Re: RE Gearbox
In a different existance many years ago, I used to work as a vehicle inspector on a company car scheme that had the mk1 1.2 corsa's ex british school of motoring on their books as a low budget sales option when we defleeted them at a year old, the question everyone always asked me was that would the little corsa's be enough to use occasionally in modern traffic, performance wise.
One day we were moving a corsa and a calibra between branches, down a particulary straight well known wide stretch of road, so it was decided this was "seeewhatit'll do" day.
For my sins, I got the speedo on that little 1,2 corsa up to a indicated 120mph and when I finally brought it into the compound, it stank, you know that ragged abused smell, the brakes smelt hot, the rest of the car etc. We put it in for service early and it got a out of sequence oil change because the boss smelt it coming into the yard and thought we might have baked the fluids.
Later it went on sale for a bit lower than the rest in case it got any extra bills for engine work, and I used to see the chap who had it for his daughters first car, and he always told me how happy with it he was, said it got better than expected mileage and seemed free'er. So, thereon customers asking "its for my daughter to learn in, will it do 70 on the motorway?" could be honestly answered yes.
Almost as much fun as the guy who had a 2l astra sport, and used it for a 1/4 mile journey every day and no further. He wanted out his lease because it kept having issues, so we had it rebuilt, and I got it for long term test for a month to treat as my own car. I was only 20. two sets of tyres later, it ran really really well. He had it back, 3 months later it started again, so he brings it back moaning and leaves it for a test weekend. My boss slides me the keys and says "fancy a weekend out, fuel paid"...
Things like a good using now and again. The pay was crap, and winter conditions terrible, but the perks were great fun.