Writing this I’ve realised that the annual service and MOT is also looming which means a few people won’t be getting Christmas presents this year as it seems I have a lot to pay for.
While using the car as regular transport is fun, I fear that excitement may wane once the weather truly sets in. At the moment I’ve been browsing the classifieds for winter hacks up to £1,000. All sorts have caught my eye from a 306 diesel estate at £500 to £1,000 worth of diesel Bora to £1,300 worth of 306 Rallye, all viable but I need to realise that a winter beater is not a car I’m (necessarily) going to love so need to lower my expectations. Got something reliable to sell? Mail me.
A few months ago I mentioned the Quicksilver exhaust system for the 1.8is that I'd obtained. After a fair few miles I can report back on progress, but let’s go back to the beginning.
When you have an exhaust in your hand many fitters don’t want to know (I guess they lose the parts profit) but a plea for help on Twitter saw Michael O’Dea from Berlinetta Cars step up to offer his fitting skills. As a company more used to looking after some of the finest supercars in London the little Mazda was quite out of place, but the quality of workmanship remained as high as any supercar owner would expect.
Would I recommend the exhaust? Yes, in terms of quality and noise but the fitting issue is something you need to bear in mind.
That’s about it for the little Mazda; it will see a service bay sooner or later and a new set of rear tyres too. After that it will probably be sold to make way for a new car next year. The TVR will stay, the Mazda (and winter hack) will go and I’ll be on the hunt for something German and comfortable for 2014.
Car: 1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0
Run by: Garlick
Bought: December 2009
Purchase price: £12,995
Last month at a glance: New home, summer sun, unfairly shunned
Car: 1997 Mazda MX-5 1.8iS
Run by: Garlick
Bought: November 2012
Purchase price: £600
Last month at a glance: MIA
Summer suits the TVR and Garlick has been making the most of it
Two roadsters, plenty of sunshine - happy days!
MoT for Mazda, holidays for the Chimaera and a ponder over 'new' TVR
TVR gets a summer spruce up
No faults, just miles covered for the Garlick fleet