Right, well have decided that now I am going to start modding the car to change it from its started spec, it was about time I started an AutoBiography of what has been done, and to keep people updated of whats to come in the future.
Please feel free to message me with comments and or suggestions of what I could do.
So, anyway, here goes.
Started out back at end of October 2008. Had owned a Renault Megane Sporthatch since January 2008 and had spent so much in mechanical repairs I just couldn't seem to justify keeping the car on and paying the garages fees everytime it went wrong.
So, the car hunt was on. Looked at several cars, one being the Ford Focus in poverty spec as that is all I would have been able to afford. Literally sat in the car, and got straight back out again, bye bye Mr Ford.
Weeks past and eventually I found something. A black Astra 1.4 SXi on a 55 reg plate. Went down to have a look at it, following weekend (1st November) I was back down the garage signing the log book and paying the £5k the car was up for sale for.
Few details about the car - on 55 plate, registered September 2005 to the Motability Scheme. 1 owner from new, 45,000 miles on the clock, full Vauxhall Service History.
Since that day, I have never looked back, the car is just simply perfect. Was a down grade in engine size from the 1.6 of the Megane to the 5 door 1.4 Astra.
How it looked in the AutoTrader ads:
First small modification to be done was to change the hidiously large aerial which comes as standard on the MK5. Fancied going for something different, and not going for the Bee Sting aerial look. After much looking around on eBay, eventually found a Richbrook Sabre Tooth Aerial in black. Ordered, and fitted:
Next little modification to come was the number plates. Both of my previous cars had their number plates changed, as I don't believe in free advertising for the garages they were bought from - especially the Megane, the garage did me no favours at all, so why should I advertise for them?! Anyway, a mate of mine organised for my plates to be made up for me, going from the standard to these:
Anyway, the modding stopped for quite a few months as the car remained pretty much standard. Had to have rear brake pads replaced early summer, at cost of £50 all in including labour at my local garage. Gave the car its first full detail mid July, which gave the following results:
Got to August, and decided after much persuasion from members on the forum to debadge the rear of the car. So, the morning of the East Anglian Hunstanton meet, was out with the hair dryer and old points card to remove the badges.
And thats pretty much how the car stands for now.
Future plans are:
Maybe a set of 18inch Penta's
Colour coded/debadged front grill
Smoked rear lights + black high level brake light
Possibly remove rear wiper
And in the long run, my aim is to have the XP kit fitted - which I suppose makes my ultimate goal of XP kit + penta's to make the car look like an SRi!
More to come in future when it happens ...