I haven't bonded with the 124. I had wanted one for twenty years, it is almost to my ideal spec and it drives very well but it just doesn't work for me. It reminds me of the Rover Three Litre I owned and enjoyed thirty five years ago but my world has moved on. Cook thinks it too big and dislikes it for numerous unspecified reasons explicable only by the absence of a Y chromosome so it has to go. As soon as a suitable estate became available, it would be bought went the plan. Three days of looking at the MOT history of S203s with common problems that ought not to afflict a quality car and seeing large sums asked for high mile cars of, frankly, tatty condition put them finally out of the question. The 270CDI for its power and economy was, for a while a contender but I didn't have the money for something that wasn't leggy and I didn't feel like stumping up for a car that in a couple of years' time would be as tired. I ran all the 202s on sale through the MOT checker and, quite simply where the 203s fail on anti rollbars, broken springs and rear brakes, the 202s fail on discoloured indicator bulbs. Just try finding a 250TD estate though. Unicorn dung. The best I could find was a metallic green Sport (and I prefer Elegance trim). And it is a six hundred mile round trip to get it. The woodwork isn't a difficult thing to find but I shall miss that lovely leather interior. I doubt if it will find the place in my heart that the old one had but I am looking forward to fetching it back home.