I took my luck with an auction and bought a facelift Roadster in Silver. I was attracted to it as the MOT record was good and miles low at 56k. It also had leather and a hardtop. It turned out to be completely stock (including precats), well maintained but rather grubby. It had also become home to rather a lot of spiders. A bit of investigation on Street Maps with the V5 address showed the previous owner kept it on a drive under a big oak tree and as a result all the panel gaps and vents were full of debris. A lot of hoovering and baby wipes (my car cleaning secret weapon) later and it is looking much better with thankfully no rust lurking beneath. Paintwork isn't perfect though so will need some work. Before it went into hibernation, I had it checked over and serviced and a few issues inevitably cropped up.
Jobs done so far:
- Damn good wash and vacuum
- Service - oil, filters and plugs
- New front number plate
- New wipers
- Cleaned engine bay
- Cleaned frunk, greased UJ, replaced broken plastic lid support clip, replaced nasty black nuts and bolts with stainless
- Polished headlamps
- Took apart rear lamps, cleaned out condensation and water marks
In order to get through an MOT it is going to need dampers, disks, pads and a caliper refurb so this is a great excuse to fit coilovers (plus alignment) and some uprated brake pads and smart coated disks. It needs new tyres too and a wheel refurb, and for my peace of mind a pre-cat-free manifold. That should get me started! I've now realised that I would have been financially much better off buying a sorted car from a club member with all the jobs done but that isn't as rewarding as going through the process yourself is it? First things first though, I have an Audi S4 to sell to provide budget for all of the above.
Pictures will follow eventually but for now you all know what a bog standard roadster looks like.