After giving up fixing the girlfriend’s old Mk1 Audi TT 22 BAM plus replacing it with an Upward, I’ve decided it was an ideal decision
I recently told you about our really like / hate (mainly hate) relationship with the old Audi TT I bought for my girlfriend’s 30th birthday. After spending cash chasing and fixing problems, a current broken steering rack was your final nail in the coffin, and so the car was marketed to be used for parts.
The next matter to do, then, was to discover a replacement, and because I wanted our girlfriend to have something which includes semblance of reliability, I’d set myself a ‘lofty’ budget of £4000.
The THE CAR 120i cabriolet was a strong contender for some days until we noticed that insuring the thing with our new place had been £900 (and that along with five years NCD! ), meaning that my focus proceeded to go straight back to cheap plus cheerful shitboxes. But then I actually remembered that this wasn’t an automobile Throttle video, and that I actually needed to buy something good.
That’s once i had a ‘lightbulb’ moment, mainly because what I did next has been simply groundbreaking: I inquired my girlfriend what the girl actually wanted from a vehicle. I was furnished with answers not familiar to me, but not outside the area of possibility: ‘heated chairs, nippy in town, cheap to operate and practical’ were among them.
And so the real hunt started. A Lupo GTi might have been wonderful, but it is old now, likely costly to insure and does not have heated seats. A Of Picanto came to mind, however I remembered the Volkswagen Up which, I had been sure, came with heated chairs in certain guises (called the particular ‘High Up’ exclamation mark). Bingo!
Some time later, I found the vehicle – a three-door guide with 52, 000 mls on the clock, two previous owners and a lot of service background. An HPI check exposed it hadn’t been taken, written off etc, as well as the private seller wanted £3795 which, for a car of the condition, was not unreasonable.
A few days later, we inspected the vehicle, and after driving it plus finding a few faults (rear tyres that needed changing, a faulty boot change and a clutch release having that will need changing a few point), we agreed on £3450. Result.
Fast ahead a few days, and the Up continues to be the perfect new daily drivers. From my girlfriend’s viewpoint, she loves the extra presence, manoeuvrability and ease of car parking, while I’m enjoying the particular non-turbo, three-cylinder’s thrummy motor note and seeing 50mpg in town. What’s more, it is a car that sits within insurance group 1 plus which costs £20 per year to tax (newer Episodes with stop-start don’t price anything to tax).
It’s light, nimble plus good fun to drive, as well, and I’m a fan of the particular sleek interior and exterior design. Indeed, it looks like a refrigerator, but it’s easy to the eyes. It does need a few wheels and perhaps some race stripes to jazz up, though, so I’d pleasant your thoughts on that (and yes, I have asked the girlfriend’s permission).
For now though, the Audi TT-stained driveway comes with an awesome new family member and something I’d 100% recommend in order to anyone looking for something little and in the same price group.
I’ll be keeping a person abreast of life with an inexpensive and cheerful Up, therefore let me know what questions you might have about it!