Going the right way
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Clattering like hell. Oil light permanently on. Bugger all power but just about runs. I've only been driving since 1972 and owned 30 or more cars in that time but I've never had a car that was so knackered. I doubt it could outrun a pensioner on a bicycle.
The eBay entry was very sparse in detail. The car was described as an Alfa 156 etc with new MoT. I stupidly made the assumption that meant the brakes etc were fine. Actually, they feel fine. It's only with the wheels off that you can tell that the discs are badly worn. It even mentioned that the exhaust blow was marked as an advisory.
I have already asked a mate who works in MoT enforcement at VOSA to have a look at the MoT certificate and find out more about the issuing garage.
As for doing the work myself, if only! I have diabetic neuropathy which basically means that my manual handling skills are virtually nil as I have no feeling in my fingers.
I have priced everything up including a secondhand engine and the parts alone come to £600. My local garage do me a good deal at £40 an hour - they usually charge 3 times that for their Ferrari & Lambo clients - and I don't think 10 hours is unreasonble for that amount of work. And that £1000 doesn't include a cambelt change as the s/h engine isn't guaranteed to have had one.
Yes, I've been a prat. Not the first time and for sure I'll have more chances. But spending £1000 on a car that probably isn't worth that? What's next on a 113000 miler? Gearbox? Clutch? Radiator? Water pump? Plus, I'm so disappointed with my bad choice that I can't see me ever liking the car.
So, until I have the funds to buy a decent Alfa - which will have a full AA or RAC report next time - I'll be driving a Daewoo.
Thanks for all the kind words and advice. As I said, it's only goodbye for now.