Re: 156 on 56 Plate
You're right. The rubber bushes for one will crack and deteriorate over time through the process of vulcanisation, which tends to increase in rate in warmer climates anyway. Then you have the timiing gear, all the belts etc are obviously rubber based and these deteriorate with time as well (this is why cambelt changes are time dependent as well as mileage dependent). I wouldn't have thought it would do great favours with the engine either, with the oil settling to the bottom of the sump and a very dry top end for start-up. Then you have all the seals etc in the braking/clutch circuits, these all break down over time particularly if not used at all. Finally flat spots on the tyres. Not good at all
But that won't stop manufacturers selling on cars that have been idle for lengthy periods, or second hand merchants not telling you the full provenance of the cars they're selling. It's all down to profit and money money money. The purchasing punter will have to pay for it eventually in the long run though.
Last edited by Spider95; 08-01-09 at 15:16.