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LDM posted:

Hi, Just joined as I have been thinking about getting a C5 for some time. Don't know too much about them but remember them being launched and have always quite fancied one. I will have to keep an eye out for a possible purchase! Cheers
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:13:56

dave posted:

Hi and welcome if you get one you will end up getting another where abouts are you in the uk
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:20:07

LDM posted:

Cheers for the reply! I am near Bexleyheath which is SE London / North Kent. To be honest when I think about it probably not an ideal place to use one but just think it could be fun and different. I would probably fancy something as a bit of a project but not a complete basket case but guess a lot will depend on what's available and what the going prices are. I am not in a rush so will just keep an eye out for something I fancy.
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:26:21

SINCLAIR C5 CHAS posted:

Welcome to the site before you decide to buy a. C5 that you may have seen let us know we maybe able to help you Bye Chas
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:27:10

dave posted:

The prices are going up and down if you get the chance ask chas if he's got a restored one you will be happy with one off his ones
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:32:54

LDM posted:

Cheers I will do! Not seen any for sale at the moment, other than the one on ebay. Not sure I am prepared to spend that much at the moment even though I appreciate that often you are better off spending a bit more at the start. I think for me the tinkering with it will be a big part of the enjoyment. Happy to have any possible buy pointed out too!
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:42:47

dave posted:

All depends if you want a standard one or modify it chas makes discs brakes mods which are good
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:46:12

LDM posted:

Most things I own end up getting modified so not precious about it having to be standard although probably not looking for something too butchered if that makes sense? I know these things can end up taking a life of there own so who knows what I will end up with!
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:50:07

dave posted:

You could end up with these
posted on: 31/10/2014 17:52:59

LDM posted:

Many thanks for the replies! Sorry not completly sure whaat i am seeing in the photos and therefore probably dont fully appreciate them. I could see the modifying becoming a bit addictive although I also appreciate the simpler cleaner things too. Is it best to just keep an eye out on forums like this and ebay etc or are there specialists with them for sale ona regular basis. As you probably realise the thought of seriously buying one is fairly new. Chas do you have any recomendations etc?
posted on: 31/10/2014 22:20:57

SINCLAIR C5 CHAS posted:

Hi there the only thing I can say is if you going to buy a C5 the first thing I look for is to make sure there are no holes in the body tha have been caused by damage .the next thing is the condition of the chassis as they where made from thin sheets of metal and they can be in a bad rusty state also if the selles says I am not sure if it works as I don't have a battery ,but it did work the last time I used it ...one of the biggest problems is the Pod as it was designed just for the C5 and there is no one able to make them ,again (but you can always bypas the Pod every thing is replaceable if you want you can ring me if you want any help Bye Chas .....Take a look at some of my Videos on YouTube Under the name of JORDAN8ISH :-s
posted on: 01/11/2014 09:00:19

LDM posted:

Thanks I have enjoyed watching the you tube stuff both yours and others. Quite looking forward to getting hold of one now! So what is the idea behind the twin motors and all the 24V and 36v conversions more speed of just distance? How reliant are they on pedal power?
posted on: 01/11/2014 10:09:47

dave posted:

24/36 v more speed
posted on: 01/11/2014 11:29:59

LDM posted:

how much speed and how long for? How does it cope on hills? Are people using the original engines (generally) or something more modern?
posted on: 01/11/2014 11:37:12

LDM posted:

Thanks for the replies! So I have been doing quite a bit of reading / research over the last few days and am thinking of heading down the 24v + root with a hub gear set to reduce the pedal effort. How achievable is a constant 20mph (on the flat) using just a motor? I guess the ideal would be to get it to mainly run with the motor for short trips / fun although I appreciate they seem to need some pedal power to get moving.
posted on: 03/11/2014 12:26:16

dadandjames posted:

My advice would be to stop woundering about it, and get one and play with it. Then try to improve it. My only wish is that I had more time to enjoy my C5. C5s struggle on hills. Ta Martin
posted on: 03/11/2014 20:35:09

LDM posted:

I am keeping my eye open for something suitable, so hopefully something will turn up! Cheers
posted on: 03/11/2014 20:50:16

julietvdb posted:

Many thanks for the replies! Sorry not completly sure whaat i am seeing in the photos and therefore probably dont fully appreciate them. I could see the modifying becoming a bit addictive although I also appreciate the simpler cleaner things too. Is it best to just keep an eye out on forums like this and ebay etc or are there specialists with them for sale ona regular basis. As you probably realise the thought of seriously buying one is fairly new. Chas do you have any recomendations etc?
Hi, I have a Sinclair C5, bought brand new a few years ago, perfect condition, has done only 2 miles. I need advice on what price to sell it for please!!!!
posted on: 01/12/2014 14:35:49

julietvdb posted:

Hi there the only thing I can say is if you going to buy a C5 the first thing I look for is to make sure there are no holes in the body tha have been caused by damage .the next thing is the condition of the chassis as they where made from thin sheets of metal and they can be in a bad rusty state also if the selles says I am not sure if it works as I don't have a battery ,but it did work the last time I used it ...one of the biggest problems is the Pod as it was designed just for the C5 and there is no one able to make them ,again (but you can always bypas the Pod every thing is replaceable if you want you can ring me if you want any help Bye Chas .....Take a look at some of my Videos on YouTube Under the name of JORDAN8ISH :-s
Hi Chas advice please, am total newbie with a Sinclair C5, brand new a few years ago, 2 miles done only. what on earth would be the ballpark price on it? could I sell it on this forum? it is in mint condition. my dad bought it new for £1000 but I know they don't make them anymore so what are people prepared to pay for them??? bit cheeky of me, but your advice would be much appreciated! many thanks Juliet
posted on: 01/12/2014 14:38:47

Karl posted:

Hi, and welcome. Hope you don't mind if I butt in. Just my opinion from experience, paying £150 for a C5 could be a big mistake, unless you can find a local private sale from someone who has no idea what the thing is worth. You should take into consideration that restoring something normally cost far more than buying the same item in reasonable condition. Traders are buying up C5s, stripping them down and selling the individual parts for exorbitant prices, if you need the part then you have to pay. I even bought a junker to act as a spare parts source, it was cheaper than buying the individual parts. The more that are stripped down the less there are in existence, and up goes the price again. I bought most of my parts years ago, thank goodness. When I see what is now being charged, it makes me shudder. BUT, don't let me put you off. This is the right time of the year to buy, the asking prices will rise rapidly when it's warm again. GO FOR IT, but use your head, or someone else's.:-" :-"
posted on: 01/12/2014 22:22:44

SINCLAIR C5 CHAS posted:

Hi what Karl says about buying a C5 and restoring it is true it's costly so the best thing is to do some homework and see how much it will cost first then decide what you want . Chas
posted on: 02/12/2014 09:24:28