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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    This week on John's Garage we're going to take a drive in a very rare and beautifully finished BMW E34 535i Sport. The episode will be available from Thursday 1pm.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    This week on John's Garage I take a recently imported BMW E34 BMW 535i Sport for a drive. 


    It would be great if people could like the video if you enjoy it, share it and please subscribe to the channel.


    I know the owner is immensely proud of this car and would like to see the video doing well and I'd love to read your thoughts on it.





  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Happy Christmas everyone, 

    sorry for the delay with this weeks video but the whole family have been sick this past week and it's been a real struggle getting time to research and record it. 

    I'd really appreciate if people could subscribe and share the video if they like it. 

    Anyway, this week we take a look at the history of the BMW E34 and I've included a lot of film, ad and promotional material for a change, including some of the lovely engine sounds of the M5 from the film Ronin at the start. 

    Hope you all enjoy it!




  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    I hope you all enjoyed that, more films already recorded.

    In the meantime there is 21 videos currently on the channel in case you're looking for something to do over the next 48hours that isn't Christmas related!

    Just wanted to share a little stats on the channel, its's growing well with views and subscriptions doubling now every 28 days.

    However, 85% of regular viewers aren't subscribed. In order to help the channel grow it would really be great if some of you could change that by clicking that subscription button.

    Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who clicks through and watches any of the content.

    Happy Christmas and a happy New Year to you all here.




  • Registered Users Posts: 23,256 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    Just on the Lexus ls430, I'm fairly sure I used to see that car regularly around Dartry / Rathgar as the plate stood out at the time.

    That would have been 2002 2003.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Thanks Mick, people have been fairly insistent that it started life with Tim O'Mahoney of Toyota Ireland. Would he have lived around there?



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭goochy


    But surely he would have had a ' D' reg . as car would be registered to Toyota ireland



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    They got registered out of the garage in Portlaoise. He had a a series of them all the way back to 90LS400



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,256 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    The LS plate was to match the model and surely if he was the head of Toyota Ireland he could have got it on any plate he wanted.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭goochy


    Oh rite . I only copped that now . Silly me . I assumed it was just some big shot from laois



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭goochy


    Speaking of high end lexus michael Martins 191D LS500H shot pass me on motorway from cork to Dublin yesterday . Probably his driver going back to Dublin for Xmas. No Garda car following . They are not supposed to be that great to drive but look great



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Depends what you mean by great to drive, it's a big luxury car that's uber comfortable and well built. If you want a sports car buy something else.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭goochy


    Not its not that . If you read reviews it's suspension isn't supposed to be great and the hybrid system doesn't work well for a luxury car. However they revised it this year . It sells in very small numbers here and in UK . It seems much more of a car to be chauffeured in then an s class or 7 series



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    This week on John's Garage we'll be taking a look at this original 1987 Toyota 'Boxy' Starlet. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel to be kept up to date when it goes LIVE by clicking here -------> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3fvK8I_1zPXDhqUUPOAdQ


    Video will be available Thursday at 1pm. 





  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    This week on John's Garage we take a look a real Irish favourite, the 1984-1989 Toyota 'Boxy' Starlet EP71.


    Whether you're a nun or a boy racer you can be sure prayers were said behind the wheel of one of these. 





  • Registered Users Posts: 8,544 ✭✭✭PsychoPete


    I have 6 of those starlets and 5 of them were owned by nuns. They are pretty interchangeable with later model starlets which helps with parts as parts are becoming scarce these days especially good body panels which are extremely hard to come by



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,256 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    Liking the channel. The irish angle is nice compared to most of the uk based classic stuff on YouTube.

    You mentioned about adding cars to classic policy. Any detail on insuring classics here would be interesting.

    I have a 2000 reg TT that can be put on a classic policy for under 300. Do they then allow you to add further cars for little money?



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    I really appreciate you taking the time to say that Mick. At times I don't know if I'm banging my head against the wall doing it as it's very slow to grow so I don't know if people actually enjoy it or not, flip side is I'm having huge fun making it even if it still takes about 7 hours to produce 10-15 minutes worth of material. As always, if anyone, anywhere can share this stuff I'd be very grateful. YouTube algothrims are quicker to pickup on similar UK content as they perceive a bigger audience for it.


