Hi, this is Jools. Having long admired (from afar
) the sleek and unusual lines of Alfas on the Glos roads, I...finally...got hold of a 156 2.0TS a month ago. For the past few years cars have kind of come to me, rather than the other way round: a Contract Hire friend put an ex hire Omega my way, with 18k on the clock, pretty much for a bag o nuts (hey: the nuts held their value, though); the Garage next door to my office made me...ahem..drive away a 2.5 A6 Allroad. Both these cars did their job, though the Audi, particularly, required eye-watering maintenance bills, but, despite the 'oomph' of the A6, neither were gripping. This, combined with advancing years I guess, made me kind of disinterested in cars and driving generally...
....ha, that's changed! Lost my job, peered at a bill for Audi repairs for 5k, and thought: 'bye bye'. Now, I'm off to choose a car that I want to drive, for the first time in ages. I actually look forward to getting in this car, and find myself actually having to drive, rather than functioning on A6 auto-pilot. Oh, she wasn't Plan A, by the way. Plan A was to get the smallest eco friendly, laccy band powered compact I could find, but there she was on the garage forecourt - gleaming, 30k only on a Y reg, retro door handles (none on the rear doors?! (Yes, that was me that asked, 'can you only open them from the inside?' Oops), sleek curves, low swept bonnet and...that badge. Plan A scrapped. But, hey - this is cheaper, more economic than the A6 etc
I'm on here a) because I want to be; b) because I can see there are a lot of people here with a passion for the cars and a great deal of expertise that they don't mind sharing and c) because I can see that this is a car that I'm going to be more involved with. I, a human being, might actually do some work on it, rather than a blinkin computer in a German Car Workshop.
Cheers all. All the best