The current daily driver is a Honda Stream RSZ. This car is the RN6 type code, with the 1.8l VTEC engine married to the 5-speed Honda autobox from the Accord. The colour is a metallic dark gold/brown colour. It is definitely a truly Japanese car, comfortable enough car for long journeys, and sufficient for its purpose. It brought both of us plus a decent handful of belongings over to Zurich, without an issue on the French autoroutes. As it’s RHD, it’s not quite the right car to have here in Switzerland, so I’ll be moving it onwards at some point before the summer.
The current shortlist of replacements has the C7 S6 at the head of the list. It’ll depend on the finances.
Previous Daily Driver:
The most recent daily driver was a beautiful Audi Q7 3.0 TDi S-Line Sport. Mugello Blue pearl paint, 20″ standard 5-spoke S-Line alloys, and the facelifted rear LED lights.
This car has a few additions over the standard S-Line options – it comes with the panoramic roof, powered rear hatch, Bi-Xenon lights, Audi satnav (with 2016 maps), full reverse sensors, heated and fully electric seats, alcantara seat inserts. It’s so so comfortable with the air suspension and tiptronic gearbox, auto lights, auto wipers, auto dim mirror. The 7 seats is something that I liked to have, not used that often but the bootspace is fantastic. Paddles or my Jed fit in the boot without reaching the back seats, and I can fit the Zet Director inside the cabin area and still have room for a Jed and two passengers.
Things I did to it? I fixed up the majority of the little niggly things that were wrong, as well as putting a 280bhp remap onto it – fantastic car with that oomph.
Previous to the Q7 was an Audi A4 avant 1.9tdi, atlas grey, with a nice remap to ~140 bhp. Unfortunately the turbo and headgasket gave up on June 28th, and the engine decided to try and runaway. With 350,000 km on the clock, it wasn’t really economically feasible to replace the engine. Plus it was ten years since fun and games for me so no harm to move onwards anyway. This car was stripped, scrapped and cubed last week, so no doubt I’l lbe holding bits of it in my hands later this year in a can of Coke or similar..
The weekend car:
The weekend car was a 1991 Toyota MR2 Targa, 2.0 NA engine. Toyota red, with Racing Sparco PythonII 17″ wheels but otherwise completely original. This was sold onwards in late 2017, as the maintenance cost and rust repairs required to pass NCT were significantly more than the car was worth. Still, it was a nice toy while it was in my possession, and I’ve got some good memories. Cost per mile was high enough, but cost per smile was worth it.
I have a plan to get a decent new LHD daily driver for use here in the land of Chocolate and holey cheese. Criteria: Estate, fast enough to be fun, four-wheel drive, preferably petrol, leather seats and automatic gearbox, and comfortable enough to warrant the GT moniker, a bit more reliable than the Q7 was, with lower mileage than the Q7 as well. There are a few nice C7 S6 avants on the classifieds at the moment that might be worth a look..
A second car would be something like an Abarth 500 or similar, for fun town driving. An electric runabout would likely make more sense though.
Lotto winning garage..
- Porsche Panamera hybrid.
- Audi SQ7 or Bentley Bentayga
- C8 RS6 with MTM work
- Early E36 M3 convertible.
- HSV R8 with TSW engine work.
- Skyline R34 GTR
- Supra Mk3
- 1979 450SEL 6.9
- RangeRover classic v8 with the Overfinch treatment.
- Caterham R300 track toy.