Since my last post, along with fitting the coilovers, I picked up a full black leather interior from a 2010 Elegance model. I was hoping to use the electric seats but the electronics had major water damage and it wouldn't have been cost effective to repair them. So, with an extra pair of hands provided by my other half, we stripped the leather seats and my original seats down to the frames and swapped the foam (cloth interior is different) and the covers over on to the frames of my original seats, making possibly the only set of manually adjustable full black leather seats.
I made the mistake of buying the saloon interior, as after inspecting photos and overlaying side profile photos of the saloon with the estate to check rear door shut lines, I assumed the interiors were the same. However, the rear seat base on a saloon is not split-folding and the saloon rear side bolsters are shorter than on the estate. Also, much to my annoyance, I found the rear door panels are very slightly different.
I also picked up very dirty estate rear seats which I thought I might be able to use, but the leather isn't quite as good, so I'm sticking with the one piece saloon version as it's not often I fold the seats flat. I managed to use the rear side bolsters that came with them, though.
When I fitted the 'new to me' front door cards, I changed the position of my DIY ambient lighting so that it fires down into the door pocket, rather than from the top rear corner as in the photos. Also, the door handles now have illumination which all looks very slick at night.
I also bought an auto-dimming rear view mirror from a breaker on eBay and when it arrived, it was like new – completely unmarked. It's the version with the on/off switch built in. I think there's another version that doesn't have this. All I needed to do was run an ignition-switched live and an earth up the A pillar from the fuse panel, across the front of the headlining and down into the mirror. I didn't bother with the other two pins which are for turning off the dimming when in reverse and to ignore interior lights, I believe.
I had some 15mm and 17.5mm 5x112 wheel spacers, so I tried the 15mm on the rear, bringing the 8.5x19 ET45 out to effectively ET30 and without adjusting the camber, it was a no go – the tyres would have rubbed the arches a lot. So they came off until I look to see what camber adjustment is available from factory.
Also, I had to get AutoGlass out to replace my windscreen as a big stone thrown up by the car in front cracked it on impact on the passenger side. They did a great job. With a new screen in place, it would be a shame to mark it, so I bought some new wiper blades from a seller on eBay.
I still haven't taken any photos with my DSLR, so nothing to look at as yet!