That's the red v6 on pistonheads right?
I read this thread and went to check it out. I'm always wondering if I should've splashed out extra £££ on a V6 instead of the JTS
So the purpose of the trip was to test-drive (not buy) a v6, and this example was only a few miles up the road.
The seller sat down to show me all the paperwork, then announced that the car still had £3.4K outstanding on the finance! (if I was serious about buying I would've walked away then, but hey I wanted a drive) I let this go and instead complimented him on the service history - to be fair it was extremely thorough!
We went back out for the drive. He had his 9month old baby to look after, so they went in the back, with me and my missus up front. Before I got in though, I happened to notice the front tyre was down to the wear marker! (again if I was a serious buyer I would've maybe walked away, but I wanted a test drive, blah blah blah).
Took it down the A1, junction with the M1, The car had AWESOME acceleration, like a friggin space rocket, but was vibrating way too much. I didn't like this one bit and decided to turn back. I went into London Gateway services and took it back south. Took it easy on the way back, but had just got onto the A1 when it started fishtailing and the smell of burning rubber wafted in. Sure enough we had a flat. I eased it off onto a side road, and we got out to have a look at the damage.
The seller had no spare -he had the space saver kit instead . He did ask if the puncture repair spray would work - this was laughable - the inner wall had come away!
I'm an AA member but it turns out you have to PAY for the service if you don't have a spare tyre on you, which he was not willing to do.
We decided to walk back to his house (half a mile or so away) as he had a spare tyre at his house (why it was not already on his car I have no idea) So off we set down the side road by the A1: me, my missus, the seller and his baby. (heads were turning!)
Once there he got the spare tyre, and we piled into my car (he had a spare child-seat base) and drove back to his. The plan was to lend him my spare, so he could get to the nearby Kwikfit. When he had my spare on, he went to set off, with his baby still in MY car. We told him he had to put her back into HIS car for the journey no matter how short (I asked him where he wanted the baby to be when he told the story to his wife...)
He led the way to Kwikfit, and I struggled to keep up, he was caning it, even though he had a 50mph-max 15" spare tyre on (with bolts that were only hand-tightened)
At Kwikfit, guess what, they told him they only fitted tyres that THEY supplied, and of course he wanted to use his, so off we went again, with him bombing along in front, to the local independent tyre place.
There he learnt what I had suspected, which was that he couldn't just put the new tyre on his rim, because the rim got damaged in the blowout (nasty-looking dent you could see from 10 yards away).
As the tyre blokes were telling him how much it would all be, I knew this was the moment to bow out.
I told him I wouldn't be buying his car, but that as a gesture of goodwill he could keep my spare.
He looked at me, rather peeved, and asked "any particular reason why not?"