Mt GTV is a 2.0ltr Lusso.. since I did use it for work too (travelling) when I bought it.. and the works private car usage rate didn't get anywhere near the cost of running a v6.
Obviously with the benefit of hindsight/how things turned out, I coulda
bought a v6... but the 2.0ltr (Phase 2) is an interesting enough model and I likes it.
Agreed that it's not a collectors item by any means.. but it's all paid for, it costs me a bit of insurance and an MoT once a year (and tax if I ever get the chance to give it a run out). I forgot how much it cost.. £19,600 rings a bell so it's cheaper than a race horse at any rate.. and one of those would be knackered by now..
The beast lives in my mum's garage which is part of her house, so it does stay relatively warm and dry compared to a pre-fab' concrete type of garage.
The rubber and plastic all looks brand new, even the cam-belt.... though that could probably do with a swap before I seriously
Engine was built on 19th October 1999 according to the factory sticker.. so I'm speculating that the belt must be the oldest T/S cam-belt currently fitted anywhere in the universe..
The tyres hold their pressure for 12 months, despite being only occasionally chocked up and everything else looks pretty shiny. The tyres might have to go soon.. being 20th Century (1999) vintage.. though the fronts are half worn now. The rears are hardly touched. Might put them on the fronts then.
It does still smell good inside though. I dunno if its "new car smell" has changed or faded over the years or not... but it still has it. Lord knows how many CFCs are leaching out into the atmosphere.. but I likes to sniff it.
I had to change the thermostat and coolant despite very little use...
and I'd guess my wheel bearings and exhaust may or may not wear out at lower mileage than normal since they are 14 years old still... but overall its condition looks like the mileage rather than its age. Certainly I would be worried to buy an "unused" car. They last pretty well, if the mileage is zero or 130,000, it seems.