We have a mark 8, daughter has a mark 7 and son has a mark 6. All excellent cars. I can't even begin to understand what Ford are thinking. This might be the end of my loyalty to the blue oval after over 30 years. I don't like where this all seems to be going ie: being forced to buy an electric car. I can't imagine the AutoShite forum of 20 years in the future will be full of tales of “digging the old Tesla out of the shed to soup up the 400 volt motor to 800 volt in the driveway” Such tinkering has been the prerogative of the working man since before the Second World War. Sprucing up the old BSA Bantam and later the Reliant so you could get to work on Monday was a weekend ritual. When you could afford a small car such as a Mini or Escort, you had to look after that too. Who hasn't had the joy of replacing a Triumph Herald gearbox in the street in January because it's too expensive to take to the garage? The Fiesta has been a staple of the new driver for decades. It's small, simple and still cheap to work on (replaced the broken springs on my daughters mark 7 for less than £30 – in the driveway).
I don't look forward to what the future brings for those of us that like to twirl a spanner. ULEZ, scarcity of fuel in the future and new legislation is taking our simple pleasure away from us a bit at a time.
I'd like to think that “they” would take my little MG away from my cold, dead hands but I may not have a say in the matter.