OUR £500 ROUND-UP

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

WEEK 1 We pick up our three £500 Chal­lenge con­tenders. WEEK 2 Ford Puma We dis­cover it badly needs tyres. WEEK 3 Mercedes S280 Break­down drama on a ferry. WEEK 4 MG ZR Nick takes it to Fes­ti­val of the Unex­cep­tional. WEEK 5 Mercedes S280 Goes in search of short­bread. WEEK 6 Ford Puma Fi­nally fit­ted with fresh rub­ber. WEEK 7 Ford Puma An MoT pass, but with a pricey re­pair. WEEK 8 Mercedes S280 The air con breaks mid-sum­mer. WEEK 9 Ford Puma Bro­ken key­fob locks us out. WEEK 10 Mercedes S280 Aids Larkin in a bus pur­chase. WEEK 11 Ford Puma Makes it to Good­wood and back. WEEK 12 MG ZR Poorly cen­tral lock­ing sorted out. WEEK 13 Ford Puma Goes green­lan­ing. No idea why. WEEK 14 Ford Puma Heads to Ched­dar to find cheese. WEEK 15 MG ZR Locks us out. The door fix didn’t work! WEEK 16 MG ZR Fi­nally sorted out with a ser­vice. WEEK 17 Ford Puma Misty front head­lights cleaned up. WEEK 18 MG ZR Goes for a 30th an­niver­sary M25 lap. WEEK 19 Ford Puma Takes on Brook­lands’ Test Hill. WEEK 20 Mercedes S280 More faults at Wales Rally GB. WEEKAnd more 22 at Mercedes­the NEC show! S280

DorsetWEEK 22 for Ford cof­fee Puma shop­ping. Goes to

Puma WEEK on 23 our MG grandZR Beats Christ­mas­the shop­ping ad­ven­ture. WEEK 24 Mercedes S280 Serves as fes­tive party taxi... WEEK 25 Mercedes S280 ...and then breaks. Again. WEEK 26 Mercedes S280 De­vel­ops a drink prob­lem on an out­ing north of the bor­der.

WEEK 27 Ford Puma Wor­ries us with iffy electrics. WEEK 28 Ford Puma Races against the Tube. And loses. WEEK 29 Mercedes S280 Gets stuck in a car park and causes a rush hour jam. WEEK 30 MG ZR Does rather well as ca­nine trans­porta­tion. WEEK 31 Ford Puma Cleaned up for un­der a ten­ner. WEEK 32 Mercedes S280 Treated to some new tyres.

WEEK 33 MG ZR Suf­fers a dam­aged front bumper. WEEK 34 Mercedes S280 Fit­ted with new wipers. WEEK 35 Ford Puma More cheese shop­ping in York­shire. WEEK 36 MG ZR Gets a new bumper – a Rover one, that is. WEEK 37 MG ZR Sur­vives a round trip to Hol­land.

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