Well, fair to say this is due an update.
Firstly, after a lot of my time being wasted by idiots I managed to sell the Avensis. I didn’t get as much as I wanted, but I was glad to see it finally gone.
I had been planning to get the 205 out on the road for some time, so I got a few of the more important final jobs sorted on it, such as the timing belt and water pump, and I used the money from the Avensis sale to insure it. The car was running perfectly for a bit, but it seems to be getting air in the fuel system which is causing it to lose power and cut out sometimes. Nonetheless, this did not stop it from driving all the way up to the proper north to visit @adamd.
The car did about 47MPG on the way there which impressed me greatly, and covered roughly 350 or so miles over the course of the whole day. The 205 is actually a very comfortable place to be on a long trip, minus the cherrybomb exhaust which gets a little loud at full chat (which is often, with 59 hp). It’s generally quite a quiet car, and I’d go as far as to say it is quieter at motorway speeds than my Rover 25 was. Even with the lack of power, it actually pulls perfectly fine at motorway speeds, and overtaking is something you can do with no bother… as long as you’re on level-ish ground and the person you’re overtaking isn’t speeding up. Nonetheless, the car climbed up to the highest point on the UK motorway system and back down with ease, never missing a beat.
On the first day of driving it, I’d picked up a radio on clearance at Halfords for the great price of £35. Upon plugging it in, however, I found that fuck all was happening. I went to my work, found another head unit, plugged it in and found that it too, was not working. One of the things I was scared of with this car was finding crap bodged electrics, partly because it’s had so many owners and partly because of a receipt I have for the fitting of a Sparkrite alarm/immobiliser back in 1990. There is obviously no alarm or immobiliser present in the car anymore, but there are a few remnants of what I assume to be the wiring for it here and there. Being that I, myself, know precisely fuck all about electrics, I decided I should enlist the help of the forum’s resident old electrical shite tinkerer. Upon pulling all the wiring for the radio out, my fears were confirmed. There was bodgery… and quite a bit of it! The wiring was an absolute mess, with cables that made 0 sense and the odd dead short here and there. After an hour or more of fettling, Adam managed to sort a lot of the bodgery and the wiring started to look a lot more neat & professional, with the radio now working. Whilst going through the wiring, we also found that somebody had wired in speakers in the rear in the factory position, although this had been done somewhat poorly, as expected. Nonetheless, these also worked with a bit of rewiring! So, after all that was said and done the 205 finally had a bangin stereo, for me choons. There was also an attempt at sorting out the lack of lights on the gauge cluster, however this was unfortunately left unresolved. Here, have some photos from the day:
In short though, I’m loving it, save for the poor running habits. The levels of grip it displays are really quite amazing, and it’s far, far comfier than it has any right to be. I honestly don’t reckon there’s many modern cars (save for mega expensive stuff) on sale that beat it in that regard. What it lacks in horsepower, it more than makes up for in superb handling and roadholding. An XLD is far from a GTi, but they don’t have a legendary reputation for nothing!
I’ve done about 800 miles in it in the past couple of weeks, and even though I’m loving it I’m not sure I want to keep paying money to insure it. I’ll have a proper think at the end of the month, when the insurance is due.
I’ve missed out a lot of stuff as I can’t be bothered to go back and look at everything I’ve documented through photos and whatnot, so I’ll just skip to the (semi) interesting bit. I’ve recently had the itch to buy a new car, and I’ve been looking at all sorts of different things from 2 seaters to sporty hatchbacks to massive saloons and beyond. Eventually, I saw something that really interested me and fit my criteria quite well, while still remaining a bit of an oddball. Earlier today I went to go and look at it, and I’ve ended up leaving a deposit on it with the intention of collecting it/having it delivered this week.
What have I bought, you might be wondering? Well, let’s see:
- It’s got recaro seats
- It’s got a 2 litre petrol engine, complete with intercooler and Garrett turbo
- It’s got 17" alloy wheels
- It’s got a phat wing
- It’s got a Torsen LSD
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That’s right, it’s precisely not what you were fucking expecting! It’s a Rover 820 Vitesse fastback!