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Hello all!

Well, I got some funny looks last night! Went to work in a small pug 206 and came back in a 9000 CSE! Wooohoo! Had a nice drive up the M3 and M25 to get home after picking up the car from the dealer, averaged 32 mpg which wasn't bad given the car-park nature of the M25 at 5.30 on a friday :)

Anyway the car is beautiful! So much space and everything which is great. It was fun being able to get onto a motorway and actually be at 70 by the end of the sliproad (in fact half way along it!) - and to be able to give it some poke at 80 and still be able to accelerate! Woohoo!

So... what will be the order of things I do to the car?

Firstly I think will be to get the little bit of wood that goes around the gear lever, I think it looks a bit odd the way it stops at the bottom of the dash but the plastic around the gear lever still lies flush with it.

Then I think I'll probably hunt for a centre armrest for it. It's automatic and I do a fair few motorway miles so that'd be nice. Quick question, if I get the armrest can you still get at the centre cubby thing behind the handbrake?

I think it'll be a few months before I have the spare cash to get any major upgrades done to it, given the miles it's done (139k) I think I'll be better served starting a new savings account to get ready for the new gearbox and/or turbo that may be required in the next 18 months! We'll see :)

Anyway, better go, have to go and pack up for a merry jaunt up to worcester today!

Cheers, Jules

p.s. I'll put my camera on charge today and try to take some pix tomorrow!
 

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At 129k yours is a mere stripling,change your engine oil regularly and use a good full synthetic.Have your gearbox oil changed by a specialist,and refrain from hard acceleration from rest and you should be OK for at least another 70k
 

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Hi Slide',
Welcome to the board.

The armrest pulls up for access to the cubbyhole so that's no problem.

As Mike says avoid harsh accelleration from rest, and the gearbox should last a fair bit longer. The turbo is pretty reliable and should not be a worry.
Upgrades to the engine are easy and fruitfull, giving many . However the brakes and suspension should be a priority. Abbott Racing do a lower wishbone bush in polyurethane that provides far better location of the front wheels under load, and cruically a far better response to the steering wheel. Also their spring and damper setup on 15 inch wheels gives a great improvement to the handling of the 9000 without ruining the ride.

Have fun.

Nick
 

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Thanks guys!

I had a nice long trip yesterday up to Worcester and back, had a lot of fun on the country lanes! This car really has some fearsome ovetaking ability... almost took me by surprise the first time I really floored it at 40mph!


Anyway, spotted the first thing wrong with the car while driving back last night - it seems there's a loose connection inside the dimmer switch for the instrument lighting, as they flicker on and off instead of staying on. Quite annoying while driving at night! It affects all the lights on the dash and gear selector etc.

I managed to do a quick fix by jimmying some card down the side of the dimmer rotary dial, but it'd be nice to fix it. How easy is it to get that switch out?

I think maybe the haynes book should be my first purchase! :)

Other than that a nice long round trip. Got 420 miles out of the tank which wasn't bad!

Cheers! Jules
 

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420 miles out of a tank is better than I've ever done! Many and hearty congratulations.

The centre armrest does not allow the cubbly hole lid to go past the vertical, so it's a bit of a pain. Better off without the armrest, in my opinion. Save the money and spend it on Abbott wishbone bushes as a priority.
 
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