Time for another update from FRAUD GARAGES !
After weeks months years of procrastination, the Doloshite was finally put up for sale :
It was purchased by fellow 'shitter GaryCox, who immediately pressed it into daily use ! Old cars need to be driven to keep healthy, so I'm really pleased that the Doloshite has found such a good home !
The Ignis has now completed 26K miles in my hands and simply soldiers on, like the Duracell bunny ! The rear tyres were a pair of aging Falkens that had been there since I bought the car. They had marginally more tread than the legal limit but looked terribly dry and cracked, so I decided to splash out on a new pair. Tyreleader was consulted, and I once again went for the cheapest not-entirely-unknown brand available. This time it was Debica, Poland's premier* tyre manufacturer :
My first impressions are really positive, as they seem to inspire more confidence in the wet than the Nankangs they replaced (that have now moved to the rear axle).
Mrs F's Polo of DOOM was put back into daily use in early April. One week later, I received a panicked phonecall explaining it was refusing to start ! ARGH !
I was 100 miles away, so the breakdown assistance had to be called. They attended promptly, diagnosed a faulty ignition switch (yet another common 1990s VW problem) and hotwired the car so she could drive it back home. The ignition switch is a £15 part, but replacing it is an annoying, fiddly task so the job was farmed out to the local garage.
Bloody car ! I must confess I'm really looking forward to the day I'll drive it over Richard Noon's weighbridge... But that day has not arrived, as it sailed through its MoT last week, so I'll have to endure the temperamental shiteheap for yet another year.
The Flying Bathtub also passed its MoT without issue, but continues to require plenty of de-snagging. Watch this space !
Now... I have had the ScAAB for over two years, and it's been a brilliant car. It's reliable, really comfortable over long distances, and very practical thanks to its hatchback and towbar. A slightly bigger car would have been better suited to my needs, though, especially an estate. An automatic gearbox would have also been nice to have. So I would occasionally have a look at 9-5s and W210s on ebay, but everything in my (sub-£500) price range seemed completely worn out. So there were no plans for me to replace the ScAAB anytime soon.
Then, one day, as I was reading through fellow 'shitter HMC's automotive exploits I noticed he had a nice old W210 for sale at a price I really couldn't ignore. PMs were exchanged, and the following weekend I collected the car from sunny, posh south Devon and drove it back to a rather cloudy, far-less-posh rural Hampshire.
The car was lovely to drive and the low-mileage V6 was sweeter than a sugar-coated kitten :
But previous giffer ownership meant the exterior was full of dents and scrapes and the light-coloured interior had not been cleaned in several years. Now, I've bought some really grubby cars in my time, but the dirt in this car had to be seen to be believed.
Nothing that some elbow grease and Autoglym's magic potions couldn't fix, though :
Mmmm... That's what I'm talking about !
To make sure the interior smelt as fresh as it looked, a new pollen filter was installed :
And I also decided that the factory "Audio 10" cassette player had to be replaced with something more modern :
A quick inspection of the bodywork revealed a multitude of issues, which I will need to address in the following months... All part of the German quality* car experience, eh ?
Here's the rusty old tank, next to some slightly less rusty old tanks :