Well my day gets better, the hire car just turned up and it's a.......... Fiesta
The girl that delivered it could see the disapointment on my face and jumped in to tell me that she was sorry that's all they had but it was a "1.4 Ghia", bless her (it wasn't her fault after all).
I suppose it's better than when my second e46 vert broke down a few years ago in Cornwall. I got a 10 year old 106 diesel. You had to change down to 3rd to maintain any speed up hills on the motorways home.
Anyway I guess I'll get myself geared up for the inevitable round of phone calls tomorrow and we'll see what happens.