Well i know these cars pretty well, having a 146 so seeing how cheap they are to buy bidded on a 145 and won it for £311. Today i went to pick it up and drove it back home. Its a nice car, and just like driving my 146...
It looked great and that, I thought id got another stunner, untill i was about to drive it home, 'The clutch'. Its heavey, not too bad but its supposed to be light! lfeels like an old cable clutch where u have to do the work urself?, then when your half way down, you get this vibration like drive is coming back through the pedel. Well it was drivable like that, just not how it should be. TBH i dont think the guy knew it shouldnt be like that. But i drive a 146so i know better. Also air bag lights on, oh no its not good, is this a big problem? The engine is fine however slightly noisey variator on start up, 110k
Well a bit of a dissapointment but, the best part for me about this experience, was confirming that yes, my 146 ti twin carb, is indeed faster than this 1.8 twin carb 145. so that shows my 146 is in good form, you can tell by the sound and that 10bhp less is noticable. It doesnt quite suck up the road like my 2.0 does.
When i was able i soon wizzed up a hill at full revs, 7k then bang scraping sound metal very metal but quite light then stopped, clearly the clutch it was suddenly very light as it should be, i thought great cheap fix, but when i got home, just ideling found when the clutch depressed, you get this ratterling sound? It sounds like the release bearing has gone through the pressure plate tangs or something? but could it be more serious than that. I dont know what to do with the car now.
I have a 146ti in the same colour, so its cheap for parts, but i had wanted it as a second car to give the 146 a break from my daily driving as its so good, and now i realise its even better than i thought, seeing as my clutch isnt like this one on my 145! Having the 2 in the same colour on same drive though, is a tv comericial to wittness and parking them in various angels and arrangements is almost porn. They are a sexy coupel for sure!
advice please. How are you supposed to get pics on this site?