AN SA BAKKIE STORY: Wheels24 reader Mark Algra (pictured above: far right) says his Opel Corsa Utility bakkie has served him well for nearly 12 years in SA. Image: Wheels24 / Mark Algra
Johannesburg - Wheels24 reader Mark Algra has spent nearly 12 years driving his trusted Opel Corsa Utility. Algra says he is set to bid farewell to his "trusty, reliable" bakkie and shares his journey with us:
Algra says: It's finally time to say goodbye to my trusty, reliable workhorse. We have travelled a long road together. Here's our story - 500 000km, well almost...
I took delivery of my Opel Corsa Utility 1.4 from Reeds Delta Parow on 12/10/2004. I decided then that I would drive my new bakkie conservatively and see how far we could go together.
A real trooper
11 years, 8 months and 481 484km (today) later my reliable workhorse is still going strong. She has been getting tired lately and I'm about to say goodbye. Everyone I tell about my journey with my Opel Corsa Utility are utterly amazed - and very interested to find out about her history.
Her engine has never been opened.
Recently I replaced the clutch assembly, not bad after 470 000km towing a 390kg trailer and 120kg of parts and components in the back, every working day.
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I live in Noordhoek and for the past two years have been towing the trailer home over Silvermine's infamous 'Ou Kaapse Weg' in the evening and again in the morning. My office is 35kms from home. Also she has been parked outside overnight all of these years.
She has served myself and the company well - that's an understatement. The bakkie has been regularly serviced in the beginning at Reeds and then by MQ's Workshop in Sybrand Park. She's been used as a workhorse at Almar Electronics.
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Weekend trips to Elands Bay, Ceres and the Cederberg, as well as a year end holiday up to Port St Johns, Coffee Bay and the Eastern Cape.
Recently I completed an eight-year boat building project. This is a wood/epoxy 20 foot BE20 trailer-sailer which was launched in Simonstown in December 2015 - she towed the boat and trailer to the launch.
Unfortunately she is a little on the small side and I need to move up to a one ton bakkie which will be able to tow the boat. General Motors can be very proud of their bakkie and how unbelievably well she has served myself and the company.