age is only a number
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Re: close to throwing in the towel.
Don't panic about the variator....it'll rattle a bit but I've never known of one fail...just apply the "volume up" knob on the stereo.....only change the variator when the belt is next done....which should be 36K miles after the last change....not sure from your post when that was...72K on the engine or for the car....if the car, then it needs doing now, though...
As for the clunking / vibration - if its occuring when stationary, then as said - engine/box mounts.....
And as for "what to do"......what else are you going to get for around £1k...which is realistically what yours might fetch....? You could get a good car, or it could be a dog...its that end of the market where you are taking a chance, unfortunately.
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