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The year is 2001. Melanie Smith is a successful beautician and hair stylist, massive fan of that new girl group Destiny’s Child and a proud Essex gal. Melanie has lived in Brentwood, Essex for all of her life and owns a very popular beauty salon within the town of her residence that has converted popularity into a small fortune. She is currently in the process of opening up a second premise somewhere in the hustle and bustle of North London but wants to celebrate her success by splurging on replacing her cars, a 1996 Audi A4 Avant workhorse and a 1997 BMW Z3. It is already decided that the A4 Avant will be replaced with a new-generation, 2001 model with a diesel engine to cover the constant miles she will be doing between Essex and London but she doesn’t know what to replace the Z3 with. You see, Melanie loves her little Z3 so much. Whenever she gets a weekend free she is keen to go on a drive around the countryside or go shopping with one of her “bezzie mates”. The one thing she doesn’t like is that it feels a little too small for her and doesn’t look interesting enough. To Melanie, appearance is everything, and she really likes the quirkiest and most out there designs, but certainly not anything ugly. She’s tested the Mercedes SLK, Toyota MR2, Audi TT, Honda S2000 and even a drop top Land Rover Freelander and Jeep Wrangler but although she has liked elements of all of them, she feels that everyone is missing a certain something.
On top of this, her boyfriend Matt, who she has been with for some years now, is a massive car fan and really wants to help her make the right purchase, as well as get the right car for him
- Model year 2001 or older
- Trim year must be 2001
- Minimum 40 drivability
- Minimum 20 sportiness
- Minimum 20 comfort
- Minimum 35 safety
- Minimum 2 full seats
- 95 RON unleaded fuel only
- Catalytic converters obligatory
- Maximum loudness of 40
- Maximum engine PU/ET of 55/80 respectively
- Maximum car PU/ET of 100/40 respectively
- Maximum price $25,000 @ 0%
- No V16s
- Advert for any submission must be posted on the thread
- All mods from Workshop are permitted
- Design, design, design - Melanie wants a car that looks expensive and really stands out
- Reasonable performance and handling - She still wants to be able to have fun down those country lanes
- Decent comfort and economy - Although no hard limit on the fuel economy, Melanie will occasionally take this to work and if she is heading into London it needs to be able to sit in traffic potentially for hours in some comfort and without using too much fuel
- Decent equipment/quality levels - Melanie does not want something cheap or that feels cheap
- Prestige has relevance - Remember, it must look good and feel good!
- Space isn’t important - Melanie isn’t big, neither is her boyfriend Matt, but they may want to go away for the weekend with light luggage in this
- Reliability - Although not important as Melanie only ever plans to own this under warranty, she doesn’t want to have to deal with the annoyance of having to take the car in for repairs
- Service costs - Again, Melanie doesn’t find this too important, but the less it is the better, of course.
- All types of car will be accepted, but remember what Melanie is looking for.
- Your advert is important and will help with the verdict of the car. Melanie hasn’t tried your car yet because she doesn’t know your brand, so the advert needs to grab her attention!
Some similar cars have been included in the story, but remember that she didn’t want these. Consider them guidelines, but not the exact thing.
As always, the same naming system applies!
Car and engine model name: CSR 71 - “username”
Car trim: Brand, model and variant of car
Engine trim: Engine model/variant
Please do not rush your entries, take all the time you need, within the obvious limit of course.
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EDIT: You can sell a coupe body as a convertible as long as it is made clear in the entry PM that this is the intention. There also must be some attempt to visually portray this, so it is no good telling me it is convertible if there has been no change to the roof in some way.