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
Skoda prices have gone through the roof.

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Thirty grand for a Superb is just ridiculous.


Loads of the lads are getting Kia's and Hyundai for less than £20,000.



The L&K option includes an umbrella tho

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/256020827673 ... R_ac7PnsYQ

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2023 4:43 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
In the year 2023 I'm frankly amazed any council has an engine restriction.

I get the interior size for punter comfort, and safety measures as proper requirements, but engine size is irrelevant.


one area refused an EV as it was 0cc

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2023 3:14 pm 
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I am afraid due to vehicle shortages and the interest rights rising finance is getting dearer.

We find most finance is now around the 11% apr rate when it used to be around 5% about 18 months ago.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2023 7:37 pm 
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I am afraid due to vehicle shortages and the interest rights rising finance is getting dearer.

We find most finance is now around the 11% apr rate when it used to be around 5% about 18 months ago.

Someone worked out that financing a new EV London Cab, via a deposit and monthly and final payments, would cost around £99,000. [-(

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grandad wrote:
Rebel-Taxi-Driver wrote:
Browsing through the recent issue of PHTM and looked at the vehicle finance advertisements in the pages.

https://content.yudu.com/web/43sy4/0A43 ... gin=reader

How does a 1 litre petrol Skoda with finance total £26,000 + including a £1000 deposit?

This is disgusting. How can normal taxi drivers make a living with these kind of costs on top of the council madness?

Have been out of the trade for 3 years now so might be out of touch but my earnings back then could not justify those ridiculous prices for a 1 litre hatchback.

World has gone fu^^k!** mad!!!!

I doubt our council would license a 1.0 litre car.


lots are now 1ltr, lots of skodas are and only 3 cylinders..............my kamiq is, but 110bhp, about the same as my 1.6 diesel passat

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2023 10:13 am 
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Sussex wrote:
The first car I drove as a taxi/PH was a 2.6 litre Sierra


was it? I dont recall a 2.6....


During its lifetime, the Sierra was available with a wide range of petrol engines:

1.3 I4 OHC (1294 cc; 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp)) Pinto engine;
1.6 I4 OHC (1593 cc; 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)) Pinto engine, available in standard or economy tune;
1.8 I4 OHC (1796 cc; 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)) Pinto engine (from 1985);
1.8 I4 OHC (1769 cc; 87 PS (64 kW; 86 hp)) CVH Engine (from 06/1988);
2.0 I4 OHC (1998 cc; 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)) Pinto engine;
2.0i I4 OHC (1993 cc; 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)) Pinto engine with fuel injection (from 1985);
2.0i I4 DOHC (1998 cc; 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp)) DOHC engine (from 1989);
2.0i I4 DOHC 16V Turbo (1993 cc; 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)) DOHC engine, YB Turbo (RS Cosworth, 1986–1987);
2.0i I4 DOHC 16V Turbo (1993 cc; 227 PS (167 kW; 224 hp)) DOHC engine, YB Turbo (RS500 Cosworth, 1987);
2.0 V6 (1999 cc; 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)) Cologne V6 engine;
2.3 V6 (2294 cc; 114 PS (84 kW; 112 hp)) Cologne V6 engine;
2.8i V6 (2792 cc; 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)) Cologne V6 engine (XR4i, 1983–1985, XR4x4 1985–1987)
2.9i V6 (2935 cc; 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)) Cologne V6 engine (XR4x4, from 1987)


Two diesel engines were available:

2.3 I4 D (2304 cc, 67 PS (49 kW; 66 hp)) Peugeot Diesel engine (1982–1989);
1.8 I4 TD (1753 cc; 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)) Endura-D engine (from 1990)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2023 11:20 pm 
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It was a 2,3 diesel.

F*** knows where I got the 2.6 from. #-o

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Sussex wrote:
It was a 2,3 diesel.

F*** knows where I got the 2.6 from. #-o


China?

lol

I had a Sierra 1.8td, it went well till the belt snapped

the 2.3 was a Peugeot unit and (i think) related to the 505 2.5 and transit "banana" engine

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