I don’t know anything about cars. There, I said it. It just wasn’t something that ever did it for me. I mean, I admire the technology, but I don’t ever pretend to have the first clue about how car-things work, so long as it gets me from A to B. Cars were for me just really small, temperamental buses. Then, in 2008, I inherited dad’s beat-up old Citroen. 130,000 miles on the clock, green, mean and growly, and sprouting moss like old-man whiskers. This car was a tank to drive, but made out of something similar to tin foil when it came to safety. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good car, it worked, mostly, and while it lacked any finesse at all, it was our first car.
Sadly, our mean-green-machine was starting to develop other old-man symptoms. It didn’t like the cold, hacking up noxious clouds of stuff if you dared suggest venturing out when it was wet, or a little bit chilly. Frankly, I was scared stiff if that if we ever had an accident it’d be game over – pretty much no safety features. The radio, well that never worked.
In 2009, the government scrappage scheme kicked in. Even old beasts like or Citroen were suddenly worth something more than the £200 scrap metal fee. I think the car knew what was coming. Even on the day I had to drive it to the Alfa garage to part-ex for a whopping £2000 (car was worth a 10th of that, if lucky), it refused to start, draining the battery and kicking out the most awful black clouds. Eventually I did get it to limp to the garage, and I drove home with a beatiful Alfa MiTo 95 Veloce.
It’s funny, from not caring about cars at all, the MiTo made me love them – not particularly in a “petrol head” sort of way, but an admiration for the workmanship, and the fun that they can introduce into simply getting around the shops. The MiTos are really fun to drive. Two years on, the 2011 range of MiTos have just hit the marget with upgraded engines and lots of other mod-cons that make the techie in me coo with delight. There’s also no denying that the MiTo is a beautiful machine from a design perspective too.
The warrantee agreement on our black MiTo was about to run out, and facing a £320 2-year service fee, it was a good time to look at the newest model. We took the new 135 multiair model for a spin in Edinburghs bypass and it was just amazing. Unlike our first MiTo, these engines have a turbo, as well as ~40% more power and 10% fuel saving.
Yesterday we popped down to the Alfa showroom again, and there she was, our MiTo freshly delivered from Italy (erm… via Perth).
Cannot wait until we get to pick her up!