"I lift share in the main, which means most days I travel in heated seat comfort aboard a Freelander with my only concerns being my driver's erratic overtaking and fear of traffic lights. But there's at least one day a week when I need to be under my own steam. Reaching November, and starting to think about how to get to work without wasting further miles on completely inappropriate cars on salty roads in the middle of winter, my condition meant I could see only one solution: buy another car.
"Enter man maths. This is how I've instead ended up spending £500 on an 18-year-old Mk1 Peugeot 306 Sedan STDT, in green, with 173,578 miles on the clock and need of a little TLC. With a full receipted history since 1994 it was perfectly logical to me that this car, which has been sitting at the bottom of a muddy carpark since March and my wife described as 'horrible', should be preferred to something more modern and reliable yet nearly as cheap.
"The answer has been a bit of a revelation. After a couple of journeys to work I started to take it all in. There's an unobstructed view out, it's not that wide and is easy to park, has great rear leg room, a big boot, delivers 52mpg, is nippy when needed and has wonderful, linear steering and neutral handling at the same time as delivering proper old-school ride comfort. Even the original Blaupunkt stereo is in full working order, including the remote stalk. The steering wheel may be a bit too near my knees, the clutch operates as an on/off switch and everybody else on the road feels some kind of compulsion to overtake me regardless how fast I'm going, but the fact is I just enjoy driving it.
firm ride and sporting promise don't always equal fun. In an age of congested roads and austerity it reignites the joy of motoring.
"So yes, a great decision and these days I'm a proud sufferer as I owe it all to man maths."
Though neglected, Dave's CSL is not up for sale... Meanwhile a £20 eBay bonnet, £8 indicators, full valet, set of tyres and DIY rear suspension rebuild later and his Peugeot is living the Shed dream.