But no. It failed in a most spectacular way. With fireworks, a brass band, a ticker-tape parade and 20 metre-high letters.
It’s a write-off. Good for parts and scrap only. A whole raft of minor faults, but the whopper is that apparently the engine is burning oil. Which means it needs a new one. Which means spending about twice its value to get it roadworthy.
I’m a tad miffed as I had lined up a probable buyer, but that’s the way it goes.
On the bright side, I didn’t need the money, the replacement is already happily here, and I might get a couple of hundred bucks for scrap.
And of course by me switching to a more efficient car, and having this one scrapped, it means nobody who would drive it more than me will be out on the roads with it. And the parts will get re-used and recycled.