Something interesting's come up, and it's about time I had a change
after nearly seven years with the XM...
So... Anybody fancy mine?
'96/N TCT Auto VSX. Black with tan leather. 142k miles. Aircon/climate.
Passenger airbag. MOT until May, tax until September.
I've had it since October 2000, when it had 60k miles - and it's been
serviced regularly and properly ever since, by a damn good Cit
specialist - including ATF with *every*
9k engine oil change. Two owners
before me. If I can round all the paperwork up, it's got a full service
history (for whatever that's worth).
Two good, two late-middle-aged Michelins on wobbly alloys. Recent
cambelt and one front wheel bearing.
It's not perfect - you want a full warts'n'all list? OK...
Bodily, it's got a few small marks and very minor scrapes here and there
- most notably an A5-size ripply bit on the driver's door where some
pillock reversed into it. It's missing one headlight washer cover and
the scuttle trim ends are currently removed, because of access to the
wipers (see below). I don't do carwashing, so it's certainly not a
waxed-to-within-an-inch-of-it's-life garage queen. One rear door had a
bit of filling before I got it - invisible outside, but there's a small
scrape visible on the frame in the door shut. It's never had any
bodywork whilst I've had it.
Interior's a little grubby, and the fuse box cover under-dash panel's
removed, together with the console side - I took it off when the fan
heat motor started playing up, never got round to re-assembling it, and
the pipework's all a bit disturbed. Everything's with the car, though.
The front interior lock buttons are awol, and the surround to the
driver's door interior handle is in the door pocket.
Electrically, both front windows have been done - the driver's with a
good used, the passenger with stainless wire. Both rear windows work
fine. The sunroof works fine, but the switch has ignored me a couple of
times lately. The fuel computer works fine the majority of the time, but
doesn't like hot days. The climate control's a bit tempramental, but can
usually be persuaded to do what you want if you ask nicely. The wipers
aren't currently self-parking or working on intermittent - I've tried a
different motor, with no joy. My suspicion is that it's only a relay.
The passenger mirror isn't currently adjusting - I think I must have
disturbed a connector when I had the door trim off to do the window,
because it worked fine, including reverse-dip, before that.
Mechanically, I fear saying this, but it's utterly reliable. It's let me
down perhaps a couple of times in the time I've had it - autobox
interlock (the underbonnet fusebox has been rewired), and a coolant hose
earlier this year. The steering UJ has occasinally shown a *little*
notchiness, but nothing massively worrying, and there's a slight blow
from the exhaust - the manifold gasket was done not long after I bought
the car. The hippo is healthy, the spheres are about a year old, the
LHM's been changed regularly. There's a slight LHM leak from the
regulator block, probably a pipe seal, but it's never needed topping up
between changes. It rarely needs the oil topping up between changes,
either. It's had a few ABS sensors, a water pump, rad, drop links, a
ball joint and a few other things whilst I've had it - but mainly just
servicing. The autobox was replaced under warranty at 9,000 miles from
It's got a towbar with single electrics - rarely used, but when it has
been, it's been used to tow about a ton and a bit of car trailer - and
there'll be a large pile of parts with it. I mean a _van-full_
body panels, but some electrics and a load of godknowswhat, mainly from
a '95 TCT Exclusive.
If you're interested, give me a shout on 07796 690210. I'm near Jn 17 of
the M25. If it's going, then it's going soon. I know how much I need
from it to "make the change", so make me an offer. It'll repay a weekend
or two of the kind of enthusiasm that new ownership carries...