Looking through my pictures I came across one of my Prestige, taken last year, way before I got it:
I can safey say that as this stage it was by far the worst car I had driven, and I have driven some wrecks!
There was a wheel bearing droning as bad as possible, it was an all encompassing noise, dreadful
The tracking was toeing out a mile, coupled with very bald budget tyres, pouring rain and twisty back roads, it was the most hairy drive Ive had at such low speeds. Not helped by the winscreen wipers being useless
The speedo would work sometimes, though it created a awful scratching, clicking noise, very loud.
It had an LHM leak which, by the time I had driven the 30 miles home, had got rid of most of the LHM and so was getting interesting on the brakes and suspension.
The brakes were very noisey, which I noticed to be a rear pads down to the metal
All of which was put right months back.
The car had not seen a wash or hoover in 8 years, it was used more of a van than a car and had the spare wheel on the baack leather seat! I got more than one black bin bag of rubbish out of the car. It took an awful lot of cleaning and scrubbing to get the leather clean, but it got there.
And this one from the CCC Wetherby event, the day I decided I would buy the car myself. Notice how much the bumpers had been 'used':
My cover up worked a treat on those, if I do say so myself
At this stage it had four flat spheres, which when driving off the A1 onto the A19 on the way back from Wetherby, which I always do at speed and didn't think anything of it. Until it went into sports mode and it damn nearly bounced off the road.
Also no turbo working at this point, which gave very sluggish performance
When people asked about the car it was easier to say what was working on the car, rather than what didn't!
To look and drive it now, its a totally different car to what it was, its came a very long way!
Now the what needs doing list is much shorter and the what does not work list is also very short. Really only the AC doesnt work, which I doubt I'll bother with, and the ABS puts up the light when it wants.
A quick picture taken by a 2cvGB club member on Saturday. Me driving our Beachcomber in a 2cv convoy:
The small person in the passenger seat is my dad ... to be fair that seat does need new rubbers