Well my car went in for some repairs and an MoT test. New brake pads all round, a new drive shaft gaiter and some other bits and bobs. Whilst it was in the workshop for a day (Saab specialist in Wolverhampton) I borrowed his Saab 9000 to trundle about in. This was a nice experience - a pre-GM car that was extremely well built, very quiet, smooth and a much more comfortable ride than my 'little' Saab.
The obligatory photo, taken at Wednesbury Forge. A year older than mine and with 130,000 miles on the clock.
Pleased to say my car passed the MoT, although spectacularly decided that the radiator top hose would expire (or indeed explode) on return to the workshop before I picked it up. So a few more quid on the bill, but very lucky indeed that it didn't fail on one of my many recent motorway journeys - I have done over 1,000 miles since last week when I posted 130,031 miles.
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