Almost two years ago I was running a Lotus Elise S2 as a daily driver. Madness you say? No not really, they are easy to drive, park and are very frugal. The problem was it had a habit of spending a lot of time in the garage. Around April 2015 the engine decided that the process of internal combustion was just too much like hard work and it gave up. I do not know what happened but when they looked inside there was lots metal shards. Not good.
Not going anywhere
Not how I had planned to get home
As a result I needed a new car to get to and from work. The Lotus was going to absorb most of my free cash (I the end I bought a whole new one) so I had to think cheap. I logged onto a local Facebook page with used cars for sale and found a tidy looking 1998 Honda Civic AERODECK 1.5LS. It had a large boot, four wheels and a valid MOT. Perfect transport for a month or so. Best of all I got £5 change from £500. Happy days.
All for £495!
Fast forward 20 months and I have only just stopped driving it. Not because the Elise took that long to fix, in that time I actually had two working Elises on my drive. Actually because it seemed mad to replace it. My second Elise was far more hardcore and not ideal for daily use. Therefore the Civic stayed. In the last 20 months I have treated it to fuel, oil and an MOT (which it failed but £200 later it passed). So not including fuel and insurance, it has cost me approx. £34 a month to own and run. That has to be good value. Not long ago I was forking out £280 a month on a finance package for a car I lost £9500 on in three years.
I loved it so much I bought two of them
The only issue I had with it was that it was dull. I didn't enjoy driving it. I certainly didn't like being seen in it. But it served a purpose, it also swallowed a lot of crap. I used it for several runs to the tip, full of unwanted bits of garden. I even managed to get an comically large quantity of IKEA furniture into it. All in all it was a great purchase only let down by the fact that I never loved it. It was a tool for the job.
It's a jungle in there!
So onto the next chapter, what to replace it with. I considered a few options. Volvo V70 T5 seemed the most likely option but for a few years now I've been fancying a big old barge. Something opulent and cosseting. It's also very annoying to attend a press launch for a luxury vehicle and get back into an uncomfortable old run about. Time for some indulgence.
So I bought this;
I've named it Wafty McBargeface
I'll be posting more about this in the next few days.