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View Poll Results: Sell, fix or keep
Sell it! 5 22.73%
Take it off the road and forget about it for sometime 4 18.18%
Fix the HG and keep using it when time allows 13 59.09%
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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205: to sell or keep

As per title, finally the HG of my 205 has blown.

We don't need so many cars and I have had an offer from a friend of mine who built it to buy it back to use the shell for his friend's car and sell on/keep the rest of the parts.

I am not 100% sure what to do with it and is a car that needs tinkering (after all it is 24 years old this year!) so having it as a daily driver is not really an option.

Having it sat on the driveway under a cover defeats the whole point of owning a car IMHO but every time I drive it it puts a smile on my face.

I know I would loose a lot if I sold it but is there any point in keeping it for a trackday once (or maximum twice) a year and the odd weekend blast once a month?!

What would you do?

Bearing in mind this is my 3rd 205 and 2nd GTi if I sell it I will not have another one.

I prefer using my limited spare time driving rather than fixing things.

All mechanical parts have been replaced, the occasional starting issue has been fixed now and it is "only" the HG left to do.

The thought of something else going wrong though after fixing the HG is what puts me off though but on the other hand it may continue to run for tens of thousands of miles without issues, who knows!

Throw a coin, keep or sell?
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Changing the head gasket on a 205 GTi is a piece of cake and parts are cheap - just make sure to replace the head bolts as they are the stretch type. You could take the head off one weekend, get it skimmed during the week and then bolt it back on the next.

Your probably not going to lose any money on it if you keep the car and I dare say if you sold it, the money would erode away on this and that instead.... wish I'd kept the 205 CTi that I rebuilt a few years ago I can tell you that much.

Keep it. They're a hoot and only getting more and more rare - would be a crime to let it get broken just because the HG is blown (and I would hold it against you if you did! ).

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It is not going to get broken, just get reshelled and having the Gucci bits sold off or kept by my friend.

I am aware the HG can be fixed cheaply but what I keep wondering is why have a car if I am hardly going to do any miles on it and what is going to be next?

I am with you about the money eroding on this and that though!

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Keep it.

You know how much you regretted selling your other GTi!

If you sell it whole, with the HG still needing replacing, email me your price. I'll give it serious thought as the car is too good to die.
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...what I keep wondering is why have a car if I am hardly going to do any miles on it and what is going to be next?...
Because life is short and we love cars. Simples.

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definatly keep it, fix it when you can [summer time when its warmer lol]
getting rare now as most where thtashed to death or writen off.
besides there a million smiles p.h type car.

yow can fix anythin with a ommer owr kid
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Cheap track toy - say no more.

Fix the HG and get a hitch and a trailer for the STI to take the GTI to the track!
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I would James but for the odd trackday once a year (if that) it makes no sense having it there sitting and paying for its expenses.

Decision taken, the car is going unfortunately as I have no time to use it.

If anyone wants to offer more than 2,400 that my friend has offered the car is yours.

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I would James but for the odd trackday once a year (if that) it makes no sense having it there sitting and paying for its expenses.

Decision taken, the car is going unfortunately as I have no time to use it.

If anyone wants to offer more than 2,400 that my friend has offered the car is yours.
You know you're going to regret that choice, don't you?

Wish I had somewhere to keep it, otherwise I'd have it

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As long as I don't go anywhere near a 205 in the future or even worse drive one, the FSTi is a good substitute.

When I first got the FSTi and had ASTs I din't like it on the road but now on winter tyres and the pinks it just eats B roads with as much fun as a 205 (almost).

And that's the other thing I have no space to keep it.
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The short relationship with the French beauty has to come to an end and someone else is going to enjoy her temperament.

When she worked though she did miracles.

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