I'll start a new thread for this one. As you may have seen, the Rover proved a bit failsome, so I decided it was time to get myself a Lexus LS400. However, something went a bit wrong and what I've actually ended up with is a Japanese Renault Scenic with not quite enough doors. This one.
Of course, it isn't a prime example, because it's the first one I was able to get my hands on. So, it's the wrong colour, has crap paint and MOT advisories that make it sound like the rear tyres are knackered, and the alignment out of kilter. Even the Ebay ad reckons the previous owner just fixed it when things broke. Honest seller?
I am preparing to hand over the sum of Â£750 for this car, which shares its underpinnings with the CR-V. You can get a four-wheel drive version, but this is the Lowdown, which features blingy three-spoke alloys, lowered suspension and a bodykit. Ideal for Wales...
The engine is the same twin-cam, 2-litre four-pot that you'll find in a C-RV, which is really a twin-cam version of the engine under the bonnet of the Prelude I owned earlier in the year. It has a similar four-speed automatic with torque converter lock-up. There was not a manual option from the factory.
The footprint of the car is remarkably similar to a 2008 Fiesta, though two-inches narrower. Despite this, the seats can make a bed. Which is good. Because I've decided to try and sleep in it tomorrow night after I've picked it up. I should imagine it's quite sprightly. Power output is 128bhp JIS, which I think is slightly higher than DIN. The internet suggests anything from 128 to 140. In something the size of a Fiesta.
Apparently, the ride is quite refined, which is good. The ride in the Prelude was definitely not refined. Nor was the Honda-based Rover. Or the Civic I had some years ago. Fingers crossed.
To add an extra element to this caper, I'm off to see Twosmoke300 on Monday, where he will be changing the timing belt for me and giving me a chance to have a proper gander at the underside. There is some slight concern about whether there are actually any sills under the bodykit, and Honda rear arch syndrome is almost sure to have gained a foothold.
After that, priorities will include trying to find wiper blades of the correct size and type, and sorting out the faded headlamps. I may have to do something bodgey with the crap paint on the roof too. Maybe I'll matt black it. That's what the cool kids would do.
The collection caper will get underway at about 10:45 tomorrow, with the trusty Nippa for the first leg, then a www.splitticketing.co.uk special to Plymouth - Â£60 instead of Â£129. I can't promise live reporting on here, because it's a serious faff on my phone. The Blog (www.hubnut.org) should get some live updates though, and then I'll go all old-school with post-even collection capers when I'm back home. Whenever that might be. I'm really looking forward to this one!