Been enjoying the car immensely. The nice paint has prompted me to actually wash it form time to time. It's bodywork year; as I mentioned above, first I got the vandalism key scrape, then did that and the rust repair taking car of one of the dog-bites-Super dents at the same time. Well, two weeks ago, I don't know where, someone swiped the driver's door and LF fender slightly, probably in a poor parking lot maneuver. No note, and I don't even know when/where it happened. Will take it to a good paintless dent guy to see if he can work his magic. Otherwise it's back to Andy for pounding and paint. It's not a bad dent, but it's maddening as hell, and this is on collision coverage, while the vandalism was comprehensive, so I'll have to pay deductible.
In other news, I have loved the 165-14 Vredestein Sprint Plus tires on this car, had them for 10+ years. I don't drive enough to wear tires out through mileage, rather they die of dry rot, hardness, cracked sidewalls, carcass issues. These Vreds are my favorite tires ever, got them from a Berlina guy who bought them, then sold his Berlina before he mounted them. I picked them up in LA on the way back from buying a Berlina in Phoenix and driving it home. Mega adventure. But they're really cracked, and they've gotten old and distorted enough that if I rotate them, the carcass are screwy enough that the car doesn't track straight. Clearly on borrowed time.
Someone gave me a couple years ago these 185/70-14 Hercules tires on 2000 wheels, so I mounted them today and will put some miles on them to see how they are. If they work well, I'll transfer them to the Super's 1750 wheels. They're cheap, treadwear rating of 500, so they should last til the end of time. Drove around the block and the steering is nice and light. So we'll see how they drive and stick. They're a bit taller than the 165-14, OK with me. I like the clearance and the gearing.
I'm definitely not a tire snob. The Berlina has had two sets of Nankang Chinese tires on it, the latest which came with BWAs.