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Hi I’m new on here, registered yesterday. 

My father has a really tidy 1989 XR3i cabriolet in white with a black roof. It’s a 1989 Mk4 on an F plate, basic cloth spec interior and unmodified. He’s in the Bristol area.

I had a look over it at the weekend and chatted to him, he hardly drives it now but has a strong attachment to the car. It’s been cared for but has only ever had basic servicing. It gets stored inside though and covered with a soft cloth cover sheet. He’s only covered 6000 miles in it since 2006! Usually drove his van or a family car and used this for weekends and holidays. 

It passed the MOT in June, just needing a couple of tyres. There are advisories for suspension mounts :

  • Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive both sills (5.3.6 (a) (i))

The car seems sound enough then. He says it’s struggling a bit on acceleration (possibly an MFI issue?) and the gearchange linkage is badly worn as he finds the gear selection is very vague ( just worn-out bushes or a mount?)

i bought him a set of RS Turbo alloys years ago but they’ve never made it onto the car, it’s got original steels with white plastic covers. They look right on the car though, I think. The interior is okay, the drivers door card has a worn area and the passenger electric window switch is out of its fitting. A decent valet would bring up the cloth and carpets nicely I expect.

I'm looking forward to finding a few ways to subtly improve the car for him as he’s in his 80s now and I’d like him to really enjoy driving this car again.

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I managed to buy a new white wheel trim, brand new old stock on eBay. He sounded really made up on the phone and sent me a few photos after he’d fitted it and washed the car, by the looks of it. 



Im not sure what happened with the photos uploaded above last week  (using the site tool), they disappeared overnight.

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