Hello. I'm Doug, long-time lurker and first time sitting-down-at-computer-and-actually-bothering-to-post-er. Part of this is due to the fact that I have recently acquired some shite that you may (but probably will not) be interested in.
Before I launch into the main event, a quick bit of background. I'm not exactly new to shite having previously suffered from such afflictions as 954cc Citroen AX DIMENSION and an '84 Honda Prelude amongst others. But the last couple of years has involved couple of modern(ish) vehicles of the SPURTY type - I'm a tart at heart, you see.
Anyway, decided that it would be great fun to experience the double-whammy rollercoaster ride of moving house and changing jobs at pretty much the same time. I was rolling at that point in an increasingly tatty E46 325. My commute was now going to be much longer so fuel cost was a consideration and I just got the feeling the 325 was on the verge of money pit territory, with all the common M54 faults starting to manifest. So I binned it off cheap through a well-known online auction site. Nice car, but a bit complex for my tastes.
The lucky* winner of the E46 rocked up at about 11AM on a Sunday to collect it. He had come down from Bow, London to my place in Deathcamp-on-sea East Sussex and pitched up in a VW Caddy van and about five(!) other geezers (Minty from Eastenders, is that you?) climbed out of the back which I have to admit caused a slight smidgen of doubt in my mind that I had perhaps chosen the wrong method of sale. But needless to say I shouldn't have judged books by their covers or even their considerable amount of neck rolls. They were all friendly enough and ponied up the cash with a minimal amount of rhyming slang and stabbing and I even got a text later in the day to say they'd got back and loved the car. It'll probably be in a Stormzy video soon or something.
The net result of this was that I had £575 in hand and due to typically excellent forward planning on my part I had to find a new car in ONE afternoon because I had work the following morning. It was a bit like an episode Challenge Anneka except with less running, more browsing Gumtree and (a bit) less masturbating on my part. I didn't really want to blow my entire WAD on a new winners chariot because my new house is shafting me at the moment and I wanted to treat my other half - by way of me going to the pub and not coming back for three days. Anywhat, for those that are still with me after that ramble I did find a car that afternoon and here it is!
OH YES. It's an S1 Pug 106, a high watermark (skidmark?) in itself but its also the ultra-desirable AZTEC special edition. According to the super accurate* How Many Left website there are just 121 of these pussy magnets left taxed on UK roads, making it even more scarce and therefore surely more valuable than the much-vaunted Rallye model. Let's take a closer look at this RAREAND ATTRACTIVE vehicle and check out the FEATURZ.
Three incorrect wheel trims from a much later car? YES
Leaking sunroof repaired in accordance with the official Peugeot workshop manual instructions? NATURELLEMENT.
Boot full of assorted junk including spare wheel and tyre dated from the year 2000 and two sexy original 'Pulsar' wheel trims that are of course frustratingly broken? YOU KNOWS IT BOSS. No rust on the boot floor mind you.
This is probably the worst bit of the car. It's clearly had a slight knock and the indicator is a bit pissed but fixed firmly in place still.
So, is there anything good about this car I hear you ask? Well actually yes. Pretty much everything else.. REGARDEZ ICI.
Here's the UNIT. It's allegedly an 1124cc TU1. I don't know if it's been touched inappropriately in the past but it feels bloody lively for what it is. I was expecting it to feel dog slow after the 325 but its really sweet zippy little thing. Short gearing helps here but its really nippy through 2nd and 3rd. I've driven S2 106 1.1's loads and they didn't feel as eager. Were S2's strangled by Euro emission shit perhaps? To be honest I have pretty much zero history for this car, so I guess its feasible someone could have dropped in a 1400 or something in the past and not changed it on the V5 (unlikely) but these early TU's all seem visually the same to me. If anyone can confirm that'd be nice? Whatever, its as smooth as you like and makes an amusing rorty sound when you boot it which reminds me of an old school Downton Mini or something except without the shit transmission whine. Also I know there's meant to be a pipe at the front there but they seem to disintegrate within about two years on all the 106's I've ever known. Issues in here include a slight amount of mayo in the expansion tank - suspect previous short journeys are cause rather than HGF as coolant level holding firm after 1k miles. It was low on purchase but hasn't used any after being topped up. Also I have got a replacement dipstick on order as it was ERRANT. Rust free inner wings too (I've been burned before - see Citroen AX).
The interior is surprisingly free of blood and piss etc. It's actually pretty comfy and I don't think a long drive would be an issue in here. Everything works apart from the posh Sony AM/FM/DAB/KFC/OBE/J-LO head unit won't play in radio mode. CD and Aux in are both fine and the roof aerial is present and correct so not sure whats up here, a break in the wiring behind the dash maybe? Sooner or later I'll have a fiddle and after that I'll see why the radio doesn't work. LOLOLOL etc.
LOW ASS MILES. Look to be genuine according to the MOT history, but more important than this is that despite having the traditional erratic fuel gauge that will indicate fuel level based on cornering/incline/GDP of the Central African Republic but never on the actual amount of fuel remaning, the SPAZTEC has returned an average of 49.55 MPGS over 1068 miles! Which is really why I bought it in the first place (that and because I couldn't find a Rover R8 for sale nearby at the time). I should also mention the purchase price which was £295 which is probably about 14 euros nowadays for those reading overseas.
I don't know how much updating this thread will get, largely because the Spaztec seems to be a reliable little sort. To be honest I was going to just run it until its out of ticket in December and buy something else then but over the last six weeks I've become really fond of the little thing. I'm even thinking about replacing the knackered front wing. Other future plans include sorting out the non-functioning radio and reinstating a full set of 13" Pulsar wheel trims so I get an invite to Pebble Beach next year. Oh and I've also ordered a new tyre to replace the NSF which is quite low - £20 delivered BARG. I'm toying with the idea of losing the decals as they're in a pretty sorry state, what do you lot reckon?
That's quite enough of my shit for now. Ta for reading etc etc.