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Tim

Attracting attention

I've always been surprised how little hassle I get from Neds while driving the M5 - there have probably only been a couple of interesting attempts in the 9 years I've had the car.

Maybe its because more recent M Cars - at least the more common ones like the M3 - are more obvious with wider arches, bonnet bulges  and wing vents plus of course now every second BMW has a large 'M' badge on it which lessens the effect.

However the last week or so has seen the car get more attention than ever.

First was the Autoglass man who, when Mrs Tim took the keys outside, was walking down the side of the car running his fingers lovingly across the bodywork (nothing creepy there), followed by the 'Praying to Mecca' action when he popped the bonnet and finally a comment about parking up just to look at the car whenever he might be passing (no, not creepy at all).

Then when it was in for its MOT I'm told there was a visiting mechanic hanging his nose over it and asking the regular mechs if they thought I'd sell it.

Finally the 2 delivery guys from Martin's old competitor in the big orange shed who knew exactly what it was and got excited when they saw it and then even more so when they took the delivery into the garage and saw the Coupe.

I've got to be honest and say I've been feeling a bit negative towards the car recently as I can see big bills looming for bodywork and I know it's not been running quite right.
In addition most of my recent driving in it has been taking my dad out for a weekly drive around the countryside and utilising 400BHP with an 84 year old with a pacemaker on board isn't a good mix.

However, this sudden burst of interest has combined with new cam sensors (restoring the variable cam timing to 100% reliability), plugs and coil packs that have returned the full performance of the car have reminded me how lucky I am to have it and what great fun it can be.
I might even give it a proper day of pampering soon.

Sorry for the long post but :
My name's Tim and I'm a lucky boy  
Twelfth Monkey

Good for you, and this is the right place to be sharing such thoughts!
Chocy Rocky

I can put you in touch with a perfectionist of a bodywork guy if that's a help.

More importantly. I love that you still love the car.
gooner

It may produce a few big bills but should you ever sell it the rise in values recently should mean you'll get the money back. Looking at Autotrader you won't get anything other than a tatty one for less than £10k. The Fiat Coupe is doing well value wise too given how rare they're getting. So both should turn out to be wise investments as well as having the bonus of being good fun to drive.
Tim

Chocy Rocky wrote:
I can put you in touch with a perfectionist of a bodywork guy if that's a help.

More importantly. I love that you still love the car.


I might take you up on that next year!
Tim

gooner wrote:
It may produce a few big bills but should you ever sell it the rise in values recently should mean you'll get the money back. Looking at Autotrader you won't get anything other than a tatty one for less than £10k. The Fiat Coupe is doing well value wise too given how rare they're getting. So both should turn out to be wise investments as well as having the bonus of being good fun to drive.


So far I've been spared really big bills - I think it's still reasonably 'old tech' and weirdly the car I feel most comfortable doing any DIY on.

Fiat values appear to be all over the place.
Last year I somewhat carelessly told one of the techs at my favoured garage that if it failed its MOT spectacularly he could have it for a small sum (he rescued a very scruffy/unloved green one a few years ago) and now I've discovered that he's actually one of the testers so I might've shot myself in the foot!!
However I know that there have been several restored in the last couple of years so that must be a good sign.
gonnabuildabuggy

Nice post, glad it's still making you smile.

They've now moved onto classic status I'd say.
PG

Glad you are still loving it. Just don't ever call it a keeper as that will surely jinx it.
Stuntman

Re: Attracting attention

Tim wrote:
My name's Tim and I'm a lucky boy  


Indeed you are.  And at least one of us on here is envious too!

Sometimes it's easy to take what you have for granted and focus on the negatives (usually some imminent costs).  But when other people comment positively on your car(s), it reminds you of all the good reasons why you chose to own them in the first place.

I hope you keep enjoying your rare and distinctive steeds.  They bring pleasure to others as well as yourself.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: Attracting attention

Stuntman wrote:

I hope you keep enjoying your rare and distinctive steeds.  They bring pleasure to others as well as yourself.

+1
Tim

Thanks for all the kind comments.

I've used it a lot more (and a lot more enthusiastically) in the last couple of weeks.
Weirdly the fuel economy has improved from 21 to 24 despite me now having full access to all the torque and power whereas before I was just cruising most of the time due to the cam switchover being intermittent.



PG wrote:
Glad you are still loving it. Just don't ever call it a keeper as that will surely jinx it.


A fortnight ago I suggested to Mrs Tim that we could use it as a deposit towards a Mustang and got told in no uncertain terms that this was not going to happen.
In fact, I was told that our next house WILL require to either have, or have the space for, a 4 car garage.
Gotta love that woman  

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