OUR £500 ROUND-UP
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.