My only non Fiat Pride & Joy

Introduction

OK I can hear the groans Yes it is a BMW, But how would you like to be tarred with the same brush....young drivers drive like f**kwitts etc etc So yes I own a 7 series BMW but because I'm a car enthusiast not because I'm some rich bloke who has to have a named badge. I love my panda and Barchetta just as much.

Anyway if you bear with me it does make sense, I bought this car on the 26th of Aug 2003 and cost £1250, it's a 1990 735 se switchable auto with a 3.5lt straight 6 and has 220bhp as standard. Up to now the mechanical service bills for the last three years (as I do everything myself as with all my cars) have been less than 2 yrs of Panda ownership (excluding fuel costs obviously :eek: :cry: ) till yesterday when i decided to change every suspension arm & bush so a bill of £300 + an air-con fan at £129

The mods have been very subtle clear indicators & side repeaters, new alloys (another ebay bargain) model details debadged but with AC roundels front & back that's about all on the outside.

Inside is slightly different and one of the reasons I love this car so much, it has a Veba 7" motorised monitor with 5 aux inputs, initially silver but painted black professionally to suit the interior, Veba 6 DVD/CD/MP3 changer, VCR, Alpine Sat-nav, and reverse camera built into the boot lid. The monitor also has FM radio built in. There is also trafficmaster for motorway & main route traffic jam info. I'va also fitted a photochromatic rear view mirror with automatic dip, outside temp info and compass (no choice it came with it but suppose it's another gadget).

It has BMW's 8 speaker hifi system with 2 additional 6x9 alpine speakers on the rear shelf but done so you don't see them. The only obvious addition when parked is the trafficmaster the monitor automatically folds away when the ign is turned off and looks like a sh*t stereo that no one would steal.

It comes with heated memory seats, elec lumbar support & electric headrests, Air-con etc, I changed the light colour of the seat switches blue/red to match the dash & monitor with Led's soldered in place of the standard white/yellow. AC gearstick chrome dial rings AC oil cap (but no longer as the seal was crap)and that's about it. The wiring was a nighmare for the installs but got there eventually.

Oh! it came with the No Plate A16CRU which can be fiddled to AlS CRU or A1 SCRU :D

I like her and hope that those that appreciate cars in general do also (y)

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