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A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away


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Insight. Foresight. The clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight:

What a motherflippin' car. Everyone needs to buy a MK1 insight right now. Thanks to @Jim Bell for being an all round cool guy and giving me a shot of his new pug 205.

 

Steering:

Direct. Light but responsive. 

 

Interior:

Modern, airy, TARDIS-like. I'm 6'1" and 19 stone. I didn't fit properly in an MG ZT but this allows me to fully extend my legs and I feel well supported. I managed to sleep in it as I found myself locked out of the flat at 2:30am

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Driving:

Weird af. The really long gears take a long time to get used to especially when combined with the tiny petrol engine. It's not slow but you have to plan things well ahead like motorway sliproads. 

 

Gearbox:

Tight. Short throws. Notchy

 

Stereo:

A bit shit. Fair enough.

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The history is interesting, the first owner was a part-owner of BMI and it was registered to a £2mil flat in London. The second owner was a director at a green energy company and kept every bill including the original autotrader ad. Insights say 'subtle wealth' to me now (excluding me)

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It needs the battery drained, recharged, drained and then recharged again if I've done my research right. Just need to wait for a parking spot within reach of my window.

I averaged 70mpg on the 170miles home. 

I managed 86mpg on the way back from Stirling with a little effort and no assist. I reckon 100mpg is possible on a long night run.

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The future is now (20 years ago). Neat car is neat, impressive display of warning lights. 7/10 would know somebody who owns again.

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Set about seeing if this thing will ever get an MOT again.

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It's not actually dire (I mean it is, but y'know), starts and runs sweetly, has floors and sills.

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Some prior repairs were of... Questionable quality. Some of the metal used in the thing's construction is thinner than I thought possible in an automotive application, I've cooked chickens wrapped in thicker metal...

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