And my trackday toy, a 1990 MR2 Turbo, which is currently undergoing a heart transplant. I've removed the old 2.0 turbo, and have fitted a 3.5 V6 (2GR-FE engine, same as what's fitted to the Lotus Evora). Mechanics are probably 95% complete, just needs wiring and exhaust fabrication.
The Pickup has a 1300 engine, disc brakes, alternator, halogen head lights and a heated windscreen. Nice nippy classic. The down side was I had it totally stripped and re-built with new old stock parts and a new chassis fabricated so it cost quite a lot more than my Duster!
Quick pic of my old pride and joy when I lived in Germany , the original Clio172 (mk1 with all the torque steer!) bought from new, and kept for 6 years....came back here with me but only for 6 months then went back to the fatherland as a track car..had quite a few mods ESP engine and a much needed K-Tec LSD!
Well, I hate to say it, but I haven't bought a Duster, despite thinking about it for months. Ultimately, it can't tow enough for me. I've a trackday car, which I want to trailer to events. After looking around for ages at the different types of trailers, and doing all the maths, I'd be over the legal limit. That, and I've never wanted to own a brand new car (new-owner depreciation scares me too much, which you'll see why in a moment), and I also couldn't really afford the top-spec Duster with aircon etc.
So, I've replaced my current Mondeo, with another Mondeo! They have been great cars for me, so may as well stick with what I know and trust. I've now got a 2011 Mondeo Titanium X Sport, 2.0 turbo petrol, 240bhp, with dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Every option ticked apart from satnav and sunroof. Brand new in 2011 this car cost someone £31k. 18 months, and 15k miles later, I'm the new owner, and paid £14k for it. Bit of a steal I reckon It can also tow double what the Duster can, due to the fact it's a big old bus (much bigger than a Mk3 Mondeo) and the more powerful engine that is fitted.
Don't worry, it doesn't mean I'm going anywhere or leaving / closing the site etc. To the contrary, I'm going to wait a couple of years, let some depreciation take place and then pick one up as a winter hack. Probably just a 4x4 Access, as won't need aircon in the winter! I'll still be here daily
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