    As regards the insurance, I'm happy to share my own experience. If there happens to be a broker or someone who works with classic policies here that reads this and fancies doing a fully factual piece with me I'd love to do it for everyone. PM me.

    Anyway, back to my own experience. I'm currently insured fully comp with FBD. According to them cars should be 25 years or older BUT I'm aware of several people who got a policy at 20 years old. This allows for use to shows and occasional social domestic and please (can't be your everyday car). This cost €184 for the first car, a standard 1991 Toyota MR2. It cost €80 approx to add my second car, a standard 1997 Merc C180. After that I'm unlimited in what I can add and it costs approx €40 per can per annum. So far I've included a 2001 Megane Convertible and 2002 Volvo C70. Total cost for 4 cars €344 fully comp including breakdown and windscreen cover. I can add anything over 20 years old to that policy for €40 once it's standard. If it's modified I need an engineers report and to declare mods and they'll send it to the underwriter. I have nothing like that nor do I indent to.

    Hope that helps.

    Axa were getting sketchy on covering newer stuff hence why I left them 2 years ago. Abbey Autoline I was insured with before and I believe their still excellent. I had a claim with them and can't say I had any issue despite people online warning because they're based in NI they'd be hard to deal with. No idea why they say that as it was handled by Allianz down here with zero issues.

    The issue with committing that to video is that it's just my experience and could be different for others. Hope that's of use to you though.



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,256 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    Thanks alot. Very good pricing.

    It seems classics are the only way to own multiple cars in Ireland as anything else is a job for insurance.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Pretty much. It used to be the case that Abbey Autoline would insure specialist newer cars but I don't know if they do it or not now, same with Carol Nash but again it depends, a Clio RenaultSport wasn't considered a specialist car by them but a 318Ci was as it was a BMW.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Hi folks. I'm going to remake the video guide to importing a car to Ireland since Brexit which was on John's Garage. A calculation error was pointed out to me in the original.

    With that in mind, is there any common questions you'd like me to include which keep cropping up. I'd like to try and make the next video a one stop shop so to speak. Please type any questions below and if you know the correct answer feel free to include it also but ONLY if its 100% correct. 



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    This week we take a look at the history of the Toyota Starlet EP 70/71 . I've included a lot of adverts and promotional material.


    Please ensure you subscribe!


    Hope you all enjoy it!





  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Hope you all enjoyed that folks. Didn't seem to be as popular as other videos but you live and learn. If you didn't get a chance to watch it I'd recommend doing so as it contains a lot of ads for the Starlet from the 80s!



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,544 ✭✭✭PsychoPete


    There was also two lightweight versions introduced in 86, Turbo R and RI. The RI came with a 2E-E,rear spoiler,front lip and a red/black interior. The Turbo S and R could be got with TEMS, electronically controlled shocks. The Turbo versions got a bit of a face-lift in 88 with a different grill,front bumper and sideskirts



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Do you SI that's mentioned? There are brochure shots of that in the video. It's pretty much a warmed over 2E 3 dr with sporty touches and interior. Looked great, I remember a few about back in the day. The Turbo then was the 1.3T which we all know.


    I actually can't get over how nice it was to drive, especially with the 4 speed box. Always felt like I was racing. Would make your ears bleed on the motorway however



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,256 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    You have 2 starlet videos up. Admittedly that car wouldn't be of huge interest to me but I thought it was the same clip I was seeing again as its presented with very similar image of starlet from opposite sides.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    Yes, one is history and one is drive. Might be a thought for the future. Thanks for saying it.


    Why wait and think about good advice as they say




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,544 ✭✭✭PsychoPete


    There was an SI,SI- Limited, Canvas top SI and the RI "lightweight" which was a introducted with motorsport in mind which is pretty rare now. Don't want to be clogging up the thread, have a few brochure photos




  • Registered Users Posts: 9,611 ✭✭✭ba_barabus


    No clog it up! I missed that but I think that's the brochure I used. If I remember correctly they weight 720kgs standard so any lighter would be a blast



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,544 ✭✭✭PsychoPete


    The weight is somewhere a long the lines of 720-750kgs. I have one with the later 4efte turbo engine with 165bhp and its so much fun to drive! Here's some brochure photos of models,engine,optional extras etc




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