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Classic Car Buyer Magazine

51 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From $1.37 per issue Classic Car Buyer is Britain’s leading weekly newspaper for classic car enthusiasts. Out every Wednesday, it’s packed with the biggest and most comprehensive news section plus auction reports and events - anything related to the classic car scene, you can read about here first. In addition, you’ll also find in-depth features covering all aspects of owning a classic car – buying, maintaining, driving and – crucially - enjoying. There are comprehensive buying guides, informative road tests, a nostalgic pull-out spread depicting a scene from the halcyon days of motoring, staff car sagas, guest columnists, market reviews, a detailed club directory and a regularly updated price guide. The publication is also packed with hundreds of cars and parts for sale in its Free Ads section, making it THE place to buy or sell your classic. There is a dedicated classifieds spread on classic commercial vehicles and machinery. Classic Car Buyer provides the best insight into bread and butter classics – every week! Edited by John-Joe Vollans, Classic Car Buyer is backed by a hugely knowledgeable team who have had years of experience running their own classics. That combined with an unending enthusiasm

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Classic Car Buyer  |  No.211 Fake Classics On The Rise?  


As we all know, by and large, classic cars are a lot easier to fix than moderns. Modern car makers will counter this by saying that longer service intervals and the allegedly greater reliability of modern cars mean they don’t actually need fixing so often. I don’t know about the latter, but I do know that over the Christmas break I had cause to fix something
which, generally speaking, was a whole lot easier in the classic era. The car in question was a 2005 Vauxhall Zafira diesel, which seemed to be running a bit cold. I couldn’t be 100 per cent certain as this model doesn’t actually have a temperature gauge, just a warning signal that shows and sounds if things get too hot. However, the heater didn’t seem as hot as it
should be, so having ruled out faults with the air flap control, a
stuck-open ’stat seemed the most likely cause. Internet research
confirmed this is a fairly common problem with diesel Zafiras. In the classic era, a thermostat was generally contained within a separate housing, and assuming you could get the bolts off without snapping the studs, you could change the ’stat part on its own, and replacements were relatively inexpensive. You could also, of course, mask an overheating fault by simply removing the ’stat, but let’s not go there for now... However, the Zafira ’stat is a massive lump of metal that includes the ’stat, housing and gauge sender unit, all of which have to be renewed even if just one part has failed. An OE dealer replacement costs around
£70! As I’m sure you’d expect, there was no way I was paying that, but
even an aftermarket replacement was nearly £40. There’s more; fitting the thing involves removing several pipes along with the battery and battery
tray in order to gain access; about two hours work in total. I didn’t fancy
doing it myself in sub-zero outside temperatures, so even at the £30
an hour my rural Lincolnshire local garage charges, the total cost of changing a thermostat came in at over £100 once VAT was added in.
Classic Car Buyer is Britain’s leading weekly newspaper for classic car enthusiasts. Out every Wednesday, it’s packed with the biggest and most comprehensive news section plus auction reports and events - anything related to the classic car scene, you can read about here first. In addition, you’ll also find in-depth features covering all aspects of owning a classic car – buying, maintaining, driving and – crucially - enjoying. There are comprehensive buying guides, informative road tests, a nostalgic pull-out spread depicting a scene from the halcyon days of motoring, staff car sagas, guest columnists, market reviews, a detailed club directory and a regularly updated price guide. The publication is also packed with hundreds of cars and parts for sale in its Free Ads section, making it THE place to buy or sell your classic. There is a dedicated classifieds spread on classic commercial vehicles and machinery. Classic Car Buyer provides the best insight into bread and butter classics – every week! Edited by John-Joe Vollans, Classic Car Buyer is backed by a hugely knowledgeable team who have had years of experience running their own classics. That combined with an unending enthusiasm for classic motoring makes for a most informative and entertain read.
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Great variety of interesting content, so always a good read. Reviewed January 13, 2021
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Great reading well done Reviewed October 29, 2020
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It is good to see that despite a very difficult time at the moment the Staff manage to keep up the very high standards. Well done to all.
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A good read

I like looking at the cars for sale, want to get something this year for up to £2,000. The news coverage is also interesting, just not sure if I want to get a years subscription so tend to buy single issues, but that is working out more expensive! Reviewed July 16, 2013

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