Probably bored people to hell about this car in the last few months but I've finally got it back
Long story short, bought a brand new 2.0T SRi Estate and had thousands and thousands of pounds of factory options on it (paid about £22k for the car) back in Sept 2004 (54 plate). Split up with my ex nearly two years ago and agreed she could keep that car as it was bought as a family car and she has the kids. However the agreement was always if she ever couldn't afford to run it then I'd get it back.
Been a lot of to'ing and fro'ing over the last few months (this started back in May when she first decided she could no longer afford the car) but I finally got my grubby hands back on the car tonight and it's sitting on my drive after a trade for my other one which she is trading in for an Astra she's getting.
To say it's had a bit of a hard life over the last two years is a major understatement, two young kids throwing anything and everything all over the back seats and beyond and my ex (being really short of cash) hasn't exactly looked after it. It's been a tool basically.
That's all about to change, there is a LOT of TLC in this car's immediate future. It's been fully hoovered out tonight and Amy is in the process of shampooing all the seats, carpets and head rests that we could remove (rest to be done over the weekend) for the first round of cleaning (it'll need to be done more than once).
First immediate job after that was to clear as many of the errors and warnings as I could. Trip to the garage to pump the tyres back up cleared all the TPMS warnings for all four tyres (!!!), top the screen wash up another warning gone, clear the service warning (will be servicing it myself over the weekend). Just the intermittent warning for the parking sensors to clear now which hopefully Dean will be diagnosing for me on Saturday.
There's a couple of scratches on the car I'm a little bothered by, one on the bonnet that I think will probably polish out and a deep one on the rear wing which I don't think will and a lot of small surface scratches all round the handles. I can see a serious DA session in this cars close future (Khalid, Bob, are ya feeling generous?? lol).
But GOD does it feel good to have it back. It's quite rare in the fact I had a factory electric sunroof fitted which seems to be seriously unusual in Vec's, but along with that it's got the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), factory front and rear parking sensors, powered remote tailgate, rear factory blinds, factory tinted rear windows, twin audio system and some other bits too.
So, get it MOT'd and Taxed tomorrow (assuming it passes which I suspect it wont). Down to Dean on Saturday (thanks mate) to get it checked out on Tech 2, diagnose the issue with the parking sensors and enable a few bits for me ready for modding Then it will be up to MIJ for an exhaust system and VXR rear skirt and insert and chrome fog surrounds. Loads more plans but of course money is the usual problem so we'll have to see how far what I've got saved stretches (depends what it needs to get through it's MOT I guess).
Anyway, a few really crappy camera phone pics (sorry it's all I had to hand) below and one really happy bunny here