Just realised its been a hell of a while since I updated this thread, lots has happened since May, mainly involving the Spider continuing to bleed me dry at every opportunity
The MOT in June was a bit of a nightmare, needed a new handbrake cable, new front wishbone and it failed the emissions horribly. In the end it turned out to be the almost new CAT I had put on a year before playing up - a 2nd hand OE CAT was sourced and fitted, but not before the whole escapade had cost me almost €900. All sensible economic policies would see the car written off just for this little adventure, but I just cant help myself
The ear bashing I received from the the OH was also quite spectacular!
She has also been lowered this year on Eibach Pro -30mm and new KYB shocks all-round along with new front top mounts. I love the look of her lowered and the ride is now better than before, even though the new springs and shocks have firmed her up. In the last 2 weeks I have also fitted a Weichers strut brace, which was a bit of a mission in itself.
Other tweaks here and there have included:
-wipex flat blade conversion
-shortening the gear knob with my dremel,
-new mini plates front and rear,
-4 x new Goodyear Eagle F1 assymetrics,
-Alfisti edition Ragazzon centre exhaust.
I parked the Spider up for the winter in October and have been doing a few odd jobs in the garage the last few weeks. What started as simply cleaning the rear brakes to cure an annoying squeal, turned in to replacing a rear calliper due to a stuck piston
After buying a piston rewind tool, a brake pipe spanner and a few other bits an pieces it cost me €150 to sort. I have painted my callipers red though
Whilst I was sorting the brakes I noticed that BOTH the passenger and drivers side CV boots on the gearbox were badly ripped, so its just been to have that fixed this morning at the local garage. I couldnt do it myself because most of the bolts holding the CV joints to the gearbox were badly rounded or damaged by a previous owner many moons ago. In the end it took the garage techs 5 hours to replace the CV boots, on a job im guessing would normally only take 1-2hrs. This = an invoice of €425
Even when parked up, the Spider is doing her best to bankrupt me.
With all the unplanned costs/repairs I never got around or had the budget to re-furb the wheels or get my vinyl wrap. May be thats something I will sort next year.
Running costs for 2011:
Repairs/replacement parts: €1800 ish
Upgrades: €400 ish
Insurance: €800 ish.
Ive only done about 6000 miles in her this year, so my wallet is feeling particularly hard done by
See you next year!