The beast is 14 today!
Conceived during the heady summer of 1994 (BTCC Glory year!
) the lad was assembled in the Autumn and sent to our miserable cold and wet shores during the winter of 1994/5.
He did seem to languish unsold for a long time, possibly because he was a "1993 spec' " (no air-bags, no air-con, no leccy-dampers) model with the unfashionable and punter-frightening v6 Arese donkey and the soon to be replaced skinny body... but he eventually found a home on 18th July 1995 c/o the now defunct Camelot Cars of Newbury, Wilts.
Since that day, the beast has racked up an average >14,000 miles a year and completely coincidentally reached 200,000 miles on my way home from work yesterday night.
In all that time, he's obviously been responsible for about half of all the world's natural resources being used up... but they got to run out sometime, so we don't care!
Highlight items replaced, broken, FuBARd or Killed in Action, from memory and the somewhat patchy service history, pre-Ralf are:
Air-box trumpet (KIA) - 1
Bonnet struts - 1 pr
Brake discs - 8 (i.e. now on 3rd set)
Brake pads - 4 sets
Brake pipes (fr) - 2
Cam-belts - 2
Cam-belt tensioner - 1
Clutch - 2
Dampers (Front) - 1 pair (180,000)
Door lock - 1 (just wore out - 190,000)
Exhaust silencer - 2
Exhaust mid-section - 2
Fuel pipe (from pump to filter) - 1
Fuel pipe (in-tank vs. Fuel pump) - 1
Fuel pipe (to fuel rail) - 1
Gearbox synchro (#5) - 1 (130,000)
Head Gasket - 2 (135,000 and 192,000)
Headlamp (KIA) - 1
Headlamp washer nozzles - 1 pr (Eaten by Fox!)
Lambda sensor - 3
Radiator (mostly road damage/bottom bumper slot) - 2
Spark plugs - 12
Sub-frame (to be - 1)
Sun-roof motor relay - 1
TDC sensor - 1
Thermostat - 3
Track Rod ends - 2
Tyres - 16
Water Pump - 1 (aye!)
Wash-bottle motor - 1
Wheel Bearing (right rear) - 1
Window motor (o/s) - 1
Wishbone arms - 1 pair
Air filters - 16
Fuel Filter - 2
Oil Filter - 16
Oil - 126 litres (est)
Petrol - 7150 gallons (est)
Alternator belt - 3
P/Steering belt - 3
"Things I've forgotten" (bulbs, clips, circlips, screws, fasteners, paddings and fixers) - lost count.
"Things changed while fixing something else": Front springs and top mounts, fuel pump, fuel regulator, door lock.
"Hero of Arese" award goes to the still original OE (BOGE
) rear dampers and springs, though the subframe corrosion problem means they'll probably have to be pensioned off rather than refitted (I'll go lowered with Eibach probably and new dampers ).
"Mentioned in Despatches" - the MAF which is still original OE (Bosch) and no signs of stopping. Coil (though he's seen better days) and the HT leads (fresh as from Pomigliano circa 1994 and still going strong.
I'll have to give the beast a wash and polish this weekend... maybe treat him to some new synthetic Motul 6100..
as it's bound to break down now otherwise, innit?