I picked it up on Tuesday from the owners home in Poole and drove it straight back to Chichester. So my initial impressions after a few days of ownership.
Firstly, the journey from Poole to Chichester was in heavy to fast M or A roads with the aircon full on. I avearged 72mpg which pleased me no end. The lifetime average for the car is 63mpg.
I fine the visibility much better than expected and the driver's seat is super comfortable for my large frames 6ft 3in. The clutch/gearbox relationship took some getting used to as I found the throws on the gear lever much closer than I imagined. All well though once my left foot memory kicked in.
Everything seems to work brilliantly and the car is just so much of a piece. For a 13 year old x 100,00 mile car, there is not a rattle or squeak - amazing. I find the handling much much better than I was expecting and the turn-in is great, so sharp.
I have booked it in to my local bodyshop for some fettling and to have the wheels (kerbed and a bit tatty) refurbished. I am also very, very surprised at the attention this car attracts - young and old are fascinated by the shape and few know what it is.
As I get more used to it, I will report again and post pictures when refurbed.