Apologies no collection thread as was driving there and back, also was Thursday so bloody hot
Been on the lookout for something cheap and cavernous for a while, but could not find anything suitable for what's needed. Didn;t want to get a transit, but wanted a Galaxy sized car, preferably in Auto guise.
Mechanically in good condition, not that bothered re appearance as its purely going to be used as a tip run car/moving furniture vehicle.
Bid on a Galaxy diesel auto with 12 months ticket, but reserve not met, but then saw this beauty.
Seller was totally honest about its condition (if anything too critical) and even did a you tube video to show all its idiosyncrasy's
For what we needed it for, was almost an ideal car.
Won the auction for quite a bit less than I bid, and arranged to collect last Thursday morning down at Bristol services.
From the description and video, knew that something would need to be done re the door, so was on the lookout for a replacement.
Fortune struck again as found as an e-bay listing for a Pug 807 in the same colour being broken in Swindon. Seller happy to remove door and collection on Thursday. So a slight detour back to Brum via Swindon was on the cards.
Wife kindly offered to take me down to collect, but was a little worried when the tools and oil I normally take, also included a ratchet strap,. 4" square blocks of wood, and a sledgehammer.
Met the seller who was a really nice guy, and had even left me half a tank of fuel. Did the paper work, and he departed.
Now I've had some strange looks in my time, but not as many as when you leave car 1, and approach car 2 carrying a block of wood and a sledgehammer. No one said anything, but kept looking as I hammered the leading edge of the door down, so door could now be opened easily and then moved to the upright and door surround. In less than 5 minutes (Thank God as was apx 35 degrees) the door now opened and closed "easily" and the window almost all the way up. Stopping about 1 cm from the top. Then liberal use of cable ties to secure card to door and all set.
Never done body work or anything similar before, so was quite impressed with my codge job. So much so I did think about cancelling the door collection, but replacement door was a good price and did not want to muck the other guy around.
So car now is watertight and headed home.
First issue was that the aircon did not work/cool, but with all the windows open including the the boot ones got quite a nice breeze blowing through.
Second issue is it a a 2.0l Auto, so could not pull the skin off a rice pudding. Drives lovely, just for motorway driving takes a while to get up to speed or if you want to overtake, but will happily sit at 70mph (or slightly more) without any issue.
Third issue - Brake pad warning light. Had asked a question re this and advised no noises just need to be changed. Sure enough no scraping or anything to warn you, and brakes straight and true. Pads front and rear ordered for £30 delivered, so another of the jobs to do this weekend or next.
Picked the door up from Swindon, and headed home.
Car drives really well, Very light power steering, but you soon get used to it, and is a perfect car for what we need. In the two and a half days of ownership its already picked up
A replacement front door
A three seater settee
Two 2 seater settee's which it took in one trip
A double bed and mattress
Two tip runs filled to bursting.
All of the above were done with all doors closed. Was previously using my golf estate and got used to having the tailgate open carrying stuff that did not go all the way in (oh er missus)
Still got the door to change and its booked in for an ATS air con charge Monday, but really like the car. Always do oil filter changes myself on new cars, but thinking about getting a cambelt done and then getting rid of the Golf. Which is quite weird as car was only ever going to be a beater for moving house and associated work.
And its also got electric sliding doors........... (I'm such a child)