Thanks for the moral support all, I feel a bit better now.
The seller of the car I rang up about has said he'll try and get a copy of the belt change invoice from the garage, and may call me back. Not sure though, it still doesn't quite stack up.
Swampthing, that is a fine looking car, and EXACTLY the sort of thing that I'm looking for except for the colour
(Fussy, me?). It's just that I like the understated stance of the darker colours. (I'm an engineer, I have a stereotype to conform to...
) Thanks for the tipoff though, a top-notch car for someone!
GrahamP, I think you're right about expecting issues from a new car. I'll probably find a few niggles in the first couple of months, I just don't really want to be paying a premium AND sorting big stuff out. I'm planning to keep the car for a while (~4years) so I'm not being fussy at all about suspension rattles, because I'd prefer to replace the lot at some stage with quality parts that I trust.
Anyway, the search continues...