I figured I would get started on a topic for this thing for anyone interested in following along.
At the end of November last year, I decided to have my midlife crisis at the age of 23 and decided to ask a good friend of mine (thanks @BJB540) to take me to Bourne to have a look at a Fabia Saloon of unknown spec, I have always wanted one of these since I first saw one on the road a few years ago. For those interested, here is the original for sale ad - https://www.windmillmotorsltd.co.uk/used-cars-bourne/SKODA-FABIA-16V-MK1-006442?fromsearch=
The good bits -
For those who looked at the link above, in pictures the car looked excellent for the condition and a low mileage car too (clocked over to 74k as I rolled out the garage) with just "1" owner since new (technically 2 owners, but it turns out if you work in the motor trade, you aren't included on the v5 or as a previous owner)
After doing my research before buying the car, I had decided it had the engine for me, the 1.4 16v 100hp engine, a nice bit of power, cheap to insure and the more reliable and trouble free 16v variant
It's had a new passenger front window regulator
I got an MOT, cambelt and full service for just £300 before buying the car
I managed to get a little money off the asking price
It's rust free (with exception to a small patch on the drivers rear arch)
The bad bits -
There was damage to the passenger front door (a nice big patch of touch up), a small bit of touch up by the drivers rear light cluster, a small dent by the passenger rear panel, 2 small dents in the roof (it looks as though it went through a car wash with the aerial on)
It has a fair few scratches about the place (hoping @austenw90 will be kind enough to work some magic on the car)
The front door trims were falling to pieces and the drivers seat had a hole that at some point had duct tape over it as well as the rear boot floor falling to pieces
The door seals were leaking (this was first on the to do list so that's sorted)
The coolant is leaking from the bottle or the pipe at the outlet
The passenger window switch is a little dodgy and broken, it goes up and down, but not automatically.
It had no history, nothing, zip, nada, but I took a chance on the basis it had been owned by someone in the trade up until 2011 and then an older couple up until the middle of last year, I was able to get a little history with a few phone calls so I know the rear drums are a few thousand miles old.
Here's a picture from the day I picked it up -
And here's currently what has been done -
The leaky door seals
Stealthy aux cable install
Front and rear dashcam
Autolock and unlock
With a few pictures to follow -
Plans for the future are to work on the things that are wrong with it, nothing crazy for now, sorting the most problematic issues first, replace the wheels with something OEM, replace the mirrors for electric and get the door handles/mirrors colour matched. There are probably cheaper better examples out there, but I decided this would be the one, something to work on around working on the Citigo.