Ghosty Posted June 21, 2020 Share Posted June 21, 2020 Fuck it, 205 thread. Wuvvum posted a 205 diesel in the eBay thread a couple of weeks ago. I'd had it in my watchlist a while already and had spoken to some mates both on and off forum that all said go for it. ~~ The C30's gearbox has been slipping of late, and despite weekly fluid changes to try and help matters, as a result I'd been driving it in manual mode as it seemed happier that way. I'd been opening my mind to manuals more and more as time has gone on, especially as I've had a hankering for a Renault 4 for a couple of years now. The Volvo's issues had made me realise there's more to life than automatics, fun to be had, and no end of cars to choose from, and using it in manual mode started to revive my muscle memory for clutches. I was looking for a new toy anyway, with the C30 firmly in place as daily, and the Jag sold as needs must, I had some money burning a hole in my pocket. I'd been searching eBay for autos already: towards the end of lockdown was the time, so listings were starting to pick up a bit from the previous wasteland. I was searching by newly listed, as so little was on offer that it was the only way I could see different things even days apart. The first time I opened my mind to manuals, this 205 showed up not far from the top of the lis, it was already bid to £400 and change, but didn't move much through the week. I've been keen on 205s for a while, and I'd been particularly keen on a five door turbodiesel - in fantasy land I've been harbouring the idea of making a 5 door turbodiesel GTI replica, as the anti-GTI. I've also always liked the spec of D Turbos, and having seen how rare they're becoming I became very keen to get hold of one. This car on eBay was merely listed as 'peugoet 205 diesel 1.8 turbo 12 months mot', and accompanied by an honest description, outlining pretty much every fault the car had, with photos to match, I was drawn in. The ad also mentioned the inclusion of a correctly coloured spare tailgate and a black headlining. The whole thing screamed 'honest', and I saw potential for a bargain, knowing 205 values more or less, I went for it, with a max bid of £750, I was pleasantly surprised to win the car for £560. Now, the car was between Newport and Cwmbran, about three miles from both. Oh wait, Wales isn't very open at the moment. But hey, trains are running, and the staff aren't allowed to interact with passengers. It's one train from Manchester to Cwmbran, and I have a Railcard. The car is less than three miles from the M4. If I get onto the M4, I can use motorways up until about 3 miles from my house. That's pretty good, considering I haven't driven a manual on the road since I was 18. (note: I'm 24). Anyway, as soon as the auction ended I text the seller, and he said 'collect at your leisure', wasn't arsed about a deposit, and provided his address. Sorted some insurance instantly as I hadn't got round to cancelling the Jag policy thanks to work, and the prices to insure it were virtually identical. so not much outlay. By coincedence, it was precisely a year after Shitefest '19, where I came home with a Peugeot 305 GLD estate without warning, and my parents weren't impressed. Much like last time, they had no idea about the 205. CreepingJesus, Coprolalia, Jenson Velcro and 16 others 19 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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