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- Nov 26, 2007
Having sold the Sapporo, I quickly moved back to browsing used car ads even more than usual. It become apparent that having only one car in our household would end up annoying, and the BMW's load-carrying capabilities are compromised by the rigid, not-folding rear seat. Obviously.
I looked at a frightening number of cars, ranging from a 1981 Porsche 924 to a Chrysler 300M; I couldn't really decide whether I wanted a sports car or a waftmobile. But then this one came along, at a price I couldn't resist.
It's a 1990 Peugeot 205 XS, first registered in June 1991. It has a 1360cc twin-choke carb four, producing 85 hp in a car that weighs 810kg. Five speeds, rev counter, two sets of good tires. The kicker is it has valid inspection until June 2014, so there's almost a full year of driving ahead of me before I would be required to do anything to it.
The XS model, as some of you might know, is essentially a budget 205 GTI. It has the GTI interior and front airdam, and the engine has a 10hp advance over the regular 1.4 XR model. No power steering, no nothing between me and the road except a rust free galvanised bodyshell. The car is infinitely amusing.
Things needing attention: It does need a good polish and cleaning. A jetwash got off some of the muck, and I sprayed the tabaccy interior down with some Sonax product, but it needs love. The foglights are as good as dead, and I need to see if the cambelt needs to be changed soon somewhere cheap. That's about it. Clutch is a bit temperamental and needs adjustment, and the driver's seat has some visible wear.
The price, for all this excess? 350 of my hard-earned Euros.
The wheelcovers were binned the minute I got the car.
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