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Clocking my four new Continental tyres, my dad drew deep on his cigarette this cold morning, and took in the condition of my car. He spotted the dent in the wing (caused when a wheelie bin hit it), the dent in the lower rear valence (caused when I reversed into a traffic cone), and the four unwashed, brake-dust stained and blackened wheel trims. Not even the Polo's proudly worn AGIP sticker - a feature of every car I have ever owned, and my automotive amulet - was enough to change his mind.

'gigi', he said considered and slowly, 'pretty soon, you need to retire this car, no?'

The drive to Gatwick airport did - and didn't - help. The brakes came in for praise, the smooth and quiet engine did too (not surprising given his garage was its guardian for years, and i have been meticulous in servicing it and changing the oil), but the rear suspension and its worn dampers showed themselves up on the undulating M25 with their soggy response. I listed what didn't work; the central locking, the passenger's electric window, the driver's side electric mirror, the light in the gear selector, the boot lock with a mind of its own, the locking petrol cap and of course the now stuck solid glass sunroof. 'For local travel, this car is fine,' he said: 'But, truth be told, I have seen cars better than this crushed', was his assessment.

Reading between the lines, I think he's saying it's time for the Polo to go. :lol:

P'ah! Years of life left in it! :)
 

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keep it alive, G
I'm going to, boss. It starts, it (rarely) breaks down, it costs peanuts to run, and it sails though the annual MOT.

At a time when the world is asking some really serious questions about itself economically, environmentally and financially - and maybe even morally - a humble little box that serves a purpose rather than inefficiently pandering an ego, fits in with the needs of the times.

I don't love driving this car; but it's the first car i've loved owning, and it doesn't penalise me for the mobility pleasure it delivers.

There's a myth that Italians love cars. I've always wondered about this. Sure, Italy is home to the Ferrari and the Lamborghini, but given most Italians grow up on Vespas and think their Punto is a Testarossa, I wonder whether they love cars, or simply the mobility any vehicle gives them?

Do we love cars, or the freedom they realise? Because I don't love this car, but I love that it gives me freedom and mobility for much less than any other car i have had.
 

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There is a certain delight to be had for owning & driving a ****box. The last Punto Sporting I had I felt the same about. Every drive was a smile.
 
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I love running bangers. I have fond memories of towing my mate's brand new but broken Transit home with my £150 Sierra. I have similar memories of helping my mum move house and her dyson not fitting in the boot of my sister's Seat something MPV (which I though was supposed to be practical) and me saying just put it in mine (£500 Escort with a boot twice the size).
 

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If you're happy driving it , keep running it till it breaks and is uneconomic to repair. There is a certain pleasure to be gained from being in a car which costs you less than almost anything else on the road. And having an older, well worn car is quite useful in the day to day thrust of modern motoring. No proud 3 series Beemer driver is going to play chicken with you.
 

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Got to say my 1981 Fiat 127 Palio was a hoot. When washed it had yellow bobbles on it, bits of the wash sponge that had snagged on the rust holes. I'd really love a classic 127 again, there has to be an 'M' reg out there still, doesn't there?

Keep the polo, you always regret when they drive out of your life*






*sniffs heavily whilst thinking of the 156 that left yesterday :(
 

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I had a Rover 25 before these two Alfas.
I loved that fact I cared not where I left it. It kept going though and like you I never really enjoyed driving it, I certainly did not hate it.

I am always worrying about this GT/Spider, even thought about buying a cheap thing for the Winter :lol:
 

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My poor little brain can't comprehend not fixing stuff. All of my cars get repaired. Be it the GTA or the KA. Annoys me when stuff doesn't work as it should. Shame on you Scud :tut:
 
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