Just putting the feelers out. I'm not sure I want to sell just yet but if someone offers me the right money for the TZD, I would consider letting her go.
The TZD is currently sitting on my driveway in need of a clutch cable and it's not a cheap job to get done. I'm not sure I can afford the work so I'm thinking about selling the car and replacing it with something which is a little bit more easy to repair.
About the car: it's a 1992 BX TZD Turbo, finished in metallic platinum (ETB / Gris Dolmen). It's now done 112k, and has an MOT until August and tax until the end of June. It's had three owners prior to myself, the last of which was Gareth, also of this parish. He carried out the following work to the car during his time of ownership:
Gareth also serviced the car before selling it to me, meaning that the next service is due at 114k. Since I bought the car, I've not had to do anything much to it, although I have fitted anthracite Speedline alloy wheels with £210-worth of brand new Falken tyres.I changed the cambelt, tensioner and camshaft oil seal
(next belt change 145,500). Oil and filter,( both of which have been changed every 5k miles since)
Fitted two new rear suspension arms with new rear hubs/bearings. One new n/s ABS sensor unit (ouch £72!) on rear.
Fitted four new discs and pads
Four new Michelin Energy 165/70X14
Two new front brake calipers (one's Lockheed other is Citroen)
New handbrake cables
99K new air filter and flushed radiator clear. Thermostat fine.
100,800 drained LHM and filled with 5L Hydraflush
103,900 drained Hydraflush, cleaned LHM filters (then replaced them with OEM new filters)
104 fitted new tinted windscreen. (original had a star which was OK MOT though
fitted two rear spheres and accumulator sphere
105,200 replaced o/s/rear suspension arm
106k fitted water temperature gauge which NEVER goes over 80.
107k fitted two new (nitrile flow and return fuel pipes) originals looked corroded.
108k 2 new outer CV boots and at same time drained and refilled gearbox with Total BV 75N/80W
There are bad points, and I'm going to include everything I know about here for the sake of honesty, although most don't actually interfere with the running of the car and can be solved fairly easily. Firstly and most obviously is the snapped clutch cable - this means that while the car starts and runs it doesn't drive so it'd need lifting if you were to buy it from me now. Other points of note: the turbocharger is leaking oil slightly, although it still boosts and the car still drives well and reliably. The height correctors need adjusting. There's a rattle from the front suspension - sounds like one of the drop links - it's only started recently. And there's some surface rust starting to appear on the front subframe.
Most of these are simple jobs that you could do at home if you were a DIY'er. Unfortunately I'm about as handy with a spanner as Big Bird.
However, once you see past these problems it is a low-mileage TZD in excellent bodily condition (I would go as far as to say it'd be hard to find one like it). Gareth kept it in a CarCoon throughout his ownership so the paintwork is in excellent condition. I've been careful to clean it regularly in my time of ownership. It has the advantage of a temp gauge (which, as Gareth has said, doesn't ever go above 80). And it's got £210-worth of new tyres on it.
Taking all of the above into account, make me an offer and if it's enough to tempt me, you might get your hands on a cracking example of the breed that just needs a few hours' work to bring it up to concours condition. If it doesn't sell, I'll pay the money to get the clutch cable done and keep her a bit longer.