I'm Chris and I'm a bloke.
I've had a 110 200tdi for 20yrs but creaky joints are making it painful to drive over any distance so even though I'm scared to death of electronics I got a P38.
Got the first one I saw, stood for 4/5 years after the owner died, it was silver with the black leather and looked very sorry for itself with moss and pine needles stuck in every crevice. Trailered her home and set to. New tyres, exhausts, discs, calipers, pads, track/drag links, drop links, swivel balljoints(they were fun...) Brake pipes from the footwell joiners back, new dampers, waterpump, battery, leak offs, map pipe, egr blanked, all filters and fluids changed, fixed jammed CD changer, fixed sunroof switch using Marty's guide, fixed the water in spare wheel well problem, new boot struts, cleaned out the cooling system and intercooler, removed both bumpers, deskined them to derust and paint, replaced the rusted out tow sockets, cleaned out the fuel tank, new filler hose, new front abs sensors because they had to be destroyed to get the hubs apart, fitted aluminium mesh to the plenum cover, replaced the pollen filters and refaced the covers flat, all replaced with stainless steel screws. Chopped out the white block connectors behind the kick panels, recoloured the bumpers/grill etc black and replaced the desiccant in the dryer.
She ran quiet but lumpy but resetting the modulation cured that, then after many hours of cleaning off moss and pine needles, especially the pine needles, bloody things, off she went for her MOT which she sailed through last November. Got myself a nanocom, never taken a car to be repaired at a garage in my life, no training in mechanics or electric stuff, just tried to figure stuff out as I progressed through life, I would describe myself as a jack of all trades but master of non hahaha!
I'm touching 60 so I won't use LOL or OMG or whatnot.
Married (happy weirdly) two kids and retired .
Live in Telford, Shropshire.
Never seen another P38 round here.
Rangey is a 2001 DHSE 107K on the clock.
Few jobs to do when the weather warms up, headliner and sort out the sticky finish on the consul side cheeks, switch panels etc, replace a couple of dash bulbs, sort out cable runs for my sat nab, dash cam, phone. Oh..it has a parrot hands free too which works. Paid £1500 for her ,probably spent that again on bits.
Like my 110 she is not just a car, she is family.
Big smile on my face.
Have I talked too much?