It's a tale of woe and the missus deeply regrets buying the car
I took it into Intaservice, and on the way it was running as cak as it sounded, every-now-and the MSCF warning came up or beeped.
Anyway the problem - zero compression on cylinder 2 and a valve burnout was suspected. So they got on with the fix, first finding was that the head had been off before. On digging further Cylinder 3 also had valve damage. Work done, put back together but with the proper gasket in place (there was an early type there previously which is thicker than the later copper type ones), there was a bit of a clatter and the head was being fouled on Cylinders 2 & 3. Turns out that the pistons in these cylinders have been replaced in the past but with the wrong items - apparently two different lengths were used - the ones one 2 & 3 are too long, hence the fouling.
Intaservice currently trying to source the correct items - likely cause of burn valves is that the compression in 2 & 3 was too high, and thus they were running hotter.
A complete tale of woe, we've had the car 10 days, 9 of which it's been in the garage and the bill will be at least 50% of purchase price at someway north of £1000.
The only reason we got the car was that my wife's job has been swallowed by the recession that Mr.Brown's fruitcake government has dropped us in, and with it went the company car.