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With the Nova sold I was on the look out for a new steed. I'd had a sneaky eye on MK4 astras for some time but what really sold me was a trip to the local dealers when I saw a lovely blue SE. I promptly fell in love with the interior and decided that a coupe was the one for me.
Obviously being a filthy student, an (at the time fairly new) SE was well out of my price range but I set about looking at other coupes and quickly realised that I probably couldn't quite stretch to one. Then I discovered the 1.8 SRi. They were pretty nicely spec'd and still looked pretty good; in fact, I began to prefer the 3-door hatch over the coupe.
The problem was that there weren't all that many 3 door 1.8 SRis about at the time that fitted into my price bracket so I started looking at 2.0 SRis which, although were slightly more to insure, were a lot cheaper and easier to find.
Now I'd worked out what I wanted I had to find it! As I've already suggested, things were hard back then: Several weeks on the autotrader website resulted in one black SRi within about 100 miles of me. It was around then that I started wondering if Silver would be so bad afterall (I had previously been put off as Byron had not long had his silver SRi and he doesn't live far from me).
In an effort to stop my moaning, Dad took one friday off work to drive me around the South Coast in search of the new car. There were 3 black ones on the list and one silver one with an kit. The first black one was a dog, the second was sold, and the silver one was the one that I'd get if none of the black ones worked out (I'd looked at it the week before in Luton and it was nice and tidy).
But one of the black ones did work out.... W285 JNP... at Stevens' of Crawley.