OK gents story goes like this... I've just acquired a 2001 156 1.8 Veloce 109k, all stamped up to 85k when the belts were changed (but that was 2004), have a receipt for a variator & cam drive set in June 08 the PO had them done but was a cash job so no receipt. but taking an average on the mots previous mot's this must have been around 105k.
We struck a deal over the phone, got lots of pics and mucho info and all seemed tickety boo, got there to collect, started from cold with no apparant variator noise but a little ticky, so off i drove it home gently for 10 miles or so.
when i got back first thing i did was check the oil... it was low and black
(so it needs a change and new filter ASAP) at a guess it took around 1 litre to top up, i did this immediately however the engine tapping worries me (maybe worn tappet guides I don't know?) bu what I'm more concerned about is the bottom end letting go as I've had this happen on a gtv and had to replce the engine myself, that definately grumbled around the bottom end before destroying #4 big end, as satisfying as replcing the engine was I'm not sure I want to do it again for a while...especially as we have a 2month old and my weekend time with the new baby are more precious ever before. (not that time with my wife wasnt
I know it's probably very difficult to tell from these and they do sound worse on pc but I've got a couple of short vids from my phone here and wonder if anyone could say if I could be looking at a potentially terminal problem soon or not?
these first two are from cold (from above then below and probably sound louder because the car was parked between ours and next doors house...
top cold idle
bottom cold idle
the next two are once up to temp and the fan had kicked in switched off for 5 mins to re check the oil (few mm from top mark) and restarted, this was on the street away from the house (listen carefully toward the end of the second clip there is a noise of some sort)
top warm idle
bottom warm idle
by the way I havent driven the car since getting home with it yesterday, and probably wont if there's a chance something could be seriously wrong as I still have a gtv to get around in but space is becoming an issue with the little one.
hope someone can help and many thanks one & all