Yeah, yeah I know, I had another thread about my cars and this featured in it. Anyway, doesn't matter, as I took some photos literally just for you guys (and Flickr) today and thought it was about time to do a write up on my BX.
So, the background. I've actually always wanted one. I think the one my uncle had in the mid 90s had a big effect on me, it was red and that's about all I can remember. But I do remember really missing it when it got replaced by a Volvo 440. I also remember a silver one back in 2002ish when we went to a holiday cottage somewhere in Devon, and seeing it rise up and down every morning. I was captivated.
I had initially gone to ZXs just because I felt the BX ship had sailed, I kept seeing mint examples selling for anywhere between 900-1500 and just thinking I'd left it too late and should have got my arse into gear with my driving a lot sooner.
Anyway, thanks to you guys on the forum having a great eBay thread, a cheap BX turned up. I recognised the listing, it had definitely been for sale recently enough but I was a little tipsy at a work outing so thought, lets just email the seller and hopefully one of his answers would put me off. It didn't. Buoyed by this, I thought, lets just stick in an offer, which was accepted. Oh did I mention that I then got kicked out of where I was living before I had even bought this thing? Yep. I then had to crash at my friends house for 3 weeks, most of which had the BX sat on his driveway. I don't think he'll ever forgive me for that....
Anyway, less talk, more photos.
It's a bit weather worn but I've only suffered one FTP and that was the fudged battery, which has now been replaced.
The main attraction. Nah not really. But these 1.4 TU engines should be listed under legendary because they genuinely can take tons of abuse and still go. Its done 166,500 miles and looks like it has too, but still runs sweet and bloody shifts like no tomorrow in third and fourth, I swear I don't know how I haven't got a speeding ticket yet, it just creeps up to 40 without me even knowing.
Nah this is the main attraction. My favourite side profile ever. I think I also want to own a Volvo 480 for the same reasons.
Probably best I don't know what date the next service was due by.
This car has seen some extensive welding, and is reasonably solid on the outside now. I do worry about both B pillars though, the boot floor can probably wait as it's supposedly been an issue since 2013, yet to be even mentioned on an MOT.
The interior looks OK for the miles its done. I actually sat in the back for the first time yesterday and it was like a sofa. The drivers seat is a bit worn out though. I was toying with the idea of getting a decent passenger one from France, because it'd fit okay right? Still the most comfortable seat I've ever sat in, in a car at least. All the electrics work too, aside from one of the reading lights by the sunroof. Even the stereo the previous owner told me didn't work actually does, and its a DAB thing. The front speakers have been replaced by better ones too, so yeah, not a bad score there.
I had to do this. This BX deserves a note soon enough, the OAP owners are shite legends though, they also have a locally registered R12! And their neighbours have a K reg Rover 218D.
I suspect most of you on here have driven or ridden in a BX by now, but this was genuinely the first time (in memory) I had, and its an experience. You find yourself doing 35mph plus and suddenly all the engine noise goes away, and it becomes like a flying carpet. It becomes waft central. Gets a bit nosier from the engine bay around 70 but that's fine, the lack of rev counter means I don't have to worry right? They are quite chuckable too, like a ZX to a degree but theres a touch more lean when cornering, I assume that's due to the suspension? Cheap tyres on it at the moment though, so that could be why.
It's also weird sitting back in the seat whilst driving, I feel about a million miles from the wheel if I do that. Maybe it's because I'm not that tall.
The plan is to keep it. I know I said I'd keep every single car that I've since sold, but I actually get a real kick driving this.
It's going to get money thrown at it in February too, the last cambelt change was in 2009 (20k) ago.
It has plenty of bad bits, but this car has gone through a lot, the MOT fail in 2016 was a bit formidable (as were the ones beforehand), so I expect a bit of a bill come June.... watch this space.