Long term tests

Caterham R300

Standing on the hard shoulder of the M25, looking at the white rump of the Caterham parked 50 yards up the road, it's rather a sad ending to our time with GK04 CWV. At rush hour on a Wednesday morning, the Caterham's alternator had lost the will to live, leaving me suddenly at sea in the middle-lane of London's infamous ring road (an event almost as palm-moistening as unexpected lock-stops oversteer in the wet). Thankfully it found just enough revs to get me safely across to the hard shoulder before coming

Running Costs

Date acquiredJuly 2004
Total mileage11,466
Duration of test1 year 2 months
Average MPG22.2mpg
Servicing costs£490
Consumables£432 (tyres), £40 (oil)
Extra costs£362 (two new air scoops)
Price new£27,855
Trade in valuec£21,500
Depreciation£6355
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