So after looking for info on here the last two weeks I decided to register and Introduce myself.
I'm Ken, 21 years old, and live in a little town called Hulshout in Belgium. I've just graduated as a Bachelor in Automotive technologies, and am going to start for another two years to become an Automotive engineer.
Untill recently, I was driving a 2004 MK6 Ford Fiesta 1.4, and absolutely loved it (After some mods those things drive like a kart!) it was just that, a kart that made me have to look at something with a little more torque to drag the kart that I've bought (Birel + Rotax Max senior) through Belgium.
A quick pic of the ex-Fiesta (No worries, it'll stay in the family, as my sister wil start to drive it.):
So, I made myself a little list containing al the stuff wich the new car should have.
- Diesel engine
- Nice, and classy looking
- Loads of boot space
- At least 250 Nm torque
- Leather Interior
- Any color but silver (I'll buy a silver colored car when I make it to 75!)
- Less than 160.00 km
- Less than €6000
so after 10 minutes of browsing the classifieds, I already made up my mind that it would be an 156 SW (best looking SW ever built, period!) and the search began. Spent a few days calling and traveling to go and look at a load of cars but all of them either looked rubbish, or had a lot of work to be done.
Until I found the one that's on the driveway right now:
This is what it looked like when I bought it:
Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon Ti (11/2004 & 160.000km)
1.9 JTD 16v 136 Hp
Zwart (601 non-metallic)
Electric Recaro Leather
The price was an absolute bargain, but this was because some small things needed to be mended:
- Cracked windshield
- Replace front left lower suspension arm (All arms and rods for both sides already laying around waiting to be installed)
- Replace cam timing belt (auxillary belt)
- Paint looked like it had been cleaned with sanding paper!
- Need to fit a towbar
So I've had it for about a week and a half now, and couldn't be any happier. I've spend the last three days Claying, wetsanding, polishing and waxing the car, and now it looks more like it's 2 weeks old rather than almost 6 years:
PS: Excuse me for my sub-standard English, but keep in mind I'm foreign.)