I got this car from my dad, he bought it brand new in 1997.
I got it with approx. 170.000km and drove it until it had 300.000km.
Have to be honest with you:
This girl had a hard time with us, 3 people learned to drive on it, the lack of money brought us to the point that we couldn't afford a service for her.
When I got her, I lacked for the money, interest and knowledge in treating her right, but she never let me down.
The fuel consumption was around 6l/100km (40mpg), but I usually would drive in the high revs area so it got around 7l (33mpg), which is quite unbelieveable with modern engines.
Also unbelieveable today: 90ps/bhp on 1050kg, man that was fast! It would rev to 6800 and the acceleration was faster than many people would have believed.
Who needs an A/C, I got a sunroof. Those were the times...
In 2010 the hood opened with 140kmh (86mph) just when I reached 300.000km.
At that point I remember I thought: "Now not even God can stop this" and blop and it was dark.
I was quite lucky, nothing really happened...
Such a wonderful piece of engineering, no planned obsolescence, just engineering at its truth and best.
It was just a 'best friend' at all times and I miss it so much.
Hope I will have the possibility to buy another EJ9...