Exactly. This car is never going to be a show car that polishes up for events anyway, not with a huge scrape across the bonnet, (which someone unknown thought was a good idea to attack with a kitchen scourer
) assorted small nicks and scrapes on various panels, disintegrating outside door center line trims, broken rear corner bumper strips, warped rear windscreen rubbers, etc.
It looks fine from a distance and is basically sound but when you look close you notice all these details, its not in the immaculate condition that my previous Xantia was by any stretch. It's definitely a workhorse not a trophy! As long as I can fix the engine woes to get the performance back to what it should be,and it drives nicely and passes an MOT I'll be happy.
The performance of the car when the engine WAS running properly really put a smile on my face every time I drove it, I just hope I can get it back to that level of performance again.