One or two of you may have heard me ranting about Enterprise car rental over the years, I have them provided as part of the transport plan at work. Took the decision a while ago that I wanted a second car to bear the motorway/work load, something cheap, comfortable, interesting, decent to look at and relatively fun to drive. Over the months I had a look at old E39s (not cheap to run…), Saabs (have had eleven various flavours of Saab in the past) and even a Mazda or two. Saw this one on eBay and put a low ball bid on it, the BIN was £2K, my bid was £1450 max. Let the auction run and forgot about it. Only went and won it…. Collected yesterday after work, three trains later I met the chap and we had a good chin wag about cars in general. A thoroughly decent sort. I’d down some research prior to bidding, MOT history, HPI check, asked to see proof of work done etc. When I saw/tested the car all matched up nicely. I’m now the proud owner of a 2009 Alfa Romeo 147 Colllezione 1.9jtdm. Black paint with tan leather. It’s a little cracker! Recent work (within 2023) include: - cambelt and water pump - clutch - two new Michelins - sump gasket (was leaking on old MOts) - service - rear discs and pads - new handbrake cable - four wheel alignment Drives well, pulls well. Has a firm but pointy ride, some rattling interior trim but I can sort that at some point. Paintwork is in good condition, 92k miles is relatively low for a 14 year old car. Has two keys and a wad of paperwork/history. Needs a proper clean, inside and out, hopefully will get chance at the weekend. Off to Oxford in it tomorrow! And before you ask, I have checked the RAC cover….. Parked at the bottom of the drive until I’m confident there are no leaks/oil drips.